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  • Hollywood ‘Godzilla’ finally stomps home to Japan Jul 10, 2014 11:52 AM
    Tokyo is rolling out the red carpet for Hollywood’s “Godzilla” remake although the nation that gave birth to the fire-breathing monster is seeing the latest movie after it opened everywhere else. “Godzilla,” opening in the U.S. May 16, has grossed more than $488 million globally. But trepidation remains about its reception in Japan because of the intense loyalty fans feel toward the original. The film opens in Japan on July 25.

  • Superior 'Apes' sequel a bold, bleak look at violence Jul 10, 2014 2:02 PM
    Every 3-D scene in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” screams epic. Actually, more than epic. EPIC. A fiery sequence set in a hellish San Francisco conjures up a burning Atlanta from “Gone With the Wind.” An ape army invasion recalls the fantastically realistic ground warfare from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. It's that impressive, Dann Gire says.

  • Wauconda remembers 'The Blues Brothers' shot in town 35 years ago Jul 10, 2014 5:42 AM
    A mission from God brought Dan Akyroyd and John Belushi to Wauconda in July 1979. Thirty-five years later, locals who were there remember "The Blues Brothers" coming to town. “The village was crazy busy,” said Wauconda resident Jayne Stuckmann, who was 20 at the time.

  • Kathy Bates enjoying roaring resurgence Jul 7, 2014 6:04 AM
    Kathy Bates calls herself “an old lion.” The actress says she also plays one in the big-screen comedy “Tammy,” in theaters now. Bates portrays Lenore, a successful entrepreneur who figuratively slaps sense into the film's lovable loser of a titular character (Melissa McCarthy). The 66-year-old “Misery” Oscar winner tells us more.

  • ‘Transformers’ tops ‘Tammy’ on weak July 4 weekend Jul 6, 2014 11:01 PM
    The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and the Melisa McCarthy comedy “Tammy” led the weakest summer holiday weekend in at least a decade.

  • Anime Midwest in Rosemont home to the fantastical Jul 6, 2014 9:12 AM
    Almost 10,000 fans of Japanese animation convened in Rosemont this weekend for an event that features bizarre costumes, foam weapons, formal dances and plenty of free ramen. “I like dressing up,” says Abbi Witt, 15, of Cary, who's dressed as Harley Quinn, wife of the Joker in Batman comics.

  • McCarthy and Falcone are goofballs in matrimony Jul 6, 2014 5:00 AM
    “There’s the Mooch,” says Ben Falcone brightly as his wife, Melissa McCarthy, enters the room. It’s a term of endearment, a long-used nickname between the two who have been paired in love and comedy since they were aspiring performers at the Groundlings, the Los Angeles improv school. Their long partnership reaches a professional crescendo Friday with the release of “Tammy,” a road trip comedy they wrote together that McCarthy stars in and Falcone directs.

  • Ford injury to halt ‘Star Wars’ for 2 weeks Jul 6, 2014 5:07 PM
    Harrison Ford’s injury will cause production on “Star Wars: Episode VII” to be suspended for two weeks. Disney announced Sunday that shooting would be halted for two weeks in August to adjust the production schedule following Ford’s injury. The 71-year-old broke his leg in June during filming of the much-anticipated sequel at Pinewood Studios outside of London.

  • DVD previews: ‘Bad Words,’ ‘Le Week-End’ Jul 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    Lovable everyman Jason Bateman plays despicable misanthrope Guy Trilby, which might explain why, despite Guy’s over-the-top flaws, he’s still worth watching in "Bad Words," coming Tuesday to DVD.

  • Thumbs-up: Ebert documentary a revealing, personal portrait Jul 3, 2014 11:27 AM
    Steve James' unflinchingly honest, highly detailed and personally revealing documentary “Life Itself” accurately captures the late Roger Ebert. Using interviews, archival materials, and wonderfully narrated passages from Ebert's published 2011 biography “Life Itself” (delivered in a perfect Ebertian voice by actor Stephen Stanton), James' movie goes straight for the heart, mind and gut.

  • War hero Zamperini lived ‘unimaginable drama’ Jul 3, 2014 7:11 PM
    Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, has died. He was 97. Zamperini is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” which is being made into a movie directed by Angelina Jolie.

  • Haggis on ‘Third Person,’ Bond and Wilde sex scene Jul 3, 2014 5:51 AM
    Dann Gire interviews Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis on his movie “Third Person.” “Usually I open veins for my movies, but for this one I really did open an artery,” he said. “I wanted to make a film like the films that I loved from the 1960s and 1970s. Godard. Bunuel. Antonionio. Films that left you with an emotional reaction at the end. You didn’t necessarily have all the answers.”

  • Adam Levine tries big-screen turn in ‘Begin Again’ Jul 3, 2014 5:15 AM
    Adam Levine knows pop stars-turned-actors are greeted suspiciously. But following his movie debut in the recently released “Begin Again,” the Maroon 5 frontman is exuberant about a potentially budding movie career. “It really made me fall in love,” said Levine in a recent interview. “It’s the very beginning of something really cool.”

  • 'Snowpiercer' a mind-blowing visual class struggle Jul 3, 2014 8:15 AM
    Bong Joon-ho's bleakly futuristic drama “Snowpiercer” is a mindblower. The only movie that I can compare it to would be Peter Greenaway's once-X-rated 1989 masterpiece “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover,” a political allegory that takes place inside a French restaurant, a microcosm of the world ruled with impunity by a cultured thug. The political allegory “Snowpiercer” takes place inside a super train, a microcosm of the world ruled by a never-seen Oz-like inventor named Wilford. In a concise introduction, we witness how humanity has overreacted to global warming by seeding the planet with cooling chemical enzymes that wind up plunging Earth into another Ice Age.

  • Reel life: See, discuss 'Jaws' at Elk Grove Cinema Jul 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    See why "Jaws" heralded the era of blockbuster movies with a screening at the Elk Grove Cinema, followed by a discussion session. Also, quadruple amputee Travis Mills will attend and discuss a screening of the documentary "Travis: A Soldier's Story" at the River East 21 Theaters in Chicago.

  • Oscar-nominated writer-director Mazursky dies Jul 2, 2014 10:11 AM
    Paul Mazursky, the innovative and versatile director who showed the absurdity of modern life in such movies as “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and “An Unmarried Woman,” has died. He was 84. Later in life, Mazursky acted in such TV series as “The Sopranos” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

  • Antioch Movies in the park: Jul 2, 2014 5:48 PM
    Residents are invited to attend Antioch’s first Movies in the Park of the summer to view “Frozen” on Wednesday, July 9, at Bandshell at 902 Skidmore Drive.

  • 'Evil' delivers strong cast, scary moments Jul 2, 2014 2:54 PM
    “Deliver Us From Evil” offers some scary scenes of mounting dread, but they're diminished by animals and bloody humans suddenly popping into view for cheap theatrics. Instead of creating a standard horror tale with a detective subplot, director/co-writer Scott Derrickson uses Ralph Sarchie's non-fiction book “Beware the Night” as the basis to tell a detective mystery with a demonic subplot.

  • Music powers rebirth in 'Begin Again' Jul 2, 2014 6:15 AM
    Filmmaker John Carney's latest film, “Begin Again,” which opens Wednesday, is a love letter to the transformative power of music — the way it can chart our lives and provide solace for trying times. It's an earnest reminder of the simple majesty of music, even in the disposable age of iTunes. The original title was “Can a Song Save Your Life?” and there's no doubt as to the film's answer. It's a follow-up of sorts to Carney's 2006 Oscar-winning indie sensation “Once.”

  • Family-friendly ‘Earth’ an echo of ‘E.T.’ and other kid hits Jul 1, 2014 6:20 AM
    Another “found footage” film, “Earth to Echo” is the pleasant, family-friendly feature directorial debut of music video and shorts director Dave Green, who fashioned this admittedly derivative film as a nostalgic throwback to such kid hits as “E.T.,” “Stand By Me” and “The Goonies.” But Green fails to establish a separate identity for his film outside of its obvious cinematic inspirations.

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