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03/06/14 Reel life: Catch the Geneva Film Fest wrap party
By Dann Gire - Dann highlights the 7th Geneva Film Festival, continuing through Saturday, March 8. Also, movies of the amazing Meryl Streep (record holder for most Oscar nominations) at Dann & Raymond's Movie Club, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Arlington... FULL STORY
03/04/14 Elk Grove model, dancer making acting her priority
By Jamie Sotonoff and Dann Gire - Tiffany Panhilason could brag to Hollywood casting directors about how she's toured the world as a dancer, performed with stars like Justin Timberlake and Pharrell, and modeled for national ad campaigns. Instead, when she goes to auditions,... FULL STORY
02/28/14 Oscar's wild! Which film will win best picture?
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - The Best Picture Oscar race boils down to this: Will voters go for Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," a classically constructed, historically based prestige drama of the sort traditionally selected for Best Picture? Or will Academy... FULL STORY
02/28/14 Wes Anderson graces 'Grand Budapest' screening
By Dann Gire - Meet director/writer Wes Anderson when Chicago's Music Box Theatre hosts an advance screening of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Plus, readers respond to Dann's Oscar snubs story. One wrote: "I concur with... FULL STORY
02/28/14 Dumb-downed 'Odd Thomas' not overly scary
By Dann Gire - "Odd Thomas" should have been a scary horror movie with comic overtones, or a flat-out comedy with horror overtones. Instead, Stephen Sommers opts for a live-action version of a dumbed-down Scooby Doo adventure in which evil cops... FULL STORY
02/25/14 Glenbard West grad '20 Feet' from Oscar documentary stardom
By Jamie Sotonoff and Dann Gire - Glen Ellyn native Caren Capotosto said, "I seriously think the filming of the first reality show 'Yearbook' at Glenbard West High School when I was a freshman may have subconsciously stuck with me." Sunday, Capotosto will... FULL STORY
02/24/14 Ramis: 'I didn't want to glorify the violence'
By Dann Gire - At a New York press junket for "Ghostbusters," Daily Herald movie critic Dann Gire asked star Bill Murray why Harold Ramis, who cowrote the screenplay with Dan Aykroyd, gave all the good lines to Murray and not himself. "That's... FULL STORY
02/21/14 Numerous nominations mean little when it comes to Oscar wins
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - The Academy Awards won't be handed out until March 2. Meanwhile, as bookies and film fans go about determining odds and predicting the winners, it's time to remember a harsh reality. Voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences don't... FULL STORY
02/20/14 Arcada hosts Shirley Temple film fest
By Dann Gire - A Shirley Temple Film Festival takes over the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. The After Hours Film Society shows the Oscar-nominated "The Hunt" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the Tivoli Theatre in... FULL STORY
02/20/14 Nuanced performances flounder in familiar 'In Secret'
By Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic - Unhappy wives plotting to knock off their insufficient hubbies for profit or romantic upgrades has become a stock commodity in film noir circles. Charles Stratton's exquisitely textured period piece "In Secret" reprises that familiar... FULL STORY
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