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LAST WEEK'S ANSWER ...
This week: It has been a whole year now. And not just since New Year's Day 2015.
I mean that it's been a whole year that I've been counting off my favorites a handful or two at a time. (Thank you for your applause.) This is the 52nd "Frank's Faves"; the first having appeared on Jan. 1, 2015, in the more limited confines of the color-screened box in the lefthand column of e3, page 2.
His most assured and satisfying film since "Jackie Brown," Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" is unique in the director's oeuvre in that it's the only one he has made that he can truly call his own.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BUNKER HILL
What: The historic buildings will be lighted for the public to enjoy.
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 31.
Where: Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park, 22296-A Henning Road, Danville.
More info: Call 442-1691.
M&M TRAINS OPEN HOUSE
CHAMPAIGN — Kevin Spacey fans, there will be no "Glengarry Glen Ross" showing for you. The Virginia Theatre will be closed for a few days.
The David Mamet real-estate movie was to have been shown Jan. 12 and 14, but rain damage will close the Virginia Theatre from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15.
While many fans cite "Duck Soup" (1933) as their best film, for my money, this is the funniest Marx Brothers feature. Running a tight 68 minutes, it isn't bogged down by musical numbers and isn't as stagnant as "Animal Crackers" (1930), which was hamstrung by newfangled sound equipment.