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06/16/11 Generic 'Green Lantern' lacks punch and power
By Dann Gire - "Green Lantern" packs in plenty of cool CGI-effects, brutal fights (a hypodermic needle in the face!), spectacular explosions and a classic clash between good and evil. Yet, it still comes off as a generic, second-tier superhero movie... FULL STORY
06/16/11 Witless 'Penguins' for the birds
By Dann Gire - Jim Carrey's brand of crazy that served him so well in past comedies has devolved into strained desperation in "Mr. Popper's Penguins." FULL STORY
06/15/11 This 'Company' better suited to stage
By Dann Gire - Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical "Company," loaded with popular TV and stage stars, comes to select movie theaters June 15, 16, 19 and 21. Talent is tops, but the concept -- a stripped bare set with the orchestra on stage watching the actors --... FULL STORY
06/12/11 Senators work on convincing Quinn to sign gambling expansion
By Dann Gire - State Sen. Terry Link of Waukegan wants the casino gambling expansion recently approved by lawmakers to be implemented, but is willing to meet with Gov. Pat Quinn, who says the package is too big. "I wouldn't have passed it if I thought... FULL STORY
06/10/11 Dann in reel life: Naperville natives pour hearts into 'Rigamortis'
By Dann Gire - It's kind of like "Glee" meets "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," but with zombies! "Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story" can be seen for free at rigamortismovie.com. I particularly liked the cute second song, a... FULL STORY
06/09/11 Spielberg's fingerprints all over Abrams' 'Super 8'
By Dann Gire - "The Goonies" meets "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" as J.J. Abrams presents "Super 8," a science-fiction thriller about kids who capture a train derailment on film ... and uncover a diabolical government secret. The IMAX version opens in local... FULL STORY
06/03/11 Dann in reel life: 'Tree of Life' a cinematic experience
By Dann Gire - The best way to describe Terrence Malick's highly anticipated film "The Tree of Life" might be "Stand By Me" as filtered through "2001: A Space Odyssey," but even that description is woefully inadequate. FULL STORY
06/02/11 'X-Men' prequel a first-class affair
By Dann Gire - Matthew Vaughn's marvelously inventive "X-Men: First Class" wraps a classic comic book superhero origin tale around the Cuban missile crisis, then creates a coming-of-age teen angst drama that poses pertinent philosophical questions. The... FULL STORY
06/01/11 Well-constructed 'Yellowbrickroad' leads to confounding finale
By Dann Gire - In the psychological brain twister "Yellowbrickroad," a group of investigators live -- some not as long as others -- to regret retracing the steps of the entire population of a New Hampshire town. In 1940, the town's citizens... FULL STORY
05/30/11 Finding his 'bliss' brings DeCarlo home
By Dann Gire and Jamie Sotonoff - Mark DeCarlo has come along way from his controversial game show "Studs." Now, as part of ABC's new "Windy City Live" team, the Chicago-born DeCarlo shows that underneath his show biz and comedy ties beat the heart of a real journalist. FULL STORY
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