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CWRU Film Society Fall 2003 Schedule

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

Sunday, August 24, 2003 Free Showing! 8:00pm
Casablanca (1942)
No rating (102 min.) Director: Michael Curtiz
With Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Sydney Greenstreet
Read more about it at the IMDB

In another of the Film Society's infamous "traditions," every Orientation Week ends with a free screening of this classic film. Bogie, Bergman, Nazis, and romance abound in one of the best movies of all time. The Film Society hopes that "This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

Friday, August 29, 2003 7:00pm, 10:00pm
X2 (2003)
Rated PG-13 (133 min.) Director: Bryan Singer
With Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen
Read more about it at the IMDB

Already living in a society that mistrusts them, the mutants are faced with even more discrimination after an unforeseen enemy - who may be a mutant with extraordinary powers - launches a devastating attack. The news of the assault causes a public outcry against the mutants, including renewed support for the Mutant Registration Act, and William Stryker, a military leader rumored to have experimented on mutants (possibly including Wolverine), is among the most vocal supporters of the legislation. Stryker puts into motion a plan to eradicate the mutants and begins an offensive on the X-Men mansion and school. Magneto, having escaped from his plastic prison, forms an unlikely alliance with Professor Xavier to stop Stryker. Meanwhile, Wolverine heads north to investigate his past.

Saturday, August 30, 2003 7:00pm, 10:00pm
Awakenings (1990)
Rated PG-13 (121 min.) Director: Penny Marshall
With Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner
Read more about it at the IMDB

A new doctor finds himself with a ward full of comatose patients. He is disturbed by the fact that they have been comatose for decades with no hope of any cure. When he finds a possible chemical cure, he gets permission to try it on one of them. When the first patient awakens, he is now an adult, having gone into a coma in his early teens. The film then delights in the new awareness of the patients and the reactions of their relatives to these changes.

Friday, September 5, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Chicago (2002)
Rated PG-13 (113 min.) Director: Rob Marshall
With Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere
Read more about it at the IMDB

Roxie Hart is a married chorus girl with hopes of being a headliner in Vaudeville. Velma Kelly is a former headliner. What do these two have in common? They both are murderesses. Roxie killed her lover when he walked out on her, and Velma killed her husband and sister, who were having an affair. Chicago's newspapers love the nitty-gritty and Velma is at the top of the headlines, but when Roxie comes along, Velma is old news. They find themselves competing for not only the press' attention, but also the focus of their shared lawyer, the suave Billy Flynn. Add to the mix a sob sister, Roxie's hapless husband Amos, and a warm prison matron who watches out for her girls (if there's something in it for her), and you have Chicago.

Saturday, September 6, 2003 7:00pm, 10:00pm
The Lion in Winter (1968)
Rated PG (134 min.) Director: Anthony Harvey
With Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins
Read more about it at the IMDB

Christmas 1183--an aging and conniving King Henry II plans a reunion where he hopes to name his successor. He summons the following people for the holiday: his scheming but imprisoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; his mistress, Princess Alais, whom he wishes to marry; his three sons (Richard, Geoffrey, and John), all of whom desire the throne; and the young but crafty King Philip of France (who is also Alais' brother). With the fate of Henry's empire at stake, everybody engages in their own brand of deception and treachery to stake their claim.

Bend it Like Beckham will be shown November 21, 2003
Friday, September 12, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
28 Days Later... (2002)
Rated R (112 min.) Director: Danny Boyle
With Alex Palmer, Bindu De Stoppani, Jukka Hiltunen
Read more about it at the IMDB

Jim wakes up from a coma in a London hospital to find the hospital deserted - and the rest of London as well. By degrees he comes to learn that in the past 28 days, a blood-borne virus has been released from a research facility and swept across England, Paris and New York, killing many and turning most into murderous zombies. After coming across a handful of uninfected people, Jim and his companions go to Manchester, where they hear the uninfected are gathering. But they have more on their hands than just zombies...

Saturday, September 13, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Y tu mamá también (2001)
Rated R (105 min.) Director: Alfonso Cuaron
With Ana Lopez Mercado, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal
Read more about it at the IMDB

Abandoned by their girlfriends for the summer, teenagers Tenoch and Julio meet the older Luisa at a wedding. Trying to impress her, the friends tell Luisa they are headed on a road trip to a beautiful, secret beach called Boca del Cielo. Intrigued with their story and desperate to escape, Luisa asks if she can join them on their trip. Soon the three are headed out of Mexico City, making their way towards the fictional destination. Along the way, seduction, argument and the contrast of the trio against the harsh realities of the surrounding poverty ensue.

Friday, September 19, 2003 7:00pm, 10:00pm
The Pianist (2002)
Rated R (150 min.) Director: Roman Polanski
With Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay
Read more about it at the IMDB

The true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman who, in the 1930s, was known as the most accomplished piano player in all of Poland, if not Europe. At the outbreak of the Second World War, however, Szpilman becomes subject to the anti-Jewish laws imposed by the conquering Germans. By the start of the 1940s, Szpilman has seen his world go from piano concert halls to the Jewish Ghetto of Warsaw and then must suffer the tragedy of his family deported to a death camp, while Szpilman is conscripted into a forced German Labor Compound. At last deciding to escape, Szpilman goes into hiding as a Jewish refugee where he is witness to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Warsaw City Revolt in 1945.

Saturday, September 20, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Taxi Driver (1976)
Rated R (113 min.) Director: Martin Scorsese
With Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle
Read more about it at the IMDB

Disgruntled war vet and cabbie Travis Bickle (DeNiro) is a lonely man obsessed with pornography and violence. As events in Travis' life begin to turn for the worse, he slowly descends into the depths of his own paranoia, driving away the one woman willing to love him, eventually exploding in an orgy of killing against the "scum" of the streets he hates so intensely.

Friday, September 26, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Rated R (113 min.) Director: George Clooney
With Sam Rockwell, George Clooney, Drew Barrymore
Read more about it at the IMDB

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. Find out how to enter Film Society's very own Gong Show and win prizes!

Saturday, September 27, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Donnie Darko (2001)
Rated R (113 min.) Director: Richard Kelly
With Jake Gyllenhaal,Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Read more about it at the IMDB

During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. He returns home the next morning to find that a jet engine has crashed through his bedroom. As he tries to figure out why he survived and tries to deal with people in his town, like the school bully, his conservative health teacher, and a self-help guru, Frank continues to turn up in Donnie's mind, causing him to commit acts of vandalism and worse.

Friday, October 3, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Finding Nemo (2003)
Rated G (100 min.) Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
With voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould
Read more about it at the IMDB

A tale which follows the comedic and eventful journeys of two fish, the fretful Marlin and his young son Nemo, who are separated from each another in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken from his home, and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist's office overlooking Sydney Harbor. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly but forgetful fish named Dory, the overly cautious Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic journey to rescue his son. Meanwhile the young Nemo hatches a few daring plans of his own to return home safely.

Saturday, October 4, 2003 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Road to Utopia (1946)
No Rating (90 min.) Director: Hal Walker
With Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Read more about it at the IMDB

At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been stolen by McGurk and Sperry, a couple of thugs. Duke and Chester disguise themselves as the thugs to get off the ship. Meanwhile, Sal Van Hoyden is in Alaska to try recovering the map; it had been her father's. She falls in with Ace Larson, who wants to steal the gold mine for himself. Duke and Chester, McGurk and Sperry, Ace and his henchmen, and Sal chase each other all over the countryside, trying to get the map.

Friday, October 10, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
The Italian Job (2003)
Rated PG-13 (110 min.) Director: F. Gary Gray
With Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland
Read more about it at the IMDB
This film will be shown in Schmitt Auditorium.

In Venice, Italy, a team of expert thieves pulls a daring heist of 35 million dollars in bars of gold. One of the thieves betrays his companions and swipes the gold for himself. One year later, in Los Angeles, the surviving team members create a smart and devious plan to steal back the gold and get their revenge on the traitor.

Sorry, L'Auberge espagnole will NOT be shown.
Saturday, October 11, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm
La Cité des enfants perdus (The City of Lost Children) (1995)
Rated R (112 min.) Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
With Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet
Read more about it at the IMDB
This film will be shown in Schmitt Auditorium.

The evil Krank and his henchmen have been made by a mad scientist. Krank's problem is that he is tormented by his inability to dream. He finds it necessary to try to steal the dreams of children, but since they fear him, he only gets their nightmares. When a circus strongman's little brother is kidnapped, the strongman tracks Krank down and with the help of some other eccentric characters tries to put an end to the evil reign of Krank and his Cyclops army.

Friday, October 17, 2003 - Saturday, October 18, 2003
No Movies Due to Fall Break

Friday, October 24, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Rated PG-13 (101 min.) Director: Tom Shadyac
With Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston
Read more about it at the IMDB

Bruce Nolan (Carrey), a television reporter in Buffalo, N.Y. is discontented with almost everything in life despite his popularity and the love of his girlfriend, Grace (Aniston). At the end of the worst day of his life, Bruce angrily ridicules and rages against God, and God responds. God appears in human form (Freeman) and, endowing Bruce with divine powers, challenges Bruce to take on the big job to see if he can do it any better.

Saturday, October 25, 2003 7:00pm, 9:00pm
House of Wax (1953)
Rated G (90 min.) Director: Andre De Toth
With Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk
Read more about it at the IMDB

A sculptor of wax figures for a museum is horrified when his partner proposes setting fire to the unpopular museum in order to collect the insurance money. As the wax figures melt amid the blaze, the two men have a fight. The sculptor is knocked out in the scuffle and left to perish among the flames. He resurfaces many years later for the launch of his own wax museum. The opening coincides with the sudden disappearance of some dead bodies from the city morgue. His assistant begins to suspect his boss of foul play, especially after the deranged wizard of wax begins eyeing his assistant's lovely girlfriend's friend as a model for a waxed figure of Joan of Arc.

Friday, October 31, 2003 7:00pm, 10:00pm
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Rated R (138 min.) Directors: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne
Read more about it at the IMDB

Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and the rest of their crew continue to battle the machines that have enslaved the human race in the Matrix. As their quest unfolds, Neo learns more about his super-heroic abilities, including the ability to see the codes of the people and things around him. Simultaneously, more humans are waking up out of the Matrix and attempting to live in the real world. As their numbers grow, the battle moves to Zion--the last real-world city and center of human resistance.

Saturday, November 1, 2003 7:00pm, 12:00am
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Rated R (100 min.) Director: Jim Sharman
With Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry
Read more about it at the IMDB

The Film Society decided to "Do the Time Warp again!" Come join the Film Society and the Rocky crowd in celebrating Halloween with this cult movie classic! Dress up, bring squirt guns, toast, rice, and the Plain Dealer! Dr. Frank N. Furter (Curry), Riff Raff, Janet (SLUT!), and the rest will all be there!! A live performance by the campus Rocky cast will accompany this show. Come early for the de-virginization exercises!

Friday, November 7, 2003 7:00pm, 10:00pm
Hulk (2003)
Rated PG-13 (137 min.) Director: Ang Lee
With Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott
Read more about it at the IMDB

A top secret military project hires prestigious university students to assist in creating a cell altering machine called the 'gammasphere'. Lead of the group is arrogant Bruce Banner, mainly complimented by compassionate Betty Ross. When the gammasphere goes wrong, Bruce Banner is afflicted with the ability to turn into a mammoth creature soon dubbed 'The Hulk', a manifestation of his own inner demons into which he mutates when emotionally triggered. A ruined Jeckyll-and-Hyde man he may be, but a ruined man may prove to be a heroic one when a villain emerges...

Saturday, November 8, 2003 7:00pm, 9:00pm
The Mouse That Roared (1959)
No rating (83 min.) Director: Jack Arnold
With Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg, Timothy Bateson
Read more about it at the IMDB

The Duchy of Grand Fenwick decides that the only way to get out of their economic woes is to declare war on the United States, lose and accept foreign aid. They send an invasion force to New York (armed with longbows), which arrives during a nuclear drill that has cleared the streets. Wandering about to find someone to surrender to, they discover a scientist with a special ultimate weapon that can destroy the Earth. When they capture him and his bomb they are faced with a new possibility: What do you do when you win a war?

Friday, November 14, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Rated R (109 min.) Director: Jonathan Mostow
With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes
Read more about it at the IMDB

On the verge of Judgement Day, the most advanced Terminator unit ever, the T-X, arrives from the future to ensure the rise of the machines. The only hope against it is a new upgraded T-800 unit, the T-850, that is sent back by the human resistance. Together with John Connor, it must stop the rise of the machines or all humanity will fall.

Saturday, November 15, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm
The Big Picture (1989)
Rated PG-13 (100 min.) Director: Christopher Guest
With Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael McKean
Read more about it at the IMDB

Nick Chapman graduates from film school, and his short film wins a special prize. This gives him a high enough profile that he can get Hollywood to back the film he has long dreamed of making. Studio exec Allen Habel is interested. But Nick soon is seduced by Hollywood and makes one concession after another until his original movie is lost altogether. Worse, Nick is lost, too, turning on girlfriend Susan and old buddy Emmet. Will he come to his senses before everything is lost?

Friday, November 21, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Bend it Like Beckham (2002)
Rated PG-13 (112 min.) Director: Gurinder Chadha
With Parminder K. Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Read more about it at the IMDB

A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham explores the world of women's football, from kick-abouts in the park to freekicks in the Final. Set in Hounslow, West London and Hamburg, the film follows two 18-year-olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer. Heart-stopping talent doesn't seem to be enough when your parents want you to hang up your football boots, find a nice boyfriend and learn to cook the perfect chapatti.

Saturday, November 22, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Rated R (96 min.) Director: Rob Reiner
With Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher
Read more about it at the IMDB

Harry and Sally meet when she gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. The film jumps through their lives as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again. Finally a close friendship blooms between them, and they both like having a friend of the opposite sex. But then they are confronted with the problem: "Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?"

Friday, November 28, 2003 - Saturday, November 29, 2003
No Movies Due to Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, December 3, 2003 8:00pm
The Last Samurai (2003)
Rated R (144 min.) Director: Edward Zwick
With Tom Cruise, Billy Connonlly, Tony Goldwyn
Read more about it at the IMDB

In Japan, Civil War veteran Captain Woodrow Algren trains Emperor Meiji's troops in the way of the gun as they prepare to defeat the last of the country's samurais. But Algren's passion is swayed when he is captured by the samurai and learns about their traditions and code of honor. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis so be sure to arrive early to get a seat. Recording devices are strictly prohibited; bags subject to search.

Friday, December 5, 2003 7:00pm, 10:00pm
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Rated PG-13 (143 min.) Director: Gore Verbinski
With Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom
Read more about it at the IMDB

Pirates of the Caribbean is a sweeping action-adventure story set in an era when villainous pirates plundered the Caribbean seas. This roller coaster tale teams a young man, Will Turner, with an unlikely ally in rogue pirate Jack Sparrow. Together, they must battle a band of the world's most treacherous pirates, led by the cursed Captain Barbossa, in order to save Elizabeth, the love of Will's life, as well as recover the lost treasure that Jack seeks. Against improbable odds, they race towards a thrilling, climactic confrontation on the mysterious Isla de Muerta. Clashing their swords in fiece mortal combat, Will and Jack attempt to recapture The Black Pearl ship, save the British navy, and relinquish a fortune in forbidden treasure to lift the curse of the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Saturday, December 6, 2003 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Rated G (103 min.) Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
With Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Read more about it at the IMDB

In 1927, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a famous on-screen romantic pair. Lina, however, mistakes the on-screen romance for real love. Don has worked hard to get where he is today, with his former partner Cosmo. When Don and Lina's latest film is transformed into a musical, Don has the perfect voice for the songs. But Lina - well, even with the best efforts of a diction coach, they still decide to dub over her voice. Kathy Selden is brought in, an aspiring actress, and while she is working on the movie, Don falls in love with her. Will Kathy continue to "aspire", or will she get the break she deserves?