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CWRU Film Society Spring 2018 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 19-20, 2018
43rd Annual Sci-fi Marathon

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Friday, January 26, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
City Lights (1931)
Rated G (87 min.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
With Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

A tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. Her family is in financial trouble. The tramp's on-and-off friendship with a wealthy man allows him to be the girl's benefactor and suitor.

Saturday, January 27, 2018 7:00pm, 10:15pm
The Sound of Music (1965)
Rated G (174 min.)
Director: Robert Wise
With Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker
Format: 35mm film
Read more about it at IMDb

In 1930s Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. The abbey sends her to Navy captain Georg Von Trapp to fill an opening for a governess who can handle his seven mischievous children; her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draw them to her and bring some much-needed joy to the entire family. Eventually, Von Trapp and Maria find themselves falling in love. Their personal lives soon become overshadowed, however, by world events. Austria is about to come under the control of Nazi Germany, and the Captain may soon find himself drafted into the German navy.

Friday, February 2, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Groundhog Day (1993) FREE ADMISSION
Rated PG (101 min.)
Director: Harold Ramis
With With Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
Format: 4k DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

Misanthropic TV weatherman/broadcaster Phil Connors is annoyed and despondent when he's assigned the job of covering the annual Groundhog festivities in the small town of Punxsutawney—making this his fourth in a row. The only noticeable upside is his attractive and good-natured producer. But the real nightmare begins when Phil ends up reliving the same day over and over again. Unable to leave the town due to a severe blizzard, and with no end in sight, Phil struggles to find a way to escape his seemingly hopeless situation.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Tron: Legacy (2010)
Rated PG (125 min.)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
With Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

It’s been almost three decades since genius programmer Kevin Flynn set the digital world inside his former employer’s computer system free, cultivated a flourishing new utopia inside it, and vanished. Sam Flynn, his tech-savvy 27-year-old son, looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant Quorra, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous. Meanwhile, the malevolent program CLU, who dominates the digital world, plans to invade the real world and will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

Friday, February 9, 2018 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Baby Driver (2017) FREE ADMISSION
Rated R (112 min.)
Director: Edgar Wright
With Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

Baby is a young getaway driver, contracted to a master-criminal, Doc. Doc's specialty is armed robberies—he puts together teams for each heist, with Baby being the only constant. After completing his last job for Doc, Baby uses his newfound freedom to start leading a normal life with a legitimate job and a new relationship. However, Doc still has plans in mind for Baby, and, using threats of violence, pulls him back into the criminal world. With a particular job in mind, Doc assembles his team. However, the other individuals are incompatible, if not psychotic, and soon, Baby’s life isn’t the only one at risk.

Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Waterloo (1970)
Rated G (123 min.)
Director: Sergey Bondarchuk
With Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles
Format: DVD
Read more about it at IMDb

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napoleon's best generals in Spain and Portugal, but has never faced Napoleon. Wellington stands between Napoleon with a makeshift Anglo-allied army and the Prussians. A Napoleon victory will plunge Europe back into a long term war. An allied victory could bring long term peace to Europe. The two meet at Waterloo, where the fate of Europe will be decided.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 7:00pm
Game Night (2018) Free Advance Screening!
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Rated R (100 min.)
Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
With Jesse Plemons, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman
Read more about it at IMDb

Join a group of friends as the regularly schedule game night turns into a murder mystery.

Come join us for our FREE advance screening of Game Night! In order to ensure seating, attendants must present a pass at the door. Passes will be handed out in Thwing Atrium (11111 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106) on Feb. 8th-9th and 12th-14th from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Passes can also be downloaded at (Users will need to create an account and signify CWRU as their university. Passes may then be selected and presented at the door.) Time starts at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

Friday, February 16, 2018 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Johnny Guitar (1954) FREE ADMISSION
Passed (110 min.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
With Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge
Format: 35mm film
Read more about it at IMDb

Vienna has built a saloon outside of town, and she hopes to build her own town once the railroad is put through, but the townsfolk want her gone. When four men hold up a stagecoach and kill a man, the town officials, led by Emma Small, come to the saloon to grab four of Vienna's friends, the Dancin' Kid and his men. Vienna stands strong against them, and is aided by the presence of an old acquaintance of hers, Johnny Guitar, who is not what he seems.

Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm
The Room (2003)
Rated R (99 min.)
Director: Tommy Wiseau
With Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero, Juliette Danielle
Format: TBD
Read more about it at IMDb

Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored with him and decides to seduce his best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Friday, February 23, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Rated R (104 min.)
Director: Jordan Peele
With Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
Format: TBD
Read more about it at IMDb

Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Rated R (115 min.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
With Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon, an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 6:30pm
Hidden Figures (2016)
Rated PG (127 min.)
Director: Theodore Melfi
With Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Cosponsored by Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity CWRU
Read more about it at IMDb

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Friday, March 2, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Pokémon: The First Movie (1998) FREE ADMISSION
Rated G (96 min.)
Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
With Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ōtani, Mayumi Iizuka
Format: DVD
Read more about it at IMDb

When a group of scientists are offered funding to try to clone the greatest ever Pokémon, Mew, the end result is a success and Mewtwo is born. However, Mewtwo is bitter about his purpose in life and kills his masters. In order to become the greatest, he throws open a challenge to the world to battle him and his Pokémon. Ash and his friends are one of the few groups of trainers who pass the first test and prepare for battle. However, they soon find out about further cloning and Mewtwo's ultimate plan for the earth.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Chinatown (1974) FREE ADMISSION
Rated R (130 min.)
Director: Roman Polanski
With Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
Format: 35mm film
Read more about it at IMDb

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest, and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply.

Friday, March 23, 2018 7:00pm, 9:45pm, 12:30am
Wonder Woman (2017)
Rated PG-13 (141 min.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
With Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Format: 35mm film
Read more about it on IMDb

On the secret island of Themyscira, home of the Amazons, Princess Diana is rained to be unconquerable. When a pilot crashes into her island paradise, she and the Amazons learn of a massive conflict raging in the outside world. Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in the war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Rashômon (1950)
Not Rated (88 min.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
With Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori
Format: DCP
Read more about it on IMDb

In 12th century Japan, a samurai and his wife are attacked by the notorious bandit Tajomaru. The samurai does not survive the encounter, but his wife lives to tell the tale. Tajomaru is captured shortly afterward and put on trial, but his story is so unlike the testimony of the samurai’s wife that a psychic must be brought in to speak for a third perspective: that of the murdered man himself. The psychic tells yet another story. Finally, a woodcutter who found the body reveals that he saw everything, and his version is again completely different from the others.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 7:30pm
Italian American Baseball Family (2017) Free Admission!
Not Rated (60 min.)
Director: Roberto Angotti
Format: Digital
Read more on the poster

In the “Italian American Baseball Family,” filmmaker Roberto Angotti shares the captivating story about how Italian Americans “assimilated into popular culture through America’s favorite pastime in his new hour-long Italian American Baseball Family documentary.” This film details stories of those Italians who left home between 1880 and 1920 and their kids who ended up playing baseball, something that was completely foreign to them.

Friday, March 30, 2018 7:00pm, 10:00pm
Casino Royale (2006)
Rated PG-13 (144 min.)
Director: Martin Campbell
With Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench
Format: Blu-Ray
Read more about it on IMDb

Le Chiffre, a banker to the world’s terrorists, is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe among the terrorist market. M sends Bond on his first 00 mission, along with Vesper Lynd: attend the game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, with help from Felix Leiter and Mathis, and having Vesper pose as his partner, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career. But if Bond defeats Le Chiffre, will he and Vesper Lynd remain safe?

Saturday, March 31, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Once (2007)
Rated R (86 min.)
Director: John Carney
With Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh
Format: 35mm film
Read more about it on IMDb

An unnamed guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer/songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his dad’s Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An unnamed Czech girl plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her Mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets girl and they get to know each other as the girl helps the guy put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several-day period, the pair work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another through their songs.

Monday, April 2, 2018 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 7:00pm
Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:00pm, 8:15pm
2018 Italian Film Festival Free Admission!

Enjoy the local premieres of recent, critically acclaimed Italian films at the 2018 Italian Film Festival USA of Cleveland. All films shown in original language with English subtitles, on the campuses of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cuyahoga Community College - Metro (Tri-C) and Mayfield Public Library. Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. In collaboration with CWRU's Italian Program & Film Society and Tri-C's Digital Cinema Group. For more information, visit

Monday, April 2, 2018 7:00pm
The Last Prosecco / Finché c'è Prosecco c'è speranza (2017)
2018 Italian Film Festival Free Admission!
NR (102 min.)
Director: Antonio Padovan
With Giuseppe Battiston, Roberto Citran, Silvia D'Amico
Format: Digital
Read more about it at IMDb
Read more on the IFF poster

A wine-making count, fighting for his territory; a cement factory manager who meets an inexplicable end; a Persian-Italian police inspector: ingredients in a mystery highlighting the conflict between greed and respect for the vineyards, unfolding in the rolling hills of the Veneto region, home to Prosecco grapes.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 7:00pm
Funne, Sea Dreaming Girls / Funne - Le ragazze che sognavano il mare (2016)
2018 Italian Film Festival Free Admission!
Special appearance by director Bernardi
NR (78 min.)
Director: Katia Bernardi
Format: Digital
Read more about it at IMDb

A joyous documentary about discovering new things as it follows a lively group of women on the verge of a grand adventure—“Dreams do not age” is the mantra of the women!

Friday, April 6, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
The Others (2001) Free Admission for Graduate Students!
Rated PG-13 (104 min.)
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
With Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan
Format: Blu-Ray
Read more about it on IMDb

Towards the end of the Second World War, a woman named Grace retires with her two children to a mansion in Jersey, where she’s waiting for her husband to come back from battle. The children have a disease where they cannot be touched by direct sunlight without being hurt. They live there alone with oppressive, strange, and almost religious rules, until she hires a group of servants for them. The servants’ arrival will accidentally begin to break the rules with unexpected consequences.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm
My Life as a Dog (1985) Free Admission for Graduate Students!
Not rated (101 min.)
Director: Lasse Hallström
With Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén
Format: Blu-Ray
Read more about it on IMDb

Ingemar lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother. He may have a rough time, but not as bad as Laika, the Russian dog sent into space. Ingemar gets sent away to stay with relatives for the summer. While there, he meets various strange characters, giving him experiences that will affect him for the rest of his life.

Friday, April 13, 2018 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
The Incredibles (2004)
Rated PG (115 min.)
Director: Brad Bird
With Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter
Format: Blu-Ray
Read more about it on IMDb

Bob Parr (A.K.A. Mr. Incredible) and his wife Helen (A.K.A. Elastigirl) were the world’s greatest famous crime-fighting superheroes in Metroville, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. But fifteen years later, they have adopted civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they have no choice but to retire as superheroes to live a “normal life” with their three children Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious client summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. Soon, it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Not Rated (89 min.)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
With Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell
Cosponsored by Heights Bike Coalition
Format: DCP
Read more about it on IMDb

Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, at last gets a good job hanging up posters—for which he needs a bike. Unfortunately, his bicycle is soon stolen. Ricci and his son walk the streets of Rome, looking for the bicycle. Ricci finally manages to locate the thief but with no proof, he has to abandon his cause. However,he and his son know perfectly well that without a bike, Ricci won’t be able to keep his job.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:00pm
The Sense of Beauty / Il senso della bellezza (2017)
2018 Italian Film Festival Free Admission!
NR (75 min.)
Director: Valerio Jalongo
Format: DCP
Read more about it at IMDb
Read more on the IFF poster

In celebration of the “Day of Italian Research”, the birthday of Leonardo DaVinci, this documentary is a journey in search of beauty among the scientists and artists at the CERN research center in Geneva.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:00pm
Cucinì (2017)
2018 Italian Film Festival Free Admission!
NR (54 min.)
Director: Ciro Fabbricino
Format: Digital
Read more on the IFF poster

A journey into the flavors, smells and colors of the Neapolitan gastronomic traditions through the eyes and memory of five Neapolitan cooks.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 8:15pm
Short Film Program / Programma di cortometraggi (2017)
2018 Italian Film Festival Free Admission!
NR (120 min.)
Format: Digital
Read more on the IFF poster

Seven recent films—The Line, At My Home, Pipinara, Simposio Suino in Re Minore, Crosstitch Road, The Fisherman, and The Little Italian Girls—are in competition for your vote for best short film. See the Italian Film Festival USA website for details.

Friday, April 20, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Rated PG (90 min.)
Director: Stephen Herek
With Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin
Format: Blu-Ray
Read more about it on IMDb

Bill S. Preston, Esq., and Ted “Theodore” Logan are in deep trouble. The duo have to complete an oral report for History, and if they don’t get an A+, they will flunk History. And if they flunk History, Ted will be sent to military school in Alaska. Fortunately for them, the pair receive help in the form of a time machine that they borrow from a time traveler named Rufus. They bring back many historical figures, including Billy the Kid, Napoleon, Socrates, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan, and others. Sadly, problems arise and all of the historical figures are jailed. Bill and Ted must rescue them in order to complete their report.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 7:00pm
Short Films of the Cleveland International Film Festival
Format: Digital
Cosponsored by Dreamachiev

Join us for an evening of best short films shown at the current Cleveland International Film Festival along with past favorites! Filled with audience favorites, comedies, and dramas, there’s something showing for everyone.

Free admission to Film Festival passholders.

Friday, April 27, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
The Lost Boys (1987) FREE ADMISSION
Rated R (97 min.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
With Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest
Format: 35mm film
Read more about it on IMDb

A mother and her two sons move to a small coast town in California. The town is plagued by bikers and some mysterious deaths. The younger boy makes friends with two other boys who claim to be vampire hunters while the older boy is drawn into the gang of bikers by a beautiful girl. The older boy starts sleeping days and staying out all night while the younger boy starts getting into trouble because of his friends’ obsession.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 7:00pm, 9:00pm
My Neighbor Totoro (1988) FREE ADMISSION
Rated G (96 min.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
With Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto
Format: 35mm film
Japanese dub with English subtitles
Read more about it on IMDb

Two young girls, Satsuki and her younger sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Satsuki and Mei discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros. They soon befriend these Totoros, and have several magical adventures.