Special Events

10/02/18 @ 9:30 PM


(Bradley Cooper, 2018) · Start your first week off right, by joining Doc Films for a FREE advance screening of A Star is Born, Bradley Cooper's feature directorial debut starring Lady Gaga! In the latest remake of one of Hollywood's oldest stories, Cooper plays Jackson Maine, a rock 'n' roll star who recognizes potential in Ally (Lady Gaga), an aspiring singer. Come see the movie that received an eight-minute ovation at the Venice Film Festival before it's released in theaters! First come, first serve basis--no tickets or pre-registration! In the event that there are more attendees than available seats, we will be giving students with valid ID priority. Our theatre seats 465 persons. Non-students will be admitted 15 minutes prior to the show start.

runtime: 136m format: DCP


10/08/18 @ 9:15 PM


(Damien Chazelle, 2018) · On the heels of their six-time Academy Award-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures' First Man, the riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie explores the sacrifices and the cost--on Armstrong and on the nation--of one of the most dangerous missions in history. First come, first serve basis--no tickets or pre-registration! In the event that there are more attendees than available seats, we will be giving students with valid ID priority. Our theatre seats 465 persons. Non-students will be admitted 15 minutes prior to the show start.

runtime: 141m format: DCP


10/09/18 @ 9:15 PM


(Barry Jenkins, 2017) · Co-sponsored by the Organization of Black Students! A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.

runtime: 115m format: DCP


10/15/18 @ 9:30 PM

The Way He Looks

(Daniel Ribeiro, 2014) · Join UChicago's LGBT+ Resource Group for this special screening in honor of LGBT History Month and the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day! In Ribeiro's coming-of-age film, blind teenager Leo's perspective on the world and himself changes when the new kid Gabriel arrives. All proceeds raised from this screening will be donated to the Brave Space Alliance, a black and trans-led non-profit located on the south side of Chicago that provides health and wellness, leadership, and visibility services to Chicago's LGBTQ+ community.

runtime: 96m format: DCP


10/16/18 @ 9:30 PM

The Truman Show

(Peter Weir, 1998) · 20th Anniversary! When it premiered, The Truman Show's premise seemed far-fetched, but today it's more relevant than ever in a world devoid of privacy and dominated by reality TV. The movie follows Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey), the unwitting star of a television show that tracks his every move and is broadcasted to the world. Everything that happens in Truman's life is orchestrated by director Christof (Ed Harris) as he seeks to show his audience what an everyday man's life looks like in this artificial world.

runtime: 103m format: 35mm


10/22/18 @ 9:30 PM

Days of Heaven

(Terrence Malick, 1978) · 40th Anniversary! "Landscape is character," wrote Henry James, and rarely has a film fixed its eye so closely upon the golden sprawl of the American West as Malick's masterpiece. A Chicago steel worker flees with his girlfriend and sister to the Texas panhandle to work for a sickly farmer, in this rumination on the pioneer myth that proves as quietly devastating as it is beautiful. Days of Heaven sears itself into the senses with its magic-hour cinematography, and some of the most lyrical narration ever put to screen.

runtime: 95m format: 35mm


10/23/18 @ 9:30 PM

The Heroic Trio

(Johnnie To, 1993) · Before Michelle Yeoh was kicking ass as the matriarch of Crazy Rich Asians, she was kicking ass in this trio of evil-vanquishing superheroines. Fellow Hong Kong superstars Maggie Cheung and Anita Mui round out the eponymous team of martial arts masters, who step up to challenge an ancient supernatural villain bent on conquering the world by kidnapping babies destined to become emperors. To's frenetic, unhinged action scenes lend the film a delightfully campy air. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

runtime: 104m format: 35mm


10/27/18 @ 2:00 PM

Chosen (Custody of the Eyes)

(Abbie Reese, 2018) · This documentary is a coming-of-age story--the female hero's journey--focusing on Heather as she is in the process of becoming Sister Amata. Chosen is a collaboration between Director Abbie Reese and the nun-in-training (a former blogger and painter). Abbie began interviewing Heather in 2005 and obtained permission, after the young woman joined the Corpus Christi Monastery in 2011, to lend her a video camera to document monastic life and her own impressions. Sister Amata conveys, in the captivating footage, her struggles and aims as she attempts to assimilate into a strict religious order that traces to medieval times and Saint Francis. The contemplative nuns make a vow of enclosure, seek anonymity, and observe monastic silence. The nuns withdraw from the world and embrace a life of penance to pray for the rest of humanity. There will be a Q&A with Director Abbie Reese after the screening. The screening is sponsored by The University of Chicago Divinity School's Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion. The Seminary Co-op Bookstore will be on-hand with paperbacks and hardcover copies of Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns (Oxford University Press, 2014).

runtime: 110m format: DCP


10/30/18 @ 9:30 PM

Let the Right One In

(Tomas Alfredson, 2008) · 10th Anniversary! For twelve-year-old Oskar, revenge is just a fantasy. A perfect target in both stature and disposition, he is ceaselessly tormented by other boys at school, but feels powerless to retaliate--until he meets the vampire Eli, that is. Her physical need for blood emboldens his own bloodthirstiness until it finally finds an outlet. As their friendship deepens, however, Oskar and Eli must try to find peace for themselves amidst the fallout of a relationship born from violence.

runtime: 115m format: 35mm


10/31/18 @ 9:30 PM

The Exorcist

(William Friedkin, 1973) · Join us on Halloween for the 45th anniversary of this horror classic! "If movies are, among other things, opportunities for escapism, then The Exorcist is one of the most powerful ever made," Ebert wrote in his review of Friedkin's opus. The first horror film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, The Exorcist remains a pinnacle of the horror genre thanks to its piercing and enduringly relevant insights into spirituality, faith, and motherhood.

runtime: 133m format: DCP


11/06/18 @ 4:30 PM


(Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, 1998) · 20th Anniversary! One of the last films of Disney's Renaissance era, Mulan was a fresh take on women's roles in Disney films. After her aging father is drafted into the Chinese army to fight the Hun invasion, Mulan famously disguises herself as a man to take his place. She must rely on her own wits and intelligence to safely return home, but not before facing off against the general of the Hun army himself.

runtime: 88m format: 35mm


11/09/18 @ 9:45 PM


(Peter Farrelly, 2018) · Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) and Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings) star in Green Book, the stealth Oscar contender that ran away with all of the festival season buzz. Dr. Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist who's about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.

runtime: 130m format: DCP


11/11/18 @ 1:30 PM

The Incredibles: Double Feature!

(Brad Bird, 2004) · Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl were two of the greatest superheroes, before the government banned them as part of the Superhero Relocation program. Now, they are leading "normal" lives in the suburbs, with their three kids who also have superpowers. Stripped of his identity, Mr. Incredible finds himself dissatisfied with his life. When the opportunity comes to help save the world again, Mr. Incredible takes it only to find himself in grave danger. Only his family, the Incredibles, can save him.

runtime: 116m format: DCP


11/19/18 @ 9:30 PM


(Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998) · 20th Anniversary! After Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski has his rug desecrated (it really tied the room together), he discovers that he's been mistaken for a millionaire also named Jeff Lebowski, who then recruits him to deliver the ransom for his kidnapped trophy wife. Both a eulogy to idleness and a poke at mental insipidity, The Big Lebowski proceeds to unfurl an unforgettable array of personalities and misadventures, chock full of iconic scenes and memorable lines.

runtime: 119m format: 35mm


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