Calendar: July 21-27, 2017

July 21st, 2017

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

7/21: Shawnee Tefteller (owner, Shawnee Studios talent agency)
7/21: Carter Boyce (filmmaker, DIE FLUCHT)
7/23: Randy Wheat (producer, Imagemaker Video Productions)
7/24: Colin Price (host, PRICELESS B MOVIES)
7/26: Epiphany Ayla Paris (producer, Epiphany Paris Productions)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
THE BIG SICK (7/21 on), Smart Kids: ZARAFA (7/22-7/23, 11:30 a.m.), THE LITTLE HOURS (7/21-7/22, 7/26-7/27, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, DESPICABLE ME 3, JAGGA JASOOS, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON, WONDER WOMAN (7/21 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
KONG: SKULL ISLAND, FREE FIRE, THE PROMISE, BUSTER’S MAL HEART, PRAY FOR RAIN, RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA, THE 100 (s4), more! (7/18 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP, VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON, WONDER WOMAN (7/21 on), THE PEANUTS MOVIE (7/21, 10 a.m.), NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION (7/23, 7/26), Studio Ghibli Fest: KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (7/23-7/24), MONSTER TRUCKS (7/24-7/26), National Theatre Live: Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika (7/27, 7 p.m., simulcast),

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: THE GOLD RUSH (7/22), Films of Spike Jonze: ADAPTATION (7/24-7/25), Films of Alfonso Cuarón: Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN (7/26-7/27)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: July 14-20, 2017

July 14th, 2017

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

7/15: Charlie Kessler (director, LANCE LAWSON, Pens to Lens 2016)
7/15: Jill Van Voorst (owner, LIX)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

20 Years AgoTuesday, July 15, 1997: As part of its tenth season on PBS, the nonfiction showcase POV airs a documentary produced by University of Illinois faculty member Jay Rosenstein, IN WHOSE HONOR? At its heart is Charlene Teters, a Native American belonging to the Spokane tribe who became alarmed by the presence of sports mascot “Chief Illiniwek” on the UI campus while attending for graduate studies in the late Eighties. Her subsequent efforts to alert the general public on the misuse of Indians as commercialized symbols, in particular for activities embraced largely by white audiences who otherwise ignore their racist and classist overtones, created a firestorm of opinion and emotion in Champaign-Urbana. HONOR presents the issue in a balanced and rational manner while illustrating a stubborn lack of empathy from “Chief” defenders who see the fictional warrior as a positive influence on the student body and iconic symbol embraced by alumni. More than one million viewers tune in to this episode of POV, according to Rosenstein, and HONOR has persisted as a catalyst in the discussion of cultural appropriation in America during conferences and film festivals, via community organizations, and within the classroom ever since. Following Teters’ lead and Rosenstein’s convictions, Indian activists and allies would accelerate their protests across the United States of similar imagery connected to sports teams. Original distributor New Day Films of Blooming Grove, NY, a specialist in social issue media, still offers HONOR to rent or purchase for educational use.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE BIG SICK (7/14 on), Smart Kids: LONGING AND BELONGING: LIVE ACTION SHORTS (7/15-7/16), STOP MAKING SENSE (7/19, 7:30 & 10 p.m.), A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (7/14-7/15, 7/20, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE BIG SICK, JAGGA JASOOS, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON, BABY DRIVER, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HERO, THE HOUSE, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (7/14 on), DUNKIRK, GIRLS TRIP (7/20 on)

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Lighting Recreation,” Robeson Pavilion Rooms A & B (6/20, 7 p.m., free)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE, THE LOST CITY OF Z, AMERICAN FABLE, LONDON HEIST, WHITE RAVEN, THE MAGICIANS (s2), UNDERGROUND (s2), more! (7/11 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE BIG SICK, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON, 47 METERS DOWN, BABY DRIVER, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (7/14 on), MAMA MIA! (7/16, 7/19), Discovery Channel: “Shark Week at the Movies 2017” (7/18, 7:30 p.m.), The Metropolitan Opera: Carmen (7/19, 7 p.m., recorded), National Theatre Live: Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (7/20, 7 p.m., simulcast), DUNKIRK (7/20 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, Anniversary Plaza (7/20, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Alfonso Cuarón: GRAVITY (7/18, 7/20)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: July 7-13, 2017

July 11th, 2017

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

7/12: Michael Wiese (producer, TALKING WITH SPIRITS)


CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

60 Years AgoThursday, June 20, 1957: Per news items in Boxoffice magazine, the science-fiction double feature of BEGINNING OF THE END and THE UNEARTHLY is scheduled to open today on more than 200 screens in the South and Midwest through Los Angeles distributor Republic Pictures Corporation. Already, the bill appears to be a hit for a brand-new production studio, AB-PT Pictures, based on the response afforded its world premiere at the Roosevelt Theater in Chicago last night with BEGINNING stars Peggie Castle and Peter Graves in attendance. Possibly more appealing to the Roosevelt audience is the film’s scenario, placing the action almost entirely in the Land of Lincoln despite the yarn being shot in California locations and sound stages by producer-director Bert I. Gordon. (Chicago Daily Tribune reviewer “Mae Tineefalls into this camp.) BEGINNING recounts a rampage from downstate Illinois to the Windy City of ravenous locusts, enlarged greatly after consuming experimental seeds and grains developed by local agriculturalists. Castle’s wire reporter character detours from covering a jet fighter unveiling at the real-life Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul to net her big bug story, while the roll call of cities and towns referenced in the first two acts also includes Champaign, Decatur, Joliet, Ludlow, Paxton, Peoria, Pontiac, Springfield, and Urbana. Flights of geographic fancy are intermixed with the regional accuracy – “the Ludlow forest,” “suburbs of Paxton” – never mind the omnipresent SoCal hills in many an exterior frame! Nearly a half-century later in February of 2003, “Mr. B.I.G.” – nicknamed so due to the plethora of oversized men, women, and monsters in his output – would attend the annual Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois; an honorary slate paired Gordon’s EARTH VS. THE SPIDER (1958) and EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977) with BEGINNING.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE BEGUILED (7/7 on), Smart Kids: THE RED TURTLE (7/8-7/9), TERMINAL ISLAND (7/10, 8 p.m.), JURASSIC PARK (7/7-78, 7/12-13, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
THE HERO, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, 47 METERS DOWN, BABY DRIVER, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE, THE MUMMY, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (7/7 on), “Planet of the Apes Triple Feature” feat. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (7/12, 4 p.m.), THE BIG SICK, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON (7/13 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, DRONE, CAR DOGS, SUMMER OF DREAMS, ACCIDENTAL EXORCIST, SONG TO SONG, more! (7/3 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, 47 METERS DOWN, BABY DRIVER, BEATRIZ AT DINNER, THE BOOK OF HENRY, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, THE HOUSE, MEGAN LEAVY, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (7/7 on), THE SANDLOT (7/9, 7/12), STORKS (7/10-7/12), Carole King: Tapestry (7/11, 7 p.m., recorded), “Planet of the Apes Triple Feature” feat. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (7/12, 4:30 p.m.),The Metropolitan Opera: Nabucco (7/12, 7 p.m., recorded), THE BIG SICK, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, WISH UPON (7/13 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. THE CIRCLE, Anniversary Plaza (7/13, 9 p.m., free)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: June 30-July 6, 2017

June 30th, 2017

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

7/1: Lindsey Gates-Markel (actress, WANDA & PICKLES DISCOVER THE EARTH, Pens to Lens 2016)
7/1: Michael Juvinall (editor, HorrorPatch.com)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE BEGUILED (6/30 on), Smart Kids: THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (7/1-7/2), Cinema Judacia: TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942; 7/2, 7 p.m.), THE BAD BATCH (6/30-7/1, 7/6, 10 p.m.), INDEPENDENCE DAY (7/5, 10 p.m., free)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BABY DRIVER, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE, 47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, CARS 3, THE MUMMY, ROUGH NIGHT, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, TUBELIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (6/30 on), SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (7/6 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
POWER RANGERS, CHIPS, THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, T2: TRAINSPOTTING, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, CORRESPONDENCE, GREY LADY, BERLIN SYNDROME, LEGION OF BROTHERS, more! (6/27 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BABY DRIVER, BEATRIZ AT DINNER, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE, 47 METERS DOWN, THE BOOK OF HENRY, CARS 3, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (6/30 on), JAWS (7/2, 7/5), ROCK DOG (7/3-7/5), SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (7/6 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, Anniversary Plaza (7/6, 9 p.m., free)

@ Pizza M, Urbana, IL
Champaign Screenwriters mixer (7/6, 8 p.m.)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Spike Jonze: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (7/5, 7/7)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: June 23-29, 2017

June 24th, 2017

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana with Love

Without writing a novella about it, we want our dearest readers to understand there is a distinct possibility that C-U Blogfidential summer posting may become a lot more spartan than usual in the coming weeks. Your humble editor’s dear old Ma JaPan has suffered a series of health setbacks since the beginning of February and those resilient Pankokes have a long journey ahead of them to sort through the situation. If we seem to drop off the Confidential cliff for a spell, this is the major reason as to why. We ask you to please have patience with us and keep Ma in your thoughts during this stressful process. Thank you.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
A QUIET PASSION (6/23-6/24, 6/29), I, DANIEL BLAKE (6/23-6/24, 6/26-6/29), Cinema Judacia: ONE WEEK AND A DAY (6/25, 4:30 p.m.) and KEEP QUIET (6/25, 7 p.m.), Brilliant Corners: THE ORNITHOLOGIST (6/26, 7 p.m., free), LOGAN NOIR (6/23-6/24, 6/28-6/29, 10 p.m.), BATMAN: THE MOVIE (6/28, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, TUBELIGHT, 47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, CARS 3, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, THE MUMMY, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, ROUGH NIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (6/23 on), BABY DRIVER (6/27 on), DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE (6/29 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
LIFE, WILSON, RAILROAD TIGERS, EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY, ALTITUDE, more! (6/20 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
THE BOOK OF HENRY, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, 47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, CARS 3, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, IT COMES AT NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, ROUGH NIGHT, WONDER WOMAN (6/23 on), THE BLUES BROTHERS (6/25, 6/28), Studio Ghibli Fest: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (6/25-6/26), THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (6/26-6/28), The Metropolitan Opera: Macbeth (6/28, 7 p.m., recorded), HIRED GUN (6/29, 7:30 p.m.), DESPICABLE ME 3 (6/29 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: HIGH NOON (6/24), Films of Steven Spielberg: E.T THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (6/27, 6/29)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: June 16-22, 2017

June 17th, 2017

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

6/18: Perry Morris (vice president, Champaign County Historical Museum)


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Media that Hits Close to Home

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers meeting, “Sound Mixing,” Robeson Pavilion Room A (6/20, 7 p.m., free)

@ Independent Media Center, Urbana, IL
Benefit concert assisting Courage Connection, EMPOWERED* Web series (6/18, 7 p.m.)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ 129 N. Race St., Urbana, IL
Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights: JAWS (6/17, 8:30 p.m., free)

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
MY COUSIN RACHEL (6/16 on), A QUIET PASSION (6/16-6/17, 6/19, 6/21), INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (6/16-6/18), Cinema Judacia: ONE WEEK AND A DAY (6/18, 7 p.m.), WAREHOUSED benefit screening for refugee advocacy (6/20, 7 p.m.), BELLADONNA OF SADNESS (6/22-6/23, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, IT COMES AT NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, WONDER WOMAN (6/16 on), TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (6/20 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, TABLE 19, ALONE IN BERLIN, CHAPTER & VERSE, HEADSHOT, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (s8), AQUARIUS (s2), SHOOTER (s1), more! (6/13 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT, ALIEN: COVENANT, BAYWATCH, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, IT COMES AT NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, WONDER WOMAN (6/16 on), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (6/18, 6/21), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (6/19), RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA (6/19), TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (6/20 on), Rifftrax Live: “Summer Shorts Beach Party!” (6/20, 7:30 p.m., recorded), The Metropolitan Opera: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (6/21, 7 p.m., recorded), DCI 2017 Tour Premiere: “Drum Corps at the Cinemas” (6/22, 7 p.m., simulcast)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, Anniversary Plaza (6/22, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Steven Spielberg: JAWS (6/20, 6/22, free)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: June 9-15, 2017

June 13th, 2017

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

95 Years AgoFriday, June 9, 1922: A pet project developed in parallel with a remarkable early career in electrical engineering, University of Illinois professor Joseph Tykocinski-Tykociner demonstrates a “sound-on-film” projector for his colleagues and university officials in Room 100 of what is now the Material Science and Engineering Building on campus. His apparatus is capable of reading and amplifying a “sound track” encoded along the side of a film strip, thanks to photoelectric cells developed by UI physics professor Jakob Kuntz. Friction between the inventor and his employer over patent rights to the device, along with a chilly reception from the movie industry, would thwart his dreams of it being put into widespread use. Extensive collections of his papers and other ephemera, including schematic drawings of the projection system and video duplicates of the surviving film tests, have been stored in the UI Archives since Tykociner’s passing in 1969.


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
MY COUSIN RACHEL (6/9 on), 18th annual “Animation Show of Shows” (6/10-6/11, 6/15), YOUR NAME. (6/10, 6/15, 10 p.m.), Cinema Judacia: STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE (6/11, 7 p.m.), Trivia Night (6/13, 8 p.m., free)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
IT COMES AT NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY, ALIEN: COVENANT, BAYWATCH, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, WONDER WOMAN (6/9 on), 47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, ROUGH NIGHT (6/15 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A CURE FOR WELLNESS, THE LAST WORD, A UNITED KINGDOM, THE ASSIGNMENT, ALL NIGHTER, LADY BLOODFIGHT, AFTERMATH, THE YOUNG POPE, more! (6/6 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
IT COMES AT NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY, ALIEN: COVENANT, BAYWATCH, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, SNATCHED, WONDER WOMAN (6/9 on), FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (6/11, 6/14), THE WILD LIFE (6/12-6/15), “K-LOVE Fan Awards: ‘Ignite Hope’” (6/13, 7 p.m.), Rifftrax Live: “Summer Shorts Beach Party!” (6/15, 7 p.m., simulcast), 47 METERS DOWN, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT (6/15 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. LIFE, Anniversary Plaza (6/15, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Steven Spielberg: SCHINDLER’S LIST (6/13-6/15, free)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: June 2-8, 2017

June 2nd, 2017

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

6/2: DeShawn Hill (filmmaker, DAUGHTERS)
6/3: Amanda Baker (producer, Five Foot Productions)
6/4: Jarrod Finn (screenwriter, HELPETHAN.COM)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE LOVERS (6/2 on), YOUR NAME. (6/2-6/4, 6/6-6/8), DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES’ “SGT. PEPPER” (6/3-6/4, 12 p.m.), Cinema Judacia: MR. GAGA (6/4, 7 p.m.), THE SON OF JOSEPH (6/5, 7 p.m., member screening), THE HANDMAID’S TALE (1990; 6/7-6/8, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, WONDER WOMAN, ALIEN: COVENANT, BAYWATCH, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, SNATCHED (6/2 on), IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM (5/6, 7 p.m.), IT COMES AT NIGHT, MEGAN LEAVY, THE MUMMY (6/8 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
THE SHACK, FIST FIGHT, BEFORE I FALL, RUPTURE, THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER, I AM HEATH LEDGER, more! (5/30 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, WONDER WOMAN, ALIEN: COVENANT, BAYWATCH, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, SNATCHED (6/2 on), THE PRINCESS BRIDE (6/4, 6/7), IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM (5/6, 7 p.m.), THE MUMMY (6/8 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Anniversary Plaza (6/8, 9 p.m., free)

@ Pizza M, Urbana, IL
Champaign Screenwriters mixer (6/8, 8 p.m.)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Art to change from Co-op to NFP

May 31st, 2017

Well, that made headway rather quickly after becoming public knowledge! Remember all the dramatic superlatives our community bandied about a few years back when it was deemed an imperative to reorganize the Art Theater as a cooperative so shareholder purchases could possibly “save the independent cinema” in Champaign-Urbana? A shift in prerogatives and future goals has emboldened the Board of Directors (BOD), general manager Austin McCann, and participating shareholders to choose yet another operating path for the Art, agreeing by vote to allow a local and heretofore low-key organization called the Art Film Foundation (AFF) to bring the movie house under its wing. As a not-for-profit (NFP) group, the AFF will provide the theater with the means to pursue fundraising options, which had not been a possibility due to its prior co-op status, for beefing up its programming slate and building improvements.

Certainly, they are banking on the addition of grants and tax-deductible donations to regular ticket sales and annual memberships to provide the Art a better-than-before operating budget. This is all well and good – why wouldn’t we want the Art to continue its long-term recovery? – but we do wonder if this will give select tastemakers more latitude to become pickier with their scheduling and, even more so, suggestions to their new parent organization on which screenings and events to throw said moneys behind. Since we are at the very beginning of repositioning the Art as something inherently new, even with a pledge in the press release below to not change their daily business acumen, we should give them time to resettle. As the public conversations commence over this development, be vocal about what you want to watch at the Art and make sure to verbally support your local film festival for local film artists in the process. Yes, it’s an imperative.

~ Jason Pankoke

p.s. Presumably, the URL to the Art’s Web site will be changed to remove “coop,” so Google them if you find the page links here to be broken. Thanks!

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From May 25, 2017:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE ART THEATER CO-OP APPROVES MERGER WITH LOCAL FOUNDATION

CHAMPAIGN, IL (May 25, 2017) – After a twenty-day voting period, the cooperative owners of the Art Theater have approved a merger with the Art Film Foundation (AFF). Owners overwhelmingly approved the merger, with 97 percent of the voting ownership pool approving.

The merger will dissolve cooperative ownership, bringing the Art into the fold of the AFF and conferring onto the theater tax-exempt charitable status. The Art’s programming, staff, membership program, and daily operations will remain unchanged, but it will now be legally capable of soliciting tax-deductible funding from individuals, businesses, local and state foundations, and national non-profit arts funding organizations.

“The Board and I are very excited for the merger,” says Austin McCann, the theater’s general manager. “The Art has always found innovative ways to remain vital to the Champaign-Urbana community. I’m very thankful for the owners’ support for the merger and their dedication to the positive transformations that make the Art such a crucial cultural space.”

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Fresh CUZine ink is best aroma

May 29th, 2017

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Allies in film and cultural expression made by the citizens of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond, be sure to pick up the latest issue of C-U Confidential digest this extended weekend if you take a breather from spending time with family and close friends! Below is a current listing by alpha of locations where we’ve placed issue 9 with a valuable assist from our bespectacled man in Danville, Ripper the Clown; we highly suggest you pluck a copy today as stacks in certain locations are being whittled down faster than we can replenish them! (Supplies are limited, of course.) We hope you enjoy our current fit of cinema lit this Memorial Day or whenever you can work it into your Twin Cities lifestyle. Also, we have finally revised our former “Zine of Our Scene” Page here on C-U Blogfidential and it is now a fully illustrated and better detailed counterpart, “Periodicals du C-U.” Take a look and make sure you have in hand every edition. That said, don’t forget to surf CUBlog this summer for first news on CUZine #10. Let’s hang ten, gang!

More importantly, let’s remember the individuals who served in this country’s Armed Forces, perished in the line of duty, and by default helped shaped the world we live in today. We need to do this despite our individual feelings and rationalization over the continued reliance of military might and weaponry on behalf of “preserving the standing” of the United States of America. These people are and were human beings – husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, parents, uncles, and aunts – with souls and histories and triumphs and failings just like the rest of us so they should be considered as such. This weighs a bit heavily in the personal sense on your humble editor right now because a relative who is a veteran, even one who was able to live out his life unlike many other service men and women, is no longer with us. After more than a year of battling a brain tumor, Robert J. Gurzynski passed away at home in Florida last November and was laid to rest earlier this month on Monday, May 8, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia with full honors. He spent two decades enlisted in the U.S. Navy and completed his career as a mid-ranking officer, after which he worked as a contractor at the Shades of Green resort for active military personnel and their families at Walt Disney World in Orlando before retirement. Surviving is his wife, Sandra, three children, Robert, Dawn, and Scott, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and sister Patricia, mother to Mr. JaPan. We thank you, Uncle Bob (1949-2016), for your time on Earth and your contributions. Rest in peace.

~ Jason Pankoke

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C-U Confidential #9 locations

Champaign-Urbana
Aroma Café | Café Kopi | The Blind Pig | Blind Pig Brewery | The Brass Rail | Caffe Paradiso | Champaign Public Library | Cinema Gallery | The Courier Café | Elliott Counseling Group | Espresso Royale Café – Goodwin & Oregon, U. | Espresso Royale Café – Neil & Kirby, C. | Espresso Royale Café – Windsor & Duncan, C. | Espresso Royale Café – Sixth & Daniel, C. | Exile on Main Street | Flying Machine Coffee | Furniture Lounge | Hammerhead Coffee | Jane Addams Book Shop | Jupiter’s Pizza & Billiards – Main St., downtown C. | Merry Ann’s Diner – Main St., downtown C. | Quality Beer | Radio Maria | Urbana Free Library | WEFT 90.1 FM studios

Danville
Café 13 | Danville Public Library | Vintage Villains

Coming soon to Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, and more!

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Calendar: May 26-June 1, 2017

May 27th, 2017

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

5/27: William Anthony Rose II (actor, THE SHERIFF’S CHILDREN)
6/1: Wm. R. Pace (co-producer/editor, THE HARROW)


LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Media that Hits Close to Home

@ The Logan Theatre, Chicago, IL
World Premiere of THE POOKA* at 24th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (6/1, 9 p.m.)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
THE LOVERS (5/26 on), YOUR NAME. (5/26-5/28, 5/31-6/1)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
BAYWATCH, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, ALIEN: COVENANT, THE BOSS BABY, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, SNATCHED (5/26 on), IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM (5/1, 7 p.m.), CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, WONDER WOMAN (5/1 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
LOGAN, GET OUT, THE GREAT WALL, ROCK DOG, MAX 2: WHITE HOUSE HERO, XX, MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI, I AM HEATH LEDGER, OUTSIDERS (s2), more! (5/23 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
BAYWATCH, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, ALIEN: COVENANT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOSS BABY, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, SNATCHED (5/26 on), E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (5/28, 5/31). IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM (5/1, 7 p.m.), WONDER WOMAN (6/1 on)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Martin Scorsese: THE LAST WALTZ (5/26), The News-Gazette Film Series: CITIZEN KANE (5/27)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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Calendar: May 19-25, 2017

May 19th, 2017

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.

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MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!

5/25: David Gracon (contributor, C-U Confidential)


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
NORMAN (5/19 on), TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (5/19-5/20, 5/23, 5/25), WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (5/21, 5/22 w/discussion), COLOSSAL (5/24, 10 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
ALIEN: COVENANT, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, BAAHUBALI 2 (Hindi & Telugu languages), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE BOSS BABY, THE CIRCLE, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, SNATCHED (5/19 on), IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM (5/23, 7 p.m.), BAYWATCH (5/24 on), PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (5/25 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER, THE SPACE BETWEEN US, EXTORTION, THE OUTCASTS, more! (5/16 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
ALIEN: COVENANT, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, BORN IN CHINA, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, SNATCHED, THE WALL (5/19 on), MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (5/21, 5/24), IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM (5/23, 7 p.m.), BAYWATCH (5/24 on), PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (5/25 on)

@ Main Quad, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Summer Quad Cinema Series” feat. POWER RANGERS, Anniversary Plaza (5/25, 9 p.m., free)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
Films of Martin Scorsese: RAGING BULL (5/22-5/23), AFTER HOURS (5/24-5/25), THE LAST WALTZ (5/26)

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!

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REVIVAL at hand for C-U studio

May 18th, 2017

Potential big-ticket projects keep falling into place for Shatterglass Films, the narrative offshoot of media producer Shatterglass Studios in Champaign, and it’s becoming a bit harder for us to keep up with it all! To that end, we share below the announcement of one such venture, an adaptation of the recently-concluded comic book series Revival (Image Comics) by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton about a rather different kind of zombie apocalypse. Read through the copy to learn about other efforts currently in progress at Shatterglass Films; a link to the conceptual trailer for REVIVAL premiered last month at C2E2 in Chicago can be found at the end. C-U Blogfidential will keep watch for further news on what Luke Boyce, Brett Hays, and the Shatterglass team will be creating under their own roof as the company pushes forward.

~ Jason Pankoke

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From April 23, 2017:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IMAGE COMICS’ RURAL HORROR/NOIR TITLE REVIVAL GETS FILM ADAPTATION

CHICAGO, IL (April 23, 2017)Shatterglass Films announced they will produce a live-action feature-film adaptation of the critically-acclaimed comic series Revival by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton, who will also produce. The announcement was made at a panel at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) where the filmmakers showed a surprise “proof of concept” teaser trailer to the room of fans. Revival is a blend of mystery, thriller, and horror set in the winter stillness of rural Wisconsin where the recently deceased members of the community arise and return to their lives as if nothing happened. Caught up in the maelstrom of emotional and ideological turmoil the event brings to the town, Officer Dana Cypress struggles to maintain order at the same time she quietly investigates the murder of her younger sister Em, who is one of the recently “revived.” Production is slated to begin in early 2018 with Shatterglass Films co-founder Luke Boyce directing a script co-written by Revival co-creator Tim Seeley and Sarah Fischer.

“I am beyond ecstatic to be bringing this incredible work to life. Revival has consistently been one of the best titles from Image in the past few years and one of my absolute favorites since it debuted in 2012. Long before I ever met Tim and Mike, I dreamed of being able to adapt this story on film and I intend to do everything I can to realize it to its full potential,” said Boyce.

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CUZine #9 knocks back a reality

May 12th, 2017

Attempting to regroup as their challenging pursuit resumes, the partners in crime are forced to acknowledge the odds might be stacked against them in ways more mysterious than either one anticipated. Can they trust each other to enact a more effective plan before it’s too late?

We invite you to pair the exciting new issue of C-U Confidential – vintage 2015, bottled 2017 – with your favorite libation or other pick-you-up as the summer sets in! Keep a private (or public) eye on our Facebook page for reports from Confidential Agents as they disseminate our literature beginning on or after this Friday, May 12, for your FREE investigative pleasure!

Deep in the recesses of a local watering hole, our gallant gumshoe Eric Sizemore and resourceful informant Drea Abbas trade verbal notes only to find they have fumbled the ball and relinquished a lead most vital to their efforts. CUZine does its best to not leave you in the lurch like our discouraged duo, revealing everything it can about the cinema arts in Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond! With the script selection and production process in full swing for 2017, Ye Ed visits with several adult participants to reflect on last year’s Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition + Gala as well as hint at what is in store for this student-centered program during the warmer months. He also double dips with anecdotes about the place of That’s Rentertainment in our lives and why its closure changes how the citizens du C-U might consume and communicate about the movies. Moving from future fears to the past tense, Springfield poet and performer Vachel Lindsay defined the kind of movie writing we consume and use to communicate with to this day in his landmark 1915 book, The Art of the Moving Picture; we share excerpts from it and ponder Lindsay’s place in the contemporary consciousness. Mr. JaPan then encourages our populace to actively reach outside their viewing comfort zone to discover films and film-going experiences both unique and challenging, while Jenny Southlynn conveys thoughts on Lindsay and fellow brilliant mind David Foster Wallace. Related summations of area activity fill out issue 9, of course!

Having now returned to our annual release pattern for C-U Confidential, even though we missed out on Roger Ebert’s Film Festival by necessity due to your humble editor’s family needs, we look forward to pushing our frequency to twice-a-year beginning this fall. Frankly, the current installment was a big pain to complete and get funded, but we’re suitably relieved to break on through to the other side with something tangible as a treat for loyal readers in our 10th anniversary year. Please shake the hands of our friends at Bachelor Pad Magazine, Barham Benefit Group, Cellar Dweller Films, Champaign Movie Makers, Cinema Gallery, C-U Adventures in Time and Space, Dreamscape Cinema, Elliott Counseling Group, Go Retro!, Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Heirship Records, Hobnobben Film Festival, Pens to Lens/C-U Film Society, Premier Print Group, R.A.Z. Films, Vachel Lindsay Association, and WEFT 90.1 FM for providing us with the advertising coverage necessary to kick out this issue. In addition, we ask you to raise a glass – martini or not, shaken or stirred – to the handful of generous and anonymous donors whose contributions helped us fulfill our budget goals. We thank you all, with honors!

~ Jason Pankoke