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  • Reel life: 4 questions for Darryl Roberts Nov 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Chicagoan Darryl Roberts, director of “America the Beautiful 3,” says he took up women’s issues because he knew nothing about them. “I’ve been shallow all of my life when it came to women and relationships. And I missed out on some pretty good relationships because of that... Making the film, their pain became mine. It sucked me into this thing of becoming an activist for women’s issues.”

     
  • Reel life: Follow that yellow brick road Nov 13, 2014 5:15 AM
    “The Wizard of Oz” will be shown four times each on Saturday, Nov. 15, and Sunday, Nov. 16, starting at noon at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville. Heads up for the world's first Catlow Local Shorts Festival starting at noon on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Barrington's Catlow Theater.

     
  • Dramatic material the driving force behind 'Invisible Front' Nov 13, 2014 5:15 AM
    The post-World War II documentary “The Invisible Front” had everything going for it to become a riveting, bigger-than-life story. Yet, “The Invisible Front” settles to be a standard-issue History Channel report. Fortunately, the importance of the subject matter fills “The Invisible Front” with fascination and awe.

     
  • Reel life: 'Interstellar' is not the place for IMAX Nov 6, 2014 6:00 AM
    Relive the adventure as Steven Spielberg's “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is shown at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Elk Grove Theatre. Also, Dann & Raymond's Movie Club presents “Watch the Skies! Great Science-Fiction Films From the Silent Era Through the 1960s” Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

     
  • Edet Belzberg's excellent 'Watchers' tells a horrible tale Nov 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    Anyone possessed with even a fleeting sense of social justice should be amazed and appalled by what he/she sees and learns in Edet Belzberg's “Watchers of the Sky.” Belzberg's excellent, well-told doc chronicles nothing less than humanity's consistent urge to wage genocide around the globe every few years and wipe out groups through ethic cleansing, final solutions and other catchy phrases masking the horror of mass killings.

     
  • VHS tapes bring trouble in 'Jessabelle' Nov 6, 2014 5:00 AM
    “Jessabelle,” directed and edited by “Saw” horror veteran Kevin Greutert, comes loaded with gothic charm and southern Louisiana atmosphere. Yet, its meager gross-outs and tepid scares feel disappointingly derivative, and its central premise proves to be so preposterously stupid that it threatens to collapse into comic claptrap.

     
  • Appealing actors can't lift struggling 'Low Down' Nov 6, 2014 5:30 AM
    Jazz musicians struggling with personal demons and drugs have become a subgenre on their own. “Bird,” “Man With the Golden Arm” and “Lady Sings the Blues” lead the list, with Jeff Preiss' moody but dramatically lackluster “Low Down” hovering around the bottom.

     
  • 'President's Men' screened at Blue Whiskey Oct 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Dan Harmon will attend two screenings of his documentary "Harmontown" at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago; the chance to see "Love is Strange" and the Watergate drama "All the President's Men" are among this week's film events in the suburbs.

     
  • 'Citizenfour' moves like a master spy novel Oct 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Laura Poitras was already making a film about post-9/11 surveillance when she received encrypted emails from a source identified only as “citizen four.” He turned out to be Snowden, a mild-mannered young man in T-shirt and glasses, someone so concerned with the magnitude of the NSA's surveillance program that he tells Poitras and Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald he's willing to accept whatever consequences come from his decision to expose what he deems to be a danger to privacy and intellectual discourse.

     
  • Time-jumping kills the tension in mysterious 'Blue Room' Oct 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    French actor Mathieu Amalric's "The Blue Room" is not exactly the classic “Double Indemnity,” but at least it's not the sensationalized “The Other Side of Midnight,” either.

     
  • Ted Melfi takes questions about 'St. Vincent' Oct 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    Ted Melfi is a TV commercial director making his first feature (as director, writer and producer) with the Bill Murray comedy “St. Vincent"; local movie theaters are showing scary and family-friendly films for Halloween.

     
  • 'Stonehearst Asylum' a wasted opportunity Oct 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    The Edgar Allen Poe-inspired "Stonehearst Asylum" fails to be sexy, scary, revealing, suspenseful or even exciting, but it looks really good.

     
  • Gire: Meet Dan Aykroyd at Hollywood Palms Sunday Oct 16, 2014 3:00 PM
    Dan Aykroyd comes to the Hollywood Palms Theater in Naperville on Sunday, Oct. 19, to chat with fans, sign autographs and introduce his movies “Ghostbusters” and “The Blues Brothers.” Plus, Dann has four questions for "St. Vincent" director Ted Melfi.

     
  • Reel life: Catch Amy Rapp’s ‘Alley Cat’ at festival Oct 9, 2014 5:30 AM
    Dann brings his weekly film notes up to date with the Chicago International Film Festival’s 50th anniversary underway at Chicago’s River East Theaters through Oct. 23. One of the movies is “The Alley Cat,” featuring Schaumburg native and actress Amy Katherine Rapp.

     
  • Gire: Local theaters screening classic horrors Oct 2, 2014 6:11 AM
    It's horror time at both the Hollywood Palms in Naperville and the Hollywood Blvd. in Woodridge as the two theaters present a series of classic horror tales through the month of October. First Tuesday at the Midwest Independent Film Festival rolls something different: seven TV pilots and their creators.

     
  • Gire: How do the ‘Boxtrolls’ guys do it? Sep 25, 2014 6:00 AM
    Dann talks to the two directors of the stop-motion fantasy "The Boxtrolls" opening this weekend. Plus, Dann & Raymond’s Movie Club presents “Universally Scary: The History of Horror Films, Part 1” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

     
  • Reel life: Dan Stevens was dedicated in making 'Guest' Sep 18, 2014 3:02 PM
    Fans of “Downton Abbey” know British actor Dan Stevens as series regular Matthew Crawley. This week, Stevens branches out in the action thriller “A Walk Along the Tombstones” plus the horror tale “The Guest” in which be plays the buffed-up sociopath. Dann talks to Dan about how he got into the role -- and chats with screenwriter Simon Barrett on how he created this creepy character.

     
  • Gire: From spit-takes to tandem screams, ban these movie cliches Sep 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    In Reel Life, Dann reveals five more visual crutches he doesn't want to see in Hollywood movies for another five years. Spit-take, anyone?

     
  • Roy Leonard: WGN icon and film critic remembered Sep 5, 2014 7:52 PM
    Roy Leonard and I sat next to each other while watching the movie “Wild Things” at Chicago’s Lake Street Screening Room in 1998. In one scene, Kevin Bacon strips down for a shower scene with full frontal nudity. Roy whispered in my ear, “That young man has nothing to be ashamed of!” The unexpected observation was one of many Roy Leonard shared with me during 20 years of screening films together.

     
  • Gire: Hollywood Palms hosts ‘No Place Like Home’ benefit Sep 4, 2014 6:00 AM
    A 75th anniversary screening of MGM’s classic musical “The Wizard of Oz” will benefit Aurora’s Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity on Monday, Sept. 8, at the Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 Route 59, Naperville. The film is part of a bigger program called “There’s No Place Like Home” scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Its goal is to raise $100,000 to build a home for a single mother from Aurora.

     
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