The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

After 30 years of business, Thats Rentertainment will close later this summer. The video rental store specializes in independent films. 

That's Rentertainment to close this summer

By Ben Lash June 7, 2015

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...

Chaz Ebert, wife of Roger, introduces The End of the Tour, at The Virginia Theatre during the 17th annual Ebertfest on Thursday.

Feminism shines bright in ‘Girlhood’

By Lillian Barkley April 20, 2015

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,...

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

By Earn Saenmuk April 18, 2015

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...

Box office report: “Chappie”

Box office report: “Chappie”

By Jack Heyden March 19, 2015

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...

Box Office Report: “The Theory of Everything”

Box Office Report: “The Theory of Everything”

By Jack Heyden February 5, 2015

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...

Box Office Report: “Inherent Vice”

Box Office Report: “Inherent Vice”

By Jack Heyden January 29, 2015

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...

Box Office Report: “Birdman”

Box Office Report: “Birdman”

By Jack Heyden November 20, 2014

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...

Box Office Report: “John Wick”

Box Office Report: “John Wick”

October 30, 2014

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...

Box Office Report: ‘Fury’

Box Office Report: ‘Fury’

October 23, 2014

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...

Nora, a 2008 dance documentary by Alla Kovgan, was one of the first films screened on Sept. 2 as part of the Dance Film Festivals first night.

The Art Theater Co-op hosts inaugural Dance Film Festival

By Alexander Vassiliadis September 17, 2014

A theater has a wide variety of purposes. From movies to gatherings, certain theaters specialize in showing different types of art, and for The Art Theater Co-op, a combination of dance and film took place...

Andrew Stengele and crew members during the shooting of one of the 2014 Pens to Lens films, Fast and Furious 8.

Pens to Lens film competition brings screenplays to life

By Earn Saenmuk July 14, 2014

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...

Photo courtesy of Universal

“Endless Love”: not endless, not love

By Elizabeth Dye February 17, 2014

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...

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