Film

Film

Who lives here? Dec. 26, 2015

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?"

Entertainment listings, Dec. 24-31, 2015

Special events

This weekend

REINDEER EXPERIENCE TOUR

What: See real-life Alaskan reindeer. Reindeer tour tickets will not be sold after 4:30 p.m.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 26-28.

Where: Hardy's Reindeer Ranch and Christmas Tree Farm, 1356 County Road 2900 N, Rantoul.

Cost: $4.

Chuck Koplinski: It's Christmastime at the cineplex

What with all the media attention surrounding "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," you might think there aren't any other movies playing at local theaters.

However, that's far from true as six new films start on area screens Christmas Day. Below are reviews of four of those movies as well as a worthy leftover that had the misfortune of being released the same day as that little space film.

These are a few of our favorite holiday films

Between the nostalgia and lack of anything but reruns on television right now, there's many good reasons to cue up your favorite holiday movies. Our PAUL WOOD went to the local experts — filmmakers, movie critics, a couple of men of the cloth and a comedian — to see what they liked and came up with a last-minute look at the movies we'll be watching.

Library events, Dec. 20-27, 2015

Selected events at local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, kids 2 to 5 can enjoy stories, songs and rhymes at Goodnight Storytime. Little ones can wear their pajamas.

Reluctant Townie: A force awakened: 10 years and counting

Ten years ago, in a galaxy far, far away ...

There was a kid named Ryan who carried a notebook around east Urbana and spent his evenings writing in clear view of the front window at The Office Bar and Grill.

Allow me to vent for just a moment

Last month, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art presented "The Ventriloquists Convention," conceived and directed by Gisele Vienne, with text by Dennis Cooper and acted by the Puppentheater Halle. The play dealt with notions of performance vs. reality, death, identity and personal demons.

Who lives here? Dec. 19, 2015

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

Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home to wholiveshere@news-gazette.com, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Lightsabers, camera, action

The Force will be out in force tonight, with theaters packed for the premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" as well as Darth Vader's fully armored Stormtroopers — and that's news too late for Joe Perkins.