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  • Adam Driver shifts into hyper drive Sep 21, 2014 5:15 AM
    It comes as something of a shock to be talking with Adam Driver and hear so little cursing. Nothing is thrown. Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” has obviously colored impressions of the 30-year-old actor, as has the kind of language often used to describe his performances — words like “primal,” “animalistic” and “raw.” But the gulf between Driver and his “Girls” character (also named Adam), is surprisingly — and impressively — vast.

  • ‘Runner’ outpaces ‘Tombstones’ with $32.5M box office haul Sep 21, 2014 10:21 PM
    The young-adult adaptation “The Maze Runner” raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate. The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson’s hardboiled private eye thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and the $11.9 million opening for the ensemble-cast dramedy “This Is Where I Leave You,” according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • Fey, Bateman have off-screen chemistry, too Sep 20, 2014 6:15 AM
    In the new big-screen adaptation of the best-selling Jonathan Topper novel “This Is Where I Leave You,” Tina Fey and Jason Bateman portray siblings with tight ties that bind. Just minutes after sitting down with the actors recently as they promoted the sprawling ensemble dramedy, opening Friday, it was clear that Fey, 44, and Bateman, 45, had developed a real-life rapport, as well.

  • DVD previews: ‘Neighbors,’ ‘The Rover’ Sep 20, 2014 6:30 AM
    A young couple copes with rowdy frat boys in "Neighbors," a couple of Aussies journey across a post-apocalyptic outback in "The Rover" and a young soon-to-be Polish nun must face her forgotten past in "Ida." All three films come to DVD Tuesday.

  • Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith try to save problematic ‘My Old Lady’ Sep 19, 2014 5:45 AM
    Israel Horovitz proves it’s never too late to learn a new skill. At 75, the prolific playwright has directed his first feature film, an adaptation of his play “My Old Lady.” Unfortunately, it’s a problematic play that’s just as flawed on screen, although some excellent performances from Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith help make up for the script’s shortcomings.

  • ECC’s International Film Series features Japanese ghost story Sep 18, 2014 6:01 AM
    Experience some of the best in foreign cinema this fall during the Elgin Community College Humanities Center’s International Film Series. Held the first and second Friday of each month, the series is part of the center’s effort to foster cross-cultural understanding through cinema.

  • Chastain, McAvoy make 'Eleanor Rigby' a compelling tale Sep 18, 2014 6:05 AM
    All the lonely people. Where do they all belong? You won't hear that line in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them,” a highly absorbing if unwieldy film starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy as a couple struggling to cope — apart and together — with tragedy. But it's an apt 12-word summary of the broader life issues the movie addresses. We're all alone, essentially, no matter how close we grow to others.

  • Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' ratchets up the weirdness Sep 18, 2014 5:00 AM
    It's hard to describe “Tusk” in a way that fully captures its unapologetically demented weirdness. Kevin Smith's latest film is a hybrid of fairy tale, gothic horror, psychological thriller and comedy. It's the saga of a Canadian lunatic who lures an American traveler into his home and then imprisons him for the purpose of transforming the man, surgically, into a walrus. Yes, a walrus.

  • ‘This is Where’ awkwardly straddles comedy, drama Sep 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    Somebody dies. Family gathers to mourn. Everybody’s stuck in one house, packing enough emotional baggage to fill an aircraft carrier. This scenario could be a drama or a comedy — or, in the case of “This Is Where I Leave You,” both: a dramedy. In the best dramedies, of course, laughter and tears alternate seamlessly and gracefully, and you leave both entertained and enlightened. Alas, this isn’t that film.

  • Promising 'Tombstones' gets buried in gore Sep 18, 2014 6:45 AM
    In between doing “Taken” sequels and cashing paychecks for dross like “Battleship” and “Wrath of the Titans,” Liam Neeson manages to sneak in projects of real quality — films that remind viewers of the strength, sensitivity and wounded vulnerability that made us love him in the first place. “A Walk Among the Tombstones” shows every sign of becoming one of those films, until it clatters fatally off the rails.

  • 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.

  • 'Maze Runner' gets trilogy off to strong start Sep 18, 2014 1:37 PM
    Like the book that inspired it — the first of a trilogy that includes “The Scorch Trials” and “The Death Cure” — “The Maze Runner” movie is one heck of a cliffhanger. And if the next installment is as stylish and suspenseful as the first, viewers will be well rewarded.

  • ‘Easy Rider’ bike going to auction Sep 17, 2014 9:24 AM
    The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in “Easy Rider” has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it’s for sale. The auction house Profiles in History told The Associated Press that it estimates the Harley-Davidson will bring $1 million to $1.2 million at its Oct. 18 sale being held online and at its galleries in Calabasas, California.

  • Film explores history of AIDS fight in Africa Sep 17, 2014 5:01 PM
    Roosevelt University will screen the documentary film “Fire in the Blood” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 in Alumni Hall at its Schaumburg campus. The public is welcome to attend. The film explores how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs in Africa.

  • ‘Guest’ a thrilling nod to 1980s horror schlock Sep 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    After proving they could knock-off a conventional home-invasion thriller in “You’re Next,” director Adam Wingate and writer Simon Barrett go totally bat-poop crazy with “The Guest,” a Frankenstein’s stew of horror, suspense, military and action genres seasoned with nervous black humor, synthesized 1980s vibes and tough female empowerment.

  • Judson seeks submissions for faith-based film festival Sep 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    Judson University in Elgin is accepting film submissions for the 11th annual Imago Film Festival to be held March 24-28. The festival showcases independent films dealing with faith issues and emphasizing image and story.

  • ‘Of Mice and Men’ screening coming to the suburbs Sep 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    The recent revival of “Of Mice and Men” starring James Franco may have closed on Broadway, but you can still catch it on the silver screen. The play will be screened in more than 700 movie theaters across the United States, including at many theaters in the Chicago suburbs, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

  • Clooney to receive HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award Sep 16, 2014 6:43 AM
    George Clooney is sure to take home a trophy at next year’s Golden Globe Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Monday that the 53-year-old entertainer and activist will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the ceremony on Jan. 11, 2015.

  • People’s Choice Award goes to ‘Imitation Game’ at TIFF Sep 15, 2014 7:04 AM
    A World War II code-breaker drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch has won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Director Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” claimed the coveted Grolsch People’s Choice Award on Sunday.

  • Gillian Anderson on-screen Tuesday in ‘Streetcar’ Sep 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    If you can’t get to London in time to catch Gillian Anderson is constant motion onstage in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” her orbit is about to get larger. Starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Fathom Events, National Theatre Live and BY Experience will broadcast to movie theaters worldwide, and at select suburban theaters ranging from Batavia to Lincolnshire, the fresh, critically cheered take on Tennessee Williams’ classic tale from London’s Young Vic Theatre.

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