Frank's Faves: Movies I saw for the first time this year

"... If I've learned anything, there's a first time for everything ... " — Little Texas

In my continuing quest to avoid repeating the same faves week after week, here's an idea — how about my favorite movies I haven't seen before?

Entertainment listings, March 29-April 5, 2018


Park district egg hunts


What: Bring your basket and flashlight and join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS to hunt for eggs filled with prizes. For ages 18 and older. Be on the lookout for the bronze, silver and gold eggs for a chance to win prize packages.

When: Registration on-site, 7 p.m.; egg pursuit, 8:10 to 9 p.m. March 30.

Chuck Koplinski | 'Ready Player One' opens eyes if not minds

Some things fit like a hand in a glove, and Steven Spielberg adapting Ernest Cline's novel "Ready Player One" is certainly a peanut-butter-meet-jelly kind of moment.

Ruth Siburt | Movie has people checking out 'Wrinkle in Time'

In the mid-1970s, Madeleine L'Engle participated in a writer's conference at Illinois Wesleyan University. My poet friend and I scraped together enough money to attend. She wanted to branch out into creative nonfiction and I wanted to be a novelist. Neither of us knew one pinch about children's books. Fortunately, my husband had a wider knowledge.

Richard J. Leskosky | The many Howards of Hollywood

Every once in a while, in haste to meet a deadline and/or writing after midnight, an error sometimes slips by me into one of my columns. That happened with my March 11 piece on "Gone with the Wind": I misidentified the actor playing Ashley Wilkes as Ronald Howard, instead of Leslie Howard.

Who lives here? March 24, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to, 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. This week, you get a little help.

Top of the Morning, March 23, 2018

If "Roseanne" can come back, why not "Trading Spaces"?

The popular TLC series returns at 8 p.m. (Champaign-Urbana time) on April 7. And there is a local connection.

9 presenters to take Virgina Theatre stage for PechaKucha Volume 26

CHAMPAIGN — A chance to hear nine fast-paced visual and vocal presentations comes Saturday night.

PechaKucha Night Volume 26 also has an emcee, Prince F. Robertson, and there will be music.

Created by a pair of Tokyo architects 15 years ago, PechaKucha Nights offer lots to think about — and the emphasis is also on speed.

Chuck Koplinski | Vikander shines in 'Tomb Raider,' but script does her no favors

"Almost, not quite," sums up Roar Uthaug's "Tomb Raider," another reboot of a long-dormant property that does its best to rekindle the initial fervor surrounding Lara Croft, the video-game character that spawned two Angelina Jolie features.

Frank's Faves: Prison movies

"I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice." — Morgan Freeman in "The Shawshank Redemption"