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07/20/17 Searing documentary 'City of Ghosts' honors Syria's citizen journalists
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Citizen journalists in Syria risk being tortured and publicly beheaded for simply sending out tweets and photos on social media. The story of these daring reporters becomes the stuff of a riveting nonfiction thriller in Matthew Heineman's... FULL STORY
07/20/17 Sci-fi fantasy 'Valerian' done in by bad casting, convoluted plot
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - French filmmaker Luc Besson has made some doozy movies in his career, but none matches the effervescent incoherence and dumbfounding miscasting of the pop-shlock-culture-driven 3-D fantasy "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets." FULL STORY
07/20/17 Jane Fonda to accept prestigious Gold Hugo Award in Chicago
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda will come to Chicago to receive the Chicago International Film Festival's prestigious Gold Hugo Career Achievement Award for her career in movies and television. FULL STORY
07/18/17 Suburban native designs Fender guitars for Clapton, other stars
By Jamie Sotonoff and Dann Gire - World-renowned guitar builder George Blanda, who grew up in LaGrange, has designed custom guitars for Fender for the past 32 years. Among the recipients? Eric Clapton. FULL STORY
07/18/17 Christopher Nolan's well-crafted 'Dunkirk' an immersive, tempered World War II drama
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Christopher Nolan directs the fact-based, Oscar-bound drama "Dunkirk," a visually commanding account of a daring rescue of Allied troops trapped on the beaches of France. FULL STORY
07/17/17 Dann Gire recalls talking zombies with filmmaker George Romero
By Dann Gire - The late horror director George Romero, 77, leaves behind a rich legacy of politically charged zombie movies. Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire recalls his favorite interview with the iconic storyteller. FULL STORY
07/13/17 'Misfortune' a neo-noir thriller of stark simplicity
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - An old-fashioned neo-noir thriller, the cleverly titled "Misfortune" is a work of stark simplicity accompanied by Calvin Markus' superbly minimalist, horror-worthy score, rendered in high-grade sound. FULL STORY
07/13/17 No ancient Chinese secret here: 'Wish Upon' is contrived and silly
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - In the contrived teen horror tale "With Upon," Joey King's Clare finds an ancient Chinese box containing seven wishes. But each wish carries a blood price, a death carried out in such restrained and uncreative ways that even those... FULL STORY
07/13/17 Dad makes ‘Ghost Story' filmmaker not afraid of no ghosts
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Milwaukee-born filmmaker David Lowery credits his theology professor father, who terrified him as a child with scary stories, for his success making "A Ghost Story" starring Oscar-winner Casey Affleck. FULL STORY
07/11/17 Evanston High School grad spins romantic web for Spidey in ‘Homecoming'
By Dann Gire and Jamie Sotonoff - Former Evanston resident and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" actress Laura Harrier read the original 1960s Marvel comic books to gain insight into Peter Parker's high school crush, Liz Allan, but wound up creating a whole new Liz for... FULL STORY
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