Weeklong Runs & Special Events

NATIONAL GALLERY

Showtimes

Fri, Nov 21st at 6:30pm
Sat, Nov 22nd at 2:30pm
Sat, Nov 22nd at 7:30pm
Sun, Nov 23rd at 2:00pm
Mon, Nov 24th at 6:30pm
Wed, Nov 26th at 6:30pm
Fri, Nov 28th at 2:30pm
Sat, Nov 29th at 7:15pm
Tue, Dec 2nd at 7:30pm
Thu, Dec 4th at 6:30pm
Average: 4.5 (4 votes)

First Chicago run!

  1. NATIONAL GALLERY
  1. 2014, Frederick Wiseman, USA/France, 181 min.

"Pleasurable and immersive…unexpectedly moving."
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“The most nourishing example of cinematic brain food you’ll have all year.”
– Oliver Lyttelton, Indiewire

Acclaimed documentary master Wiseman (AT BERKELEY, CRAZY HORSE, LA DANSE) turns his all-seeing camera on yet another institution: London’s venerable National Gallery. Going behind the scenes is Wiseman’s trademark modus operandi, but this expansive portrait makes getting under the skin of the art on the walls its foremost mission. With the museum’s erudite and sometimes eccentric curators and docents as the engaging storytellers, treasured works by Da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Holbein, Turner, and more star in all their sumptuous glory, enhanced by gripping tales of restorations and of artists’ secrets revealed. DCP digital. (BS)

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*THE HOMESTRETCH

Showtimes

Fri, Nov 21st at 8:00pm
Sat, Nov 22nd at 5:45pm
Sun, Nov 23rd at 3:00pm
Sun, Nov 23rd at 5:15pm
Mon, Nov 24th at 6:00pm
Tue, Nov 25th at 8:00pm
Wed, Nov 26th at 7:45pm
Average: 4.7 (10 votes)

Back by popular demand!

  1. THE HOMESTRETCH
  1. 2014, Anne De Mare and Kirsten Kelly, USA, 90 min.

"THE HOMESTRETCH invites you to empathize with its subjects, to worry with them, to laugh with them, to worry about them. It's engaging and compelling viewing.”
– Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

“Directors Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly persuasively indict America's failure to assist homeless teenagers...Yet the stories they present are genuinely uplifting...It's an impressive balancing act.”
– Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

Three homeless Chicago teenagers seasoned by rejection and life on the streets defy the odds to create a future, finding sympathy and support in surprising places. The filmmakers follow aspiring actor Roque, poet/painter Kasey, and Anthony, a rapper, poet and entrepreneur, into the haunting underworld of children cast off by broken or unfit families and left alone to navigate the perils of poverty and predation. As the three tenaciously fight for an education and eventual independence, the film powerfully explores surrounding issues of race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights. A new production from Chicago’s renowned Kartemquin Films, creators of HOOP DREAMS and THE INTERRUPTERS. DCP digital. (BS)

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*COMING TO TERMS

Showtimes

Sat, Nov 22nd at 8:00pm
Mon, Nov 24th at 8:15pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Chicago premiere!
Jon Jost in person!

  1. COMING TO TERMS
  1. 2013, Jon Jost, USA, 85 min.
  2. With James Benning, Ryan Harper Gray

“Exquisitely meditative.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum

“Relentlessly strips the narrative to its bare
essentials…thought-provoking visual artistry and poetry.”
— Matt Micucci, Cinecola

Legendary avant-garde filmmaker Jon Jost (ALL THE VERMEERS IN NEW YORK) makes a rare return to his native Chicago with a new film of subtle power and striking depth. The aging father (filmmaker James Benning) of a dysfunctional family summons his two long-estranged adult sons and their mothers in order to reveal his plan for assisted suicide. No ordinary narrative, COMING TO TERMS evokes the slow rhythm of an evolving life and the emotional landscape of a divided family’s perilous journey in all its beauty, pain, and meaning. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Jon Jost will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.

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HAPPY VALLEY

HAPPY VALLEY is also screening Wednesday, December 3, as part of the Gene Siskel FIlm Center Movie Club, with an informal conversation facilitated by Daniel Bernstein, WSCR Afternoon Co-Host and Senior Columnist for CBSChicago.com.

Showtimes

Fri, Nov 28th at 5:45pm
Fri, Nov 28th at 7:45pm
Sat, Nov 29th at 5:30pm
Sun, Nov 30th at 3:00pm
Sun, Nov 30th at 5:00pm
Mon, Dec 1st at 8:15pm
Tue, Dec 2nd at 8:00pm
Wed, Dec 3rd at 6:00pm
Thu, Dec 4th at 6:00pm
Average: 3 (2 votes)

Chicago premiere!

  1. HAPPY VALLEY
  1. 2014, Amir Bar-Lev, USA, 98 min.

“Thorough, thoughtful and heartbreaking.”
–Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Riveting…turns the tables on the national perception of the scandal.”
–Eric Kohn, Indiewire

This provocative documentary takes the conviction of disgraced Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky on multiple counts of child molestation as the jumping-off point for a deep-delving look at the enabling role of an entire community. The misplaced rage of rioting students and the evasive maneuvers of university administrators are only symptoms of a phenomenon that was years in the making. Moving in concentric circles starting with Sandusky’s abused adopted son Matt and the family of idolized head coach Joe Paterno, filmmaker Bar-Lev (THE TILLMAN STORY, MY KID COULD PAINT THAT) looks at the role of hero worship in a town that dangerously put football on par with religion. DCP digital. (BS)

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THAT MAN FROM RIO (L’HOMME DE RIO)

Showtimes

Fri, Nov 28th at 3:30pm
Sat, Nov 29th at 3:00pm
Sun, Nov 30th at 5:00pm
Mon, Dec 1st at 6:00pm
Wed, Dec 3rd at 8:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

New restoration!

  1. THAT MAN FROM RIO
  2. (L’HOMME DE RIO)
  1. 1964, Philippe de Broca, France, 112 min.
  2. With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Françoise Dorléac

“A crazy delight, a stylish, early-'60s pastiche that folds in every adventure-movie cliché you've ever seen, and possibly invents a few new ones.”
–Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

“A delightfully preposterous thriller, wittier than any of the Bond spoofs and a good deal racier than RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.”
–Tom Milne, Time Out London

This chilly Thanksgiving weekend, how about a jaunt to sunny Rio and points beyond with the witty and colorful adventure spoof that longtime fan Steven Spielberg cited as a key inspiration for his Indiana Jones series? When a magical Maltec idol and an archaeologist’s daughter (the lovely, short-lived Dorléac) are snatched from a Paris museum by Brazil-bound thugs, her soldier-on leave boyfriend (Belmondo, performing many of his own stunts) sets off in hot pursuit. The ensuing non-stop chase involves every conceivable form of transport, from motorcycle to cable car to water skis to rickety bicycle to jungle vines to upside-down airplane. The film’s many set pieces include a surreal showdown in deserted, still-under-construction Brasilia that plays like a marriage of Antonioni and Harold Lloyd. And, if all that isn’t enough, there’s a cheeky, pull-the-rug-out twist at the end. In French with English subtitles. New DCP digital restoration. (MR)

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LOVE IS STRANGE

Showtimes

Fri, Nov 28th at 5:45pm
Fri, Nov 28th at 7:45pm
Sat, Nov 29th at 7:45pm
Sun, Nov 30th at 3:00pm
Tue, Dec 2nd at 6:00pm
Wed, Dec 3rd at 6:00pm
Wed, Dec 3rd at 8:30pm
Thu, Dec 4th at 8:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)
  1. LOVE IS STRANGE
  1. 2014, Ira Sachs, USA, 94 min.
  2. With John Lithgow, Alfred Molina

“A wise and lovely film.”
–A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Lovely...Lithgow and Molina are splendid.”
–Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“A miraculously observant love story.”
–Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly

Director Sachs describes his critically acclaimed crowd-pleaser as “a film about love and real estate”--a phrase that neatly sums up its quietly devastating balance of heart and sharp-edged observational realism. It begins with the wedding day of long-time partners Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina), but celebration turns to calamity when the marriage costs George his music teaching job at a Catholic school. No longer able to afford a New York apartment, the couple are forced to find lodging separately, fastidious George with gay cop neighbors whose party-hearty lifestyle hardly matches his own, skittish Ben with a nephew whose novelist wife (Marisa Tomei) and teenage son (Charlie Tahan) find his presence increasingly irritating. Sachs avoids sitcom obviousness for gentle humor and piercing accuracy, building to a climax of considerable emotional wallop. The performances of Lithgow and Molina have been widely praised as peaks in their distinguished careers, but the film spreads the wealth among a superb ensemble, with Tomei and Tahan especially outstanding. As added amenities, LOVE IS STRANGE makes superb use of its New York locations and Chopin-dominated score. DCP digital. (MR)

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THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA

Showtimes

Fri, Dec 5th at 6:00pm
Fri, Dec 5th at 7:45pm
Sat, Dec 6th at 3:00pm
Sat, Dec 6th at 7:30pm
Sun, Dec 7th at 2:30pm
Sun, Dec 7th at 5:15pm
Mon, Dec 8th at 6:30pm
Tue, Dec 9th at 6:00pm
Wed, Dec 10th at 6:00pm
Wed, Dec 10th at 8:15pm
Thu, Dec 11th at 6:00pm
Thu, Dec 11th at 7:30pm
Fri, Dec 12th at 6:00pm
Fri, Dec 12th at 7:45pm
Sat, Dec 13th at 2:30pm
Sat, Dec 13th at 7:30pm
Sun, Dec 14th at 2:30pm
Sun, Dec 14th at 5:15pm
Mon, Dec 15th at 6:30pm
Tue, Dec 16th at 7:45pm
Wed, Dec 17th at 6:00pm
Wed, Dec 17th at 7:45pm
Thu, Dec 18th at 6:00pm
Thu, Dec 18th at 8:00pm
Fri, Dec 19th at 6:00pm
Sat, Dec 20th at 5:00pm
Sat, Dec 20th at 8:00pm
Sun, Dec 21st at 2:30pm
Mon, Dec 22nd at 6:30pm
Tue, Dec 23rd at 6:00pm
Tue, Dec 23rd at 8:00pm
Fri, Dec 26th at 7:30pm
Sat, Dec 27th at 3:00pm
Sat, Dec 27th at 8:00pm
Sun, Dec 28th at 3:00pm
Mon, Dec 29th at 6:30pm
Tue, Dec 30th at 7:30pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Chicago premiere!
FOUR WEEK RUN!
New from the director of GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES!

  1. THE TALE OF THE
  2. PRINCESS KAGUYA
  3. (KAGUYA-HIME NO MONOGATORI)
  1. 2013, Isao Takahata, Japan, 137 min.

“A staggering masterpiece…a thing of endless visual beauty…a true work of art.”
— Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

"The best animated film of the year…one of the revered Studio Ghibli’s finest achievements."
— David Ehrlich, A.V. Club

“Alternatingly jubilant and heartrending...an instant Oscar contender.”
— Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

A childless bamboo-cutter discovers a tiny baby girl no bigger than the palm of his hand in the woods and takes this apparent gift from the heavens home to his wife. The enchanted child grows rapidly, and, when her doting adoptive father also finds a pot of gold under a tree, greed inspires his ambition to make the girl a princess in the royal court and marry her off to one of a host of venal suitors. The beautiful, headstrong wood nymph and the far-off gods have other plans.

Based on a 10th-century Japanese folk tale, THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA is a marvelous journey steeped in the profound humanism that is the trademark of Studio Ghibli’s Isao Takahata (GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, ONLY YESTERDAY). Suitable for all ages, the film is simultaneously a uniquely joyous exploration of childhood and a chronicle of love and loss with a poignant mystical dimension. Takahata’s seductively subtle animation incorporates watercolor techniques and charcoal line drawings for a masterful and ravishing approach to storytelling. DCP. (BS)

In English at indicated times, with voices by James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu, Darren Criss, and Chloë Grace Moretz.

In Japanese with English subtitles at indicated times, with voices by Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, and Takeo Chii.


TWO-FILM DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA, and get a ticket for any show of ISAO TAKAHATA AND HIS TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA at the discount price of $4 with proof of your original purchase. (This discount price applies to the second film only.)


ENGLISH DUBBED JAPANESE WITH SUBTITLES
December 5—11 December 5—11
Fri. at 6:00 pm; Fri. at 7:45;
Sat. at 3:00 pm; Sat. at 7:30 pm;
Sun. at 2:30 pm; Sun. at 5:15 pm;
Tue. at 6:00 pm; Mon. at 6:30 pm;
Wed. at 6:00 pm; Wed. at 8:15 pm;
Thu. at 6:00 pm Thu. at 7:30 pm
December 12—18 December 12—18
Fri. at 6:00 pm; Fri. at 7:45 pm;;
Sat. at 2:30 pm; Sat. at 7:30 pm;
Sun. at 2:30 pm; Sun. at 5:15 pm;
Wed. at 6:00 pm; Mon. at 6:30 pm;
Thu. at 6:00 pm; Tue. at 7:45 pm;
Wed. at 7:45 pm;
Thu. at 8:00 pm;
December 19—23 December 19—23
Fri. at 6:00 pm; Sat. at 8:00 pm;
Sat. at 5:00 pm; Mon. at 6:30 pm;
Sun. at 2:30 pm; Tue. at 8:00 pm;
Tue. at 6:00 pm;
December 26—30 December 26—30
Sat. at 3:00 pm; Fri. at 7:30 pm;
Sun. at 3:00 pm; Sat. at 8:00 pm;
Mon. at 6:30 pm;
Tue. at 7:30 pm
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ISAO TAKAHATA AND HIS TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA

Showtimes

Sat, Dec 6th at 5:30pm
Sat, Dec 13th at 5:00pm
Sat, Dec 27th at 5:30pm
Sun, Dec 28th at 5:30pm
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Chicago premiere!

  1. ISAO TAKAHATA AND HIS TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA
  1. 2014, Hideki Ono, Keiko Nakazono, and Yoko Terakoshi, Japan, 82 min.

We go inside the Ghibli Studio for a fascinating look at the creative process behind THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA. One’s appreciation of Takahata’s masterpiece is enhanced by this up-close examination of his unique methods, which include basing the film’s look on the voice performances of the actors, and evolving a new style of animation that discards the rigidity of cel animation in favor of a more spontaneous “rough sketch” approach. The filmmakers have complete access to the amazingly buoyant Takahata (77 years old at the film’s completion), as they follow his seven-year effort to complete KAGUYA, including his controversial deviations from traditional Ghibli style, his longtime friendship with Hayao Miyazaki, his close collaboration with composer Joe Hisaishi, and the pressures of missed deadlines and last-minute changes. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)


TWO-FILM DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA, and get a ticket for any show of ISAO TAKAHATA AND HIS TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA at the discount price of $4 with proof of your original purchase. (This discount price applies to the second film only.)

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THE BLUE ROOM

Showtimes

Fri, Dec 5th at 8:30pm
Sat, Dec 6th at 3:00pm
Sat, Dec 6th at 6:45pm
Sun, Dec 7th at 5:15pm
Mon, Dec 8th at 8:15pm
Wed, Dec 10th at 8:30pm
Thu, Dec 11th at 6:00pm
No votes yet
  1. THE BLUE ROOM
  1. (LA CHAMBRE BLEUE)
  2. 2014, Mathieu Almaric, France, 76 min.
  3. With Mathieu Almaric, Stéphanie Cléau

“A dark delectable, shivery tale...you’re in the grip of a real director.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Mesmerizing, psychologically complex, and, at the very end, viscerally devastating. They don't make them like this much anymore, but they should.”--Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle

Based on a 1964 thriller by Georges Simenon, THE BLUE ROOM is the most impressive directorial effort yet by renowned actor Almaric (THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, VENUS IN FUR). The title refers to the provincial hotel room where married-but-not-to-each-other lovers Julien (Almaric) and Esther (Cléau) meet for afternoon bouts of fierce lovemaking. A suspicious death enters the picture, and a second corpse suggests a conspiracy--but whose? The film’s time-juggling, fragmentary structure evokes Resnais but is equally derived from Simenon’s inventive novel, quickly leaping forward to show Julien under investigation for an unspecified crime, then back-pedaling to piece together what that crime might have been. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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THE CONFORMIST

Showtimes

Sat, Dec 6th at 4:30pm
Sun, Dec 7th at 3:00pm
Mon, Dec 8th at 6:00pm
Wed, Dec 10th at 6:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

New restoration!

  1. THE CONFORMIST
  1. (IL CONFORMISTA)
  2. 1971, Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy, 115 min.
  3. With Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda

“The most revelatory experience a fortunate pilgrim will have in a theater this year...arguably the most arresting mise-en-scène ever concocted for any movie.” — Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

“A great film, drunkenly beautiful and deeply disturbing." — David Thomson, L.A. Weekly

Bertolucci’s first tango in Paris connects the dots between sexual repression and political fascism and swathes them in the sensuous haze of Vittorio Storaro’s swooningly beautiful cinematography and Georges Delerue’s lushly languorous score. In the 1930s, a dedicated follower of fascism (Trintignant) accepts an assignment to assassinate his former professor and then falls for the victim’s bisexual wife (Sanda), who has her eye on the hero’s missus (Sandrelli). In Italian with English subtitles. New director-approved DCP digital restoration supervised by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. (MR)

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BJÖRK: BIOPHILIA LIVE

Showtimes

Sat, Dec 6th at 8:15pm
Tue, Dec 9th at 8:30pm
Thu, Dec 11th at 8:30pm
No votes yet

Back by popular demand!

  1. BJÖRK: BIOPHILIA LIVE
  1. 2014, Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton, UK, 97 min.

“A captivating record of an artist in full command of
her idiosyncratic powers.”
—Guy Lodge, Variety

“An extraordinary piece...It's utterly bonkers yet moving.”
—Lucy Siegle, The Guardian

This remarkable performance film was recorded at the climactic concert of Björk’s recent worldwide tour, based on her groundbreaking 2011 album “Biophilia.” Topped by a humongous wig, accompanied by an array of outlandish instruments, and surrounded by a choir of dulcet-voiced Scandi-maidens, the Icelandic icon is in prime form, from the crackling curtain-raiser “Thunderbolt” to the anthemic finale “Declare Independence.” Cutting-edge British director Strickland (BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO) and editor Fenton (SUBMARINE) embellish Björk’s nature-technology-music nexus with mind-expanding imagery that reaches from the cellular to the interstellar but never upstages the transcendent voice at the show’s core. DCP digital. (MR)

Important note:
This film contains sequences of flashing lights, which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

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THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY

Showtimes

Fri, Dec 12th at 8:30pm
Sat, Dec 13th at 4:45pm
Sun, Dec 14th at 3:00pm
Mon, Dec 15th at 6:00pm
Wed, Dec 17th at 8:30pm
Thu, Dec 18th at 6:00pm
Fri, Dec 19th at 6:00pm
Fri, Dec 19th at 8:00pm
Sat, Dec 20th at 3:00pm
Sat, Dec 20th at 8:00pm
Sun, Dec 21st at 5:15pm
Mon, Dec 22nd at 7:30pm
Tue, Dec 23rd at 6:00pm
No votes yet

Chicago premiere!
TWO WEEK RUN!

  1. THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY
  1. 2014, Hossein Amini, UK, 98 min.
  2. With Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac

“Murderously good...drop-dead gorgeous to behold.”
— Stephen Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Satisfying, shivering...graced with a superb cast.”
— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Screenwriter Amini (DRIVE, THE WINGS OF THE DOVE) makes an auspicious directing debut with this unsettling psychological thriller based on the highly regarded novel by genre queen Patricia Highsmith (“Strangers on a Train,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”). The story begins on the steps of the Acropolis, where a smalltime hustler/tour-guide (Isaac of INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS) intersects with an aging macho businessman (Mortensen) and his vivacious young wife (Dunst). An unexpected corpse locks the threesome into a lethal triangle, replete with Oedipal overtones and (as so often in Highsmith’s dark fables) a perverse bond between its antagonists. The three principals are at the top of their game, with Mortensen especially good as the insecure but dangerous husband. Stunning locations in Athens, Crete, and Istanbul reveal the increasingly nightmarish underworld beneath the picture-postcard surface. In English and Greek with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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HOOP DREAMS

Showtimes

Sat, Dec 13th at 7:00pm
Tue, Dec 16th at 6:30pm
No votes yet

New restoration!
Filmmakers in person!

  1. HOOP DREAMS
  1. 1994, Steve James, USA, 171 min.

“Remains one of the greatest non-fiction features of all time.”
— Zack Scharf, Indiewire

“A film like HOOP DREAMS is what movies are for…it gives us the impression of having touched life itself.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Twenty years after HOOP DREAMS made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, we are pleased to present the new digital restoration of the film with all the principal filmmakers in person for discussion. This moving chronicle of two young inner-city men from Chicago’s South Side and their bittersweet quest for basketball glory became a game-changer in the film world, turning a new generation of filmmakers on to the possibilities of true-life storytelling at close range. HOOP DREAMS earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Editing in 1995, and was named to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2006. Don’t miss the chance to see this restored version on the big screen! The HOOP DREAMS digital restoration was a collaborative effort of Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Academy Archive, and Kartemquin Films. DCP digital. (BS)

Filmmakers Steve James, Peter Gilbert, Gordon Quinn, Adam Singer, and protagonist Arthur Agee will be present for audience discussion on Saturday and Tuesday. Archivists Ross Lipman of UCLA and Nora Gully of Kartemquin join them on Saturday.


Watch Siskel & Ebert's 1994 pre-release coverage of HOOP DREAMS on YouTube

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SAGRADA: THE MYSTERY OF CREATION

Showtimes

Fri, Dec 12th at 6:00pm
Sat, Dec 13th at 3:00pm
Sun, Dec 14th at 5:00pm
Mon, Dec 15th at 8:00pm
Tue, Dec 16th at 6:00pm
Wed, Dec 17th at 6:00pm
Thu, Dec 18th at 8:30pm
Sat, Dec 20th at 4:30pm
Sun, Dec 21st at 4:30pm
Sat, Dec 27th at 4:30pm
Mon, Dec 29th at 6:00pm
No votes yet

Chicago premiere!

  1. SAGRADA: THE MYSTERY OF CREATION
  1. (SAGRADA: EL MISTERI DE LA CREACIÓ)
  2. 2012, Stefan Haupt, Switzerland, 89 min.

“Both exhaustive and astounding in its detective-like exploration.”
— Jackson Scarlett, 7X7 San Francisco

“A sensory and philosophical experience of sublime beauty.”
— Le Nouevelliste

The 1926 death of visionary self-taught architect Antonio Gaudí left unfinished Barcelona’s La Sagrada Família basilica, his magnificent masterwork characterized by soaring, organically inspired towers. More than one-hundred years after construction began, the ambitiously avant-garde edifice continues to inspire worldwide awe and creative controversy surrounding its completion, which, like the medieval cathedrals, may well take another century or two. Director Haupt engagingly delves into the past, present, and future of La Sagrada Família through new discoveries, anecdotal evidence in the wake of Gaudí’s missing plans (destroyed during the Spanish Civil War), and the ongoing work of architects and artisans with rival interpretations of the master’s vision. In French, Spanish, English, and Catalan with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)


TWO-FILM DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either SAGRADA or ANTONIO GAUDÍ, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only.)

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ANTONIO GAUDÍ

Showtimes

Sat, Dec 20th at 3:00pm
Sun, Dec 21st at 3:00pm
Mon, Dec 22nd at 6:00pm
Fri, Dec 26th at 6:00pm
Sat, Dec 27th at 3:00pm
Tue, Dec 30th at 6:00pm
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Back by popular demand!
TWO WEEK RUN!

  1. ANTONIO GAUDÍ
  1. 1985, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan, 72 min.

“If any film could be described as an architectural symphony, it is ANTONIO GAUDÍ...Much of the imagery is nothing less than astounding in its beauty and boldness.”
— Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Essentially lets Gaudí's work speak for itself, and it couldn't be more eloquent.”
— Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader

Our holiday tradition, we bring back the ever-popular cult film by Hiroshi Teshigahara (WOMAN OF THE DUNES), inspired by the wild, undulating, joyously erupting forms of Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudí. Teshigahara's eye for texture, shape, and sensual detail meets Gaudí's whimsy in the cinematic exploration of such masterpieces of visionary architecture as the basilica of La Sagrada Família. The contemporary of artists such as Picasso and Joan Miró, Gaudí drew on Barcelona's medieval Romanesque architecture and ancient Arab culture for his inspiration. This film reveals the intricacy and hallucinatory richness of his concepts through camerawork alone. Forgoing narration, Teshigahara accompanies his images with a brilliantly eclectic selection of music, ranging from baroque harpsichord to glass orchestra. 35mm. (BS)


TWO-FILM DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either ANTONIO GAUDÍ or SAGRADA, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only.)

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AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA

Showtimes

Fri, Dec 19th at 8:30pm
Sat, Dec 20th at 6:15pm
Tue, Dec 23rd at 8:30pm
Sat, Dec 27th at 6:15pm
Sun, Dec 28th at 5:45pm
Mon, Dec 29th at 7:45pm
Average: 5 (4 votes)

Back by popular demand!
TWO WEEK RUN!

  1. AWAKE:
  2. THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA
  1. 2014, Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman, USA, 87 min.

The widespread passion for the practice of yoga in North America can be traced back to one man: the Hindu mystic Parahamansa Yogananda (1893-1952). Unlike other teachers of Eastern wisdom, Yogananda came to the U.S. in 1920 and remained until his death, teaching meditation and yoga and appealing to those seeking enlightenment through his memoir “Autobiography of a Yogi” (the only book Steve Jobs kept on his iPad). Filmed over three years, this unconventional biography explores the life and influence of the spiritual master through archival material, interviews, dramatic reenactments, and visits to holy sites in India. DCP digital. (BS)

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THE GOLDEN ERA

Showtimes

Fri, Dec 26th at 6:30pm
Sat, Dec 27th at 7:15pm
Sun, Dec 28th at 2:30pm
Tue, Dec 30th at 6:30pm
No votes yet
  1. THE GOLDEN ERA
  1. (HUANG JIN SHI DAI)
  2. 2014, Ann Hui, China/Hong Kong, 178 min.
  3. With Tang Wei, Feng Shao Feng

“A rich, subtle epic from one of the great living Hong Kong filmmakers.”
— Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

“Ambitious, lustrously mounted…played with gleaming intelligence.”
— Guy Lodge, Variety

Hong Kong’s most renowned woman director Ann Hui (A SIMPLE LIFE) reconstructs the short, tumultuous life of another taboo-breaking woman: novelist and poet Xiao Hong (“Tales of Hulan River”). Actress Tang Wei (of Ang Lee’s LUST, CAUTION) makes credible the claim of Hong’s contemporaries--that all men fell in love with her--in a charismatic performance in which the writer, born in 1911, creates her art in the crucible of historical upheaval that takes China from the Manchu dynasty to WWII. On the run from an arranged marriage, Hong falls prey to a faithless lover’s perfidy and is launched through tragedy into a new life as an activist, leftist, and revolutionary free spirit. In Mandarin with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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Holiday Market + ADVANCED STYLE

Visit our Holiday Market from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM on December 6 before or after ADVANCED STYLE.

Featuring wearable art from emerging and established local designers. Regular ticket prices apply. Holiday Market admission is free.

Showtimes

Sat, Dec 6th at 11:30am
Sat, Dec 6th at 1:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)
  1. ADVANCED STYLE
  1. 2014, Lina Plioplyte, USA, 72 min.

“Inspirational, touching and absolutely fabulous.”
– Allan Hunter, Daily Express

“Uplifting and oft-humorous…goes some way
towards reclaiming high fashion for all ages and
backgrounds--not just the young, privileged and white.”
– Daniel Green, CineVue

Inspired by the popular blog Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen, this sassy documentary showcases the unique life-and-style philosophies of seven Manhattan fashionistas, aged 60 to 90. It’s a virtual cornucopia of cutting-edge street fashion, with attitude to spare, and the kind of styling turns that turn heads on TV talk shows (the group scores a hit on “The Ricki Lake Show”). Fashion is elevated to an idiosyncratic art as these glamorous ladies strut their stuff with joie de vivre. Stunningly camera-worthy ensembles are just part of the picture, as filmmaker Plioplyte demonstrates that true beauty and the art of fashion have no age, ethnicity, or price. DCP digital. (BS)

ADVANCED STYLER DISCOUNT! $7 per ticket for patrons 65 and over! Available in person at the box office only.

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