Chuck Koplinski: Suspend disbelief? 'Collins' makes it easy

By their very nature, movies are a manipulative art form, and when we buy a ticket to see any film, to a certain extent we put ourselves in the filmmakers' hands, allowing them to twist, turn and adjust our emotions at their will.

Ebertfest 2015: An introduction

The 17th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, aka Ebertfest, gets underway Wednesday night, with its namesake absent but present in spirit.

Film capsules, April 9, 2015

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

Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead


Chuck's Classics, April 6, 2015: "The Long Riders" (1980)

On the surface, Walter Hill's film seems like an exercise in stunt casting, but there's far more at play here. Unable to make a living after returning home from the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James (James and Stacy Keach) turn to robbing banks and trains to survive.

Ask Mimi, April 5, 2015

What's up with "Food," the movie shot entirely in Champaign County last summer?

It title was changed to "Consumed." Recently, the music score and color correction were finished. The feature remains in final stages of post-production, according to Brett Hays, its line producer and unit production manager.

Who lives here, April 4, 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?"

'A way to give back'


Frank's Faves, April 2, 2015

The five best Easter movies ever?

OK, it might be an obvious choice for this week's 'Faves,' but it's not as easy as you think.

My apologies to all the Kevin Smith junkies out there poised to protest that both "Clerks" and "Mallrats" are set on Easter weekend. OK, other than those cult colossuses, there really haven't been all that many Easter classics.

Chuck Koplinski: Physics shmysics! 'Furious 7' aims only to thrill

There's a great deal of anticipation surrounding James Wan's "Furious 7," the latest and potentially the most lucrative installment in the greatest gearhead franchise in film history.