Bob Zimmerman remembers hearing a lot of Champaign rock bands at Saturday night dances in Tuscola when he was growing up there.
As he got older, Zimmerman would drive to Champaign-Urbana to hear the music. He soon noticed how vibrant the scene was here.
Not a musician himself, he nonetheless became part of the scene, working on road crews for the bands Skater and Starcastle.
While some may shrink at the notion of bringing an oft-adapted classic to the big screen once more, director Joe Wright proves more than up to the challenge in tackling Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," offering up an innovative vision that helps revitalize the story.
CHAMPAIGN — Renovators think visitors to the Virginia Theatre are in for a big surprise when the doors reopen just in time for Ebertfest this spring.
Where to begin? Start from the top: Workers recently uncovered original canvas paintings on the auditorium ceiling depicting Spanish shields and characters, consistent with the overall Spanish design of the theater.
Stark, spare and raw, Andrea Arnold's new adaptation of Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" is a brave rendering of the oft-told tale of doomed love that takes the story back to its roots, examining life and passion on the moors in the most unromantic light possible.
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Inspired by Thanksgiving, I thought I'd list some film-related resources, mostly local, for which I'm especially thankful.
First, there's the continued existence of the Art Theater as a co-op, thereby preserving a local commercial venue for foreign and independent American cinema.
When people console me for having to see every movie that comes out, even the ones that make going in for a root canal look like a more enjoyable option, I tell them that this aspect of being a film critic is not so bad. I know that if I keep my expectations low where movies like this are concerned, there are times when I will be pleasantly surprised.