Weeklong Runs & Special Events

INHERENT VICE

Showtimes

Fri, Feb 27th at 8:00pm
Sat, Feb 28th at 3:00pm
Sun, Mar 1st at 3:00pm
Mon, Mar 2nd at 6:30pm
Tue, Mar 3rd at 7:45pm
Wed, Mar 4th at 6:30pm
Thu, Mar 5th at 7:45pm
Average: 4.3 (7 votes)

In 35mm!

  1. INHERENT VICE
  1. 2014, Paul Thomas Anderson, USA, 148 min.
  2. With Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Benecio Del Toro

★★★★
"A landmark in movie history.”
— Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

“Phoenix and the terrific acting ensemble that joins him in this pot-infused '70s-era beach noir create such a good buzz you can almost get a contact high from watching.”
— Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

So what does America’s most unpredictable auteur do for an encore after the monumental diptych of THERE WILL BE BLOOD and THE MASTER? He goes loose, mellow, far-out, and funny, with a gloriously overstuffed stoner detective thriller, adapted (faithfully and inventively) from the novel by previously unadaptable Thomas Pynchon. Unorthodox P.I. Doc Sportello (Phoenix) operates out of the SoCal surfer-hippie enclave of Gordita Beach in the pivotal post-Manson, pre-Nixon year of 1970. When a former girlfriend asks him to investigate the disappearance of her real-estate mogul boyfriend, Doc is catapulted into an ever-expanding conspiracy involving neo-Nazis bikers, drug cartels, land grabs, teenage runaways, government informers, shady dentists, and doppelgängers galore. Presented in the director’s preferred format of 35mm celluloid, essential to the film’s funky vibe and hot, hazy colors. (MR)

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THE BABADOOK

Showtimes

Fri, Feb 27th at 6:00pm
Sat, Feb 28th at 8:30pm
Sun, Mar 1st at 5:45pm
Mon, Mar 2nd at 7:45pm
Tue, Mar 3rd at 6:00pm
Wed, Mar 4th at 8:15pm
Thu, Mar 5th at 8:15pm
Average: 5 (2 votes)
  1. THE BABADOOK
  1. 2014, Jennifer Kent, Australia, 93 min.
  2. With Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman

“The scariest movie of the year.”
— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“One of the strongest feature film debuts in a long time, in any genre.”
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Smart and scary, THE BABADOOK is not only by far the best reviewed horror film of the year, but also one of the best reviewed films period. A frazzled single mom (Davis in a breakout performance) and her extremely demanding six-year-old son partake of an ultra-creepy pop-up book whose sinister title character oozes off the page and under their skins. Is the Babadook a projection of their emotional tensions, or an all-too-real monster? The terrifying climax might answer those questions...and raise a few new ones. Ranked by critics alongside ROSEMARY’S BABY and THE SHINING, Jennifer Kent’s amazingly assured first feature blends psychological depth and heart-stopping thrills to devastating effect. DCP digital. (MR)

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ACTRESS

Showtimes

Fri, Feb 27th at 8:00pm
Sat, Feb 28th at 6:45pm
Thu, Mar 5th at 6:00pm
Average: 4 (4 votes)

Chicago premiere!
Robert Greene in person!

  1. ACTRESS
  1. 2014, Robert Greene, USA, 86 min.
  2. With Brandy Burre

"A dazzling singularity." — Ray Pride, Newcity

“Extraordinary…few films have presented the notion of self-performance as perceptively or provocatively.”
— Guy Lodge, Variety

“Elusive and intriguing…as elliptical as an Ann Beattie short story.”
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Melodrama meets cinema verité as actress Brandy Burre (HBO’s “The Wire”) plays herself navigating a breakup with the father of her two children in the shadow of her secret affair, making moves on a career revival, and impersonating a domestic goddess in an upstate New York backwater. Director Greene (FAKE IT SO REAL, KATI WITH AN I) keeps the mood edgy as his ballsy yet introspective subject appears to tell all, yet not quite, as the camera frequently reveals. Burre is riveting to watch, and even as the layers of her character are peeled away, the dividing line between a selfie fiction and real life is never clear. DCP digital. (BS)


Director Robert Greene will be present via Skype on Friday, in a discussion moderated by film critic Scott Tobias, editor of The Dissolve.

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