Let's get to it.
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
COLOR OUT OF SPACE - (through Jan. 30th) Daily at 9:30pm; also at 11:20am Sat./Sun. The long-awaited directorial return of Richard Stanley (Dust Devil, Hardware) is finally here with a dazzling, ultra vivid, sci-fi horror film starring Nic Cage and Joely Richardson. Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, a family moves to a remote farm for a quiet life, which quickly turns into a terrifying nightmare after a meteorite lands nearby and an extraterrestrial organism begins to infect both their bodies and minds. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
PARASITE - (through Jan. 30th) Director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Memories of Murder, Snowpiercer) is a master at his craft and it's worth seeking out his entire body of work. The moods, tension, horror, and even comedy within his films work exquisitely together. Times vary. Also, the fantastic whodunit, KNIVES OUT, continues through Jan. 30th. Landmark Century Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60657.
ZOMBI CHILD - (Jan. 24th-26th; 28th-30th) French fantasy drama connecting the past (slavery, Haitian voodoo) with present-day social hierarchies among schoolgirls; presenting a strong look at race, class, and cultural appropriation. A young girl becomes obsessed with her new friend's familial connection to voodoo. Times vary. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago 60601.
PARASITE - (through Jan. 30th) South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer) made this wonderful film that has six Oscar 2020 nominations, including one for Best Picture. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
AT THE VIDEO STORE - (Jan. 24th at 8pm & Jan. 25th at 5:30pm) Q&A with director James Westby (Film Geek, The Auteur) at both of the screenings. Documentary celebrating the indie video store, from nostalgic stories to what's available today. Includes interviews with Bill Hader, John Waters, Thelma Schoonmaker, and more. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago 60601.
RINGU - (Jan. 24th at 4pm & Jan. 28th at 6pm) Hideo Nakata's creepy 1998 adaptation of Koji Suzuki's Ring novel. (The American version by Verbinski later released in 2002.) Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago 60601.
VHYES - (Jan. 24th & 25th) Midnight retro madness in the form of a bizarre comedy shot in totality on VHS. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
PARASITE - (Jan. 24th-30th) Bong Joon-ho's brilliant, award-winning South Korean take on the “Eat the Rich” saying. Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091.
THE TURNING - (Jan. 24th-29th) Loosely adapted from Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw. Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 South Route 59, Naperville, IL 60540.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - (Sat., Jan. 25th at 11:55pm) Full cast performance each Saturday at midnight. Hollywood Boulevard Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [35mm] - (Sat., Jan. 25th at midnight) Preceded by short film Road Trash. Sponsored by ALTER. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - (Sat., Jan. 25th at 3pm; Jan. 27th at 8:15pm) This version of the classic tale was made in 1978 in Czechoslovakia and has a bird-like man-beast! Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago 60601.
GHOST IN THE SHELL - (Jan. 25th at 4pm) 25th anniversary of the highly-regarded anime. (DCP) Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
KNIVES OUT - (Jan. 25th at 7pm & 9:30pm; Sun. 4pm) Accomplished whodunit by Rian Johnson that ticks all the boxes for entertaining moviegoers of all types. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial - (Jan. 26th at 2pm) Free parking, full bar. New Beverly Cinema, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655.
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE - (Jan. 29th at 2pm & 7pm) Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062.
Movie Trivia Night - (Tuesdays at 8pm) Every Tuesday in their swanky lounge! Team limit 5 people. Winning team members receive a Logan Theatre gift card! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
THEY LIVE [35mm] - (Jan. 30th at 7pm) Classic John Carpenter! Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
THE OMEN - (Jan. 30th at 9:30pm) (1976) Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
BUG -(Jan. 23rd-March 8th) The intense tale of a mismatched pair in Oklahoma whose relationship goes terribly, terribly wrong. When paranoia, bugs, and government conspiracies destroy any semblance of sanity! Written by Tracy Letts (The Sinner, Homeland, Lady Bird) and directed by David Cromer (The Newsroom). Starring Carrie Coon (The Leftovers, The Sinner, Fargo TV series), Namir Smallwood (Chicago Fire), Gary Cole (Office Space), and Randall Arney (Chain Reaction). Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL.
EVIL DEAD: The Musical - (Jan. 23rd-Feb. 29th) This gory comedic mashup takes from all three (The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness) and creates a wildly funny, bloody musical (complete with Splatter Zone seats)! Directed by Matty Gregg. (Under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.) Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL. TICKETS.
NEIGHBORHOOD 3: Requisition of Doom - (Jan. 29th-Feb. 29th) Parents with teenagers addicted to horror games online cannot connect with them and the lines between reality and virtual worlds blur together. While the kids battle zombies in fake neighborhoods, their own becomes a mess in other ways. Healy Theatre, 2350 N. Racine, Chicago, IL 60614.
THE MOUSETRAP - (Jan. 16th-Feb. 16th) Agatha Christie murder mystery! Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis, Chicago, IL.
WHISPER HOUSE - (Jan. 10th-Feb. 15th) Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm. A young boy is sent to live with his aunt in a remote, haunted lighthouse after his father dies in WW2. He must deal with demons both around and within him. Presented by Black Button Eyes Productions at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago, IL.
EVENTS / OUTINGS:
WORLD WAR Z Book Discussion - (Jan. 27th at 6pm) Chicago Public Library (West Lawn branch) hosts a discussion of Max Brooks' zombie epic novel. Book copies will be available at the checkout desk in the library. Palermo's of 63rd Pizza & Restaurant, 3751 W. 63rd St., Chicago, IL 60629.
Sci-Fi Book Club: All the Birds in the Sky - (Jan. 29th at 7:30pm) Charlie Jane Anders' sci-fi book will be discussed! Quigley's Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 60540.
Troll Hunt! - (through June 2020) Search across 1700 acres of The Morton Arboretum for troll sculptures ranging from 15ft. to 30ft. tall! Tips: Check the site for info, maps, and locations so you do not get lost and please do not go without wearing some form of strong bug spray. Extra tips HERE. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532. Troll Cheat Sheet!
Space Golf - (Daily) Alien-themed outer space fun with blacklight mini golf, 3D golfing, holograms, a Sci-Fi Cafe, and more. 15611 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, IL 60462.
Bad Axe Throwing - (Days/times vary) Group rates apply or do a walk-in for $20 for one hour. Bad Axe Chicago, 2828 N. Clark (Atrium Level), Chicago, IL. (888) 435-0001.
TOURS, ESCAPE ROOM:
Fox in a Box Escape Room - Visit their newest room, Zodiac, which is themed on the successor to the Zodiac Killer. The room was scenically designed by a designer from the Field Museum. 47 W. Polk, Suite L5, Chicago, IL 60605. (Recently ranked #1 escape room in the USA and #2 in the world for the month of March 2019.)
Chicago Rage Room - Got rage? Get rid of it pronto with the sweetest release (without hurting anyone!). Pay for items to break or bring your own! Room prices begin at $15. (Reservations required.) 153 W. Ohio, Chicago, IL 60654.
Chicago Ghost Tours App - A free app for enjoying audio and photo tours of Chicago's Haunted Archer Avenue is available, courtesy of Edward Shanahan, a fellow ChicagoNOW blogger (check out his blog, Chicago Paranormal & Spiritual). He is also a psychic and paranormal host who has worked on making his app a great addition to fans of Haunted Archer. The app includes 16 locations and 6 cemeteries. Free download! Shanahan also has a free online magazine.
Mind Trap Escape Rooms - Solve the clues to get out within 60 minutes! 299 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538. (630) 216-9609.
Chicago Hauntings Bus Tours - One of the longest-running ghost tours in Chicago, each 2.5 hour tour is led by founder, paranormal investigator, and author Ursula Bielski and her partner, author David Cowan. Routine stops include locations of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Death Alley, gangland sites, murder sites, and more. Departs at the Congress Hotel. For schedules, all tours, and background information, please see ChicagoHauntings.com.
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