Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.
PLAYING THIS WEEK
Happy Birthday to … Saturday, October 25: Becca Whitaker (cartoonist, Bachelor Pad Magazine) … Tuesday, October 28: Molly Fosdick (member, Central Illinois Film Commission) … Wednesday, October 29: Montgomery Joyce (cover model, C-U Confidential #5 & #7) … Thursday, October 30: Michael Murphy (actor, WEREWOLF CEMETERY) … celebrate!
20 Years Ago … Friday, 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 would 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, currently in release.
LOCAL FILMS, ETC.
SPACE NINJA: THE ANIMATED MOVIE* U.S. DVD release: Friday, 10/24, via Neon Harbor Entertainment, Champaign, IL
@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM (10/24 on), KILL THE MESSENGER (10/24-10/26, 10/29, 10/30), Brilliant Corners Film Series 004: OTHELLO (1955; 10/27, 7:30 p.m.), Champaign Surplus, Fisheries Conservation Foundation, Patagonia, and Prairie Rivers Network present DAMNATION (10/28, 7:30 p.m.), Late Night: Shocktober feat. HALLOWEEN (1978; 10/24, 10/25, 10/30, 10 p.m.), TRICK ‘R TREAT (10/24, 11:59 p.m.), three mystery films (10/24, overnight after TRT), and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD w/live accompaniment by the Andrew Alden Ensemble (1968; 10/29, 10 p.m.)
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: “Zombie Film Festival” feat. DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004; 10/24, 7 p.m.), NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968; 10/25, 1 & 7 p.m.); The News-Gazette Film Series presents the 2nd annual “5 Nights of Hitch!” Alfred Hitchcock festival feat. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (10/27, 7 & 10 p.m.), DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954; 10/28, 7 & 10 p.m.), THE 39 STEPS (1935; 10/29, 7 & 10 p.m.), REAR WINDOW (1954; 10/30, 7 & 10 p.m.), THE BIRDS (10/31, 7 & 10 p.m.)
@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Friday Night Films” feat. GET ON UP (10/24, 7 p.m., free)
@ Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company offices, 608 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana, IL: “Costumes, Props & Curiosities” sale (10/26, 12-6 p.m., (217) 344-2884)
@ Room 104, English Building, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Film & Video meeting (10/30, 8 p.m.)
@ Room 62, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: KAM presents GALLIPOLI (10/30, 7 p.m., free)
@ Gelvin Noel Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: Sudden Sound Concert Series presents film, SANGUIVOROUS (KYUKETSU, Japan, 2011), w/live jazz accompaniment by Tatsuya Nakatani and Edward Wilkerson, Jr. (10/30, 7:30 p.m., free)
@ East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, FAA, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Global Groove 1973/2012” video art exhibition (through 12/13)
@ Figure One, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Descent into Darkness” multimedia exhibit by Coriana Close (through 11/29)
@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: THE PURGE: ANARCHY, SEX TAPE, EARTH TO ECHO, SNOWPIERCER, LE CHEF, THE FLUFFY MOVIE, LIFE AFTER BETH, LA DOLCE VITA (Criterion Blu), F FOR FAKE (Criterion Blu), MAD MEN (s7 p1), more! (10/21 on)
@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: ST. VINCENT, THE BOOK OF LIFE, THE JUDGE (10/24 on), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW w/shadow cast (10/24, 10/25, Midnight)
@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: ARGO (10/23, 10/26, 7 p.m.), LIFE ITSELF* (10/24, 10/25, 7 p.m.), THE NUT JOB (10/25, 1 p.m., free)
@ Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL: NOSFERATU (1922) w/live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott (10/28, 7:30 p.m.)
@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: GONE GIRL, THE DROP, ANNABELLE, THE PURGE: ANARCHY (10/24-10/25)
@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: OUIJA, THE BEST OF ME, THE BOOK OF LIFE (3-D & 2-D), ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (10/24 on), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (10/24, 10/25, 10:45 p.m., incl. prop bag!)
@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE BOOK OF LIFE (10/24 on)
@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: IF I STAY (10/24-10/26), HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (10/25, 11 a.m., free)
@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation fundraiser screenings feat. EDGE OF TOMORROW (10/24-10/26)
@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: “Fright Nights” feat. HALLOWEEN (1978), GHOSTBUSTERS (10/24-10/25)
@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: Closed for the weekend!
Locally produced movies and events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Also find out what is “Coming Soon” by hitting the jump below. Go see ‘em, C-U!