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CWRU Film Society Spring 2007 Schedule

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

Friday, January 19, 2007 - Saturday, January 20, 2007
32nd Annual Science Fiction Marathon

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 19 at 6pm in Strosacker Auditorium. Admission is $25 dollars. More details are available.

Friday, January 26, 2007 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)
Rated PG (91 min.) Director: Carlos Saldanha
With voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary
Read more about it at IMDB

The misfit trio of Manny the Mammoth, Sid the Sloth and Diego the Saber-Toothed Tiger have settled down in an isolated valley with numerous other animals. However, the trio discover that the ice wall surrounding the valley is barely holding back a massive body of water. The wall is threatening to break, flooding the valley. With their lone chance of survival being a boat at the other end of the valley, the trio follow the desperate exodus there. Along the way, they meet Ellie, a female mammoth who is convinced she's an opossum like her brothers.

Saturday, January 27, 2007 7:00pm
Local Filmmakers' Night

A selection of films made by local Cleveland talent. $3 admission for the entire night.

Kingsbury Run (2005)
Rated R (tentatively). (85 min.) Director: Brian McCollum
Starring Jeffrey Grover, Nina Angeloff McCollum, Daniel Folino, Betsy Kahl

Kingsbury Run is a mix of documentary (Cleveland's Torso Killer) and fiction (the filmmaker and his journey for truth).

Murder At Midnight (2006 cut)
Not rated. (6 min.) Director: Jeff Yanik
Starring: Melissa Perez, Jeremy Mitchell
Read More about it at the IMDB

One night a series of strange events places a young horror / suspense novelist into a scenario similar to the ones found in her books. Fantasy or reality?

Out of Darkness - Episode #2 "Welcome Home Cynthia" (2006)
Not rated. (24 min.) Director: Alex P. Michaels
Starring Ada Carolina Ortiz, Joseph Primes, Alex P. Michaels, George Fiderio
Read more about it at the IMDB

In the second episode of this TV Series shot in Cleveland, Ohio, Detectives Angelo (a.k.a. Angie) and Avon try to track down a wayward famous movie star. Meanwhile Angie deals with the aftermath of what should have been her death in episode one.

Broken Oath (2004)
Not rated. (19 min.) Director: Jeff Yanik
Starring Owen Miller, Fernando Fonseca, Jacqueline Renee
Read more about it at the IMDB

Owen Miller (Out of Time) stars as decorated police chief and gubernatorial candidate, Elliot J. Smith in this story of power, friendship, love, and betrayal. With his attention split between the campaign and the investigation into the murder of the wife of his best friend and current governor, William Miller (Fernando Fonseca), the pressure on Chief Smith continues to build. While the chief attempts to comfort his best friend and continue his campaign, his protege, Detective Clara Sommerset (Jacqueline Renee), begins to uncover evidence that will change all three of their lives forever. On the night of the election these lives are about to collide.

Madness (2006)
Rated R (tentatively). (101 min.) Director: William M. Johns
Starring Jami Ross, Michael Rose, Michelene Pancoe, and Devan Lindsey
Read more about it at the IMDB

Five beautiful co-eds find themselves trapped in a mansion during a blizzard with a young man who's gone over the edge of sanity.

Friday, February 2, 2007 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Jet Li's Fearless (2006)
Rated PG-13 (103 min.) Director: Ronny Yu
With Jet Li, Shido Nakamura, Betty Sun
Read more about it at IMDB

Fearless is Jet Li's final martial arts masterpiece, capping a tremendous body of work in the genre. Li portrays martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia, who became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced incredible personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, forever defining the true spirit of martial arts.

Saturday, February 3, 2007 7:00pm, 9:00pm
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
Rated PG-13 (105 min.) Director: Robert Altman
With Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Kline
Read more about it at IMDB

A Prairie Home Companion is a fictionalized account of Garrison Keillor's award-winning show, which currently runs on more than 558 public radio stations. The film follows the show's cast of characters preparing for the final live broadcast on the eve of being shut down after 30 years. Garrison Keillor himself fills the role of emcee. The movie is a playful story set on a rainy Saturday night in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fans file into the Fitzgerald Theater to see A Prairie Home Companion, a staple of radio station WLT, not knowing it's been sold to a Texas conglomerate and tonight's show will be the last.

Friday, February 9, 2007 7:00pm, 10:00pm
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Rated R (85 min.) Director: Larry Charles
With Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell
Co-sponsored by IMPROVment
Read more about it at IMDB

Borat, a journalist in the nation of Kazahkstan, is sent to America by his government to film a documentary about US culture in an attempt to improve the standard of living in his own country. He and his producer, Azamat, arrive in New York City, where Borat, falling prey to culture clash, doesn't exactly make a great first impression. While watching TV in his hotel room, he comes across a Baywatch rerun and falls in love with Pamela Anderson. He decides to leave New York to travel to Los Angeles to find her, but neglects to tell his producer the real reason he wants to travel to California.

Saturday, February 10, 2007 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Air Force One (1997)
Rated R (124 min.) Director: Wolfgang Petersen
With Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close
Read more about it at IMDB

The President of the United States is on a journey home after making a speech in Moscow. On the journey, Russian hijackers take over the plane, disguising themselves as newspaper reporters. They want the President to ring Moscow and release General Redak. The president hides on board Air Force One, attempting to regain control of the plane and to rescue his wife and daughter.

Friday, February 16, 2007 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Doom (2005)
Rated R (100 min.) Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
With Karl Urban, The Rock, Rosamund Pike
Read more about it at IMDB

Something has gone wrong at a remote scientific research station on Mars. All research has ceased, communication has failed, and the messages that do get through are less than comforting. It's a Level 5 quarantine and the only souls allowed in or out are the Rapid Response Tactical Squad - hardened Marines armed to the teeth with enough firepower to neutralize the enemy... or so they think.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 7:00pm, 9:00pm
The Scorpion King (2002)
Rated PG-13 (92 min.) Director: Chuck Russell
With The Rock, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke Duncan
Read more about it at IMDB

In an ancient time predating the pyramids, the evil king Memnon uses the psychic powers of his sorceress Cassandra to foretell his great victories. In a last ditch effort to stop Memnon from taking over the world, the leaders of the remaining free tribes hire the assassin Mathayus to kill the sorceress. Mathayus ends up getting much more than he bargained for. Now with the help of the trickster Arpid, tribal leader Balthazar and an unexpected ally, it's up to Mathayus to fulfill his destiny and become the great Scorpion King.

Friday, February 23, 2007 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Rated R (101 min.) Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
With Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano
Read more about it at IMDB

Olive is a little girl with a dream: winning the Little Miss Sunshine contest. Her family wants her dream to come true, but they are so burdened with their own quirks, neuroses, and problems that they can barely make it through a day without some disaster befalling them. Circumstances conspire to put the entire family on the road together with the goal of getting Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine contest in far-off California.

Saturday, February 24, 2007 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Sneakers (1992)
Rated PG-13 (126 min.) Director: Phil Alden Robinson
With Jo Marr, Garrison Hershberger, Robert Redford
Co-sponsored by Case Project Club
Read more about it at IMDB

Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialize in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the government after all.

Friday, March 2, 2007 7:00pm, 10:00pm
Casino Royale (2006)
Rated PG-13 (144 min.) Director: Martin Campbell
With Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench
Read more about it at IMDB

Bond gains Double-0 status and now has a license to kill. After a blundered assassination in Madagascar, he begins to investigate Le Chiffre, a banker for terrorists, on his own. Bond foils Le Chiffre's plans to blow up a new airplane at the airport in Miami, which causes huge losses for Le Chiffre. To recoup this loss, Le Chiffre sets up a high stakes Texas hold'em poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro. MI6 enters Bond in the tournament to bankrupt Le Chiffre; if he succeeds, it will deny Le Chiffre the money he needs and force him to aid the British government in exchange for protection from his creditors.

Saturday, March 3, 2007 7:00pm, 9:00pm
It Happened One Night (1934)
Rated NR (105 min.) Director: Frank Capra
With Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly
Read more about it at IMDB

Rebellious socialite Ellie Andrews marries King Wesley but her wealthy father has it annulled. Tired of her father's control, she runs away by diving off the family yacht in Miami and heading for New York. On the bus she meets street-smart reporter Peter Warne. They end up traveling together as Warne hopes to get a great story, and Ellie needs his worldly help. Nearing New York, with their many adventures coming to an end, they find that they are reluctantly in love and afraid to admit it to each other. After she mistakenly thinks that Warne has run out on her, Ellie returns to King Wesley, but for how long?

Friday, March 9 - Saturday, March 10, 2007
No Movies Due to Spring Break

Friday, March 16 - Saturday, March 17, 2007
No Movies Due to Spring Break

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 7:15pm FREE SHOWING
Citizen Kane (1941)
Rated PG (119 min.) Director: Orson Welles
With Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead
Read more about it at IMDB
In conjunction with Dr. Spadoni, English Department

Multimillionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies alone in his extravagant mansion, Xanadu, speaking a single word: "Rosebud". In an attempt to figure out the meaning of this word, a reporter tracks down the people who worked and lived with Kane; they tell their stories in a series of flashbacks that reveal much about Kane's life but not enough to unlock the riddle of his dying breath.

Friday, March 23, 2007 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny (2006)
Rated R (93 min.) Director: Liam Lynch
With Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Jason Reed
Read more about it at IMDB

This is the story of a friendship that changes the course of rock history forever, of the fateful collision of minds between JB and KG that led to the creation of the precedent-shattering band Tenacious D, and of the two heroes' quest to find the fabled Guitar Pick of Destiny...

Saturday, March 24, 2007 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Blues Brothers (1980)
Rated R (133 min.) Director: John Landis
With John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown
Read more about it at IMDB

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit the old home where they were raised by nuns. They learn that the church stopped its support and will sell the place to the education authority, and the only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within eleven days. The brothers want to help and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "Mission from God," they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time?

Friday, March 30, 2007 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
The Prestige (2006)
Rated PG-13 (128 min.) Director: Christopher Nolan
With Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine
Read more about it at IMDB

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences. From the time that they first met as young magicians on the rise, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden were competitors. However, their friendly competition evolves into a bitter rivalry, making them fierce enemies-for-life and consequently jeopardizing the lives of everyone around them. Set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century London.

Saturday, March 31, 2007 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Clue (1985)
Rated PG-13 (94 min.) Director: Jonathan Lynn
With Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn
Read more about it at IMDB

After receiving invitations, six guests arrive at a large house on a hill. Mr. Boddy, the host, arrives and gives lethal weapons to each of them, all of which get used by the end. Boddy switches off the lights and when they come back on, someone has killed him! The guests then go search the house to see if it was a mysterious seventh person who did it. Wadsworth, the butler, has a good idea who did it, so he recreates all the events of the evening to find out who.

Thursday, April 5, 2007 7:00pm Free Sneak Preview!
Disturbia (2007)
Rated PG-13 (?? min.) Director: D.J. Caruso
With Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Carrie-Anne Moss

After his father's death, Kale Brecht (LaBeouf) becomes sullen, withdrawn, and troubled -- so much so that he finds himself under a court-ordered sentence of house arrest. His mother, Julie (Moss), works night and day to support herself and her son, only to be met with indifference and lethargy. The walls of his house begin to close in on Kale. He becomes a voyeur as his interests turn outside the windows of his suburban home towards those of his neighbors, one of which Kale begins to suspect is a serial killer. But, are his suspicions merely the product of cabin fever and his overactive imagination?

Friday, April 6, 2007 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Happy Feet (2006)
Rated PG (109 min.) Director: George Miller
With voices of Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman
Read more about it at IMDB

Set deep inside the icy land of Antarctica, two emperor penguins have a baby named Mumble. Hatched upon his feet, he has an amazing skill for tap-dancing. However, penguins are not supposed to tap-dance. Even worse, he cannot sing. Torn apart from his parents and best friend, Gloria, as a teenager who still has his adolescent feathers, he ventures off into the icy landscape. Using courage and bravery, Mumble begins to teach everyone, including himself, that uniqueness isn't a burden, but is a gift to be treasured.

Saturday, April 7, 2007 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Jurassic Park (1993)
Rated PG-13 (127 min.) Director: Steven Speilberg
With Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
Read more about it at IMDB

On a remote island, a wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs cloned from prehistoric DNA. Before opening the attraction to the public, he invites a top paleontologist, a paleobotanist, a mathematician/theorist, and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park -- and help calm anxious investors. However, their park visit is anything but tranquil as the park's security system breaks down, the prehistoric creatures break out, and the excitement builds to surprising results. Based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel.

Thursday, April 12, 2007 7:00pm
Paradise Now (2005)
Rated PG-13 (90 min.) Director: Hany Abu-Assad
With Lubna Azabal, Hamza Abu-Aiaash, Kais Nashif
Read more about it at the IMDB
Co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine

Two close friends, Palestinians Said and Khaled, have been recruited by an extremist group to be suicide bombers for an attack in Tel-Aviv. However, things go wrong and both friends must separate at the border. One of them will continue with his mission and the other will have his doubts about it.

Friday, April 13, 2007 7:00pm, 10:00pm
The Departed (2006)
Rated R (151 min.) Director: Martin Scorsese
With Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
Read more about it at IMDB

Years ago, a powerful Irish mafia figure placed some of his youngest, brightest men into the Massachusetts Police Academy as cadets. Their purpose is to eventually rise within the prestigious ranks of the city's police department, to serve as the eyes and ears of their boss. Somewhere else, a young police cadet was assigned with an equally dangerous task: infiltrate the Irish syndicate headed by the man sending in his own to the Boston Police.

Saturday, April 14, 2007 7:00pm, 9:30pm
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Rated NR (128 min.) Director: John Sturges
With Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen
Read more about it at IMDB

A remake of The Seven Samurai, seven cowboys are picked to guard a Mexican village from Banditos that come every now and then to take whatever the town has grown since their last visit. When they are hired, they go to the town and teach the villagers how to defend themselves. When the leader of the bandits come, they fight him and his men off. The second time he comes, the villagers give the seven to them, due to a heated argument. The leader of the bandits takes their guns and throws them out of town. The seven decide that they aren't going to run, and head back to the village for a final showdown.

Friday, April 20, 2007 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Wordplay (2006)
Rated PG (94 min.) Director: Patrick Creadon
With Chris Astoyan, Jon Delfin, Liane Hansen
Read more about it at IMDB

Wordplay tells the story of the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the current and historical creative forces behind it. But as it dances across the story, filling it in as a devotee might fill in one of the puzzles, the movie reveals an entire amazing world behind the puzzle's practice, creation, and history, from the annual crossword convention in Stamford to the breadth of individuals who enjoy it daily.

Saturday, April 21, 2007 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Latter Days (2003)
Rated R (107 min.) Director: C. Jay Cox
With Steve Sandvoss, Wes Ramsey, Rebekah Johnson
Co-sponsored by Spectrum
Read more about it at IMDB

Aaron and Christian are the two most opposite people in the world. Aaron is a young Mormon missionary who wants to do his family proud and is quite passionate about his religion. Christian is a shallow West Hollywood waiter/party boy who only looks forward to bedding a new guy every night. After Aaron and three other missionaries move into the apartment across from Christian, his friends bet him $50 that he can't get one of them to jump into the sack. There are two problems, though - Christian is falling in love with Aaron and the Mormons are not the biggest fans of homosexuals.

Friday, April 27 2007 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Children of Men (2006)
Rated R (109 min.) Director: Alfonso Cuaron
With Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine
Read more about it at the IMDB

In 2027, as humankind faces the likelihood of its own extinction, a disillusioned government agent agrees to help transport and protect a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where her child's birth may help scientists to save the future of mankind.

Saturday, April 28, 2007 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Rated R (112 min.) Director: Guillermo del Toro
With Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez
Read more about it at the IMDB

In 1944 fascist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again.