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  • Redmayne to Gyllenhaal, actors lead Toronto buzz Sep 14, 2014 5:45 AM
    This year’s Toronto International Film Festival belonged to the actors. Among the 300-plus films premiering at the annual movie feast, there were many terrific movies. But nothing captured the spotlight of this year’s Toronto like the performances. Instead, the applause was thickest for its stars, many of whom turned in memorable feats of transformation, reinvention and, yes, some pretty interesting hairdos.

  • ‘No Good Deed’ defeats ‘Guardians’ at box office Sep 14, 2014 6:26 PM
    It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat “Guardians of the Galaxy” at movie theaters. The Sony thriller “No Good Deed,” which stars Elba as an escaped convict and Taraji P. Henson as the innocent he terrorizes, opened on top of the box office with $24.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. And Sony wasn’t surprised. “It’s a movie that we really loved and felt that it was going to win,” said Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer.

  • DVD previews: ‘Godzilla,’ ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Sep 13, 2014 6:15 AM
    With Gareth Edwards’ reboot of the 1954 Japanese classic "Godzilla," the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction. The movie not only has more monsters — three, to be precise — but they’re way more interesting than any of the human characters. Check out this DVD, plus "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Think Like a Man Too" on Tuesday.

  • Falling in love with a talking raccoon Sep 25, 2014 10:08 PM
    “I love that movie!” We say stuff like that all the time. But how often do we really mean it — how often do we actually form an emotional attachment to a movie, a TV show, a novel or a video game? It has happened to me in the past month with "Guardians of the Galaxy."

  • SNL vets team up for tears, laughs in 'Skeleton Twins' Sep 11, 2014 2:29 PM
    “The Skeleton Twins” is a small, closely observed chamber piece. That doesn't mean it's trivial. It's an ample vessel for Kristen Wiig's and Bill Hader's talents and tastes, which tend more toward the odd but telling detail than to outsize farce. The actors have an obvious rapport. It's deep enough to evoke the ties, entanglements and bloodletting of a real kinship.

  • 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?

  • Gire: Gandolfini, Hardy add sharp focus to crime drama 'The Drop' Sep 11, 2014 2:11 PM
    The dramatically explosive ending of “The Drop” more than justifies its long, long fuse, resulting in two Big Bangs that create not a moral universe, but a multiverse of moralities the characters can adopt as needed. In novelist Dennis Lehane's gritty Catholic crime tale, efficient and clean performances by the late James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy preserve the drama's keen and cutting edge.

  • Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies at 74 Sep 11, 2014 6:52 AM
    Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. The 7-foot-2-inch performer famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore’s Bond in 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me” and 1979’s “Moonraker.” Bond quipped of the silent baddie: “His name’s Jaws. He kills people.”

  • 'Dolphin Tale 2' a swimming success Sep 11, 2014 5:45 AM
    Containing all the elements that made the 2011 original boy and his dolphin story a hit with audiences and critics, Charles Martin Smith's “Dolphin Tale 2” is another engaging film inspired by the real-life inhabitants of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

  • Film critic predicts Hollywood affair with China Sep 9, 2014 6:53 PM
    Having already acquired a significant share of the American movie theater industry through ownership of the AMC chain, China may soon attain a stronger on-screen presence in Hollywood films as well. Such was the prediction of Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire while speaking to the Schaumburg Business Association on Tuesday. “China is the new frontier,” Gire said.

  • ‘Guardians’ tops box office for fourth weekend Sep 8, 2014 10:51 AM
    “Guardians of the Galaxy” continues to rule the box office universe. The cosmic Marvel adventure arrived in first place at the box office for a fourth weekend with $10.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” sliced off second place in its fifth weekend with $6.5 million.

  • Renovations coming to Lombard movie theater Sep 7, 2014 3:56 PM
    In a few months, moviegoers will have a new and improved experience when they visit the AMC movie theater at Yorktown Center in Lombard. AMC Spokesman Ryan Noonan said the company has decided to do some major renovations to the theater’s 18 auditoriums, including the addition of power reclining chairs, wider aisles and access to more food options and alcohol. “For us, it’s about elevating the guest experience,” he said. “We think guests are really going to respond well to it.”

  • Sweden’s Andersson wins Golden Lion at Venice fest Sep 6, 2014 2:08 PM
    The festival’s Silver Lion for best director went to Russia’s Andrei Konchalovksy for near-silent drama “The Postman’s White Nights.”

  • DVD previews: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Sep 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    One of the great strengths of the “Avengers” mega-franchise has been its canny casting, and “The Winter Soldier” is no exception: Chris Evans once again brings a clean-cut, straight-shooting air of simplicity to Steve Rogers’ principled parago. Happily, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have decided to make this “Captain America” installment something of a two-hander between Steve and Natasha, who as portrayed by Scarlett Johansson continually threatens to steal the entire movie with her slinky martial arts moves and sultry, smoky-voiced one-liners. The film comes to DVD Sept. 9.

  • 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.

  • Clooney to helm film about British hacking scandal Sep 4, 2014 7:10 AM
    Sony Pictures announced Wednesday that George Clooney will co-produce and direct the film version of “Hack Attack,” reporter Nick Davies’ book about the British phone hacking scandal. Clooney said in a statement the account has “all the elements — lying, corruption, blackmail — at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London.”

  • Weinstein to release Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Sep 4, 2014 7:17 AM
    Quentin Tarantino is moving forward with “The Hateful Eight.” The Weinstein Co. says it will distribute the filmmaker’s latest project — a post-Civil War Western — next year in the largest 70mm release in 20 years.

  • ‘The Congress’ a mad, meta Hollywood trip Sep 4, 2014 6:00 AM
    A fictional studio head in Ari Folman's "The Congress" has a mad proposal for actress Robin Wright. What he wants is to scan her, to “sample” her and turn “this thing called Robin Wright” into a digital avatar that the studio can control completely. She just has to sign, never act again, and she (or specifically a younger, 34-year-old computer-generated version of her) will live on in whatever movies the studio wants wants. "The Congress” is urgent and unforgettable, but ultimately gets lost in its surrealism and turns into a metaphysical mess.

  • ‘Identical’ a lackluster Elvis imitator Sep 4, 2014 5:45 AM
    In Dustin Marcellino’s musical “The Identical,” the music is catchy and sounds sufficiently Elvis-like. And “The Identical” occupies a neglected niche as a family-friendly movie that isn’t geared just toward kids. But living up to a legend is an uphill battle, and the movie doesn’t ever reach those heights.

  • Flawed ‘Falcon’ flies with action star White Sep 4, 2014 6:00 AM
    Ernie Barbarasha’s “Falcon Rising” is clearly intended to be the start of a franchise series about John “Falcon” Chapman, who has returned from Afghanistan a broken man suffering from traumatizing flashbacks every time he hears a loud noise. Michael Jai White plays Chapman in an action movie first: a tough but suicidal ex-soldier who takes a U.S. government agent job for the health benefits.

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