Calendar du C-U: September 23-29

September 24th, 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
9/23/16-9/29/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, September 23: Austin McCann (general manager, The Art Theater Co-op) … Tuesday, September 27: Robert Hubbard (script supervisor, RED BIRD s1) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ SoDo Theatre, Champaign, IL: Champaign Movie Makers* presents ChampaignCasting.com screen tests (9/24, 4:30-8 p.m.)


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Time is of the essence right now, dearest movie-goers, especially since we’re posting this week’s Calendar well beyond the last minute. Therefore, we’ll urge you to simply pick any one of the half-dozen offerings playing the Art Theater Co-op in Champaign this week. You’ll find them listed below as always; otherwise, allow the Art Co-op Web site or Google searches to be your friend in becoming familiar with the details per film. You can also use a trip to 126 W. Church St. as an excuse to wish GM Austin McCann a happy birthday should you see him. If you happen to catch this post going live, however, immediately bolt right out the nearest door and head to the Art to partake in the first annual Art House Theater Day on Sat., 9/24, 7:30 p.m., with an exclusive screening of the 2K restoration of Terry Gilliam’s TIME BANDITS (Handmade Films), an awesome flight of historical fantasy not often heralded in discussions of Eighties effects spectaculars. The dry-witted, era-hopping adventure stars Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, David Warner, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, fellow Monty Python members Michael Palin and John Cleese, Sir Ralph Richardson as the “Supreme Being,” and the recently departed Kenny Baker as “Fidgit.” This nationwide recognition of all things art house is organized by the Art House Convergence, a program that originated through the Sundance Institute. “FOW” is hereby fin.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: MIA MADRE (9/23-9/25, 9/28-9/29), EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: THE TOURING YEARS (9/23, 9/25-9/29), the Art, UIUC Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, and UIUC Theater Department present “Stage Russia Presents: Eugene Onegin (9/24, 11 a.m.), the Art and the Art House Convergence present Art House Theater Day feat. TIME BANDITS (9/24, 7:30 p.m.), LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD (9/25, 9/27-9/28), the Art and UIUC Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies present IXCANUL (9/26, 7 p.m.), THE ROOM (9/23, 9/24, 9/28, 9/29, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (9/23, 9/24, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Wyndham Garden Hotel, Urbana, IL: Twin Cities Comic Book Convention (9/25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “Films Directed by Alejandro Inarritu” feat. BIRDMAN (9/27, 7 p.m.)

@ Room 205, Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Film & Video meeting (9/27, 6 p.m.)

@ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, UIUC, Urbana, IL: “The Unreliable Bestiary: BEAR – Fall Chapter” multimedia performance directed by Deke Weaver (9/21-9/25)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: STORKS, BLOOD FATHER, SULLY (9/23 on), “Politics at the Movies – Part 3” classes with Skip Huston (Thursdays, 9/15-11/3, 6:30 p.m., enroll @ Avon)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: BNF “Farlee Film Festival” feat. SUNSET SONG (9/23, 9/25, 7 p.m.), CITY OF GOLD (9/24, 7 p.m.), and HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (9/25, 1 p.m.), HOUSE PARTY (9/23, 10:30 p.m.), the Normal and the Art House Convergence present Art House Theater Day feat. TIME BANDITS (9/24, 1 p.m.), “The Normal Humor Comedy Hour” open mic (9/26, 8 p.m., free), “Film Noir Series” feat. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (9/28, 7 p.m., free)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: STORKS, SULLY (Screen 1), THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, SAUSAGE PARTY (Screen 2) (9/23-9/24)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, STORKS (3-D & 2-D), BLAIR WITCH, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY, HELL OR HIGH WATER, SULLY, THE WILD LIFE (9/23 on), DEEPWATER HORIZON (9/29, 7:30 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: STORKS (9/23-9/26, 9/28)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: PETE’S DRAGON (9/23-9/25), BRAVE (8/24, 11 a.m., free)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: “Frightfest Weekend 2” feat. MONSTER HOUSE, GOOSEBUMPS (Screen 1), BLAIR WITCH, DON’T BREATHE (Screen 2) (9/23-9/24)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 (9/23-9/25)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, STORKS (3-D & 2-D), BLAIR WITCH, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY, DON’T BREATHE, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, SNOWDEN, SUICIDE SQUAD, SULLY, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, THE WILD LIFE (9/23 on), TARGETED: EXPOSING THE GUN CONTROL AGENDA (9/29, 7 p.m.), MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (9/29, 7 & 10 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: I BELONGED TO YOU, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (IMAX & 2-D), STORKS (3-D & 2-D), BLAIR WITCH, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY, DON’T BREATHE, HELL OR HIGH WATER, HILLSONG: LET HOPE RISE, SNOWDEN, SUICIDE SQUAD, SULLY, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, THE WILD LIFE (9/23 on), STAR TREK BEYOND (9/23-9/27), RATCHET & CLANK (9/23-9/25, 10 a.m.), “Flashback Cinema” feat. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (9/25, 9/28, 2 & 7 p.m.), VANISHED: LEFT BEHIND NEXT GENERATION (9/28, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, STORKS (3-D & 2-D), BLAIR WITCH, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY, DON’T BREATHE, SULLY (9/23 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, FREE STATE OF JONES, NEIGHBORS 2, MA MA, RODEO & JULIET, THE ORIGINALS (s3), more! (9/20 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: STORKS, SULLY (9/23-9/24)

@ Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas, Chicago, IL: 34th annual Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival (through 9/29)

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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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Calendar du C-U: September 16-22

September 17th, 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
9/16/16-9/22/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, September 16: Skye Peters (producer, WCIA 3 News), Jay Rosenstein (producer, Jay Rosenstein Productions) … Monday, September 19: Eric Pankoke (webmaster, C-U Blogfidential) … Wednesday, September 21: Lisa Cerezo (guest writer, C-U Confidential #9) … celebrate!


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

A way-above-par wartime duo returns to the area for one-day-only reprises, giving us the opportunity to score a double Bogie in big screen entertainment! It begins with CASABLANCA (Warner Bros.) at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign tomorrow, Sat., 9/17, 1 and 7 p.m., as this month’s entry in the News-Gazette sponsored classic film series. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid headline this oft-cited tale of lost love and international intrigue set primarily at a hopping nightclub in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, shrouded by the looming specter of Nazism. Directed by Michael Curtiz, CASABLANCA is as much a touchstone of the Hollywood “Golden Era” as is THE MALTESE FALCON (Warner Bros.), which plays the Normal Theater in Normal on Wed., 9/21, 7 p.m., as the first selection of a “Six Week Film School” focusing on film noir. John Huston made his directorial debut with this crackling mystery, starring Bogart as private eye Sam Spade from the Dashiell Hammett pulp stories along with Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and “the black bird,” an iconic cinema MacGuffin if there ever was one; distinctive character actors Greenstreet and Lorre also appeared in CASABLANCA the following year. Coincidentally, a repackage of vintage favorites released this past Tues., 9/13, “Bogart & Bacall: 6-Film Collection” (Warner Bros. Video), bundles FALCON with a quartet famously pairing the hangdog actor and leading lady Lauren BacallTO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, THE BIG SLEEP, DARK PASSAGE, and KEY LARGO – as well as the Bacall-Gregory Peck comedy DESIGNING WOMAN. “FOW” is hereby fin … even though, a fin is just a fin.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: MISS SHARON JONES! (9/16 on), LITTLE MEN (9/17 on), MORRIS FROM AMERICA (9/17-9/20, 9/22), THE MATRIX (9/16, 9/17, 9/22, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. LIGHTS OUT (9/16, 9/17, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: The News-Gazette Film Series presents CASABLANCA (9/17, 1 & 7 p.m.)

@ Room 205, Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Film & Video meeting (9/20, 6 p.m.)

@ WILL-TV, Campbell Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Champaign Screenwriters Presents” (9/20, 7 p.m., free)

@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL: AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series presents MY LIFE IN CHINA (9/20, 7 p.m., free)

@ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, UIUC, Urbana, IL: “The Unreliable Bestiary: BEAR – Fall Chapter” multimedia performance directed by Deke Weaver (9/21-9/25)

@ Anniversary Plaza, Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL: UI Women’s Resources Center, etc., presents GHOSTBUSTERS (2016; 9/22, 8:15 p.m., free)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, SULLY, HELL OR HIGH WATER (9/16 on), “Politics at the Movies – Part 3” classes with Skip Huston (Thursdays, 9/15-11/3, 6:30 p.m., enroll @ Avon)

@ The Lincoln Square Theatre, Decatur, IL: “Movies at the Lincoln” feat. STAND BY ME (9/16, 8 p.m.), EMPIRE RECORDS (9/17, 8 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: BNF “Farlee Film Festival” feat. MUSTANG (9/16, 9/18, 7 p.m.), SUNSET SONG (9/17, 1 p.m.), HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (9/17, 7 p.m.), and CITY OF GOLD (9/22, 7 p.m.), THE MATRIX (9/16, 10:30 p.m.), MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (9/18, 1 p.m., English dub), Midwest Songwriters Sessions (9/19, 8 p.m.), SABRINA (1954; 9/10, 7 p.m.), “Film Noir Series” feat. THE MALTESE FALCON (9/21, 7 p.m., free)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: FINDING DORY, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (Screen 1), SUICIDE SQUAD, WAR DOGS (Screen 2) (9/16-9/17)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: BLAIR WITCH, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, HELL OR HIGH WATER, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, SULLY, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, THE WILD LIFE (9/16 on), DON’T BREATHE (9/16-9/17, 8:50 p.m.), WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (9/16-9/22, 4 p.m., $3), THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (9/22, 7 p.m.)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: SUICIDE SQUAD (9/16-9/18)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: “Frightfest Weekend 1” feat. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 (Screen 1), BLAIR WITCH, THE EXORCIST (Screen 2) (9/16-9/17)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (9/16-9/18)

@ Homer Opera House, Homer, IL: Pens to Lens* shorts program (9/17, 7 p.m.)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: BLAIR WITCH, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY, HILLSONG: LET HOPE RISE, SNOWDEN, BAD MOMS, THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM, DON’T BREATHE, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, SAUSAGE PARTY, SUICIDE SQUAD, SULLY, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, THE WILD LIFE (9/16 on), Fathom Events and Provident Films present TO JOEY, WITH LOVE (9/20, 7 p.m.), STORKS (9/22, 6 & 8:30 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: BLAIR WITCH, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY, HILLSONG: LET HOPE RISE, SNOWDEN, THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM, DON’T BREATHE, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, HELL OR HIGH WATER, JASON BOURNE, KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW?, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, STAR TREK BEYOND, SUICIDE SQUAD, SULLY (IMAX & 2-D), WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, THE WILD LIFE (9/16 on), ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP (9/16-9/18, 10 a.m.), “Flashback Cinema” feat. THE BIG LEBOWSKI (9/18, 9/21, 2 & 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Sony Pictures present DR. STRANGELOVE, OR, HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (9/18, 2 p.m.; 9/21, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and Provident Films present TO JOEY, WITH LOVE (9/20, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, Universal Pictures, and Picturehouse Entertainment present “Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Performance” (9/22, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: BLAIR WITCH, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY, DON’T BREATHE, SULLY, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, THE WILD LIFE (9/16 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE CONJURING 2, POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING, GENIUS, THE AUTOMATIC HATE, MARAUDERS, TALE OF TALES, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB, SHAUN THE SHEEP: LITTLE SHEEP OF HORRORS, EMPIRE (s2), QUANTICO (s1), more! (9/13 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: FINDING DORY, PETE’S DRAGON (9/16-9/17)

@ Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas, Chicago, IL: 34th annual Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival (9/22-9/29)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: Closed for the weekend!

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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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Calendar du C-U: September 9-15

September 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
9/9/16-9/15/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toWednesday, September 14: Kimberly Conner (president, Predestined Arts & Entertainment), Christiana Forsberg (actress, SUCH CREATURES), Tanino Minneci (actor, ARMOR) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

Conversations on Quentin Tarantino by Andrew J. Rausch feat. introduction by Jason Pankoke*, Hardback/Paperback Book Release: Tuesday, 9/6, Nationwide via BearManor Media, Albany, GA


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Looking over the filmic playing field du C-U this week, nothing seems as noteworthy as the opportunity to watch an animated classic on the big screen with live musical accompaniment! The twist with the UI Krannert Center for the Performing Arts presentation of THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE (Sony Pictures Classics) is that Benoȋt Charest, who composed the score for director Sylvian Chomet’s charming adventure in which three eccentric elder ladies aid a fourth in rescuing the latter’s grandson from the mafia during the Tour de France, will conduct the performance himself with a touring combo, Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville. This “cine-concert” is to be staged in the Urbana complex’s Colwell Playhouse next week on Thurs., 9/15, and Fri., 9/16, starting at 7:30 p.m. and followed by talkback sessions with the musicians. From the novel revival of TRIPLETS, originally released stateside in 2003, we move to the “celluloid atrocity” MULTIPLE MANIACS (Criterion Collection/Janus Films), an early John Waters opus from 1970 that has never received theatrical distribution until now. Offering the unsuspecting world an early (dis)taste of both the legend-to-be that was Divine and the filmmaker’s trademark veneer of gleeful filth, MANIACS depicts in gloriously cheapo monochrome the misadventures of cheeky cretins operating as the “Cavalcade of Perversion” before crime, infidelity, and murder threatens to derail their scheme. The Art Theater Co-op likewise threatens the very fabric of downtown Champaign’s existence by uncorking this restored relic of raunch at 10 p.m. shows on Fri., 9/9, Sat., 9/10, and Thurs, 9/15. Finally, we climb out from the mire of rebelliousness and seek higher ground in a web of governmental subterfuge and information ethics, which can only mean a preview of the biopic SNOWDEN (Open Road Films) set for Wed., 9/14, 6:30 p.m., at Goodrich Savoy 16. The sneak peek will be preceded by a live satellite conversation between SNOWDEN filmmaker/career provocateur Oliver Stone and his subject/provocateur-in-exile Edward Snowden, who we imagine will speak as elusively about those National Security Agency (NSA) documents he allegedly pilfered and disseminated to journalists as his exact location in Russia from which he will appear. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Snowden in the film, opening nationwide next Friday, 9/16. “FOW” is hereby fin.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: DON’T THINK TWICE (9/9 on), MULTIPLE MANIACS (9/9, 9/10, 9/15, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. FINDING DORY (9/9, 9/10, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “Films Directed by Alejandro Inarritu” feat. BIRDMAN (9/13, 9/15, 7 p.m.), Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety present UNDER THE GUN (9/14, 7 p.m., free)

@ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, UIUC, Urbana, IL: THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE w/live music accompaniment by Benoȋt Charest with Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville (9/15, 9/16, 7:30 p.m.)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: SULLY, HELL OR HIGH WATER, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (9/9 on), FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (9/9-9/11, 5 p.m.), “Politics at the Movies – Part 3” classes with Skip Huston (Thursdays, 9/15-11/3, 6:30 p.m., enroll @ Avon)

@ The Lincoln Square Theatre, Decatur, IL: “Movies at the Lincoln” feat. WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (9/9, 8 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: RAIDERS! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE (9/9, 9/11, 7 p.m.), THE BREAKFAST CLUB (9/9, 10:30 p.m.), MEN GO TO BATTLE (9/10, 7 p.m.), MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS (9/11, 1 p.m., English dub), “The Normal Humor Comedy Hour” open mic (9/12, 8 p.m., free), MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (9/14, 7 p.m., Japanese language w/English subs), BNF “Farlee Film Festival” feat. HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (9/15, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: PETE’S DRAGON, BEN-HUR (Screen 1), DON’T BREATHE, SAUSAGE PARTY (Screen 2) (9/9-9/10)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: SULLY, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, THE WILD LIFE (3-D & 2-D), CAFÉ SOCIETY, DON’T BREATHE, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, PETE’S DRAGON, SUICIDE SQUAD (regular prices, 9/9 on), BAD MOMS (special $4 shows, 9/9-9/15), JASON BOURNE (special $4 shows, 9/9-9/11), FINDING DORY, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (special $4 shows, 9/10-9/11), BLAIR WITCH (9/15, 7:40 p.m.)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: BAD MOMS (9/9-9/11), RATCHET & CLANK (9/10, 11 a.m., free)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: “80s Flashback Weekend” feat. THE GOONIES, STAND BY ME (Screen 1), DIE HARD, BEVERLY HILLS COP (Screen 2) (9/9-9/10)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE JUNGLE BOOK (9/9-9/11)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM, SULLY, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, THE WILD LIFE (3-D & 2-D), BAD MOMS, DON’T BREATHE, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, MORGAN, SAUSAGE PARTY, SUICIDE SQUAD (9/9 on), BRIDGET JONES’S BABY (9/15, 7 & 10 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM, SULLY (IMAX & 2-D), WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, THE WILD LIFE (3-D & 2-D), BAD MOMS, DON’T BREATHE, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, HANDS OF STONE, HELL OR HIGH WATER, JASON BOURNE, KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW?, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, MECHANIC RESURRECTION, MORGAN, PETE’S DRAGON, SAUSAGE PARTY, STAR TREK BEYOND, SUICIDE SQUAD, WAR DOGS (9/9 on), NORM OF THE NORTH (9/9-9/11, 10 a.m.), “Flashback Cinema” feat. SIXTEEN CANDLES (9/11, 9/14, 2 & 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and Sony Pictures present LABYRINTH 30th Anniversary (9/11, 2 p.m.), Fathom Events and LifeWay Films present THE INSANITY OF GOD (9/13, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and Open Road Films present “Snowden Live” feat. Oliver Stone and Edward Snowden, plus advance screening of SNOWDEN (9/14, 6:30 p.m., live simulcast (discussion only)), Fathom Events, Eleven Arts, and Toei Animation present DIGIMON ADVENTURE TRI, CHAPTER 1: REUNION (9/15, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: SULLY, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, THE WILD LIFE (3-D & 2-D), DON’T BREATHE, MORGAN, SUICIDE SQUAD (9/9 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: MONEY MONSTER, NOW YOU SEE ME 2, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, THE DARKNESS, THE MEDDLER, NINA, EQUALS, URGE, SUPERNATURAL (s11), THE FLASH (s2), AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE VS. O.J. SIMPSON (cs), more! (9/6 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: DON’T BREATHE, SAUSAGE PARTY (9/9-9/10)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: Closed for the weekend!

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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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Calendar du C-U: September 2-8

September 3rd, 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
9/2/16-9/8/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSunday, September 4: Anthony Cabral (producer, LANCE LAWSON, Pens to Lens 2016), Chad Myler (actor, THE SEARCH FOR PIZZA, Pens to Lens 2016) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

GRANDVIEW, U.S.A.* U.S. Blu-ray Release: Tuesday, 9/6, Nationwide via Kino Lorber Studio Classics, New York, NY


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Sure, we’ll morph “FOW” into yet another new designation, “EOW” or “‘Eighties’ of the Week,” to bestow upon those titles giving us that warm and fuzzy flashback feeling from summer eras past! Urbana native Michael Wiese may have produced the first notable STAR WARS spoof/homage HARDWARE WARS, made in 1978 with other creative young artists in San Francisco, but it was five years later in 1982 when three preteens from Mississippi set out to film an amateur shot-for-shot remake of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Lucasfilm/Paramount Pictures) that would consume all their summer breaks through high school. The nearly finished result, dubbed RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION, eventually developed a cult reputation among connoisseurs of the obscure, encouraging the now-adults to regroup and attempt to finish a quarter-century later what they had started. If previous articles and the same-named book covering the history of this epic remake are any indication, RAIDERS! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE (Drafthouse Films) will dramatize the amazing lengths taken by these boys to realize their lo-fi vision even when it cost them love and friendship. The Normal Theater is showing the documentary, created by Tim Skousen and Jeremy Coon, on Sat., 9/3, 7 p.m., with a reprise next Fri., 9/9, also at 7 p.m.; the seminal 1981 adventure classic starring Harrison Ford and Karen Allen and directed by Steven Spielberg will play tonight, Fri., 9/2, 10:30 p.m., and tomorrow, Sat., 9/3, 1 p.m., for comparison’s sake. Also reaching for Spielbergian skies are the organizers of the Urbanalove outdoor shows; at dusk tomorrow, Sat., 9/3, in the Busey Bank parking lot at the corner of Main and Race streets in Urbana, the fantasy master’s 1982 follow-up to RAIDERS, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (Amblin Entertainment/Universal Studios), will delight the downtown audience and bring this warm-weather series to a close for 2016. Finally, the Lincoln Square Theatre in Decatur will unleash James Cameron’s still-impressive military science fiction hit ALIENS (20th Century Fox) just past the 30th anniversary of its original 1986 release later tonight, Fri., 9/2, 8 p.m., as part of a revival set that also includes STAND BY ME, EMPIRE RECORDS, and BEETLEJUICE in the coming weeks; we are simply bursting at the chest with happiness to see the Lincoln, which reaches its centenary of existence next month, back in the movie business where it belongs! “EOW” is hereby fin. Or, ein. Your call.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: DON’T THINK TWICE (9/2 on), “Big Screen Noir” series feat. THE BIG LEBOWSKI (9/2, 9/3, 10 p.m.; 9/4, 11:30 a.m.; 9/7, 10 p.m.), WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (9/3, 11:30 a.m.), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album release party for Skeleton Tree w/feature documentary ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING (9/8, 9 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (9/2, 9/3, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “Films Directed by Andrew Stanton” feat. WALL-E (9/2, 9/3, 7 p.m.) and “Films Directed by Alejandro Inarritu” feat. 21 GRAMS (9/6, 9/8, 7 p.m.)

@ parking lot, Busey Bank, downtown Urbana, IL: Urbanalove presents “Summer Movie Nights” feat. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (9/3, sunset, free)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: CAFÉ SOCIETY, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (9/2 on), “Politics at the Movies – Part 3” classes with Skip Huston (Thursdays, 9/15-11/3, 6:30 p.m., enroll @ Avon)

@ The Lincoln Square Theatre, Decatur, IL: “Movies at the Lincoln” feat. ALIENS (9/2, 8 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: MEN GO TO BATTLE (9/2, 7 p.m.), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (9/2, 10:30 p.m.; 9/3, 1 p.m.), RAIDERS! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE (9/3, 7 p.m.), A LETTER TO MOMO (9/4, 1 p.m., English dub), Midwest Songwriters Sessions (9/5, 8 p.m.), ALL ABOUT EVE (9/6, 7 p.m.), MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS (9/7, 7 p.m., Japanese language w/English subs)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: PETE’S DRAGON, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Screen 1), SAUSAGE PARTY, BAD MOMS (Screen 2) (9/2-9/4)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: CAFÉ SOCIETY, BEN-HUR, DON’T BREATHE, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, PETE’S DRAGON, SAUSAGE PARTY, SUICIDE SQUAD (regular prices, 9/2 on), BAD MOMS, FINDING DORY, JASON BOURNE, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (special $4 shows, 9/2-9/8), SULLY (9/8, 7 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: PETE’S DRAGON (9/2-9/4, 9/7)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: JASON BOURNE (9/2-9/4)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, FINDING DORY (Screen 1), SUICIDE SQUAD, STAR TREK BEYOND (Screen 2) (9/2-9/4)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: HANDS OF STONE, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, MORGAN, BAD MOMS, DON’T BREATHE, FINDING DORY, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, GHOSTBUSTERS, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, MECHANIC RESURRECTION, PETE’S DRAGON, SAUSAGE PARTY, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU, SUICIDE SQUAD, WAR DOGS (9/2 on), JANATHA GARAGE (9/2, 9:30 p.m.; 9/3, 6 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: HANDS OF STONE, KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW?, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, MORGAN, BAD MOMS, DON’T BREATHE, FINDING DORY, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, GHOSTBUSTERS, HELL OR HIGH WATER, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, JASON BOURNE, MECHANIC RESURRECTION, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU, BEN-HUR, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, PETE’S DRAGON, SAUSAGE PARTY, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND (IMAX & 2-D), SUICIDE SQUAD, WAR DOGS, X-MEN: APOCALPYSE (9/2 on), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (9/4, 9/7, 2 & 7 p.m.),

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: HANDS OF STONE, MORGAN, BEN-HUR, DON’T BREATHE, PETE’S DRAGON, SUICIDE SQUAD (9/2 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: THE JUNGLE BOOK, ME BEFORE YOU, CITIZEN SOLDIER, THE PHENOM, SHAMELESS (s6), ARROW (s4), THE NIGHT MANAGER (s1), more! (8/30 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, LIGHTS OUT (9/2-9/4)

@ Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL: Midwest Independent Film Festival presents Chicago premiere of WHO GETS THE DOG? w/filmmakers (9/6, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. screening followed by discussion)

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

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Calendar du C-U: Aug. 26-Sept. 1

August 26th, 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
8/26/16-9/1/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSunday, August 28: Skip Huston (owner, The Avon Theatre) … Thursday, September 1: Matt Wiley (graphic designer, Pens to Lens), Mark Williams (volunteer, The Virginia Theatre) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: Call for Entries for the 7th annual New Art Film Festival* (7/25-8/31) Information


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

We’re reading very good things about HELL OR HIGH WATER (CBS Films/Lionsgate), a contemporary desert noir starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster as desperate brothers who rob banks to save the family farm, although a veteran Texas Ranger played by Jeff Bridges is bent on intervening. The filmmaker David Mackenzie may have crafted a true summer sleeper with HELL, opening today at the Goodrich Savoy 16 in Savoy. From a sublime character study with pop to an on-the-nose moralist fantasy with Oopma Loompas, we have WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Warner Bros.), the Gene Wilder vehicle directed by Mel Stuart and adapted from the children’s novella by Roald Dahl; it is amazingly dated and timeless with a surrealistic streak that becomes more charming with age. You can buy your golden tickets at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign for shows tomorrow, Sat., 8/27, at 1 and 7 p.m. Finally, the Flatlands Dance Film Festival brings the kinetic dance film subgenre to campus with two distinct shorts programs on Fri., 8/26, and Sat., 8/27, both at 7 p.m., with a bonus screening of the Misty Copeland documentary A BALLERINA’S TALE at 1 p.m. Sat., all at the UI Spurlock Museum in Urbana. Be aware that admission for this is at “special event” prices, so the best deal is the pass costing $25/general and $20/student for admission to everything. Leap at the chance! “FOW” is hereby fin.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: INDIGNATION (8/26 on), “Big Screen Noir” series feat. DOG DAY AFTERNOON (8/26, 8/27, 10 p.m.; 8/28, 11:30 a.m.; 9/1, 10 p.m.)

@ Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Dance at Illinois presents Flatlands Dance Film Festival (8/26, 7 p.m. (shorts program curated with San Souchi Festival of Dance Cinema); 8/27, 1 p.m. (A BALLERINA’S TALE); 8/27, 7 p.m. (competition shorts program))

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (8/26, 8/27, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: The News Gazette Film Series presents WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (8/27, 1 & 7 p.m.), Reel Deals presents “Films Directed by Andrew Stanton” feat. A BUG’S LIFE (8/29, 8/30, 7 p.m.), FINDING NEMO (8/31, 9/1, 7 p.m.), WALL-E (9/2, 9/3, 7 p.m.)

@ Quality Beer, Champaign, IL: Champaign Screenwriters mixer (9/1, 8 p.m.)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, PETE’S DRAGON (8/26 on), INDIGNATION (8/26-8/28, 4 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS (8/26, 8/28, 7 p.m.), BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE (8/26, 10:30 p.m.), NIGHT BIRD SONG: THE THOMAS CHAPIN STORY w/concert by Glenn Wilson & Friends (8/27, 6 p.m. concert, 7 p.m. film, free), ONLY YESTERDAY (8/28, 1 p.m., English dub), “The Normal Humor Comedy Hour” open mic (8/29, 8 p.m., free), A LETTER TO MOMO (8/31, 7 p.m., Japanese language w/English subs), RAIDERS! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE (9/1, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: PETE’S DRAGON, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Screen 1), SAUSAGE PARTY, BAD MOMS (Screen 2) (8/26-8/27)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: DON’T BREATHE, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, BEN-HUR (3-D & 2-D), KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (3-D & 2-D), PETE’S DRAGON, SAUSAGE PARTY, SUICIDE SQUAD, WAR DOGS (8/26 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (8/26-8/28, 8/31)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: STAR TREK BEYOND (8/26-8/28)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Screen 1), BAD MOMS, SAUSAGE PARTY (Screen 2) (8/26-8/28)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: DON’T BREATHE, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, MECHANIC RESURRECTION, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU, BAD MOMS, BEN-HUR, JASON BOURNE, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, PETE’S DRAGON, SAUSAGE PARTY, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND, SUICIDE SQUAD, WAR DOGS (8/26 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: DON’T BREATHE, HELL OR HIGH WATER, MECHANIC RESURRECTION, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU, BAD MOMS, BEN-HUR, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, GHOSTBUSTERS, JASON BOURNE (IMAX & 2-D), KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, PETE’S DRAGON, SAUSAGE PARTY, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND, SUICIDE SQUAD (IMAX & 2-D), WAR DOGS (8/26 on), Fathom Events, Mattel, and WomensForum.com present WELCOME TO MONSTER HIGH (8/27, 10 a.m.), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. SPACEBALLS (8/28, 8/31, 2 & 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and 20th Century Fox present THE KING AND I (1956; 8/28, 2 p.m.; 8/31, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and LifeWay Films present THE INSANITY OF GOD (8/30, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, SpectiCast, Invincible Pictures, and SModCo present “Kevin Smith’s YOGA HOSERS Premiere Party” (8/30, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: DON’T BREATHE, BEN-HUR, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, PETE’S DRAGON, SAUSAGE PARTY, SUICIDE SQUAD, WAR DOGS (8/26 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE NICE GUYS, RATCHET & CLANK, MAGGIE’S PLAN, THE DUEL, CLOWN, THE WALKING DEAD (s6), THE STRAIN (s2), ASH VS. EVIL DEAD (s1), LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (s1), ROOTS (cs), more! (8/23 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: PETE’S DRAGON, STAR TREK BEYOND (8/26-8/27)

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

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Calendar du C-U: August 19-25

August 19th, 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
8/19/16-8/25/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, August 20: Breelyn Mehrtens (make-up artist, WANDA AND PICKLES DISCOVER THE EARTH, Pens to Lens 2016) … Tuesday, August 23: Luke Boyce (executive producer, LISTEN, Pens to Lens 2016), Shannon Beranek (event staff, Bachelor Pad Magazine) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: Call for Entries for the 7th annual New Art Film Festival* (7/25-8/31) Information


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

INDIGNATION (Summit Entertainment/Roadside Attractions) looks to be an elegant and affecting period drama from writer/director James Schamus about a Jersey teen (Logan Lerman) who goes to college in Ohio during the Fifties, while KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Focus Features) is the latest stop motion/CGI animated adventure from Laika – in other words, the closest thing to a work of art in a movie theater near you – featuring the voices of Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, and Ralph Fiennes in an Asian-styled fable directed by Travis Knight. A bonus rock-and-roll phantasmagoria that may tempt you is Brian DePalma’s PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (20th Century Fox), recasting the Doctor Faustus legend as a music industry send-up featuring William Finley in the title role as well as Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, and Gerrit Graham; the film bombed initially just as THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW would do for Fox a year later, but has taken much longer than ROCKY to find belated audience appreciation. The Art Theater Co-op in Champaign unleashes PHANTOM at 10 p.m. on Sat., 8/20, and Thurs., 8/25, and plays INDIGNATION for the rest of their schedule this week, while KUBO defends his samurai legacy in wide release. You can also enjoy INDIGNATION at the Avon Theatre in Decatur. “FOW” is hereby fin.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: INDIGNATION (8/19 on), Secret Screening 011: [Strangely enough, the ones you want to catch will be up on the big screen instead of your phone!] (8/19, 10 p.m., free), PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (8/20, 8/25, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING (8/20, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)

@ Anniversary Plaza, Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Quad Day Cinema” feat. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (8/21, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: INDIGNATION, PETE’S DRAGON, SUICIDE SQUAD (8/19 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: ADAM’S RIB (8/19, 8/21, 7 p.m.), GALAXY QUEST (8/19, 10:30 p.m.), THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS (8/20, 7 p.m.), KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (8/21, 7 p.m., English dub), Midwest Songwriters Sessions (8/22, 8 p.m.), ONLY YESTERDAY (8/24, 7 p.m., Japanese language w/English subs), WBNQ presents MEAN GIRLS (8/25, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, SUICIDE SQUAD (Screen 1), BAD MOMS, FREE STATE OF JONES (Screen 2) (8/19-8/20)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: BEN-HUR (3-D & 2-D), KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (3-D & 2-D), WAR DOGS, BAD MOMS, JASON BOURNE, NINE LIVES, PETE’S DRAGON, SAUSAGE PARTY, SUICIDE SQUAD (8/19 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (8/19-8/21, 8/24)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (8/19-8/21)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Screen 1), PETE’S DRAGON (Screen 2) (8/19-8/21)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (8/19-8/21)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: BEN-HUR, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (3-D & 2-D), WAR DOGS, BAD MOMS, JASON BOURNE, LIGHTS OUT, NINE LIVES, PETE’S DRAGON, SAUSAGE PARTY, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND, SUICIDE SQUAD (8/19 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: BEN-HUR (3-D & 2-D), KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (3-D & 2-D), WAR DOGS, BAD MOMS, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, GHOSTBUSTERS, JASON BOURNE, NERVE, NINE LIVES, PETE’S DRAGON, SAUSAGE PARTY, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND, SUICIDE SQUAD (IMAX 3-D, IMAX & 2-D) (8/19 on), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (8/21, 8/24, 2 & 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and RiffTrax.com present “RiffTrax Live! MOTHRA” (7/23, 7:30 p.m., encore presentation)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: BEN-HUR (3-D & 2-D), KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (3-D & 2-D), WAR DOGS, PETE’S DRAGON (3-D & 2-D), SAUSAGE PARTY, SUICIDE SQUAD (3-D & 2-D) (8/19 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (s7), ONCE UPON A TIME (s5), GOTHAM (s2), more! (8/16 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: PETE’S DRAGON, THE BFG (8/19-8/20)

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Calendar du C-U: August 12-18

August 13th, 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
8/12/16-8/18/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, August 13: Eddie Avinashi (alumnus, Illini Film & Video) … Thursday, August 18: Alaina Boyett (make-up artist, AZTEC REVENGE) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Champaign-Urbana Film Society, Champaign Movie Makers, and Champaign-Urbana Design Organization present the 4th annual Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Gala* (8/13; 1 p.m., doors open; 2 p.m., “all ages” films; 4 p.m., panel discussion w/Hollywood filmmakers Brenda Chapman (Disney’s BRAVE) and Kevin Lima (Disney’s TARZAN); 6 p.m., “mature” films; $8/program, $12/both programs)

@ Brother’s Bar & Grill, Champaign, IL: “Mabel’s Night” concert + taping for WHERE IT BEGINS: CU MUSIC DOCUMENTARY 1977-2000* feat. Last Gentlemen, Nix ’86, The Martyrs, Three Hour Tour, The Jans Project, The Surly Bells (8/13, 6 p.m.-2 a.m., $20)

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: Call for Entries for the 7th annual New Art Film Festival* (7/25-8/31) Information


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Scores of little movie fans, along with their parents, mentors, and other neighborhood big people, are raring to go gaga over the next Pens to Lens gala! This annual celebration of local films that are produced by local filmmakers and based on scripts by local students will return tomorrow, Sat., 8/13, at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, launching at 1 p.m. with a red carpet photo op as well as a custom movie poster gallery for the browsing. The first block of shorts will follow at 2 p.m. and is suitable for everyone, after which a bonus panel discussion with animation veterans and spouses Kevin Lima (A GOOFY MOVIE) and Brenda Chapman (THE PRINCE OF EGYPT) will begin at 4 p.m. with RogerEbert.com editor Matt Fagerholm serving as moderator, and then a second block with material intended for older audiences will conclude the festival starting at 6 p.m.

Any other year, we would stop right here and fork over “FOW” without an extra thought, but, think again! We instead transmogrify our seal of approval into “Windfall of the Week” – or, you guessed it, “WOW” – to encompass a gaggle of offbeat cultural pleasures that all happen to fall in our laps on the very same date. Pens to Lens (1-8 p.m.; all ages/mature; free for 18 & under) heads this list, being on a cinema ‘blog and all, but other fruits we might also sample include: “Comic-Con ’16,” featuring discussions and demonstrations related to such pastimes as comic books, board games, role playing games, and video games (Urbana Free Library, Urbana, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Busey Bank parking lot, Urbana, 6-10 p.m.; all ages; free), “Once Upon an Ever After,” starring C-U troupes Carnivàle Debauche (burlesque) and Defy Gravity (pole) with garage rock duo Bruiser Queen of St. Louis on hand (The Accord, Champaign, 7 & 9:15 p.m.; mature; $13/show at the door), “Punk Dada Tea with Eggs,” an art opening that will present recent work by Marc-Anthony Macon and a performance by funk-soul outfit Tell Mama of Champaign (Independent Media Center, Urbana, 6 p.m.; all ages; free), “Summer Showcase Halfa” event featuring “heavy metal belly dance” by members and friends of Stygian Sisters (Institute 4 Creativity, Champaign, 7-10 p.m.; mature; free or donation), and “Mabel’s Night,” a surprise marathon of reunited Eighties rock acts du C-U (see the bill listed above) organized by John Isberg as a reenactment of sorts for his upcoming rock-doc epic, WHERE IT BEGINS (Brother’s Bar & Grill, Champaign, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; mature; $20/door).

As it takes artisans of all walks to make our movies, we are fortunate to have diverse enough tastes among our populace that movie-makers can draw from people in other disciplines for personnel, resources, or inspiration. By the same token, performers and craftspeople can readily dip their toes into the picture show pool of Champaign-Urbana if they want, especially with short commitment projects like Pens to Lens films. Go forth and be adventurous, then! Pens to Lens information


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE INNOCENTS, LIFE ANIMATED (8/12 on), THE WAILING (8/12, 9:30 p.m.; 8/13, 11:30 a.m. & 9:30 p.m.; 8/17-8/18, 9:30 p.m.)

@ Wabash Park, Rantoul, IL: Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce presents “2016 Movies in the Park Series” feat. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 (8/12, dusk)

@ parking lot, Busey Bank, downtown Urbana, IL : Urbanalove presents “Summer Movie Nights” feat. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (8/13, sunset, free)

@ WILL-TV, Campbell Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Pens to Lens Talkback” (8/16, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: PETE’S DRAGON, SUICIDE SQUAD, JASON BOURNE (8/12 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN (8/12, 8/14, 7 p.m.), BEVERLY HILLS COP (8/12, 10:30 p.m.), LIFE ANIMATED (8/13, 7 p.m.), THE COURT JESTER (8/16, 7 p.m.), KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (8/17, 7 p.m., Japanese language w/English subs), THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS (8/18, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: SUICIDE SQUAD, LIGHTS OUT (Screen 1), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, JASON BOURNE (Screen 2) (8/12 on)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: PETE’S DRAGON (3-D & 2-D), SAUSAGE PARTY, BAD MOMS, JASON BOURNE, NINE LIVES, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND (8/12 on), SUICIDE SQUAD (8/16 on), BEN-HUR (8/18, 7 p.m.), WAR DOGS (8/18, 7:15 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: SUICIDE SQUAD (8/12-8/14, 8/17)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: GHOSTBUSTERS, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (8/12-8/14), TOY STORY (8/13, 11 a.m., free)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: PETE’S DRAGON (Screen 1), SUICIDE SQUAD (Screen 2) (8/12 on)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: PETE’S DRAGON (3-D & 2-D), MOHENJO DARO, SAUSAGE PARTY, BAD MOMS, JASON BOURNE, LIGHTS OUT, NERVE, NINE LIVES, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND, SUICIDE SQUAD (3-D & 2-D) (8/12 on), BEN-HUR (8/18, 7 & 10 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, PETE’S DRAGON (3-D & 2-D), SAUSAGE PARTY, BAD MOMS, GHOSTBUSTERS, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, JASON BOURNE, NERVE, NINE LIVES, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND, SUICIDE SQUAD (IMAX 3-D, IMAX, 3-D & 2-D) (8/12 on), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. TOP GUN (8/14, 8/17, 2 & 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal Pictures present NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (8/14, 2 p.m.; 8/17, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and RiffTrax.com present “RiffTrax Live! MOTHRA” (7/18, 7 p.m., live simulcast)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: PETE’S DRAGON (3-D & 2-D), SAUSAGE PARTY, BAD MOMS, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, SUICIDE SQUAD (3-D & 2-D) (8/12 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, LOUDER THAN BOMBS, SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ, FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS, SUMMER CAMP, TRADED, SUPERGIRL (s1), 11.22.63 (cs), more! (8/9 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: SUICIDE SQUAD, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (8/12-8/13)

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

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Calendar du C-U: August 5-11

August 5th, 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
8/5/16-8/11/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, August 6: Sam Ambler (producer, Ambler Video), Jason Cerezo (proprietor, ThirdSide) … celebrate!

25 Years AgoJuly 1-15, 1991: Location shooting for the big-screen biography of legendary baseball player George “Babe” Ruth, aptly titled THE BABE, takes place at Danville Stadium on the south end of Danville, IL. Led by director Arthur Hiller, the production crew redresses the home of the Danville Dans club to alternately resemble Fenway Park of Boston and the defunct Forbes Field of Pittsburgh for scenes in the film; some shots are eventually augmented with early CGI effects to extend the upper decks and fill the stands not populated with flesh-and-blood extras recruited from the immediate area. Hollywood actors who are on hand to perform include Bruce Boxleitner, Kelly McGillis, and star John Goodman. Universal Pictures would release THE BABE on Friday, April 17, 1992, to more than 1,500 screens in North America. News-Gazette article


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ Landmark Cinemas, Peoria, IL: 6th annual Prairie State Film Festival feat. INDIAN BEN*, IMAGINATION*, ONLY IN FARGO: THE ELECTRIC FENCE* (8/5-8/6)

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: Call for Entries for the 7th annual New Art Film Festival* (7/25-8/31) Information


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Considering that last week’s “FOW” was unexpectedly involved and next week’s “FOW” is threatening to achieve epic status, we’re keeping this week’s critical elucidation on point. If a disarmingly humorous and sporadically vulgar movie caper is what you seek, then might we suggest the one that is not in theaters everywhere – the “thug life” send-up KEANU (New Line Cinema/Warner Home Video) starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele and directed by Peter Atencio, all formerly of the KEY & PEELE show on Comedy Central. We have generally liked what we’ve seen of the duo on the small screen, while previews for the feature have promised a few wild laughs if nothing particularly cutting or deep, so this could be what cures your summertime blues. A bonus “WTF” goes out to all the quick-to-condemn film critics, even-quicker-to-bite-back fan base, and not-exactly-quick-witted filmmakers and studio who together are making SUICIDE SQUAD (Warner Bros.) a losing proposition in the superhero and pop culture sweepstakes even if it makes bank. Communicate much, media consumers? Yikes


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: CAFÉ SOCIETY (8/5 on), “Big Screen Noir” series feat. KISS ME DEADLY (1955; 8/5, 8/6, 10 p.m.; 8/7, 11:30 a.m.; 8/11, 10 p.m.), “Smart Kids” series feat. “Best of the Fest: Kid Flicks 1” curated by NY International Children’s Festival (8/6, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., free)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: SUICIDE SQUAD, JASON BOURNE, STAR TREK BEYOND (8/5 on)

@ Decatur Civic Center, Decatur IL: Land of Lincoln Credit Union and Decatur Celebration present 9th annual 21 Film Project Screening and Awards Show* (8/5, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: LIFE ANIMATED (8/5, 8/7, 8/11, 7 p.m.), BARBARELLA (8/5, 10:30 p.m.), RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN (8/6, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: SUICIDE SQUAD, LIGHTS OUT (Screen 1), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, JASON BOURNE (Screen 2) (8/5 on)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: NINE LIVES, SUICIDE SQUAD (3-D & 2-D), BAD MOMS, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, JASON BOURNE, NERVE, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND (8/5 on), THE PEANUTS MOVIE (8/6, 8/9, 10 a.m.), SAUSAGE PARTY (8/11, 8 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: SUICIDE SQUAD (8/5-8/7, 8/10)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (8/5-8/7)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: SUICIDE SQUAD (Screen 1), JASON BOURNE (Screen 2) (8/5 on)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents MOTHER’S DAY (8/5-8/7)

@ downtown location TBA, Monticello, IL: Monticello Parks & Recreation and Central Illinois Bank present “Monticello Movie Nights” feat. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (8/5, 8 p.m., free)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: NINE LIVES, SUICIDE SQUAD (3-D & 2-D), BAD MOMS, GHOSTBUSTERS, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, JASON BOURNE, LIGHTS OUT, NERVE, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND (8/5 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: NINE LIVES, SUICIDE SQUAD (IMAX 3-D, IMAX, 3-D & 2-D), BAD MOMS, FINDING DORY, GHOSTBUSTERS, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, JASON BOURNE, LIGHTS OUT, NERVE, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND (8/5 on), DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (8/5, 10 a.m.), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (8/7, 8/10, 2 & 7 p.m.), DESPICABLE ME 2 (8/8-8/10, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events and Lincoln Center present Romeo & Juliet performed by the San Francisco Ballet (8/9, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and Drum Corps International present “Big, Loud & Live 13” competition (8/11, 5:30 p.m., live simulcast)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: SUICIDE SQUAD (3-D & 2-D), BAD MOMS, JASON BOURNE, LIGHTS OUT, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND (8/5 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, MEET THE BLACKS, HIGH-RISE, LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT, THE BRONZE, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, MANHATTAN NIGHT, SAVING MR. WU, THE BLACKLIST (s3), THE KNICK (s2), more! (8/2 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: SUICIDE SQUAD, JASON BOURNE (8/4-8/7)

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NAFFnado 7 hitting C-U in 2016!

August 2nd, 2016

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No doubt about it, we would love for your movies to whip up a storm at the next New Art Film Festival! Our man, Art Theater Co-op general manager Austin McCann, is ready to bring locally-made cinema back under their roof for the seventh year running when the NAFF returns to downtown Champaign, IL, on Sunday, October 30, 2016, 6-11 p.m., so ’tis the season to decide which visions might fill their screen and best represent the awesome self-made media our community has to offer! If interested, the information you need for submitting to our “little film festival that could” is available in the press release after the jump; we have also recently updated content on the official Web site, maintained by our valued colleagues at ThirdSide, so be sure to take in a bit of NAFF background when you have a few moments. Friends and fans will be privy to the pieces filling out the new puzzle once the submission deadline passes on Wednesday, August 31, 10 p.m. CST, and the final schedule is revealed on or around Wednesday, September 28. Feel free to share this announcement with those in your circles who will appreciate screening their handiwork in a classic “art house” atmosphere and before a receptive audience. Together, we can twist the long-held notions in the public eye of what constitutes a satisfying theatrical experience or “night at the movies,” surprising and delighting those who attend the New Art Film Festival with productions that are filled with compelling stories and creative technique – no Hollywood required!

~ Jason Pankoke

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Calendar du C-U: July 29-Aug. 4

July 30th, 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
7/29/16-8/4/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, July 29: Jimi Jones (teaching assistant, School of Information Sciences, UIUC) … Monday, August 1: Cara Maurizi (actress, LISTEN, Pens to Lens 2016) … Tuesday, August 2: Jeff Kacmarynski (director, “Divination” segment, 60 SECONDS 2 DIE) … celebrate!


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ Danville Stadium, Danville, IL: THE BABE* (7/29, dusk, free w/Danville Dans admission) Information

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: Call for Entries for the 7th annual New Art Film Festival* (7/25-8/31) Information


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Tsk, tsk, dearest readers, our humble editor is “Jason Bored” today in the face of “been there, done that” cinema occupying the area’s venues, even if the latest Woody Allen nostalgia trip CAFÉ SOCIETY (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate) might offer a pleasant diversion if one happens upon the Art Theater Co-op during its run beginning Fri., 7/29. So, to get some value out of this particular “FOW,” we start by giving overdue props to whomever schedules the multiplexes for bringing in a steady slate of overseas entertainments that previously might have gone straight to video in America. Monthly Bollywood awaits Indian audiences at the Carmike 13 to the north in Champaign while Asian communities can see films from Japan, Korea, China, and Hong Kong on the regular at the Goodrich Savoy 16 to the south in Savoy. As an example, on 7/29 the latter will open LEAGUE OF GODS (Sony Pictures Releasing International), a sumptuous looking epic directed by Koan Hui that is based on 16th century folklore filled with warlords, armies, swordsmen, monsters, spirits, and ragtag heroes; genre legends Jet Li and Tony Leung appear with popular China/HK stars Bingbing Fan, Xiaoming Huang, Louis Koo, and Angelababy in what will either be regarded as a refreshing alternative to the CGI spectaculars manufactured by Hollywood or merely another entry in the global fantasy film sweepstakes. Whatever its quality, LEAGUE OF GODS has the potential to go largely unseen in its limited release – Savoy 16 is one of only 54 domestic theaters to carry it this coming week; is Sony now gun shy thanks to their mishandling of Stephen Chow’s THE MERMAID earlier this year? – and we feel it is our cinematic duty to suggest you give it a chance. As peculiar incentive, we bestow our C-U seal of approval for the first time not on the film itself but a character in it that can only exist “at the movies,” a terrifically gonzo child warrior named “Baby Nezha” who steals the spotlight in various Internet coverage. Designed and executed by stateside effects firm Tippett Studios for the producers, China Star Entertainment Group, Nezha aids the band of rogue protectors who are tasked with restoring order to the Middle Kingdom with his magic powers; watch this Vimeo reel for a sample of the mite’s offbeat might! We also have an honorable mention du C-U to hand out, but we need to reach across faraway lands (and very, very high off the ground) to salute another uniquely Eastern creation that is the sheer antithesis to heroic and roly-poly little Nezha – the mountainous, gnarled, borderline grotesque rendition of the King of the Monsters to be found in SHIN GOJIRA (Toho Co., Ltd.), now playing more than 400 theaters in Japan as of 7/29. We will be given the chance to witness SHIN GODZILLA (Funimation Films) in limited release later this year and decide for ourselves whether the apparently radical path taken by co-directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi has been worth the year-long wait. Unless Ye Ed forgets to go, of course. Conspiracy!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: CAFÉ SOCIETY (7/29 on), “Big Screen Noir” series feat. CAPE FEAR (1962; 7/29, 7/30, 10 p.m.; 7/31, 11:30 a.m.; 8/4, 10 p.m.), “Smart Kids” series feat. KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS (7/30, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., free)

@ Quality Beer, Champaign, IL: Champaign Screenwriters mixer (8/4, 8 p.m.)

@ Anniversary Plaza, Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (8/4, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: JASON BOURNE, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, STAR TREK BEYOND (7/29 on), SUICIDE SQUAD (3-D & 2-D) (7/29, 7 p.m. (both shows))

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: MODERN TIMES (8/2, 7 p.m.), RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN (8/4, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: JASON BOURNE, STAR TREK BEYOND (Screen 1), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (Screen 2) (7/29 on)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: BAD MOMS, JASON BOURNE, NERVE, GHOSTBUSTERS, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, LIGHTS OUT, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND (3-D & 2-D) (7/29 on), CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (7/30, 8/2, 10 a.m.), SUICIDE SQUAD (7/29, 7:10 p.m. (3-D), 9:50 p.m. (standard)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (7/29-7/31, 8/3)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: THE BFG (7/29-7/31)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (Screen 1), JASON BOURNE (Screen 2) (7/29-8/3), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) w/props, costume contest (Screen 1), JASON BOURNE (Screen 2) (8/4)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents performances by Zachary Freedom duo (7/30, 2, 4:30 & 7 p.m.)

@ downtown location TBA, Monticello, IL: Monticello Parks & Recreation and Central Illinois Bank present “Monticello Movie Nights” feat. INSIDE OUT (7/29, 8 p.m., free)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: BAD MOMS, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, JASON BOURNE, NERVE, FINDING DORY, GHOSTBUSTERS, HILLARY’S AMERICA, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, LIGHTS OUT, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND (3-D & 2-D) (7/29 on), PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (8/4, 10 a.m.), SUICIDE SQUAD (8/4, 6 & 9 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: BAD MOMS, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, JASON BOURNE, LEAGUE OF GODS, NERVE, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE, FINDING DORY, GHOSTBUSTERS, HILLARY’S AMERICA, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LIGHTS OUT, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND (IMAX 3-D & 2-D) (7/29 on), THE SANDLOT (7/29, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events, Mattel, and WomensForum.com present BARBIE STAR LIGHT ADVENTURE (7/30, 10 a.m.), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. GREASE “sing-a-long” edition (7/31, 8/3, 2 & 7 p.m.), DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (8/1-8/3, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events and Lincoln Center present Ballet Hispanico in performance feat. Carmen (8/2, 7 p.m.), SUICIDE SQUAD (8/4, 6:15 & 9:15 p.m. (IMAX 3-D), 6:05 & 9 p.m. (standard))

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: BAD MOMS, JASON BOURNE, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (3-D & 2-D), LIGHTS OUT, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, STAR TREK BEYOND (3-D & 2-D) (7/29 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, HARDCORE HENRY, CRIMINAL, SING STREET, BORN TO BE BLUE, CHRONICLES OF THE GHOSTLY TRIBE, I AM WRATH, ELECTRA WOMAN & DYNA GIRL, more! (7/26 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, JASON BOURNE (7/28-7/31)

@ Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas, Chicago, IL: Midwest Independent Film Festival presents “Female Filmmakers Night” w/filmmakers (8/2, 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. Producers Panel, 7:30 p.m. screening)

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Calendar du C-U: July 22-28

July 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
7/22/16-7/28/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSunday, July 24: Colin Price (director, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HELL) … celebrate!

20 Years AgoThursday, July 25, 1996: James R. Velde, a former Hollywood executive, passes away at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA, at age 82, according to an obituary published by the Los Angeles Daily News. Velde spent his entire career in the motion picture industry apart from serving in the United States army during World War II, starting at a regional shipping office of Paramount Pictures in the mid-1930s and eventually retiring in 1977 as a senior vice president of United Artists after nearly 30 years with that studio. He is well regarded in the industry for his innovations in film distribution and marketing as well as philanthropy. A native of Bloomington, IL, Velde joined Paramount after graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University, per a 1976 Boxoffice magazine article.


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: Call for Entries for the 7th annual New Art Film Festival* (7/25-8/31) Information


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

We have temporarily renamed the “FOW” department to “Flashback of the Week” so we can justify honoring the organizers of a past happening as encouragement for them to keep it up in the future! Call us surprised (but not really, since niche events often fly under the radar in college towns) to read an article in the Illinois State University student newspaper, The Daily Vidette, about a neat little development one stinkin’ day after it occurred. Seems that on Tuesday, June 28, the McLean County Museum of History in downtown Bloomington hosted the first show of a proposed series titled “Movies under the Dome” at which they intend to “[feature] movies with a McLean County connection,” per their own announcement. The first choice, RING OF FEAR, is a 1954 Warner Bros. release starring world famous animal trainer Clyde Beatty and celebrated crime fiction author Mickey Spillane as themselves in a circus-set murder mystery. Also appearing in the CinemaScope production are numerous real-life big top performers of yore, including area native Richard Shipley, who had lived in those other Twin Cities at some point; the Bloomington-Normal area once served as a “winter camp” destination for traveling circuses during the first half of the 20th century. Other than presenting RING OF FEAR to their audience in a new light as a cultural time capsule laced with local threads, organizers arranged for rare artifacts from the unique “Circus and Allied Arts” collection housed at ISU to be on display for everyone to enjoy. Given our own editorial leanings that stress the worth of the past in the present, we can’t help but approve of this direction charted by the museum! Happily, their education outreach coordinator Anthony Bowman confirmed for C-U Blogfidential via e-mail the series would pick up in the fall, thanks to the enthusiastic response elicited by the RING OF FEAR event. You can bet your bottom circus peanut we will absolutely add those screenings to the Calendar, if not attend them as well, so keep watch if central Illinois representation in cinema means something to you!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (7/22 on), TICKLED (7/22-7/26, 7/28), Women on Top series: BIG (7/27, 7:30 p.m.), THE SANDLOT (7/22-7/23, 7/28, 10 p.m.)

@ parking lot, Busey Bank, downtown Urbana, IL : Urbanalove presents “Summer Movie Nights” feat. THE WIZARD OF OZ (7/23, sunset, free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “America (Heck Yeah!)” feat. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (7/26, 7/28, 7 p.m.)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (3-D & 2-D), STAR TREK BEYOND (3-D & 2-D), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/22 on), JASON BOURNE (7/28, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: STAR TREK BEYOND, GHOSTBUSTERS (Screen 1), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (Screen 2) (7/22 on)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: HILLARY’S AMERICA, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (3-D & 2-D), LIGHTS OUT, STAR TREK BEYOND (3-D & 2-D), GHOSTBUSTERS (3-D & 2-D), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/22 on), HOME (7/23, 7/26, 10 a.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (7/22-7/24, 7/28)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: FINDING DORY (7/22-7/24), KUNG FU PANDA 3 (7/23, 11 a.m., free)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (Screen 1), GHOSTBUSTERS (Screen 2) (7/22 on)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (7/22-7/24)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: HILLARY’S AMERICA, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (3-D & 2-D), LIGHTS OUT, STAR TREK BEYOND (3-D & 2-D), FINDING DORY, GHOSTBUSTERS (3-D & 2-D), THE INFILTRATOR, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/22 on), KABALI (7/23, 7/24, 3 p.m. (Tamil language); 7/22, 9:30 p.m. & 7/24, 3 p.m. (Telugu dub)), Fathom Events, Warner Bros., and DC Comics present BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE (7/25, 7:30 & 10 p.m.), THE PEANUTS MOVIE (7/28, 10 a.m.), BAD MOMS (7/28, 6 & 8:30 p.m.), JASON BOURNE (7/28, 7 & 10 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE, HILLARY’S AMERICA, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (3-D & 2-D), LIGHTS OUT, STAR TREK BEYOND (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), THE BFG, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, FINDING DORY, GHOSTBUSTERS, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, THE INFILTRATOR, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/22 on), PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (7/22, 10 a.m.), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. BACK TO THE FUTURE (7/24, 7/27, 2 & 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and 20th Century Fox present PLANET OF THE APES (1968; 7/24, 2 p.m.; 7/27, 7 p.m.), THE SANDLOT (7/25, 7/26, 10 a.m.). Fathom Events, Warner Bros., and DC Comics present BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE (7/25, 7:30 & 10 p.m.), Fathom Events and Lincoln Center present Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in performance (7/26, 7 p.m.), BAD MOMS (7/28, 6:05 & 8:30 p.m.), JASON BOURNE (7/28, 7 & 9:45 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (3-D & 2-D), LIGHTS OUT, STAR TREK BEYOND (3-D & 2-D), GHOSTBUSTERS (3-D & 2-D), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/22 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, THE PERFECT MATCH, DEMOLITION, MILES AHEAD, ELVIS & NIXON, KILL ZONE 2, THE 100 (s3), THE MAGICIANS (s1), more! (7/19 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, GHOSTBUSTERS (7/21-7/24)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Closed for the week!

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Calendar du C-U: July 15-21

July 16th, 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
7/15/16-7/21/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toThursday, July 21: Shawnee Tefteller (owner, Shawnee Studios) … celebrate!

40 Years AgoThursday, July 15, 1976: Beverly Hills, CA-based distributor Crown International Pictures opens the film DEATH RIDERS on 100 screens in the Kansas City-Omaha region of the Midwest, according to the exhibition trade magazine Boxoffice. One of the only non-fiction titles in the company’s catalog and the rare documentary to play the drive-in circuit, DEATH RIDERS is directed by James Wilson of Hallmark Entertainment and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Death Riders Motorcycle Thrill Show, a traveling stunt team founded in the early Seventies by Floyd Reed, Sr., and featuring his teenage son Danny as “Mr. T.N.T.” Two weeks prior to this roll out, the film’s world premiere took place at the North Drive-In of Terre Haute, IN, on Friday, July 2, a live Death Riders exhibition providing additional impact at the start of the show. Booking agent T.N.T. Productions is based in the Reed family’s hometown of Danville, IL, while the crew’s practice stadium is 25 miles away in Cayuga, IN; a memorable scene in DEATH RIDERS finds Danny’s grandmother Clara fainting in the Cayuga grandstand after watching him crash in front of the hometown crowd. Additional thrills performed for camera by the Death Riders would appear a year later in the fictional action-comedy DEATH DRIVER, produced and self-distributed by prolific North Carolina independent filmmaker Earl Owensby.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Once again, we take umbrage at the underwhelming choices filling up screen space all across MICRO-FILM Country and must choose wisely on your behalf, dearest readers. (Only the worthy may wield the “FOW” shield, after all!) Similar to last week, we have managed to single out thee selections that will hopefully yield good viewing for you. First, fresh from New Zealand is the reluctant pals-on-the-run caper HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (The Orchard) directed by Taika Watiti (EAGLE VS. SHARK) and starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison as the fugitives; trailers for this quirky adventure, which opens at the Art Theater Co-op today, Fri, 7/15, paint it as a cross between Disney’s UP and the decidedly non-Disney MIDNIGHT RUN, at least in our eyes. Next, the lushly designed “adult fairy tale” omnibus feature TALE OF TALES (IFC Films) weaves its absolutely non-Disneyfied spell over the Normal Theater for the second week running, continuing tonight, 7/15, and Sun., 7/17, both at 7 p.m.; Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone (GOMORRAH) adapts classic European folk tales with an international cast including Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, and Shirley Henderson. Last but not least, a modernized take on yet another fantasy staple, THE MERMAID (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), is available on home video and streaming as of Tues., 7/5; directed by Hong Kong superstar Stephen Chow (KUNG FU HUSTLE), the eco-minded adventure stars Jelly Lin in the title role and Deng Chao as a real estate developer she is sent to assassinate by her people. Viewers on the fence over Chow’s trademark broad humor may be attracted to its visual panache or environmental themes, if not the fact this film became the highest grossing theatrical release in China’s box office history earlier this year after which Sony completely botched its stateside bow. Are you surprised, nu-GHOSTBUSTERS fans?


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (7/15 on), “Smart Kids” series feat. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (7/15, 7/16, 7/19, 7/20, 10 p.m.; 7/16, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., free), “Big Screen Noir” series feat. THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (7/17, 11:30 a.m.)

@ Wabash Park, Rantoul, IL: Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce presents “2016 Movies in the Park Series” feat. INSIDE OUT (7/15, dusk)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: The News-Gazette Film Series presents THE AWFUL TRUTH (7/16, 1 & 7 p.m.)

@ WILL-TV, Campbell Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Previs” [Previsualization] (7/19, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (3-D & 2-D), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (7/15 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: TALE OF TALES (7/15, 7/17, 7 p.m.), DRUNKEN MASTER (7/15, 10:30 p.m.), APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (7/16, 7 p.m., French w/subtitles; 7/17, 1 p.m., English dub)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: GHOSTBUSTERS, THE SHALLOWS (Screen 1), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (Screen 2) (7/15 on)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: GHOSTBUSTERS (3-D & 2-D), THE BFG , FINDING DORY, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (3-D & 2-D) (7/15 on), CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (7/15-7/20), ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (7/21, 6:50 p.m.), STAR TREK BEYOND (3-D) (7/21, 8 p.m.), LIGHTS OUT (7/15, 9:10 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/15-7/17, 7/20)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: FINDING DORY (7/15-7/17), “Oh Hey!” magic show (7/17, 6:30 p.m.)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (Screen 1), GHOSTBUSTERS (Screen 2) (7/15 on)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN (7/15-7/17)

@ downtown location TBA, Monticello, IL: Monticello Parks & Recreation and Central Illinois Bank present “Monticello Movie Nights” feat. THE PEANUTS MOVIE (7/15, 8 p.m., free)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: GHOSTBUSTERS (3-D & 2-D), THE INFILTRATOR, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, FINDING DORY, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (3-D & 2-D), SULTAN (7/15 on), RIO 2 (7/21, 10 a.m.), STAR TREK BEYOND (7/21, 7 & 9:45 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: GHOSTBUSTERS (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), THE INFILTRATOR, THE BFG, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, FINDING DORY, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, THE SHALLOWS (7/15 on), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. GREMLINS (7/17, 7/20, 2 & 7 p.m.), PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (7/18-7/20, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events, BY Experience, and National Theatre Live present The Audience feat. Helen Mirren (7/19, 7 p.m., encore presentation), Fathom Events presents Metropolitan Opera: Cossi fan tutte (7/20, 7 p.m., encore presentation), ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (7/21, 5:00, 7:20 & 9:40 p.m.), STAR TREK BEYOND (7/21, 7 & 9:45 p.m. (IMAX 3-D), 7:15 & 10 p.m. (standard))

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: GHOSTBUSTERS (3-D & 2-D), FINDING DORY, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (3-D & 2-D), MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (3-D & 2-D) (7/15 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, THE MERMAID, THE DARK HORSE, 600 MILES, THE PREPPIE CONNECTION, ANDRON, more! (7/12 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, GHOSTBUSTERS, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (7/15-7/16), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, GHOSTBUSTERS (7/17, 7/19, 7/21)

@ Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, Rosemont, IL: 23rd G-FEST – Godzilla fan convention (7/15-7/17)

@ Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL: Doc Films presents HOOP DREAMS* (7/21, 7 p.m.)

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Calendar du C-U: July 8-14

July 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
7/8/16-7/14/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toTuesday, July 12: Michael Wiese (author, Onward & Upward) … celebrate!


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

We’re stumped, dearest readers. It is most likely because we keep enacting incomprehensible violence and enforcing societal division upon one another. What the hell is wrong with the people who willingly eradicate others and the quarters in our world that enable if not encourage it? Be kind and respectful to your neighbors, especially those black lives who absolutely matter yet suffer from the incessant effects of privilege and racism, for it will take all of us to work towards a better, happier, and inclusive future. Don’t let the over-simplifications of our ills as expressed in click-bait headlines, Twitter hash tags, Facebook memes, YouTube videos, and other knee-jerk Internet outrage discourage you from looking deeper, listening harder, thinking critically, and acting constructively, even if it means stepping foot outside your comfort zone. An unconditional, non-romantic, beyond-religious love for the people of planet Earth is the best special effect we could achieve if we are willing to improve our technique a thousandfold. Every single day, let’s bring out the best version of ourselves that can be mustered and reenergize our compassion for humanity and the greater good. Please. Please.

Among other reasons, this unease is why the entertainment options listed in today’s Calendar simply don’t look very enticing to us. (It does not help when both new wide-release movies, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS and MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, come off as instantly expendable in their respective trailers and Tuesday’s home video crop should be collectively rated “G” for “Generic.”) If we must draw cinematic straws out of the bunch to recommend, we’ll hand honorary “FOW” to: the lushly animated French-Belgian adventure APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (GKids) from directors Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, which plays the Normal Theater in Normal on Fri., 7/8, and Sun., 7/10, at 7 p.m., the Western classic THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (MGM) starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen and directed by John Sturges, showing at the Little Lorraine in Hoopeston from 7/8 to 7/10, and the too-timely future shock thriller THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR (Universal Pictures) from returning director/writer James DeMonaco, still bringing the on-screen-only anarchy to multiplexes including the Carmike 13 to our north and Goodrich Savoy 16 to our south.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE BFG (7/8 on), “Big Screen Noir” series feat. THE KILLING (7/8, 7/9, 10 p.m.; 7/10, 11:30 a.m.; 7/14, 10 p.m.), “Smart Kids” series feat. BOY & THE WORLD (7/9, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., free), WEINER (7/10, 7/13, 10 p.m.), THE LOBSTER (7/11, 7/12, 10 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “America (Heck Yeah!)” feat. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (7/12, 7/14, 7 p.m.)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (3-D & 2-D), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (7/8 on)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (7/8, 7/10, 7 p.m.), ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (7/8, 10:30 p.m.), TALE OF TALES (7/9, 7 p.m.), THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (7/12, 7 p.m.), jazz concert feat. Adam Larson (7/13, 5:30 p.m., free), WJBC presents INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (7/14, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: FINDING DORY, THE BFG (Screen 1), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (Screen 2) (7/8 on)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (3-D & 2-D), THE BFG , FINDING DORY, FREE STATE OF JONES, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR (7/8 on), CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, THE SHALLOWS (7/8-7/13), THE SMURFS 2 (7/9, 7/12, 10 a.m.), GHOSTBUSTERS (7/14, 9:20 p.m. (standard), 9:40 p.m. (3-D))

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/8-7/10, 7/13)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (7/8-7/10), RIO 2 (7/9, 11 a.m., free)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (Screen 1), THE BFG, FINDING DORY (Screen 2) (7/8-7/10), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (Screen 1), FINDING DORY (Screen 2) (7/11-7/14)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960; 7/8-7/10)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (3-D & 2-D), SULTAN, THE BFG, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, FINDING DORY, FREE STATE OF JONES, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (3-D & 2-D), THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, THE SHALLOWS (7/8 on), MONSTERS VS. ALIENS (7/14, 10 a.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (3-D & 2-D), THE BFG, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (IMAX 3-D & 2-D), FINDING DORY, FREE STATE OF JONES, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, THE SHALLOWS, SWISS ARMY MAN (7/8 on), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. JURASSIC PARK (7/10, 7/13, 2 & 7 p.m.), ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP (7/11, 7/12, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events and RiffTrax.com present “MST3K Reunion Show” (7/12, 7 p.m., encore presentation), Fathom Events presents Metropolitan Opera: La Bohéme (7/13, 7 p.m., encore presentation), Fathom Events, SpectiCast, and Nexo Digital present “Art & Architecture in Cinema: The Papal Basilicas in Rome” (7/14, 7 p.m.), GHOSTBUSTERS (7/14, 7 & 9:50 p.m. (IMAX 3-D), 7:15 p.m. (standard))

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (3-D & 2-D), THE BFG (3-D & 2-D), FINDING DORY, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (3-D & 2-D), THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR (7/8 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: I SAW THE LIGHT, THE FAMILY FANG, MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS, THE ADDERALL DIARIES, DEAR ELEANOR, TERM LIFE, CABIN FEVER (2016), HOUSE OF CARDS (s4), more! (7/5 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (7/8-7/10, 7/12)

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Calendar du C-U: July 1-7

July 3rd, 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
7/1/16-7/7/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, July 1: Dan Boomgarden (filmmaker, THE TEXTURE OF FOURTH STREET), Lindsey Gates-Markel (actress, SUNSHINE, Pens to Lens 2015), Michael Juvinall (contributor, HorrorSociety.com) … celebrate!


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

If you have designs on seeing the newest Steven Spielberg fantasy-adventure but your heart (and wallet) aren’t set on a 3-D presentation, you might catch THE BFG (Walt Disney Pictures) at the Art Theater Co-op beginning today, Fri., 7/1, and support Champaign-Urbana’s sole independent first-run theater with your disposable income. That said, we’ve decided not to award the ol’ BFG our coveted “FOW” as it will instead go to the Art’s “Smart Kids” matinees of acclaimed animated films that will begin on Sat., 7/2, with Irish favorite SONG OF THE SEA from the makers of THE SECRET OF KELLS. Subsequent entries will include the Oscar-nominated BOY & THE WORLD from Brazil (Sat., 7/9), Hayao Miyazaki’s early Japanese classic MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (Sat., 7/16), and the international co-production KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS (Sat., 7/30) based on West African folk tales. The series will conclude with “Best of the Fest: Kid Flicks 1,” an hour-long sampling of current all-ages shorts picked by the organizers of the New York International Children’s Film Festival, on Sat., 8/6. Each plays at both 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on their respective dates and, amazingly, are free admission! This is a neat opportunity to introduce the young ones in our lives to features bursting with imagery, sound, insight, and wonder instead of the standard-issue slapstick and bluster seen in so many Hollywood cartoon counterparts. Still give THE BFG a chance, however, for a quality Roald Dahl adaptation is always welcome; coincidentally, or so we think, the last day of “Smart Kids” on 8/6 is the same day a previous movie based on a Dahl story will play two blocks away at the Virginia TheatreWILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, famously starring the great Gene Wilder in the title role.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE BFG (7/1 on), “Big Screen Noir” series feat. THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (7/1, 7/2, 7/7, 10 p.m.), “Smart Kids” series feat. SONG OF THE SEA (7/2, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “America (Heck Yeah!)” feat. AMERICAN BEAUTY (7/5, 7/7, 7 p.m.)

@ Quality Beer, Champaign, IL: Champaign Screenwriters mixer (7/7, 8 p.m.)

@ Anniversary Plaza, Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. THE BOSS (7/7, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D) (7/1 on), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (3-D & 2-D) (7/7, 7 p.m.)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (7/1, 7/3, 7 p.m.), PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (7/1, 10:30 p.m.; 7/2, 1 p.m.), THE SEARCHERS (7/2, 7 p.m.), CAPTAIN BLOOD (7/5, 7 p.m.), TALE OF TALES (7/7, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: FINDING DORY, THE BFG (Screen 1), CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (Screen 2) (7/1 on)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: THE BFG (3-D & 2-D), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (3-D & 2-D), THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D), FREE STATE OF JONES, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, THE SHALLOWS (7/1 on), MINIONS (7/2, 7/5, 10 a.m.), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/7, 7 p.m.), MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES (7/7, 9:15 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: FINDING DORY (7/1, 7/3, 7/6)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (7/1-7/3)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: FINDING DORY, THE BFG (Screen 1), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (Screen 2) (7/1-7/3), FINDING DORY (Screen 1), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (Screen 2) (7/4 on)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents KUNG FU PANDA 3 (7/1-7/3)

@ downtown location TBA, Monticello, IL: Monticello Parks & Recreation and RE/MAX Realty Associates present “Monticello Movie Nights” feat. MINIONS (7/1, 8 p.m., free)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE BFG (3-D & 2-D), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (3-D & 2-D), THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, THE CONJURING 2, FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D), FREE STATE OF JONES, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (3-D & 2-D), NOW YOU SEE ME 2, THE SHALLOWS, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (7/1 on), KUNG FU PANDA 2 (7/7, 10 a.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE BFG (3-D & 2-D), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (IMAX 3-D & 2-D), THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, SWISS ARMY MAN, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, THE CONJURING 2, FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D), FREE STATE OF JONES, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (3-D & 2-D), NOW YOU SEE ME 2, THE SHALLOWS, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (7/1 on), HORTON HEARS A WHO (7/1, 10 a.m.), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. JAWS (7/3, 7/6, 2 & 7 p.m.), HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (7/4-7/6, 10 a.m.), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/7, 6:05 & 8:30 p.m.), Fathom Events, Picturehouse Entertainment, and Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company present Romeo and Juliet feat. Derek Jacobi (7/7, 7:30 p.m., live simulcast)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: THE BFG (3-D & 2-D), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (3-D & 2-D), THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, FINDING DORY, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (3-D & 2-D), THE SHALLOWS (7/1 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: KUNG FU PANDA 3, EYE IN THE SKY, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, JUNE ADRIFT, ESTREE 1976, PRECIOUS CARGO, THE STEPS, more! (6/28 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: FINDING DORY, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (7/1-7/3, 7/5)

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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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