Stallone glowers toward grace in old-school 'Bullet'

At first glance, Walter Hill's "Bullet to the Head" seems to be a standard exercise in action, a film loaded with mayhem, but short on plot. Sporting a stripped-down story that's constructed around various set pieces, it sports a retro vibe harkening back to the action movies of the '80s, which seem to be all the rage at present.

Filmmaker delivering free lecture at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Local filmmaker and entrepreneur Luke Boyce of Shatterglass Studios will give a free lecture in the Parkland College Meet the Pros series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room C118 on the campus.

It is open to the public.

Digital upgrade, family touch give LeRoy theater new life

LeROY— Running a small-town movie theater is a rarity, but when the Hanafin family tackled LeRoy's Princess Theatre in 2006, they fell in love with the business.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 24-31

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Chuck Koplinski: Mellower Schwarzenegger stands tall, but 'Last Stand' doesn't

What's one to make of the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger is the best thing in his comeback film, "The Last Stand?" Well, that the actor has learned a few things while being away for eight years, and the movie simply isn't very good.

Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Documentary has me pumped up for Ebertfest

Watching Shatterglass Studios' 2012 Ebertfest documentary sure whets my appetite for the 2013 festival.

Directors, actors, cinematographers and film buffs, many of whom attend the festival each year, talk about the event as a family ritual, an amazing gathering of the tribe and unlike any other film festival they've attended.

Director will screen movie that features his two kids

CHAMPAIGN — As part of the C-U Film Society's Visiting Filmmaker Series, director Cory McAbee will be at a free screening this week of his family-friendly movie "Crazy & Thief" as well as a separate meet-and-greet at Crane Alley.

The 52-minute micro-budget movie is showing at film festivals worldwide; Indiewire listed it as one of the Top 10 best undistributed films of 2012.

Richard J. Leskosky: And the winner is ...

This time of year, Hollywood is awash in awards ceremonies, all leading up to the industry acme: the Academy Awards. There are basically two sorts of organizations that present awards during this season — guilds of Hollywood professionals who actually make movies and societies of critics and reviewers who write about them.

Grant will help C-U Film Society expand activities

CHAMPAIGN — Since it was launched nearly two years ago, the C-U Film Society has sponsored four workshops, a late-night screening of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and post-screening discussions of other classic movies.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 17-24

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

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