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02/21/17 'Ghost Adventures' host recalls spooky suburban experiences
By Jamie Sotonoff and Dann Gire - Before he hunted ghosts for the Travel Channel, "Ghost Adventures" host and Glenbard West alumnus Zak Bagans recalls some spooky experiences in the suburbs. FULL STORY
02/16/17 Down to the wire with Oscars and Gire as Academy Awards loom
By Dann Gire Daily Herald film critic - Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire previews upcoming movie events in the Northwest suburbs, including Oscar predictions programs and a new "Movies on Movies" series in Park Ridge. FULL STORY
02/16/17 Sparse laughs assail thin sketches in comedy 'Fist Fight'
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Highland Park High School grad Richie Keen's new comedy "Fist Fight" throws sucker punches with a cast that includes Charlie Day, Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan. Cube plays a hotheaded teacher who wants to put Day in stitches, but not his... FULL STORY
02/16/17 Stock characters, dumb dialogue tear down ' Great Wall'
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Matt Damon saves China from hordes of hungry, telepathic monsters in "The Great Wall," China's most expensive movie production featuring bold color schemes, hyper-dramatic lighting and crisply composed frames, FULL STORY
02/15/17 Fact-based marriage drama 'United Kingdom' comes up short on passion
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo elevate "A United Kingdom," a fact-based, mixed-race romance carried out with such genteel manners you almost forget to become outraged at government actions to break them up. FULL STORY
02/14/17 Highland Park 'Fist Fight' filmmaker inspired by the late John Hughes
By Jamie Sotonoff and Dann Gire - Richie Keen's show biz resume includes stints as an actor, standup comic, sitcom writer and director. This week, the Highland Park High School grad has a new movie coming out: "Fist Fight," starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day. FULL STORY
02/10/17 How your son could star in a Steven Spielberg movie
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment will host an open casting call for the titular role in the fact-based drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. FULL STORY
02/09/17 Hard-boiled, surrealistic 'John Wick 2' a ballet of bullets
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Prepare to be awed by the lighting, sets and action sequences in Keanu Reeves' sequel, "John Wick: Chapter 2." Not since "Lethal Weapon" have choreographed battles so delightfully surprised us with their lyrical... FULL STORY
02/09/17 'Adventure' sorely lacking in bland kid's fantasy film
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - The low-budget tweenager Indiana Jones-style movie "Adventure Club" has its heart in the right place. But the movie's brain has gone comatose and its adrenal glands never get excited. Neither do we. FULL STORY
02/09/17 ‘Affair,' ‘Casablanca' back on the big screen this week
By Dann Gire Daily Herald film critic - Happy 60th anniversary (and Valentine's Day) to "An Affair to Remember." Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr and the Empire State Building star in this romantic classic, and it's showing at a handful of suburban theaters on Feb. 12... FULL STORY
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