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‘Winter’s Tale’ leads movies

By Pat Quinn | February 11, 2014

Two romantic films kick off Valentine’s Day weekend — one of which outshines the other.“Winter’s Tale”Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Jessica Brown Findlay exude passion in “Winter’s Tale.”The film involves a burglar (Farrell) who falls...

DeKalb County assists Ill.’s soybean production

DeKalb County assists Ill.’s soybean production

By Alissa Jacob | February 9, 2014

DeKalb County was a contributor to the crowning of Illinois as the top soybean-producing state in the nation in 2013.Illinois harvested 462 million bushels of soybeans in the fall, which is 51 million more than any other state in the United States, according...

(Left) Matt Damon and (right) George Clooney star in the Feb. 7 premiere of “The Monuments Men.” 

Stars come out for ‘Monuments,’ ‘LEGO’

By Pat Quinn | February 4, 2014

Hitler’s war against art and the LEGOs war against, well, LEGOs hit the big screen Friday.“The Monuments Men”“The Monuments Men” shares the story of soldiers who searched for art stolen by Nazis in order to preserve culture and history.World...

Actors preform at a dress rehearsal for “The Underpants” Wednesday at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St. “The Underpants” premieres 7:30 p.m. today at Huntley Middle School. The production was written by Steve Martin.

‘Underpants’ comes at ‘perfect time’

By Pat Quinn | January 30, 2014

Students can laugh their pants off at the School of Theatre and Dance’s adaptation of Steve Martin’s “The Underpants.”The witty comedy premieres 7:30 p.m. today at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St.“The Underpants” highlights the story...

Netflix updates shows, movies

By Pat Quinn | January 30, 2014

Not only has Netflix expanded, but it’s improving its content. Oscar-nominated actors and throwback films make an appearance in Netflix’s latest update.Oscar-nominated actors“American Psycho” is one of the best add-ons to Netflix. Christian Bale...

Winter television show premieres

By Pat Quinn | January 28, 2014

Football fans will need something to watch after Sunday’s game. Fortunately, February is a good month for shows.Prepare for the return of dramas, musical talent show and late -night television."The Walking Dead"Although it is beyond cold, television...

Monster movie bites off more than it can chew

By Pat Quinn | January 22, 2014

Frankenstein’s monster, Adam, finds himself in a war between gargoyles and demons in “I, Frankenstein.”The movie stars Aaron Eckhart as Adam and Bill Nighy as Naberius. Nighy worked with writer Kevin Grevioux in the “Underworld” series.“I,...

‘Rake’ raises criminal law bar

By Pat Quinn | January 20, 2014

The new criminal law show “Rake” looks to raise the bar for other television crime shows, as if there aren’t enough crime shows on TV.This one comes off much different than “Law & Order.” The show focuses on a lawyer in the biggest rut of...

CIA, squirrels at the movies

By Pat Quinn | January 15, 2014

The most expensive-to-create Korean animated film and a life-threatening CIA mission hit theaters Friday in “The Nut Job” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”“Jack Ryan” is an action thriller about a CIA analyst...

“Lone Survivor” gives audience a realistic look at war

By Pat Quinn | January 10, 2014

Fans should get ready for a realistic war movie and be moved by "Lone Survivor."This movie is based off a true story written by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, portrayed by Mark Wahlberg. Ben Foster, known for his roles in “3:10 to Yuma” and “Contraband,”...

People ‘annoyed’ over pension plan

By James Green | December 8, 2013

Illinois’ pension plan has NIU faculty and staff feeling ignored while the school contemplates methods of handling the bill.On Tuesday, legislators approved a pension reform bill after years of financial worries in the form of unfunded liabilities and...

‘Hobbit,’ ‘Anchorman 2,’ lead December movies

By Pat Quinn | December 4, 2013

It’s time to get excited for this month’s films, even though finals are around the corner. Keep an eye out for these standout movies over winter break:“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”The sequel to “An Unexpected Journey” continues with...