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04/15/11 Burt Reynolds reflects on career before movie festival in Naperville, Woodridge
By Dann Gire, Daily Herald film critic - In advance of his visit to the suburbs, I played Five Questions With Burt Reynolds, who is preparing to meet fans at a mini-film festival in his honor this weekend in DuPage County. FULL STORY
04/14/11 'Scream 4' amps up the gore
By Dann Gire - It's a case of creative rigor motis setting in as the fourth "Scream" comic horror film succumbs to the same conventional cliches that it professes to skewer. Blood, guts and complications replace orginality and clever twists. FULL STORY
04/14/11 Cute 'Rio' undercut by cliches, stereotypes
By Dann Gire - "Rio," the latest 3-D animated adventure with serviceable music, kid movie cliches and ethnic stereotypes, isn't as bad as "Hop." But it's no "Toy Story 3" either. At least the generic story is pumped full of life by bright and crisp animation. FULL STORY
04/08/11 Dann in reel life: 'Super' turns out to be just that
By Dann Gire - Dann Gire reviews "Super," revisits the problems he had with "Hop" and fields a few suggestions for other films with great "gotcha" endings. FULL STORY
04/07/11 Dated 'Arthur' turns out to be one dud-ly remake
By Dann Gire - When you get caught between the moon and New York City, the best that you can do should be much better than this remake of the Dudley Moore/Liza Minnelli romantic comedy. Yet, here it is, a dated dud of a movie eking by on the limited ingratiating... FULL STORY
04/07/11 Art house meets grindhouse in 'Hanna'
By Dann Gire - If you see Joe Wright's amazing action movie "Hanna," pay close attention to a scene where Hanna's father, Erik (played by Eric Bana), arrives at a bus station. This accomplished sequence and others like it are why film critics will do... FULL STORY
04/07/11 IMAX documentary makes most of animal stars
By Dann Gire - "This story's like a fairy tale," narrator Morgan Freeman tells us with his mellifluous vocal chords, "except it's entirely true." Of course, it's not entirely true that raising orphan orangutans in Borneo and orphan... FULL STORY
04/05/11 Wadhwa, Harada win for Oakton board
By Dann Gire - Patricia Harada and Jody Wadhwa won two, 6-year terms on the Oakton Community College board, a tight three-candidate race. With all precincts reporting early today, unofficial totals showed Harada and Wadhwa leading student trustee Eric Staley. FULL STORY
04/05/11 Prospect Hts. District 23 tax increase fails; Bednar to join Botwinski, Hess, Peters on board
By Dann Gire - Challenger James Bednar will join incumbents Carol Botwinski, David Hess and Mari-Lynn Peters on the Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 board, which will have to go without a proposed .35 percent increase in the school's tax rate. Voters... FULL STORY
04/05/11 Walsh, Tenuta join incumbents on MP park board
By Dann Gire - With all but one of the precincts reporting in the race for the Mount Prospect Park District board, challenger Susan Walsh holds a firm lead over incumbents Timothy Doherty and William Klicka. Holding fourth place in the race for four seats is Lisa... FULL STORY
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