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  • Tivoli hosts special screening of 'Tim's Vermeer' Apr 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    The After Hours Film Society presents Penn & Teller's documentary “Tim's Vermeer” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Dann & Raymond's Movie Club usually convenes on the first Thursday of the month (that would be May 1) at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg. But a schedule change has bumped us to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15. We decided to present 14 motion pictures we both really like, but have never presented so far in our seven-year partnership. Raymond tilted more toward the classics in his choices; I went more for movies I know may be flawed, but I love them nonetheless.

  • Trial and error lead to Kinnear's career Apr 17, 2014 5:00 AM
    Greg Kinnear, star of the new movie “Heaven is for Real,” grew up in Indiana, and he said, “The Midwest is funnier than people on the coasts. They get it, you know? It's those cold winters, man. Keeps them inside and keeps them thinking! I know it sounds like a silly generalization, but I do think there's a warmth and a real sense of community when I come back to this part of the country.”

  • Are you ready for 16 hours of Sci-Fi Marathon? Apr 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    Sixteen hours worth of Sci-Fi Marathon hits the Patio Theater this weekend. Prepare yourself! Plus, Dann talks to a reader about the non-biblical inspirations for Darren Aronofsky's epic "Noah," and provides his weekly quota of film notes.

  • Reel life: The goods and bads of 'Noah' Apr 3, 2014 5:00 AM
    Dann reacts to seeing those petrified fallen angels in Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic “Noah” that resemble a Flintstones' version of “Transformers.” He thinks these character would be right at home in another sequel to “The Never-Ending Story.” But in a serious biblical drama? These guys don't rock at all. And what's up with the depiction of Adam and Eve as ambulatory yellow glow sticks?

  • Reel life: Join Dann for more comedy clips Mar 27, 2014 5:00 AM
    Dann Gire and Raymond Benson present Part 2 of the Greatest Comedy Movies of All Time at the Schaumburg Township District Library. Also, don't miss the Chicago Film Critics Association's screening of Otto Preminger's 1954 western "River of No Return" at the Elk Grove Cinema.

  • Reel life: Bateman breaks out as 'Words' director Mar 20, 2014 2:35 PM
    Time to play Five Questions with Jason Bateman, the popular and critically acclaimed actor now making his directorial debut with “Bad Words,” opening this weekend. Then Dann goes after Hollywood screenwriters for murdering the English language.

  • 'Almost Human' made of strong parts that don't fit Mar 13, 2014 5:00 AM
    Writer/director/photographer Joe Begos loves campy, exploitation midnight movies, maniac massacres, sci-fi films and graphic horror tales so much, he stuffed a whole bunch of them into his feature film debut “Almost Human.” Look carefully and you'll notice not-so-subtle references to a kajillion other genre films. It's a bloody valentine to the low-budget shockers of the sort that once flooded the screen at New York's seedy Liberty Theater on 42nd Street.

  • 'Particle' science makes for a doc that feels like a film Mar 13, 2014 5:00 AM
    You don't normally think of documentaries as being material for a film franchise, but the smart and ultimately suspenseful “Particle Fever” certainly qualifies. It possesses a wonderful mystery — the search for the elusive “god particle” by physicists — and a benign rivalry between two scientific factions — the theorists and the experimentalists — amid the backdrop of what appears to be the greatest 007 movie set ever built.

  • Expressive 'Lunchbox' a well-plotted romance Mar 6, 2014 12:48 PM
    Not a moment goes by in Ritesh Batra's romance-of-the-heart “The Lunchbox” where we can't read the thoughts and feelings of its two main characters. In this movie, a single look speaks paragraphs and silence answers questions. It's a subtle and infinitely restrained ode to the need for human connection and appreciation, executed with superbly nuanced performances.

  • 'Bag Man' burdened down by nonsensical clichés Mar 6, 2014 2:55 PM
    You know “The Bag Man” is headed for the cinematic toilet the moment it opens with bad guy Robert De Niro calmly eating dinner, alone, while conducting a business meeting with John Cusack. That's one of those absurd, nonsensical clichés passed around from one Hollywood movie to another. David Grovic's directorial debut “The Bag Man” loves these clichés so much, there's hardly room for invention to breathe.

  • 'In Fear' packs some thrills, but lacks direction Mar 6, 2014 2:53 PM
    The gimmick in Jeremy Lovering's atmospheric thriller “In Fear” stems from the director's idea to never tell his stars what will happen next, so that when something shocking occurs, cameras will capture true, visceral reactions. In theory, this sounds intriguing. Except the actors' “real” reactions can't hold a torch to the fake ones cast members create, augment and flavor as needed in other thrillers.

  • Reel life: Catch the Geneva Film Fest wrap party Mar 6, 2014 5:00 AM
    Dann highlights the 7th Geneva Film Festival, continuing through Saturday, March 8. Also, movies of the amazing Meryl Streep (record holder for most Oscar nominations) at Dann & Raymond's Movie Club, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Arlington Memorial Library, plus the Chicago Film Critics Assn. presents “Love, Actually” at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at the Elk Grove Theatre.

  • Wes Anderson graces 'Grand Budapest' screening Feb 28, 2014 9:52 AM
    Meet director/writer Wes Anderson when Chicago's Music Box Theatre hosts an advance screening of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Plus, readers respond to Dann's Oscar snubs story. One wrote: “I concur with your feeling that 'Out of Africa' winning best picture over 'Color Purple' was a farce.” Other unjust Best Picture wins include “Titanic” over “L.A. Confidential.” “Shakespeare in Love” over “Saving Private Ryan.” “Terms of Endearment” over “The Right Stuff.” A reader considers this as “the worst injustice of all time.”

  • Arcada hosts Shirley Temple film fest Feb 20, 2014 6:14 AM
    A Shirley Temple Film Festival takes over the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. The After Hours Film Society shows the Oscar-nominated “The Hunt” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Plus, Dann Gire will do an Oscars prediction program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the St. Charles Library.

  • Arcada to pay tribute to Shirley Temple Feb 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Arcada Theatre will host a Shirley Temple Film Festival beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The tribute will feature a career retrospective and four of the late tap-dancing star’s most noted motion pictures. Adult admission costs $10 (for one or all films); tickets are $3 for kids younger than 10. or call (630) 962-7000.

  • Reel life: Ebert documentary director to speak Feb 13, 2014 5:00 AM
    Dann sees George Clooney's WW II "Monuments Men" again to make sure his review was right. He also reports on the Chicago premiere of the new Roger Ebert documentary "Life Itself," and continues with Oscar prediction programs.

  • Reel life: 'Fantastic Fear' a bit of a bummer Feb 6, 2014 6:00 AM
    Simon Pegg is a very talented comic actor, but you would never guess that in this claustrophobic, strained, sinking cinematic showboat. Pegg plays a former children’s novelist-turned-crime novelist. Now obsessed with researching Victorian serial killers, Pegg’s paranoid nut job prances in his undershorts while hiding out in his junked-up London apartment, holding a knife and waiting with Norman Bated breath for Jack the Ripper to arrive at his door.

  • Glover shares his love for Music Box Jan 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    Dann Gire interviews actor Crispin Glover on his way to Chicago's Music Box Theatre this weekend. (“I always get a little nervous,” Glover confessed, “that I'll get there and no one will show up!”) Dann also previews Dann & Raymond's Movie Club Oscars show.

  • ‘At Middleton’ an honest, moving romance Jan 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    Here comes a witty, smart, perfectly cast and delicately executed romance of the heart between two unhappily married strangers who meet for one day on a college campus. That’s before the story dives into clichés and ridiculous theatrics involving parents gone wild. Adam Rodgers’ movie takes place on the fictional campus of Middleton College where stuffy George (Andy Garcia) drags his unsure son Conrad to orientation at the same time a sassy Edith (Vera Farmiga) has her testy daughter in tow. After some initial probes of each other’s personalities, George and Edith veer off on their own campus tour, slowly and joyfully discovering they share the same sense of humor.

  • 'Invisible Woman' tells tale of Dickens' loves Jan 23, 2014 6:14 AM
    Ralph Fiennes' impeccably mounted period drama “The Invisible Woman” is a tidy and immersive look at the secret romantic life of British novelist Charles Dickens. It's a movie that should have garnered more Academy award nominations than its single nod for Michael O'Connor's impressive costume design.

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