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05/21/18 So-so 'Solo' prequel not equal to classic 'Star Wars' adventures
By Dann Gire - Alden Ehrenreich gives a serviceable, yet uninspired interpretation of the beloved title rogue in Ron Howard's "Solo: A Star Wars Story," which looks like a "Star Wars" movie, but never quite feels like one. FULL STORY
05/20/18 'Star Wars' prequel, 'Incredibles' sequel among summer's hottest movies
By Dann Gire - Superhero adventures, horror tales, remakes and comedies highlight the upcoming summer movie season, which includes "Solo" and a hotly anticipated Pixar sequel. FULL STORY
05/12/18 Nostalgia, low ticket prices keep few remaining suburban drive-ins alive
By Dann Gire - Call them passion pits, "ozoners" or theaters under the stars. Drive-in theaters continue to survive in the suburbs despite declines nationwide. For a taste of nostalgia, head to theaters in West Chicago, McHenry or Sterling. FULL STORY
05/10/18 'Terminal' an interminably dull neo-noir crime non-thriller
By Dann Gire - Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers star in Vaughn Stein's lurid, Cronenbergian revenge tale "Terminal," but 20 minutes into its groaner prattle and inaccessible characters, the shoot-everbody finale of "Reservoir... FULL STORY
05/10/18 Melissa McCarthy gives 'Life of the Party' a comic college try
By Dann Gire - Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy stars in "Life of the Party," a comic celebration of the courage required to pick up the pieces after a divorce. FULL STORY
05/04/18 'RBG' a spirited biography on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
By Dann Gire - "RBG," a spirited documentary directed with nerve and verve by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, is a superbly rendered report on the life and significant legal accomplishments of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. FULL STORY
05/03/18 'Bad Samaritan' a not-so-bad, over-the-top thriller
By Dann Gire - The 10th "Doctor Who" himself, David Tennant, goes totally Norman Bates in "Bad Samaritan," a deliciously cheesy, over-the-top thriller from "Geostorm" director Dean Devlin. FULL STORY
04/24/18 More is too much in ambitious 'Avengers: Infinity War'
By Dann Gire - Intriguing, but virtually devoid of suspense, Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" is an over-stuffed, spectacle-filled superhero mashup out to save the universe. Again. FULL STORY
04/19/18 Amy Schumer shines in empowering romantic comedy 'I Feel Pretty'
By Dann Gire - Amy Schumer's effervescence and sincerity empower "I Feel Pretty," asserting the appeal of female self-confidence in a rom-com co-starring Aidy Bryant and Rory Scovel. FULL STORY
04/11/18 'Rampage' a lighthearted throwback to old-fashioned creature features
By Dann Gire - Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris and Malin Akerman star in "Rampage," a game-based film demonstrating that Chicago has worse things to worry about than corrupt politicians. FULL STORY
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