Humanity, hilarity hang in the balance in Melissa McCarthy's so-so 'Superintelligence'
It's a demonstrably difficult task to find a comic screen partner worthy of standing opposite Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy, so you have to appreciate "Superintelligence" for throwing in the towel. But even though the innocuous film is on the bland side, it remains hard not to enjoy two hours with McCarthy.
Passengers, be advised: 'Flight Attendant' is a turbulent rideWatching the first few hours of HBO Max's frantically engaging, darkly humored thriller "The Flight Attendant," one begins to take on the exhaustion that ought to be felt by its lead character -- an alcoholic, party-hearty international flight attendant named Cassie Bowden, played by "Big Bang Theory" alum Kaley Cuoco.
Someone to be thankful for: Lake County restaurateur delivers for first respondersWhen the global pandemic started, the owner of BBQ'd Productions in Lake Zurich and Third Lake made it his goal to give 10,000 meals to first responders and medical personnel on the front lines of the crisis. He not only hit that goal -- he exceeded it.
Elgin's Festival of Lights to brighten up holidaysAfter being unable to hold its annual tree lighting, the City of Elgin is trying to brighten up the holidays with the Festival of Lights at Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave., from Saturday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 27.
'Happiest Season' a breezy, lighthearted, rewatchable rom-comHigh-profile films about lesbian couples are more often than not dramatic, set in the past and pretty sad, so it's refreshing that "Happiest Season" is a modern romantic comedy. Starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, it's also one of the better recent ones, too.
Get in the holiday spirit at Six Flags Great AmericaHoliday in the Park Lights featuring more than 3 million twinkling lights opens Friday, Nov. 27 at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee
How to enter our holiday lights contest starting FridayIt turns out isolation leads to illumination. Forced to stay home because of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, many suburbanites have put up their holiday lights a bit earlier than usual. Their efforts bring a welcome bit of cheer -- and could lead to some great prizes.
Where to cut your own Christmas tree in the suburbsAt least one holiday tradition can still be safely observed despite COVID-19: picking out the perfect Christmas tree for your home. Here's where you can cut your own in the suburbs.
Best Bets: 'Holiday Magic' returns to Brookfield ZooBrookfield Zoo shines bright during its outdoor "Holiday Magic" light display, Six Flags Great America welcomes guests for its "Holiday in the Park Lights" and more this weekend.
Chicago jazz icon Ramsey Lewis celebrates the holiday season virtuallyChicago jazz icon Ramsey Lewis plays selections from his hit 1961 album "Sound of Christmas" along with other holiday favorites Saturday, Nov. 28, as part of his monthly virtual salon.
Dining events: Fry the Coop opens Dec. 1 in Prospect HeightsFry the Coop brings Nashville hot chicken to its new Prospect Heights location, Ever's three-Michelin-starred chef brings some of his dishes to-go to St. Charles on Saturday, and Two Brothers Tap House's heated patio will be open for a limited time on Black Friday.
Suburban towns find a way to keep the season jolly with tree lightingsSuburban tree lightings, for many years a traditional way to kick off the holiday season, look different this year because of the pandemic.
Through the Film Magnifier: Glen Campbell, Steve Garvey, Globetrotters, Scrabble tournaments and more
Through the Film Magnifier: Chubby Checker, Harrison Ford, Astronaut Jim Lovell and Dance Fever contestants