Film

Chuck Koplinski: Spectacular visuals, performances untether 'Gravity'

Movie studios, and film critics, are prone to hyperbole, so it's often advisable to take anything that either says with a grain of salt.

That said, you need to trust me when I say that Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" is one of the most visually stunning and ambitious films ever made.


Entertainment listings, Oct. 3-10

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This weekend


Film capsules, Oct. 3, 2013

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


Gibson City business giving away drive-in tickets

GIBSON CITY — Neal Tire & Auto Service in Gibson City is giving away tickets for the Saturday showings of "Grease" and "Epic" at the Harvest Moon Drive-In Theater.


Community Cinema screenings get new home

URBANA — The new season of Illinois Public Media's Community Cinema will begin Tuesday in a new location: the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U, at the University of Illinois.

The first screening will be of "The Graduates/Los Graduados," which examines the roots of the Latino dropout crisis and efforts to turn it around.


Film capsules, Sept. 26, 2013

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


Chuck Koplinski: Director fires on all cylinders with thrilling 'Rush'

Who could have predicted that the director of "Grand Theft Auto" (1977) would one day be at the helm of the greatest auto racing film ever made?


Richard J. Leskosky: Hollywood swan songs

Often when actors or singers know a performance is going to be the last of their careers, they will make an effort to make it particularly memorable or emblematic of their entire body of work, going out on a high note. That's their swan song.


Film capsules, Sept. 19, 2013

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


Chuck Koplinski: 'Prisoners' loses its nerve when it matters most

Director Denis Villeneuve sets out to examine many substantial themes in his gripping thriller "Prisoners," chief among them the burden of guilt and the quest for redemption.

These are heady issues for a Hollywood production, and during the first two hours of the movie, the filmmaker takes an unflinching approach toward the lofty narrative goals he has set for himself.


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