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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


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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 than a depiction of war atrocities – it was a look into the human soul. Director Oliver Stone ad...

‘Goodbye Solo’ features an unlikely bond

April 28, 2014


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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 between a warm and cheery black taxi driver, who is offered a unnerving proposition by a significantl...

‘Young Adult’ succeeds through writing, low point sympathies

By Carly Charles

April 27, 2014


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“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 of destruction, we may in turn discover some less than beautiful truths about ourselves and those a...

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

By Raymond Sobczak

April 27, 2014


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“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 home for troubled teens. The film starts with Grace riding up to the home as her boyfriend Mason,...

'Life Itself:' A look beyond Ebert

By Declan Harty

April 26, 2014


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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 for criticism.The film directed by Steve James, who has long been supported by Ebert in films like ...

Patton Oswalt hosts free, close screening for students

By Rebecca Jacobs

April 24, 2014


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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 to an audience at Foellinger Auditorium last night. Kicking off Ebertfest 2014, Oswalt hosted a free sc...

Film screenings

April 22, 2014


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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 Itself Thursday, April 24 1 p.m. — Museum Hours 4 p.m. — Short Term 12 9 p.m. — Young Adul...

Life-size statue commemorates Roger Ebert

Life-size statue commemorates Roger Ebert

April 22, 2014


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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 months after Ebert died from years of battling cancer, the life-size bronze sculpture depicts the ...

Q-and-A: Filling Roger Ebert’s shoes

Q-and-A: Filling Roger Ebert’s shoes

April 22, 2014


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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 deciding factor for Roger when he chose which movies to screen? Mary Susan Britt: Roger always chose...

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

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

By Annabeth Carlson

April 22, 2014


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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 walls. Diane and Gary are just shy of 70 years old, and these items tell the story of their life. One...

Roger Ebert’s reviews inspire, resonate love for film

Roger Ebert’s reviews inspire, resonate love for film

By Declan Harty

April 22, 2014


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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 film industry, and hundreds of sub-par films, one of Ebert’s lifelong loves was the cinema. “H...