‘The Matrix’ launches February movies at the Wildey


EDWARDSVILLE — A now-classic sci-fi flick, one of Marlon Brando’s best-known films, and a legendary western are on Tuesday’s $3 Movies program in February at the Wildey Theater.

The February movie calendar kicks off with the 1999 original “The Matrix” starring Keanu Reeves.

The original film was followed by “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003) and “The Matrix Revolutions” (2003). The franchise recently picked up again with the 2021 release of “The Matrix Resurrections.”

“I’m sure some people who saw the new movie weren’t even born in 1999, so it’s a chance for them to see where the whole franchise started,” Wildey’s manager Al Canal said.

On February 8, the Wildey will switch gears with a screening of the 1951 classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” starring Marlo Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” is adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. The film tells the story of a southern belle, Blanche DuBois, who, after suffering a series of personal losses, leaves her aristocratic background to take refuge with her sister and brother-in-law in a dilapidated apartment building in New Orleans. .

The film earned approximately $4,250,000 at the American and Canadian box office in 1951, making it the fifth highest grossing of the year. He received Oscar nominations in 10 other categories and won three, including Best Supporting Actor (Malden) and Best Supporting Actress (Hunter).

In 1999, “A Streetcar Named Desire” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

“It’s a great movie with a great cast. Marlon Brandon was an amazing actor, from that movie to ‘The Godfather’ many years later,” Canal said.

For more on the films, check out film critic Mary Cox’s review of “Munich: The Edge of War.”

Wildey’s next film is a classic 1969 western, “The Wild Bunch.”

Directed by Sam Peckinpah, “The Wild Bunch” stars William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates.

The plot concerns an aging gang of outlaws on the Mexico/United States border trying to adapt to the changing modern world of 1913. The film was controversial due to its graphic violence and of its depiction of crude men trying to survive by any means available.

“The Savage Band” was also selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

“A few weeks ago we had people drive up from St. Louis for a Tuesday screening of ‘Dumb and Dumber,'” Canal said. “I tell people I’m always open to suggestions, and they said they’d love for us to show ‘The Wild Bunch’.

“As they came in to watch the film, I got in line with the licensing companies to see if it was available, and it was. I processed my request and printed a poster, so when these guys came out to see “Dumb and Dumber”, the poster for “The Wild Bunch” was already hanging on the wall.

The final Tuesday movie of the month, slated for February 22, has yet to be announced.

$3 tickets are available beginning at 3 p.m. on movie day at the Wildey Theater box office.

Tickets are cash or check only. Cash and credit cards are accepted for concessions. The lobby opens at 6 p.m. and all seats are general admission.


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