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Dr. Strangelove! Singin’ In The Rain! Space Jam!
Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

The threat of Armageddon has never been funnier, with Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb. We’re celebrating 50 years of this Stanley Kubrick comedy landmark with a new 35mm print. Peter Sellers stars (In three wildly different roles) along with unlikely comedy performers George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden in the biting satire many have called the greatest comedy of all time.

An epic drama set in 16th century France, Age of Uprising: The Legend Michael Kohlhaas stars Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) as a well-to-do horse merchant who resorts extremes to obtain justice after a nobleman steals two of his horses. Cine-Vue raves, “4 Stars! A brilliantly-realized period revenge drama”.

Our Summer Musical Matinee series kicks off this weekend with arguably the greatest musical of all: Singin’ In The Rain. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds & Donald O’Connor star in the delightful depiction of Hollywood’s transition from silent films to talkies.

Our midnights this week include the Bugs Bunny/Michael Jordon team-up Space Jam, the 90s comedy/sport/animation hybrid, featuring that iconic soundtrack and Bill Murray to boot! We’re also screening the new Seth Rogen hit comedy Neighbors.

On Friday, we’re hosting the DePaul University Premiere Film Festival, an end of the year screening of the best student work of the year followed by DePaul University’s version of the Oscars. Open to the public. No tickets. First come, first serve.

We also have another week of the moving, critically acclaimed drama Ida and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s audacious The Dance Of Reality.

See you at the movies

Thursday, June 5th – Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

A film by Stanley Kubrick starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden


“This landmark movie’s madcap humor and terrifying suspense remain undiminished by time.”
Chicago Tribune

Paranoid that the Russkies are fluoridating our “precious bodily fluids,” Sterling Hayden’s General Jack D. Ripper unleashes H-Bomb-bearing B-52s into Soviet airspace. The result is bureaucratic mayhem, as gung-ho General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott, in Oscar-worthy comedy tour de force), Colonel “Bat” Guano (Keenan Wynn), Bomb-bustin’ cowboy Major T.J. “King” Kong (Slim Pickens), Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers), and President Merkin Muffley (also Sellers) struggle to stave off Doomsday, with the eponymous Strangelove (still Sellers) in the wings.


Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

A film by Arnaud des Pallières starring Mads Mikkelsen, Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot


Nominated for six César Awards, including Best Actor for Mads Mikkelsen.

“Handsomely made and beautifully photographed. Mikkelsen himself brings a note of proud and smouldering handsomeness to the role.”
The Guardian

“4 Stars! A brilliantly-realized period revenge drama.”

An epic drama set in 16th century France against a backdrop of feudalism in decline, Age of Uprising: The Legend Michael Kohlhaas stars Mads Mikkelsen (Valhalla Rising, Hannibal) as a well-to-do horse merchant who resorts to fanatical and violent extremes to obtain justice after a nobleman openly and illegally humiliates him by stealing two of his horses. Adapted from Heinrich von Kleist’s novella, a classic of German Romanticism.


Singin’ in the Rain

A film by Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds


One of the most famous movie musicals! Three Hollywood worker-bees (Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, & Debbie Reynolds) weather the industry’s transition from silent pictures to talkies while dealing with the outsized ego (and terrible voice) of silent star Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). Gene Kelly co-directed and choreographed the film, which was, surprisingly, only a modest hit upon initial release.


Space Jam

A film by Joe Pytka starring Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle


When a group of alien invaders steal the talents of several famous athletes and threaten Tune Land, Bugs and the gang have team up with Michael Jordan to make things right again. Featuring Bill Murray, Wayne Knight, voice work by Danny Devito and a soundtrack featuring R. Kelly. Is this a perfect movie? We think so. Grab some special drink and enjoy!


DePaul University Premiere Night


DePaul’s School of Cinema and Interactive Media presents an evening of the school’s best student films followed by a short awards ceremony.

Each year, DePaul students make nearly 1,000 short films. This evening features the best two hours of these films. Awards are given after the show, including the Judge’s Choice award which is selected by a handful of celebrity judges in attendance.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.


Fri, Jun 6 6:30pm


A film by Pawel Pawlikowski starring Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata Kulesza, Dawid Ogrodnik


Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

“It haunted me. I can’t wait to see it again.”
–A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Absolutely stunning, one of the year’s best films”
–Oliver Lyttleton, The Playlist

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.


The Dance of Reality

A film by Alejandro Jodorowsky starring Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits


After a 23-year hiatus, The Dance of Reality marks the triumphant return of Alejandro Jodorowsky, the visionary Chilean filmmaker behind cult classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain.

“Jodorowsky’s episodic jumble of restaged childhood memories conjurs up a moving biographical effect akin to Fellini, Bergman, Peter Greenway or even Gabriel Garcia Marquez”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Alive with enough images and ideas for several movies”

In the radiantly visceral autobiographical film, a young Jodorowsky is confronted by a collection of compelling characters that contributed to his burgeoning surreal consciousness. The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert, where the film was shot. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology, and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.



A film by Nicholas Stoller starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron


By all appearances, new parents Mac and Kelly Radner are living the American Dream, one complete with an adorable little girl and a beautiful new starter home in the suburbs. Still, the early-thirtysomethings want to believe that they have a modicum of coolness left within them. When Mac and Kelly discover that their new next-door neighbors are none other than dozens of Delta Psi Beta fraternity brothers they try to play along and make the best of an awkward situation. But when the frat’s parties grow increasingly more epic, both sides of the property line begin to fend for their turf. As the neighbors’ relentless sabotage and one-upmanship threaten to either get the college kids kicked off the block or make the newlyweds lose what’s left of their sanity, thus begins an epic Greek war for the ages


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