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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Happy Thursday, Music Boxers

Opening this week, take a rugged journey through the Wild West with Michael Fassbender in Slow West. Fassbender plays a mysterious traveler who joins a 16-year-old boy on a quest to find the woman he loves. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “A wholly enjoyable buddy Western punctuated by occasional shocks of black humor”.

We’re also playing the fashion documentary Iris, the final film from Albert Maysles, and the Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me.

On Tuesday at 7:30pm, the National Resource Defense Council presents a free screening of The Burden, the first feature-length documentary that conveys how America’s dependence on fossil fuel threatens national security. RSVP for tickets.

On Wednesday, The 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival presents UHF, featuring Q&As with Weird Al Yankovic & Dir. Jay Levey. Our 7pm show is sold out, so get your tickets now for the 10pm show!

Next Thursday at 7:30pm, The High Fidelity Film Series presents Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars, featuring a discussion exploring science and film! This event is free to High Fidelity and Cinema/Chicago members but does require an advanced RSVP.

Our midnights this weekend include Adam Sandler’s best film with Happy Gilmore and the unbelievable animal adventure Roar.

On Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am, Rock Hudson has a Magnificent Obsession in Douglas Sirk’s flamboyant Technicolor melodrama. Presented on 35mm!

Finally, on May 31st, the Music Box presents the gut-punching boxing noir The Set-Up, post-screening discussion of the life and career of actor Robert Ryan, featuring Lisa Ryan, the actor’s daughter; and film critic J.R. Jones, author of the new biography The Lives of Robert Ryan. Tickets on sale now!

See you at the movies

Thursday, May 21st – Wednesday, May 27th, 2015


Slow West

A film by John Maclean starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn


A rugged journey through the American Wild West.

“A unique Western that is gorgeously shot... Fassbender and Smit­ McPhee are really excellent.”

“Bold, beautiful and original... [John Maclean] is a major new director.”
The Guardian

Slow West tells the story of sixteen­-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit­McPhee) as he travels from Scotland to Colorado in pursuit of his lost love. Quickly confronted by the dangers of the American frontier, he teams up with a mysterious traveler named Silas (Michael Fassbender), who agrees to protect him ­— for a price. Jay’s quest will be one of double­crossing, violence and peril as the guileless adolescent learns that the West takes no pity, least of all on the innocent.


Fri, May 22 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:10pm · 9:20pm
Sat, May 23 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:10pm · 9:20pm
Sun, May 24 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 7:10pm · 9:20pm
Mon, May 25 5:00pm · 7:10pm · 9:20pm
Tue, May 26 5:00pm · 9:20pm
Wed, May 27 7:10pm · 9:20pm
Thu, May 28 5:00pm · 9:45pm


A film by Albert Maysles


The final film from director Albert Maysles.

“A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age...”

Iris pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly-dressed 93-year-old style maven who’s had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.

More than a fashion film, the documentary is about creativity and how, even in Iris’ dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Iris portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasms for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.

Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”


Thu, May 21 4:30pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Fri, May 22 3:30pm · 5:30pm · 7:30pm
Sat, May 23 1:30pm · 3:30pm · 5:30pm · 7:30pm
Sun, May 24 1:30pm · 3:30pm · 5:30pm · 7:30pm
Mon, May 25 5:30pm · 7:30pm
Tue, May 26 5:30pm · 7:30pm
Wed, May 27 5:30pm
Thu, May 28 5:30pm · 7:30pm

Happy Gilmore

A film by Dennis Dugan starring Adam Sandler, Carl Weathers, Bob Barker


A wannabe hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother’s house. Featuring one of the greatest fistfights in cinematic history!


Fri, May 22 midnight
Sat, May 23 midnight

Free Screening of The Burden

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Join us for a free screening of the Chicago premiere of The Burden, the first feature-length documentary that conveys how America’s dependence on fossil fuel threatens national security and puts the lives of men and women in uniform at greater risk.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion hosted by Henry Henderson, Midwest Director, NRDC, with these distinguished panelists:

Roger Sorkin – Filmmaker and Producer
Kevin Johnson – Iraq War Veteran, Truman Fellow, and Director of Federal Business Development, Canadian Solar (USA) Inc.
Michael Breen – Iraq War Veteran and Truman | CNP Executive Director

The Burden


This feature-length documentary conveys how America’s dependence on fossil fuel threatens national security and puts the lives of men and women in uniform at greater risk.

Produced by the Truman National Security Project and the Center for National Policy, the film highlights how the military is leading the way by developing clean energy solutions that cut single-source dependence, save lives, and strengthen the resiliency of military operations.


Tue, May 26 7:30pm

The 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival presents UHF

With an introduction and Q&A with star “Weird Al” Yankovic and director Jay Levey.
The 7pm screening is SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available for the 10pm screening.


A film by Jay Levey starring Weird Al Yankovic, Michael Richards, Victoria Jackson


The manager of a small-time UHF station (Weird Al Yankovic), which has the lowest ratings in the country, inadvertently hits it big with his strange programming ideas to keep Channel 62 from going down the tubes. Also starring, Michael Richards, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Emo Phillips and David Bowe.


Wed, May 27 7:00pm · 10:00pm

High Fidelity Film Series: Sepideh, Reaching for the Stars

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WBEZ and the Chicago International Film Festival are proud to screen Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars as the third film in our High Fidelity Film Series exploring science and film!

The doors of the Music Box Theatre will open at 7pm for general seating. At 7:30pm, we will screen this documentary directed by Berit Madsen. Following the film, Jerome McDonnell from Worldview will moderate a conversation inspired by the film’s topics with scientist/researcher Sara Rastegar and anthropologist Elham Mireshghi.

NOTE: This event is free to High Fidelity and Cinema/Chicago members but does require an advanced RSVP. Seating will be first come, first served, and it is not guaranteed. This event may be overbooked to ensure a full house. Please arrive 20-30 minutes before the screening starts.


Jerome McDonnell provides global affairs coverage of world issues with in-depth conversations on international issues and their local impact.

Jerome joined the staff of WBEZ in 1984 as an intern, later becoming a producer for the former programs Inside Business, and Midday with Sondra Gair–an international news analysis show. He has been a producer of Weekend Edition Saturday and also served as executive director of talk programming.

Jerome has a Peter Lisagor award and has been awarded by the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association for “Best Public Affairs Program in a Series.” Jerome has an B.A. in Communications from Northern Illinois University. A native of Chicago, Jerome resides in Arlington Heights with his wife, Janet. They have two sons, Sam and Owen.

Sara Rastesgar is a PhD candidate in earth and planetary sciences at Northwestern University. She is also a researcher at the Cosmo Chemistry Lab at the Field Museum. She earned her BA in electrical engineering from Shiraz University in Iran and a masters in physics and astronomy from Northwestern University. She was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran.

Elham Mireshghi has a Bsc. in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley and an MA in anthropology from UC Irvine. She’s currently completing her PhD dissertation in anthropology on Iran’s unique, legalized and religiously sanctioned program on kidney sales . She has also spent a significant portion of her adolescents and early childhood in Iran where she was born.

Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars

A film by Berit Madsen starring Anousheh Ansari, Hadi Hooshyar, Mohammad Hooshyar


WBEZ and the Chicago International Film Festival are proud to screen Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars as the third film in our High Fidelity Film Series exploring science and film!

Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations placed on a young Iranian woman don’t match up with Sepideh’s ambitions, and her plans to go to university are in jeopardy. But Sepideh won’t give up her dream so easily. She strives onward, receiving unexpected help from heroes near and far. Farsi with subtitles.


Thu, May 28 7:30pm

The Lives of Robert Ryan, featuring The Set-Up

Presented by Chicago film critic J.R. Jones.

Martin Scorsese has called Robert Ryan “one of the greatest actors in the history of American film.” Yet Ryan — star of such film noir classics as Crossfire, Act of Violence, and On Dangerous Ground — remains a cult figure even in his native Chicago.

Join us for a special screening of Ryan’s tense boxing drama The Set-Up and a post-screening discussion of his life and career, featuring Matthew Hoffman of Park Ridge Classic Film; Lisa Ryan, the actor’s daughter; and J.R. Jones, film editor for the Chicago Reader and author of the new biography The Lives of Robert Ryan.

The Set-Up

A film by Robert Wise starring Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter


This riveting, gut-punching boxing picture plays out in something close to “real time.” We are locked in with an over-the-hill pug (Robert Ryan) as he arrives at an arena for a match against a younger opponent. What he doesn’t know yet is that his crooked manager has agreed to throw the fight for some gangsters — so Ryan has more than one battle on his hands as each bruising round goes by.

At a lean, mean 72 minutes, The Set-Up manages to load the essential film noir themes into one potent package, excitingly delivered with no breathing room.

Director Robert Wise would go on to make such mega-productions as The Sound of Music, which only makes you appreciate his economy here. And the movie’s a fine showcase for tall, craggy Robert Ryan, one of the great under-sung actors in American movies, who was a boxer himself before becoming an actor.


Sun, May 31 12:00pm

Welcome to Me

A film by Shira Piven starring Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Jennifer Jason Leigh


A young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery and buys her own talk show.

“Strange and startlingly inspired... breezily bonkers...”

“Kristin Wiig fans rejoice... an uproarious comedy...”
The Playlist

In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships to neutering pets.

Also starring Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Linda Cardellini and Wes Bentley.


Thu, May 21 7:30pm · 9:45pm
Fri, May 22 9:30pm
Sat, May 23 11:30am · 9:30pm
Sun, May 24 11:30am · 9:30pm
Mon, May 25 9:30pm
Thu, May 28 9:30pm

Magnificent Obsession

A film by Douglas Sirk starring Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman


Reckless playboy Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson, in his breakthrough role) crashes his speedboat, requiring emergency attention from the town’s only resuscitator—at the very moment that beloved local Dr. Phillips has a heart attack and dies waiting for the life-saving device. Thus begins one of Sirk’s most flamboyant melodramas, a delirious Technicolor in which Bob and the doctor’s widow, Helen (Jane Wyman), find themselves inextricably linked amid a series of increasingly wild twists and turns.


Sat, May 23 11:30am
Sun, May 24 11:30am


A film by Noel Marshall starring Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, Noel Marshall


No animals were harmed in the making of this movie, but 70 members of the cast and crew were! An unprecedented––and wholly unpredictable––action-adventure, Roar follows wildlife preservationist Hank (The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall in his sole and career-derailing turn as an actor and director), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive (real-life wife Tippi Hedren and step-daughter Melanie Griffith) for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between two lions erupts and threatens their very lives.


Fri, May 22 midnight
Sat, May 23 midnight

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