Calendar: October 18-24, 2019

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!

10/18: Mike Everleth (publisher, Underground Film Journal, Los Angeles, CA)
10/20: Lana Wildman (staff, Route 66 Film Festival, Springfield, IL)
10/24: John May (filmmaker, Tabletop Studios, Madison, WI)
10/23: Blake Stubbs (movie commentator, WGN Radio, Chicago, IL)

 

CONFIDENTIAL ALMANAC | Dates in Film Culture History

25 Years AgoFriday, October 21, 1994: Following early-bird reviews by The New York Times‘ Caryn James and The Los Angeles Times‘ Kenneth Turan, The Chicago Sun-Times would print Roger Ebert’s ecstatic vote of confidence in the documentary HOOP DREAMS, a Chicago-based production about two inner-city high school students banking on college basketball careers as a step towards the proverbial “way out.” His persistent support of this film famously hit a crescendo when the movie critic cried foul over the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences overlooking it in both the “best picture” and “best documentary” Oscar categories. HOOP DREAMS director Steve James would ultimately return the favor with his work on the Ebert documentary LIFE ITSELF. [R]

105 Years AgoMonday, October 19, 1914: Owners of the brand-new New Orpheum Theatre in downtown Champaign open for business according to the Urbana Courier-Herald; entertainment scheduled for 7:30 and 9 p.m. shows includes “five high-class vaudeville acts,” an “enlarged orchestra,” and “special exclusive photo plays” per a news item and advertisement in that day’s edition. Designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Rapp & Rapp after the Royal Opera theater within the Palace of Versailles in Versailles, France, the building now houses the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. [R]

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
C-U Cinefile* meeting, Room 219 (10/18, 4 p.m.)

@ Lincoln Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 1022 (10/21, 7 p.m.)

@ WILL-TV studio, Campbell School for Public Telecommunication, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Lighting Exercise, sound stage (10/21, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL
LUCY IN THE SKY (10/18 on), Shocktober 2019: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) w/Illini Student Musicals shadow cast (10/18-10/19, 9:30 p.m.), DAWN OF THE LIGHT (10/22, 7:30 p.m.)

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
JUDY, MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP, ABOMINABLE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, JEXI, JOKER (10/18 on), BLACK AND BLUE, COUNTDOWN, THE CURRENT WAR (10/24 on), ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE (10/24, 7 p.m.)

@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL
“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings, Armory 101, 7 p.m., free: FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE (10/18), IN THE HEAT OF THE SUN (10/25)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
CRAWL, STUBER, THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE, 3 FROM HELL, ALREADY GONE, CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?, NIGHT HUNTER, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (cs), more! (10/15 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
LUCY IN THE SKY, MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP, ABOMINABLE, AD ASTRA, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, DOWNTON ABBEY, GEMINI MAN, HUSTLERS, IT: CHAPTER TWO, JEXI, JOKER, JUDY (10/18 on), BEETLEJUICE (10/20, 10/23), QT8: THE FIRST EIGHT (10/21, 7 p.m.), THE RELIANT (10/24, 7 p.m.)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union” feat. ANNABELLE COMES HOME, Pine Lounge (10/18, 7 p.m.; 10/19, 7 & 10 p.m.; free w/i-card), “Throwback Films at the Union” feat. PET SEMATARY (1989), Courtyard Café (10/24, 8:30 p.m, free w/i-card)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1931; 10/21, 7 p.m.), THE MUMMY (1932; 10/22, 7 p.m.), FRANKENSTEIN (1931; 10/23, 7 p.m.), THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (10/24, 7 p.m.), DRACULA (1931; 10/25, 7 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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NOW PLAYING | The Cities Beyond

@ Allerton Park and Retreat Center, UIUC, Monticello, IL
“Movie in the Meadow” feat. HOCUS POCUS (10/18, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Classic Village Mall 6, Danville, IL
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP, ABOMINABLE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, JOKER (10/18 on)

@ AMC Peru Mall 8, Peru, IL
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP, ABOMINABLE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GEMINI MAN, IT: CHAPTER TWO, JOKER (10/18 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, JOKER (10/18 on)

@ Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL
THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE w/live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott (10/22, 7 p.m.)

@ The Lincoln Family Theater & Community Center, Lincoln, IL
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, DOWNTON ABBEY, GEMINI MAN, JEXI, JOKER (10/18 on), RAMBO: LAST BLOOD (10/18-10/20), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (10/19, 10:30 p.m.)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL
TOY STORY 4 (10/18-10/20)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL
HOCUS POCUS (10/18, 10/20), THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (10/18), THE CROW (10/19), CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962; 10/20), WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (10/20), PAYWALL: THE BUSINESS OF SCHOLARSHIP w/filmmaker talk (10/21, 5:30 p.m., free), Six Week Film School: “Ungrateful Dead” feat. DRACULA (1931; 10/22), HOUSE (1977; 10/24)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL
THE ADDAMS FAMILY (10/18-10/20, 10/23)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL
ANGEL HAS FALLEN (10/18-10/20)

@ Route 34 Drive-in, Earlville, IL
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, THE LION KING (10/18-10/20)

@ Roxy Cinemas, Ottawa, IL
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, DOWNTON ABBEY, GEMINI MAN, JEXI, JOKER (10/18 on)

 

NOW PLAYING | Midwest

@ The Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
11th Milwaukee Film Festival (through 10/31)

@ various venues, Chicago, IL
55th Chicago International Film Festival (through 10/27)

@ various venues, Indianapolis, IN
28th Heartland International Film Festival (through 10/20)

For detailed and curated listings of Chicago-area film presentations and related events, please visit the fine folks at Cine-File and subscribe to their definitive “Cine-List” weekly blast.

 

COMING SOON | Area-wide Events

10/26
Dark History & Horror Con’s Screaming Mad Film Festival
@ The City Center, Champaign, IL, 1:30 p.m.

11/1-11/2
3rd Dead in Decatur Film Festival
@ Decatur Area Arts Council, Decatur, IL

11/7-11/17
28th St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, MO

11/10
10th annual New Art Film Festival*
@ The Art Theater, Champaign, IL

11/22-11/23
18th annual Route 66 Film Festival
@ Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center, Springfield, IL

2/24-3/1/20
42nd Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL

3/24/20
SHERLOCK, JR. w/live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott
@ Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL, 7 p.m.

4/2-4/9/20
22nd annual Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, WI

4/15-4/18/20
22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL

 

COMMUNITY & CAMPUS SERIES | Champaign-Urbana area

AEMS presents AsiaLENS Documentary/Film Series
@ Spurlock Museum, UIUC, Urbana, IL, 7 p.m., free
11/12: DROKPA: NOMADS OF TIBET

“For Art’s Sake” cinema screenings
@ Armory Building, UIUC, Champaign, IL, 7 p.m., free
10/18: FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE; 10/25: IN THE HEAT OF THE SUN; 11/8: TOKYO STORY; 11/15: FLOATING WEEDS; 12/6: THE WAGES OF FEAR

Illini Union Board presents “Throwback Films at the Union”
@ Courtyard Cafe, Main Level, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL, 8:30 p.m. Thurs., free w/i-card
10/24: PET SEMATARY (1989); 10/31: HALLOWEEN (2018?); 11/7: BEETLEJUICE; 11/14: ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD (1994); 11/21: GROWN UPS; 11/28: THE BREAKFAST CLUB; 12/5: THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Illini Union Board presents “Weekend Films at the Union”
@ Pine Lounge, Main Level, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL, 7 p.m. Fri., 7 & 10 p.m. Sat., free w/i-card
10/18, 10/19: ANNABELLE COMES HOME; 10/25, 10/26: PET SEMATARY (2019); 11/1, 11/2: SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME; 11/8, 11/9: THE LION KING (2019); 11/15, 11/16: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD; 11/22, 11/23: THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2; 11/29, 11/30: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE; 12/6, 12/7: IT: CHAPTER TWO

The News-Gazette Film Series
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL, 1 & 7 p.m. (holiday series are 7 p.m. only)
10/21: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1931); 10/22: THE MUMMY (1932); 10/23: FRANKENSTEIN (1931); 10/24: THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN; 10/25: DRACULA (1931); 11/2: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; 12/16: CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT; 12/17: MICRALE ON 34TH STREET (1947); 12/18: WHITE CHRISTMAS; 12/19: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1951); 12/20-12/21: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE; 1/11/20: 12 ANGRY MEN (1957); 2/2/20: THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER; 3/21/20: ON THE WATERFRONT; 4/26/20: COOL HAND LUKE; 5/16/20: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF; 6/20/20: FANTASIA

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Compiled by Jason Pankoke.

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