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Movie Roundup: So Much To See

By Steven Pate in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 9, 2012 8:40PM


  • Today and tomorrow, head to the Chicago Film Archives for ridiculously low prices on 16mm films at the very first CFA Film Sale. You may have already missed your chance to fork over $400 for the complete Fat Albert series, but there are still lots of great titles to choose from. From Disney films to Frogs Are Funny, Frogs Are Fat, there are some real gems here, and films whose color has faded are discounted steeply. If you score one of the Town Mouse and The Country Mouse, please let us know when to come over. We'll bring the popcorn. The sale goes until 5pm today and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the CFA vault, 329 W. 18th St., Suite #317.

  • Fans of Chicago House music and people who liked being filmed while partying should be heading to Bridgeport tomorrow night. House producer Lil Louis is creating a documentary called The House that Chicago Built about the genre he helped to foster. Tickets to the event at the Zhou B Art Center are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

  • The latest from Law and Order mastermind Dick Wolf, "Chicago Fire," begins filming in Chicago next week. The show will focus on the personal lives of firefighters, not the elaborate plot to set Mrs. O'Leary's cow up as a patsy. Filming on the second season of "Boss" gets underway as well.

  • Angelina Jolie doesn't regularly spend any time in Illinois, and isn't afraid to say so to a federal judge. Legal experts soon to weigh in on whether or not she has a leg to stand on.

  • Two Chicagoist favorites from last year's Chicago International Film Festival are finally opening locally. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's meditative re-visioning of the police procedural, opens today at the Music Box. Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin can freak out parents in Chicago starting tonight at Facets.

  • The Talking Pictures Festival kicked off last night and runs through the weekend at multiple locations in Evanston. We know several Chicagoistos and heading to see another CIFF pick from 2011, Andrew Bird: Fever Year, tomorrow at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, where filmmaker Xan Aranda will be in attendance.

  • Director Errol Magidson's will be at a screening of his documentary Chicago's Only Castle: The History of Givins' Irish Castle and Its Keepers on Sunday at 1:30pm at the Chicago History Museum. Magidson wants to raise awareness of the 125-year-old Beverly Hills-Morgan park landmark and raise some money for its preservation.

  • Our pals at Gapers Block are presenting a documentary on something dear to our hearts this month, showcasing a documentary about Templeton Rye on Thursday, March 22, at 8 p.m. at the Mayne Stage Theater. The story of the Iowa distillery's history as supplier of Al Capone, through 80 years of illegality and to commercial success sounds delicious.