Six Week Film School: Classic Broadway Stage to Stylized Hollywood Screen
Austin (Gary Sinise), a Hollywood screenwriter living comfortably in suburban Arizona, is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of his prodigal brother Lee (John Malkovich), whose menacing demeanor and pugilistic attitude draws Austin further and further into conflict until he must finally engage his brother in an intense psychological battle for his ideals, and perhaps even his life. Directed by Allan A. Goldstein. FREE to attend. NR / 110 min.
The Six Week Film School is co-sponsored by Illinois State University's Department of English and the Normal Theater. Notes on this class screening can be found on our website by following this link.
11/07 @ 7:00pm
Legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's new documentary explores a small town in rural, mid-America and illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity, and authenticity are formed, experienced, and lived along with conflicting stereotypes. The film gives a complex and nuanced view of daily life in Monrovia and provides some understanding of a way of life whose influence and force have not always been recognized or understood in the big cities on the east and west coasts of America and in other countries. NR / 143 min.
11/18 @ 7:00pm
The Five Deadly Venoms
The film that launched generations of kung fu acolytes, a popular film series and a few thousand rap songs, this iconic film will also have KILL BILL fans experiencing serious déjà vu.
Five skilled martial arts students -- the Centipede, the Scorpion, the Lizard, the Snake, and the Toad -- are mysterious, masked disciples of a clan leader whose dying wish sends his favorite student off to find out whether they intend to carry on for good or evil. Kickass fight scenes and psychedelic lighting that would make Dario Argento beg for mercy give FIVE DEADLY VENOMS “essential viewing” status, possibly even more popular now than ever -- and the film’s climactic five-way battle is the stuff of legend, “as good as -- if not better than --any on-screen fight before or since” (MutantReviewers.com) R / 98 min.
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On Her Shoulders
Twenty-three-year-old Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews and one-on-one meetings with top government officials. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people, even when at times she longs to lay aside this monumental burden and simply have an ordinary life. NR / 94 min.
This new documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year to universally positive reviews. The subject of the film, Nadia Murad, was just awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous activism on behalf of the Yazidi people. She's the first Iraqi woman in history to receive that honor.
Bad Day at Black Rock
When John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy), a one-armed war veteran, arrives in the small desert town of Black Rock, he's not greeted warmly. Searching for a man named Komoko, Macreedy is met with disdain by virtually every local, including the resident thug, Hector David (Lee Marvin), and the imposing Reno Smith (Robert Ryan). As Macreedy's investigation deepens, hostility turns to violence -- and to imminent danger for the mysterious and inquisitive stranger. NR / 82 min.