Widescreen: Four things I’m thankful for in entertainment this year

The new edition of ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ John Hughes’ Thanksgiving classic got a new 4K/Blu-ray release this week that includes a mother lode of deleted material, including extra scenes with John Candy and Steve Martin that fans have long heard about but never had the chance to see. The movie itself is perfect as … Read more

Widescreen: A free sample of ‘Andor,’ del Toro Q&A and a new theater opens in Glenview

“Star Wars” fans who don’t subscribe to Disney+ will get a chance next week to see the first two episodes of “Andor,” the space-bound spycraft drama from “Michael Clayton” director Tony Gilroy. If “Star Wars” lost you with its never-ending parade of nostalgia and its often-juvenile animated series, “Andor” just might win you back. Set … Read more

Widescreen: Big-screen events starring Batman and Superman’s mom

Director Matt Reeves reinvented the Caped Crusader for the big screen earlier this year in a three-hour, David Fincher-esque crime epic called “The Batman,” with Robert Pattinson donning the cowl. Pattinson proved himself worthy of a legacy that includes Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck. And composer Michael Giacchino — the king of putting … Read more

Bungled ‘Overwatch 2’ launch demonstrates problem of online-only entertainment

Tuesday’s launch — er, attempted launch — of “Overwatch 2” is destined to become the crux of every argument against entertainment products that only exist online. Blizzard Entertainment launched “Overwatch” in 2016 as a team-based first-person shooter that can only be played as an online multiplayer experience. There is no single-player campaign, no offline mode … Read more

Widescreen: Music Box Theatre’s 31 nights of horror movies begins with all five ‘Final Destination’ flicks

The Freeform channel famously packs its 31 Nights of Halloween with family-friendly scares, but Chicago’s premier movie theater brings the gore for its 31 Nights of Horror Films event. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, begins October’s “Music Box of Horrors: Scared Stupid” series at 9:30 p.m. Saturday with a marathon 35 … Read more

Movie shot in Long Grove headlines ‘Christmas in July’ event

It’s outdoor movie season at Brothers’ Field, 344 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, and the next two weekends include a musical twosome and a special “Christmas in July” event featuring a movie shot right here in the suburbs. The venue boasts more than movies — the website touts a tiki bar, snacks, popcorn and “a … Read more

Stirring ‘Obi-Wan’ finale justifies shaky series’ place in the ‘Star Wars’ canon

The hype and the viewership numbers for “Obi-Wan Kenobi” on Disney+ were massive, and this week’s sixth and final episode finally delivers on the limited series’ expectations. Fans have longed to see Ewan McGregor reprise the role he played in the “Star Wars” prequels, and before Wednesday’s finale, they were “rewarded” with a sparse, unfortunately … Read more