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CWRU Film Society Spring 2010 Schedule

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

Friday, January 15, 2010 – Sunday, January 17, 2010
35th Annual Science Fiction Marathon

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 15 at 6pm in Strosacker Auditorium. Admission is $25. More details are available.

Friday, January 22, 2010 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Zodiac (2007)
Rated R (157 min.) Director: David Fincher
With Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards
Read more about it at IMDb

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. In this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970’s case, two men’s search for the murderer becomes more than a job, it’s an obsession.

Saturday, January 23, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
October Sky (1999)
Rated PG (108 min.) Director: Joe Johnston
With Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern
Read more about it at IMDb

In a 1950’s mining town, Homer has only one future: the local coal mine. However, everything changes when Sputnik goes into orbit. On the road to the national science fair with his future at stake, Homer must prove his worth as he shoots for the stars.

Friday, January 29, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
21 (2008)
Rated PG-13 (123 min.) Director: Robert Luketic
With Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth
Read more about it at IMDb
Cosponsored by Academic Integrity Board

Ben Campbell wants to transfer to Harvard School of Medicine but cannot afford the tuition. Ben is introduced to card counting, and experiences marvelous success. But greed threatens to undo everything he has learned and earned.

Saturday, January 30, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
American Graffiti (1973)
Rated PG (100 min.) Director: George Lucas
With Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat
Read more about it at IMDb

Curt and Steve have been accepted to college. But before they leave for school, they experience one last wild night of summer.

Friday, February 5, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Rated PG-13 (95 min.) Director: Marc Webb
With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend
Read more about it at IMDb

Tom Hansen reflects back on his time with Summer Finn. For him, it was love at first sight. But Summer did not believe in relationships or boyfriends. After all is said and done, will Tom listen to the voice of reason?

Saturday, February 6, 2010 7:00 p.m.
6th Annual Local Filmmaker’s Night

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

The Struggle For Existence
Director: Michael Suglio (57 min.)

The Struggle For Existence is a feature-length documentary film that examines two museums—the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the newly founded Creation Museum in Cincinnati—and their very different approaches to science. Through a survey of museum exhibits and exclusive interviews with staff members, the film explores both the scientific method as well as biblically based creation science and shows how the museums’ respective methodologies affect the conclusions they reach on numerous subjects, including dinosaurs, evolution, and the age of the Earth.

Trails End
Director: Jeffrey James (8 min.)

It’s the fall of 1886. A man travels the Ohio countryside to track a notorious outlaw that destroyed his life and the lives of countless others. His journey leads him down many trails including one into a troubled past.

Starchy and Flump: Close Encounters with Death
Directors: Ray F. Tomorowitz and Jim Masar (29 min.)

Filmed in the mid-1970s in a Super-8 with sound format, the movie Starchy and Flump: Close Encounters with Death satirizes two pop culture icons of that era—the television, Starsky & Hutch, and the Steven Spielberg film classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Written, directed and produced by amateur film makers, Ray Tomorowitz and Jim Masar, Starchy and Flump places a couple of bumbling street-wise, big-city detectives at the center of man's historic first encounter with an extraterrestrial being. And the twists and turns of the plot keep the laughs coming—right up to the climactic meeting between detective Flumpinson and an alien “Space Scout” on a special mission to earth. Filmed over a 12-month period on locations in Cleveland, Geneva and Ashtabula, OH, Starchy and Flump has become something of a cult classic among older amateur film makers in the Cleveland area.

Director: David Pearl (56 min.)

PolyCultures: Food Where We Live is a documentary program showing the diverse communities around Greater Cleveland coming together to grow a more sustainable and equitable food system. PolyCultures is firmly rooted in the ideas that producing food for local consumption is good for the health of individuals and communities, as well as the local economy and the ecosystem. To balance the advocacy perspective, it features many national and international experts who place area food production in the bigger picture of sustainability. The aesthetic is a mix of “agrarian” camera techniques portraying post-industrial Cleveland and surrounding farmland, symbolizing the ground-level nature of this movement.

Director: Michael Suglio (30 min.)

Ichigo (Andrew “Fin” Coe) is about a CWRU senior, who the film is named after, who desperately wants to find a date to homecoming. When an unlikely guest named Ashley (Alisa Cullison) enters Ichigo’s world of anime and DDR, Ichigo and Ashley’s world change.

Jean Claude the Gumming Zombie
Director: Johnny Wu (34 min.)

When a toothless Frenchman finds himself the latest victim of a zombie plague, he is befriended by an overly-wholesome family that belongs more in a 1950s sitcom than the world of today. Half pet, half best friend for young Timmy, and all dead, Jean Claude proves that you don’t have to have brains to eat them. Or something.

Friday, February 12, 2010 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Rated R (153 min.) Director: Quentin Tarantino
With Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz
Read more about it at IMDb

In Nazi-occupied France, young Jewish refugee Shosanna Dreyfus plots her revenge. Her plan catches the attention of the “Basterds,” Jewish-American guerilla soldiers and relentless executioners. Their paths will cross for a fateful evening that will shape history.

Saturday, February 13, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Gran Torino (2008)
Rated R (116 min.) Director: Clint Eastwood
With Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang
Read more about it at IMDb

Walt Kowalski holds onto his prejudices despite the changing world around him. When a Hmong teenager tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski begins to reconnect with his neighborhood.

Friday, February 19, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Food, Inc. (2008)
Rated PG (94 min.) Director: Robert Kenner
With Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser
Read more about it at IMDb
Cosponsored by Office of Housing and Residence Life

In the food production industry, health and safety are often overlooked by the companies in an effort to provide cheap food. Explore how the global food crisis can be changed on the demand side of the equation.

Saturday, February 20, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Citizen Kane (1941)
Rated PG (119 min.) Director: Orson Welles
With Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Dorothy Comingore
Read more about it at IMDb
Cosponsored by Ignite TV

Multimillionaire Charles Foster Kane dies alone, speaking a single word: Rosebud. A reporter tracks down the people who worked and lived with Kane. Their stories reveal much about Kane, but will it be enough to decipher his dying breath?

Thursday, February 25, 2010 7:00 p.m. Birthday Party Free Showing
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Rated PG-13 (127 min.) Director: Steven Spielberg
With Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody
Read more about it at IMDb

You voted, and we listened! Celebrate Film Society’s 40th birthday with this viewer’s choice movie. Free birthday cake is provided! The Nazis have kidnapped Indiana Jones’ father, Professor Henry Jones, for his notes on many of the world’s most sacred items, including the Holy Grail. Indy must make his way directly into Germany in order to save his father, the diary, and the Grail.

Friday, February 26, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
Rated R (118 min.) Director: Troy Duffy
With Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Bill Connolly
Read more about it at IMDb

For the last 8 years, the MacManus brothers have been living in isolation. When they discover they have been framed for the murder of a priest, the boys must return to Boston to clear their names and find the men who framed them.

Saturday, February 27, 2010 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Rated PG-13 (135 min.) Director: Ron Howard
With Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly
Read more about it at IMDb
Cosponsored by AIChE

John Forbes Nash, Jr. is a mathematical genius and stands on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon finds himself on a harrowing journey of self-discovery.

Friday, March 5, 2010 – Saturday, March 13, 2010
No Films Due To Spring Break

Friday, March 19, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Zombieland (2009)
Rated R (88 min.) Director: Ruben Fleischer
With Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone
Read more about it at IMDb
Cosponsored by Big Games Club

Two men who have found a way to survive a world overrun by zombies. Columbus is a wuss; Tallahassee’s single goal is to get the last Twinkie on earth. As they join forces, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombies.

Saturday, March 20, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Jumanji (1995)
Rated PG (104 min.) Director: Joe Johnston
With Robin Williams, Jonathan Hyde, Kirsten Dunst
Read more about it at IMDb

Young Alan Parrish is pulled into the board game Jumanji. Twenty-six years later, two more kids find this game, accidentally release Alan, and bring the game to life.

Sunday, March 21, 2010 7:00 p.m. Mystery Dinner Theatre Free Showing
Clue (1985)
Rated PG (94 min.) Director: Jonathan Lynn
With Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn
Read more about it at IMDb
Located in Thwing Ballroom

Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with the revolver? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? How about Film Society in the Thwing Ballroom! Meet all the suspects as the bodies and the laughs pile up before you. The show is free, but you have the option to buy a meal from the Jolly Scholar for this dinner and a movie celebration.

Friday, March 26, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Pirate Radio (2009)
Rated R (116 min.) Director: Richard Curtis
With Michael Hadley, Charlie Rowe, Lucy Fleming
Read more about it at IMDb
Cosponsored by WRUW

A band of rogue DJs captivate Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to the government. Where does this station originate? In the middle of the North Sea.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Frequency (2000)
Rated PG-13 (118 min.) Director: Gregory Hoblit
With Dennis Quaid, James Caviezel, Shawn Doyle
Read more about it at IMDb
Cosponsored by Amateur Radio Club

A rare atmospheric phenomenon allows a New York City firefighter to communicate with his son 30 years in the future via short-wave radio. The pair accidentally trigger a tragic event. Now they must work together, 30 years apart, to change history—again.

Friday, April 2, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Rated R (94 min.) Director: Grant Heslov
With George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges
Read more about it at IMDb

A reporter, trying to lose himself in the romance of war after his marriage fails, gets more than he bargains for when he meets a psychic military agent.

Saturday, April 3, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Caddyshack (1980)
Rated R (98 min.) Director: Harold Ramis
With Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight
Read more about it at IMDb

A millionaire wants to turn a golf course into a new property development, but the president of the golf club doesn’t like the idea. All the members are wealthy and eccentric, and all the staff are poor and only slightly less eccentric.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 7:00 p.m. 3rd annual Italian film festival
La ragazza del lago (2007)
Director: Andrea Molaioli (95 min.)
Read more about it at IMDb

The 3rd annual Italian film festival is free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the Italian Section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. More information about these films is available.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 7:00 p.m. 3rd annual Italian film festival
Ex / Tanti baci dopo (2009)
Director: Fausto Brizzi (120 min.)
Read more about it at IMDb

Friday, April 9, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Where God Left His Shoes (2007)
Rated PG (96 min.) Director: Salvatore Stabile
With John Leguizamo, Leonor Varela, David Castro
Read more about it at IMDb
Cosponsored by Habitat for Humanity

Frank and his family are evicted and move into a homeless shelter. Fortunately, a nearby housing project has an apartment available, but he needs a job so they can have a home by Christmas morning.

(Replacing Burma VJ)
Saturday, April 10, 2010 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Sometimes in April (2005)
Rated PG (140 min.) Director: Raoul Peck
Read more about it at IMDb
Cosponsored by STAND

Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero and Idris Elba star in this drama framed by the Rwandan genocide. The story centers on two brothers who bear witness to the killing of close to 900,000 people in 100 days while becoming divided by politics and losing some of their own family. The film depicts the attitudes and circumstances leading up to the outbreak of brutal violence, the intertwining stories of people struggling to survive the genocide, and the aftermath as the people try to find justice and reconciliation.

Sunday, April 11, 2010 3:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. “Then and Now” Free Showing
Ocean’s Eleven (1960)
Rated PG (127 min.) Director: Lewis Milestone
With Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr.
Read more about it at IMDb

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Rated PG-13 (116 min.) Director: Steven Soderbergh
With George Clooney, Cecelia Ann Birt, Paul L. Nolan
Read more about it at IMDb

Danny Ocean wants to score the biggest heist in history. The target? Las Vegas Casinos. Join Film Society for our final 40th Anniversary Celebration by watching the original and the remake of this classic.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:00 p.m. 3rd annual Italian film festival
Il papà di Giovanna (2008)
Director: Pupi Avati (104 min.)
Read more about it at IMDb

Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:00 p.m. 3rd annual Italian film festival
Si può fare (2008)
Director: Giulio Manfredonia (111 min.)
Read more about it at IMDb

Friday, April 16, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Rated PG-13 (128 min.) Director: Guy Ritchie
With Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
Read more about it at IMDb

After finally catching serial killer Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close another case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again.

Saturday, April 17, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Rated PG-13 (127 min.) Director: Baz Luhrmann
With Nichole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo
Read more about it at IMDb
Cosponsored by Spartan Tappers

Christian, a young English poet, comes to Paris in 1899 to pursue a career as a writer. When Christian meets Satine, he falls head-over-heels in love with her, and though it takes a bit of convincing, she falls for him as well. But Christian is not the only one interested in the woman, and she holds a deadly secret that could end everything.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 7:00 p.m. Free Advance Screening!
The Losers (2010)
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Rated PG-13. Director: Sylvain White
With Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans
Read more about it at IMDb

A tale of double cross and revenge, centered upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team-Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar -find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.

Friday, April 23, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
The Book of Eli (2010)
Rated R (118 min.) Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
With Gary Oldman, Denzel Washington
Read more about it at IMDb

Eli has been on a journey for 30 years, walking west across America after a cataclysmic war that turned the earth into a total wasteland. The world has become a lawless civilization where people must kill or be killed. The barren roads belong to gangs of cutthroats who rob and kill for water, a pair of shoes, a lighter, or just for fun. Eli is a peaceful man who only acts in self defense, and becomes a warrior with unbelievable killing skills when he is challenged. After the war and the "Big Flash", Eli was guided by a higher power to a hidden book and given the task of protecting the book and taking it to its final destination. Eli guards the book with his life, because he knows that the book is the only hope that humanity has for its future.

Saturday, April 24, 2010 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Red Dawn (1984)
Rated PG-13 (114 min.) Director: John Milius
With Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson
Read more about it at IMDb

In the mid-1980s, a group of high school students become guerrilla fighters when their town is invaded by Soviet and Cuban soldiers at the beginning of WWIII. The pressures of their desperate existence begin to wear away at the “Wolverine’s” unity as the Soviet bloc forces hunt them down.