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Friday, January 17 - Saturday, January 18, 2014
39th Science Fiction Marathon

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 17 at 6pm in Strosacker Auditorium. Admission is $30. More details are available.

Friday, January 24, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Pacific Rim (2013)
Rated PG-13 (131 min.) Director: Guillermo del Toro
With Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi
Read more about it at IMDb

For years, Earth is repeatedly attacked by giant monsters called Kaiju that emerge from a portal beneath the Pacific Ocean. The only effective defense is the Jaeger program, massive complex robots that require pairs of neural-linked pilots. However, as each Kaiju attack becomes more powerful and frequent, humanity must change its tactics. To that end, former Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket is paired with trainee Mako Mori to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Fargo (1996)
Rated R (98 min.) Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
With William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi
Read more about it at IMDb

Jerry works in his father-in-law's car dealership and has gotten himself into financial problems. Out of desperation, he comes up with a plan to hire someone to kidnap his wife and demand ransom from his father-in-law, to be secretly split between Jerry and the perpetrators. From the moment of the kidnapping, things go wrong, and what was supposed to be a non-violent affair turns bloody.

Friday, January 31, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Terminator (1984)
Rated R (107 min.) Director: James Cameron
With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
Read more about it at IMDb

A cyborg is sent from the future on a deadly mission. He has to kill Sarah Connor, a young woman whose life will have a great significance in years to come. Sarah has only one protector, Kyle Reese, also sent from the future. The Terminator uses his exceptional intelligence and strength to find Sarah, but is there any way to stop the seemingly indestructible cyborg?

Saturday, February 1, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Rear Window (1954)
Not Rated (112 min.) Director: Alfred Hitchcock
With James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
Read more about it at IMDb
Free Admission

Professional photographer L.B. 'Jeff' Jefferies breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Fremont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.

Friday, February , 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Office Space (1999)
Rated R (89 min.) Director: Mike Judge
With Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman
Read more about it at IMDb

Peter Gibbons is an office drone like many others, and he hates his routine life. One day, the occupational therapist who was hypnotizing him keels over dead, leaving him with a permanently altered attitude. Asked to come in on weekends, he responds by coming in only when he wants to, playing games on his computer, and moving furniture to give himself a better view. But instead of firing him, the company takes this oddness as evidence of his managerial potential.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Rated R (124 min.) Director: Renny Harlin
With Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia
Read more about it at IMDb
Free Admission

Once again, New York cop John McClane is in the wrong place at the wrong time. This time he's waiting for his wife's plane to arrive at Washington's Dulles Airport when he uncovers a plot to sabotage the airport's landing system. The criminals wish to free a drug baron being extradited to America for trial by holding the airport for ransom until they all safely escape on another plane. However, if they'd known that Holly McClane was on a flight home to the very airport they were hijacking, they would have picked another day.

Friday, February 14, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Dredd (2012)
Rated R (95 min.) Director: Pete Travis
With Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey
Read more about it at IMDb

In a dystopian future Earth, the area between New York and Boston has become a crime-ridden urban mass of 800 million people known as Mega City. Keeping the peace are combination policemen-judges who make the arrests, determine guilt, and then execute the sentence. Judge Dredd is the best at what he does. Dredd and rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson soon find themselves locked inside a 200 story building controlled by Ma-Ma, a gang leader determined that Dredd and Anderson will never again see the light of day.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Rated G (92 min.) Director: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich
With Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
Cosponsored by Case Engineering Council
Read more about it at IMDb
Free Admission

While Andy is away at summer camp, Woody is toynapped by Al McWiggin, the greedy collector and proprietor of 'Al's Toy Barn.' While Woody is meeting up with new toys--Jessie the cowgirl, Stinky Pete the prospector and Bullseye the horse--Buzz Lightyear and the rest of Andy's toys spring into action to save their pal from winding up as a museum piece.

Friday, February 21, 2014 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
True Lies (1994)
Rated R (141 min.) Director: James Cameron
With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold
Read more about it at IMDb

Harry Tasker is a secret agent, but his fmaily thinks he is a computer salesman. When his wife Helen seeks out a life of excitement in the arms of another man, Harry sets out to give her the excitement she craves, while simultaneously battling Arab terrorists in possession of an atomic bomb and causing his rival in love to change his trousers.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Almost Famous (2000)
Rated R (122 min.) Director: Cameron Crowe
With Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson
Cosponsored by WRUW
Read more about it at IMDb
Free Admission

Fifteen-year-old avid rock fan William Miller lands an assignment from Rolling Stone to accompany a fledgling band from Michigan called Stillwater on their first tour. As he becomes more involved with the band members, he loses his objectivity and is soon entangled in the infamous 70s rock scene. The adventure teaches him a life-changing lesson about the importance of family; the ones we inherit, and the ones we create.

Friday, February 28, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Babe (1995)
Rated G (89 min.) Director: Chris Noonan
With James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh
Cosponsored by Case Animal Rights and Ethics Society
Read more about it at IMDb
Free Admission!

Babe is a little pig who doesn't quite know his place in the world. With a bunch of odd friends, like Ferdinand the duck, who thinks he is a rooster, and Fly the dog, whom he calls mom, Babe realizes that he has the makings to become the greatest sheep pig of all time, and Farmer Hogget knows it. With the help of the sheepdogs, Babe learns that a pig can be anything that he wants to be.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 7:00 p.m.
10th Annual Local Filmmaker's Night

Hell Hath No Fury
Director: Darryl Epp (20 min.) Drama/Thriller

Hell Hath No Fury is the story of a woman whose love life has been difficult, but she decides to try to love once more. When she is scorned again, she brings hell to Earth!

Stuck in Time
Director: John Vlach (3 min.) Sci-Fi

A student is taking a makeup test when he realizes a watch he found has a very unique power.

go, if you must
Director: Alex P. Michaels (11.5 min.) Satire

"go, if you must" centers around Budd Banker. She is a director of photography for her best friend--Cuban director Sammy Trick. Her claim to fame comes when she remakes his disaster of a movie and becomes famous. Show-bis reporter Rese Johnson tracks her down to learn the truth about her backstabbing her way to fame.

Rocket from the Grave
Director: John Vourlis (23.5 min.) Comedy/Drama

This is the story of Joshua, an aspiring novelist, his acerbic crew of writing pals, and their once famous mentor, all of whom are struggling with their craft--and their beards.

Benevolent Stranger
Director: Stephon J. Davis (14 min.) Drama

Jeff struggles to find his way after losing his father. His anger comes out sideways as he goes through life until a stranger shows him that there is a better way.

Director: Darryl Epp (19.5 min.) Drama

A terminally ill man decides to make a statement via the Internet: John will kill himself in 4 hours. The police race against the clock to cut him off!

Director: Johnny Wu (7.25 min.)

What happens when life takes an unexpected turn? How will your power of WiLL control the outcome?

Director: Jonathan Chiarle (16.5 min.) Drama

A homeless veteran finds a gun.

Between the Cracks
Director: Darryl Epp (20 min.) Drama

Between the Cracks is the story of two children who are bullied in school and neglected at hom who believe their only option is to commit a horrendous act of violence.

Story of Faith--Surviving Battered Woman
Directors: Esty Crossman, Brian Parte, Eric Kowalski (90 min.) Documentary

A portrayal of how Lucille Laurenzi, of northeast Ohio, and her two boys survive an abusive husband/father. The film addresses domestic violence, child abuse, and alcoholism.

Friday, March 21, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Elysium (2013)
Rated R (109 min.) Director: Neill Blomkamp
With Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley
Read more about it at IMDb

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Unbreakable (2000)
Rated PG-13 (106 min.) Director: M. Night Shyamalan
With Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright
Read more about it at IMDb

David Dunn’s marriage is crumbling, and he’s thinking of moving to New York. Then when he’s coming home from a job interview, his train derails and he is the only survivor. More than that, he doesn’t have a scratch on him. David is contacted by Elijah Price, who runs a comic book art gallery and suffers from a genetic condition that makes his bones very easy to break. Elijah proposes a bizarre explanation for David’s survival: David is “unbreakable,” and has remarkable endurance and courage, a predisposition toward dangerous behavior, and feels invincible but also has strange premonitions of terrible events.

Friday, March 28, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Rated PG (87 min.) Director: Wes Anderson
With voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
Read more about it at IMDb

Mr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristofferson. But after twelve years of quiet domesticity, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and, in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family but the whole animal community. Trapped underground without enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers—Boggis, Bunce, and Bean—who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost. In the end, he uses his natural instincts to save his family and friends.

Saturday, March 29, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
The Birdcage (1996)
Rated R (117 min.) Director: Mike Nichols
With Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman
Cosponsored by Spectrum
Read more about it at IMDb

Armand Goldman owns a popular drag nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time lover Albert stars there as Starina. Their son Val (actually Armand’s by his one heterosexual fling, twenty years before) comes home to announce his engagement to Barbara Keely, daughter of Kevin Keely, US Senator and vice president of the Committee for Moral Order. The Senator and family descend upon South Beach to meet Val and his parents, and what ensues is comic chaos.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 7:00 p.m.
The Venice Syndrome * Teorema Venezia (2012)
Director, Andreas Pichler; Documentary (80 min.)

Venice is pure romance. But the world's most beautiful city is invaded every day by 50,000 tourists. There are only 48,000 residents--a level not seen since the Middle Ages--and there are fewer every year as the city is becoming almost uninhabitable. The films shows what remains of Venetian life. A Requiem for a still grand city.

Friday, April 4, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Alien (1979)
Rated R (117 min.) Director: Ridley Scott
With Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
Read more about it at IMDb

In deep space, the crew of the commercial ship Nostromo are awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules by a distress call from an alien vessel. As they further investigate the signal, they discover that it’s not a call for help, but rather a warning to avoid the vessel. However, it is too late to turn back, as three members of the crew have already left to investigate the derelict ship. Far away in space and time, all five encounter an awesome galactic horror that begins to kill the crew members one by one.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Predator (1987)
Rated R (107 min.) Director: John McTiernan
With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter
Read more about it at IMDb

Major Dutch Schaeffer and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a Central American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. As members of their unit begin to disappear, Schaeffer and his soldiers suspect that that their hunter is not of this Earth.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 7:00 p.m. Long Live Freedom * Viva La Liberta (2012)
Director, Roberto Ando; Drama (93 min.)

Enrico, the leader of the most important political opposition party, mysteriously leaves for France to meet his ex-girlfriend. Unable to locate Enrico for important political meetings, his wife Anna and assistant turn to Enrico's identical twin brother, Giovanni Emani, a philosophy professor who was recently released from a psychiatric hospital. Will anyone notice the switch?

Friday, April 11, 2014 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Django Unchained (2012)
Rated R (165 min.) Director: Quentin Tarantino
With Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio Read more about it at IMDb

Major Dutch Schaeffer and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a Central American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. As members of their unit begin to disappear, Schaeffer and his soldiers suspect that that their hunter is not of this Earth.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
Rated R (131 min.) Director: John McTiernan
With Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson Read more about it at IMDb

Seeking a very personal and mysterious revenge against John McClane, a malevolent genius named Simon is forcing the heroic cop to play a deadly game. The game begins when a phone call from Simon sends McClane to Harlem, where he unexpectedly forms an alliance with the very unwilling Zeus Carver. McClane and Carver soon find themselves careening across the Big Apple in pursuit of the deadly Simon. On this blisteringly hot summer day in the city, Simon says John McClane is about to have a really bad day.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 7:00 p.m.
The Women's Workers' War (2013)
Director, Massimo Ferrari; Documentary (54 min.)

The documentary recounts the story of two women: one who leads the longest factory sit-in by women in Italy and the other who operates a cookie factory that also encourages cultural and personal growth among the workers.
Special appearance by director Massimo Ferrari.

Friday, April 18, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Taxi Driver (1976)
Rated R (113 min.) Director: Martin Scorsese
With Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd
Read more about it at IMDb

New York City taxi driver Travis Bickle constantly, almost obsessively, reflects on the ugly corruption of life around him, and becomes increasingly disturbed over his own loneliness and alienation. In nearly every phase of his life, he remains a complete outsider, failing to make emotional contact with anyone. Unable to sleep night after night, he haunts the local pornography emporiums to find diversion, and begins desperately thinking about an escape from his depressing existence.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Vertigo (1958)
Rated Approved (128 min.) Director: Alfred Hitchcock
With James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Read more about it at IMDb

John “Scottie” Ferguson is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia. A wealthy shipbuilder who is an acquaintance from his college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, because she believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie is wary, but the minute he sees her he cannot resist the chase. As his fixation with Madeleine grows, however, so too does her obsession with death.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:00p.m.
White as Milk, Red as Blood * Bianca come il Latte, Rossa come il Sangue (2012)
Director, Giacomo Campiotti; Drama (102 min.)

Leo is a typical 16-year-old who loves to ride his scooter and play socceer, but finds school agonizing. Then, a new philosophy teacher encorages him to follow his dreams, which include an unattainable fellow student with fiery red hair.

Friday, April 25, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
WALL-E (2008)
Rated G (98 min.) Director: Andrew Stanton
With voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin
Cosponsored by SIgma Tau Delta
Read more about it at IMDb

The year is 2700, and planet Earth has long been uninhabitable. For hundreds of years, WALL•E has been serving his purpose of collecting trash. Little does WALL•E realize, he has recently stumbled onto a secret that could save planet Earth and once again make the ravaged planet safe for the return of humankind. When the highly advanced search robot EVE befriends WALL•E and realizes the value of his remarkable discovery, she excitedly races back to share the news with the humans. But after centuries alone on Earth, WALL-E can’t stand the thought of losing the only friend he’s ever known, and eagerly follows her into the deepest reaches of space on the adventure of a lifetime.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Spaceballs (1987) FREE ADMISSION
Rated PG (96 min.) Director: Mel Brooks
With Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis
Read more about it at IMDb

Planet Druidia is in trouble. The imperious Spaceballs, led by Dark Helmet and President Skroob, have run out of air and plan to kidnap and ransom Druidia’s Princess Vespa for more. Will Lone Starr, his trusty sidekick Barf, and Vespa’s droid Dot Matrix be able to save the day? Can Yogurt teach the power of the Schwartz? And just what is in the Space Special?