Calendar: September 17-23, 2021

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!

9/19: Eric Pankoke (webmaster, C-U Blogfidential, Champaign/Mendota, IL)
9/19: Paul A. Brooks (director, HUNTING FOR THE HAG, Into the Night Motion Pictures, Normal, IL)
9/21: Lisa Cerezo (co-owner, ThirdSide, Champaign, IL/Portland, OR)

 

FIELD REPORT DU HQ | From Wherever It May Be Said

‘Tis a good week to fill out the Report with follow-up observations. After our downer story last time about the dormant Majestic Theatre in Streator, we found a regional (to MFHQ Remote) headline that gives us a bit more hope for local venues; more than a decade of thwarted attempts by the owners of the Apollo Theater in Princeton to restore the neon fixtures in its marquee recently came to an end when their city and chamber of commerce came up with funding to complete the job. On Thursday, September 9, a surprise lighting ceremony delighted the townsfolk, many of whom had never seen the marquee aglow, and put a neat exclamation on the evening’s concert by, of all bands, The Boat Drunks from Champaign. Looking ahead, the winning entries of the No Malice Film Contest and their makers will receive a bow after all this Sunday, September 19, 2 p.m., at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier; tickets are required for the free show, presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, The Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and with this reversal of fortune we now trust they will still be featured at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival in April. Back to the University of Illinois campus, Illini Film & Video showed some life on Facebook and announced their first meeting of the school year, which took place this past Monday, September 13. And, it turns out Vinegar Syndrome wasn’t done mining the depths of the Troma Team catalog for early films involving our friends William Pace and Thomas Rondinella; mere weeks after the Blu-ray debut of GIRLS SCHOOL SCREAMERS comes BLADES, an unlikely tale of a killer lawnmower on the loose at a country club, and only you can determine if this mulching together of satire, homage, and schlock is up your fairway. Gore!

 

LOCAL FILMS & EVENTS | Support Your Media Storytellers

@ online YouTube
CHASE AND SHEP’S SUMMER CAMP OF HORRORS web series premiere: 9/17, 7 p.m., Nationwide via YouTube/The Chase & Shep Show, Savoy, IL

@ Gregory Hall, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Film & Video* meeting, Room 100 (9/20, 7 p.m.)

 

NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
COPSHOP, CRY MACHO, CANDYMAN, DON’T BREATHE 2, FREE GUY, JUNGLE CRUISE, MALIGNANT, PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, SHOW ME THE FATHER (9/17 on), COURAGEOUS 10th anniversary (9/23, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.), DEAR EVAN HANSEN (9/23 on)

@ Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL
Illini Union Board presents “Fall 2021 Weekend Films” feat. THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD, Pine Lounge, 1st floor (9/17-9/18, 7 p.m.; free w/i-card)

@ Phoenix Savoy 16 + IMAX, Savoy, IL
COPSHOP, CRY MACHO, BLACK WIDOW, CANDYMAN, DON’T BREATHE 2, FREE GUY, JUNGLE CRUISE, MALIGNANT, PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE, RESPECT, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, SHOW ME THE FATHER (9/17 on), Turner Classic Movies presents CITIZEN KANE 80th anniversary (9/19, 3 & 7 p.m.; 9/22, 7 p.m.), PROMARE (animé, subbed, 9/19, 3 p.m.), THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING extended edition (9/19, 1 & 7 p.m.; 9/22, 7 p.m.), FOREVER GOLDEN! A CELEBRATION OF THE GOLDEN GIRLS (television special, 9/21, 7 p.m.), DEAR EVAN HANSEN (9/23 on)

@ Redbox, Champaign-Urbana, IL
BLACK WIDOW, THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS, CATCH THE BULLET, THE FURNACE, ZOLA, more! (9/14 on) Online rentals

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
CRY MACHO, CANDYMAN, FREE GUY, JUNGLE CRUISE, MALIGNANT, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (9/17 on)

@ AMC Peru Mall 8, Peru, IL
CRY MACHO, CANDYMAN, FREE GUY, JUNGLE CRUISE, MALIGNANT, PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (9/17 on)

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL
CRY MACHO, PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE (9/17-9/19), MALIGNANT (9/17-9/18, 7 p.m.)

@ The Fischer Theatre, Danville, IL
No movies this week!

@ The Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in, Gibson City, IL
“Flashback Weekend” feat. DIRTY DANCING (1987), FOOTLOOSE (1984) (Screen 1), THE BREAKFAST CLUB, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (Screen 2) (9/17-9/18)

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL
Private rentals for the week.

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL
THE NOWHERE INN (9/17-9/19), Manhattan Short Film Festival 2021 (9/23)

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL
Closed for the week.

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL
JUNGLE CRUISE (9/17-9/19)

@ Route 34 Drive-in, Earlville, IL
SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, JUNGLE CRUISE (9/17-9/19)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-in, Springfield, IL
SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, FREE GUY (Screen 1), CRY MACHO, MALIGNANT (Screen 2) (9/17-9/18)

@ Roxy Cinemas, Ottawa, IL
COPSHOP, CRY MACHO, CANDYMAN, FREE GUY, JUNGLE CRUISE, MALIGNANT, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (9/17 on)

@ Streator Eagle 6, Streator, IL
COPSHOP, CRY MACHO, CANDYMAN, FREE GUY, MALIGNANT, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (9/17 on), DEAR EVAN HANSEN (9/23 on)

@ VIP Lincoln Grand 6, Lincoln, IL
COPSHOP, CRY MACHO, CANDYMAN, FREE GUY, JUNGLE CRUISE, MALIGNANT, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (9/17 on)

 

NOW PLAYING | Midwest

@ Music Box Theater/Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema + virtual, Chicago, IL
Chicago Filmmakers presents Reeling: The 39th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival (9/23-10/7) Information

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

 

COMING SOON | Area-wide Events

NEW! 10/13-10/24
57th Chicago International film Festival
@ Music Box Theater/Gene Siskel Film Center/etc. + virtual, Chicago, IL

10/22-10/23
Dark History and Horror Convention’s Screaming Mad Film Festival 2.1
@ I Hotel and Conference Center, UIUC, Champaign, IL

11/5-11/15
20th Route 66 Film Festival
@ Springfield, IL (virtual event)

11/5-11/7
28th Chicago Underground Film Festival
@ The Logan Theatre, Chicago, IL

4/20-4/23, 2022
22nd Roger Ebert’s Film Festival
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL

 

COMMUNITY & CAMPUS SERIES | Champaign-Urbana area

“The Arthouse Experience Film Series” curated by Sanford Hess
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL, 7 p.m.
9/29: THE ARTIST; 10/6: EMMA.; 11/3: MOONLIGHT; 12/6: COLD WAR; 1/19/22: WILD TALES; 2/23/22: ADAPTATION; 3/23/22: THE ROYAL TENNENBAUMS; 4/6/22: BIG NIGHT; 5/25/22: EIGHTH GRADE; 6/1/22: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Illini Union Board presents “Fall 2021 Weekend Films”
@ Pine Lounge, 1st floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL, 7 p.m. Fri. & Sat, free w/i-card
9/17-9/18: THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD; 9/24-9/25: IN THE HEIGHTS; 10/1-10/2: A QUIET PLACE PART II; 10/8-10/9: THE FOREVER PURGE; 10/15-10/16: MONSTER HUNTER; 10/22-10/23: ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS; 10/29-10/30: THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT; 11/5-11/6: SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY; 11/12-11/13: BLACK WIDOW; 11/19-11/20: THE SUICIDE SQUAD; 12/3-12/4: JUNGLE CRUISE

NEW! The News-Gazette Film Series
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL, 1 & 7 p.m.
10/23: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962); 11/21: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS; 12/11: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE; 1/22/22: ALL ABOUT EVE; 2/19/22: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT; 4/30/22: DUCK SOUP; 6/25/22: HIGH NOON; 7/29/22: TOP HAT

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Compiled by Jason Pankoke.

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