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.
MILESTONES | Happy Birthday to You!
2/16: Michael J. Jones (pop artist, epyon5)
FLICKER OF THE WEEK | Suggestions in Full-Motion Arts
Quality international cinema comes to town in abbreviated lengths this week as compilations of the 2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films (ShortsHD/Magnolia Pictures) arrive at the Art Theater Co-op and Normal Theater. Eighteen pieces total will be presented between the showcases – one each for “Live Action,” “Animation,” and “Documentary” at the Normal, four at the Art with the “Documentary” set split in two – including the five in contention for each category and three runners-up added to “Animation.” Plenty of hard information and high-resolution images can be found at this Web page if you would like to take in some background before a viewing. We’ve labeled the distinct groupings for your convenience in the Calendar, but note the Art is rotating them every day from Fri., 2/10, to Thurs., 2/16, while the Normal is offering “Live Action” (Fri., 2/10) and “Documentary” (Sun., 2/12) only once and “Animation” (Sat., 2/11; Thurs., 2/16) twice, all at 7 p.m. Also conjuring interest in our corner is the belated local appearance of THE LOVE WITCH (Oscilloscope Laboratories) at the Normal tonight, Fri., 2/10, and tomorrow, Sat, 2/11, at 10 p.m.; cut from the same lovingly-crafted cloth as Anna Biller’s previous short subjects and debut feature, VIVA, this WITCH echoes with precision a past Hollywood trope – the mid-century Technicolor melodrama – while twisting genre expectations and gender politics to meet its ends. Shot in 35mm, the tale involves practicing witch Elaine (Samantha Robinson) and her attempts to lure with “sex magic” a male companion who might handle her highly particular (and occasionally fatal) wiles. It may be a love letter of sorts to vintage thrillers and potboilers, but outsider stylist Biller seems to understand how to enlist the power and pleasures of techniques past to color her present-day concerns. “FOW” is hereby fin.
NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area
@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL
The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017: Animation (2/10-2/12, 2/15-2/16), Live Action (2/10-2/12, 2/14-2/16), Documentary “A” & “B” (2/12-2/13), PUNCH DRUNK LOVE (2/10-2/11, 2/16), CASABLANCA (2/14)
@ Carmike 13, Champaign, IL
FIFTY SHADES DARKER, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, A DOG’S PURPOSE, HIDDEN FIGURES, LA LA LAND, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER, RINGS, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, SING, THE SPACE BETWEEN US, SPLIT (2/10 on)
@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Pens to Lens Screenwriting Workshop, Robeson Pavilion Rooms A & B (2/11, 11 a.m., free)
@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
TROLLS, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, LOVING, DESIERTO, AMERICAN PASTORAL, THE TAKE, ODDBALL, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, DESIREE, VICE PRINCIPALS (s1), more! (2/7 on)
@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video meeting, Room 205 (2/14, 6:30 p.m.)
@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
FIFTY SHADES DARKER, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, THE COMEDIAN, A DOG’S PURPOSE, THE FOUNDER, HIDDEN FIGURES, LA LA LAND, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, MONSTER TRUCKS, RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER, RINGS, SING, THE SPACE BETWEEN US, SPLIT, xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE (2/10 on), IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (2/12, 2/15), Newsies: The Broadway Musical (2/16, recorded)
@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, Pine Lounge (2/10, 2/11, 7 p.m., free w/i-card)
@ Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
“Did You Know We Taught Them How to Dance?” photography/video installation by Zina Saro-Wiwa, East Gallery on Main Level (through 3/25)
@ School of Information Sciences, UIUC, Champaign, IL
13th (dir. Ava DuVernay) screening and discussion, Room 126 and East Lobby (2/16, 5 p.m.)
@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL
AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series feat. PUNCH (2/14, 7 p.m., free), Illinois Public Media presents STEPHEN HAWKING’S FAVORITE PLACES* (2/16, 7 p.m., free)
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
SCHOOL DAZE (2/13-2/14), CLOCKERS (2/15-2/16)
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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