Calendar: January 18-24, 2018

January 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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CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

Since we are not set to resume the Almanac with all-new entries until March, we are going to post a few late-comers that we had intended to share with you last year. Look for them to appear on the Calendar between now and the end of February, after which we’ll be making our annual update to the composite Almanac. Enjoy!

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (1/18 on), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day screening: THE LEARNING TREE (1/21, 7 p.m., free), Essential Cinema: L’ATALANTE (1/22, 7:30 p.m.), Found Footage Festival: “Cherished Gems” (1/24, 8 p.m.), Late Night: WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? (1/18-1/19, 1/23, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
GLASS, AQUAMAN, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, BUMBLEBEE, CREED II, A DOG’S WAY HOME, ESCAPE ROOM, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, THE MULE, ON THE BASIS OF SEX, PETTA, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, REPLICAS, SECOND ACT, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, THE UPSIDE (1/18 on), DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY (1/19, 1/21, 1/22-1/24, daily shows), THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (1/21, 1, 4 & 7 p.m., 3-D)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
HALLOWEEN, GOOSEBUMPS 2, ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL, THE OLD MAN & THE GUN, THE BOOKSHOP, JONATHAN, SPEED KILLS, AFTER DARKNESS, more! (1/15 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
GLASS, AQUAMAN, BEN IS BACK, BUMBLEBEE, A DOG’S WAY HOME, ESCAPE ROOM, GREEN BOOK, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, THE MULE, ON THE BASIS OF SEX, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, REPLICAS, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, THE UPSIDE, VICE (1/18 on), DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY (1/19, 1/21-1/24, daily shows), Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner boxing match (1/19, 8 p.m., simulcast), HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (1/20, 1/23), THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (1/21, 1 & 7 p.m.), Comédie-Française presents Cyrano de Bergerac (1/23, 7 p.m.), THE FINAL WISH (1/24, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. THE HATE U GIVE, Pine Lounge (1/18-1/19, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Reel Deals: THE BIG SICK (1/22, 1/24, 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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Duo goes home in ILL new series

January 17th, 2019

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A few weeks after eyebrows raised and hackles sounded in various corners of Champaign County and the Webisphere when a trailer first made the rounds, YouTube Premium released 10 episodes of the new series CHAMPAIGN ILL on Wednesday, December 12. In this sharp-tongued comedy of errors with more heart and gumption than can be gleaned from that preview, Ron (Adam Pally, THE MINDY PROJECT) and Alfonso (Sam Richardson, VEEP) are entourage members of a successful rap artist stage-named “IL Lou the Sickest” (Jay Pharoah, RIDE ALONG) who suffers a major mishap during a music video shoot. This leaves his boys in emotional disarray and financial straits, resulting in retreat to their shared hometown of Champaign, Illinois. “We never had it all. Lou had it all. We were just kind of there,” reasons Alf to Ronnie while sitting in – gasp! – a mere Midwestern bar and grill. Can they rebound and become the well-rounded adults they never were or will the seductive grasp of “the lifestyle” pull them back in?

For good or for ill, they find out quickly that adjustment to their original digs is going to be one giant re-learning curve; those 15 years spent partying, posturing, and jet-setting with Lou since the end of high school do squat to impress their family and friends. Knowing little else, the self-proclaimed “Alonzos of mourning” try hard to shoehorn their hip-hop image and excessive materialism into how they interact with the domesticated surroundings, operating out of a bland two-bedroom apartment and searching for ways to scrape by until a master plan comes together. Created by Jordan Cahan, David Caspe, Daniel Libman, and Matthew Libman, whose total combined efforts have gone into such recent programs as HAPPY ENDINGS, MARRY ME, BLACK MONDAY, and THE MICK, CHAMPAIGN ILL is bent on mining the most “arrested development” humor it can out of Ronnie and Alf’s predicament. The first three episodes, posted for free viewing with the remainder available to Premium subscribers, breeze by at a clip and occasionally dare to dip into dark waters and cringe humor without wallowing in unpleasantness.

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Satire mocks, kids rock on screen

January 15th, 2019

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They’re back! With college students returning for study now that Mother Nature has finished obscuring the highways with snow, their creative vibes will thaw out the region’s university campuses from their winter slumber. In particular corners it will involve film and media, so we’d like to remind undergraduates as to what is happening this first week back in Champaign-Urbana. Illini Film & Video resumed their weekly meetings last night, Monday, January 14, at 7 p.m. in Room 1022 of Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois with much to discuss. Tonight, January 15, Champaign Movie Makers moves back to Tuesdays at 7 p.m. for their own monthly meetings at the Champaign Public Library, this one covering the topic of visual effects techniques with an expected shout-out to Pens to Lens planning. We also want to mention the new RSO on the block, a cinema appreciation group called C-U Cinefile, even though we don’t know when or where they gather. Keep tabs on their Facebook for happenings, YouTube for video essays and round-table talks, and Web site for pertinent information about this venture, led by Cece Walcynski and our contributor James Hall. All are free to check out and invite your participation.

Of course, there will be other group meetings and screening events littered throughout the academic calendar where the UI student body can get their film fix, but we always seem to be a bit unclear as to how young people interested in making movies can be hands-on with learning the process. Bracketed by the likes of Columbia College and DePaul University in Chicago and also Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, which have long-standing and prolific filmmaking programs, the geographic heart of Illinois is nearly barren of centralized nuts-to-bolts instruction that is geared towards coeds. They need to look carefully at what their course work, extracurricular options, and surrounding community can provide for them as far as a space in which to experiment with media and storytelling. (Local film productions and the aforementioned Pens to Lens are always options in the C-U.) One strategic idea is to incorporate a video component within the confines of a research project or degree track as did Dakota Pruemer, who hails from the Charleston area and earned his Master’s in communication studies from Eastern Illinois University in December, with a little help from … the Heimlich Hero?!?

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Calendar: January 11-17, 2018

January 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!

1/12: Damian Duffy (co-creator, Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation)

 

FLICKER OF THE WEEK | Suggestions in Full-Motion Arts

We’re adding this to the Calendar after the fact since it is worthwhile and we only found out about it early Saturday after we’d already posted. As covered in this report by WCIA-TV Channel 3, the locally-based organization Rattle the Stars has partnered with Elliott Counseling Group, Teamsters Local 26, and Busey to present the documentary THE S WORD and subsequent talks on how to help those who are contemplating suicide or battling mental illness. The first in the list below was cancelled due to the snow conditions bearing down on Champaign-Urbana and will be rescheduled as noted on the Web site for Rattle the Stars, which engages the community in discussion about suicide prevention and our youth along with related concerns. If your world has been affected by the passing of a loved one in this manner, than we don’t need to tell you that suicide is not painless and always causes a harmful ripple effect. Not unlike taking CPR classes to be more prepared to help those in physical distress, attending this outreach can help you better read the signals coming from someone who suffers mental distress and suggest ways in which you can act on their behalf. (This seems to be strictly informational and is not a class or training, please keep that in mind.) The MadPix, Inc., production of THE S WORD is directed by Lisa Klein and follows the journey of suicide survivor Dese’Rae Stage as she meets fellow survivors and remaining family members to hear their stories. All screenings are free to attend.

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL, Robeson Rooms A & B (1/12, 9:30 a.m.)

@ Rantoul Township High School, Rantoul, IL, Cafetorium (1/16, 6:30 p.m.)

@ Parkland College, Champaign, IL, Room C-118 (1/18, 6:30 p.m.)

@ Mahomet Public Library, Mahomet, IL, Edgar Meeting Room (1/19, 10 a.m.)

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Visual Effects Breakdowns,” Robeson Pavilion Room A (1/15, 7 p.m., free)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (1/14, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (1/11 on), Penny Marshall tribute: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1/15, 7:30 p.m.), Flatlands Dance Film Festival presents AMERICAN TAP (1/16, 7 p.m., free), Late Night – Nicholas Roeg tribute: DON’T LOOK NOW (1/11-1/12, 1/17 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
A DOG’S WAY HOME, ON THE BASIS OF SEX, PETTA, REPLICAS, THE UPSIDE, AQUAMAN, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, BUMBLEBEE, ESCAPE ROOM, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, THE MULE, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, SECOND ACT, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, VICE (1/11 on), DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY (1/16-1/17, 7 p.m.), WONDERS OF THE SEA (1/17, 7 p.m., 3-D)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
HELL FEST, MID90s, THE OATH, TIME FREAK, MONSTERS AND MEN, WHAT THEY HAD, AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN, CASTLE ROCK (s1), more! (1/8 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BEN IS BACK, A DOG’S WAY HOME, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, ON THE BASIS OF SEX, REPLICAS, THE UPSIDE, AQUAMAN, BUMBLEBEE, ESCAPE ROOM, THE FAVOURITE, GREEN BOOK, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, THE MULE, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, SECOND ACT, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, VICE (1/11 on), The Metropolitan Opera: Adriana Lecouvreur (1/12, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 1/16, 6:30 p.m., recorded), GONE WITH THE WIND (1/13, 1/16), THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN & REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN double feature (1/14, 8 p.m.), DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY (1/16-1/17, 7 p.m.), WONDERS OF THE SEA (1/17, 7 p.m., 2-D), GLASS (1/17 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: CHARADE (1/12, 1 & 7 p.m.), Reel Deals: PURPLE RAIN (1/15, 1/17, 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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Indie films find home at WILL-TV

January 10th, 2019

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Our first round of posts on C-U Blogfidential here in the New Year will talk about small-screen viewing choices worth tracking on your radar. To begin, the Urbana-based PBS outlet WILL-TV Channel 12 has begun airing an original branded showcase that will bring topical fare to our living rooms with stories rooted here in the Flyover Zone. REEL MIDWEST made its debut last week on Thursday, January 3, with INQUIRING NUNS (1968), one of the first pieces made under the Kartemquin Films banner and a clear-eyed look into the hopes of Chicagoans at a time of social upheaval thanks to its approachable hosts, Sister Mary Campion and Sister Marie Arné.

Directed by Gordon Quinn and Gerald Temaner for the seminal Chicago studio, INQUIRING NUNS launches a series of 10 episodes that will play weekly at 9 p.m. with the second, a short subject collection titled DIVERSE VOICES that is curated in league with Kartemquin, airing later tonight, Thursday, January 10. The show will conclude on Thursday, February 28, and apparently be made available to other PBS stations in the region as described in the press release and episode guide appearing after the jump. Tune in to see what you think, dearest readers!

We will also find out if REEL MIDWEST is simply a broadcast equivalent to the Art Theater’s “Illinois film” program from last spring, replete with the same rich content and an apparent blind eye towards the local lens, or if IPM staff can spin the program with fresh insight. To the latter point, IPM invites producers to drop them a line if they have candidates for inclusions in future seasons.

We close with a link to last week’s edition of “THE 21ST” program on sister station WILL-AM-FM that features an interview with Steve James, possibly the best-known filmmaker in the Kartemquin stable, who discusses the 10-part documentary series he directed and executive produced for the studio, AMERICA TO ME. Taped at the Oak Park and River Forest (IL) High School two years ago and aired last fall on the STARZ network, this program navigates the halls of a massive suburban microcosm in which students, instructors, and administrators are struggling with racial diversity, the modern education system, and growing up a 21st century American.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar: January 4-10, 2018

January 4th, 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!

1/7: Steve Christopher (actor, GETTING GRACE)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
MARIA BY CALLAS (1/4-1/7, 1/9-1/10), AT ETERNITY’S GATE (1/4-1/8, 1/10), BORDER (1/6, 1/8-1/9), THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER (1/4-1/5, 1/10, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ESCAPE ROOM, AQUAMAN, BUMBLEBEE, HOLMES & WATSON, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, THE MULE, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, SECOND ACT, SIMMBA, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, VICE, WELCOME TO MARWEN (1/4 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
NIGHT SCHOOL, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE, A-X-L, NEVER GOIN’ BACK, ALL ABOUT NINA, TROUBLE, WHO IS AMERICA? (s1), more! (1/1 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ESCAPE ROOM, AQUAMAN, BUMBLEBEE, THE FAVOURITE, GREEN BOOK, THE GRINCH, HOLMES & WATSON, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, THE MULE, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, SECOND ACT, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, VICE, WELCOME TO MARWEN (1/4 on), ALIENS (1/6, 1/9), Rachel Hollis presents “Made for More” (1/9, 7:30 p.m.), MODEST HEROES (1/10, 7 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
WILL-TV presents MASTERPIECE: VICTORIA season 3 episode 1 sneak peek (1/7, 7 p.m., free), Reel Deals: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1/8, 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: Dec. 28-Jan. 3, 2018

December 30th, 2018

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!

12/29: Patricia Pankoke Pellow (matron saint to our arts, C-U Confidential)
12/30: Jason Pankoke (cash-strapped patron to our arts, C-U Confidential)
12/30: Paul Benson (crew, EMPOWERED, MAGNETIC FIELDS)
12/31: Leigh Kaiser (producer, Looming Castle Productions)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

40 Years AgoDecember 2-6, 1978: A pair of boxing matches are staged for camera by the television unit of Paramount Pictures on the University of Illinois campus for the “telefilm,” FLESH AND BLOOD. According to several recent articles in the Urbana Courier, these scenes will depict fights at venues in Las Vegas and New York City while featuring several well-known actors including Suzanne Pleshette (THE BOB NEWHART SHOW), John Cassavetes (MIKEY AND NICKY), and Tom Berenger (LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR). Hundreds of extras have been hired by a local employment agency to fill portions of Assembly Hall, outfitted by the production’s art department with a newly-installed ring, and take their seats between Monday, December 4, and Wednesday, December 6, as set decorators redress the space to resemble either the Las Vegas Convention Center or Madison Square Garden. (Vol. 99 No. 340, December 5, 1978, p.1, 3) The brief stop in south Urbana follows major on-site shooting in Chicago and other suburban cities by Paramount and veteran small-screen actor/director Jud Taylor, a regional shift from the main Brooklyn locale of the source novel by prolific journalist Pete Hamill. Student writers Sue Geraci and Janine Toman would recount their visit in the UIUC Illio yearbook, painting a picture of a worn-out company who faced challenges getting themselves and their gear downstate that possibly contributed to a hectic experience. (“Movie Greats,” Vol. 86, summer 1979, p.124) FLESH AND BLOOD eventually aired in two parts as a CBS-TV “movie spectacular” on October 14 and 16, 1979, critically acclaimed for its gritty airAcademy Award nominee Vilmos Zsigmond (THE DEER HUNTER) photographed the story – and lauded for depicting a complicated triangle between wounded human beings: the nascent con-turned-boxer Bobby Fallon (Berenger), his emotionally needful mother Kate (Pleshette), and his absentee father Jack (Mitchell Ryan) who makes an ill-timed return during Fallon’s rise on the circuit. Denzel Washington (CRY FREEDOM) and Kristin Griffith (INTERIORS) appear in early roles as Bobby’s best friend and love interest, respectively.

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (12/28 on), ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (12/28-12/29, 1/3, 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
HOLMES & WATSON, SIMMBA, VICE, AQUAMAN, BUMBLEBEE, THE GRINCH, INSTANT FAMILY, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, MORTAL ENGINES, THE MULE, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, SECOND ACT, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, WELCOME TO MARWEN, ZERO (12/28 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
WHITE BOY RICK, SUPPORT THE GIRLS, THE SOUND AND THE FURY, ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART, GAVELSTON, I STILL SEE YOU, THE SUPER, HOUSE OF WAR, RIVER RUNS RED, more! (12/24 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
HOLMES & WATSON, VICE, AQUAMAN, BUMBLEBEE, THE FAVOURITE, GREEN BOOK, THE GRINCH, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, MORTAL ENGINES, THE MULE, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, SECOND ACT, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, WELCOME TO MARWEN (12/28 on), DIE HARD (12/30, 1/2), Rachel Hollis presents “Made for More” (1/3, 7:30 p.m.)

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CUZine budget fuss is legit issue

December 28th, 2018

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Happy holidays to you, true believers in the movie culture of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond! We have not had a very productive December here on C-U Blogfidential and hope to ramp up our posting again in the New Year. Obviously, much of that can be chalked up to our current efforts to accumulate enough in monetary assets to produce the tenth issue of C-U Confidential digest. Both our GoFundMe drive and the booking window for paid advertising are set to expire after this Sunday, December 30, and we’re honestly not sure how this will proceed if we fall short. Of the projected $2,200 print budget, we have raised little more than 50% of that sum total between the parallel efforts. Considering how much it felt like we pulled our community’s teeth to do enough business to afford each of the last two issues, this lagging result is not entirely a surprise and an absolute downer all the same. So, what happens if we can’t go the traditional offset printing route that enables us to distribute a minimum 1,000 copies into the hands of our friends and neighbors for free? Options might include:

  • We refund everyone’s money and release a PDF-only version in 2019 for free;
  • We refund everyone’s money and release an ePDF-only version in 2019 for a minimal charge to download;
  • We refund everyone’s money and release a print-on-demand (POD) version in 2019 for a nominal charge;
  • The one we want to avoid: We go to press anyway and shoulder a debt we really can’t afford, forcing us to continue the GoFundMe push and/or sell MFHQ wares to cover the difference;
  • The one we really want to avoid: We cancel C-U Confidential before or after issue 10 is released.

Ugh. We know. This choose-your-own-self-publishing adventure does not account for the possibility of future CUZine editions. Why should it if the immediate future is tentative? As much as we’ve enjoyed getting our old school on, niche printed material with a limited reach is not the most enticing media in this day and age. Clearly, our campaign is failing to strike a chord with any subset of Champaign-Urbana including townies, those in the arts and media, or the overall culturally minded. We also have to accept that our former advertising base has evaporated. People are mostly not responding to our sharing our needs. This reality bites.

Please think about what the Confidential project has meant to you. Purchase an ad in CUZine if you have purpose for it. Contribute to the CUZine GoFundMe if your heart’s still in it. We’ll have decisions to make once the confetti has fallen and echoes of “Auld Lang Syne” have faded, no doubt.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. It’s no accident we avoided New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as deadlines. It’s also no accident your humble editor selected his birthday just before as the deadline. Do him a solid and support the cause on behalf of the creator if for no other reason. Danke.

p.s.2 We’d always rather be reporting than stumping. So you know.

p.s.3 What kind of CUZine would you like to read, moving forward? Now would be a damn fine time to speak up and show some interest. We’d appreciate it.

Calendar: December 21-27, 2018

December 22nd, 2018

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!

12/18: Hope Pankoke (HQ horse whisperer, C-U Confidential)
12/22: AJ Christensen (director, WATER YOU SAD ABOUT?, Pens to Lens 2018)
12/24: Owen M. Anderson (actor, ALPHAVILLE: BEER OF THE VAMPIRE)

 

PASSINGS | You Will Be Missed

11/11: Douglas Rain, 90 (voice actor, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY)
12/12: Hardy Jones, 75 (conservationist/filmmaker, DOLPHIN, THE COVE)

 

MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana Mendota with Love

Friends! We at the mobile MFHQ wish everyone the best in bringing on 2019 with a sense of love and purpose. In our minds, there is no better way to reestablish our footing in what we do and where we do it for the New Year than to put our next issue of C-U Confidential digest in your hands. Do you agree? Would you pick it up at beloved venues and merchants near you if it appeared on their shelves for the tenth time? We continue to ask for your collective help in affording its print cost since our advertising base has dried up. Please follow this link to our GoFundMe drive and contribute if you see it fit. With a week and a day left to our self-imposed deadline of next Sunday, December 30, we are half the way to our goal. Any support would certainly make our holidays a little bit brighter and give us needed motivation. Thank you for the continued interest in all things Confidential and peace to everyone!

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (12/21 on), SUSPIRIA (2018; 12/21, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
AQUAMAN, BUMBLEBEE, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, SECOND ACT, WELCOME TO MARWEN, ZERO, THE GRINCH, INSTANT FAMILY, MORTAL ENGINES, THE MULE, ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (12/21 on), VICE (12/24 on), HOLMES & WATSON (12/25 on), THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (12/27, 4 p.m.)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK ON ITS WALLS, THE PREDATOR, A SIMPLE FAVOR, ASSASSINATION NATION, AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, FAHRENHEIT 11/9, LITTLE WOMEN, AIR STRIKE, more! (12/18 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
AQUAMAN, BUMBLEBEE, THE FAVOURITE, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, SECOND ACT, WELCOME TO MARWEN, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, GREEN BOOK, THE GRINCH, MORTAL ENGINES, THE MULE, ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (12/21 on), IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (12/23-12/24), HOLMES & WATSON, VICE (12/25 on), THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (12/27, 4 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: “The Best Christmas Movies Ever” feat. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (12/21, 1 & 7 p.m.; 12/22, 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: December 14-20, 2018

December 17th, 2018

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

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Secret Santa Critiques,” Robeson Pavilion Room A (12/17, 7 p.m., free)

@ Wyndham City Centre Hotel, Springfield, IL
Central Illinois Film Commission* “Ugly Sweater Holiday Party,” Grill Breakfast Room (12/20, 7 p.m., free)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
ROMA (12/14 on), BORDER (12/14-12/16, 12/20), SUSPIRIA (12/16, 12/19), “Sex Work Activism: Body Politics and Human Rights” event w/film shorts, discussion (12/17, 7 p.m., free), Member Screening: A BREAD FACTORY, PART TWO w/filmmaker Skype Q&A (12/18, 7 p.m.), Late Night: THE ROOM (12/14-12/15, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
MORTAL ENGINES, THE MULE, ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, CREED II, FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDENWALD, THE GRINCH, INSTANT FAMILY, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, ROBIN HOOD, WIDOWS (12/14 on), MARY POPPINS RETURNS (12/19 on), AQUAMAN, BUMBLEBEE, SECOND ACT, WELCOME TO MARWEN (12/20 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE EQUALIZER 2, SMALLFOOT, PEPPERMINT, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO, UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION, ELIZABETH HARVEST, LIZZIE, DEADMAN STANDING, THE ORVILLE (s1), more! (12/11 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
MORTAL ENGINES, THE MULE, ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, CREED II, FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDENWALD, GREEN BOOK, THE GRINCH, INSTANT FAMILY, THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, ROBIN HOOD, A STAR IS BORN, WIDOWS, THE WIFE (12/14 on), The Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata (12/15, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 12/19, 6:30 p.m., recording), NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (12/16, 12/19), MARY POPPINS RETURNS (12/19 on), AQUAMAN, BUMBLEBEE, THE FAVOURITE, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, SECOND ACT, WELCOME TO MARWEN (12/20 on)

@ University Galleries, ISU, Normal, IL
“To Hypnotize Them With Forgetfulness” exhibit feat. film work by Basim Magdy (through 12/16)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: “The Best Christmas Movies Ever” feat. THE BISHOP’S WIFE (12/17, 7 p.m.), MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947; 12/18, 7 p.m.), WHITE CHRISTMAS (12/19, 7 p.m.), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1951; 12/20, 7 p.m.), and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (12/21, 1 & 7 p.m.; 12/22, 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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