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CWRU Film Society Spring 2006 Schedule

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

Friday, January 20, 2006 - Sunday, January 21, 2006
31st Annual Science Fiction Marathon

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 20 at 6pm in Strosacker Auditorium. Admission is $25 dollars, with the option of donating an extra $5 to the Christopher Reeve Foundation. More details are avaliable.

Friday, January 27, 2006 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
March of the Penguins (2005)
Rated G (85 min.) Director: Luc Jacquet
With Morgan Freeman
Read more about it at the IMDB

March of the Penguins follows the mating rituals of the emperor penguin, one of the most resilient animals on earth. Each summer, after a nourishing period of deep-sea feeding, the penguins pop up onto the ice and begin their procession across the frozen tundra of Antarctica. Hundreds converge from every direction, moving instinctively toward their mating ground. Once there, they mingle and chatter until they find the perfect mate – a monogamous match that will last a year, through the brutal winter and into the spring. During that time, the mother will birth an egg and then leave for the ocean to feed again. The father will stay to protect the egg through the freezing blizzards and pure darkness of winter. Finally, the egg hatches and the baby penguins are born. Mothers return from the sea to reunite with their families and feed the starving newborns, while the fathers are finally relieved of their protective duties after months without food.

Saturday, January 28, 2006 7:00pm
Local Filmmaker's Night

A Joker’s Card (2004)
Rated PG-13 (18 min. 23 sec.) Director: Johnny K. Wu
With David J. Lev, Kyle Znamenak, Gerry Keating, Andrew Schofield
Read more about it at the IMDB

A parody/fan film about the son of Joker and Mr. Freeze trying to kidnap the son of Nightwing and the daughter of Wonder Woman... A Joker's Card has won 3 awards, including a 2005 Telly Award for Best Entertainment. And it is currently available via pay-per-view distribution with 2 companies, and is also being represented for distribution opportunity for the Cannes film market.

Wolves and Doves (2005)
Rated PG-13 (11 min.) Director: Carl Wilhoyte
With Mel Minch, Jim Bomba, Crystal Beaulieu

The day in the life of a homeless man and an explanation of his role in society.

Born Lucky (2005)
Rated (50 min.) Director: Shahin Afnan
With Neil Flynn, Julie Harvey, Hassan Afnan, Mercedes Afnan, Farid Afnan

Born Lucky is the story of Neil, the filmmaker’s son and a fireman in the British Royal Air Force. He enlisted because he passionately wanted to be a fireman but couldn’t get a job as a civilian fire fighter. Now he finds himself caught up in the Iraq war where he will face a different kind of fire. Like so many young people in the armed forces, he is there by default, by virtue of the fact that he had no viable career aternative. Born Lucky is an intimate and sensitive look at Neil and his Middle Eastern/ British family coming to terms with his deployment to Iraq. Viewers get to know Neil through the unavoidable revelation of his troubled emotions as the reality of his situation sinks in.

The Chase (2003)
Rated PG-13 (3 min. 37 sec.) Director: Johnny K. Wu
With Anna Hoffman, Joe Shininger, Jon Stan, Christopher Quinn
Read more about it at the IMDB

The Chase, written follows the plight of a young beauty as she flees from a mysterious pursuer through the halls of an abandoned building. As she is trapped at a dead end inside of a freight elevator, all hope seems lost until fate places two rescuers in the pursuer's path. A fight ensues, but who will win? And is our damsel in distress any safer if the other guys win?

We Have Your Daughter (2003)
Rated PG-13 (32 min.) Director: William M. Johns
With Renee Schilling Terry Giancaterino, Daniel Usaj
Read more about it at the IMDB

A young girl is kidnapped and held for ransom by two men and uses her wits to befriend one of her captors. By the time the ransom is paid, one of them will be dead and one will learn something that changes his whole life.

Blood Kiss: Soul of a Woman (2001)
Rated R (80 min.) Director: Alex P. Michaels
With Nina Angeloff, Simon Lovell, Annie Sherman, Tracie Marie
Read more about it at the IMDB

Beth thinks she has everything under control. On her 30th birthday, she decides to be bold and take what she wants. Yet things go wrong when her ex-lover returns offering her a chance at a darker life where one survives off the souls of others.

Friday, February 3, 2006 7:00pm, 11:00pm
The Aristocrats (2005)
Rated NR (89 min.) Director: Paul Provenza
With Paul Provenza, Penn Jilette
Co-sponsored by IMPROVment
Fearturing a performance by IMPROVment at 9:30pm

Read more about it at the IMDB

Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends – who happen to be some of the biggest names in entertainment, from George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, and Drew Carey to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman – to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world’s dirtiest joke: an old burlesque, too extreme to be performed in public, called The Aristocrats.

Saturday, February 4, 2006 7:00pm, 9:00pm
The Aristocats (1970)
Rated G (78 min.) Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
With the voices of Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Liz English
Read more about it at the IMDB

The beloved, pampered housecat of a retired opera star in 1910 Paris finds herself stranded in the countryside with her three children, the victims of a plot by their owner’s butler to cheat them out of a huge inheritance. They must find their way back to their home and owner, with the help of an independent-minded tomcat and other animal accomplices, while evading the butler and foiling his plan.

Friday, February 10, 2006 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Rated R (116 min.) Director: Judd Apatow
With Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd
Read more about it at the IMDB

Forty year-old Andy Stitzer has done quite a few things in his life. He’s got a cushy job stamping invoices at an electronics superstore, a nice apartment with a proud collection of action figures and comic books, good friends, and a nice attitude. But there’s just one little thing he hasn’t quite gotten around to doing yet – something most people have done by his age. Done a lot. Andy’s never, ever, ever had sex – not even by accident. So is that such a big deal? Well, for Andy’s buds at the store, it sure is. They consider it their duty to help Andy out of his dire situation and go to great lengths to help him.

Saturday, February 11, 2006 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Army of Darkness (1993)
Rated R (81 min.) Director: Sam Raimi
With Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
Read more about it at the IMDB

This is the sequel to Evil Dead 2. Ash finds himself stranded in the 13th Century with his car, his shotgun, and his chainsaw. Soon he is discovered and thought to be a spy for a rival kingdom and is taken prisoner. After proving his merit in The Pit, he decides to help the kingdom retrieve the Necronomicon (which will also help him return to his own time), which they need to battle the supernatural forces at play in the land. Ash accidentally releases the Army of Darkness when retrieving the book, and a fight to the finish ensues.

Friday, February 17, 2006 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Primer (2004)
Rated PG-13 (77 min.) Director: Shane Carruth
With Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden Read more about it at the IMDB

At night and on weekends, four men in a suburban garage have built a cottage industry of error-checking devices. But they know that there is something more. There is some idea, some mechanism, some accidental side effect that is standing between them and a pure leap of innovation. And so, through trial and error they are building the device that is missing most. However, two of these men find the device and immediately realize that it is too valuable to market. The limit of their trust in each other is strained when they are faced with the question: If you always want what you can’t have, what do you want when you can have anything?

Saturday, February 18, 2006 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Rated R (118 min.) Director: Kimberly Peirce
With Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard
Co-sponsored by Spectrum
Read more about it at the IMDB

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys – drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing – and he charms the young women, who’ve never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he’s one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana. However, he’s forgotten to mention one important detail. It’s not that he’s wanted in another town for grand theft auto and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon’s life is ripped apart by betrayal.

Friday, February 24, 2006 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Serenity (2005)
Rated PG-13 (119 min.) Director: Joss Whedon
With Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk
Co-sponsored by The Cleveland Browncoats
Come for a Raffle and Costume Contest!
Read more about it at the IMDB

The crew of the Serenity is getting desperate. They have lain lower and lower to protect their doctor, Simon Tam, and his telepathic, traumatized little sister, River, from the Alliance. This has made getting jobs harder, and now they are desperate. When they take River on a robbery during which Reavers attack, Simon decides that it’s time to leave the crew of the Serenity for his and River’s safety.

Saturday, February 25, 2006 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Addams Family Values (1993)
Rated PG (94 min.) Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
With Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd
Read more about it at the IMDB

On any day of the week, you could expect a newborn baby to be nurtured and loved by his older sister. Except, of course, if it’s Wednesday. Pubert is the latest addition to the Addams family and, to prevent sibling rivalry escalating to fratricide, Wednesday and Pugsley are shipped off to summer camp and a nanny is hired. Debby Jellinsky is great with wrinkling baldies, which makes her the perfect nanny for Pubert and the unlikely wife of Uncle Fester. The question is, "Is she grave-digging or gold-digging?"

Friday, March 3, 2006 7:00pm, 10:00pm
Walk the Line (2005)
Rated PG-13 (136 min.) Director: James Mangold
With Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin
Read more about it at the IMDB

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash’s life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Saturday, March 4, 2006 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Duck Soup (1933)
Rated NR (68 min.) Director: Leo McCarey
With Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Co-sponsored by Model UN Nations
Read more about it at the IMDB

To rescue the small country of Freedonia from bankruptcy, Mrs. Teasdale agrees to donate 20 million dollars if Rufus T. Firefly is appointed its new president. Firefly is a cynical, sarcastic dictator who refuses to play politics by the book. For instance, he does reduce workers’ hours – by shortening their lunch breaks! Firefly attempts to win the hand of Mrs. Teasdale, as does Ambassador Trentino of the neighboring country, Sylvania. When the two leaders cannot resolve their dispute over the wealthy dowager, war between the countries is declared, and Mrs. Teasdale’s house comes under attack. Who will save the day?

Friday, March 10 - Saturday, March 11, 2006
No Movies Due to Spring Break

Friday, March 18 - Saturday, March 19, 2006
No Movies Due to Spring Break

Friday, March 24, 2006 7:00pm, 10:00pm
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Rated PG (140 min.) Director: Andrew Adamson
With Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley
Read more about it at the IMDB

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are deported from London to the house of an eccentric professor during World War II. They find life in the house extremely dull, until Lucy discovers a wardrobe that leads to a magical world called Narnia, where animals can talk and all are ruled over by the wise and benevolent lion Aslan. The others don’t believe her at first, but soon all of them go through the wardrobe and discover all is not well in Narnia. The land is being kept in a perpetual winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis, who turns anyone who doesn’t obey her into stone. The children join Aslan and the animals loyal to him in an attempt to vanquish Jadis.

Saturday, March 25, 2006 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Paper Clips (2004)
Rated G (82 min.) Director: Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab
With Linda Hooper, Sandra Roberts, Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand
Co-sponsored by Cleveland Hillel Foundation and Alpha Epsilon Pi
Read more about it at the IMDB

Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee is the setting for this documentary about an extraordinary experiment in Holocaust education. Struggling to grasp the concept of six-million Holocaust victims, the students decide to collect six-million paper clips to better understand the extent of this crime against humanity. The film details how the students met Holocaust survivors from around the world and how the experience transformed them and their community.

Thursday, March 30, 2006 7:00pm Free Sneak Preview!
American Dreamz (2006)
Rated PG-13 (?? min.) Director: Paul Weitz
With Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore
Read more about it at the IMDB

American Dreamz is a satire of American politics and show business, examining the role of dreams and ambitions in American culture.

Friday, March 31, 2006 7:00pm, 11:00pm
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Rated PG-13 (157 min.) Director: Mike Newell
With Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Read more about it at the IMDB

Harry’s fourth summer and the following year at Hogwarts are marked by the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament, in which student representatives from three different wizarding schools compete in a series of increasingly challenging contests. However, Voldemort’s Death Eaters are gaining strength and even creating the Dark Mark, giving evidence that the Dark Lord is ready to rise again. In the unsuspecting lives of the young wizards and witches at Hogwarts, the competitors are selected by the goblet of fire, which this year makes a very surprising announcement: Hogwarts will have two representatives in the tournament, including Harry Potter! Will Harry be able to rise to the challenge for the Triwizard Tournament while keeping up with school, or will the challenges along with Voldemort’s rebirth be too much for the young hero?

Saturday, April 1, 2006 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Rated PG (102 min.) Director: Director: Ivan Reitman
With Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver
Read more about it at the IMDB

Five years after the events of the first film, the Ghostbusters have been plagued by lawsuits and court orders, and their once lucrative business is bankrupt. However, when Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement only to be promptly arrested. The Ghostbusters discover that New York is once again headed for supernatural doom, with a river of ectoplasmic slime bubbling beneath the city and an ancient sorcerer attempting to possess Dana’s baby and be born anew. Can the Ghostbusters quell the negative emotions feeding the otherworldly threat and stop the world from being slimed?

Friday, April 7, 2006 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Jarhead (2005)
Rated R (123 min.) Director: Sam Mendes
With Jake Gyllenhaal, Scott MacDonald, Lo Ming
Read more about it at the IMDB

Jarhead – the self-imposed moniker of the Marines – follows “Swoff,” a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper’s rifle and a hundred-pound ruck on his back through Middle East deserts with no cover from intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers, always potentially just over the next horizon. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don’t understand against an enemy they can’t see for a cause they don’t fully fathom.

Saturday, April 8, 2006 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Harold and Maude (1971)
Rated PG-13 (91 min.) Director: Hal Ashby
With Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles
Read more about it at the IMDB

Harold is a depressed, death-obsessed 20-year-old man-child who spends his free time attending funerals and committing suicide in front of his mother, but he does not die. 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.

Sunday, April 9, 2006 7:00pm
Rent (2005)
Rated PG-13 (135 min.) Director: Chris Columbus
With Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson
Special Event!
Featuring a special guest performance at 9:30pm
Read more about it at the IMDB

This film adaptation of Jonathan Larsons Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story.

Friday, April 14, 2006 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Rated G (85 min.) Director: Steve Box, Nick Park
With voices of Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter
Read more about it at the IMDB

It’s “vege-mania” in Wallace and Gromit’s neighborhood, and our two enterprising chums are cashing in with their humane pestcontrol outfit, “Anti-Pesto.” With only days to go before the annual Giant Vegetable Competition, business is booming, but Wallace and Gromit are finding out that running a “humane” pest control outfit has its drawbacks, as their home fills to the brim with captive rabbits. Suddenly, a huge, mysterious, veg-ravaging “beast” begins attacking the town’s sacred vegetable plots at night, and the competition hostess, Lady Tottington, commissions Anti-Pesto to catch it and save the day.

Saturday, April 15, 2006 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Office Space (1999)
Rated R (89 min.) Director: Mike Judge
With Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman
Co-sponsored by ACM
Read more about it at the IMDB

Peter Gibbons just can’t seem to catch a break. His girlfriend is cheating on him, he has an obnoxious neighbor, and he’s completely miserable with his job as a small cog in a company called Initech. Then he visits a hypnotherapist, who dies just after putting Peter into a state of complete bliss. Free of worrying about making a living, he no longer feels the need to keep his job, just as the company is going through a massive downsizing. However, his new attitude only makes him more valuable in the company’s eyes, and his friends Michael and Samir are fired instead. Together, they scheme to plant a virus inside Initech’s computer system that will pull money into their own account.

Friday, April 21, 2006 7:00pm, 10:00pm
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Rated R (134 min.) Director: Ang Lee
With Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhall, Randy Quaid
Read more about it at the IMDB

The new film from Academy Award-nominated director Ang Lee. An epic love story set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, Brokeback Mountain tells the story of two young men - a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy - who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love.

Saturday, April 22, 2005 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Rated R (123 min.) Director: Neil Jordan
With Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst
Read more about it at the IMDB

In 1791, plantation owner Louis De Pointe Du Lac is unhappy with the life he has, until Lestat De Lioncourt comes into his life. Lestat, a vampire, allows Louis to make the decision of either death or life as a vampire forever. And not until his decision is already made, does Louis realize what he has become. He refuses to take human life and is about to leave when Lestat, being the clever being that he is, turns a little orphan girl into a vampire to make Louis stay. The story is told by Louis in 1991 to an interviewer about the lives of himself, Lestat and Claudia through trouble, death, curse and love over the past 200 years.

Friday, April 29, 2006 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Mirrormask (2005)
Rated PG (101 min.) Director: Dave McKean
With Jason Barr, Stephanie Leonidas, Rob Brydon
Read more about it at the IMDB

MirrorMask centers on Helena, a 15 year old girl in a family of circus entertainers, who often wishes she could run off and join real life. After a fight with her parents about her future plans, her mother falls quite ill and Helena is convinced that it is all her fault. On the eve of her mother's major surgery, she dreams that she is in a strange world with two opposing queens, bizarre creatures, and masked inhabitants. All is not well in this new world - the white queen has fallen ill and can only be restored by the MirrorMask, and it's up to Helena to find it. But as her adventures continue, she begins to wonder whether she's in a dream, or something far more sinister.

Saturday, April 30, 200 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Empire Records (1995)
Rated PG-13 (102 min.) Director: Allan Moyle
With Anthony LaPaglia, Maxwell Caulfield, Renee Zellweger
Read more about it at the IMDB

Empire Records is an independent music store in dire trouble of being sold out to a large chain. After a failed attempt by Lucas, one of it's employee's, to raise money to buy the store--using revenues from a day of business, they all have to band together to stage a wild party and raise the cash. However, throughout this seemingly normal day they also must come to terms with who they are and who they want to be. It's a tale of love, personal tragedy, and finding ones true self-- with the added splash of a little rock and roll.