Frat epics to crash Mike n’ Molly’s

May 26th, 2016

[It’s been a long couple of weeks, gang. This post is not 100% finished, obviously, but it gets the relevant points across. We’ll clean it up over the holiday after the Mike n’ Molly’s era ends in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Go be a part of it, starting tonight. – ed.]

Holy grave diggers, dearest readers, the past seven days evaporated so quickly that we could not carve out the quality time needed to draft an extended preview of this evening’s “Movie Night” at Mike n’ Molly’s in Champaign. (Yes, we know we promised one in the Calendar.) Therefore, we ask each and every one of you to trust our totally biased judgment and help pack the joint beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, May 26, for the occasion in question! Word at 105 N. Market St. is this mini-marathon will be free admission and most likely projected indoors on the ground floor, considering that a series of potentially severe weather fronts will be making their way through the state the next 72 hours. Once you arrive, be sure to greet owner Michael Murphy with best wishes on retiring from his bar career after the Memorial Day weekend, do your part in depleting the alcohol stock, take a seat amongst the well-worn, red-and-green décor, and let down your bemused guard – “These are low-budget, local indie films, right?” – so you can enjoy the final event of its kind at this beloved establishment with an open mind.

What better motion pictures to present to an audience that will primarily be Mike n’ Molly’s regulars than ones cooked up by the very same crowd? We call them “frat films” not in terms of their setting, a la NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE, but their origins in the hands of adventurous everymen and -women who belong to the informal “downtown Champaign drinking fraternity,” Pi Omega Omega, which amazingly has retained its “word on the street” mystique to this day. It stands to reason that idea man Jason Butler and camera man Mark Peaslee struck enough of a positive chord within the Pi Omega ranks that their culture essentially fostered its own movies, often shot at Mike n’ Molly’s itself or other preferred locations like The Brass Rail one block away. As a late blooming confidant of the Butler-Peaslee tandem and a fellow Pi Omegan, I can honestly describe these wonders as being the products of a wry “mother of invention” sensibility operating way outside any professional studio or “film scene.”

And for that, we should be as happy as PBR-marinated clams.

“Movie Night” will include three recent examples direct from the BrainSmart Productions vaults located in Portland, Oregon, all written and directed by Champaign native Butler and proudly populated with his friends, neighbors, and spouse and collaborator Ann Fitzgerald. “Episode 1” of THE ADVENTURES OF THE SCREAMING APE will play first, followed by “Issues” 2 and 3 of WEREWOLF CEMETERY; since C-U Blogfidential has covered the BrainSmart armada in the past, we suggest you enter these titles into our search engine to dig up further details on the duo. We will link you directly to an early interview with Butler, the first ever conducted for CUBlog a little more than a decade ago, for it will give you an idea of how such oddball action-horror-comedies like these can spring from the fertile C-U prairie in the first place. Thanks to Mike n’ Molly’s bartender Kenneth Weatherford, we complete this “midnight oil” ode to the Pi Omega cinema aesthetic with an eye-popping, teeth-gnashing, claw-bearing show flier by ace graphic designer and C.L.A.W. co-mastermind Joanna Troutman.

All that said, if you have even the slightest yearning to learn what happens when an APE, a WOLF, and a Lenscap walk into a bar – in particular, one about to enter the Champaign-Urbana history books after nearly 20 years in service to its wide-ranging clientele and serving everything from a perfectly poured Guinness on down – you simply need to be there, square.

Three cheers, then, for Mike n’ Molly’s at the movies!

“Go!”

“Fright!”

Fin.”

~ Jason Pankoke


Film fun to storm the Orpheum

May 26th, 2016

A new outdoor series, launched by the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum and a local firm called Provision Elevator Advertising, is set to debut later tonight and continue weekly through the summer when weather allows. “Champaign Cinema under the Stars” will be hosted in downtown Champaign at the Orpheum, 346 N. Neil St., in the cozy little parking lot just north of the former movie palace and south of the corner of Washington and Fremont streets. On Thursday, May 26, KUNG FU PANDA 3 (8 p.m.) kicks it off after which young adult drama THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (10 p.m.) will warm the heart. Then on Friday, May 27, THE PEANUTS MOVIE (8 p.m.) will rekindle nostalgia for Charles M. Schulz’s funny page favorites prior to the odd brew in this six pack, WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S (10 p.m.), getting the dead man’s party started. Finally, the little-snail-that-could animated story TURBO (8 p.m.) will rev up the crowd on Saturday, May 28, in anticipation of the live action sports comedy DODGEBALL (10 p.m.) putting an exclamation point on the marathon. Entry for each evening, also sponsored by The Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana, will be $5 adults, $4 age 3-12, and free for tiny humans age 2 and under, with partial proceeds being donated to the museum and C-U food trucks invited to park around the perimeter for those nocturnal noshing needs. You might want to consider bookmarking Provision Elevator’s event calendar and the series’ dedicated Facebook page to glean details on future titles, which have yet to be announced. This recent segment of the WCIA-TV program CI LIVING explains how “CCUS” is being cross-pollinated with a larger promotion in Campustown that also begins this weekend. You can even access full “poster art” for the inaugural double features by clicking on the popcorn thumbnail below, if visual reminders float your boat!

The forecast on The Weather Channel as of this writing calls for storm fronts to cross through central Illinois between today and Saturday, meaning that each movie twofer has a good chance of being rained out. Adults need to eyeball the local radar and consult the above links for notices, as we want all our dearest readers great and small to be safe and sound, while it has been confirmed for C-U Blogfidential by the organizers via Facebook that movies “will be cancelled and rescheduled” if necessary.

~ Jason Pankoke

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p.s. Ironically, this will be taking place mere yards from the space that once housed a perfectly fine and functional Orpheum Theatre for decades, because of course it will.

p.s.2 Strategically, we did not share the program’s URL right away since www.champaigncinema.com has yet to go live and points back to the Provision Elevator destination linked above.

p.s.3 Coincidentally, a second anthropomorphic fuzzy critter flick is scheduled to play the great outdoors during prime time Thursday concurrent with KUNG FU PANDA 3. That would be ZOOTOPIA, the first “Summer Quad Cinema Series” entry for 2016 chosen by the UIUC Illini Union Board to entertain the campus community. It is free and slated to start at 9 p.m. on the north end of the Main Quad.

p.s.4 Expectedly, the folks behind “Urbanalove” would love for you to frequent downtown Urbana during these slower college town months, but they seek assistance to book open air movie screenings as well for the third year running. Peruse their Indiegogo campaign to learn about their needs, choose between donation levels, and give pause to yet another “Roger Ebert is from Urbana” citation.

p.s.5 Drunkenly, a pair of seriocomic hairy creature features have been chosen to frighten a certain beer garden populace on Thursday simultaneous to the ZOOTOPIA and KUNG FU PANDA 3 shows. They would be THE ADVENTURES OF THE SCREAMING APE and WEREWOLF CEMETERY, unleashed for one last duct-taped hurrah at Mike n’ Molly’s beginning at 8 p.m. Only the rarefied few will understand the context or humor of the juxtaposition pictured below, captured a few weeks back by your heads-up humble editor.

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Calendar du C-U: May 20-26

May 21st, 2016

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.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
5/20/16-5/26/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toTuesday, May 24: Stephanie Swearingen (actress, THE WINDOW INTO TIME) … Wednesday, May 25: David Gracon (filmmaker, ORDINARY VIDEO SERIES) … celebrate!


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Nothing would please us more right now than to raise a PBR as a toast, not just to this week’s “FOW” but the wily working class culture it reflects and the particular era it will help close down with good cheer. Your humble editor plans to write again a few days from now about the event – a final reprise of B-movies created by C-U native Jason Butler, with quite decent assistance from his friends, at the about-to-shutter Mike n’ Molly’s, 105 N. Market St., Champaign – so we’ll keep this one short lest we start crying in our beer a tad prematurely. Please do us a solid by joining everyone next Thurs., 5/26, from 8 p.m. on as we ease the pain with camaraderie and laughter while episodes of Butler’s THE ADVENTURES OF THE SCREAMING APE and WEREWOLF CEMETERY are projected somewhere on the premises, set to become the property of others in June. (You can also pay Mike n’ Molly’s a visit on Fri., 5/27, and Sat., 5/28, the last two evenings they will be open for business.) We wish all the best to Michael Murphy, owner of the beloved townie tavern for its entire 19-year run, and pray the recent cancellation of Mark RobertsMIKE & MOLLY sitcom had nothing to do with the decision. Murph and his faithful employees will find replacement gigs, the Pi Omega Omega drinking fraternity will designate a new headquarters elsewhere, and the former “counseling center” encased in brick and vine will hopefully be turned into something palatable and find its future audience. Go be sad now, brethren. We’ll wait for your return. Hic. Damn. Snif. It has begun at MFHQ as well. Hic. Snif. Hic.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: SING STREET (5/20 on), THE FAMILY FANG (5/20-5/21, 5/23, 5/25-5/26), UIUC School of Music presents KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON w/filmmaker Alan Hicks (5/22, 4:30 p.m., free), GREEN ROOM (5/22, 10 p.m.; 5/23, 7:30 p.m.; 5/25, 10 p.m.)

@ Mike n’ Molly’s, Champaign, IL: “Movie Night” feat. THE ADVENTURES OF THE SCREAMING APE*, WEREWOLF CEMETERY* (5/26, 8 p.m., free)

@ Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, Champaign, IL: The Orpheum and Provision Elevator Advertising present “Champaign Cinema under the Stars” feat. KUNG FU PANDA 3 (5/26, 8 p.m.), THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (5/26, 10 p.m.), THE PEANUTS MOVIE (5/27, 8 p.m.), WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S (5/27, 10 p.m.), TURBO (5/28, 8 p.m.), DODGEBALL (5/28, 10 p.m.)

@ Anniversary Plaza, Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. ZOOTOPIA (5/26, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: The News-Gazette Film Series presents THE GRADUATE (5/21, 1 & 7 p.m.), Reel Deals presents “Wes Anderson Week” feat. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (5/23, 5/24, 7 p.m.), THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (5/25, 5/26, 7 p.m.), RUSHMORE (5/27, 7 p.m.), THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (5/28, 7 p.m.)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING (5/20 on), A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/20-5/25), X-MEN: APOCALPYSE, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (5/26, 7 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (5/20, 5/22, 7 p.m.), LIFEFORCE (5/20, 10:30 p.m.), Beyond Normal Films presents INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS (5/21, 7 p.m.), NOTORIOUS (5/26, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT (Screen 1), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (Screen 2) (5/20-5/21)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (3-D & 2-D), NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, THE NICE GUYS, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE JUNGLE BOOK, MONEY MONSTER (5/20 on), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (5/26, 7 p.m.), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (3-D) (5/26, 7:50 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/20-5/22, 5/25)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK (5/20-5/21)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/20-5/22)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents DEADPOOL (5/20-5/22)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (3-D & 2-D), NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, THE NICE GUYS, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE DARKNESS, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), MONEY MONSTER, MOTHER’S DAY (5/20 on), BRAHMOTSAVAM (5/21-5/22, 4 p.m.), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (5/26, 6 & 9 p.m.), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (5/26, 7 & 9:30 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (3-D & 2-D), THE MEDDLER, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, THE NICE GUYS, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (IMAX 3-D, IMAX & 2-D), THE DARKNESS, A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, THE JUNGLE BOOK, MONEY MONSTER, MOTHER’S DAY (5/20 on), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. PRETTY IN PINK (5/22, 5/25, 2 & 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, Soledad O’Brien, and Starfish Media Group presents THE WAR COMES HOME: THE NEW BATTLEFRONT (5/24, 7 p.m.), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (5/26, 7 & 10:05 p.m. (standard), 7:10 & 10:15 p.m. (3-D))

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (3-D & 2-D), NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, THE NICE GUYS, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE JUNGLE BOOK, MONEY MONSTER (5/20 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: DIRTY GRANDPA, THE WITCH, THE PROGRAM, STARCROSSED, KINGDOM OF BLOOD, HOT BOT, KINDERGARTEN COP 2, TRICKED, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (s3), more! (5/17 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: ZOOTOPIA, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/20-5/21)

@ The Nightingale, Chicago, IL: Chicago Underground Film Festival Kick-Off Screening & Fundraiser feat. CRITICAL PARANOIA: THE AQUARIAN CONSPIRACY w/shorts (5/20, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. films)

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Calendar du C-U: May 13-19

May 14th, 2016

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.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
5/13/16-5/19/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toThursday, May 19: Lissa Massa (actress/producer, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HELL), Gerry Kissell (writer/artist, Vindicated, Inc.) … celebrate!

20 Years AgoFriday, May 10, 1996: Warner Bros. releases the action film TWISTER, directed by Jan de Bont and starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt, which becomes the second highest grossing release of that year in the United States and Canada after INDEPENDENCE DAY. Many communities across the nation probably did not feel so enthusiastic about the movie because, less than a month before on the evening of Friday, April 19, an extremely volatile storm system produced dozens of tornadoes in the central Midwest and the South. More than 30 funnel clouds were reported in Illinois alone and two of the strongest, rated at the “F3” category, caused serious damage in southwest Urbana and nearly destroyed the small town of Ogden. Amazingly, the only person killed in those Champaign County incidents was a Missouri woman traveling on I-74 near Ogden, according to a CNN report at the time. A chronological chart of the unfolding weather disaster from that night can be found on Wikipedia, an illustrated analysis of why the storm behaved as it did can be reviewed in this report filed by the UIUC Department of Atmospheric Sciences, a compilation of police and storm chaser video that depicts the tornadoes and aftermath can be viewed at The News-Gazette, and storm-by-storm information can be studied at The Tornado History Project, an on-line database of confirmed sightings in the United States that is designed and maintained by Joshua Lietz of Urbana. In the present, dearest readers should refresh themselves on tornado safety every spring by consulting the National Weather Service and other trusted agencies; informed protocol will help save lives way more readily than quoting dialogue from TWISTER while on the run, we imagine.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Whereas the above item recalls the tendencies of Mother Nature to randomly tear down our walls, we rebound with a “FOW” championing the human desire to build back up those singular architectural marvels we hold near and dear. The Save the Lorraine Foundation, named after the Lorraine Theatre in downtown Hoopeston, has worked hard the past few years to raise funding for the movie palace’s restoration and re-opening as a vibrant community hub; we recently learned they would love to share the “Lorraine of old” one final time with customers past and future before the serious clean-up efforts begin! The Foundation will host a “Last Call” open house at the Lorraine tomorrow, Sat., May 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., during which attendees can view the auditorium and lobby in their long-standing 1937 art deco glory. Members will also talk about their partnership with the specialists of FreeSky Studios in Springfield, who have been mapping the interior in recent weeks and will help the Foundation achieve their goals of removing the vintage decoration, cleaning and sealing the building, and installing a mix of old and new adornments. If the movie-going environments of early 20th century theaters interest you at all, it might be worth a trek to Hoopeston where you can pay respects to one of the few remaining venues of its kind in downstate Illinois before the facelift is applied. For whatever reason, the Foundation is not also running a movie at their Little Lorraine storefront space located a short walk from the Lorraine proper, as it might have provided hometown and out-of-town visitors alike with a nice all-day experience. Then again, maybe a community relations bullet has been knowingly dodged since DEADPOOL is their next scheduled flick…


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: SING STREET (5/13 on), The Ecuadorian Association at UIUC presents Ecuador disaster benefit feat. ECUADOR THE ROYAL TOUR, HOW MUCH FURTHER? (5/16, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation), Annual Art Co-op Member Screening: PARIS TEXAS (5/17, 7 p.m.), HIGH-RISE (5/13-5/14, 5/17-5/19, 10 p.m.)

@ WILL-TV, Campbell Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Musician Mixer” (5/17, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D) (5/13 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: HIS GIRL FRIDAY (5/13, 5/17, 7 p.m.), SIXTEEN CANDLES (5/13, 10:30 p.m.), FRANCOFONIA (5/14, 7 p.m.), GASLIGHT (5/17, 7 p.m.), Beyond Normal Films presents INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS (5/18, 7 p.m.), WBNQ presents FINDING NEMO (5/19, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (Screen 1), THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, CRIMINAL (Screen 2) (5/13-5/14)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: MONEY MONSTER, A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, MOTHER’S DAY (5/13 on), RATCHET & CLANK (5/14-5/15, 2:40 p.m.), NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING (5/19, 7:20 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/13 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK (5/13-5/15), NORM OF THE NORTH (5/14, 11 a.m., free)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (5/13-5/15)

@ The Lorraine Theatre, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents “Last Call” open house prior to beginning of renovations (5/14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE DARKNESS, GREEN ROOM, MONEY MONSTER, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, ZOOTOPIA (5/13 on), NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (both 5/19, 7 & 9:30 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE DARKNESS, A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, MONEY MONSTER, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (IMAX 3-D, IMAX, 3-D & 2-D), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, ZOOTOPIA (5/13 on), Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Paramount Pictures present FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (5/15, 2 p.m.; 5/18, 7 p.m.), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (5/15, 5/18, 2 & 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and FletChet Entertainment present THE ABOLITIONISTS (5/16, 7:30 p.m.), Fathom Events and RiffTrax.com present RiffTrax Live! TIME CHASERS (5/17, 7:30 p.m., encore presentation), Fathom Events, And Sons Magazine, and Ransomed Heart present A STORY WORTH LIVING (5/19, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: MONEY MONSTER, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE JUNGLE BOOK, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (5/13 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: DEADPOOL, THE BOY, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, REGRESSION, SYNCHRONICITY, MANSON’S LOST GIRLS, JACK OF THE RED HEARTS, SALEM (s2), SCREAM (s1), WAR & PEACE (cs), more! (5/10 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (5/13-5/14)

@ 2nd Floor, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL: Lake FX Summit + Expo presents “Fest of Chicago Film Fests” screenings and fair (5/15, 12-4 p.m., free)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Closed for the weekend!

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Calendar du C-U: May 6-12

May 6th, 2016

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.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
5/6/16-5/12/16

FLICKER OF THE WEEK

The fact that your humble editor has already seen it twice in the past year on late-night Turner Classic Movies does not discourage us from banging the “FOW” drum in favor of THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION (Spheeris Films), rocking the Art Theater Co-op for a solo “Women on Top” gig next Weds., May 11, 7:30 p.m. This first entry in Penelope Spheeris’ fabled and long out-of-circulation series, focused on Los Angeles youth as framed by hotbeds of music and underground culture, was filmed in 1979-80 during the apex of punk rock’s emergence as a feverish force. Genre stalwarts such as Germs, Circle Jerks, Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, and X appear in performance and during down times, while the filmmaker also interviews (and occasionally grills) a mix of semi-anonymous kids on a stage decorated only with a stool and a single dangling light fixture. Out of the mouths of tattered babes come hopes, dreams, fears, thoughts, aggression, and rebellion that we can empathize with, the spell broken on occasion by the off-color epithet that might be frowned upon today. CUBlog sincerely hopes a good turnout for DECLINE encourages the Art to book PART II: THE METAL YEARS – “the fun one” – and PART III – “the sobering one” – in the near future. We’d also like to mention a new release that looks promising, FRANCOFONIA (Music Box Films), which will debut at the Normal Theater tonight, Fri., May 6, 7 p.m. At first glance, it seems primed to do for the Louvre in Paris, France, what filmmaker Alexander Sokurov previously accomplished at the State Hermitage of St. Petersberg, Russia, in RUSSIAN ARK (2002) – use museum settings as a springboard for exploring the respective countries’ heritage and culture through the arts, captured with rich cinematography and a sense of grandeur.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING (5/6 on), MILES AHEAD (5/6-5/9, 5/10-5/12), Women on Top series: THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION (5/11, 7:30 p.m.), MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (5/7, 10 p.m.; 5/8, 11:30 a.m.; 5/11-5/12, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (5/6, 5/7, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE JUNGLE BOOK (5/6 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: FRANCOFONIA (5/6, 5/8, 5/12, 7 p.m.), YOUNGBLOOD (5/6, 10:30 p.m.), Beyond Normal Films presents MY GOLDEN DAYS (5/7, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (Screen 1), KUNG FU PANDA 3, EDDIE THE EAGLE (Screen 2) (5/6-5/7)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE BOSS, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (5/6 on), MONEY MONSTER (5/12, 7:30 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/6-5/8, 5/11)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: MOTHER’S DAY (5/6-5/8)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (5/6-5/8)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK, ZOOTOPIA (5/6 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (IMAX 3-D, IMAX, 3-D & 2-D), GREEN ROOM, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, FINDING MR. RIGHT 2, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK, ZOOTOPIA (5/6 on), Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment present 6th annual Grateful Dead “Meet-up at the Movies” event (5/11, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, SpectiCast, and Seventh Art Productions present “Art & Architecture in Cinema: Painting the Modern Garden – Monet to Matisse” (5/12, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE JUNGLE BOOK, KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (3-D & 2-D) (5/6 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: JOY, THE 5TH WAVE, THE CHOICE, REMEMBER, MOJIN: THE LOST LEGEND, HYENA ROAD, EMELIE, 400 DAYS, more! (5/3 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (5/6-5/7)

@ Columbia College, Chicago, IL: The Chicago International Film Festival presents 12th annual CineYouth (5/5-5/7, free, all ages)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Closed for the weekend!

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‘I DO’ to set HCA ablaze tonight

April 30th, 2016

“Sold out” is one of the operative phrases for the debut of the downstate Illinois film production BEFORE ‘I DO,’ set to enthrall a full house starting at 7 p.m. tonight, Saturday, April 30, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL, in the main auditorium. Director, writer, and executive producer Kimberly D. Conner will introduce her newest big-screen story at the premiere, following a year-and-a-half-long post production stretch during which her freshman feature effort, JUMP IN, received national distribution. In the past two weeks leading up to show time, Conner graciously engaged C-U Blogfidential in an e-mail exchange about all things ‘I DO’ and Predestined Arts & Entertainment, the media studio she co-founded with sister Candice, and we’d like to share a few highlights with you!

When asked about what viewers might experience from ‘I DO’ as they watch it for the first time, Conner hints that “audience members and supporters can expect a myriad of surprises, twists, and turns when a secret is revealed, as the story’s plot unfolds” and also describes the film as “being more action-packed than JUMP IN” given its firefighting angle. The filmmaker goes on to compare the successive features in that “both stories contain strong plotlines that force the characters to react” but differentiates the projects in terms of whom is front and center for audiences to empathize with, stating that “the stories are told from two different perspectives. JUMP IN is told from a female’s perspective; ‘I DO’ is told from a male point of view and differs greatly.”

She also reveals details about the premiere itself, saying “the majority of the cast [from ‘I DO’] will be in attendance. The film’s lead, Jensen Atwood [who plays fireman-by-day, artist-by-night ‘Caleb Abrams’] will be there, along with costars Andrea Kelly, Danielle Ward, Thea Camara, Harold Dennis, Lamar Barnes, Kathleen Purcell-Turner, and Michael Pittman.” Collaborators from behind the camera will also partake, according to Conner. “In terms of crew, our director of photography Mike Ware plans to attend, along with wardrobe [coordinator] Brandi Armstrong of Cabryl Breotti Designs. A couple of our producers will be attending also – producer David Anderson and associate producer Sunday Akinyemi.” While a VIP gathering and after party will be held mainly for members of the production team, Conner offers that “the red carpet event [before the screening] is open to the public to show our appreciation for their support!”

A second show has been set for May 28 at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, with many more certain to follow including, we hope, a local reprise for those who will not descend upon the Hoogland Center this evening. You can keep up with the progress of BEFORE ‘I DO’ by frequenting its Facebook page or checking in on its official Web site; once we receive concrete information on close-to-home developments, we’ll post them for you and watch the sparks fly! It simply warms our collective CUBlog heart to no end as we witness the tireless effort put towards a career in the cinema arts by this Capital City resident and Champaign native. Hurrah!

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. “I write, produce, and direct my own films. I’m not waiting for permission.” ~ Kimberly Conner, posted March 5, 2016, with a photo on the BEFORE ‘I DO’ Facebook page

p.s.2 Consider the mic dropped.

p.s.3 That is, until the mic is picked back up and we continue our conversation with Conner in an upcoming article. Exercise those eagle eyes, dearest readers!


Calendar du C-U: April 29-May 5

April 29th, 2016

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.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/29/16-5/5/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, April 30: Matt Shivers (voice actor, SECRET AGENT SQUIRREL, Pens to Lens 2015), Eric Sizemore (voice actor, TEA TIME!, Pens to Lens 2015) … Wednesday, May 4: Andrew J. Rausch (editor, Conversations on Quentin Tarantino, BearManor Media) … Thursday, May 5: Chris Lukeman (director, THE WIZARD) … celebrate!

10 Years AgoMonday, May 1, 2006: Comedian and television writer Mark Roberts, a native of nearby Tolono and former resident of Urbana, begins production this week on his self-financed film WELCOME TO TOLONO. Based on the same-named play, written and directed by Roberts as an “artist-in-residence” production at the Station Theatre in Urbana the previous summer, TOLONO is filmed during a five-week schedule in its small town namesake. Much of the original stage cast appears including Brian Reedy, Mike Trippiedi, David Butler, Kay Bohannon Holley, Gary Ambler, and Barbara Evans, who are joined in this screen adaptation by Mike Harvey, Colleen Klein, Joi Hoffsommer, Anne Shapland Kearns, and Rien Rogers. A premiere of the darkly humorous drama, concerning disparate individuals who attend a weekly support group in the basement of a local church, would take place at the University of IllinoisFoellinger Auditorium in June 2007 after which it played a smattering of regional festivals. Not unlike WEREWOLF CEMETERY discussed in last week’s Calendar, TOLONO has yet to be issued on consumer formats or via streaming. As reported on 5/4/06, 5/14/06, 7/11/07, 8/19/07 at CUBlog.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Watch for a preview to appear tomorrow on CUBlog about the Kimberly Conner production, BEFORE ‘I DO,’ set for its first public screening at 7 p.m. the same night, Sat., Apr. 30, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield. Conner, whose previous efforts THIS LIFE AIN’T PRETTY and JUMP IN have been covered on this forum, lives and works in the Capital City as well as channels her extra energies into a burgeoning cinema career of which ‘I DO’ is the latest example. Act fast if you would like to attend the premiere at Hoogland; less than 40 seats remain for the show according to a Facebook update from Conner posted yesterday. We’d also highly suggest STRANGE VICTORY (Milestone Film), a documentary-essay from 1948 directed by Leo Hurwitz that bravely holds the United States to task for racist and anti-Semitic tendencies in the wake of World War II; it plays a single show at the Art Theater Co-op on Mon., May 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for ‘I DO’


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, IL: Predestined Arts & Entertainment presents BEFORE ‘I DO’* red carpet premiere w/filmmakers (4/30, 7 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: UIUC National Center for Supercomputing Applications presents A BEAUTIFUL PLANET red carpet event w/discussion feat. Advanced Visualization Laboratory participants (IMAX 3-D) (5/1, 11 a.m. doors, 11:30 a.m. film)


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING (4/29 on), The North End Breakfast Club and the Art present STRANGE VICTORY w/discussion (5/2, 7:30 p.m.), Champaign Urbana Public Health District presents SOMEONE YOU LOVE: THE HPV EPIDEMIC w/discussion (5/3, 6 p.m., free), UIUC Women’s Resources Center presents 7th annual Feminist Film Festival* (5/5, 7:30 p.m., free), PURPLE RAIN (4/29, 4/30, 10 p.m.; 5/1, 11:30 a.m.; 5/4, 10 p.m.; 5/5, 11 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. HOW TO BE SINGLE (4/29, 4/30, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Room 180, Bevier Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: UI Sustainability Living-Learning Community presents 2nd annual May Day Sustainability Shorts Film Festival (5/1, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D) (4/29 on), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (4/29-5/1), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D) (5/5, 7 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Beyond Normal Films presents MY GOLDEN DAYS (4/29, 5/1, 5/5, 7 p.m.), FRIDAY (4/29, 10:30 p.m.), ISU Clef Hangars a cappella performance (4/30, 2 p.m., free or donation), Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (4/30, 7 p.m.), THE RULES OF THE GAME (5/3, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Screen 1), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE BOSS (Screen 2) (4/29-4/30)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (3-D & 2-D), THE BOSS, EYE IN THE SKY, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/29 on), PURPLE RAIN (4/29-5/4), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/5, 7 p.m. (3-D), 7:50 p.m. (standard))

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/29-5/1, 5/4)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: THE BOSS (4/29-5/1)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (4/29-5/1)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents “Music and the Presidents” performance by Elizabeth Doyle (4/30, 2, 4, & 6 p.m.)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (3-D & 2-D), SPOTLIGHT, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), ZOOTOPIA (4/29 on), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/5, 7:30, 9, 10, & 11 p.m. (standard), 8 p.m. (3-D))

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: FINDING MR. RIGHT 2, GREEN ROOM, KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, PAPA HEMINGWAY IN CUBA, RATCHET & CLANK (3-D & 2-D), BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (IMAX 3-D & 2-D), MILES AHEAD, ZOOTOPIA (4/29 on), A BEAUTIFUL PLANET (IMAX 3-D) (4/29-5/5, 11:30 a.m.), THE PRINCESS BRIDE (4/30-5/1, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events presents Metropolitan Opera Live: Elektra (4/30, 11:55 a.m., live simulcast; 5/4, 6:30 p.m., encore presentation), Fathom Events and Eakin Films present “Come to the Garden – On Stage!” feat. Jennifer Wilder Morgan (5/3, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and RiffTrax.com present RiffTrax Live! TIME CHASERS (5/5, 7 p.m.), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/5, 7 & 10:10 p.m. (IMAX 3-D & standard))

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (3-D & 2-D), BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D) (4/29 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: KRAMPUS, RIDE ALONG 2, JANE GOT A GUN, SON OF SAUL, BACKTRACK, THE DRIFTLESS AREA, BURNING BODHI, more! (4/26 on)

@ Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas, Chicago, IL: Midwest Independent Film Festival presents MAD w/filmmaker Robert Putka (5/3, 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. Producers Panel, 7:30 p.m. screening)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: THE JUNGLE BOOK, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (4/29-4/30)

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Calendar du C-U: April 22-28

April 22nd, 2016

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.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/22/16-4/28/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, April 22: Chelsea Norton (co-host, Surfabilly Freakout show, WEFT 90.1 FM) … Sunday, April 24: Ron Bonk (filmmaker, SHE KILLS) … Monday, April 25: Marty McKee (contributor, 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die, ed. Stephen Jay Schneider) … celebrate!

PassingsWednesday, April 6: Flora Faraci, 77 (original owner, Jane Addams Book Shop, Champaign) … you will be missed.

10 Years AgoSaturday, April 22, 2006: The University of Illinois students of Illini Film & Video premiere their feature length horror-comedy, THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS VS. A MUMMY. Involving dozens of undergraduates and taking the better part of two academic years to finish, MUMMY plays at 7 and 9 p.m. in the lecture auditorium of Noyes Laboratory on the UI Main Quad, with an encore set for the following afternoon at the UI Spurlock Museum a few blocks away. The prerequisite DVD of this project, envisioned by IFV president Chris Lukeman as a way to encourage club members to work together as a team and try out multiple roles on a single production, would debut the next month and become a long-standing ice breaker for incoming freshmen unfamiliar with the group. In recent years, MUMMY has been in permanent late-night rotation on UI-7, the broadcasting service of the university. As reported on 4/15/06, 4/21/06, 5/14/06 at CUBlog.

10 Years AgoSunday, April 23, 2006: BrainSmart Productions, a townie collective led by lo-fi filmmakers Jason Butler and Mark Peaslee, unleashes “Episode 2” of their action-filled B-movie WEREWOLF CEMETERY. The program introducing this newest creation also features “Episode 1” of the “gravediggers vs. lycanthropes vs. normal folk from the big city” epic, the first installment of smaller-scale series THE ADVENTURES OF THE SCREAMING APE, and a music video for “Serrated Edge” by The Living Blue, playing both this night and the next at the stroke of midnight in the beer garden of Mike ‘n Molly’s in downtown Champaign. Four segments total of WEREWOLF would eventually be made by Butler and company, although one must be tight with participants to access the full episodes as they have never been formally released on home video or uploaded for on-line streaming. This is about as underground as it gets with the films of Champaign-Urbana! As reported on 4/15/06, 4/22/16 at CUBlog.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Emerging from this flashback haze filling MFHQ as of late, a couple of items have caught our eye and therefore become “FOW” for today! We receive another opportunity to watch contemporary Asian cinema with an audience on Mon., Apr. 25, at the UI Spurlock Museum’s Knight Auditorium, and Tues., Apr. 26, at UI Unit One/Allen Hall’s Main Lounge – both in Urbana and beginning at 7 p.m. – when South Korean actress and filmmaker Pang Eun-jin is welcomed to campus. She will introduce and discuss the wrongful imprisonment drama WAY BACK HOME (2013) on Mon. and the murder plot thriller PERFECT NUMBER (2012) on Tues. during a visit sponsored by the UI Center for Advanced Study and other departments. Elsewhere, the Art Theater Co-op is offering one of their patented smorgasbord schedules in which everything looks good, although the title intriguing us most is VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT (Zeitgeist Films) from the acclaimed filmmaker Ada Ushpiz. This documentary is an engrossing look at the life and idiosyncratic leanings of the German-born Jewish theorist whose controversial views on mid-20th century politics and society fueled such written works as The Human Condition (1958), which she preferred to call Vita Activa or “The Active Life.”


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

C-U Confidential #8 Issue Release: Friday, 4/15, across Champaign, Urbana, and the Cities Beyond! Via Paper Opteryx, Champaign, IL


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: MARGUERITE (4/22, 4/23, 4/27, 4/28), VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HANNAH ARENDT (4/22-4/24, 4/27, 4/28), HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS (4/24, 4/25, 4/27), Essential Cinema 022: MARNIE (4/23, 1 p.m.; 4/24, 4/25, 7 p.m.; 4/26, 7:30 p.m.), UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship presents “Jazz Without Borders” event w/vintage filmed performances, discussion, music demonstrations (4/26, 5:30 p.m., free), THE INVITATION (4/22, 4/23, 4/27, 4/28, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. RIDE ALONG 2 (4/22, 4/23, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Room 112, Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illinifest*: University of Illinois Student Film Festival (4/24, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., free) Information

@ Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL: UI Center for Advanced Study presents “An Evening with Actress, Director, and Author Pang Eun-jin” feat. WAY BACK HOME (4/25, 7 p.m., free)

@ Main Lounge, Unit One/Allen Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: PERFECT NUMBER w/filmmaker Pang Eun-jin (4/26, 7 p.m., free)

@ Room 205, Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Film & Video meeting (4/28, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Main Level, East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Time/Image” modern art exhibition (free; exhibit runs through 4/23)

@ Lower Level, Classroom Studio B, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Documenting Equality” student video projects (free: exhibit runs through 4/23)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D) (4/22 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: ISU Program in Arts Technology presents 2016 Arts Tech Film Fest feat. WARGAMES (4/21, 7 p.m.) and CREATIVE CONTROL (4/22-4/24, 7 p.m.; 4/22 w/filmmaker Benjamin Dickinson), WEIRD SCIENCE (4/22, 10:30 p.m.), Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (4/28, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Screen 1), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE BOSS (Screen 2) (4/22-4/23)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: EYE IN THE SKY, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), ZOOTOPIA (4/22 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/22 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (4/22-4/24), THE PEANUTS MOVIE (4/23, 11 a.m., free)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (4/22-4/24)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE REVENANT (4/22-4/24)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, FAN, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/22 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, MILES AHEAD, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CHONGQING HOT POT, CRIMINAL, EYE IN THE SKY, THE JUNGLE BOOK (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/22 on), NORM OF THE NORTH (4/22-4/24, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Sony Pictures present ON THE WATERFRONT (4/24, 2 p.m.; 4/27, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CRIMINAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D) (4/22 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: THE REVENANT, NORM OF THE NORTH, FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK, THE LADY IN THE VAN, MISCONDUCT, WHAT LOLA WANTS, IP MAN 3, ASSASSIN, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (s6), HAVEN (s5), more! (4/19 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: THE JUNGLE BOOK, KUNG FU PANDA 3 (4/22-4/23)

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Shadow play engulfs CUZine #8

April 18th, 2016

This moment is not a time for secrets to be revealed, a façade to be toppled, or sins to be repented a little too late, as whomever finds comfort at the local picture show will set their worries aside for a spell. Each individual sits quietly at full attention, a diverse crowd relishing their mutual respite…

When the house lights come up at wherever you may be, flip open the nearest copy of C-U Confidential for your education and enjoyment of the indigenous film culture we are lucky to share! Stacks began to appear ‘round the towns on Friday, April 15, so look fast for all the movie news fit to print and, if you can’t easily find us, play it cool and double check locations with our Facebook feed!

A smattering of patrons gaze at the flickering images of a bygone era, starring matinee idol Andy Due, to take their minds away from the daily doldrums and dastardly dealings of life. While they’re distracted, dearest readers, call dibs on a well-lit seat and dive headlong into what we’ve assembled just for you! CUZine friend Robin Christian submits a report from the American Film Market in Santa Monica, CA, summarizing the advice of entertainment industry professionals on what it takes to produce film and television for today’s audiences. Crossing the country and international borders, Greg Woods of Toronto acquaints us with the American experimental film pioneer Curtis Harrington in conjunction with a vintage review of his feature debut NIGHT TIDE, written a half century ago by the late University of Illinois languages and film professor Steven P. Hill. Elsewhere, Ye Ed praises the award winners in our milieu, ruminates on the uphill climb facing many independent producers with distribution, projects that eight might not be enough in our print history, and pulls a couple of personal tear sheets from his past to share in our present. Apart from all this, the expanded C-Universe awaits your inquiring minds!

Always feel free to take one C-U Confidential for yourselves and another to share with friends or colleagues who crave a primer on the movies of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond! Plans are afoot to return sooner rather than later, so be sure to watch this space for details to come forth from the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters. And finally, we’d love to thank our advertisers whose support allows us to go analogue with our unique coverage. Accuraty Solutions, The Art Theater Co-op, Bachelor Pad Magazine, Champaign Movie Makers, Champaign-Urbana Theater History, Cinema Gallery, Damian Duffy Hates Everything, Dreamscape Cinema, Exile on Main Street/Dandelion, HD Productions Media, Premier Print Group, R.A.Z. Films, and Shatterglass Films should be commended for helping ensure CUZine is once again a (physical) thing here in 2016!

~ Jason Pankoke

Calendar du C-U: April 15-21

April 15th, 2016

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.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/15/16-4/21/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, April 16: Joe Taylor (co-organizer, Freeky Creek Short Film Festival), Tim Meyers (co-director, EBERTFEST 2016), Jan Militello (screenwriter, THE BAY LAUREL) … Monday, April 18: Mike Trippiedi (filmmaker, SISTER AND BROTHER) … Thursday, April 21: William Kephart (co-director/actor, THE FRIENDSHIP IS GONE, Pens to Lens 2015), Brian Paris (guest editorialist, C-U Confidential #8) … celebrate!

15 Years AgoFriday, April 20, 2001: Downtown Champaign establishments are adorned with the work of local artists for The Octopus Gallery Walk, a precursor to the Boneyard Arts Festival. Hosted by Southlynn Studios in the Octopus office space is a unique exhibit called “Zineophilia,” featuring paintings and mixed media pieces from the pages of The Ides of March as well as a table adorned with dozens of ‘zines for visitors to browse. Homegrown efforts include low hug by A.j. Michel, Silly Little Trouser Monkees by Brad Bugos, the aforementioned Ides by Dann Tincher and Damian Duffy, and our own flagship mag, MICRO-FILM.

15 Years AgoSaturday, April 21, 2001: Less than 24 hours later at The Highdive, located across Main Street from the Lincoln Building where “Zineophilia” reigned, Mr. JaPan emcees his first-ever film show. Dubbed “MICRO-FILM Vérité,” the “official programme” is comprised of eclectic low-budget cinema from near and far. Local selections include student shorts from the University of Illinois and Illinois State University, the early Mike Trippiedi “slasher in rhyme” BUCKY McSNEAD, and a trailer for Hart D. Fisher’s THE GARBAGE MAN. Filmmakers from across the nation, such as Cory McAbee (THE MAN IN THE MOON), Jim Sikora (STAGEFRIGHT CHAMELEON), Rusty Nails (SANTIAGO VS. WIGFACE), and Mike White (WHO DO YOU THINK YOU’RE FOOLING?), also represent.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

We’re taking the path of least critical resistance this week, gang. Whatever floats your individual boats will suffice nicely as “FOW” material. Except if it’s not the 2016 Asian Film Festival that is playing the Normal Theater in Normal from now to Sun., Apr. 17, because we miss attending the comparable showcases of modern filmmaking from China, Korea, Japan, et al., once offered in Champaign-Urbana. Or the 2016 Arts Tech Film Fest, also at the Normal between Tues., Apr. 19, and Sun., Apr. 24, since its thematic focus on human coexistence with computers and artificial intelligence reminds us of Cyberfest ’97, the UIUC sponsored event directly inspiring the launch of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. Or even the brand new C-U Confidential #8, if local film discourse may be considered for said honors; learn more about our latest print opus Monday on C-U Blogfidential or pick it up in the coming week to read, heed, and enjoy!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS (4/15 on), UIUC Choral Music presents MISSISSIPPI BURNING (4/18, 7 p.m., free to UI students), ATTACK THE BLOCK (4/15-4/16 10 p.m.; 4/17, 8:30 p.m.; 4/20-4/21, 10 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: College of Media at UIUC presents the 18th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (through 4/17)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. ZOOLANDER 2 (4/15, 4/16, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Legacy Theatre, Springfield, IL: “The Doyle and Debbie Show” satiric musical revue starring Bruce Arnston and Jenny Littleton (EXISTO) (4/16, 8 p.m.; 4/17, 2 p.m.; $35/advance, $40/day of show)

@ WILL-TV, Campbell Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Sound Gear (BYOG)” (4/19, 7 p.m., free)

@ Room 205, Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Film & Video meeting (4/21, 7:30 p.m.)

@ Main Level, East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Time/Image” modern art exhibition (free; exhibit runs through 4/23)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), I SAW THE LIGHT (4/15 on), HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS (4/15-4/17)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: ISU AsiaConnect presents 2016 Asian Film Festival feat. TREELESS MOUNTAIN (4/14, 7 p.m.), QUEEN (4/15, 7 p.m.), DEPARTURES (4/16, 7 p.m.), and COMING HOME (4/17, 7 p.m.), ENTER THE DRAGON (4/15, 10:30 p.m.), The Normal Humor (ISU) Open Mic Comedy Night (4/18, 9 p.m., free), ISU Program in Arts Technology presents 2016 Arts Tech Film Fest feat. DESK SET (4/19, 7 p.m.), ALPHAVILLE (4/20, 7 p.m.), WARGAMES (4/21, 7 p.m.), and CREATIVE CONTROL (4/22-4/24, 7 p.m.; 4/22 w/filmmaker Benjamin Dickinson)

NOW OPEN! @ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Screen 1), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, HOW TO BE SINGLE (Screen 2) (4/15-4/16)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, CRIMINAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), THE BOSS, GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, HARDCORE HENRY, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/15 on), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (4/21, 7:30 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/15 on)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (4/15-4/17)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE BOSS (4/15-4/17)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE FOREST (4/15, 4/17), trivia night (4/16)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, CRIMINAL, FAN, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, HARDCORE HENRY, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/15 on), THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (4/21, 7 & 9:45 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, CRIMINAL, DEMOLITION, THE JUNGLE BOOK (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE BOSS, CHONGQING HOT POT, EYE IN THE SKY, HARDCORE HENRY, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/15 on), ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (4/15-4/17, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events presents Metropolitan Opera Live: Roberto Devereux (4/16, 11:55 a.m., live simulcast; 4/20, 6:30 p.m., encore presentation), Fathom Events and World Entertainment present THIS IS WINTER JAM (4/19, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, SpectiCast, and Seventh Art Productions present “Art & Architecture in Cinema: Renoir: Revered & Reviled” (4/21, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, CRIMINAL, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), THE BOSS, HARDCORE HENRY, ZOOTOPIA (4/15 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: THE FOREST, FLIGHT 7500, ABOUT SCOUT, CHERRY TREE, STANDOFF, THE IGNORANCE OF BLOOD, more! (4/12 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: THE JUNGLE BOOK, ZOOTOPIA (4/15-4/16)

@ various venues, Madison, WI: 18th annual Wisconsin Film Festival (through 4/21)

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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!

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IOW: Spring awakens to CUZine!

April 14th, 2016

With the long-delayed eighth issue of C-U Confidential digest being assembled as we speak by our loyal friends at Premier Print Group in Champaign, we address the anticipation of its release by compiling what has gone before. Strangely, the distinctive CUZine covers have never been paraded in order on C-U Blogfidential, even though albums providing the same experience have been available on Facebook for a while, so let’s get ‘em together right now! Here appears the entire run, going backwards in time from the most recent edition dropped in late 2013 to the original “local-zine” that mysteriously appeared all around Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond in early 2007 to the delight of an unsuspecting public. Of course, this technically is an incomplete set if one counts no. 8 but we’re saving the cover reveal for Monday, April 18, in the traditional hyperbolic vein. (We have linked to all our previous attempts at introductory dramatics after each graphic below.) Our private eye menagerie will soon be moved to its own CUBlog Page, with contents added for your reference, while the physical incarnation of CUZine #8 should infiltrate your favorite establishments du C-U beginning this weekend! Feel free to tote along copies as you make the rounds, educating friends in due course and jostling reactions from fellow audience members at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. More CUZine shall be discussed shortly because, given the publishing monkey that is finally off our backs, we have designs on fast-tracking the equally late issues 9 and 10 to completion in advance of the digest’s 10th anniversary in April 2017. Can we pick up the scent of fresh Paper Opteryx ink and follow it through to the desired end?

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Boy, that 10th anniversary thing sounds damn familiar. Oh, right

p.s.2 Please do not expect CUZine to appear at the Virginia Theatre this year during “Ebertfest.” We can’t guarantee its placement on site although we will deliver stacks to adjacent businesses in downtown Champaign as soon as is reasonable. Now, if you fancy yourself a true Confidential Agent who might volunteer to smuggle in some local film contraband for the cause, we’d be ecstatic if you could message us pronto at cuconfidential [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks in advance, Best Dearest Reader Ever!

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C-U Confidential issue 7, October/November 2013

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C-U Confidential issue 6, April/May 2012

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C-U Confidential issue 5, April 2011

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TV special takes CENTER stage

April 13th, 2016

The opening session of the eighteenth annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, presented by the College of Media at the University of Illinois, will ensure a packed house at the Virginia Theatre later tonight, Wednesday, April 13, as it features director Guillermo del Toro in person and his period supernatural romance CRIMSON PEAK on the silver screen. Marking the occasion is yet another documentary-slash-promotion about the popular Champaign event, this one directed by Lisa Bralts and Tim Meyers for WILL/Illinois Public Media and titled EBERTFEST 2016: CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE. New interviews recall the genesis and philosophy behind “Ebertfest” as well as preview the selections and goals for the current year with a stress on diversity and inclusiveness. Speaking on behalf of the big show are executive producer and host Chaz Ebert, assistant festival director Casey Ludwig, Media dean Jan Slater, Virginia Theatre director Steven Bentz, “long time” attendee Ellen Warmbrunn, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, Chicago Sun-Times columnist and film critic Richard Roeper, and UI Public Affairs video producer Anne Lukeman. Meyers and Bralts add visual flair to the special with select film clips and sweeping crowd shots recorded at prior festivals by Shatterglass Studios.

WILL-TV premiered EBERTFEST 2016 last week on Monday, April 4, and subsequently uploaded it for free Internet viewing, so we embed it below for your convenience and enjoyment; Bralts and Meyers discuss the creation of the program with WILL Radio’s Jeff Bossert in a short audio clip linked to this post.

Eleven additional features and five panel discussions follow CRIMSON PEAK through midday on Sunday, April 17, after which Ebertfest will wind down for the spring.

~ Jason Pankoke


Ebertfest 2016 from Illinois Public Media on Vimeo.

Panels set for Ebertfest 2016

April 12th, 2016

Starting on Thursday, April 14, special guests of the eighteenth annual edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Media will speak at academic panel discussions held on campus in the Illini Union, 1401 Green St., Urbana, IL:

Thursday, April 14

9–10 a.m.
“Challenging Stigma through Love, Mercy & the Arts”
Moderated by Eric Pierson
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

10:15–11:15 a.m.
“Creating Empathy on the Big Screen”
Moderated by Nate Kohn
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

Friday, April 15

9–10 a.m.
“#oscarssowhite: Diversity in Hollywood”
Moderated by Chaz Ebert
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

10:15–11:15 a.m.
“Women in Film”
Moderated by Chaz Ebert
Pine Lounge, 1st Floor

Saturday, April 16

9–10:30 a.m.
“Filmmaker Workshop: Story Writing and Screen Writing for Short Films”
Presented by Don Tingle
General Lounge, 2nd Floor

Admission for all panels is free. The screenings of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will take place at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, IL, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13. The official “Ebertfest” Web site features the complete film schedule, individual reviews, and details of other related events. Festival passes and tickets for the majority of individual shows are possibly still available, while you can stand in a “rush line” prior to each show in case seating is available.

~ Jason Pankoke


Calendar du C-U: April 8-14

April 9th, 2016

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.

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PLAYING THIS WEEK
4/8/16-4/14/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, April 9: Nick Alonzo (filmmaker, SHITCAGO) … Wednesday, April 13: Damon Foster (filmmaker, SHAOLIN VS. TERMINATOR) … celebrate!


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

On what other event can we bestow “FOW” honors this coming week but Roger Ebert’s Film Festival? Fantasy auteur Guillermo del Toro will introduce a screening of his recent Gothic drama CRIMSON PEAK to help launch the 18th edition on Weds., 4/13, 7 p.m., at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, while a special presentation of the new Richard Linklater comedy EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! will warm up the “Ebertfest” masses the night before on Tues., 4/12, 7 p.m., at Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois campus. Core schedule and ticket information can be found at the official Web site as one would expect. Our next two regular posts will highlight a few non-film details of interest, so be sure to peruse them as you gear up for the annual descent of cineastes and community members upon Park St. Enjoy, Ebertfest fans!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: EYE IN THE SKY (4/8 on), Brilliant Corners Film Series: THE PEARL BUTTON (4/12, 7:30 p.m., free, discussion w/Claudia Lagos), THE DARK CRYSTAL (4/8, 10 p.m.; 4/9, 12 & 10 p.m., 4/14, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. DIRTY GRANDPA (4/8, 4/9, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “A Salute to Meryl Streep” feat. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (4/8, 4/9, 7 p.m.), College of Media at UIUC presents the 18th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (4/13-4/17)

@ Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL: AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary/Film Series presents MY FAIR WEDDING (4/12, 7 p.m., free)

@ Foellinger Auditorium, UIUC, Urbana, IL: College of Media at UIUC presents the 18th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival pre-show: EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! w/filmmakers (4/12, 7 p.m., free)

@ Bar M, Urbana, IL: “Free Beer Tasting and THE BIG LEBOWSKI” event (4/14, 5:30 p.m.)

@ Main Level, East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Time/Image” modern art exhibition (free; exhibit runs through 4/23)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS (4/8 on), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (4/8-4/13), THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/14, 7 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: The Normal Humor Comedy Showcase (4/8, 7 p.m.), ARMY OF DARKNESS (4/8, 10:30 p.m.), “dress up event” feat. PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (4/9, 1 p.m., free), WHERE TO INVADE NEXT (4/9, 4/10, 7 p.m.), ISU AsiaConnect presents 2016 Asian Film Festival feat. TREELESS MOUNTAIN (4/14, 7 p.m.), QUEEN (4/15, 7 p.m.)

NOW OPEN! @ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: ZOOTOPIA, THE FINEST HOURS (Screen 1), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, DADDY’S HOME (Screen 2) (4/8-4/9)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: THE BOSS, HARDCORE HENRY, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/8 on), THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D) (4/14, 7 p.m.), CRIMINAL (4/14, 7:20 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (4/8-4/10, 4/13)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (4/8-4/10), MINIONS (4/9, 11 a.m., free)

NOW OPEN! @ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE BOSS, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (4/8-4/10)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (4/8-4/10)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE BOSS, HARDCORE HENRY, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), DEADPOOL, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, MEET THE BLACKS, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/8 on), THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/14, 7 & 9:45 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE BOSS, CHONGQING HOT POT, DEMOLITION, HARDCORE HENRY, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, EYE IN THE SKY, GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, I SAW THE LIGHT, MEET THE BLACKS, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, ZOOTOPIA (4/8 on), MAX (4/8-4/10, 10 a.m.), THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/14, 7 & 9:30 p.m. (IMAX 3-D), 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. (standard))

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: THE BOSS, HARDCORE HENRY, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (3-D & 2-D), GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, ZOOTOPIA (4/8 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, MOJAVE, STEALING CARS, TUMBLEDOWN, THE MASKED SAINT, THE GREAT HYPNOTIST, DIXIELAND, more! (4/5 on)

NOW OPEN! @ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: DEADPOOL, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (4/8-4/9)

@ various venues, Madison, WI: 18th annual Wisconsin Film Festival (4/14-4/21)

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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!

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