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03/20/14 Woman tells a sordid tale in 'Nymphomaniac Vol. 1'
By Dann Gire - Controversial director Lars von Trier promoted his adult art house film "Nymphomaniac Vol. 1" by creating posters from photographs of his actors captured during moments of sexual ecstasy. That's probably more gratification than most... FULL STORY
03/18/14 'Divergent' author Roth cites her suburban mentors
By Dann Gire and Jamie Sotonoff - Best-selling dystopian science fiction writers don't just fall off trees. They need mentors. Just ask Barrington High School grad Veronica Roth, author of "Divergent," now a Hollywood motion picture opening this weekend. FULL STORY
03/18/14 Chicago-set 'Divergent' sprang to life in author's Barrington bedroom
By Jamie Sotonoff and Dann Gire - Veronica Roth is a Barrington High School graduate with three best-sellers on her resume, plus an upcoming Hollywood film based on one of them. And she's only 25. During winter break from Northwestern, Roth would sleep until 1 p.m., then sit on her... FULL STORY
03/13/14 'Almost Human' made of strong parts that don't fit
By Dann Gire - Writer/director/photographer Joe Begos loves campy, exploitation midnight movies, maniac massacres, sci-fi films and graphic horror tales so much, he stuffed a whole bunch of them into his feature film debut "Almost Human." Look... FULL STORY
03/13/14 'Particle' science makes for a doc that feels like a film
By Dann Gire - You don't normally think of documentaries as being material for a film franchise, but the smart and ultimately suspenseful "Particle Fever" certainly qualifies. It possesses a wonderful mystery -- the search for the elusive... FULL STORY
03/11/14 Gurnee native hits high note as international opera star
By Jamie Sotonoff and Dann Gire jsotonoff@dailyherald.com - Gurnee native Amanda Majeski was rejected when when auditioned for a musical program at Carmel High Schoolin Mundelein. But now, the Northwestern University grad stars in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Mozart's "La Clemenza di... FULL STORY
03/06/14 The 'Empire' strikes out with pompous storytelling
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - How many throats can be slashed, eyeballs pierced, limbs severed, and bodies decapitated before "300: Rise of an Empire" becomes monotonous, visual white noise? (Make that black noise, considering that's the color of most of the... FULL STORY
03/06/14 Expressive 'Lunchbox' a well-plotted romance
By Dann Gire - Not a moment goes by in Ritesh Batra's romance-of-the-heart "The Lunchbox" where we can't read the thoughts and feelings of its two main characters. In this movie, a single look speaks paragraphs and silence answers questions. It's a... FULL STORY
03/06/14 'Bag Man' burdened down by nonsensical clichés
By Dann Gire - You know "The Bag Man" is headed for the cinematic toilet the moment it opens with bad guy Robert De Niro calmly eating dinner, alone, while conducting a business meeting with John Cusack. That's one of those absurd, nonsensical clichés... FULL STORY
03/06/14 'In Fear' packs some thrills, but lacks direction
By Dann Gire - The gimmick in Jeremy Lovering's atmospheric thriller "In Fear" stems from the director's idea to never tell his stars what will happen next, so that when something shocking occurs, cameras will capture true, visceral reactions. In... FULL STORY
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