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09/16/10 Judge at Elgin film festival might look familiar
By Dann Gire - If you're coming to the Elgin Short Film Festival on Saturday night, look me up. I'll be there with WGN's Dean Richards and other VIPs as judges of the second annual festival shorts, to be shown starting at 7 p.m. at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45... FULL STORY
09/16/10 True grit: Affleck makes tough but tender 'Town' his own
By Dann Gire - "The Town" is a slickly constructed heist thriller that dares to suggest that a person born in violence and brokenness can yearn for something better and can muster the strength to break the cultural and familial chains that have kept him a prisoner... FULL STORY
09/11/10 Ebert brings back new version of 'At the Movies'
By Dann Gire - Producers Roger and Chaz Ebert announced Friday that the cutting-edge movie review TV show "At the Movies" will be resurrected in January on WTTW as "Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies." FULL STORY
09/10/10 'Hurt Locker' screenwriter at Harper College
By Dann Gire - Screenwriter Mark Boal, whose script to "The Hurt Locker" won him an Oscar earlier this year, will speak about his experiences as an embedded journalist in Iraq at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine. FULL STORY
09/10/10 'I'm Still Here' mockumentary plays audience for chumps
By Dann Gire - If Casey Affleck's new movie "I'm Still Here" had been a genuine exploration of Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix's wacked-out journey to become a white hip-hop star, it would have been a shocking, revelatory glimpse into the painful limits that... FULL STORY
09/06/10 Documentaries, demons and a dark lord: Fall films delve for depth
By Dann Gire - The best news of the fall movie season: Only one vampire film will be coming our way, at least up through Nov. 19. FULL STORY
09/05/10 Documentary maker gives comedy a try in 'Going the Distance'
By Dann Gire - Filmmaker Nanette Burstein made her name in the world of documentaries by directing the Hollywood-themed "The Kid Stays in the Picture" in 2002 and "American Teen" in 2008. FULL STORY
09/03/10 Reel Life review: 'Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1, Part 2'
By Dann Gire - "There are no heroes in crime!" says Jacques Mesrine, France's Public Enemy No. 1, just before he meets his bullet-riddled demise in Jean-Francois Richet's "Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1." FULL STORY
09/03/10 The summer's top box office release? 'Toy Story 3'
By Dann Gire - The Walt Disney/Pixar production "Toy Story 3" (in 3-D) mopped up at the summer box office, coming in No. 1 with a take of $405.8 million since its June 18 release. FULL STORY
09/02/10 Over-the-top 'Machete' cuts through grindhouse conventions
By Dann Gire - "Machete" is a deliriously daffy tribute to the over-the-top, 1970s grindhouse features flooded with excessive nudity, sex, violence and hilarious tough-guy dialogue. FULL STORY
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