The Virginia Theatre is ready to re-open with a fresh look and sound, thanks in part to a pandemic that closed the facility since March 2020. “We made good use of the downtime,” Mitch Marlow says.
Have you ever seen someone doing something wrong that you know you could fix, but were unable to? Like, you didn’t think it was your place to speak up, or they were simply too far away to hear, that sort of thing?
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There’s no getting around the fact that “Cry Macho” is a slight work, a film that would be discarded out of hand if it weren’t from Clint Eastwood.
There are times when you see talented performers struggle with material that’s beneath their talent. Such is the case with Lina Roseller’s “Best Sellers,” a well-intentioned dramedy starring Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza, inspired casting that nearly saves this been-there-done-that exercise.
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Having created the “Saw” and “Conjuring” franchises and directed entries in the “Fast and Furious” and “Aquaman” series, James Wan has become a genre director of note. His efforts have generated billions for Warner Bros., and as a result, he’s been allowed some latitude where his own films a…
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Sharing their stories about Urbana's favorite son: Cameron Crowe, Diablo Cody, Liam Neeson, Susan Sarandon, Rod Lurie, Ramin Bahrani, Kathleen Kennedy, Thora Birch, Joe Mantegna, Guillermo Del Toro, Phil Alden Robinson, Paul Greengrass and Abel Ferrara.
Our award-winning panel: 'Hoosiers' director David Anspaugh, plus Judd Apatow, Joe Pesci, Kathleen Turner, David Anspaugh, Kathleen Quinlan, Ron Shelton, Gary Sinise, Andy Garcia, Kathleen Quinlan, Taylor Hackford, Gina Gershon and Kathleen Kennedy.
Guilt, self-destruction and redemption have been the driving themes in the films of Paul Schrader. His continued exploration of these subjects is a breath of fresh air in this era of overblown cookie cutter entertainment. Uncompromising in his approach, when he’s firing on all pistons, thoug…
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How much is a human life worth? One million dollars? Ten million dollars? More? This is the question at the core of Sara Colangelo’s “Worth,” an intriguing true-life story that centers on Kenneth Feinberg, an attorney who specializes in cases where assessing compensation for the deceased is …
It seems as though Marvel Films may be a victim of its own success. Having captivated filmgoers around the world with its 23-film series that culminated with the record-setting “Avengers: Endgame,” it has seemingly painted itself into a corner.
“It is truly difficult to come to terms with this decision after everyone at Ebertfest has put in so much effort to come back from the shutdown,” Chaz Ebert said. “However, we find it easier to make the decision to reschedule knowing that everyone’s health and safety comes first.”
In the end, the film's meta-narrative isn’t simply a valentine for movie buffs or fans of film noir, but a cutting-edge, haunting examination of obsessive love, the sort best enjoyed in the dark.
Though effectively atmospheric and featuring a compelling performance from Rebecca Hall, the film ultimately falls short, in the end fostering more frustration than thrills.
There’s nothing really wrong with Martin Campbell’s “The Protégé.” It features a perfectly serviceable plot for an action film, has an attractive and appealing cast of screen veterans and contains well-choreographed fight sequences, one of them a cut above the standard sort of cinematic fisticuffs.
Organizers announced five of the films that will be shown next month at the Virginia Theatre — and the three directors who'll accompany them to C-U.
SPRINGFIELD — After a one-year interruption last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Illinois State Fair in Springfield is set to reopen today with some new attractions and safety requirements. Among the new requirements, Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello II sa…
A major misfire on nearly every level, “Respect,” an Aretha Franklin biopic, gets off on the wrong foot and stumbles for nearly two-and-a-half hours.