In a new monthly series in the Screens section, we’ll highlight some of the film happenings around Chicago, from major theatrical openings to arthouse screenings and independent events. This month, Darren Aronofsky’s much anticipated latest film hits theaters, local filmmakers make shorts in just 48 hours, and the annual Reeling Film Festival returns. Read on for our selections of what not to miss this month.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Director’s Cut 40th Anniversary 4k Re-release) – Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece returns to theaters in a fresh new print. Even if you’ve seen it a million times, see it again like never before. Critic Steve Prokopy revisits the classic here.
Wayne’s World in Millennium Park – It’s your last chance to see a movie al fresco this summer in Chicago’s biggest outdoor movie theater, and the city’s going out with a bang. On its 25th anniversary, none other than Alice Cooper (who, you’ll recall, has a cameo in the film) will introduce the American comedy classic. Film starts at 6:30p.m.; singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody is optional.
Labyrinth Quote-Along at Music Box Theatre – The classic cinema on Southport continues its streak of great reasons to leave your living room with a one-night-only interactive screening of 1986’s cult classic. David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly and you. Get tickets here.
48-Hour Film Project – A nationwide initiative, Chicago’s 48-Hour Film Project actually already happened, when teams of filmmakers banded together to create a new short film according to surprise criteria. This month, head out to Music Box Theatre to check them all out and see who takes home top honors.
mother! – Darren Aronofsky is averaging a new film every few years, so when the creative mind behind Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler and Black Swan has a new one, it’s worth taking note. Jennifer Lawrence stars as a woman who finds her tranquil home life upended when unexpected guests arrive. Based on the trailer (below), this one’s not for the faint of heart.
Reeling Film Festival – Chicago’s LGBTQ film festival returns to Music Box Theatre for its thirty-fifth edition. Featuring the best cinema with themes, storylines and characters that explore LGBTQ perspectives, many films screen just once, so don’t let the one week film festival pass you by. Full line-up here.
There’s no shortage of great cinema to enjoy around the Windy City in September. What will you see this month?