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Guardians of the Galaxy

In many respects, “Guardians,” directed and co-written by indie wit James Gunn, and starring buffed-up former schlub Chris Pratt and Really Big Sci-Fi Blockbuster vet…

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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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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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Remembering Dick Smith; The importance of "Playtime"; Tom Hiddleston's letter to Joss Whedon; The lazy nihilism of Woody Allen; Fan Bingbing to play Anna May Wong.

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The Lion of Cinema: An Appreciation of “Herzog: The Collection”

A feature that examines Shout Factory's amazing "Herzog: The Collection" film by film.

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Comic-Con 2014: The Saga of "Batkid Begins"

A report on a film about the saga of Batkid.

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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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Network Identities: Sundance, SyFy and Netflix Launch Programs That Play to Their Strengths

What do "Sharknado 2," "The Honorable Woman," and "The Killing" say about the increasingly diverse TV landscape?

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Life Itself

Comic-Con 2014: Costumes, Puppets and Danny Elfman

A report on Comic-Con 2014 and "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton."

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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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Book Excerpt: "Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor" by Glenn Kenny

An excerpt from "Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor" by Glenn Kenny.

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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.