Everyone likes to talk about movies, so let’s keep the conversation going! The Gene Siskel Film Center will get everyone talking with monthly film conversations. Audiences are invited to informal conversations led by—but not monopolized by—carefully selected facilitators.
2015, Mary Agnes Donoghue, USA, 95 min. With Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson.
"Heartstring-tugging…an apt release in the wake of the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage." – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
"A warm, agreeable coming-out romance buoyed by strong performances." – James Rocchi, TheWrap
With same-sex marriage in the news, this nimble romantic comedy is timely, treating the coming-to-terms process of conservative Midwestern parents with gentleness, humor, and dignity. Jenny (Heigl) dotes on her family but fails to divulge the truth about herself until a wedding with Kitty (Alexis Bledel), the love of her life, is in the offing. How did daddy’s little girl and mom’s confidante get in this fix? Full disclosure results in a full-blown family circus, with parents, snappish sister Anne (Grace Gummer), friends, neighbors, and the guys down at the firehouse caught up in a round of subterfuge, speculation, and gossip before love wins the day. Tom Wilkinson (THE FULL MONTY, SELMA) is a standout as Jenny’s conflicted dad. DCP digital. (BS)
SEPTEMBER 23: The 6:00 pm screening on Wednesday, September 23, is a Movie Club event, facilitated by Jim Bennett, Midwest Regional Director of Lambda Legal. He has played an instrumental role in marriage equality in Iowa and Illinois and continues to advocate for gay equality on all fronts. A graduate of the Second City Conservatory, Bennett performs sketch comedy and is a Moth GrandSLAM Champion. Join us for a post-screening conversation and a complimentary cocktail at Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 N. Wabash. Movie ticket required for entry.
BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez
2015, Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, USA, 90 min.
- Tue, Aug 11th 6:15pm
- Wed, Aug 12th 8:15pm
Maya Angelou said, “Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature’s forest. When she writes, she roars.” The prodigious Sanchez has been on the front lines of art and activism for over 50 years--teaching, writing, performing, protesting. She was a pioneer of the Black Arts Movement, fought to found the first Black Studies program, and, with her street-wise poetry, exerted a widely acknowledged influence on the hip hop and spoken word movements. This full-access documentary portrait captures the breadth of Sanchez’s rich and often unsettled life, while her verse is revered and recited by such admirers as Nikki Giovanni, Ruby Dee, Talib Kweli, Byronn Bain, and Questlove. DCP digital. (MR)
AUGUST 11: Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, award-winning poet, leader of the Black Arts Movement, and long-time friend of Sonia Sanchez, will be present for audience discussion at the Tuesday screening. The Tuesday screening is a Movie Club event, facilitated by WBEZ91.5 host and media personality Richard Steele.