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CWRU Film Society Spring 2017 Schedule

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Schedule subject to change without notice. Movie information provided by the Internet Movie Database and Rotten Tomatoes.

Friday and Saturday, January 20-21, 2017
42nd Annual Sci-fi Marathon

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Friday, January 27, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Clue (1985)
Rated PG (94 min.) Director: Jonathan Lynn
With Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, and Tim Curry
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery. Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with a gun? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth the butler? Meet all the notorious suspects and discover all their foul play things. You'll love their dastardly doings as the bodies and the laughs pile up before your eyes.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 7:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Ben Hur (1959)
Rated G (212 min.) Director: William Wyler
With Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, and Stephen Boyd
Format: Blu-ray
Cosponsored by Case Classics Society
Read more about it at IMDb

When Prince Judah Ben-Hur hears that his childhood friend Messala has been named to command the Roman garrison of Jerusalem, he is thrilled. He soon finds, however, that his friend has changed and has become an arrogant conqueror, full of the grandeur of Rome. When Judah refuses to divulge the names of Jews who oppose Roman rule, Messala decides to make an example of him and sends him off as a galley slave. Through fate and good fortune, Judah survives the galleys and manages to return to Jerusalem in the hopes of finding his mother and sister, who were also imprisoned, and to seek revenge against his one-time friend.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Blaxploitalian (2016) FREE ADMISSION
NR (65 min.) Director: Fred Kudjo Kuwornu
With Jonis Bashir, Livio Beshir, Salvatore Marino
Format: Blu-ray
Sponsored by Deptartment of Modern Languages and Literature

Q & A with the director

Read more about it at IMDbLarge Poster

BlaxploItalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema is a documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers never heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema. With modern day interviews and archival footage, the documentary discloses the personal struggles and triumphs that classic Afro-Italian, African-American and Afro-descendant actors faced in the Italian film industry, while mirroring their struggles with those of contemporary actors who are working diligently to find respectable, significant, and non-stereotypical roles, but are often unable to do so. BlaxploItalian is more than an unveiling of a troubled history; it is a call-to-action for increased diversity in international cinema through the stories of these artists in an effort to reflect the modern and racially diverse Italy.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 8:00 p.m.
Strange Victory (1948) FREE ADMISSION
NR (71 min.) Director: Leo Hurwitz
With Alfred Drake, Muriel Smith, Gary Merrill
Format: DCP
Sponsored by Radical Student Union
Read more about it at IMDb

"Strange Victory" is about racial bias in post World War II America. Folowing "Native Land" in Leo Hurwitz' filmography, it uses some of the same techniques: dramatized scenes interspersed with scenes of compilation news reel footage, and scenes of evocative imagery. An epilogue about the civil rights movement, added in 1964 makes the arc of the film more complete.

Friday, February 3, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Anastasia (1997)
Rated G (94 min.) Director: Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
With Meg Ryan, John Cusack, and Christopher Lloyd
Format: 35mm
Read more about it at IMDb

The daughter of the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II, Anastasia is found by two Russian con men, Dimitri and Vladimir, who seek the reward that her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie, promised to the ones who'll find her. But the evil mystic of the Tsar family, Rasputin, still wants the Romanov family to be destroyed forever.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
The Lady Vanishes (1938) FREE ADMISSION
Passed (96 min.) Director: Alfred Hitchcock
With Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, and Paul Lukas
Format: Blu-ray
Read more about it at IMDb

On a train through Europe, Iris Henderson meets the kindly old woman Miss Froy, and they meet several other passengers over the course of their conversation. Iris later wakes up from a nap to discover that Miss Froy is nowhere to be found, and none of the people they met seem to have any recollection of her. A psychiatrist on the train suggests that Miss Froy never existed: Iris was bumped on the head before boarding, and the conversation may have only taken place in her head. However, Iris is certain that something more sinister is going on, and teams up with another acquaintance, the musician Gilbert, to find her before the train reaches its destination.

Friday, February 10, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Slither (2006)
Rated R (95 min.) Director: James Gunn
With Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, and Michael Rooker
Format: DVD
Read more about it at IMDb

In this blend of the B movie classic The Blob (1958), and some Romero's zombies film, a meteorite collides in a small town. Grant finds it, and is infected by a parasite worm, which installs in his brain and causes him a creepy transformation into a monster. Starla, his wife, and Bill, a policeman, will try to stop him and the plague of worms generated by the creature.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Harold and Maude (1971) FREE ADMISSION
Rated PG (91 min.) Director: Hal Ashby
With Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, and Vivian Pickles
Format: 35mm
Read more about it at IMDb

Harold is a depressed, death-obsessed 20-year-old man/child who spends his free time attending funerals and pretending to commit suicide in front of his mother. At a funeral, Harold befriends Maude, a 79-year-old woman who has a zest for life. She and Harold spend much time together during which she exposes him to the wonders and possibilities of life. After rejecting his mother's three attempts to set him up with a potential wife, and committing fake suicide in front of all of them, Harold announces that he is to be married to Maude. However, Maude has a surprise for Harold that is to change his life forever.

Friday, February 17, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Atonement (2007)
Rated R (123 min.) Director: Joe Wright
With Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, and Brenda Blethyn
Format: TBD
Read more about it at IMDb

The day that 13-year-old Briony Tallis came across her older sister Cecelia and her lover Robbie making love in the library was a day that would have repercussions for all three of them. Briony misunderstands what has taken place between them and her reaction later tears the two lovers apart perhaps forever as war breaks out in Britain.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. FREE ADMISSION
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Rated R (91 min.) Director: Wes Craven
With John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, and Heather Langenkamp
Format: 35mm
Read more about it at IMDb

Nancy is having nightmares about a frightening, badly-scarred figure who wears a glove with razor-sharp "finger knives". She soon discovers that her friends are having similar dreams. When the kids begin to die, Nancy realizes that she must stay awake to survive. Uncovering the secret identity of the dream killer and his connection with the children of Elm Street, the girl plots to draw him out into the real world.

Monday, February 20, 2017 7:30 p.m.
The Blur (2011)
Rated R (91 min.) Director: Branson Wright
With Dwight Anderson, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins
Format: Blu-ray
Read more about it at IMDb

University Health and Counseling Services, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics, will host a screening of The Blur, a documentary about Dwight Anderson, a former standout basketball player from Dayton, and his uplifting message about overcoming drug addiction and homelessness.
Following the screening, a question and answer session will be held with Anderson and filmmaker/Plain Dealer reporter Branson Wright.
Door prizes and raffle items from the Cleveland Cavaliers will be given out.

Friday, February 24, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Room (2015)
Rated R (118 min.) Director: Lenny Abrahamson
With Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, and Sean Bridgers
Format: 4k DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

A mother, Joy, and her five-year old son, Jack, are held captive in a one-room shed. She was abducted by a stranger, Nick, and has been there for seven years. Jack was born there and the room is his entire world. Then one day they escape and get to live normal lives. For Jack, the world he now is confronted by is a very foreign place.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
The Room (2003) FREE ADMISSION
Rated R (99 min.) Director: Tommy Wiseau
With Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, and Greg Sestero
Format: DVD (late change)
Read more about it at IMDb

Johnny is a San Franciscan man who seems to have it all: a high-paying job as a banker, a bunch of friends — one of them being Mark, to whom he's the closest — and a beautiful fiancee named Lisa, whom he's been engaged to for seven years. From the outset, Johnny's got everything going for him...that is, until he faces the worst form of betrayal ever, and from then on everything begins to crumble.

Friday, March 3, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Rated G (84 min) Directors: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
With Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, and Jesse Corti
Format: 35mm
Read more about it at IMDb

Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father's place as his prisoner. With help from the castle's enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Rated R (99 min.) Director: Edgar Wright
With Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Kate Ashfield
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

Life isn't too good for Shaun . He lives with his best friend Ed, neglects his girlfriend Liz and despises his step-dad. When Liz dumps Shaun, he vows to get his life back on track. Unfortunately, this is the day that the dead has decided to come back to life. With a cricket bat and Ed by his side, Shaun sets out to rescue those he loves and those he doesn't love, and heads to the safest place he knows — the Winchester.

Friday, March 24, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Zootopia (2016)
Rated PG (108 min.) Director: Byron Howard and Rich Moore
With Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, and Idris Elba
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

From the biggest elephant to the tiniest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a beautiful metropolis where all animals live peacefully with one another. Determined to prove her worth, Judy Hopps becomes the first official bunny cop on the police force. When 14 predator animals go missing, Judy immediately takes the case. Partnering with a smooth talking fox named Nick Wilde, Judy must piece together where the predators are and who is behind it before it's too late.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Zodiac (2007)
Rated R (157 min.)
Director: David Fincher
With Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo
Format: 35mm
Read more about it at IMDb

Robert Graysmith is a cartoonist who works for the San Francisco Chronicle. His quirky ways irritate Paul Avery, a reporter whose drinking gets in the way of doing his job. The two become unlikely friends thanks to a shared interest: the Zodiac killer. Graysmith steadily becomes obsessed with the case, as Avery's life spirals into drunken oblivion. Graysmith's job, his wife, and his children all become unimportant next to the one thing that really matters: catching the Zodiac.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean Marathon
The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003, PG-13, 143 min.) 7:00 p.m. 35mm
Dead Man's Chest (2006, PG-13, 151 min.) 9:45 p.m. 35mm
At World's End (2007, PG-13, 169 min.) 12:30 a.m. 35mm
Director: Gore Verbinski
With Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley
Format: 35mm (all)
Read more about it at the IMDb: PotC: Curse of the Black Pearl,PotC: Dead Man's Chest,PotC: At World's End

1 Movie $4, 2 Movies $6, 3 Movies $9
Join CWRU Film Society for a night of swashbuckling as we watch Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann evade capture by the British, battle pirates, and drink rum.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 2:00 p.m.
Tickling Giants (2016)
NR (115 min.)
Director: Sara Taksler
With Bassem Youssef, Jon Stewart, Shadi Alfons
Format: Digital
Read more about it at IMDb

The Arab Spring in Egypt: From a dictator to free elections, back to a dictatorship. One comedy show united the country and tested the limits of free press. This is the story of Bassem Youssef, a cardiologist turned comedian, the Jon Stewart of Egypt, and his show "The Show".

Saturday, April 1, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Laura (1944)
NR (88 min.)
Director: Otto Preminger
With Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb
Format: 35mm
Read more about it at IMDb

When the beautiful and famous advertising executive Laura Hunt is found murdered in her apartment, hard-nosed Lieutenant Mark McPherson is assigned as the lead investigator for the case. As he gets into the investigation, he learns that all the men in her life were in love with her and the women either loved her as a person or were envious of the attention she received from men. As he questions the suspects and witnesses, reads her diary and private letters, and most importantly stares at the large portrait of her hanging over her mantle, McPherson himself falls under the spell of Laura. Three days into the investigation, someone walks through Laura's apartment door that changes the focus of the investigation, but also adds one more person to the long list of suspects.

Friday, April 7, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Rated PG-13 (104 min.)
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
With John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr.
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there?

Saturday, April 8, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Rated R (104 min.)
Directors: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
With Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and John Goodman
Cosponsored by WRUW
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, Llewyn Davis is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Monday, April 10, 2017 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:00pm
Monday, April 17, 2017 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:00pm
Italian Film Festival 2016 Free Admission!

Come spend an evening in Italy! Enjoy the local premieres of four recent, critically-acclaimed Italian films from the 2016 Italian Film Festival USA of Cleveland. All films shown in Italian with English subtitles. In collaboration with Case Western Reserve University's Italian Program, sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. All films are free and open to the general public. For more information, visit

Monday, April 10, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Via della Concilianzione / The Road to Reconciliation (2016)
Italian Film Festival 2016 Free Admission!
NR (52 min.)
Directors: Raffaele Brunetti, Piergiorgio Curzi
With Principe Sforza Ruspoli, Franco Ferrarotti, David Kertzer, Padre Bernard Ardura, Paolo Portoghesi, Gianni Gai, Anna Baldi, Frano Andreoli
Format: digital

The Via della Conciliazione with St. Peter's Basilica in the background is one of Rome's most famous images. But few realize that this street has not always been there and, in fact, it should not be there. Michelangelo, who designed the dome of St. Peter's, and Bernini, the colonnade's architect, had envisioned a surprise effect on pilgrims emerging onto St. Peter's Square from the labyrinthine streets of the adjacent neighborhood.
The situation changed only in the 1930s when Benito Mussolini forged a treaty with the Holy See, leading to the birth of the Vatican City, the smallest state in the world. To commemorate the reconciliation between the Italian State and the Holy See, the Via della Conciliazione was created.
Using archival film and interviews with the last living eyewitnesses, this film relates the story of an architectural project that had enormous impact on the history, religion and lives of the people of Rome.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Italo (2014)
Italian Film Festival 2016 Free Admission!
Q & A with Director Alessia Scorso
NR (100 min.)
Directors: Alessia Scarso
With Marco Bocci, Elena Radonicich, Barbara Tabita, Vincenzo Lauretta, Martino Antoci, Matteo Koreshi, Tuccio Musumeci
Format: digital
Read more about it at IMDb

Based on an incredible true story, the film recounts the life of Italo, an extraordinary dog who arrived in the small Sicilian town of Scicli and conquered the affections of the entire city, becoming an honorary citizen. With the colors and tradition of Sicily as the backdrop, this heart-warming tale touches the themes of friendship and unconditional love.

Friday, April 14, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Whiplash (2014)
Rated R (107 min.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
With Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, and Melissa Benoist
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

Andrew Neiman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability and his sanity.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Chicago (2002)
Rated PG-13 (113 min.)
Director: Rob Marshall
With Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Ger
Format: Blu-ray
Read more about it at IMDb

Velma Kelly is the sexy vaudeville star who murders her husband and sister after finding them in bed together. Roxie is the wannabe vaudeville star who kills her lover after finding out he was never going to make her famous. Enter Billy Flynn, the greasy lawyer whose goal is not only to have his clients acquitted, but to make them legal legends. With help from Matron Mama Morton both women vie for the spot as Illinois's most famed murderess, but there's only room for one legend... "That's Chicago".

Monday, April 17, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Short Film Program (2015-2016)
Italian Film Festival 2016 Free Admission!
NR (101 min.)
Format: digital

Seven recent short films will be presented in one short film program lasting approximately 90 minutes. The audience will vote on their favorite short.
See the Italian Film Festivial USA web site for details.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved? (2016)
Italian Film Festival 2016 Free Admission!
NR (77 min.)
Director: Luca Guardabascio
With Eva Evola, Lucia Bendia, Fabio Mazzari, Giordano Petri
Format: digital
Read more about it at IMDb

On July 25, 1956, the Italian passenger liner Andrea Doria was broadsided by the ship Stockholm near Nantucket Island. Pierette, a 9-year-old Italian girl emigrating to America with her grandparents, was among the 1660 survivors of the most catastrophic sea collision in peacetime history. For the 60th anniversary, Pierette returns to her native village of Pranzalito to document on film the hidden truth surrounding the tragedy. Interviews with survivors and naval experts throughout Italy and the U.S. are accompanied by re-enactments of Pierette's departure from her village and her arrival to the New World. Archival footage from the Ansaldo shipyard accompanies the narration by some survivors and naval experts.

Friday, April 21, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Bikes vs Cars (2015)
Rated PG (90 min.)
Director: Fredrik Gertten
With Aline Cavalcante, Dan Koeppel, and Otto Koeppel
Cosponsored by Heights Bike Coalition
Format: DVD
Read more about it at IMDb

This documentary depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Short Films of the Cleveland International Film Festival
Free Admission to Film Festival Passholders
Cosponsored by Dreamachiev

Format: Digital/TBD

Join us for an evening of best short films shown at the 41st Cleveland International Film Festival. Filled with audience favorite comedies and dramas, there is something showing for everyone.

Friday, April 28, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Ella Enchanted (2004)
Free Admission
Rated PG (96 min.) Director:
Tommy O'Haver
With Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, and Cary Elwes
Format: Blu-ray
Read more about it at IMDb

On the day of her birth, Ella is given a gift from her fairy godmother: the gift of obedience. Under no circumstances can she refuse anything she is asked to do, no matter how wicked it may be. Tired of being taken advantage of, she, with a talking book as her companion, leaves home to find her fairy godmother and return her unwanted gift. This simple errand soon turns into an amazing journey filled with ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, elves, and the plotting of the prince's evil uncle, who wants to take over the crown and rule the kingdom.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Free Admission
Rated G (74 min.)
Directors: Ron Clements and Burny Mattinson
With Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, and Val Bettin
Format: 35mm
Read more about it at IMDb

In Victorian London, England, a little mouse girl's toymaker father is abducted by a peglegged bat. She enlists the aid of Basil of Baker Street, the rodent world's answer to Sherlock Holmes. The case expands as Basil uncovers the crime's link to a plot against the Crown itself.