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August 7–13, 2015

Chicago Premiere

The Runner

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Film still: The Runner
"Nicolas Cage gives a nicely subdued lead performance"
  —Chicago Reader
"A smart political drama that benefits greatly from a powerful ending where cynicism about American leadership meets a chillingly dark sort of existentialism"
  —The Chicagoist

Set in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 BP oil spill, The Runner centers on Colin Price (Nicolas Cage), an idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman who is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a torrid sex scandal. Despite the fact that his political capital is severely weakened, he finds himself committed to protecting the welfare of this constituency. He is now inspired to valiantly fight for those civic issues which originally sparked his original passion for politics.

The Runner gives many well-known actors a chance to define themselves in key supporting roles, including Connie Nielsen as his wife, Peter Fonda as his father and Wendell Pierce as his chief-of-staff. In what looks to be a nice change of pace for Cage, the Leaving Las Vegas star is in top form, as he delivers a powerful and poignant performance in this contemporary political drama about disgrace and redemption.

Directed by Austin Stark, 2015, U.S.A., 90 mins.


  • Fri., Aug. 7 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Aug. 8 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Aug. 9 at 5:30 & 7:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Aug. 10–13 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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