Calendar: October 18-24, 2019

October 18th, 2019

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

10/18: Mike Everleth (publisher, Underground Film Journal, Los Angeles, CA)
10/20: Lana Wildman (staff, Route 66 Film Festival, Springfield, IL)
10/24: John May (filmmaker, Tabletop Studios, Madison, WI)
10/23: Blake Stubbs (movie commentator, WGN Radio, Chicago, IL)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

25 Years AgoFriday, October 21, 1994: Following early-bird reviews by The New York Times‘ Caryn James and The Los Angeles Times‘ Kenneth Turan, The Chicago Sun-Times would print Roger Ebert’s ecstatic vote of confidence in the documentary HOOP DREAMS, a Chicago-based production about two inner-city high school students banking on college basketball careers as a step towards the proverbial “way out.” His persistent support of this film famously hit a crescendo when the movie critic cried foul over the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences overlooking it in both the “best picture” and “best documentary” Oscar categories. HOOP DREAMS director Steve James would ultimately return the favor with his work on the Ebert documentary LIFE ITSELF. [R]

105 Years AgoMonday, October 19, 1914: Owners of the brand-new New Orpheum Theatre in downtown Champaign open for business according to the Urbana Courier-Herald; entertainment scheduled for 7:30 and 9 p.m. shows includes “five high-class vaudeville acts,” an “enlarged orchestra,” and “special exclusive photo plays” per a news item and advertisement in that day’s edition. Designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Rapp & Rapp after the Royal Opera theater within the Palace of Versailles in Versailles, France, the building now houses the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. [R]

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (10/18, 4 p.m.)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (10/21, 7 p.m.)

@ WILL-TV studio, Campbell School for Public Telecommunication, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Lighting Exercise, sound stage (10/21, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LUCY IN THE SKY (10/18 on), Shocktober 2019: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) w/Illini Student Musicals shadow cast (10/18-10/19, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
JUDY, MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP, ABOMINABLE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, JEXI, JOKER (10/18 on), BLACK AND BLUE, COUNTDOWN, THE CURRENT WAR (10/24 on), ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE (10/24, 7 p.m.)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE (10/18), IN THE HEAT OF THE SUN (10/25)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
CRAWL, STUBER, THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE, 3 FROM HELL, ALREADY GONE, CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?, NIGHT HUNTER, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (cs), more! (10/15 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
LUCY IN THE SKY, MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP, ABOMINABLE, AD ASTRA, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, DOWNTON ABBEY, GEMINI MAN, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, JEXI, JOKER, JUDY (10/18 on), BEETLEJUICE (10/20, 10/23), QT8: THE FIRST EIGHT (10/21, 7 p.m.), THE RELIANT (10/24, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. ANNABELLE COMES HOME, Pine Lounge (10/18, 7 p.m.; 10/19, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. PET SEMATARY (1989), Courtyard Café (10/24, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1931; 10/21, 7 p.m.), THE MUMMY (1932; 10/22, 7 p.m.), FRANKENSTEIN (1931; 10/23, 7 p.m.), THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (10/24, 7 p.m.), DRACULA (1931; 10/25, 7 p.m.)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Students bring life to film at UIUC

October 17th, 2019

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Two months ago, while compiling our post on area programs and projects that are designed for young people, we realized a follow-up for a slightly older crowd might be in order. Since they’re now at the Urbana campus en masse and settled into their routines as students at the University of Illinois (UIUC), we can proceed with suggestions! However, a lot has already transpired that would have made for good examples of the happenings they should look forward to while enrolled here – Deke Weaver’s Unreliable Bestiary performance “Tiger,” the Roger and Chaz Ebert Symposium on diversifying the work force in media, Illinois Public Media’s sneak preview of their television special ILLINOIS COUNTRY, and on – so we’ll instead point out the weekly constants on campus, serving as anchor points for getting involved in film from the production, appreciation, and critical perspectives.

Every Monday night at 7 p.m., the durable Illini Film & Video meets in Room 1022 of Lincoln Hall on the Main Quad. Formed roughly 20 years ago by engineering undergraduates Michael Stone and Andrew McAllister, IFV brings together students from all backgrounds and capabilities to try out the filmmaking process on both club and personal projects. The IFV boards of the past few years have reinstated a fast tempo and process-oriented approach to their weekly meetings, ensuring that members get their feet wet with tutorials, challenges, and fundraising when not pitching ideas or recruiting for shoots. Professionals may drop by or Skype in to talk with the club about their specialties, while some IFV alumni will apply their developing media skills in various fields after graduation. You can view their details on the IFV website, skim Facebook announcements for opportunities, and watch the resulting videos on YouTube.

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Two other groups meet on Friday evenings. The second-year RSO called C-U Cinefile gathers at 4 p.m. in Room 219 of Gregory Hall to plan activities that will explore film through screenings, discussions, and the making of video essays and narrative shorts. You can see examples of their efforts on YouTube, including a timely round of slasher film reviews, and camaraderie on Facebook. For those students who want to make a night out of it after a long week of classes, the third-year RSO named For Art’s Sake has booked an international film classic almost every Friday this semester at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Armory Building, Room 101, which satisfy thematic groupings as decided by graduate student Carson Wang and friends. Tomorrow’s feature is a well-known example of “fifth generation” Chinese filmmaking, the Peking-set period epic FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE (1993) directed by Chen Kaige and starring Gong Li, to be followed next Friday, October 25, by IN THE HEAT OF THE SUN (1994). You can click the graphic below to enlarge and read their remaining schedule.

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Calendar: October 11-17, 2019

October 11th, 2019

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

10/12: Chris Folkens (producer/director, CATALYST)
10/12: Debra Domal (arts contributor, Smile Politely)
10/12: Phil Hall (author, In Search of Lost Films)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

25 Years AgoFriday, October 7, 1994: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, the 1952 classic from MGM starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor as talent caught in the Hollywood transition from silent to sound pictures, is the main attraction during the grand reopening of the Normal Theater in downtown Normal, Illinois. Previewed in euphoric terms by Dan Craft of the Bloomington Pantagraph earlier today, the sold-out show marks the end of a long journey by the Town of Normal to restore this venue to the Art Moderne veneer of its earliest years – essentially, harking to the past to ensure its future as did the makers of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN with the movie musical genre. In its previous era, the Normal had operated circumspectly on West North Street as a second-run house owned and “twinned” by the GKC Theaters chain, closing in May 1991 due to paltry attendance. The Town of Normal purchased the property a few months later and raised the necessary capital through donations, gifts, and taxes for a complete restoration; the Normal of today closely resembles the one designed by Bloomington architect Arthur F. Moratz and opened in 1937 by real estate broker Sylvan Kupfer and his wife Ruth.

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (10/11, 4 p.m.)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (10/14, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
MONOS (10/11-10/13, 10/16-10/17), Member Screening: FAST COLOR (10/16, 7:30 p.m.), Shocktober 2019: US (10/11, 10/13-10/14), THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (10/11, 9:30 p.m.), NOSFERATU (1922) w/live accompaniment by The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra (10/12, 7:30 p.m.), EVENT HORIZON (10/13, 10/15, 10/17), and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) w/Illini Student Musicals shadow cast (10/17, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, JEXI, THE SKY IS PINK, ABOMINABLE, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, JOKER, MY PEOPLE MY COUNTRY (10/11 on), THE LION KING (10/11-10/14), MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP (10/17 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: TO LIVE (10/11), FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE (10/18)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
TOY STORY 4, ANNABELLE COMES HOME, MIDSOMMAR, AMERICAN WOMAN, LIGHT OF MY LIFE, THE WEDDING GUEST, DEADWOOD: THE MOVIE, VIKINGS (s5, pt2), more! (10/8 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, JEXI, ABOMINABLE, AD ASTRA, DOWNTON ABBEY, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, JOKER, JUDY, THE LION KING (10/11 on), A DOG’S JOURNEY (10/11-10/13, 10 a.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: Turandot (10/12, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 10/6, 6:30 p.m., recorded), GREMLINS (10/13, 10/16), 3 FROM HELL (10/14, 7 p.m.), SKID ROW MARATHON (10/14, 7 p.m.), JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT (10/15, 7 p.m.), MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL (10/17 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. CHILD’S PLAY (2019), Pine Lounge (10/11, 7 p.m.; 10/12, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. HALLOWEENTOWN, Courtyard Café (10/17, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

@ School of Information Sciences, UIUC, Champaign, IL
THE FOREIGNER’S HOME screening & discussion, Room 126 (10/17, 4 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Rewind 92.5 Film Series: THE LOST BOYS (10/12, 7 p.m.)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: October 4-10, 2019

October 6th, 2019

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

10/4: Cody Prough (producer, Red Lens Productions, Champaign, IL)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (10/4, 4 p.m.)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (10/7, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE (10/4 on), YESTERDAY (10/4-10/9), Shocktober 2019: THE ADDAMS FAMILY (1991; 10/5-10/6, 2:30 p.m.; 10/10, 5 p.m.) and “All-Nite Horror Marathon” feat. THE EVIL DEAD (1983), IT FOLLOWS, VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960), more (10/5, 9:30 p.m.)

@ Allerton Park and Retreat Center, UIUC, Monticello, IL
The Unreliable Bestiary – “Tiger” performance (10/5, 7 p.m., free or donation)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
JOKER, ABOMINABLE, AD ASTRA, DOWNTON ABBEY, HOBBS & SHAW, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, MY PEOPLE MY COUNTRY, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD, WAR (10/4 on), GHOSTBUSTERS 35th Anniversary (10/6, 10/10, 4 & 7 p.m.), THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, JEXI (10/10 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: PLAYTIME (10/4), TO LIVE (10/11)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, DOOM: ANNIHILATION, JARHEAD: LAW OF RETURN, ITSY BITSY, SPIDER IN THE WEB, ENCOUNTER, DRIVEN, ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE, DOOM PATROL (s1), CHARMED (s1), CHERNYOBL (cs), more! (10/1 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
JOKER, JUDY, ABOMINABLE, THE CLIMBERS, AD ASTRA, DOWNTON ABBEY, GOOD BOYS, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, OVERCOMER, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD (10/4 on), SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE (10/4-10/6, 10 a.m.), CLUE (10/6, 10/9), S&M2 – Metallica & San Francisco Symphony concert film (10/9, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, Pine Lounge (10/4, 7 p.m.; 10/5, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. CHILD’S PLAY (1988), Courtyard Café (10/10, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. LOVESICK (10/8, 7 p.m., free)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2019

September 27th, 2019

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

10/1: Jason Croft (publisher, Bachelor Pad Magazine, Champaign, IL)
10/2: Mike Prosise (actor, DEEP LEARNING)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (9/27, 4 p.m.)

@ Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, IL
Central Illinois Film Commission* meeting, “Dead in Decatur International Film Festival” (10/3, 7 p.m., free)

@ Wohlers Hall, UIUC, Champaign, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 70 (9/30, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE SOUND OF SILENCE (9/27-9/28, 9/30-10/3), Swirl! Queer Film Festival (9/29, 2, 4 & 6 p.m.), Late Night: MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (9/27-9/28, 9:30 p.m.), Shocktober 2019: MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE TOUCH OF SATAN (10/3, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ABOMINABLE, MY PEOPLE MY COUNTRY, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (rerelease), WAR, AD ASTRA, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, DOWNTON ABBEY, HOBBS & SHAW, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, OFFICIAL SECRETS, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD (9/27 on), THE SHINING (10/1, 7:30 p.m.), “FRIENDS 25th: The One With the Anniversary” (10/2, 7 p.m.), JOKER (10/3 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: MON ONCLE (9/27), PLAYTIME (10/4)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
YESTERDAY, SHAFT, CHILD’S PLAY, ANNA, A SCORE TO SETTLE, BURN, INSIDE MAN: MOST WANTED, THE BLACK STRING, JACOB’S LADDER, AMERICAN HORROR STORY (s8), more! (9/24 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ABOMINABLE, THE CLIMBERS (IMAX), ZEROVILLE, AD ASTRA, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, DOWNTON ABBEY, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, THE LION KING, OVERCOMER, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (9/27 on), BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (9/29, 10/2), ROGER WATERS US + THEM (10/2, 7 p.m.), “FRIENDS 25th: The One With the Anniversary” (10/2, 7 p.m.), JOKER, JUDY (10/3 on)

@ IHotel and Conference Center, UIUC, Champaign, IL
2nd annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium, “Creating an Inclusive Media and Cinema Ecosystem” (9 a.m.-5 p.m., free)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. YESTERDAY, Pine Lounge (9/27, 7 p.m.; 9/28, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. INSIDIOUS, Courtyard Café (10/3, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

@ Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana, IL
The Unreliable Bestiary – “Tiger” performance (9/27, 7 p.m., free)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: September 20-26, 2019

September 21st, 2019

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

9/21: Lisa Cerezo (designer/co-owner, ThirdSide)
9/26: Zach Tindell (director, Dead in Decatur Film Festival, Decatur, IL)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (9/20, 4 p.m.)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 2022 (9/23, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
OFFICIAL SECRETS (9/20-9/24, 9/26), TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID (9/20-9/25), IYENGAR: THE MAN, YOGA, AND THE STUDENT’S JOURNEY (9/22, 7:30 p.m.), ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH (9/25, 7:30 p.m.), THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (9/26, 7 p.m., free), Late Night: SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (9/20-9/21, 9/26, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
AD ASTRA, DOWNTON ABBEY, THE LAST WISH, OFFICIAL SECRETS, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD, TANGLED (rerelease), ANGEL HAS FALLEN, BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, THE GOLDFINCH, HOBBS & SHAW, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, THE LION KING (9/20 on), TOKYO GHOUL S (9/20, 10:30 p.m.), “FRIENDS 25th: The One With the Anniversary” (9/23, 7 p.m.), ABOMINABLE (9/26 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE (9/20), MON ONCLE (9/27)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
DARK PHOENIX, THE OPERATIVE, BOTTOM OF THE 9TH, ABOVE THE SHADOWS, WILD ROSE, DEAD WATER, KUNG FU LEAGUE, more! (9/17 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
AD ASTRA, DOWNTON ABBEY, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, THE GOLDFINCH, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, OVERCOMER, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (9/20 on), POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU (9/20-9/22, 10 a.m.), THE MALTESE FALCON (9/22, 9/25), COMING UP FOR AIR (9/23-9/24, 9/26, 7 p.m.), “FRIENDS 25th: The One With the Anniversary” (9/23, 7 p.m.),

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. TOY STORY 4, Pine Lounge (9/20, 7 p.m.; 9/21, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, Courtyard Café (9/26, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: September 13-19, 2019

September 14th, 2019

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

9/14: Kimberly Conner (writer-director, LIPSTICK)
9/14: Tim Cain (journalist, Decatur Herald & Review, Decatur, IL)
9/14: Jason Huls (producer, Ten Wing Media, Aurora, IL)
9/16: Jay Rosenstein (professor, Media and Cinema Studies, College of Media, UIUC, Urbana, IL)
9/16: Skye Lufsey (interactive producer, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO)
9/18: Aaron Kapper (poster designer, Pens to Lens)
9/19: Paul A. Brooks (producer, Into the Night Motion Pictures, Los Angeles, CA)
9/19: Eric Pankoke (webmaster, C-U Blogfidential)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Animation Fundamentals,” Room 222 (9/17, 7 p.m., free)

@Douglas-Hart Nature Center, Mattoon, IL
“Milkweed, Monarchs, & Movies!” feat. PLANET MILKWEED*, THE IMPERFECT CATERPILLAR* (9/14, 2 p.m., free)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 2022 (9/16, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
ONE CHILD NATION (9/13, 9/15-9/19), DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME (9/13, 9/15-9/17, 9/19), Secret Screening: LEMONADE (9/13, 9:30 p.m.), New York International Children’s Film Festival presents “Kid Flicks Two” (9/14-9/15), Elsinore in concert w/Crofton Coleman, Anika Emily and feat. five new music videos*, art installation (9/14, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. event), Member Screening: THE PUBLIC w/discussion (9/18, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE GOLDFINCH, HUSTLERS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991; rerelease), IT: CHAPTER TWO, more (9/13 on), TOKYO GHOUL S (9/16, 9/18, 7 p.m.), PROMARE (9/17, 9/19, 7 p.m.), RAMBO: LAST BLOOD (9/19 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET (9/13, change to Armory 147), DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE (9/20)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, ALADDIN, THE DEAD DON’T DIE, CANAL STREET, DARLIN’, BEING FRANK, NEKROTRONIC, ARMSTRONG, I AM PATRICK SWAYZE, THIS IS US (s3), THE ALIENIST (s1), more! (9/10 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, THE GOLDFINCH, HUSTLERS, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, IT: CHAPTER TWO, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, OVERCOMER, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (9/13 on), WONDER PARK (9/16-9/18, 10 a.m.), THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (9/15, 9/18), THE GAME CHANGERS (9/16, 7:30 p.m.), 3 FROM HELL (9/17, 7 p.m.), DOWNTON ABBEY (9/19 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, Pine Lounge (9/13, 7 p.m.; 9/14, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, Courtyard Café (9/19, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

@ Loomis Laboratory, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Saturday Physics for Everyone: “Creating Photoreal Digital Human Characters for Movies, Games, and Virtual Reality” lecture feat. Paul Debevec, Room 141 (9/14, 10:15 a.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Illinois Public Media presents ILLINOIS COUNTRY* local premiere w/filmmakers, performers (9/13, 7 p.m., free), Reel Deals: WOODSTOCK (9/14, 7 p.m.), Rewind 92.5 Film Series: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (9/15, 2 p.m.)

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Calendar: September 6-12, 2019

September 7th, 2019

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (9/13, 4 p.m.)

@ Noyes Laboratory, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 165 (9/9, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
HONEYLAND (9/6-9/9, 9/11), FOR SAMA (9/6-9/10, 9/12), HOW TO DIE IN OREGON (9/10, 7 p.m., free), AMERICAN FACTORY (9/11, 7 p.m., free), TIANANMEN: THE PEOPLE VS. THE PARTY (9/12, 7 p.m., free)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
IT: CHAPTER TWO, THE LITTLE MERMAID (rerelease), NEZHA, MIDSOMMAR (extended cut re-release), SAAHO, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, THE LION KING, OVERCOMER, READY OR NOT, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (9/6 on), DOWNTON ABBEY, HUSTLERS (9/12 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: IL SORPASSO (9/6), BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET (9/13)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, MA, BOOKSMART, MARY MAGDALENE, TRUE DETECTIVE (s3), INTO THE ASHES, THE WIND, NIGHTMARE CINEMA, WYATT EARP SHOOTS FIRST, I GOT THE HOOK-UP 2, more! (9/3 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
IT: CHAPTER TWO, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, DON’T LET GO, THE FAREWELL, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, OVERCOMER, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, READY OR NOT, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (extended cut re-release) (9/6 on), THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART (9/6-9/8, 10 a.m.), “Plácido Domingo Gala” concert (9/7, 12:55 p.m., recorded), THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (9/8, 9/11), “Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas” interview (9/10, 7 p.m., recorded), YOU ARE HERE: A COME FROM AWAY STORY (9/11, 7 p.m.), BLINK OF AN EYE (9/12, 7 p.m.), DOWNTON ABBEY, HUSTLERS (9/12 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM, Pine Lounge (9/6, 7 p.m.; 9/7, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. JAWS, Courtyard Café (9/12, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. REMITTANCE (9/10, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: MONKEY BUSINESS (9/7, 1 & 7 p.m.), Reel Deals: FIELD OF DREAMS (9/10, 9/12, 7 p.m.)

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Calendar: Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2019

August 31st, 2019

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

9/1: Matt Wiley (illustrator, Matt Wiley Art, Champaign-Urbana, IL)
9/2: Mark Williams (volunteer, The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL)
9/5: Ben Hoene (writer/producer, HAMARTIA)
9/5: Anthony Cabral (second assistant director, KILLING ELEANOR)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

95 Years AgoSaturday, August 16, 1924: Following its first eight years in business when it had been fraught with ownership changes, unfulfilled plans, and an influenza outbreak, the Avon Theater of Decatur reopens today under new management and with a brighter outlook. Assuming control over the Avon from the Balaban and Katz Theater Corporation, which decided to not invest further in the ornate Water Street movie house and temporarily closed in in June, are local businessmen Christian and Gust Constanopoulos and their cousin George Stevens of Chicago. The Constans had previously been managers of another Balaban and Katz property up the block from the Avon, the Empress Theatre, as well as several downtown confectionaries. They and brothers Angelo and Theodore would bring stability to the Avon, retiring the vaudeville offerings to concentrate on quality film presentation and modernizing the facilities, and successfully operate it for more than 40 years along with several other venues in central Illinois. Some believe Gust, the Constan most synonymous with the Avon during this time, appears in the upper balcony and hallways to this day even though he passed away in 1965.


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (9/2, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LUCE, TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM (8/30-9/3, 9/5), SALT OF THE EARTH (9/2, 5 p.m., free), Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2019 (9/4, 6:30 p.m.), Late Night: THE NIGHTINGALE (8/30, 8/31, 9/5, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
IT: CHAPTER ONE (re-release), MIDSOMMAR (extended cut re-release), SAAHO, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (extended cut re-release), 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, THE FAREWELL, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, OVERCOMER, READY OR NOT, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, TOY STORY 4, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE (8/23 on), IT: CHAPTER TWO, NEZHA (9/5 on)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (8/30), IL SORPASSO (9/6)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, ROCKETMAN, THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, CHARLIE SAYS, THE BRINK, KILLERS ANONYMOUS, BLACKBEAR, IRON SKY: THE COMING RACE, more! (8/27 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BENNETT’S WAR, DON’T LET GO, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (extended cut re-release), 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, ANGEL HAS FALLEN, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, THE FAREWELL, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, OVERCOMER, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, READY OR NOT, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, TOY STORY 4 (8/30 on), THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (9/1, 9/4), IT: CHAPTER TWO (9/5 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, Pine Lounge (8/30, 7 p.m.; 8/31, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, Courtyard Café (9/5, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
6th annual Flatlands Dance Film Festival feat. LA CHANA w/live performance, Knight Auditorium (8/30, 7 p.m.), short films competition, Knight Auditorium (8/31, 7 p.m.)

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Calendar: August 23-29, 2019

August 24th, 2019

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

8/23: Luke Boyce (producer/director, Shatterglass Studios, Champaign, IL)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
New Art Film Festival* call for entries, deadline: October 11 | Full Information

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE FAREWELL (8/23 on), MAIDEN (8/23-8/27, 8/29), Member Screening: A FAITHFUL MAN (8/28, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ANGEL HAS FALLEN, OVERCOMER, READY OR NOT, 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, THE KITCHEN, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE (8/23 on), DreamWorks Animation marathon (all single shows): TROLLS (8/23, 8/25, 8/28), SHREK (8/23, 8/25, 8/27), KUNG FU PANDA (8/23, 8/25, 8/27), THE CROODS (8/24, 8/28), MADAGASCAR (8/24, 8/26, 8/29), HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (8/24, 8/26, 8/29)

@ Broadway Food Hall, Urbana, IL
“Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights” feat. KEDI (7/29, 5:30 p.m., free)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
BRIGHTBURN, THE HUSTLE, A DOG’S JOURNEY, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, THE TOMORROW MAN, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, CHANGELAND, GIRLS OF THE SUN, THE COMMAND, THE WALKING DEAD (s9), AMERICAN GODS (s2), MAYANS MC (s1), more! (8/20 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ANGEL HAS FALLEN, OVERCOMER, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, READY OR NOT, 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, THE FAREWELL, GOOD BOYS, HOBBS & SHAW, THE LION KING, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, TOY STORY 4, WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE (8/23 on), SOUTH PACIFIC (8/25, 8/28), Studio Ghibli Fest: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (8/25, 12:55 p.m., dubbed; 8/26, 7 p.m., subtitled)

@ Memorial Stadium, UIUC, Champaign, IL
Illini Union Board, etc., presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. AVENGERS: ENDGAME (8/24, 8 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: STAR WARS (8/24, 1 & 7 p.m.), Reel Deals: PINOCCHIO (1940; 8/27, 8/29, 6:30 p.m.)

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