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CWRU Film Society Spring 2008 Schedule

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

Friday, January 18, 2008 - Saturday, January 19, 2008
33rd Annual Science Fiction Marathon

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 18 at 6pm in Strosacker Auditorium. Admission is $25 dollars. More details are available.

Friday, January 25, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
District B13 (2004)
Rated R (85 min.) Director: Pierre Morel
With Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Bibi Naceri
Read more about it at IMDB

In the near future, the worst ghettos of Paris have been walled off. Among the worst of them is District B13, controlled by the ruthless crime lord, Taha. A righteous young punk named Leïto is determined to bring him down, but the boss retaliates by kidnapping his sister, Lola. A rescue attempt by Leïto is destroyed by a betrayal that gets him arrested and keeps Lola in the clutches of Taha. Six months later, a crack undercover cop named Damien is given a urgent mission: to prevent the explosion of a neutron bomb that has been stolen by Taha in District B13 and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. With time running out, Damien and Leïto must work together to stop the bomb, but there is far more to this crisis than any of the players realize.

Saturday, January 26, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
Rated PG (125 min.) Director: Guy Hamilton
With Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland
Read more about it at IMDB

Bond must find the missing “Solex Agitator,” a device that will harness the sun’s radiation and give awesome power to whomever possess it. But, also vying for the prize is Francisco Scaramanga, a world-class assassin who brandishes a distinctive golden gun. When 007 discovers he is to be Scaramanga’s next target, he is hurled into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, continuing the search as he evades the killer on his trail. Bond must also contend with Scaramanga’s exotic lover Andrea Anders, and Nick Nack, whose small size belies his lethal abilities. Even as 007 enlists the aid of sensuous Mary Goodnight, he must overcome ferocious odds to survive an explosive showdown on Scaramanga’s remote island.

Friday, February 1, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00am
Stardust (2007)
Rated PG-13 (127 min.) Director: Matthew Vaughn
With Charlie Cox, Ian McKellen, Claire Danes
Read more about it at IMDB

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he’ll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. However, he is not the only one seeking the star. Lord Stormhold’s three living sons not to mention the ghosts of their four dead brothers all need the star as they vie for the throne. He must also overcome the evil witch, Lamia, who needs the star to make her young again. He must now win the heart of the star for himself as he discovers the meaning of true love.

Saturday, February 2, 2008 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Groundhog Day (1993)
Rated PG (101 min.) Director: Harold Ramis
With Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
Read more about it at IMDB

Once again, for the fifth year in a row, TV weatherman Phil Connors is forced to cover the Groundhog Day ceremonies in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, an assignment he truly despises. But this year something truly bizarre happens after he finishes the report: On awaking the ‘following’ day he discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realisation that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day.

Friday, February 8, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Across The Universe (2007)
Rated PG-13 (131 min.) Director: Julie Taymor
With Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson
Read more about it at IMDB

An original musical film, Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration, and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical, and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam, and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by The Beatles that defined the time.

Saturday, February 9, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
The Emperor's Club (2002)
Rated PG-13 (108 min.) Director: Michael Hoffman
With Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, Embeth Davidtz
Co-sponsored by The Academic Integrity Board
Read more about it at IMDB

William Hundert, a retired “old-school” classics teacher, is passionate about his subject. Moreover, he strongly believes in moulding his students by using principles. However, his methods are put to the test by a new student, Sedgewick Bell, who shakes Hundert’s controlled world and threatens to undermine all that he stands for. Hundert’s challenge is to change this young man while maintaining his integrity. Lessons abound for both teacher and students culminating in a reunion 25 years later.

Friday, February 15, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00a.m.
The Birds (1963)
Rated PG-13 (119 min.) Director: Alfred Hitchcock
With Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette
Read more about it at IMDB

Spoiled socialite and notorious practical joker Melanie Daniels is shopping in a San Francisco pet store when she meets Mitch Brenner. Mitch is looking to buy a pair of love birds for his young sister’s birthday; he recognises Melanie but pretends to mistake her for an assistant. She decides to get her own back by buying the birds and driving up to the quiet coastal town of Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends his weekends with his sister and mother. Shortly after she arrives, Melanie is attacked by a gull, but this is just the start of a series of attacks by an increasing number of birds.

Saturday, February 16, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Unforgiven (1992)
Rated R (131 min.) Director: Clint Eastwood
With Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman
Read more about it at IMDB

The town of Big Whisky is full of normal people trying to lead quiet lives. Sheriff ‘Little Bill’ tries to build a house and keep a heavyhanded order. Then a couple of cowboys cut up a whore. Unsatisfied with Bill’s justice, the prostitutes put a bounty on the cowboys. The bounty attracts a young gun billing himself as ‘The Schofield Kid’, and aging killer William Munny. Munny reformed for his young wife, and has been raising crops and two children in peace. But his wife is gone. Farm life is hard. And Munny is no good at it. So he calls his old partner Ned, saddles his ornery nag, and rides off to kill one more time, blurring the lines between heroism and villainy, man and myth.

Friday, February 22, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry (2007)
Rated PG-13 (110 min.) Director: Dennis Dugan
With Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel
Read more about it at IMDB

Two straight, single Brooklyn firefighters pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits. But an official becomes suspicious, and the new couple’s arrangement becomes a citywide issue and goes from confidential to front-page news. Forced to improvise as love-struck newlyweds, Chuck and Larry must now fumble through a charade of domestic bliss under one roof. After surviving their mandatory honeymoon and dodging the threat of exposure, the wellintentioned con men discover that sticking together in your time of need is what truly makes a family.

Saturday, February 23, 2008 7:00 p.m.
Local Filmmaker's Night

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

7:00pm Working Stiffs
Director: Jacob Kouwe Runtime: 25 min.

7:30pm IT Girl 2.0
By Alex P. Michaels Prelude 2 Cinema Runtime: 4 min.

7:40pm Fronk N Dego Part 1
Directors: Aaron Fronk and Vinny Degaetano Fronk N Dego Films Runtime: 20 min.

8:05pm Sanctuary
Director: Zac Jones Basement Apt. Pictures Runtime: 10 min.

8:20pm Out of Darkness: Episode 1
Director: Alex P. Michaels Prelude2Cinema Runtime: 29 min.

8:55pm The Greeters
Director: Jacod Kouwe Runtime: 5 min.

9:05pm Fronk N Dego Part 2
Directors: Aaron Fronk and Vinny Degaetano Fronk N Dego Films Runtime: 17min.

Friday, February 29, 2008 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Rated R (141 min.) Director: Clint Eastwood
With Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara
Read more about it at IMDB

The Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent Iwo Jima from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. In the lower echelons of his forces a young soldier strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi finds strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination.

Saturday, March 1, 2008 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Das Boot (1981)
Rated R (149 min.) Director: Wolfgang Petersen
With Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
Read more about it at IMDB

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so called “Battle of the Atlantic” to harass and destroy English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, however, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. “ This is the story of one such crew while these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers, attempted to accomplish impossible missions, and attempting to understand and obey the the government under which they serve.

Friday, March 7 - Saturday, March 8, 2008
No Movies Due to Spring Break

Friday, March 14 - Saturday, March 15, 2008
No Movies Due to Spring Break

Friday, March 21, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Rated R (116 min.) Director: Tim Burton
With Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman
Read more about it at IMDB

Sweeney Todd a.k.a Benjamin Barker returns to London after being sent away by Judge Turpin with the help of a sailor, Anthony Hope. He opens a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s Meat Pie Shop were she sells “the worst pies in London.” With the help of Mrs. Lovett, Todd tries to rid of all the people who have ever done him wrong and hopes to be reunited with his daughter, Joanna, who is now Judge Turpin’s ward.

Saturday, March 22, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Beetlejuice (1988)
Rated R (92 min.) Director: Tim Burton
With Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton
Read more about it at IMDB

Adam and Barbara are a normal couple, who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate the house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family are moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but ends up becoming the main attraction to the money making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in more in mind than the just helping.

Friday, March 28, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
The Last Mimzy (2007)
Rated PG (90 min.) Director: Robert Shaye
With Chris O’Neil, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Joely Richardson
Read more about it at IMDB

Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!

Saturday, March 29, 2008, 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Jaws (1975)
Rated PG (124 min.) Director: Steven Spielberg
With Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Read more about it at IMDB

The peaceful island community of Amity is being terrorised. There is something in the sea that is attacking swimmers. They can no longer enjoy the sea and the sun as they used to, and the spreading fear is affecting the numbers of tourists that are normally attracted to the island. After many attempts, the great white shark won’t go away and sheriff Brody, with friends Hooper and Quint, decides to go after the shark and kill it.

Thursday, April 3, 2008 7:00 p.m. Free Showing!
The Shining (1980)
Rated R (146 min.) Director: Stanley Kubirck
With Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers
Read more about it at IMDB

Jack Torrance becomes the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, up in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Jack, being a family man, takes his wife and son to the hotel to keep him company throughout the long and isolated nights. During their stay strange things begin to occur as Jack's son Danny starts seeing gruesome images activated by a force he possesses called "The Shining". Unable to cope with his writer's block along with the demons of the hotel haunting him, Jack has a complete mental breakdown and the situation takes a sinister turn for the worse.

Friday, April 4, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Waitress (2007)
Rated PG-13 (108 min.) Director: Adrienne Shelly
With Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines
Co-sponsored by The Cleveland Browncoats There will be pie!
Read more about it at IMDB

Jenna is a small-town waitress at Joe’s Diner, who has a great knack at making delicious pies there. However, she is in an unhappy marriage to her controlling and immature husband who always takes the money she works hard for, but Jenna keeps some of it hidden from him. Jenna suddenly finds her life has taken an unexpected turn when she discovers she’s pregnant with Earl’s baby. But the unhappy pregnancy changes Jenna’s life as she becomes determined to win the $25,000 pie contest prize money and begins an affair with her handsome, married gynecologist that gives her confidence and an attempt at happiness.

Saturday, April 5, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Seventh Seal (1957)
Rated PG (92 min.) Director: Ingmar Bergman
With Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Max von Sydow
Read more about it at IMDB

A Knight and his squire are home from the crusades. Black Death is sweeping their country. As they approach home, Death appears to the Knight and tells him it is his time. The knight challenges Death to a chess game for his life. The Knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused.

Friday, April 11, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
The Golden Compass (2007)
Rated PG-13 (113 min.) Director: Chris Weitz
With Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards
Read more about it at IMDB

It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford’s motley streets on mad quests for adventure. But her greatest adventure would begin closer to home, the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, this magical dust -found only in the vast Arctic expanse of the North- is rumored to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes. There were those who feared the particle and would stop at nothing to destroy it. Catapulted into the heart of a terrible struggle, she journeys into unbelievable danger, without the faintest clue that she is destined to win this more-than-mortal battle...

Saturday, April 12, 2008 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Tommy (1975)
Rated PG (111 min.) Director: Ken Russell
With Oliver Reed, Ann-Margret, Roger Daltrey
Co-sponsored by Spartan Tappers
Read more about it at IMDB

Tommy is blind, deaf and dumb, but there is nothing wrong with him. As a small child, he accidentally witnessed the murder of his father by his stepfather. His mother and stepfather told him to forget everything he had seen and heard, and to never talk about it; but Tommy carried it to the extreme, turned inward, and stopped seeing, hearing or speaking at all. He suffered much while growing up, and finally found happiness in, of all things, playing pinball. When he became the world champion pinball player it brought his family fame and fortune. After being spontaneously healed, he began to teach others of his unique perspective on life, eventually becoming a religious cult figure.

Monday, April 14, 2008 7:00 p.m. FREE Sneak Preview!
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Rated R. Director: Nicholas Stoller
With Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, and Mila Kunis
Read more about it IMDB

Devastated Peter takes a Hawaii vacation in order to deal with recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex... and she is bringing along her new boyfriend. Look for screening passes around campus or visit to download a screening pass.

Friday, April 18, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Freedom Writers (2007)
Rated PG-13 (123 min.) Director: Richard LaGravenese
With Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn
Co-sponsored by Golden Key Honor Society
Read more about it at IMDB

Tensions are at a boiling point in an inner-city school where racial violence — Black against Hispanic against White against Asian — has turned the campus into a battleground. To help the kids all get along, an idealistic young teacher encourages her students to keep personal journals so that they can then share their innermost feelings with each other in a peaceful way. Based on actual diary accounts of several teenagers following the L.A. riots.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Rated R (95 min.) Director: Stephen Chow
With Stephen Chow, Xiaogang Feng, Wah Yuen
Read more about it at IMDB

It is 1940’s China, and gangs rule the city. The most notorious of them all is the axe gang, lead by the insane Brother Sum. A slum called Pig Sty Alley is the only area safe from the Axes because the people there are so poor. Soon, wannabe gangster Sing and his pal Bone attempt to extort money out of a barber and fail, drawing the real Axe Gang to Pig Sty. However, it turns out that there are several kung fu masters living in the slum, and soon the two sides are enemies. As the plot thickens, Sing must decide - should he become a mobster, or save the day?

Friday, April 25, 2008 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Snakes On A Plane (2006)
Rated R (105 min.) Director: David R. Ellis
With Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips
Co-sponsored by Model UN
Read more about it at IMDB

When Sean Jones witnesses a murder, he is asked to fly from Hawaii to Los Angeles to testify against the notorious gangster Eddie Kim. However, Kim has paid an assassin to release a crate full of deadly snakes loose when the plane is 30,000 feet in the air. Only FBI agent Neville Flynn can protect Sean and rally the passengers together in hope of landing in L.A. alive.

Saturday, April 26, 2008 7:00 p.m.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Rated R (220 min.) Director: Cecil B. DeMille
With Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter
Read more about it at IMDB

To escape the edict of Egypt's Pharoah condemning all first-born Hebrew males to death, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother Sethi. Moses gains Sethi's favor and the love of the crown princess Nefretiri, as well as the hatred of Seti's son Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. In Egypt, Moses's fiercest enemy proves to be not Rameses, but someone near to him who can 'harden his heart'.