Chuck Koplinski: 'If I Stay' just shoddy storytelling aimed at teenagers

R.J. Cutler's "If I Stay" is pitched squarely to teenage girls, one of whom I am not, who are susceptible to melodramatic plots and doomed love stories.

Film capsules, Aug. 21, 2014

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:

Golden Globes group gives Ebertfest $10,000

URBANA — Awards season arrived early for the inspiration behind the year's most heralded documentary — Roger Ebert.

On Wednesday, Ebertfest organizers announced the Champaign film festival received a $10,000 grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hosts January's Golden Globes, first of the big awards shows on the entertainment calendar.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 21-28, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

From web swingers to sword slingers, Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:


"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" comes out on DVD. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, a young couple whose lives are affected when Peter's alter-ego, Spider-Man, takes on a bunch of supervillains in New York City.

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

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Richard J. Leskosky: Driving home a point

Animation has a long history — good and bad

Anything is possible in an animated film. Animals can talk. Magic works. Dinosaurs can visit contemporary New York City. Robots can fall in love. Some things, though, are a bit harder to accept (suspend our disbelief for) than others. Take vehicles that behave like humans, for example.

Ask 'Mimi' Aug. 17, 2014

From an online archive of history to Urbana's acoustic open-mic, Melissa "Mimi" Merli has you covered.

Where can I access The HistoryMakers archives?

Who lives here? Aug. 16, 2014

It's time for a game of ... WHO LIVES HERE?

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"

The first person to email with a person who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. 

Chuck Koplinski: 'Boyhood' a subtle, powerful meditation on life

For a bonus review from Chuck Koplinski, check out his blog here: