Weeklong Runs & Special Events

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: 4.4 (9 votes)

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.

★★★★
"Takahata's latest feature shows him at the very top of his game."
— J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

★★★½
"Feels heaven sent...it's good for the soul."
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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

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
No votes yet

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 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
Average: 3 (1 vote)

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
Average: 5 (4 votes)

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. Archivist Nora Gully of Kartemquin joins 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
Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

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: 4.7 (3 votes)

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: 4.6 (11 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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A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

Showtimes

Fri, Jan 2nd at 6:00pm
Sat, Jan 3rd at 5:15pm
Sat, Jan 3rd at 7:45pm
Sun, Jan 4th at 3:00pm
Mon, Jan 5th at 6:00pm
Tue, Jan 6th at 7:45pm
Wed, Jan 7th at 8:00pm
Thu, Jan 8th at 8:15pm
Fri, Jan 9th at 8:15pm
Sat, Jan 10th at 3:00pm
Sun, Jan 11th at 5:00pm
Mon, Jan 12th at 8:00pm
Tue, Jan 13th at 6:00pm
Tue, Jan 13th at 8:00pm
Wed, Jan 14th at 6:00pm
Thu, Jan 15th at 8:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Chicago premiere!
TWO WEEK RUN!

  1. A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
  1. 2014, Ana Lily Amirpour, USA, 99 min.
  2. With Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi

“The biggest honest-to-God discovery of 2014.”
— Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

“Dear lord, is this movie gorgeous.”
— Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

“May be my film of the year... This is what cinema was invented for, a rapture in the school of the surreal.”
— David Thomson, The New Republic

This spookily sumptuous neo-noir shot in velvety black-and-white is the American indie discovery of the year, possibly of the decade. Iranian American director Amirpour, a former rock band diva, emerges from the shadows a full-blown cinema auteur with a cryptic vampire tale set in a dusty ghost town somewhere left of Spaghetti Western territory and frozen in a Fifties time capsule. Imaginary Bad City sits at the foot of an oil refinery and crawls with low-life losers who just happen to speak Persian. James Dean-styled hunk Arash (Marandi) has a cat for a sidekick and the hottest wheels in town until the drug dealer takes the keys. The Girl (Vand), a nocturnal specter in a long black chador, considers her options. Love bites. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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INTERSTELLAR

Showtimes

Fri, Jan 2nd at 7:00pm
Sat, Jan 3rd at 7:30pm
Sun, Jan 4th at 3:00pm
Mon, Jan 5th at 6:30pm
Tue, Jan 6th at 6:30pm
Wed, Jan 7th at 6:30pm
Thu, Jan 8th at 6:30pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

In 35mm!

  1. INTERSTELLAR
  1. 2014, Christopher Nolan, USA, 169 min.
  2. With Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine

“Terrifically entertaining.”
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“What a beautiful and epic film is INTERSTELLAR, filled with great performances, tingling our senses with masterful special effects, daring to be openly sentimental, asking gigantic questions about the meaning of life and leaving us drained and grateful for the experience.”
— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

Christopher Nolan’s intricate visionary blockbuster invites multiple viewings, and now you can see it (or see it again) the way that celebrated celluloid advocate Nolan wants you to see it: on film. A genre game-changer in the great tradition of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, and GRAVITY, INTERSTELLAR carves out its own niche in the sci-fi pantheon by rooting its grandeur in solid scientific/mathematical underpinning and unabashed emotional power. As the earth suffocates in the grip of a latter-day Dust Bowl, astronaut-turned-farmer Cooper (McConaughey) leaves his beloved daughter behind to pilot a last-ditch expedition in search of a habitable planet on the other side of the universe. 35mm widescreen. (MR)

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VIVA LA LIBERTÀ

Showtimes

Fri, Jan 2nd at 8:00pm
Sat, Jan 3rd at 3:15pm
Sun, Jan 4th at 5:00pm
Mon, Jan 5th at 8:00pm
Wed, Jan 7th at 6:00pm
No votes yet

First Chicago run!

  1. VIVA LA LIBERTÀ
  1. (aka LONG LIVE FREEDOM)
  2. 2013, Roberto Andò, Italy, 94 min.
  3. With Toni Servillo, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

“Smart, refreshingly whimsical and witty.”
— Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

“Anchored by Toni Servillo’s consummate performance.”
— Jay Weissberg, Variety

Italian star Toni Servillo, named by Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips as “the coolest actor on the planet,” maximizes his tour-de-force command of this satire with choice dual roles. In this comedy-tinged look at the squirrel cage of Italian politics, glum, unpopular party leader Enrico (Servillo) goes missing in the throes of a mid-life crisis. His frantic aides track down his bipolar twin brother (also Servillo), an obscure academic just out of the loony bin, and press him into service as a stand-in. The electorate is soon chanting his name, and the lady prime minister is dancing. In Italian, French, and German with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

LE JOUR SE LÈVE

Showtimes

Fri, Jan 9th at 6:00pm
Sat, Jan 10th at 5:00pm
Sun, Jan 11th at 3:00pm
Mon, Jan 12th at 6:00pm
Tue, Jan 13th at 6:00pm
Wed, Jan 14th at 6:00pm
Thu, Jan 15th at 7:45pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)

New restoration!

  1. LE JOUR SE LÈVE
  1. (DAYBREAK)
  2. 1939, Marcel Carné, France, 93 min.
  3. With Jean Gabin, Arletty

“Masterful…a glorious 4K restoration…extraordinary cinematography.”
— Anna King, Time Out New York

“A definitive example of sensuous, atmospheric moviemaking—you feel that you’re breathing the air that Gabin breathes.”
— Pauline Kael

A closed door; a gunshot; a man staggers out and tumbles down the stairs. Beginning at the climax, the story then moves between the shooter (the charismatic Gabin), barricaded in his room against a police siege, and flashbacks showing the factors that brought him to the end of his rope: a grueling factory job, a nice girl (Jacqueline Laurent), a not-so-nice one (Arletty), and the music-hall performer (played with gusto by dastard par excellence Jules Berry of THE CRIME OF M. LANGE) with a hold over both women. Created by the celebrated team of director Carné and writer Jacques Prévert (CHILDREN OF PARADISE, PORT OF SHADOWS), this quintessential classic of the French “poetic realism” movement is considered a major forerunner of film noir. Long available only in fuzzy and truncated versions, LE JOUR SE LÈVE is presented in a new 4K digital restoration that burnishes its mood-drenched visual splendor, provides improved subtitle translations, and brings back long-unseen footage censored under the Vichy regime (including a nude glimpse of Arletty, and the expunged credits of Jewish creative personnel). In French with English subtitles. 4K DCP digital. (MR)

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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

Showtimes

Fri, Jan 9th at 6:00pm
Sat, Jan 10th at 8:30pm
Sun, Jan 11th at 5:30pm
Mon, Jan 12th at 7:45pm
Tue, Jan 13th at 7:45pm
Wed, Jan 14th at 8:00pm
Thu, Jan 15th at 6:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)
  1. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
  1. 2014, Justin Simien, USA, 108 min.
  2. With Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson

“A slyly provocative achievement…the best film about college life in a long time.”
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“Exuberant…one of the sharpest and most audacious comedies of the year.”
— Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

A fictional Ivy League university is the setting for this highly provocative Sundance prizewinner that gives a daring comic poke to issues and stereotypes at all points on the racial/multicultural spectrum. Winchester U. is more meltdown waiting to happen than melting pot when sassy college radio deejay (a terrific Thompson) airs a unique challenge to her white listeners. Meanwhile, Lionel (Williams), black gay reporter for the school paper, is on collision course with a campus blackface Halloween party. DCP digital. (BS)

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GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D

Also join us at Godard: The First Wave, a series of seventeen features and three shorts concentrating on the still-vigorous auteur’s early career and at Dial 3 for 3-D!!!, a series of five films sampling the sporadic history of stereoscopic systems in the cinema.

Showtimes

Fri, Jan 16th at 6:00pm
Fri, Jan 16th at 7:45pm
Sat, Jan 17th at 3:00pm
Sat, Jan 17th at 6:45pm
Sat, Jan 17th at 8:30pm
Sun, Jan 18th at 3:00pm
Sun, Jan 18th at 4:45pm
Mon, Jan 19th at 6:00pm
Mon, Jan 19th at 7:45pm
Tue, Jan 20th at 8:00pm
Wed, Jan 21st at 6:00pm
Wed, Jan 21st at 8:15pm
Thu, Jan 22nd at 6:00pm
Thu, Jan 22nd at 7:45pm
Fri, Jan 23rd at 8:15pm
Sat, Jan 24th at 3:00pm
Sat, Jan 24th at 6:45pm
Sat, Jan 24th at 8:30pm
Sun, Jan 25th at 5:15pm
Mon, Jan 26th at 6:00pm
Wed, Jan 28th at 6:00pm
Thu, Jan 29th at 8:15pm
Fri, Jan 30th at 8:00pm
Sat, Jan 31st at 4:45pm
Sat, Jan 31st at 8:30pm
Sun, Feb 1st at 5:15pm
Mon, Feb 2nd at 7:45pm
Wed, Feb 4th at 6:00pm
Thu, Feb 5th at 8:00pm
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Chicago premiere!
Special 3-D presentation!

  1. GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D
  1. (ADIEU AU LANGAGE)
  2. 2014, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 70 min.
  3. With Héloise Godfet, Kamel Abdeli

“A thrilling cinematic experience…deeply, excitingly challenging.”
— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Joyously chaotic…a bracing riddle…buoyant in spirit.”
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“Packed with dazzling images, the film makes 3D feel like something brand-new to the medium.”
— Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly

“For all its provocatively cerebral ideas, the prevailing truth is that GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE is actually a great deal of fun.”
— David Ehrlich, The Dissolve

The legendary Jean-Luc Godard performs once again as cinema’s foremost wizard and trickster with this gorgeous, baffling, rewarding foray into 3-D, putting the medium through paces that no one else has ever tried. Godard leads the chase through the world of ideas, and the sense of experimentation is extravagant. Concepts like democracy, terrorism, unemployment, economy, and war collide with a loose narrative of a man, a woman, a friendly dog, and an argument. There are brain-scrambling superimpositions, texts, clips from old films, solarized images, and even a costume drama sequence depicting Mary Shelley and Lord Byron. It’s the cinema experience of the decade, and the 3-D effect achieves such notable depth of field that this little movie puts mega-bucks productions like THE GREAT GATSBY to shame. In French and English with English subtitles. DCP digital 3-D. (BS)


Professor Daniel Morgan of the University of Chicago, author of “Late Godard and the Possibilities of Cinema,” will discuss the film and moderate an audience discussion following the 7:45 pm screening on Thursday, January 22.


The Wednesday, January 21, 6:00 pm, screening is a Movie Club event, facilitated by Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune.

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SPECIAL ADMISSION PRICES
Because of the expense of temporarily installing a Dolby 3-D system, admission prices for GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D are:
General Admission $15; Members and Students $10; SAIC Students and Personnel $5


TRY-ANOTHER-GODARD DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at the above prices for any screening of GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D, and get a ticket for any single film in the “Godard: The First Wave” series at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the selected “Godard: The First Wave” film only.)

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FORCE MAJEURE

Showtimes

Fri, Jan 16th at 6:00pm
Fri, Jan 16th at 8:15pm
Sat, Jan 17th at 8:30pm
Sun, Jan 18th at 5:00pm
Mon, Jan 19th at 7:45pm
Tue, Jan 20th at 8:00pm
Wed, Jan 21st at 6:00pm
Thu, Jan 22nd at 7:45pm
No votes yet
  1. FORCE MAJEURE
  1. (aka TURIST)
  2. 2014, Ruben Östlund, Sweden, 118 min.
  3. With Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli

“Terrific…one of the highlights of 2014.”
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“Even better on a second viewing.”
— Ray Pride, Newcity

A psychological thriller with touches of comedy, spine-tingling threat, a wide streak of pathos, and more than a hint of the supernatural, Oscar-buzzed FORCE MAJEURE wowed them at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize. Appearances are deceptive as a seemingly happy family of four begins a winter vacation at a swanky ski resort in the French Alps. One cataclysmic event changes everything, and opens a wide icy chasm in the picture-perfect marriage of Ebba and Tomas. Director Östlund keeps us guessing as to what’s real and what may be the product of a distraught mind. In Swedish, English, and French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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MATCH

Showtimes

Fri, Jan 23rd at 8:00pm
Sat, Jan 24th at 7:45pm
Sun, Jan 25th at 3:00pm
Mon, Jan 26th at 6:00pm
Mon, Jan 26th at 7:45pm
Tue, Jan 27th at 8:00pm
Wed, Jan 28th at 6:00pm
Thu, Jan 29th at 8:15pm
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Chicago premiere!

  1. MATCH
  1. 2014, Stephen Belber, USA, 90 min.
  2. With Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Matthew Lillard

“This is Stewart’s show, and it’s a dynamite role.”
— Gabe Toro, The Playlist

“A role that Stewart throws himself into…an irrepressible and improbably entertaining performance, alive with feverish energy.”
— Abhimanyu Das, Slant Magazine

Adapted by director Belber from his Broadway hit play, MATCH provides star Patrick Stewart with a matchless showcase of a role. As the aging and lonely danseur, choreographer, and Juilliard ballet instructor Tobi Powell, Stewart puts motor-mouth flamboyance and pan-sexual sparkle into high gear to impress a young couple who request an interview on his career. Emotions run high when the meeting becomes confrontational, and it emerges that this pair have a vested interest in exploring a long-buried secret in the dancer’s reckless, globe-trotting past. DCP digital. (BS)

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STILL LIFE

Showtimes

Fri, Jan 30th at 7:45pm
Sat, Jan 31st at 7:45pm
Sun, Feb 1st at 3:00pm
Mon, Feb 2nd at 6:00pm
Tue, Feb 3rd at 8:00pm
Wed, Feb 4th at 6:00pm
Thu, Feb 5th at 8:00pm
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Chicago premiere!

  1. STILL LIFE
  1. 2013, Uberto Pasolini, UK/Italy, 92 min.
  2. With Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt

“Engaging and entertainingly oddball…highly watchable.”
— Mark Adams, Screen Daily

“STILL LIFE has it all: a refined and crystal clear script, skillful direction, and an ending that is both so cruel and tender. Totally heartbreaking.”
— Pierre Hombrebueno, Twitch

Dark and droll British humor with a poignant edge makes for strong appeal in this low-key comedy-drama in which death proves to be a life-changer for one tightly buttoned middle-aged bachelor. Finicky John May (Marsan), a low-ranking office drone, handles the final arrangements for London’s unclaimed deceased with an eccentric care that betrays his own lack of family. With a lay-off imminent, he vows to give his one last job a proper send-off, complete with mourning loved ones. If only he could track down the dead man Billy’s mysteriously missing daughter (Joanna Froggatt, Anna of “Downton Abbey”)... DCP digital. (BS)

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Onion City Festival Opening Night Program

Showtimes

Wed, Jan 28th at 7:45pm
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  1. Onion City Festival
  2. Opening Night Program
  1. Various years, directors and nations
  2. ca. 90 min. total

The Opening Night Program of the 26th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, a production of Chicago Filmmakers, will feature an exciting and eclectic line-up of some of the best recent and retrospective work. Films showing are TBA. For the entire Onion City schedule, visit chicagofilmmakers.org. Various formats. (Patrick Friel)

PASSENGER

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In 35mm!

  1. PASSENGER
  1. (PASAŻERKA)
  2. 1963, Andrzej Munk, Poland, 62 min.
  3. With Aleksandra Slaska, Anna Ciepielewska

“Superb...a humanist enterprise of great courage, insight, honor and mystery.”
— Roger Greenspun, The New York Times

PASSENGER, a classic of Polish cinema, was the final project of director Munk (EROICA), completed after his tragic early death by his friend Witold Lesiewicz. Based on the novel by Holocaust survivor Zofia Posmysz, the story unfolds through the contrasting viewpoints of victim and perpetrator, as former Auschwitz SS officer Liza (Slaska) recognizes a fellow ocean-liner passenger (Ciepielewska) as one of her former prisoners. Filmed partly on location in Auschwitz. In Polish with English subtitles. 35mm.

There will be a brief talk before the screening and a Q&A afterward, led by Zbigniew Banas, film critic and instructor of Polish cinema at Loyola University.

Presented in collaboration with Lyric Opera of Chicago as part of Memory and Reckoning, a series presented in conjunction with Lyric’s staging of Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera The Passenger, February 24-March 15.