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  • 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.

     
  • Autumn movies get serious and scary with dramas and more Aug 29, 2014 3:21 PM
    Will “Annabelle” be as scary as “The Conjuring”? Will Christopher Nolan regain his mojo with “Interstellar”? Can Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels still be dumberer? Will Katniss convince us to see “Mockingjay, Part 2” in 2015? With the Daily Herald's Fall Film Guide as your road map, you'll be able to answer all those questions and more.

     
  • Gire: Blue Whiskey series presents 'When Harry Met Sally' Aug 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Blue Whiskey Cinema Series presents its fall season, kicking off with "When Harry Met Sally." Dann and Raymond take a look at some of the greatest sex symbols in cinema at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

     
  • Gire: Congratulations to teen film fest winners Aug 21, 2014 8:54 AM
    Dann congratulates the student filmmakers who took home the prizes at the Eighth Annual Teen Film Festival sponsored by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library last weekend. Plus, he supplies his weekly list of movie events for the Northwest suburbs.

     
  • Gire: 5 minutes with 'The Giver' stars Aug 15, 2014 5:50 AM
    Dann interviews Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush, the young stars of the new fututistic sci-fi drama "The Giver."

     
  • How Robin Williams may have saved Christopher Reeve’s life Aug 13, 2014 10:33 AM
    In 1995, “Superman” star Christopher Reeve was about to undergo an operation after a devastating equestrian accident. “At an especially bleak moment,” Reeve reported, “the door flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown” speaking in a hilarious Russian accent.” He, of course, was Chicago-born Robin Williams, Reeve’s lifelong friend since they roomed together at Julliard.

     
  • Five visual cliches movies need to deep-6 Aug 7, 2014 5:00 AM
    Balloons, fireworks and the "Wild Bunch" march: Dann presents his five most tiresome visual cliches he'd be fine never seeing again in movies.

     
  • Reel life: Did 'Hercules' surpass studio's expectations? Aug 1, 2014 5:24 AM
    Did the studio screw up by burying the "Hercules" screenings until it was too late for positive reviews? Dann offers up his assessment. He also reveals the five hackneyed lines of dialogue he would like to never hear for the next five years.

     
  • Reel life: Five years of Blue Whiskey fest Jul 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    The fifth annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival got off to a strong start Sunday night at the Star Cinema Grill in Arlington Heights with the Illinois premiere of James Ward Byrkit's smart and inventive science-fiction thriller “Coherence,” about a group of friends whose dinner gets interrupted by a massive collision of alternate realities. Always a party buzz-kill, I say.Did anyone at Palatine-based Blue Whiskey ever think the fest would make it to five years? “Actually, yes,” managing director J. Spencer Greene told me.

     
  • 5 questions with actor/director Zach Braff Jul 17, 2014 10:16 AM
    Dann interviews Zach Braff about his second film “Wish I Was Here,” kickstarted by 47,000 contributors. “You have to do right by 47,000 people instead of just one person,” Braff said. “Plus, you've got to fulfill 47,000 individual promises. One person gets a free screening in Chicago. Another person you said you'd propose their wedding for them. It's an extraordinary amount of work to do.”

     
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