Weeklong Runs & Special Events

WELCOME TO NEW YORK

Showtimes

Fri, Apr 24th at 6:00pm
Sat, Apr 25th at 6:15pm
Sat, Apr 25th at 8:30pm
Sun, Apr 26th at 5:15pm
Mon, Apr 27th at 7:30pm
Tue, Apr 28th at 8:45pm
Wed, Apr 29th at 8:15pm
Thu, Apr 30th at 8:45pm
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Chicago premiere!

  1. WELCOME TO NEW YORK
  1. 2014, Abel Ferrara, USA, 108 min.
  2. With Gérard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset

“A Nietzschean digi-horror…a monstrously skewed King Lear for the 21st century.” — Craig Williams, CineVue

“Racy and at times uproarious…toes the line between performance piece and soft-core porn before transforming into an auto-biopic where actor and character meld into the same massive body.”
— Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

American maverick Ferrara (BAD LIEUTENANT, MS. 45) cuts loose with the rutting madness of wall-to-wall orgies mediated by the detail of a police procedural in this libidinous fictionalized account of the downfall of French economist Dominique Strauss-Kahn, charged with sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid. Depardieu’s Strauss-Khan is a rip-roaring caricature, a corpulent wheezing peasant with an insatiable appetite for sex and booze and a filthy-rich not-amused wife (Bisset) in his back pocket. Note: contains nudity and explicit depictions of sexual activity. In English and French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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BALLET 422

The Tuesday screening is a Movie Club event, facilitated by Gerard Charles, Director of Artistic Operations, and Nicolas Blanc, Ballet Master and Principal Coach, of The Joffrey Ballet.

Showtimes

Fri, Apr 24th at 6:00pm
Sat, Apr 25th at 3:00pm
Sat, Apr 25th at 4:30pm
Sun, Apr 26th at 3:00pm
Mon, Apr 27th at 6:00pm
Tue, Apr 28th at 6:00pm
Wed, Apr 29th at 6:00pm
Thu, Apr 30th at 6:00pm
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  1. BALLET 422
  1. 2014, Jody Lee Lipes, USA, 75 min.

“Short, vigorous and charming.”
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Exhilarating...a delight for balletophiles.”
— Ronnie Scheib, Variety

A corrective to pop-culture portraits of ballet as an overheated arena of backstage psychodramas presided over by sadistic taskmasters, BALLET 422 finds more than enough drama in the nuts and bolts of the creative process. The film focuses on Justin Peck, a low-ranking but conspicuously talented 25-year-old dancer in the New York City Ballet who is given the extraordinary opportunity to create a new ballet--the 422nd in the company’s fabled history. Using the classic cinéma-vérité approach of direct observation without narration or interviews, director Lipes draws upon his skills as a top indie cinematographer (TINY FURNITURE, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE) to provide an authentic and often visually stunning step-by-step account of the painstaking collaborative effort that goes into producing a ballet. DCP digital. (MR)

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MR. TURNER

Showtimes

Fri, Apr 24th at 7:30pm
Sat, Apr 25th at 3:00pm
Sat, Apr 25th at 5:45pm
Sun, Apr 26th at 4:30pm
Mon, Apr 27th at 6:30pm
Tue, Apr 28th at 6:00pm
Wed, Apr 29th at 7:30pm
Thu, Apr 30th at 6:00pm
Average: 5 (2 votes)
  1. MR. TURNER
  1. 2014, Mike Leigh, UK, 149 min.
  2. With Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson

“One of the year’s best...a historical re-creation of the highest order.” — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“Ecstatically beautiful and exquisitely detailed…as majestic as one of Turner’s own swirling sunsets."
— Scott Foundas, Variety

Realist Mike Leigh (ANOTHER YEAR, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY) brings exceptional life and spirit to the staggering visual authenticity of this chronicle of the last twenty-five years in the life of British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. Timothy Spall’s Billy Turner is a mesmerizing creation, fascinating and repellant, crude and brutish: a monstrously talented artist who brings all his physical faculties to his work, with a dark disdain for all of humankind to his personal life. Leigh’s evocation of the early Victorian period, circa 1826-51, is unrivaled in its detail, including a wondrous recreation of the gallery of the Royal Academy. Spall won Best Actor at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for the role. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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Kartemquin Spring Showcase 2015

Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

Filmmakers in person!

  1. Kartemquin Spring Showcase
  1. 2015-16, Various directors, USA, 120 min.

Enjoy exclusive previews of four upcoming projects from documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films (LIFE ITSELF, HOOP DREAMS), and give your feedback directly to the filmmakers in the theater and at a post-screening reception. Serving as both a window into their process and an opportunity to impact the future of these works-in-progress, this popular annual event embodies the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement. Featured films: ALL THE QUEEN'S HORSES by Kelly Richmond Pope; KEEP TALKING by Karen Weinberg; MINDING THE GAP by Bing Liu; and THE PROSECUTORS by Leslie Thomas. Various video formats. (BS)


Directors Kelly Richmond Pope, Karen Weinberg, Bing Liu, and Leslie Thomas will be present for discussion. The audience is invited to a reception in the Gallery/Café afterward.

THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS

Showtimes

Fri, May 1st at 6:00pm
Sun, May 3rd at 4:45pm
Sat, May 9th at 5:30pm
Sat, May 16th at 4:45pm
Thu, May 21st at 6:00pm
Sat, May 23rd at 5:30pm
Sat, May 30th at 5:30pm
Thu, Jun 4th at 6:00pm
Average: 4.8 (4 votes)

Chicago premiere!

  1. THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS
  1. (YUME TO KYOKI NO OKOKU)
  2. 2013, Mami Sunada, Japan, 118 min.

“Captures something poetic about art and creativity that could speak to anyone." — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

“Riveting… the clear-eyed celebration that Ghibli’s artists deserve.” — Simon Abrams, Village Voice

Welcome to the chaotic hidden world of Studio Ghibli, as legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki (SPIRITED AWAY) draws storyboards for THE WIND RISES, said to be his final film. A white cat roams freely in this inner sanctum, employees perform calisthenics to a radio show, and their eccentric master dispenses tough love with a show of humility, alternating grandfatherly solicitude with doom-laden pronouncements. Filmmaker Sunada candidly captures the highs and the lows of the creative process, a plethora of Ghibli contradictions, the prickly rivalry between Miyazaki and Takahata (THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA), and the crucial role of beleaguered producer Toshio Suzuki. Rhapsodic coverage of the completion and debut of THE WIND RISES is a Studio Ghibli fan’s dream. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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SONG OF THE SEA

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Fri, May 1st at 6:00pm
Sat, May 2nd at 3:00pm
Sun, May 3rd at 3:00pm
Mon, May 4th at 6:00pm
Tue, May 5th at 8:00pm
Wed, May 6th at 6:00pm
Thu, May 7th at 8:00pm
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  1. SONG OF THE SEA
  1. 2014, Tomm Moore, Ireland/Denmark, 93 min.

"A wonder to behold. This visually stunning animation masterwork so adroitly mixes the magical and the everyday that to watch it is to be wholly immersed in an enchanted world." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Imagine a fantastical pop-up book sprung to life... enchants on every level: story, voice work, drawing and music."
— Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post

Nominated for an Oscar, SONG OF THE SEA is yet another glorious adventure in the world of Celtic legend from the director of the Oscar-nominated THE SECRET OF KELLS. The myth of the selkie, seals who can transform as humans on land, is at the heart of this story of a young son of a lighthouse keeper, his enchanted little sister, and their long-missing mother. Director Moore serves up a rich folkloric feast, with dazzling hand-drawn and watercolor visuals featuring an array of mythical characters, ghosts, sea gods, and fairies. An ethereal score by the Irish folk band Kila, Yeats-inspired verse, and motifs in the great tradition of Irish art make for a haunting tale with a powerfully emotional conclusion. DCP digital. (BS)

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THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY

Showtimes

Fri, May 1st at 8:15pm
Sat, May 2nd at 7:45pm
Sun, May 3rd at 5:00pm
Mon, May 4th at 8:00pm
Tue, May 5th at 6:00pm
Wed, May 6th at 8:00pm
Thu, May 7th at 6:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)
  1. THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
  1. 2014, Peter Strickland, UK, 101 min.
  2. With Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D’Anna

"Visually ravishing, emotionally wise, and kinky as a coiled rope… a constant delight."
— Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

"A keen pastiche of 1970s Euro-sleaze and high art… it’s preposterous, delirious and delicious." — Ray Pride, Newcity

This elegantly naughty homage to the European sexploitation film circa the relatively more innocent Seventies is rife with sensuality, sly innuendo and sumptuous trappings. Not since Fassbinder’s THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT has the erotically charged S&M relationship of two women been explored with such piquancy, but director Strickland (BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO) ultimately answers to a different muse, mining an underlying vein of satire and arch humor. The washing of delicate silk panties and the lacing of a fiercely restrictive corset fan the flames of desire, but master and willing slave teeter on the brink of switching roles in a tiff over some new fetish furniture. DCP digital. (BS)

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IN COUNTRY

Showtimes

Sat, May 2nd at 7:45pm
Mon, May 4th at 7:45pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Chicago premiere!
Mike Attie in person!

  1. IN COUNTRY
  1. 2014, Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara, USA, 80 min.

"Strange and striking"
— Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

Memories of the Vietnam War may be relegated to the dark recesses of our national consciousness, but in the woods of Oregon a diverse group of men in uniform gather annually to reenact hardships and battles of the controversial conflict. Filmmakers Attie and O’Hara join these weekend warriors, who include Vietnam vets, a former South Vietnamese Army officer, and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, to probe motivations ranging from exorcising trauma and memorializing dead friends to reliving the camaraderie. Chicago-based Attie was named one of the Ten Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 by The Independent magazine. DCP digital. (BS)


Co-director Mike Attie will be present for discussion at both screenings.

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SAIC FVNMAS Festival

Showtimes

Wed, May 6th at 6:00pm
Thu, May 7th at 6:00pm
Fri, May 8th at 4:20pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Free admission!

  1. SAIC Graduate and Undergraduate
  2. Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival

Encounter the next generation of film, video, and new media artists as School of the Art Institute students present their thesis projects in this festival of innovative live-action shorts, animation, feature-length narrative and nonfiction works, and experimental digital and audio pieces. Program details and full schedule will be available at the box office.

Screenings from 6 PM to 8 PM on Wednesday, from 6 PM to 9:40 PM on Thursday, and from 4:20 PM to 10:10 PM on Friday.


Admission is free. Tickets may be obtained only through the Film Center box office during regular box-office hours.

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY

Showtimes

Fri, May 8th at 8:15pm
Sat, May 9th at 7:45pm
Sun, May 10th at 5:15pm
Mon, May 11th at 6:00pm
Mon, May 11th at 8:00pm
Tue, May 12th at 6:00pm
Wed, May 13th at 6:00pm
Wed, May 13th at 8:15pm
Thu, May 14th at 8:15pm
Average: 5 (2 votes)

Judith Arcana and
Anne Ladky in person!

  1. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL
  2. WHEN SHE’S ANGRY
  1. 2014, Mary Dore, USA, 92 min.

"Enlightening and inspiring… bristling with energy and insight." — Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

"One of the year’s best films… wise, moving, upsetting, and sometimes funny." — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

The birth of the women’s movement is chronicled in all its feisty life-changing righteousness in this powerful documentary with a strong connection to Chicago as one of the epicenters of the feminist struggle circa 1966 to 1971. Director Dore (THE GOOD FIGHT) explores the impact of Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking “The Feminine Mystique” as the catalyst for women energized by a climate of social activism to organize, question, and rethink their roles as workers, artists, lovers, and mothers. The era is provocatively evoked thorough wide-ranging archival footage covering soul-baring meetings and marches alike, leading up to the 1970 Women’s Strike for Equality. Interviews include Rita Mae Brown, Ellen Willis, Fran Beal, and more. DCP digital. (BS)


On Sunday, May 10, Anne Ladky, executive director of Women Employed, an heir to the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, will moderate audience discussion.

On Monday, May 11 at 8:00 pm, audience discussion will be moderated by Mary-Ann Lupa, past President of Chicago NOW, a present VP of Veteran Feminists of America, and designer of the poster and button for the 1970 Women’s Strike for Equality March; and Estelle Carol, a SAIC graduate and member of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, whose website she presently operates.

On Wednesday, May 13 at 8:15 pm, poet and essayist Judith Arcana (“The Parachute Jump Effect”), who appears in the film as an original member of the Chicago feminist underground service JANE, will be present for audience discussion.

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THE WANTED 18

Showtimes

Sat, May 9th at 8:00pm
Mon, May 11th at 8:15pm
Tue, May 12th at 8:15pm
Thu, May 14th at 8:30pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

First Chicago run!
Suhad Babaa in person!

  1. THE WANTED 18
  1. 2014, Paul Cowan and Amer Shomali, Canada/Palestine/France, 75 min.

“No film probes Israel-Palestine relations quite like THE WANTED 18…riotously entertaining…disarmingly moving.”
— Patrick Mullen, Point of View Magazine

A small town’s bravely rebellious standoff in the time of the first Intifada becomes a tragicomic caper in the retelling, with four gossipy animated cows as the heroines. Neophyte dairy farmers in the West Bank town of Beit Sahour make a bid for self- sufficiency by buying eighteen cows, which are promptly declared a threat to Israeli national security. Absurdity and black comedy are the threads running through this story narrated by actual participants and punctuated by engaging live-action and animated reenactments. In Arabic, English, and Hebrew with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)


On Saturday, Suhad Babaa, executive director of Just Vision and outreach representative for the film, will be present for discussion.

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QUEEN AND COUNTRY

Showtimes

Fri, May 8th at 6:00pm
Sat, May 9th at 5:15pm
Sun, May 10th at 4:15pm
Mon, May 11th at 6:00pm
Tue, May 12th at 8:15pm
Wed, May 13th at 8:15pm
Thu, May 14th at 6:00pm
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Chicago premiere!

  1. QUEEN AND COUNTRY
  1. 2014, John Boorman, UK, 115 min
  2. With Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones

"Magical... every scene is rendered with such authenticity that it’s riveting, almost like it’s a privilege to be stepping back in time." — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

"A sure winner... entertaining, accessible and beautifully crafted." — Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

In this stand-alone sequel to his 1987 classic HOPE AND GLORY, Boorman picks up the semiautobiographical thread nine years later. The year is 1952, and his now 18-year-old alter-ego Bill Rohan (Turner) is wrenched from idyllic riverside Shepperton to a draftee’s life in an army barracks. The structure is episodic, the tone comic, and the battles distant, as, in the tradition of such great military farces as MISTER ROBERTS and M*A*S*H, the real war is fought against pettiness, pomposity, and privilege. The quietly subversive Bill’s encounters with a high-strung older woman (Tamsin Egerton), a cheeky nurse (Aimee-Ffion Edwards), a peevish officer (Richard E. Grant), and a stickler NCO (David Thewlis) are effortlessly woven into a portrait of a nation emerging from the postwar doldrums, including the arrival of TV, the coronation of young Elizabeth II, the Cold War, and the latest movies, from RASHOMON to STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. DCP digital. (MR)


TWO-FILM DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either QUEEN AND COUNTRY or HOPE AND GLORY, 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. Discount available in person at the box office only.

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HOPE AND GLORY

Showtimes

Sat, May 9th at 3:00pm
Tue, May 12th at 6:15pm
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In 35mm!

  1. HOPE AND GLORY
  1. 1987, John Boorman, UK, 113 min.
  2. With Sarah Miles, Ian Bannen

"It’s hard to believe that a great comedy could be made of the Blitz but John Boorman has done it." — Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, HOPE AND GLORY is Boorman’s most popular and personal film, based on his own boyhood experiences growing up in a London suburb during World War II. It gives the events a fresh, provocatively funny, and sometimes surreal spin by counterpointing wartime devastation with a boy’s-eye view of the Blitz as a ripping lark, with flak as fireworks, hot shrapnel as toys, and bombed-out buildings as playgrounds. The adults orbiting in this lad-centric universe include Miles as the boy’s put-upon mother, Sammi Davis as his hot-to-trot older sister, and Bannen as the crusty grandfather who offers the bombed-out family a riverside retreat in the latter stages of the film. 35mm. (MR)


TWO-FILM DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either QUEEN AND COUNTRY or HOPE AND GLORY, 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. Discount available in person at the box office only.

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SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD

Showtimes

Fri, May 15th at 8:30pm
Sat, May 16th at 8:00pm
Mon, May 18th at 8:15pm
Wed, May 20th at 8:30pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

First Chicago run!

  1. SOUL BOYS
  2. OF THE WESTERN WORLD
  1. 2014, George Hencken, UK, 110 min.

“Who'd have thunk the life and times of casual popsters Spandau Ballet could be so entertaining?...A funny, absorbing, trivia-filled portrait of friendship, the ’80s music biz and bad hair.”
— Ian Freer, Empire

Remember Spandau Ballet? The fop five with the grisly name (look it up) and the groovy threads jostled Duran Duran and Ultravox in the forefront of the New Romantic movement that succeeded Punk and flooded early MTV with flamboyant fashions and dreamy synth sounds. In her directing debut, longtime Julien Temple producer Hencken draws upon a wealth of superb archive footage and voiceover narration by all five Spands to trace the band’s North London working-class origins, key personalities (including Thatcherite lead singer Tony Hadley and now-renowned actor Martin Kemp), big hits (“True,” “Gold”), rivalry with Duran Duran, breakup, lawsuits, and tension-fraught reunion. DCP digital. (MR)

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I AM BIG BIRD

Showtimes

Fri, May 15th at 6:00pm
Sat, May 16th at 3:00pm
Sun, May 17th at 3:00pm
Sun, May 17th at 4:45pm
Mon, May 18th at 6:00pm
Mon, May 18th at 7:45pm
Tue, May 19th at 7:45pm
Wed, May 20th at 6:00pm
Thu, May 21st at 6:00pm
Fri, May 22nd at 6:00pm
Sat, May 23rd at 3:00pm
Sun, May 24th at 3:00pm
Sun, May 24th at 4:45pm
Mon, May 25th at 3:00pm
Tue, May 26th at 6:00pm
Wed, May 27th at 7:45pm
Thu, May 28th at 6:00pm
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Chicago premiere!

  1. I AM BIG BIRD:
  2. THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
  1. 2014, Dave La Mattina and Chad N. Walker, USA, 90 min.

"Involving and affectionate."
— Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

"Speaks to the heart… one of the best films of the year." — Patrick Mullen, POV Magazine

In this heart-warming behind-the-scenes chronicle, Big Bird, one of the most memorable and beloved of all Muppets, is seen as inseparable from puppeteer Caroll Spinney, the man who has worn the yellow suit and shaped the eight-foot-tall bird’s childlike persona for more than forty years. Spinney’s life as Big Bird (and Oscar the Grouch), including his long friendship with Jim Henson, is revealed, including through intimate home movies from his personal archive, to complete the moving tale of the evolution of the lovable character that has played a starring role in the lives of generations of children. High points include Big Bird’s triumphal tour of China. DCP digital. (BS)

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WILD TALES

Showtimes

Fri, May 15th at 6:00pm
Sat, May 16th at 4:45pm
Sat, May 16th at 7:45pm
Sun, May 17th at 3:00pm
Mon, May 18th at 6:00pm
Tue, May 19th at 7:45pm
Wed, May 20th at 6:00pm
Wed, May 20th at 7:45pm
Thu, May 21st at 7:45pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)
  1. WILD TALES
  1. 2014, Damián Szifrón, Argentina, 122 min.
  2. With Ricardo Darín, María Marull

"How to discuss this giddily inventive Argentinian feature without ruining its many surprises? The chief pleasure of WILD TALES is its sheer unpredictability." — Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

"Perhaps the best multi-story feature this reviewer has ever seen... relentlessly clever and entertaining."
— Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

Just desserts are served six different ways, all of them delicious, in this critically lauded anthology film. Nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film, WILD TALES has been compared by critics to Tarantino, Almodóvar, and the Coen Brothers for its gleeful black humor and sheer storytelling gusto. Its six episodes all center on the theme of revenge, with initially ordinary situations escalating to mind-boggling extremes when the wrong buttons are pushed: a model who finds herself on a jetliner with an unusual passenger list, a waitress who recognizes a customer as the man who ruined her father, a sports car hotshot who antagonizes the driver of a pickup truck, a demolitions expert whose car is unjustly towed, a wealthy man who tries to buy his son’s way out of trouble, and, last and best, a Jewish bride whose wedding-day bliss turns into a devastating battle royal. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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SHE’S LOST CONTROL

Showtimes

Fri, May 15th at 8:15pm
Sun, May 17th at 5:30pm
Tue, May 19th at 6:00pm
Thu, May 21st at 8:15pm
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Chicago premiere!

  1. SHE’S LOST CONTROL
  1. 2014, Anja Marquardt, USA, 90 min.
  2. With Brooke Bloom, Marc Menchaca

"Austerely elegant… acted with a naturalistic intensity by a committed cast." — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"A hundred eighty degrees away from the sentimentality of the similarly themed THE SESSIONS."
— Ronnie Scheib, Variety

A Manhattan sex surrogate absorbed by the demands of her career is dangerously tempted to cross professional lines when challenged by the formidable alienation of a new client. First-time director Marquardt reveals the flip side of Ronah (Bloom), a deeply committed therapist with a cultivated attitude of caring, to be a lonely, unattached graduate student estranged from her family. When client Johnny, a handsome but volatile health care worker, resists Ronah’s attempts at building intimacy with increasing hostility, the two halves of her carefully partitioned life begin to merge into one unsettling whole. DCP digital. (BS)

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GOOD KILL

Showtimes

Fri, May 22nd at 6:00pm
Fri, May 22nd at 8:00pm
Sat, May 23rd at 5:15pm
Sat, May 23rd at 7:45pm
Sun, May 24th at 5:00pm
Sun, May 24th at 7:45pm
Mon, May 25th at 3:00pm
Mon, May 25th at 5:00pm
Tue, May 26th at 7:45pm
Wed, May 27th at 6:00pm
Wed, May 27th at 8:00pm
Thu, May 28th at 7:45pm
No votes yet

Chicago premiere!

  1. GOOD KILL
  1. 2014, Andrew Niccol, USA, 102 min.
  2. With Ethan Hawke, January Jones

"A somber, nuanced and compelling look at the War on Terror as it is waged by U.S. drone pilots."
— Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

"A tense war drama notable for its tact and intelligence."
— Guy Lodge, Variety

As writer and/or director of GATTACA, S1M0NE, and THE TRUMAN SHOW, Andrew Niccol established himself as a specialist in thought-provoking science fiction, but, despite its futuristic feel, GOOD KILL is anything but science fiction. The first film to deal seriously with America’s escalating use of drone warfare, this potent blend of war film and psychological drama centers on Tom Egan, a one-time fighter pilot who now sits in an air-conditioned trailer in Nevada and uses a video screen to fire missiles at suspected terrorists 7,000 miles away. “War is now a first-person shooter,” as Egan’s C.O. (Bruce Greenwood) says. Hawke delivers a superbly controlled performance as Egan, his Eastwoodesque macho buckling under the pressures of remote-control warfare, which grow worse when the CIA (chillingly voiced by Peter Coyote) starts calling the shots, and euphemisms like “signature strike” and “acceptable risk” narrow the gap between terrorism and those who war against it. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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ANIMALS

Showtimes

Fri, May 22nd at 7:45pm
Sun, May 24th at 7:30pm
Tue, May 26th at 8:00pm
Thu, May 28th at 8:30pm
Average: 4.5 (4 votes)

Chicago premiere!
David Dastmalchian in person!

  1. ANIMALS
  1. 2014, Collin Schiffli, USA, 90 min.
  2. With David Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw, John Heard

"Both accessible and intimately unsettling."
— Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Uses the Windy City brilliantly."
— Brian Tallerico, FilmThreat

Addiction fuels the fantasy of outlaw romance and drives young and attractive Jude (Dastmalchian) and Bobbie (Shaw) to uncommonly creative heights of con artistry in search of the next fix while living in a car on the streets of Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Based on screenwriter/actor Dastmalchian’s own experiences, ANIMALS balances the downward trajectory of the pair of once upwardly mobile millennials with maneuvers steeped in dark humor, including a scam in which the lovers impersonate wedding guests in order to make off with pricey gifts. DCP digital. (BS)


David Dastmalchian will be present for discussion on Friday.

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AN HONEST LIAR

Showtimes

Sat, May 23rd at 7:45pm
Sun, May 24th at 3:00pm
Mon, May 25th at 5:00pm
Tue, May 26th at 6:00pm
No votes yet
  1. AN HONEST LIAR
  1. 2014, Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom, USA, 92 min.

"A jaunty, jovial portrait with a surprising sting in its tail."
— Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

"Extraordinary, not-to-be-missed documentary... unexpectedly revelatory and deeply moving."
— Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

James Randi--aka “The Amazing Randi”--is truly amazing, a still dynamic 86-year-old who has devoted a lifetime to both practicing and exposing trickery. After being bitten by the magic bug as a teenager, he ran away to a carnival and launched a successful career as a Houdini-class escape artist. The vintage clips of Randi’s early feats (including a Niagara heels-hanger) are hugely entertaining, but the film develops and deepens as it goes on. After retiring from show business, Randi became a tireless crusader in the cause of scientific skepticism, exposing high-profile charlatans such as psychic Uri Geller and faith healer Peter Popoff. Randi has to tackle his own deceptiveness by taking a 25-year relationship out of the closet, but an unexpected final-act revelation gives the question of deception yet another twist. The talking heads include Penn Jillette, Bill Nye, Alice Cooper (whose guillotine stunt was rigged by Randi), and Randi’s frequent target, Uri Geller. DCP digital. (MR)

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ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL

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Chicago premiere!

  1. ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL
  1. (SUR LE CHEMIN DE L’ÉCOLE)
  2. 2013, Pascal Plisson, France/China, 77 min.

“Beautifully photographed incredible journeys speak inspirational volumes."
— Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

"Epically heroic and timeless."
— Chris Packham, Village Voice

Just getting to school creates harrowing adventure and demands heroic stamina of four children living in Kenya, Morocco, Patagonia, and Bengal. Lush photography in breathtaking locales stands in incongruous contrast to the dangers involved in each child’s daily journey, documented over many miles of treacherous terrain, dodging stampeding elephants in Kenya, or on foot through high mountain passes in Morocco. Director Plisson eschews moralizing, allowing the children’s unflagging desire for education to speak for itself. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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FELIX AND MEIRA

The 6:00 pm screening on Wednesday, June 3, is a Movie Club event, facilitated by Todd Hasak-Lowy, novelist (“Captives”), translator, author of “Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Hebrew Fiction,” and teacher of creative writing and literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Showtimes

Fri, May 29th at 6:00pm
Fri, May 29th at 8:00pm
Sat, May 30th at 7:45pm
Sun, May 31st at 3:00pm
Sun, May 31st at 5:00pm
Mon, Jun 1st at 6:00pm
Tue, Jun 2nd at 8:15pm
Wed, Jun 3rd at 6:00pm
Thu, Jun 4th at 8:15pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Chicago premiere!

  1. FELIX AND MEIRA
  1. (FÉLIX ET MEIRA)
  2. 2014, Maxime Giroux, Canada, 105 min.
  3. With Hadas Yaron, Martin Dubreuil

"Distinguishes itself through its subtlety and sensitivity."
— Peter Debruge, Variety

“Shows an outstanding hand at observation and subtlety... Yaron’s lovely performance forms the heart of the film."
— Pat Mullen, Cinemablographer

A naïve young Hasidic wife and new mother chafes under the severity and ritual embraced by her devout husband and his family, rebelling through secret birth control pills and a love of forbidden soul music. In the depths of a Montreal winter, Meira (Yaron of FILL THE VOID) crosses paths with Felix (Dubreuil), middle-aged, spiritually adrift, and without direction in the wake of his father’s death. Against all odds, each finds a new reason for hope in the other, but director Giroux has a more complex goal than crafting a simplistic romance. Cultural differences take their toll on the would-be lovers, and tentative steps toward joy will exact a hefty price. In French, English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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AMOUR FOU

Showtimes

Fri, May 29th at 6:00pm
Sat, May 30th at 3:15pm
Sun, May 31st at 5:00pm
Mon, Jun 1st at 8:00pm
Tue, Jun 2nd at 6:15pm
Wed, Jun 3rd at 8:15pm
Thu, Jun 4th at 8:15pm
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First Chicago run!

  1. AMOUR FOU
  1. 2014, Jessica Hausner, Germany/Austria, 96 min.
  2. With Christian Friedel, Birte Schnoeink

“Disquietingly funny... Imagine a Jane Austen drawing-room comedy as directed by Michael Haneke and you’re halfway there.” — Justin Chang, Variety

"A savage, liberating wit lies beneath the surface; this often plays like a wicked parody of Eric Rohmer's Kleist adaptation, THE MARQUISE OF O."
— Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

“Would you care to die with me?” Such is the absurd but wholly sincere proposal employed by the underappreciated, overwrought German Romantic writer Heinrich von Kleist (“The Marquise of O”) as he seeks a soul mate to join him in a suicide pact. After repeated rejections, he finally strikes a chord in Henriette Vogel, a dutiful young wife and mother tempted by an alternative to the suffocating strictures of Prussian society. Filmmaker Hausner (LOVELY RITA, LOURDES) treats this bizarre but true 1811 incident with Kubrickian irony, locking her characters into exquisitely detailed, painterly tableaux and viewing their absurdities with a mixture of sympathy and sardonic humor, as her two unlikely lovers bumble their way toward immortality. In German with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)


TWO-FILM DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either AMOUR FOU or THE MARQUISE OF O..., 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. Discount available in person at the box office only.

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THE MARQUISE OF O

Showtimes

Sat, May 30th at 5:15pm
Wed, Jun 3rd at 6:15pm
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  1. THE MARQUISE OF O...
  1. (DIE MARQUISE VON O…)
  2. 1976, Eric Rohmer, Germany/France, 102 min.
  3. With Edith Clever, Bruno Ganz

"A dazzling testament... witty, joyous and so beautiful to look at." — Vincent Canby, The New York Times

THE MARQUISE OF O... marked a departure in Rohmer’s career, and it remains one of his most intriguing and provocative films. It was his first period film, his first film after the completion of the Six Moral Tales series, his first (and only) film not in French, and his first literary adaptation. The source is German author Heinrich von Kleist’s 1808 novella. During the Napoleonic Wars, a virtuous German widow (Clever) is rescued from rape by a dashing Russian officer (Ganz). Nevertheless, she finds herself mysteriously pregnant, and her protestations of innocence do not spare her from family ostracism and social disgrace. Though he renders Kleist’s text with almost word-for-word fidelity, Rohmer distances its patently outdated attitudes through a comic tone, a theatrical acting style, and painterly tableaux exquisitely photographed by Nestor Almendros. In German with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)


TWO-FILM DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either AMOUR FOU or THE MARQUISE OF O..., 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. Discount available in person at the box office only.

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'71

Showtimes

Fri, May 29th at 8:00pm
Sat, May 30th at 7:45pm
Sun, May 31st at 3:00pm
Mon, Jun 1st at 6:00pm
Mon, Jun 1st at 8:00pm
Tue, Jun 2nd at 8:30pm
Wed, Jun 3rd at 8:15pm
Thu, Jun 4th at 6:00pm
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  1. '71
  1. 2014, Yann Demange, UK, 99 min.
  2. With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris

★★★★
"Swift and exciting, with no taste for the usual war movie heroics." — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"A tense thriller from Britain that so adroitly joins physical intensity, emotional authenticity and political acuity that you may find yourself forgetting to take a breath."
— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Set in bloody Belfast in 1971, this sensational directing debut by Yann Demange is an ultra-gritty war movie whose white-knuckle intensity pushes it far into thriller territory and even, at times, toward the borders of the horror film. Jack O’Connell delivers a riveting performance as Pvt. Hook, a green British soldier shipped to Belfast, where his unit is almost immediately caught in the middle of a riot. In the ensuing confusion, Hook is cut off from his comrades and must make his way back alone through enemy territory with a long night coming on. He finds himself in a treacherous maze not only of deserted streets and twisting alleys, but of opposing political factions and factions within factions, all of them riddled with spies, and most of them wanting him dead. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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