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.

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?

Film capsules, Sept. 26, 2013

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

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.

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.

Film capsules, Sept. 19, 2013

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

Richard J. Leskosky: 'Liberty Valance' at Virginia

John Ford, one of America's greatest film directors, built a reputation partly on the epic sweep of his westerns, where he often set the nation-building actions of his characters against the magnificent backdrop of Monument Valley. So one of the many ironies of his late masterpiece, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," derives from his shooting it in black and white largely on studio sets.

A personal connection for Ebert sculptor

Autistic son's love of movies and the memory of a late friend inspired man to accept project

CHAMPAIGN — Artist Rick Harney had taken a six- to seven-year break from making life-size cast-bronze sculptures when he received a compelling phone call last year.

It came from Donna Anderson, who at the time was in a hospital bed in Chicago after having had a heart transplant.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Spectacular Now' a realistic look at teens

I grew up during the age of the John Hughes film, and I seemed to be the only one who didn't jump on the bandwagon that proclaimed him the voice of my generation.