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CWRU Film Society Spring 2017 Schedule

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

Friday and Saturday, January 20-21, 2017
42nd Annual Sci-fi Marathon

See the complete details at http://films.case.edu/sfmarathon42/

Friday, January 27, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Clue (1985)
Rated PG (94 min.) Director: Jonathan Lynn
With Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, and Tim Curry
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery. Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with a gun? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth the butler? Meet all the notorious suspects and discover all their foul play things. You'll love their dastardly doings as the bodies and the laughs pile up before your eyes.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 7:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Ben Hur (1959)
Rated G (212 min.) Director: William Wyler
With Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, and Stephen Boyd
Format: Blu-ray
Cosponsored by Case Classics Society
Read more about it at IMDb

When Prince Judah Ben-Hur hears that his childhood friend Messala has been named to command the Roman garrison of Jerusalem, he is thrilled. He soon finds, however, that his friend has changed and has become an arrogant conqueror, full of the grandeur of Rome. When Judah refuses to divulge the names of Jews who oppose Roman rule, Messala decides to make an example of him and sends him off as a galley slave. Through fate and good fortune, Judah survives the galleys and manages to return to Jerusalem in the hopes of finding his mother and sister, who were also imprisoned, and to seek revenge against his one-time friend.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Blaxploitalian (2016) FREE ADMISSION
NR (65 min.) Director: Fred Kudjo Kuwornu
With Jonis Bashir, Livio Beshir, Salvatore Marino
Format: Blu-ray
Sponsored by Deptartment of Modern Languages and Literature

Q & A with the director

Read more about it at IMDbLarge Poster

BlaxploItalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema is a documentary that uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers never heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema. With modern day interviews and archival footage, the documentary discloses the personal struggles and triumphs that classic Afro-Italian, African-American and Afro-descendant actors faced in the Italian film industry, while mirroring their struggles with those of contemporary actors who are working diligently to find respectable, significant, and non-stereotypical roles, but are often unable to do so. BlaxploItalian is more than an unveiling of a troubled history; it is a call-to-action for increased diversity in international cinema through the stories of these artists in an effort to reflect the modern and racially diverse Italy.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 8:00 p.m.
Strange Victory (1948) FREE ADMISSION
NR (71 min.) Director: Leo Hurwitz
With Alfred Drake, Muriel Smith, Gary Merrill
Format: DCP
Sponsored by Radical Student Union
Read more about it at IMDb

"Strange Victory" is about racial bias in post World War II America. Folowing "Native Land" in Leo Hurwitz' filmography, it uses some of the same techniques: dramatized scenes interspersed with scenes of compilation news reel footage, and scenes of evocative imagery. An epilogue about the civil rights movement, added in 1964 makes the arc of the film more complete.

Friday, February 3, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Anastasia (1997)
Rated G (94 min.) Director: Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
With Meg Ryan, John Cusack, and Christopher Lloyd
Format: 35mm
Read more about it at IMDb

The daughter of the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II, Anastasia is found by two Russian con men, Dimitri and Vladimir, who seek the reward that her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie, promised to the ones who'll find her. But the evil mystic of the Tsar family, Rasputin, still wants the Romanov family to be destroyed forever.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
The Lady Vanishes (1938) FREE ADMISSION
Passed (96 min.) Director: Alfred Hitchcock
With Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, and Paul Lukas
Format: Blu-ray
Read more about it at IMDb

On a train through Europe, Iris Henderson meets the kindly old woman Miss Froy, and they meet several other passengers over the course of their conversation. Iris later wakes up from a nap to discover that Miss Froy is nowhere to be found, and none of the people they met seem to have any recollection of her. A psychiatrist on the train suggests that Miss Froy never existed: Iris was bumped on the head before boarding, and the conversation may have only taken place in her head. However, Iris is certain that something more sinister is going on, and teams up with another acquaintance, the musician Gilbert, to find her before the train reaches its destination.

Friday, February 10, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Slither (2006)
Rated R (95 min.) Director: James Gunn
With Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, and Michael Rooker
Format: DVD
Read more about it at IMDb

In this blend of the B movie classic The Blob (1958), and some Romero's zombies film, a meteorite collides in a small town. Grant finds it, and is infected by a parasite worm, which installs in his brain and causes him a creepy transformation into a monster. Starla, his wife, and Bill, a policeman, will try to stop him and the plague of worms generated by the creature.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Harold and Maude (1971) FREE ADMISSION
Rated PG (91 min.) Director: Hal Ashby
With Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, and Vivian Pickles
Format: 35mm
Read more about it at IMDb

Harold is a depressed, death-obsessed 20-year-old man/child who spends his free time attending funerals and pretending to commit suicide in front of his mother. 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.

Friday, February 17, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Atonement (2007)
Rated R (123 min.) Director: Joe Wright
With Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, and Brenda Blethyn
Format: TBD
Read more about it at IMDb

The day that 13-year-old Briony Tallis came across her older sister Cecelia and her lover Robbie making love in the library was a day that would have repercussions for all three of them. Briony misunderstands what has taken place between them and her reaction later tears the two lovers apart perhaps forever as war breaks out in Britain.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. FREE ADMISSION
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Rated R (91 min.) Director: Wes Craven
With John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, and Heather Langenkamp
Format: 35mm
Read more about it at IMDb

Nancy is having nightmares about a frightening, badly-scarred figure who wears a glove with razor-sharp "finger knives". She soon discovers that her friends are having similar dreams. When the kids begin to die, Nancy realizes that she must stay awake to survive. Uncovering the secret identity of the dream killer and his connection with the children of Elm Street, the girl plots to draw him out into the real world.

Monday, February 20, 2017 7:30 p.m.
The Blur (2011)
Rated R (91 min.) Director: Branson Wright
With Dwight Anderson, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins
Format: Blu-ray
Read more about it at IMDb

University Health and Counseling Services, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics, will host a screening of The Blur, a documentary about Dwight Anderson, a former standout basketball player from Dayton, and his uplifting message about overcoming drug addiction and homelessness.
Following the screening, a question and answer session will be held with Anderson and filmmaker/Plain Dealer reporter Branson Wright.
Door prizes and raffle items from the Cleveland Cavaliers will be given out.

Friday, February 24, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
Room (2015)
Rated R (118 min.) Director: Lenny Abrahamson
With Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, and Sean Bridgers
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

A mother, Joy, and her five-year old son, Jack, are held captive in a one-room shed. She was abducted by a stranger, Nick, and has been there for seven years. Jack was born there and the room is his entire world. Then one day they escape and get to live normal lives. For Jack, the world he now is confronted by is a very foreign place.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
The Room (2003) FREE ADMISSION
Rated R (99 min.) Director: Tommy Wiseau
With Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, and Greg Sestero
Format: DVD (late change)
Read more about it at IMDb

Johnny is a San Franciscan man who seems to have it all: a high-paying job as a banker, a bunch of friends — one of them being Mark, to whom he's the closest — and a beautiful fiancee named Lisa, whom he's been engaged to for seven years. From the outset, Johnny's got everything going for him...that is, until he faces the worst form of betrayal ever, and from then on everything begins to crumble.

Friday, March 3, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Rated G (84 min) Directors: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
With Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, and Jesse Corti
Format: 35mm
Read more about it at IMDb

Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father's place as his prisoner. With help from the castle's enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Rated R (99 min.) Director: Edgar Wright
With Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Kate Ashfield
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

Life isn't too good for Shaun . He lives with his best friend Ed, neglects his girlfriend Liz and despises his step-dad. When Liz dumps Shaun, he vows to get his life back on track. Unfortunately, this is the day that the dead has decided to come back to life. With a cricket bat and Ed by his side, Shaun sets out to rescue those he loves and those he doesn't love, and heads to the safest place he knows — the Winchester.