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11/16/17 Chicago-made 'Thrill Ride' keeps 10-year-old's spirit alive
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - A new adventure film "Thrill Ride" fulfills a promise that Woodstock filmmaker Chris Parrish made to his young son, Mason, that they would one day make movies together. Mason died from a rare form of pediatric brain cancer in 2011 at the... FULL STORY
11/16/17 'Three Billboards' a twisty, well-told, Coen-esque tale
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Frances McDormand plays a grieving mother who takes her campaign against the local police chief (Woody Harrelson) public in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." FULL STORY
11/15/17 'Justice League' drags down superhero film franchise to 'Transformers' level
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - "Justice League" is a vast wasteland of empty visual effects starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Ezra Miller, who nearly redeems the film with his innocent take on Flash. FULL STORY
11/10/17 State lawmakers, inflatable rats call attention to Schaumburg union protest
By Dann Gire - Illinois state senators Laura Murphy of Des Plaines and Cristina Castro of Elgin ignored the inflatable giant rats and stopped in Schaumburg to voice support for union members protesting hiring practices at Lifetime Fitness. FULL STORY
11/09/17 Critics groups used 'the Chicago way' to deal with Disney
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - When Walt Disney Pictures banned L.A. Times film critics from its press screenings, four critics organizations banded together to stop the studios' manipulation of the press. FULL STORY
11/08/17 Kenneth Branagh on point in star-stuffed 'Murder on the Orient Express'
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Kenneth Branagh's handsomely photographed, star-stuffed mystery "Murder on the Orient Express" features a perfectly cast Branagh as Agatha Christie's aging, extremely vain but boisterous and fun detective Hercule Poirot. FULL STORY
11/07/17 How St. Charles skater got on the ice with Cirque du Soleil
By Jamie Sotonoff and Dann Gire jsotonoff@dailyherald.com - Madeline Stammen, from St. Charles, stars in Cirque du Soleil's first ice show, "Crystal," playing the Sears Centre Nov. 16-19. "The fact that Cirque has employed ice skaters is such a big thing in our industry," she says. FULL STORY
11/02/17 Three tells for predicting the 'who' in a movie whodunit
By Dann Gire Daily Herald File Critic - Whodunit? When it comes to movie mysteries, Dann Gire lets film fans in on three common tells. FULL STORY
11/02/17 Film bites: Coen brothers get Danned & Raymonded
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Join Dann Gire and novelist/film historian Raymond Benson as Dann & Raymond's Movie Club examines the phenomenal Coen brothers and their treasure trove of quirky, blackly comic and challenging motion pictures Thursday, Nov. 2, at the... FULL STORY
10/31/17 What's next for Haley Reinhart? More music, maybe movies
By Jamie Sotonoff and Dann Gire - Haley Reinhart's had a tumultous year, but the Wheeling native and "American Idol" alum is moving forward with a new album, a weekend concert and a possible foray into acting. FULL STORY
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