• “The Big Lebowski” leads off latest Varsity movie schedule

    September 09, 2019
    The Varsity is opening its fall Friday film schedule with a movie that people never tire of seeing, especially on the big screen wth others of like mind. “The Big Lewbowski” will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Come dressed as The Dude or your favorite character for a chance to win prizes. And, the Varsity Bar will be serving White Russians.

    A special showing of “Army of Darkness” is Sept. 27. The movie is being screened in conjunction with SIU Saluki Con. Admission to the screening is free for convention VIP and two-day pass holders.

    The Varsity is especially excited to show the latest film by Jim Jarmusch’s latest film on Oct. 11. “The Dead Don’t Die” is Jarmusch’s hip take on the zombie movie and boasts a cast of stars including Billy Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, RZA, Selena Gomez and Tom Waits.

    Other October films include “The Addams Family,” “Hocus Pocus” and “Beetlejuice.”

    All showings are on Fridays and begin at 7. Tickets are $7 or $5 for students with ID. They are available in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. They are not available in advance at the venue, but can be purchased the night of the show when doors open. Doors and the Varsity Bar open at 6:30.

    The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. To keep up with all upcoming events at venue, go to www,facebook.com/varsitycenter.

    Here is the next round of Friday Flicks; synopses are from rottentomatoes.com.

    “The Big Lebowski,” Sept. 20: The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot and gallons of White Russians (made with fresh cream, please). In 1991, unemployed '60s refugee Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) grooves into his laid-back Los Angeles lifestyle. He enjoys hanging with his bowling buddies, pompous security-store owner Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) and mild-mannered ex-surfer Donny (Steve Buscemi). However, the Dude's life takes an alternate route the afternoon two goons break into his threadbare Venice, California, bungalow, rough him up, and urinate on his living room rug. However, the goons grabbed the wrong Jeff Lebowski. (1998) Rated for for pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality and brief violence.

    “Army of Darkness,” Sept. 27: The third in director Sam Raimi's stylish, comic book-like horror trilogy that began with “The Evil Dead” in 1982, this tongue-in-cheek sequel offers equal parts sword-and-sorcery-style action, gore, and comedy. Bruce Campbell returns as the one-armed Ash, now a supermarket employee who is transported by the powers of a mysterious book back in time with his Oldsmobile '88 to the 14th century medieval era. Armed only with a shotgun, his high school chemistry textbook, and a chainsaw that mounts where his missing appendage once resided, the square-jawed, brutally competent Ash quickly establishes himself as a besieged kingdom's best hope against an "army of darkness" currently plaguing the land. (1993) Rated R for violence and horror.
    Note: This screening is free for Saluki Con VIP and two-day pass holders.

    “The Addams Family,” Oct. 4: The film is based on the characters from the cartoon created by cartoonist Charles Addams and the 1964 TV series produced by David Levy. Directed by former cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld in his screen directing debut, the film stars Anjelica Huston as Morticia AddamsRaúl Juliá as Gomez AddamsChristina Ricci as Wednesday AddamsJudith Malina as Grandma Addams, and Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester. The film focuses on a bizarre, macabre, aristocratic family who reconnect with who they believe to be a long-lost relative, Gomez's brother, Fester Addams, who is actually the adopted son of a loan shark intending to swindle the Addams clan out of their vast wealth and fortune. (1991) Rated PG-13.

    “The Dead Don’t Die,” Oct. 11: According to the studio, this is “the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled.” It stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat and Tom Waits. The plot? The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves. (2019) Rated R for zombie violence and gore, and for language.

    “Hocus Pocus,” Oct. 18: The people of Salem capture and execute three witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) for practicing witchcraft. Before their deaths, they vow to return to Salem on Halloween to exact their revenge. Three hundred years later, a skeptical, newly transplanted Californian, Max, explores the ruins of the legendary witches house and dares them to manifest themselves. Max lights the Candle of Black Flame. With that, the witches reappear to wreak havoc on the town. The kids take off with the witches’ spell book. The sorceresses, who will die by the morning light if they don't recite the incantation for immortality, have to get the books by whatever means they can. (1993) Rated PG for some scary sequences and for language.

     “Beetlejuice,” Oct. 25: Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, the couple must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next 50 years. The house is now owned by insufferable yuppies Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones. Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these obnoxious interlopers, Davis and Baldwin do their best to scare O'Hara and Jones away, but their house-haunting skills are pathetic at best. In desperation, the ghostly couple engage the services of a veteran scaremeister: a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, flatulent "gonzo" spirit named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). (1988) Rated PG for adult situations and language, violence.