Summer of Love Bug - FREE
Friday Night, July 25th
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to see a family classic under the stars. Vorderman Volkswagen, Cinema Center, Bravas, Ginger Kitchen, and Shaffer Multimedia are bringing you a Summer of Love (Bug!) that you will never forget!
On July 25th, Vorderman Volkswagen will hold a VW car rally and show in our parking lot on Clay and Berry St. that will start at 7pm. While you are checking out some of the coolest VW cars from the area, be sure to enjoy food from Bravas and The Ginger Kitchen!
At sundown, our friends at ShafferMultimedia will project the old Disney hit, The Love Bug in the grassy area of the lot! For this outdoor screening, please be sure to bring your own seat or blanket.
This screening is FREE and open to the public! We can't wait for you to bring your whole family to this event.
Herbie is a lovable little Volkswagen with a personality all its own. Abused by a bad guy race-car driver (David Tomlinson), Herbie is rescued by a good guy racer (Dean Jones). Out of gratitude, Herbie enables the luckless good guy to win one race after another. The real fun begins when the ruthless hot-rodder connives to get Herbie back through fair means or foul.
110 min., Rated G.
Life Itself: Opens August 1st - One Week Only!
This is a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert - a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
"3.5/4 Stars. Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world's most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory 'Life Itself' is also a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived - right up to the very last moment." - Chicago Sun-Times.
"It's another mark of the director's skill that he took me deeper into aspects of that life that I thought I knew the most about." - Los Angeles Times.
"A fulsome appreciation of the life and work of the world's most famous film critic." - Hollywood Reporter.
112 min., Rated R.
Monty Python Live (Mostly)
August 6th at 7:30pm & August 10th at 4pm
No Cinema Center passes, Patron Member discount or Lincoln discount can be applied to the purchase of this event's ticket.
For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will perform live on stage together this year. Broadcast from London’s O2 Arena, Monty Python Live (mostly) will play in cinemas around the globe.
At a combined age of just 358, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will once again perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists.
Monty Python are rightfully regarded as among the world’s finest-ever comedians. They influenced a generation and revolutionized comedy. Their eagerly awaited reunion promises to be among the biggest live events of 2014.
I Origins - Opens August 8th
This movie tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner Karen (Brit Marling), they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and spiritual beliefs. Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has ever known to validate his theory.
"A bold, original and exceptionally fine second feature from former Sundance award-winner Mike Cahill." - Hollywood Reporter.
"Persuasive sci-fi tech talk, soulful romance and an earnest stab at metaphysics combine in director Mike Cahill's polished second feature." - Time Out New York.
"A true indie film roller-coaster ride, from moon-eyed romance to aching heartbreak, cerebral puzzle to incredibly moving, emotional resolution to that puzzle." - Movie Nation.
107 min., Rated R.
Boyhood - Opens August 15th
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before.
"100% Fresh." - RottenTomatoes.com.
"5/5 Stars. One of the most remarkable moviegoing experiences I've ever had." - Richard Roeper.
"4/4 Stars. Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale is the best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.
165 min., Rated R.
Rise Above The Mark - One Time Showing
Sunday, August 17th at 2pm
Regular Pricing Applies.
Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education and Cinema Center are working together to bring you a one time showing of Rise Above the Mark! A discussion will follow the showing.
The purpose of Rise Above the Mark, narrated by Peter Coyote, is to educate the general public about the “corporate takeover” of Indiana public schools and what parents, community members and educators can do to protect their local public schools. Legislators are calling the shots and putting public schools in an ever-shrinking box. WLCSC Board of School Trustees and Superintendent of Schools, Rocky Killion, want to secure resources and legislative relief necessary to achieve the school district’s mission of creating a world-class educational system for all children. The school district’s strategic plan will introduce a model of education that puts decision making back into the hands of local communities and public school teachers, rather than leaving it in the hands of legislators and ultimately lining the pockets of corporations.
Life After Beth - Opens August 22nd
After his girlfriend (Aubrey PLaza) unexpectedly dies, Zach (Dane DeHaan) is devastated. However, he gets a second chance at love after she rises from the dead.
"Charming, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny." - Variety.
"Sometimes tender, sometimes frantic, and always funny, the film's surprising coherence is exemplified in a climactic scene that pairs credible heartbreak with pure slapstick." - Hollywood Reporter.
"A funny, dark and oddly heartwarming look at the complexities of dating a girl who's slowly turning into a zombie." - Movies.com.
91 min., Rated R.
Mood Indigo - Opens August 22nd
Wealthy, inventive bachelor Colin (Romain Duris) endeavors to find a cure for his lover Chloe (Audrey Tautou) after she's diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.
"Mood Indigo perfectly balances Director Gondry's ornamental creativity and the verité storytelling of his more recent work, combining refined style and raw emotion into one devastating, beautiful package." - The Wrap.
"An experience that's at once emotionally potent and visually delightful." - Film Magazine.
"Filled with visually arresting invention in virtually every frame, the film draws us into its bizarre, surreal world with humour and zest" - Urban Cinefile.
94 min., Unrated.
Taste of the Arts: The Sandlot
One Time Showing
Saturday, August 23rd
Outside on the Arts United Center Building
Cinema Center and Arts United team up again for an outdoor movie on the front of the Arts United Center to celebrate Taste of the Arts. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for the event, seating will be in the plaza in front of the Arts United Center. The movie will begin when the Dessert Portion of The Taste starts.
The Sandlot is sparsely narrated by the main character (now an adult) who occasionally drops in on the action to comment on events or help move the story along. Tom Guiry plays Scotty Smalls, the shy new kid on the block who wants to join the rowdy pickup baseball team that plays every day in the neighborhood sandlot. But he doesn't know how to catch a baseball, and his stepfather (Dennis Leary) is too busy to teach him. He tries out for the sandlot gang anyway, and though he isn't very good, itturns out he's lucky: there happen to be only eight of them, and nine makes a team. The summer passes blissfully as Scotty learns to play ball under the wing of Benny Rodriguez (Mike Vitar), the oldest and best player, as well as Ham, Squints, Repeat, and the rest of the kid-eccentrics. The skies darken, however, when Benny literally knocks the stuffing out of the team's only baseball, a sign of impending doom, or worse, bad luck. Wanting to set things right, Scotty returns home and "borrows" his stepfather's ball, which he promptly uses to hit his first home run, knocking the ball clear out of the sandlot into mean old Mr. Mertle (James Earl Jones)'s junkyard, home to Mertle's legendary guard dog The Beast. Scotty admits that he took the ball without asking, and he naively explains that his stepfather will want it back since it had a woman's name written on it: some lady named Babe Ruth. Horror-stricken, the sandlot gang mobilizes to fetch the autographed ball from the clutches of The Beast, building a series of mechanical ball-retrieval machines which get progressively more complicated and preposterous as The Beast's size grows in their imaginations.
101 min., Rated PG.
The Dog - Opens August 29th
An intimate portrait of the vivacious John Wojtowicz, the inspiration behind Al Pacino's character in Sidney Lumet's Oscar Nominated Dog Day Afternoon. Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men. In August, 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hourhostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz, and when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog." Filmed over the course of a ten-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70s era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz's larger- than-life persona: he is by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank robber.
"How often Hollywood embellishes. How rare, then, to find a documentary like The Dog, in which we discover that, if anything, Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon left out much of the incredible story behind its 1972 hostage crisis." - Variety.
"Vintage material and first-hand accounts add to engaging expansion on the true-crime tale." - Hollywood Reporter.
"The film allows John to tell his story his way, while we meet a number of other key players in his life that tell the tale with equal frankness, if occasionally under a mask of self-delusion." - Twitch.
101 min., Unrated.
Dog Day Afternoon - One Time Showing
Regular Pricing Applies.
Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Shortly before closing time, scheming loser Sonny (Al Pacino) and his slow-witted buddy, Sal (John Cazale), burst into a Brooklyn bank for what should be a run-of-the-mill robbery, but everything goes wrong, beginning with the fact that there is almost no money in the bank. The situation swiftly escalates, as Sonny and Sal take hostages; enough cops to police the tristate area surround the bank; a large Sonny-sympathetic crowd gathers to watch; the media arrive to complete the circus; and police captain Moretti (Charles Durning) tries to negotiate with Sonny while keeping the volatile spectacle under control. When Sonny's lover, Leon (Chris Sarandon), tries to talk Sonny out of the bank, we learn the robbery's motive: to finance Leon's sex-change operation. Sonny demands a plane to escape, but the end is near once menacingly cool FBI agent Sheldon (James Broderick) arrives to take over the negotiations.
150 min., Rated R.
God Help the Girl - Opens September 12th
Eve is a catastrophe-low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a pop group. In God Help the Girl, writer/director Stuart Murdoch creates a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as a sublime indie-pop musical from one of indie pop's biggest songwriters. The project began as a suite of songs, written while Murdoch was in between records and tours as lead singer of Belle and Sebastian. He nurtured it for nearly a decade into a fully formed film, set in the bohemian fantasia of Glasgow's West End, which is populated by mods, rockers, and emo kids who have no qualms about breaking into song and dance. While a treat for the eyes, thanks to the candy-colored cinematography, as well as the ears, thanks to Murdoch's undeniable gift for crafting fantastic pop songs, it's the top-notch cast that delivers the film. Star turns from Emily Browning (Sleeping Beauty, Sucker Punch), Olly Alexander (Le Week-End, Bright Star) and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones, Skins) elevate what might have been an exercise in twee to an emotional, heartfelt film that will resonate with audiences of all ages.
111 min., Unrated.
The Congress - Opens September 19th
More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio's head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright's digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in "The Congress" convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.
122 min., Unrated.
The Royal Shakespeare Company's Production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona
September 26th, 28th, October 10th & 12th
No Cinema Center passes, Patron Member discount or Lincoln discount can be applied to the purchase of this event's ticket.
We’re thrilled to be screening a live cinema broadcast recording from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. The Two Gentleman of Verona will be playing at Cinema Center September 26th at 7pm, September 28th at 2pm, October 10th at 7pm, and October 12th at 2pm. Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Member Admission.
The play centers around Valentine and Proteus, the two gentlemen of Verona, who travel to Milan and learn about the world of courtship. They are best friends, but love for the same woman comes between them. Using the ploy of disguises, true love prevails and the friends are reconciled.