Calendar: January 10-16, 2020

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!

1/12: Damian Duffy (author, Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, Abrams, New York, NY)

 

PASSINGS | You Will Be Missed

1/1: Kevin Netherton, 59 (CCO/sales executive, Premier Print Group, Champaign, IL)

 

MFHQ MEMO | From Chambana Mendota Ottawa Mendota with Love

Quiet rules tonight at MFHQ Remote. Ma JaPan is resting comfortably in bed after a rough dinner time that put an exclamation point on a trying week. She has continued to struggle with inconsistency in the three weeks she has been home after spending seven weeks at a clinic in Ottawa for physical rehabilitation between Halloween and Christmas. It’s what can happen to older individuals if they contract an infection that zaps their energy and functionality, once the hospital stabilizes them. She seemed to improve at a fair rate over the course of her stay, while my 60-mile round trips and multi-hour visits on most of those days took their toll. With my rhythm off by a long shot, I was hardly inspired to take better advantage of the “freedom” this afforded me for self-care activity. I couldn’t even convince myself to steal away for a movie in a theater. Then again, I haven’t been able to justify stealing away for a movie in a theater or any number of “fun” and “exciting” things with Ma under this roof. Static existence has been our unfortunate norm in the two-and-a-half years that I have roomed in the house on the edge of an American small town and it’s wearing on us both. All the wonderful ideas Ma has for traveling, crafting, and cooking with yours truly are for naught if her health doesn’t improve in several respects and my costly split residency isn’t resolved. I won’t even bother to bring up anything Confidential because I haven’t been in much of a charitable mood to work on it for you, dearest readers. You have no idea how hard it’s been to dig deep and type out this update or the post that will follow, let alone the standard atypical fare that has filled up this forum for nearly 14 years. C-U Blogfidential is still important to me but I can’t make it a priority when all the mounting life maintenance comes into play. I also can’t pretend that the kitchen table in the bay window of Ma’s place is a true substitute for our work environments in Champaign. It’s clear as mud what’s at stake. Our legit MFHQ days may be numbered. Sadly, I even question in my most sullen moments if this project should continue. The quiet is now deafening.

 

LOCAL FILMS, ETC. | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
Champaign Movie Makers* meeting, “Brainstorming” (1/13, 7 p.m., free)

@ Shatterglass Studios, Champaign, IL
Workshop Films Collective* meeting (1/15, 5:30 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
1917, IP MAN 4, JUST MERCY, LIKE A BOSS, UNDERWATER, FROZEN II, THE GRUDGE, JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, KNIVES OUT, LITTLE WOMEN, SPIES IN DISGUISE, STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, UNCUT GEMS (1/10 on), WEATHERING WITH YOU (1/15 on), BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, DOLITTLE (1/16 on)

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL
JOKER, THE LIGHTHOUSE, A MILLION LITTLE PIECES, TRESPASSERS, PARADISE HILLS, WRINKLES THE CLOWN, BULLETPROOF 2, DARK LIGHT, BIG LITTLE LIES (s2), more! (1/7 on)

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
1917, JUST MERCY, LIKE A BOSS, UNDERWATER, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, BOMBSHELL, FORD V FERRARI, FROZEN II, THE GRUDGE, JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, KNIVES OUT, LITTLE WOMEN, SPIES IN DISGUISE, STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, UNCUT GEMS (1/10 on), The Metropolitan Opera: Wozzeck (1/11, 11:55 a.m., simulcast; 1/15, 6:30 p.m., recorded), BLADE RUNNER “The Final Cut” (1/12, 1/15), WEATHERING WITH YOU (1/15, 7 p.m., dubbed; 1/16, 7 p.m., subtitled)

@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL
The News-Gazette Film Series: 12 ANGRY MEN (1/11, 1 & 7 p.m.), Rewind 92.5 Film Series: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1/13, 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

@ AMC Classic Village Mall 6, Danville, IL
1917, JUST MERCY, LIKE A BOSS, UNDERWATER, JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (1/10 on)

@ AMC Classic Parkway Pointe 8, Springfield, IL
Springfield Art Association presents Molly Schlich Independent | International Film Series feat. BIGGEST LITLE FARM (1/12, 1 & 4 p.m.; 1/14, 7 p.m.)

@ AMC Peru Mall 8, Peru, IL
1917, LIKE A BOSS, UNDERWATER, FROZEN II, THE GRUDGE, JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, LITTLE WOMEN, STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (1/10 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL
DARK WATERS, RICHARD JEWELL, STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (1/10 on), HARRIET (1/10-1/12)

@ The Fischer Theatre, Danville, IL
“Dawn of the Decade” wellness fair feat. BEETLEJUICE (1/11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1 p.m. movie start time)

@ The Lincoln Family Theater & Community Center, Lincoln, IL
1917, BOMBSHELL, FROZEN II, RICHARD JEWELL, SPIES IN DISGUISE, STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, UNCUT GEMS (1/10 on)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL (1/10-1/12)

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL
THREE CHRISTS (1/10-1/12), 63 UP (1/16)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL
SPIES IN DISGUISE (1/10-1/12, 1/15)

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL
JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL (1/10-1/12), ABOMINABLE (1/11, 11 a.m., free), MY FAIR LADY (1/14, 6 p.m., free)

@ Roxy Cinemas, Ottawa, IL
1917, UNDERWATER, THE GRUDGE, JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, SPIES IN DISGUISE, STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (1/10 on)

ADDED! @ Streator Eagle 6, Streator, IL
1917, UNDERWATER, THE GRUDGE, JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, SPIES IN DISGUISE, STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (1/10 on)

 

NOW PLAYING | Midwest

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

NEW! 2/7-2/8
B-Fest 2020, Evanston, IL

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

NEW! 3/6
Central Illinois Film Commission* meeting
@ Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, IL, 7 p.m.

3/12-3/15
30th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago, IL

NEW! 3/13-3/14
Slasher Film Festival, Peoria, IL

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

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

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

 

COMMUNITY & CAMPUS SERIES | Champaign-Urbana area

The News-Gazette Film Series
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL, 1 & 7 p.m. (holiday series are 7 p.m. only)
1/11: 12 ANGRY MEN (1957); 2/2: THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER; 3/21: ON THE WATERFRONT; 4/26: COOL HAND LUKE; 5/16: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF; 6/20: FANTASIA

Springfield Art Association presents
29th Molly Schlich Independent | International Film Series
@ AMC Classic Parkway Pointe 8, Springfield, IL, 1 & 4 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays
1/12, 1/14: BIGGEST LITLE FARM; 1/19, 1/21: NON FICTION; 1/26, 1/28: CAPERNAUM; 2/2, 2/4: MAIDEN; 2/9, 2/11: RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR; 2/16, 2/18: HONEYLAND; 2/23, 2/25: WOMAN AT WAR; 3/1, 3/3: PAIN AND GLORY

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Compiled by Jason Pankoke.

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