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War Story

Director Mark Jackson’s drama is a chilly study in grief starring Catherine Keener as a war-zone photographer shattered by her experiences in Libya.

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Hercules

Dwayne Johnson tries, but he’s surrounded by poor CGI and a terrible adaptation of yet another comic book. Ian McShane steals what little movie there…

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Far Flungers

Exploring Israel-Palestine Through Movies

The Table of Contents for our 4-part series.

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A breakdown of the opening of "Inglourious Basterds"; in praise of old TV; the ethics of torrenting; Shining twins, activate!

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Comic-Con 2014: Star Trek Kickstarter Film "Prelude to Axanar"

A report from SDCC on the Kickstarter "Star Trek" film, "Prelude to Axanar."

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"Lucy" and the enduring appeal of the instance upgrade; why the second Indy movie is so dark; in defense of ComicCon; the Coens and souls at hazard.

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The spark of life: James Shigeta, 1933-2014

An appreciation of James Shigeta, best known for playing Joseph "Joe" Takagi in the original "Die Hard."

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Life Itself

‘Life Itself’ is Being Shown at the Historic Virginia Theatre

"Life Itself" screens at The Virginia Theatre in Champaign-Urbana from July 28th to August 1st.

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Comic-Con 2014: Highlights From the Pressroom

Highlights from the 2014 Comic-Con, including "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Book of Life," "The Boxtrolls," "Hitman: Agent 47," and more.

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Exploring Israel-Palestine through Movies, Part 4: Pro-Palestinian Narratives and Conclusions

The fourth and final part in a series on how film has addressed the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

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Roger Ebert's legacy; The decline of Woody Allen; The history of TMZ; Lawsuit filed to prove 'Happy Birthday' is in the public domain; Harassment at Comic-Con.

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Lenses and Reflections: "I Origins" and the history of the eye closeup

Mike Cahill's "I Origins" is just the latest in a history of film's obsessed with the human eye.

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Comic-Con 2014: Ships of the Line

A report on an SDCC panel called "Ships of the Line."

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The Persistence of Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg is not only not going away but he's entering a new phase of his career.