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PG :: 118 Minutes
The second of the George Lucas/Steven Spielberg Indiana Jones epics is set a year or so before the events in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1984). After a brief brouhaha involving a precious vial and a wild ride down a raging Himalyan river, Indy (Harrison Ford) gets down to the problem at hand: retrieving a precious gem and several kidnapped young boys on behalf of a remote East Indian village. His companions this time around include a dimbulbed, easily frightened nightclub chanteuse (Kate Capshaw), and a feisty 12-year-old kid named Short Round (Quan Ke Huy). Throughout, the plot takes second place to the thrills, which include a harrowing rollercoaster ride in an abandoned mineshaft and Indy's rescue of the heroine from a ritual sacrifice. There are also a couple of cute references to Raiders of the Lost Ark, notably a funny variation of Indy's shooting of the Sherpa warrior.
"Again you will savor the Indiana Jones schizophrenia: by day a bow-tied, bespectacled archaeologist; by night a resourceful swaggerer, whom Ford brings to life as a modern blend of Bogie and the Duke, with just a glint of misfit psychopathy in his eyes." - TIME Magazine
"Set years before the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is sillier, darkly violent and a bit dumbed down, but still great fun." - Minneapolis Star Tribune
NR :: 87 Minutes
Driven to make the world a better place for his newborn daughter, John Ennis looks for ways out of our system of pay-to-play politics. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes is a fun guidebook to returning the United States government to its People. PAY 2 PLAY features Robert Reich, Noam Chomsky, Lawrence Lessig, Ben Carson, John Nichols, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Jack Abramoff, Thom Hartmann, Bob Edgar and more...
"Citing the Citizens United case, the Hobby Lobby case, the Koch brothers, Occupy Wall Street, "stand your ground" and other trending topics of recent civil discourse, the documentary "Pay 2 Play" lays out a compelling case against corporate personhood and money as free speech. For an advocacy agitprop, the film has researched, sourced and interviewed exhaustively. The equal-opportunity Ennis expresses his distaste for both Democratic and Republican parties: Noam Chomsky here dubs them two factions of the Business Party." - LA Times
"Pay 2 Play is a potpourri of different aspects of our economy that threaten our democracy, and it's certainly much more illuminating and thorough than Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story." - NYC Movie Guru
R :: 107 Minutes
Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity.
"The film works, often wonderfully, as a remarkable visualization of jazz music - you feel it and breathe it, just like the musicians - and as a showcase for the two actors at its center." - Seattle Times
"Ultimately, "Whiplash" isn't just about jazz - and it's not necessary to be a fan of the music to enjoy the film - but about life." - St. Louis Post - Dispatch
"The film's true subject is innate talent - for music, writing, painting, sculpture, plumbing, whatever - and the superhuman lengths we sometimes have to go to in order to wring it out of ourselves." - Miami Herald
Yes Virginia, there IS a Christmas comedy that proves being on Santa's "Nice" list isn't all it's cracked up to be.
The Harlem Nights Players present a series of comedy sketches that lampoon the many aspects of the holiday without getting all grinchy about it.
Most Appreciated by Adults 21÷
PG :: 170 Minutes
MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS
Hailed by Michael Moore as "one of the best documentaries about a band that I've ever seen" and by Pitchfork as "the funniest, most meta music movie since SPINAL TAP," MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is a truly hilarious and touching film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger. Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother Tom is a loveable slacker - a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National's biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom's plan to film the entire adventure. What starts as a rock documentary quickly becomes a crowd-pleasing journey about family, ambition, and the creative process.
"The best thing about Mistaken for Strangers, a new documentary about the band the National, is that you don't have to be a fan to enjoy it." - Washington Post
"The finest rock doc since Anvil: The Story of Anvil." - Entertainment Weekly
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
A documentary about the soul of American music. The film follows the recording of a new album featuring legends from Stax records and Memphis mentoring and passing on their musical magic to stars and artists of today
"In the Memphis music documentary "Take Me to the River," which arrives Friday in Chicago, generations sometimes uneasily merge in the gray area between soul and rap, the past and the future. The tension is played out in tight smiles and raised eyebrows. Veteran soul singers sometimes ooze skepticism when meeting their would-be collaborators from the world of hip-hop.
"We took some heat for including rap," says the movie's copdroducer, Cody Dickinson, drummer in the North Mississippi Allstars. The blues-rock band's Mississippi hill-country studio about an hour outside Memphis hosted some of the recording sessions, which included collaborations between the Allstars and Mavis Staples, William Bell and Snoop Dogg and Bobby "Blue" Bland and Yo Gotti.
"There were people who were not interested in being involved for that reason. But for me, it was a natural progression. I grew up playing blues and rock 'n' roll, but also worked in hip-hop. I've played guitar for Yo Gotti, 8Ball and MJG. To me, freestyling is like jazz, it's lyrical improvisation. I also see serious parallels between the suggestive lyrics in blues and gangsta rap, the connections between what Robert Johnson was singing about and someone like Snoop Dogg. It was a natural thing. When I was able to get together people like Bobby 'Blue' Bland and Yo Gotti, interesting things happened. When we showed the movie last week in Memphis, (longtime Stax Records executive) Deanie (Parker) said it opened her eyes to rap music. We've opened a dialogue. There is a conversation there that clearly needed to be had."
When those connections across genre and generation occur in the movie, the documentary goes beyond rehashing history to making it. In one of the movie's most moving scenes, soul great Bland, who sang with B.B. King on Memphis' famed Beale Street during the '50s, rolls into a recording studio in his wheelchair and gives an impromptu singing lesson to wide-eyed Benjamin Flores Jr., aka 12-year-old rapper Lil' P-Nut. Yo Gotti joins the singer on a melancholy version of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," which plays out as eulogy of sorts to Martin Luther King, whose life and legacy were central to the evolution of Memphis soul, and to Bland himself, who would die in 2013, shortly after completing his scenes in the movie.
Dickinson says he and director Martin Shore envisioned the "Take Me to the River" movie and soundtrack as a living history of Memphis music, an idea that gained urgency after his father, Jim Dickinson, who had worked with everyone from local blues and soul giants to the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, died in 2009.
"Right after I lost my father, Boo (producer Boo Mitchell) lost his dad," Memphis soul icon Willie Mitchell, Dickinson says. "It was cathartic for us, a healing process for me, to work on this movie. I understand now I was reeling from the loss of my father, and at the same time trying to make something positive out of it. Boo Mitchell and I became such good friends while making this movie. And at the same time, it's hard to watch, because we've lost so many of the people in the movie, and there are more we couldn't get to in time."
The Memphis greats who have died in recent years include not only stars such as Bland and Alex Chilton, but behind-the-scenes session perennials such as guitarists Mabon "Teenie" Hodges and Charles "Skip" Pitts, who are featured in the movie.
"You can't step on the horns, the vocals," Pitts tells a young guitar-player at a recording session captured in the documentary. "You have to learn how to play the groove."
It's these little in-the-moment, how-to conversations that give texture to the oft-told tale of Memphis music and the bi-racial community it built through the civil rights era, only to nearly unravel in the aftermath of King's slaying in 1968. Stax Records, a Memphis institution, went bankrupt in the mid-'70s, but has returned in recent years with a vibrant museum celebrating the past and an academy dedicated to the future that tutors aspiring musicians.
Many of the "Take Me to the River" recording sessions are done off the cuff, with "head arrangements" worked out on the floor with all the musicians and singers collaborating – a reflection of how many of the sessions at Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios or at Stax worked to create by hits by Al Green or the Staple Singers.
"The people who came (to the cross-generational recording sessions in the movie), they came with force, with their heart, and their life stories," Dickinson says. "I learned in making the movie that if we find a cause that people believe in, anything is possible. If a Mississippi blues band can make a movie that wins awards and gets into theaters, I am here to tell you anything is possible." - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
R :: 238 Minutes
Based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson. Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen's financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.
"It's been so fabulously written, wonderfully acted; Depp is no stranger to representing the essence of Thompson and he's brilliant." - At The Movies
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS:
Journalist Raoul Duke and his lawyer Dr Gonzo drive from LA to Las Vegas on a drugs binge. They nominally cover news stories, including a convention on drug abuse, but also sink deeper into a frightening psychedelic otherworld. As Vietnam, Altamont and the Tate killings impinge from the world of TV news, Duke and Gonzo see casinos, reptiles and the American dream.
"Terry Gilliam's surreal mood piece paints a vivid, splashy picture of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson." - IGN DVD
"This is the best acid-inspired movie since Roger Corman's The Trip - and it is a darn sight more accurate in its depiction [of] the highs and the lows, the terrible confusion alternating with lucidity, the excitement that gives way to paranoia." - ESplatter
It's Christmas time at the Patio!
Come with the whole family to see our favorite Christmas classics on the big screen!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Frosty the Snowman
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
The Little Drummer Boy
Come see all four short films for FREE with the whole family this Christmas season.
NR :: 93 Minutes
CHICAGO PREMIER OF THE INDIE FEATURE - KATHRYN UPSIDE DOWN
A comedy-drama set in Lake Forest, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois; it is the first feature film by writer/director/actor/producer Allie Loukas. The film follows the life of mid-20’s fashionista Kathryn (Allie Loukas,) on her journey of self-discovery as she meets her biological father she’s never met, a plumber, after a toilet disastrously overflows at her mother and stepfather’s upscale garden party.