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That's Rentertainment to close this summer

That's Rentertainment to close this summer

By Ben Lash

June 7, 2015


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After 30 years of business, locally-owned video rental store That’s Rentertainment has announced it will be closing this summer. The store opened in June 1985 in the back of Johnstowne Center on campus as a video and record rental store. It specializes in independent films and is located today at 51...

Feminism shines bright in ‘Girlhood’

Feminism shines bright in ‘Girlhood’

By Lillian Barkley

April 20, 2015


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Céline Sciamma’s “Girlhood” tackles stereotypes from the first scene. The 2014 French film was screened Friday at the 17th annual Ebertfest. The film is the coming-of-age tale of 16-year-old Marieme, played by Karidja Touré, who comes from a low-income home with two younger sisters, a workin...

‘The Son of the Sheik’ brings silence fascination to Ebertfest

By Earn Saenmuk

April 18, 2015


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It wasn’t my first time at Ebertfest, but this time, I went into The Virginia Theatre nervous, wondering what it would be like to watch a silent film. “The Son of the Sheik” is the first silent film I have ever seen, but it is also the only film created before 1980 that I’ve ever seen, as it wa...

Box office report: “Chappie”

Box office report: “Chappie”

By Jack Heyden

March 19, 2015


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There are only so many hypothetical portrayals of the future that you can lay in front of an audience until a film loses credibility, and that is exactly where “Chappie” went astray. Telling lies has always been a major gray area in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. In fantasy, you can get away wit...

Box Office Report: “The Theory of Everything”

Box Office Report: “The Theory of Everything”

By Jack Heyden

February 5, 2015


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Bearing a haunting resemblance to 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Theory of Everything” wonderfully unveils a biography boiling with heartbreak and reality without glazing over a period in history. The film takes a look at the relationship between esteemed physicist Stephen Hawking and his w...

Box Office Report: “Inherent Vice”

Box Office Report: “Inherent Vice”

By Jack Heyden

January 29, 2015


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I don’t know what the hell I just saw, but I liked it.  You know those films that you see and can barely follow because there’s so much going on, but then after straining your mind for an hour, it suddenly hits you? That was me about halfway through this film.  Ever since I saw “The Master,...

Box Office Report: “Birdman”

Box Office Report: “Birdman”

By Jack Heyden

November 20, 2014


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I knew that Michael Keaton would be playing a mirage of himself (given that both he and his character were both formerly cast as megastar superheroes), and I knew that I was going to like what I saw on the screen.  It was by far the most original film I have seen in a very long time — not solely for...

Box Office Report: “John Wick”

Box Office Report: “John Wick”

October 30, 2014


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My thought process walking out (or escaping) the theater was to label “John Wick” as either bad or really bad depending on how pissed off traffic made me on the ride home. And I will say that I hit more red lights than I intended to.  The film concerns a retired hit man played by Keanu Reeves, who bre...

Box Office Report: ‘Fury’

Box Office Report: ‘Fury’

October 23, 2014


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Quite possibly vying to be the biggest surprise of Oscar season, “Fury” is a driven movie capable of evoking strong emotions in any viewer.  At first glance it might seem to be another rudimentary war film, cookie cut with a star-studded cast and dazzling special effects; however, it was far more dev...

Pens to Lens film competition brings screenplays to life

Pens to Lens film competition brings screenplays to life

By Earn Saenmuk

July 14, 2014


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A number of student screenwriters may soon see their vision on the silver screen as filmmakers, actors and artists in Central Illinois produce a number of films based on submissions to Pens to Lens, a screenwriting competition for students K-12. Participants had the opportunity to submit their screenplays unt...

“Endless Love”: not endless, not love

“Endless Love”: not endless, not love

By Elizabeth Dye

February 17, 2014


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Shots of two insanely attractive teenagers wrapped around each other’s bodies with their tongues navigating each other’s mouths; slow motion scenes of them running around scantily clad in water-soaked swimsuits; a glimpse of the pair holding hands while jumping off a pier into a lake; and a shot o...