(Frederick Wiseman, 1997) · Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones named this the best Chicago-shot documentary ever, and it’s easy to see why. Wiseman’s study of the now-defunct Ida B. Wells Homes is a monumental work that runs the gamut from tragedy to comedy (indeed the scene in the sex education class is one of the funniest in Wiseman’s filmography). Though filled with sobering images of urban poverty, it also spotlights everyday heroes trying to improve the world around them.
runtime: 195 min format: 16mm
(Orson Welles, 1952) · There was once a Moor in Venice named Othello. He has it all: a well-respected job, a beautiful wife, and a deeply resentful underling. Tricked into believing in his wife's infidelity, Othello unravels. Though the shoot of the film was fragmented over the course of three years, this restoration of Othello maintains Welles' ragged take on the tragedy. A natural follow-up to the The Lady from Shanghai, Welles repeats his role as the fall guy. Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.
runtime: 90 min format: 35mm
(Massimo Dallamano, 1974) · Adding a healthy dose of giallo to the poliziottescho, this second entry in Dallamano's "schoolgirls in peril" trilogy is also his bleakest. When a girl is found hanged, clues lead police to a teenage prostitution ring. But who done this to your daughters? And what about that mysterious leather-clad motorcyclist who keeps leaving bodies in his wake? Dallamano's images bear the elegance expected of Leone's former cinematographer.
runtime: 96 min format: 35mm
(John Carpenter, 1995) · John Trent (Sam Neill) is an insurance investigator looking into the disappearance of novelist Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow). Cane's stories are said to cause paranoia, madness, and hallucinations in his readers, but because Trent hasn't been watching the movies in this series, he thinks that's all just nonsense. Au contraire, Mr. Trent: Cane's missing last book is so evil and powerful that, if published, it would in fact bring about the end of the world!
runtime: 95 min format: 35mm
(Stanley Kubrick, 1999) · Holding the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous shoot at 400 days, Eyes Wide Shut was the most fitting end of Kubrick's career. Receiving top-billing along with the then-married Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, Kubrick compressed elements of all of his previous genre films to form an orgy of film style. To call it an erotic thriller would be reductive--in truth, it's a sonata, a fugue, a waltz all at once, and a film worth experiencing.
runtime: 159 min format: 35mm
(Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 2014) · The new film from the Dardenne Brothers stays true to the brothers's usual exploration of lower-class life in Belgium, a theme that has earned them two Palmes D'Or. Marion Cotillard stars as a mother who must convince her co-workers over a weekend to reject their bonuses in order for her to keep her job. Come see the stunning performance that earned Cotillard a 15 minute standing ovation at Cannes and her second Academy Award nomination.
runtime: 95 min format: DCP
(Frank Tashlin, 1962) · TV repairman Lester (Jerry Lewis) dreams of being a great detective, so when he hears that a wealthy family is searching for its long-lost heir, he jumps at the chance to help a private-eye buddy investigate the mystery. He manages to navigate a world of fortune-hunting lawyers, sinister butlers, exploding boats, and man-eating automatic lawnmowers—but he can’t figure out why the villains of the piece seem so interested in targeting him…
runtime: 63 min format: DCP