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‘Born on the Fourth of July’ features veteran’s search for love, acceptance

‘Born on the Fourth of July’ features veteran’s search for love, acceptance

By Stephanie Kim April 28, 2014

I walked into The Virginia Theatre only knowing that “Born on the Fourth of July” starred a young Tom Cruise as a soldier in the Vietnam War. What I didn’t know was that the 1989 film would be more...

‘Goodbye Solo’ features an unlikely bond

April 28, 2014

From the get-go, Ramin Bahrani’s moving third feature film, “Goodbye Solo,” (2008) illustrates a powerful story about two men on the opposite spectrum of life. The movie begins with a conversation...

‘Young Adult’ succeeds through writing, low point sympathies

By Carly Charles April 27, 2014

“Young Adult,” despite its quips and quirk, is an overall painful viewing experience. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, of course, for in floating alongside Mavis Gary on her self-righteous path...

‘Short Term 12’ sheds light on troubled teens’ emotional plights

By Raymond Sobczak April 27, 2014

“Short Term 12," directed and written by Destin Daniel Cretton, is a film about troubled kids, who have even more troubled pasts. Brie Larson plays Grace, a young woman who is the supervisor at a group...

'Life Itself:' A look beyond Ebert

By Declan Harty April 26, 2014

To criticize a film about the life of the arguably most famous film critic, Roger Ebert, would be the epitome of irony. But “Life Itself,” the film documentary based on Ebert’s memoirs, has no room...

Patton Oswalt hosts free, close screening for students

By Rebecca Jacobs April 24, 2014

Patton Oswalt doesn’t think he would be an ideal person to be hijacked and held hostage with. His plan of action would be to stand still, stare at a fixed point and not comfort anyone. Oswalt said this...

Film screenings

April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22 7 p.m. — The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Free student screening, hosted by Patton Oswalt Foellinger Auditorium, University of Illinois campus Wednesday, April 23 7:30 p.m. — Life...

Life-size statue commemorates Roger Ebert

Life-size statue commemorates Roger Ebert

April 22, 2014

Roger Ebert spent just the first quarter of his life in Champaign-Urbana, but a statue of the late film critic will live forever just outside of The Virginia Theatre. Announced in September, just five...

The marquee at The Virginia Theatre during Roger Eberts Film Festival. 

Q-and-A: Filling Roger Ebert’s shoes

April 22, 2014

The associate director of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, Mary Susan Britt, speaks about the film festival’s advancement after the passing of film critic Roger Ebert.  The Daily Illini: What was the...

Diane and Gary Stensland of Urbana showcase their memorabilia from past Roger Ebert’s Film Festivals. Together, the couple has attended 12 Ebertfests and plan on attending this year’s Festival.

Couple collects tokens, memories at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival

By Annabeth Carlson April 22, 2014

In Diane and Gary Stensland’s Urbana home, stacks of books with topics ranging from Abraham Lincoln to weather are found in every room, and photographs of their family, friends and travels paper the...

Roger Ebert looks on in downtown Chicago.

Roger Ebert’s reviews inspire, resonate love for film

By Declan Harty April 22, 2014

From his review of “La Dolce Vita” in 1961 for The Daily Illini to his final Chicago Sun-Times review of “To the Wonder,” Roger Ebert published countless film reviews. Even with the ever-changing...

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