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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The fact that your humble editor has already seen it twice in the past year on late-night Turner Classic Movies does not discourage us from banging the “FOW” drum in favor of THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION (Spheeris Films), rocking the Art Theater Co-op for a solo “Women on Top” gig next Weds., May 11, 7:30 p.m. This first entry in Penelope Spheeris’ fabled and long out-of-circulation series, focused on Los Angeles youth as framed by hotbeds of music and underground culture, was filmed in 1979-80 during the apex of punk rock’s emergence as a feverish force. Genre stalwarts such as Germs, Circle Jerks, Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, and X appear in performance and during down times, while the filmmaker also interviews (and occasionally grills) a mix of semi-anonymous kids on a stage decorated only with a stool and a single dangling light fixture. Out of the mouths of tattered babes come hopes, dreams, fears, thoughts, aggression, and rebellion that we can empathize with, the spell broken on occasion by the off-color epithet that might be frowned upon today. CUBlog sincerely hopes a good turnout for DECLINE encourages the Art to book PART II: THE METAL YEARS – “the fun one” – and PART III – “the sobering one” – in the near future. We’d also like to mention a new release that looks promising, FRANCOFONIA (Music Box Films), which will debut at the Normal Theater tonight, Fri., May 6, 7 p.m. At first glance, it seems primed to do for the Louvre in Paris, France, what filmmaker Alexander Sokurov previously accomplished at the State Hermitage of St. Petersberg, Russia, in RUSSIAN ARK (2002) – use museum settings as a springboard for exploring the respective countries’ heritage and culture through the arts, captured with rich cinematography and a sense of grandeur.
@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING (5/6 on), MILES AHEAD (5/6-5/9, 5/10-5/12), Women on Top series: THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION (5/11, 7:30 p.m.), MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (5/7, 10 p.m.; 5/8, 11:30 a.m.; 5/11-5/12, 10 p.m.)
@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (5/6, 5/7, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)
@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE JUNGLE BOOK (5/6 on)
@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: FRANCOFONIA (5/6, 5/8, 5/12, 7 p.m.), YOUNGBLOOD (5/6, 10:30 p.m.), Beyond Normal Films presents MY GOLDEN DAYS (5/7, 7 p.m.)
@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (Screen 1), KUNG FU PANDA 3, EDDIE THE EAGLE (Screen 2) (5/6-5/7)
@ The Lincoln Grand 8, Lincoln, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), THE BOSS, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (5/6 on), MONEY MONSTER (5/12, 7:30 p.m.)
@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/6-5/8, 5/11)
@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: MOTHER’S DAY (5/6-5/8)
@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (5/6-5/8)
@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (3-D & 2-D), KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK, ZOOTOPIA (5/6 on),
@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (IMAX 3-D, IMAX, 3-D & 2-D), GREEN ROOM, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, THE BOSS, FINDING MR. RIGHT 2, KEANU, THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK, ZOOTOPIA (5/6 on), Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment present 6th annual Grateful Dead “Meet-up at the Movies” event (5/11, 7 p.m.), Fathom Events, SpectiCast, and Seventh Art Productions present “Art & Architecture in Cinema: Painting the Modern Garden – Monet to Matisse” (5/12, 7 p.m.)
@ AMC Village Mall 6, Danville, IL: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (3-D & 2-D), KEANU, MOTHER’S DAY, RATCHET & CLANK (3-D & 2-D), THE JUNGLE BOOK (5/6 on)
@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL: JOY, THE 5TH WAVE, THE CHOICE, REMEMBER, MOJIN: THE LOST LEGEND, HYENA ROAD, EMELIE, 400 DAYS, more! (5/3 on)
@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE JUNGLE BOOK (5/6-5/7)
@ Columbia College, Chicago, IL: The Chicago International Film Festival presents 12th annual CineYouth (5/5-5/7, free, all ages)
@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Closed for the weekend!
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!