Cinema Chicago Logo

Film Guide – Special Presentation

Movies A-ZDirectors A-ZCountries A-ZCategoriesCalendarDownload Schedule

12 Years a Slave 12 Years a Slave

Director: Steve McQueen

12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life. Also starring Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael K. Williams, and Alfre Woodard.

134 min

Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFTYS1 – $20/$16
Alan Partridge Alan Partridge

Director: Declan Lowney

Comedian Steve Coogan reprises his most beloved character, monumentally self-absorbed DJ Alan Partridge, in this long-awaited big screen adaptation. After being laid off following a corporate takeover, Alan’s colleague Pat takes their radio station hostage. At Pat’s request, Alan is called in by the authorities to negotiate. Inside the station, Alan’s complete lack of effectiveness does nothing to deflate his ego, which is swelling due to his central role in a national news story.

90 min

Show Times:

  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFALP1 – $20/$16
August: Osage County August: Osage County

Director: John Wells

August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious, and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play was the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Play. August: Osage County features an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Abigail Breslin.

119 min

Show Times:

  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 7:30pm , EFAUG1 – $20/$16
Blue Is The Warmest Color Blue Is The Warmest Color

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

Teenager Adèle’s life is turned upside down the night she meets blue-haired Emma. Adèle’s passionate sexual awakening and the couple’s ensuing relationship are depicted in searing, intimate detail over the course of several years. With breathtaking performances from lead actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos and sharp, controlled direction from acclaimed director Abdellatif Kechiche (The Secret of the Grain), this groundbreaking erotic epic took the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

French with English Subtitles, 179 min


Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFBWC1 – $20/$16
The Book Thief The Book Thief

USA and Germany
Director: Brian Percival

Based on the beloved bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. With Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech), Emily Watson (Gosford Park), and introducing Sophie Nélisse. The screenplay was written by Michael Petroni based on the novel by Markus Zusak, and produced by Karen Rosenfelt, p.g.a., and Ken Lancato, p.g.a.

125 min

Show Times:

  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFBOOK1 – $20/$16 Director Brian Percival and Actors Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nelisse scheduled to attend
Breathe In Breathe In

Director: Drake Doremus

A bittersweet tale of ill-advised romance from director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), Breathe In follows music teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce), a family man who once held lofty musical ambitions. His life with his wife Megan and daughter Lauren, about to start her senior year of high school, is disrupted when the talented, intelligent, and devastatingly beautiful British exchange student Sophie comes to live with them for the semester.

97 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFBRE1 – $20/$16
Bruce Dern Tribute Bruce Dern Tribute


Trained at the celebrated Actor’s Studio, Bruce Dern made his film debut in Elia Kazan’s Wild River (1960), going on to become one of the most iconic actors of his generation. His credits include such essential New Hollywood films as They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), and Coming Home (1978), as well as recent films such as Monster (2003) and Django Unchained (2012).

Dern will present his newest film, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, with Q&A to follow.

Show Times:

  • Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFNEB1 – Free!
Dracula 3D Dracula 3D

Italy / France / Spain
Director: Dario Argento

A gleeful homage to Bram Stoker’s classic novel from legendary horror auteur Dario Argento (Suspiria) with the master’s distinctive twist on the familiar story, Dracula 3D focuses its story on the characters of Mina and Lucy, two women in the Count’s erotic thrall. When the shape shifting Count sets his sights on Mina, and then Lucy, neither woman can resist his sinister charms, although failure to do so means joining the ranks of the undead. Director Dario Argento scheduled to attend.

110 min

Links: Website


Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 11:00pm , EFDRA1 – $20/$16
The Fifth Estate The Fifth Estate

USA and Belgium
Director: Bill Condon

A dramatic thriller based on real events, The Fifth Estate follows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. But when they gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in US history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society - and what are the costs of exposing them?

123 min

Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 5:15pm , EFFIF1 – $20/$16
The Harvest The Harvest

Director: John McNaughton

John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer) returns with this eerie tale of a couple - Samantha Morton (Minority Report) and Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel) in a pair of fierce, brilliant performances - that keeps their sick young son Andy isolated from the outside world. When young Maryann moves next door, her attempts to befriend Andy are met with vehement resistance from his overprotective parents, fueling her suspicions. But she could never imagine the shocking truth.

103 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFHARV1 – $20/$16 Director John McNaughton, Actors Michael Shannon and Meadow Williams, Screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti and Producers Steven A. Jones and Gerry Kessler Scheduled to Attend
How I Live Now How I Live Now

Director: Kevin MacDonald

American teenager Daisy (Hanna’s Saoirse Ronan) is sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she slowly warms to her charming surroundings, falling madly in love with a boy. But an escalating political conflict is about to turn into a third world war. When the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state Daisy must fight bitterly for survival, trying to escape and reunite with the boy she loves in this gripping dystopian romance.

101 min

Show Times:

  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFHOW1 – $20/$16
Inside Llewyn Davis Inside Llewyn Davis

Director: Joel & Ethan Coen

Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles. With Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, and Carey Mulligan.

104 min

Links: Website Trailer

Facebook Twitter

Show Times:

  • Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFILD1 – $30 Actor Oscar Isaac is Scheduled to Attend
Kill Your Darlings Kill Your Darlings

Director: John Krokidas

For dutiful son Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Columbia University is Mecca - a portal to art, intellect, culture, and freedom - everything hometown Patterson, New Jersey is not. When Allen is accepted into Columbia, his father Louis (David Cross), a working-class poet, urges him to leave his emotionally ill mother Naomi (Jennifer Jason Leigh) behind and head to New York to go pursue his own creative dreams.

100 min

Links: Website Trailer


Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 8:15pm , EFKIL1 – $20/$16
Labor Day Labor Day

Director: Jason Reitman

Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.

111 min

Show Times:

  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFLABOR1 – $20/$16
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

UK and South Africa
Director: Justin Chadwick

Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education, and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild his country’s once segregated society. Idris Elba (Prometheus) stars as Nelson Mandela, and Naomie Harris (Skyfall) stars as Winnie Mandela, with Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) directing.

152 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFMAN1 – $20/$16
Medium Cool Medium Cool

Director: Haskell Wexler

Two-time Oscar®-winner Haskell Wexler presents his legendary film about a reporter who becomes embroiled in the violence at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Shot in Chicago during the convention, the film blurs the lines between staged and documentary action. The screening will also include Wexler’s brand new Medium Cool Revisited (2013), a short documentary comparing his classic film to Chicago’s recent NATO protests. TV newsman Walter Jacobson will lead a Q&A with Wexler after the screening.

144 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFMCO1 – $20/$16 Director Haskell Wexler Scheduled to Attend
Nebraska Nebraska

Director: Alexander Payne

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Also starring Stacy Keach, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk.

110 min

Show Times:

  • Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFNEB1 – $25 Actor Bruce Dern Scheduled to Attend
One Chance One Chance

Director: David Frankel

From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, One Chance is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for Britain's Got Talent. Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win Britain’s Got Talent and the hearts of millions.

103 min

Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFONE1 – $20/$16 Director David Frankel scheduled to attend
Philomena Philomena

Director: Stephen Frears

Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.

97 min

Show Times:

  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFPHI1 – $20/$16
Surprise! Surprise!

Director: ???? ????

Every year, we love to surprise our audience with a top-secret film that will keep them talking for days. Will it be the year's most anticipated comedy? Maybe the first look at a Best Picture contender? How about a big-budget 3D musical about the zombie apocalypse? You won't know what you'll see until the lights go down. Here's the best part: it's FREE! The only catch is that you have to wear our Festival t-shirt or sweatshirt to get in. 90-120 min. Tickets available at from the pop-up Festival merchandise table located on the Box Office level.

90-120 min

Show Times:

  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 7:30pm , EFSUR1 – $14/$11