Actor impressed with 4-legged co-stars

To say that Thomas Haden Church is enthusiastic about his new film, "Max," is an understatement akin to saying the dogs in the movie worked kinda hard.

Who lives here? June 27, 2015

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

Film capsules, June 25, 2015

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

Frank's Faves: Movie monsters

As genetically reanimated dinosaurs again run amok in theaters nationwide with this month's box-office-record release of "Jurassic World," I was interested to see the latest Spielberg blockbuster had inspired a faves list from Variety magazine of the "10 Best Monster Movies of All Time."

Entertainment listings, June 25-July 2, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Chuck Koplinski: Too much bark, not enough bite in 'Max'

Patriotism is a hard thing to convey on the screen. One degree too much in either direction, and your film can come off as overtly political or insincere.

Chuck's Classics: "Out of the Past" (1947)

While film historians cite the 1944 release of Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity" as the start of the "film noir" genre, many consider this Jacques Tourneur film in which each element of that genre fell into place. Robert Mitchum is Jeff Bailey, a small-town gas-station attendant whose past comes back to haunt him.

The Future Five, June 22, 2015


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

A sweet, engaging film

Ask 'Mimi,' June 21, 2015

Who is performing at the Blues Brews and Barbecue Festival this coming weekend in Champaign?