‘Wish I Was Here’ not all there

Director Zach Braff has a thing for indie music. He populated his 2004 film “Garden State” with hipster-cred pieces, and his new movie “Wish I Was Here” (Rated R; 106 Min.) demonstrates that preference a little too well. The soundtrack’s first ... Continue Reading →

‘Begin Again’ renews the summer movie

The music movie is dead. At least it was, until about a week ago. It seemed as if after June’s “Jersey Boys” Broadway-turned-movie dud Hollywood was a far cry from the Academy Award winning music biopics earlier in the ‘00s, films like “Ray” ... Continue Reading →

Planet of the apes never transcends monkey business

This summer has been full of ridiculous images on screen. Magneto dropping a baseball stadium on the White House in “X-Men.” An alien vessel dropping a ship on Optimus Prime in “Transformers.” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Rated PG-13; ... Continue Reading →

‘Chef’ sizzles with delicious passion

It’d be easy to say Jon Favreau’s new film looks great because of the gratuitous images of delicious-looking food. Favreau certainly could have relied on the food in “Chef” (Rated R; 114 Min.) to propel him forward without a solid story. Some ... Continue Reading →

The ‘Fault’ is in the script, not the ‘Stars’

It was the famed comedian Bill Cosby who said, “If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.” That’s what writer John Green did when he wrote 2012’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” the blockbuster book which follows two teens, ... Continue Reading →

Trustees agree to table media fee

After postponing fee discussions one month and giving new university president Randy Dunn a few days to study the proposals, fee proposals are expected to go before the board as scheduled Thursday morning with one exception. The Finance Committee is expected ... Continue Reading →

Trustees agree to table media fee

After postponing fee discussions and giving new university president Randy Dunn time to study the proposals, fee proposals are expected to go before the board as scheduled Thursday morning, with one exception. The finance committee is expected to table ... Continue Reading →

‘Spider-Man’ not ‘Amazing,’ but Sony shows improvement

When Sony Pictures announced it would reboot the “Spider-Man” franchise just a few years after “Spider-Man 3,” the move reeked of desperation. And desperate it was. Sony wanted to hold on to the rights lest they revert to Marvel. Thus the muddled, ... Continue Reading →

‘Spider-Man’ not ‘Amazing’ but working on it

When Sony Pictures announced it would reboot the “Spider-Man” franchise just a few years after “Spider-Man 3,” the move reeked of desperation. And desperate it was. Sony wanted to hold on to the rights lest they revert to Marvel. Thus the muddled, ... Continue Reading →
Glenn Poshard makes one of many phone calls Wednesday during his last day as SIU President at the Stone Center. Poshard spent his last day with normal daily tasks such as looking through his mail and setting up appointments, but also spent the afternoon on a tour of campus saying goodbye to faculty and students.
SARAH GARDNER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Glenn Poshard’s final day

President says goodbye to staff, students Glenn Poshard has served in Congress, Korea and at SIU.  But Wednesday he was just driving his car, and soon realized he needed to buckle his seatbelt. “Won’t be the first time I’ve broken the law trying ... Continue Reading →

‘Other Woman’ has a drinking problem

If there’s one thing director Nick Cassavetes knows, it’s how to direct a hysteric Cameron Diaz. Last time he worked with her, on “My Sister’s Keeper,” he made her a nut job. His new collaboration, “The Other Woman” (Rated PG-13; 109 Min.), ... Continue Reading →

Summer 2014: Breaking down the blockbusters pt. 2

And now, the continuation of the summer movie preview… July Tammy (July 2) Melissa McCarthy reprises the role she’s played at least four times now under different names: the loud-mouthed, vulgar woman with a heart of gold buried deep within. It hasn’t ... Continue Reading →

Summer 2014: Breaking down the blockbusters

The sweet smell of freedom is starting to waft in like air conditioning on a blisteringly hot day. Come May 10 that freedom will no longer be a mirage. With the end of school comes summer movie season. This is also known as the three months where audiences ... Continue Reading →

‘Heaven’ has high drama, low payoff

For all the big questions director Randall Wallace’s “Heaven is for Real” (Rated PG; 100 Min.) asks about the afterlife, too many are answered with a shrug. But it’s not for lack of trying — at least not on the actors’ parts. Wallace, the ... Continue Reading →

Pfister’s ‘Transcendence’ earns his degree

Graduation isn’t just for college and high school seniors. It’s also for Oscar-winning cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister. Pfister is well known for his work on Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy and “Inception,” which ... Continue Reading →
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