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A less than Fantastic Four

By Thomas Simpson Contributor There are film franchises that don’t need a reboot and there are those that do. Fantastic Four was positioned firmly in the latter camp. Tim Story’s two films aren’t without their charm but with the…

Summer Starlight Theatre shows sparkle

By Richard Gubbe and Rachel Gubbe Timeless and timely are intertwined in the fabric of all four Starlight Theatre performances at Rock Valley College this summer. The first run of each of the four shows again exhibited the…

Tomorrowland not deserving of harsh criticism

By Thomas Simpson Contributor Hollywood is often criticized for its lack of original ideas. Films are generally adaptations, remakes or reboots of some sort. When it comes to Disney nothing is off limits, including drawing inspiration…

San Andreas promises action, delivers on it

By Thomas Simpson Contributor It feels like Dwayne Johnson can do no wrong. After helping revamp the Fast and the Furious franchise in 2011, he went on to become the highest grossing actor of 2013. Audiences love him and even the…

Theater Review: There’s a new show in town!

By Bill Beard Theater Critic When I first moved to Rockford some 25-plus years ago, I was surprised to find there was so much live theater around. New American Theater (NAT), of course, was at its zenith, both colleges had active “four…