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 (7/22-7/24, 7/26, 7/28)

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

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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: 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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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: 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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Calendar du C-U: June 24-30

June 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
6/24/16-6/30/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toTuesday, June 28: Gladys Kephart (actress, ZACK AND THE MOUNTAIN MAN, Pens to Lens 2014) … Thursday, June 30: Andrea Aarons (future cover model, C-U Confidential) … celebrate!

PassingsThursday, June 16: Trevor Alan Taylor, 34 (employee, Boardman’s Art Theatre/crew member, WELCOME TO TOLONO, ACT YOUR AGE) … you will be missed.

20 Years AgoJune 14-27, 1996: After celebrating a grand opening in March and establishing a business model of serving alcohol and pizza with second-run Hollywood fare, the operators of the Brew & View at the Thunderbird team with The Octopus alternative weekly to develop signature events. Their inaugural show, “The 1st Annual Octopus Sci Fi Film Festival,” presents several science fiction classics and favorites across a two-week summer stretch at Urbana’s Thunderbird Theater, touted in its previous first-run era as having the largest movie screen in Champaign-Urbana. Selected by Octopus publisher Paul Young with assistance from his staff, including future New Art Film Festival program director Jason Pankoke, the marathon pairs episodes from the 1940 serial incarnation of pulp hero “The Shadow” with a choice roster: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951), DR. STRANGELOVE, INVADERS FROM MARS (1953), THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, THE ROAD WARRIOR, THE TERMINATOR, and THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953). All films are projected from 35 and 16 mm prints rented through various agencies from all over the United States. Similar shows of a more esoteric bent would follow the well-received “Sci Fi” experience over the next year, ceasing in mid-1997 after the Brew & View’s closure.


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

In the spirit of our Confidential Almanac entry above, we shine the “FOW” seal into the night skies above the Art Theater Co-op to mark the not-very-secret location of “Big Screen Noir,” a new retrospect series beginning on Fri., 7/1. Six vintage and contemporary hallmarks in the genre will provide audiences a sampling of the storytelling form over a two month period: THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (starting 7/1) with Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles, the latter directing; THE KILLING (1956; starting 7/8) with Sterling Hayden and directed by Stanley Kubrick; CAPE FEAR (1962; starting 7/28) with Robert Mitchum and directed by J. Lee Thompson; KISS ME DEADLY (1955; starting 8/5) starring Ralph Meeker and directed by Robert Aldrich; DOG DAY AFTERNOON (starting 8/26) with Al Pacino and directed by Sidney Lumet; and THE BIG LEBOWSKI (starting 9/2) with Jeff Bridges and directed by Joel Coen. The Art is offering a $36 festival pass exclusively through their Web site that will save you $2 per film ticket as well as award the bearer a free small popcorn at each show. If you have ever picked up our C-U Confidential digest, you know we are fans of this milieu and pretty much fated to recommend it!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, WEINER (6/24 on), THE LOBSTER (6/25, 6/27-628, 6/30), The Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation and the Art present “Cinema Judaica” feat. TIKKUN (6/26, 7:30 p.m.), Women on Top series: SALAAM BOMBAY! w/discussion (6/29, 7 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: The News-Gazette Film Series presents Reader’s Choice – IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (6/25, 1 & 7 p.m.)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (3-D & 2-D), FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D) (6/24 on), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (6/30, 7 p.m.), “Overlooked Films” classes with Skip Huston (Thursdays, 6/16-8/4, 6:30 p.m., enroll @ Avon)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Beyond Normal Films presents BORN TO BE BLUE (6/24, 6/26, 7 p.m.), SINGLES (6/24, 10:30 p.m.), THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT (6/25, 7 p.m.), THE SEARCHERS (6/30, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: FINDING DORY, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (Screen 1), INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (Screen 2) (6/24 on)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: FREE STATE OF JONES, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (3-D & 2-D), THE SHALLOWS, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, THE CONJURING 2, FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D), NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (6/24 on), GOOSEBUMPS (6/25, 6/28, 10 a.m.), THE BFG (6/30, 7 p.m.), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (3-D) (6/30, 8:15 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: FINDING DORY (6/24-6/26, 6/29)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (6/24-6/26), ZOOTOPIA (6/25, 11 a.m., free)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: FINDING DORY (Screen 1), INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (Screen 2) (6/24 on)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents LONDON HAS FALLEN (6/24-6/26)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: FREE STATE OF JONES, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (3-D & 2-D), THE SHALLOWS, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, THE CONJURING 2, FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D), NOW YOU SEE ME 2, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, WARCRAFT (6/24 on), HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (6/30, 10 a.m.), THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR (6/30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.), THE BFG (6/30, 7:10 & 10 p.m.), THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (6/30, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: FREE STATE OF JONES, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), THE NEON DEMON, THE SHALLOWS, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, THE CONJURING 2, FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D), LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, ME BEFORE YOU, NOW YOU SEE ME 2, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, WARCRAFT, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (6/24 on), THE PEANUTS MOVIE (6/24, 10 a.m.), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (6/26, 6/29, 2 & 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Warner Bros. present WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (6/26, 2 p.m.; 6/29, 7 p.m.), HORTON HEARS A WHO (6/27-6/29, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events and RiffTrax.com present “MST3K Reunion Show” (6/28, 7 p.m., live simulcast), Fathom Events presents Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore (6/29, 7 p.m., encore presentation)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (3-D & 2-D), THE SHALLOWS, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, THE CONJURING 2, FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D), NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (6/24 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, KNIGHT OF CUPS, THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY, ANESTHESIA, more! (6/21 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: FINDING DORY, THE JUNGLE BOOK (6/24-6/26, 6/28, 6/30)

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Calendar du C-U: June 17-23

June 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
6/17/16-6/23/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toSaturday, June 18: Perry Morris (BOD vice president, Orpheum Children’s Science Museum) … Monday, June 20: Bob Henne (actor/Foley artist, WEREWOLF CEMETERY) … celebrate!


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Since we’re posting the Calendar half-way through your viewing week, thereby rendering moot some of the play dates on our list, we will give you a recommendation recess so you may watch whatever it is you want to watch. That said, you might also enjoy some friendly and constructive face time with the local creatives who frequent the Champaign Movie Makers meetings in town! Your next opportunity to hobnob is tonight, Tues., 6/21, 7 p.m., in the main studio of WILL-TV at the University of IllinoisCampbell Hall for Public Telecommunication in Urbana. Enter through the W. Clark St. doorway prior to start time and receive access to our growing filmmaking scene! After introductions, when everyone can briefly pitch their activities and needs for the same, organizer Thomas Nicol will lead a discussion on the main topic of the evening; basic visual effects techniques to enhance one’s projects will be the focus for June. Whether a storytelling neophyte or bona fide media whiz, you are invited to attend!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE LOBSTER (6/17 on), The Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation and the Art present “Cinema Judaica” feat. THE GREAT DICTATOR (6/19, 11:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.), Champaign Cycle presents NOT 2 BAD (6/20, 7:30 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “RomCom16” feat. THE GOODBYE GIRL (6/17, 7 p.m.)

@ WILL-TV, Campbell Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Basic VFX” (6/21, 7 p.m., free)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D), NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (6/17 on), INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (6/23, 7 p.m.), “Overlooked Films” classes with Skip Huston (Thursdays, 6/16-8/4, 6:30 p.m., enroll @ Avon)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: BOY & THE WORLD (6/17, 6/19, 7 p.m.), DESPERADO (6/17, 10:30 p.m.), Beyond Normal Films presents BORN TO BE BLUE (6/18, 7 p.m.), LE MILLION (6/21, 7 p.m.), THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT (6/23, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: FINDING DORY, ZOOTOPIA (Screen 1), WARCRAFT, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING (Screen 2) (6/17 on)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D), CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, THE CONJURING 2, ME BEFORE YOU, NOW YOU SEE ME 2, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, WARCRAFT (3-D & 2-D), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (6/17 on), SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE (6/18, 6/21, 10 a.m.), INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (3-D) (6/23, 8 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: FINDING DORY (6/17-6/19, 6/22)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (6/17-6/19)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: FINDING DORY (Screen 1), THE CONJURING 2 (Screen 2) (6/17 on)

@ McFerrin Park Annex, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE BLOB (1958) (6/18, 8:30 p.m., free/donation)

@ downtown location TBA, Monticello, IL: Monticello Parks & Recreation and RE/MAX Realty Associates present “Monticello Movie Nights” feat. HOME (6/17, 8 p.m., free)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D), CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE CONJURING 2, ME BEFORE YOU, NOW YOU SEE ME 2, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, WARCRAFT (3-D & 2-D), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (6/17 on), THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS 15th Anniversary event (6/22, 7 p.m.), HOME (6/23, 10 a.m.), INDEPENDENCE DAY (standard)/INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (3-D) double feature (6/23, 5 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D), CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE CONJURING 2, THE JUNGLE BOOK, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, ME BEFORE YOU, NOW YOU SEE ME 2, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, WARCRAFT (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (6/17 on), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (6/19, 6/22, 2 & 7 p.m.), THE PEANUTS MOVIE (6/20-6/22, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events, BY Experience, and National Theatre Live present One Man, Two Guvnors feat. James Corden (6/21, 7 p.m., encore presentation), Fathom Events presents Metropolitan Opera: Tosca (6/22, 7 p.m., encore presentation), THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS 15th Anniversary event (6/22, 7 p.m.), INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (6/23, 8 & 10:45 p.m. (IMAX 3-D), 8:15 & 11 p.m. (standard)), Fathom Events presents “Drum Corps International Tour Premiere 2016” (6/23, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: FINDING DORY (3-D & 2-D), CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, THE CONJURING 2, NOW YOU SEE ME 2, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, WARCRAFT (3-D & 2-D) (6/17 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: LONDON HAS FALLEN, EDDIE THE EAGLE, HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS, THE YOUNG MESSIAH, GET A JOB, 45 YEARS, POWER (s2), UNDERGROUND (s1), THE X-FILES (2016) (cs), more! (6/14 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: FINDING DORY, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (6/17-6/19, 6/21, 6/23)

@ Mike n’ Molly’s, Champaign, IL: Closed

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Outdoor movie fever hits highway

June 10th, 2016

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The pleasures of combining family time and enjoyable movie viewing in the out of doors during the summer months are not restricted to surviving drive-ins or programs in larger cities, so it seems! Dearest readers living along the I-72 corridor, which connects Decatur and Champaign-Urbana, will have a new entertainment option beginning later tonight, Friday, June 10, when the city of Monticello launches their “Monticello Movie Nights” for the season. An inflatable screen and refreshments will be set up by the parks and recreation department in a blocked-off corner of their cozy downtown area, leaving folks plenty of room to camp out comfortably and relax with their friends and neighbors. Headlining the series debut will be MY DOG THE SPACE TRAVELER, the most recent release from Champaign’s Dreamscape Cinema and producer Robin Christian, a Monticello resident who filmed much of this all-ages adventure on the home front a few years back. According to Facebook posts by Christian, cast members will kick back with the locals to watch MY DOG, which we believe has yet to play the C-U in any public capacity. (You might take a quick peek at our Calendar entries dated today as well as Friday, March 11, to learn about previous Dreamscape premieres.) Titles announced for future Friday evenings include HOME on June 17, MINIONS on July 1, THE PEANUTS MOVIE on July 15, INSIDE OUT on July 29, and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS on August 5. Of course, the event will begin at dusk if weather permits; click here for potential updates alongside the show listings. Admission is free for all.

~ Jason Pankoke


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Calendar du C-U: June 10-16

June 10th, 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
6/10/16-6/16/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toTuesday, June 14: Christopher Lavery (cover model, Freaky Film Festival) … celebrate!

10 Years AgoSaturday, June 17, 2006: Champaign movie studio Dreamscape Cinema follows up the successful local debut of their flagship title SHEEBA in March with the world premiere of sophomore release DISCONNECT. The time travel drama starring Steffany Huckaby, Michael Muhney, Amanda Troop, Holmes Osbourne, Eddie Jones, and Tami Erin makes its 7 p.m. debut at Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana. DISCONNECT would closely follow its predecessor into the United States entertainment marketplace by a few weeks in early 2011 as a DVD edition issued by Osiris Entertainment. Dreamscape founder Robin Christian served as writer and director for this offering. As reported on 6/6/06, 2/19/11 at CUBlog.


LOCAL FILMS, ETC.

@ downtown location TBA, Monticello, IL: Monticello Parks & Recreation and Dreamscape Cinema present “Monticello Movie Nights” feat. MY DOG THE SPACE TRAVELER* (6/10, 8 p.m., free)

@ Homer Opera House, Homer, IL: Screening of documentary on Champaign drop-in center for the homeless, THE PHOENIX: HOPE IS RISING* (6/12, 6 p.m.)

@ Quality Beer, Champaign, IL: Champaign Screenwriters mixer (6/16, 8 p.m.)


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Ephemera and artistic expression that address the recently passed avant-garde composer and filmmaker Tony Conrad (1940-2016) will be the focus of the next Hallways Microcinema, an ongoing series curated and hosted by Eastern Illinois University professor David Gracon. If you can imagine, the front door of his undisclosed venue – consider it the closest equivalent for films to an unadvertised indie rock “house show” you might run across in Champaign-Urbana – opens up to a lengthy hallway with enough room for attendees to sit side-by-side and a few rows deep while easily taking in the action at its far end. Hallways has invited media makers, authors, and musicians to appear at events, sometimes via Skype, and allows for an intimate experience of modern intelligentsia shared by up to 20 people at a time. In the spirit of cross-pollinating disciplines, the program “Outlier” will present a mélange of short subjects and interview segments that provide an introduction to Conrad, whom Gracon considers a mentor from his formative years as an undergraduate studying at SUNY-Buffalo, bridged by performances from Urbana outfit Obsolete Synthesis. Gracon has cautioned on Facebook that this Hallways, set to begin at “9 p.m. sharp” on Sat., 6/11, may be the last Hallways in the current location, so no moment like the present to rate his overall effort as “FOW” for keeping the faith on the esoteric end of the cinema spectrum. Be sure to follow the link above so you can join the group and learn about Gracon’s future plans in cultural presentation, while watching the Webisphere for news and reviews of the documentary, TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT, which opened last week’s Chicago Underground Film Festival as a world premiere.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: THE LOBSTER (6/10 on), The Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation and the Art present “Cinema Judaica” feat. AN AMERICAN TAIL (6/11, 6/12, 12 p.m.) and RABIN: THE LAST DAY (6/12, 7:30 p.m.), WHEN WE WERE KINGS w/discussion (6/13, 7:30 p.m.), FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (6/10, 10 p.m., free)

@ Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, Champaign, IL: The Orpheum and Provision Elevator Advertising present “Champaign Cinema under the Stars” feat. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (6/10, 8:30 p.m.), WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S (6/11, 8:30 p.m.)

@ Wabash Park, Rantoul, IL: Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce presents “2016 Movies in the Park Series” feat. THE GOOD DINOSAUR (6/10, dusk)

@ ???, Champaign, IL: Hallways Microcinema Vol. 18, “‘Outlier,” feat. experimental film by Tony Conrad, performance by Obsolete Synthesis (6/11, 8:30 p.m., free, BYOB) Facebook

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “RomCom16” feat. THE PRINCESS BRIDE (6/13, 6/14, 7 p.m.), HEAVEN CAN WAIT (6/15, 6/16, 7 p.m.), THE GOODBYE GIRL (6/17, 7 p.m.)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: NOW YOU SEE ME 2, THE MEDDLER, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (6/10 on), FINDING DORY (6/16, 7 p.m.), “Overlooked Films” classes with Skip Huston (Thursdays, 6/16-8/4, 6:30 p.m., enroll @ Avon)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Beyond Normal Films presents THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY (6/10, 7 p.m.) and BORN TO BE BLUE (6/15, 7 p.m.), PRETTY IN PINK (6/10, 10:30 p.m.), BOY & THE WORLD (6/12, 7 p.m.), B-104 FM presents FOOTLOOSE (6/16, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: WARCRAFT, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING (Screen 1), TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (Screen 2) (6/10 on)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: THE CONJURING 2, NOW YOU SEE ME 2, WARCRAFT (3-D & 2-D), THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, ME BEFORE YOU, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (3-D & 2-D), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (6/10 on), HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 (6/11, 6/14, 10 a.m.), FINDING DORY (6/16, 7 & 9:25 p.m.)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (6/10-6/12, 6/15)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (6/10-6/12), UP (6/11, 11 a.m., free)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (Screen 1), THE CONJURING 2 (Screen 2) (6/10 on)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents ZOOTOPIA (6/10-6/12)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: THE CONJURING 2, NOW YOU SEE ME 2, WARCRAFT (3-D & 2-D), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, ME BEFORE YOU, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (3-D & 2-D), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (6/10 on), EPIC (6/16, 10 a.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: THE CONJURING 2, NOW YOU SEE ME 2, WARCRAFT (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, ME BEFORE YOU, MONEY MONSTER, POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (6/10 on), Fathom Events and Columbia Pictures present GHOSTBUSTERS (1984; 6/12, 2 & 7 p.m.), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (6/12, 6/15, 2 & 7 p.m.), RIO (6/13-6/15, 10 a.m.), Fathom Events, SpectiCast, and Nexo Digital present “Teatro Alla Scalla: The Temple of Wonders” (6/16, 7 p.m.), FINDING DORY (6/16, 7 & 9:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: THE CONJURING 2, NOW YOU SEE ME 2, WARCRAFT (3-D & 2-D), ME BEFORE YOU, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (3-D & 2-D), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (6/10 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: ZOOTOPIA, HAIL CAESAR!, 13 HOURS, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR, TOUCHED WITH FIRE, COLONIA, ONE MORE TIME, MR. RIGHT, JARHEAD 3: THE SIEGE, more! (6/7 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (6/10-6/12, 6/14, 6/16)

@ Mike n’ Molly’s, Champaign, IL: Closed

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Mike n’ Molly’s stirs MF memories

June 9th, 2016

Heading into our second weekend sans Mike n’ Molly’s, we’re filling the sentimental void with a visual flashback inspired by the wonderful show poster that decorated our previous post about the now-closed establishment, along with our gratefulness for the creative opportunities Champaign-Urbana can provide! After co-curating a pair of events in early 2003 with the Urbana Independent Media Center involving low-budget cinema, we ventured on our own and landed at 105 N. Market St. in downtown Champaign, where Michael Murphy agreed to schedule our next public gig that October. We elected to use the large white rectangle marking the bar’s outer wall, painted by WEREWOLF CEMETERY keepers Jason Butler and Mark Peaslee as a de facto screen, on which to project MICRO-FILM favorites in the beer garden despite the threat of chilly and drizzling weather. Smarting from sparse attendance as a result, even though our debut under Murph’s watch otherwise went smoothly, we declined to do-it-ourselves in the C-U for another three years. Eventually, four more MICRO-FILM movie shows were staged at Mike n’ Molly’s in 2006, split between outside and the second floor, which did not fare any better and forced us to scuttle the series by the holidays. We certainly relished the challenge and learned the expected lessons, given that event promotion was not our forte, with the blow ultimately softened thanks to a local film program we hosted at Urbana’s Caffe Paradiso in 2009 for the Boneyard Arts Festival. Other than attracting a good crowd, it built our confidence and led directly to the launch of the New Art Film Festival our community embraces today. As far as we’re concerned, however, these primeval MICRO-FILM presentations at Mike n’ Molly’s proved their worth by making us consider after the fact how to better conceive and execute such events in the future no matter where they took place. Check out below the fliers from our early flings as indie film impresarios, designed by your humble editor and shared on C-U Blogfidential for the first time.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Thursday, October 2, 2003 :: 8:30 p.m.

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Sunday, July 23 & Wednesday, July 26, 2006 :: 9:30 p.m.

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Saturday, September 9, 2006 :: 8 p.m.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006 :: 8 p.m.

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p.s. Such is the fate of interesting, non-mainstream cinema that fails to enter the cultural zeitgeist – hence, the point of us attempting to introduce it to an audience in the first place – for it may seemingly disappear overnight! Nationwide DVD releases for Baltimore action comedy LETHAL FORCE (Unearthed Films), Chicago slasher DRAWING BLOOD (Brain Damage Films), and Austin identity thriller SEX MACHINE (Anthem Pictures) followed closely after the MF screenings but are long out of print. Texas-lensed retro opus RADIO FREE STEVE (Ugh Films) and Chicago rock documentary THE BEARS: OUT OF HIBERNATION (Film Foetus), the latter starring former C-U musician Adrian Belew, have never been commercially available; luckily, a self-released STEVE DVD can be purchased at the link above. CUBlog friends will be familiar with student epic THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS VS. A MUMMY (Illini Film & Video), sold here or viewable for free on YouTube. Over at Vimeo, the Kansas City satirical short KILLING MICHAEL BAY (Stickman Productions/DV Brothers) can be watched in its uncensored glory. Finally, vintage sci-fi homage THE MONSTER OF PHANTOM LAKE (Saint Euphoria Pictures), coincidentally named after a real life location visited annually by Murph, kicked off a series of budget B-pictures by Christopher R. Mihm and friends; the whole Minnesotan menagerie lurks for you right here!

Calendar du C-U: June 3-9

June 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
6/3/16-6/9/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toFriday, June 3: Eleanore Stasheff (filmmaker, MARY CONTRARY), Amanda Baker (videographer, Five Foot Productions) … celebrate!


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Uh-oh, gang, this particular “FOW” is enriched with vitamins, minerals, and food for thought! Be sure to remind those around you of the movie-going persuasion, including your own good selves, to seek out the intelligent and mature fare often obscured at this time of year by those seasonal CGI storm clouds we know better as “Hollywood blockbusters.” For instance, one might view the Calendar below and consider: the Jodie Foster-directed Wall Street thriller MONEY MONSTER (Sony/TriStar Pictures), starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, which is finishing out its run at the Savoy 16 in Savoy; the period piece THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY (IFC Films), playing at the Normal Theater in Normal and featuring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons in the true story of a brilliant Indian mathematician who attends Cambridge University in the early 1900s; a Jane Austen adaptation from the venerable Whit Stillman, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions), pairing Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny in a lively comedy of manners set in 18th century England and opening today at the Avon Theatre in Decatur; filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s dark and sensuous A BIGGER SPLASH (Fox Searchlight Pictures), entering its second week at the Art Theater Co-op in Champaign, which revels in the spicy trysts bound to blossom among a quartet of vacationers in Sicily; and the sports drama RACE (Focus Features) about Olympian legend Jesse Owens that is newly available on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. If you really can’t adult right now at a streaming service, video store, or theater near you, relish a seminal era of summer movies past with an Eighties duo you will find to be as entertaining and sophisticated as you might remember, GHOSTBUSTERS and THE PRINCESS BRIDE; Savoy plays each of them twice on Weds., 6/8, for your retro double feature convenience!


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: A BIGGER SPLASH (6/3 on), The Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation and the Art present “Cinema Judaica” feat. ZERO MOTIVATION (6/5, 7:30 p.m.), THE KARATE KID (6/3, 6/4, 10 p.m.; 6/5, 11:30 a.m.; 6/9, 10 p.m.)

@ Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, Champaign, IL: The Orpheum and Provision Elevator Advertising present “Champaign Cinema under the Stars” feat. THE SANDLOT (6/3, 8:30 p.m.), TURBO (6/4, 8:30 p.m.)

@ Anniversary Plaza, Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. EYE IN THE SKY (6/9, 9 p.m., free)

@ The David S. Palmer Arena, Danville, IL: Vintage Villains and BAPN present Villains Con 2016 (6/3-6/5)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (3-D & 2-D), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (6/3 on), “Overlooked Films” classes with Skip Huston (Thursdays, 6/16-8/4, 6:30 p.m., enroll @ Avon)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Beyond Normal Films presents THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY (6/3, 6/5, 6/8, 7 p.m.), PURPLE RAIN (6/3, 10:30 p.m.), WORDS AND MUSIC (6/4, 7 p.m.), CARMEN JONES (6/7, 7 p.m.), BOY & THE WORLD (6/9, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, DEADPOOL (Screen 1), TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (Screen 2) (6/3 on)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, ME BEFORE YOU, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (3-D & 2-D), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (3-D & 2-D), THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, THE NICE GUYS, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (3-D & 2-D) (6/3 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (6/3-6/5, 6/8)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: MONEY MONSTER (6/3-6/5)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (Screen 1), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING (Screen 2) (6/3-6/5)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents TRIPLE 9 (6/3-6/5)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: ME BEFORE YOU, POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (3-D & 2-D), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (3-D & 2-D), THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, THE NICE GUYS, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (3-D & 2-D) (6/3 on), THE CROODS (6/9, 10 a.m.), WARCRAFT (6/9, 7 & 10 p.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, ME BEFORE YOU, POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, MONEY MONSTER, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, THE NICE GUYS, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (6/3 on), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. THE PRINCESS BRIDE (6/5, 6/8, 2 & 7 p.m.), Fathom Events presents “One Night for ONE DROP Imagined by Cirque du Soleil” (6/7, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events and Columbia Pictures present GHOSTBUSTERS (1984; 6/8, 2 & 7 p.m.), WARCRAFT (IMAX 3-D) (6/9, 7 & 9:45 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: ME BEFORE YOU, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (3-D & 2-D), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (3-D & 2-D), THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (3-D & 2-D) (6/3 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: RACE, GODS OF EGYPT, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, MEMORIA, GLASSLAND, RISE OF THE LEGEND, BLOOD ORANGE, more! (5/31 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (6/3-6/5, 6/7, 6/9)

@ The Logan Theatre, Chicago, IL: 23rd annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (through 6/5)

@ Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas, Chicago, IL: Midwest Independent Film Festival presents MY FRIEND’S RUBBER DUCKY w/filmmakers (6/7, 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. Producers Panel, 7:30 p.m. screening)

@ Mike n’ Molly’s, Champaign, IL: Closed

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Calendar du C-U: May 27-June 2

May 28th, 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
5/27/16-6/2/16

MILESTONES

Happy Birthday toTuesday, May 31: Dave King (actor, WEREWOLF CEMETERY) … Thursday, June 2: DeShawn Hill (filmmaker, DOWNTOWN) … celebrate!


FLICKER OF THE WEEK

Isn’t it about fucking time, darlings, for you to give THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL a second chance if you didn’t exactly warm to this art house event movie upon first viewing back in 2014? The wonderfully stylish and idiosyncratic comedy-mystery, playing on Sat., 5/28, 7 p.m., at the Virginia Theatre, receives our “FOW” stamp of approval and will conclude the past week’s sampling of director Wes Anderson’s oeuvre that also included RUSHMORE, THE ROYAL TENNENBAUMS, and FANTASTIC MR. FOX. Otherwise, we go against the grain of this Calendar category and suggest you break from the motion picture frame for good long stretches this holiday weekend to spend quality time with friends and loved ones, because you should. In that respect, we also invite you to say goodbye to our preferred alternative screening venue in downtown Champaign on Saturday; head over to 105 N. Market St., just two blocks from the Virginia, and party until the last “last call” like you really mean it. Afterwards, it’s R.I.P. for Mike n’ Molly’s (1997-2016), plus the character and soul it brought to our stomping grounds du C-U.


NOW PLAYING

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: A BIGGER SPLASH (5/27 on), CU Bike Month presents “Bicycle Film Night” feat. BIKES VS. CARS, shorts (5/31, 7 p.m.), TAXI DRIVER (5/27, 5/28, 10 p.m.; 5/29, 1:45 p.m.; 6/1, 6/1, 10 p.m.)

@ Pine Lounge, Main Level, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (5/27, 7 p.m., free)

@ Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, Champaign, IL: The Orpheum and Provision Elevator Advertising present “Champaign Cinema under the Stars” feat. 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.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL: Reel Deals presents “Wes Anderson Week” feat. RUSHMORE (5/27, 7 p.m.), THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (5/28, 7 p.m.)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING (5/27 on), “Overlooked Films” classes with Skip Huston (Thursdays, 6/16-8/4, 6:30 p.m., enroll @ Avon)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: Beyond Normal Films presents INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS (5/27, 5/29, 7 p.m.), SPIES LIKE US (5/27, 10:30 p.m.), NOTORIOUS (5/28, 7 p.m.), WORDS AND MUSIC (6/2, 7 p.m.)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, DEADPOOL (Screen 1), THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT (Screen 2) (5/27 on)

@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (3-D & 2-D), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (3-D & 2-D), THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (3-D & 2-D), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, THE NICE GUYS (5/27 on)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (5/27-5/29, 6/1)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/27-5/29), ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP (5/28, 11 a.m., free)

@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING (Screen 1), THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, RATCHET & CLANK (Screen 2) (5/27-5/29)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation presents THE FINEST HOURS (5/27-5/29), “Forgotten Soldiers from Our Forgotten War” reading by actor Frank Farrell (5/29, 2 & 4 p.m., $10)

@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (3-D & 2-D), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (3-D & 2-D), THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (3-D & 2-D), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, MONEY MONSTER, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, THE NICE GUYS (5/27 on), ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP (6/2, 10 a.m.)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (IMAX 3-D, 3-D & 2-D), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (3-D & 2-D), THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE MEDDLER, MONEY MONSTER, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, THE NICE GUYS (5/27 on), THE DARKNESS (5/27-5/28), Goodrich presents “Flashback Cinema” feat. BLAZING SADDLES (5/29, 6/1, 2 & 7 p.m.), TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS (6/2, 5, 7:35 & 10:10 p.m.)

@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (3-D & 2-D), X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (3-D & 2-D), THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, THE NICE GUYS (5/27 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: HOW TO BE SINGLE, RISEN, THE FINEST HOURS, ZOOLANDER 2, OUTSIDERS (s1), more! (5/24 on)

@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (5/27-5/29)

@ The Logan Theatre, Chicago, IL: 23rd annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (6/1-6/5)

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Frat epics to crash Mike n’ Molly’s

May 26th, 2016

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Holy gravediggers, dearest readers! The past seven days have evaporated so quickly that we could not carve out the quality time needed to write an extended preview of this evening’s “Movie Night” at Mike n’ Molly’s in Champaign. Therefore, we ask you to trust our totally biased judgment and help pack the joint beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, May 26, for the occasion. Word at 105 N. Market St. is this mini-marathon will be free admission and projected indoors on the first floor, considering that a series of potentially severe weather fronts will be making their way through Illinois the next 72 hours. [What a rouse! The final days of Mike n’ Molly’s have transpired in nothing but partly sunny and slightly blustery conditions, meaning we could inhabit the beer garden instead. – ed.] 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 among 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 in this beloved establishment with an open mind and generous heart.

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. [If you must satisfy your curiosity, The Brass Rail has been named the watering hole successor for followers of St. Jack and Sweet Sue. – ed.] It stands to reason that idea dude Jason Butler and camera guy Mark Peaslee struck enough of a positive chord within the Pi Omega ranks, employing them to participate in a string of ambitious genre comedies with the sparest of resources and variable learning curves, that their culture essentially fostered its own filmography. As a late blooming confidant of the Butler-Peaslee tandem and a fellow Pi Omegan, I can honestly describe these wonders as being the hard-earned results of a wry “mother of invention” sensibility operating way outside any professional studio or “film scene.” For that, we should be as happy as PBR-inebriated clams.

“Movie Night” will include three recent examples direct from the BrainSmart Productions vault located in Portland, Oregon, all directed by Champaign native Butler and 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. [Murph ultimately defied the noise ordinance and allowed his projectionists to play the epic “Issue” 4 finale in its entirety. Thank you! – ed.] 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 fare like this can spring from the fertile C-U prairie. We complete our “midnight oil” ode to the Pi Omega cinema aesthetic with an eye-popping, teeth-gnashing, claw-bearing show filer by ace graphic designer and C.L.A.W. co-mastermind Joanna Troutman, courtesy of Mike n’ Molly’s confidant Kenneth Weatherford.

All that said and rhapsodized, 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 history books after 19 years of service to its wide-ranging clientele and serving everything from a perfectly poured Guinness on down – you simply need to be there, fair and square.

Three cheers, then, for Mike n’ Molly’s at the movies! Go! Fright! Fin.

~ Jason Pankoke

[Updated 6/4/16, 2 a.m. CST]

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 viewers 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 to show your support, and give pause at our communities’ unflagging reliance on the “Roger Ebert is from Urbana” chestnut for validating movie-related projects based in Champaign County.

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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