Retro Series continues at Marcus Theatres

Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Marcus Theatres is known for their Retro Series of films that they re-release in the theaters, sometimes years after they have been seen on the big screen. From mafia films including “Scarface” and “The Godfather” to the holiday classics like “Christmas Vacation”, it’s always curious to ponder what the next Retro Series will consist of.


The first series to kick off the 2016 year is none other than a Musical Film Series, including some classic, harmonious tales. “Dream Girls”, “Hairspray” and “Moulin Rouge” were the first movies to grace the screen at various Marcus theaters around the Midwest, with Parkwood in Waite Park being one of the lucky ones. The Retro Series is continuing on through February 17th releasing the likes of the epic musical drama, “Les Misérables” on February 7th, 8th and 10th, along with the jazz age film of corruption, “Chicago” on February 14th, 15th and 17th. Tickets for the shows are $5.00 each and premiere on Sunday’s at noon and Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:00pm.


Les Misérables


Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter


“Les Misérables” is an international stage masterpiece, based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, which was adapted and released on the big screen in 2012, directed by Tom Hooper. The film grossed $400 million worldwide at the box office in 2013, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Les Misérables” takes place in 19th-century France, and encompasses all there is with crushed ambition, rejected love, passion and return. The heavy A-list cast does a phenomenal job of carrying out the tone through the 2 hours and 38 minutes of run time, by showing it with the number of awards they were nominated for, while taking home 3 Oscars in 2013, including Anne Hathaway’s Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role category.




Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly and Queen Latifah


When it comes to musical-comedy-crime films, “Chicago” tops the charts. Based off of the 1927 silent film of the same name, brings together scandal, fame and criminality, taking place in none other than 1920’s Chicago. Every cast member holds their characters to a sort of flaw-filled perfection, as they dance and sing into the late nights of the night club scene in the rumbling jazz age. Richard Gere plays a suave attorney by the name of Billy Flynn, who everyone wants on his case. Roxie Hart, played by Renée Zellweger, lusts for the life of a celebrity, adorned in style and eyes focused on the stage. And the main role who Catherine Zeta-Jones portrays, Velma Kelly – the nightclub bombshell turned murderess, strives to keep her fame while she battles with others to stay on top. Make sure to remember though, as they say in the film: “Everyone loves a legend – but in Chicago, there’s only room for one.”
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Jessie Wade

Jessie was the Editor-in-Chief of the University Chronicle during the 2017-2018 academic year. She graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Geography, and a minor in British Studies. Jessie's social media channels are a mix of film and video game goodness, along with gender equality and inspiration vibes. Follow her on twitter @jessieannwade to connect.

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