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The Muppets *Outdoor Screening*

  • Saturday, May 12th, 9:00 pm, Bald Spot

Your childhood! Come reminisce.

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the muppets 

 

The Muppets is a 2011 American musical comedy film, the first Muppets theatrical release in 12 years.

In the film, Walter (performed by Peter Linz), the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his brother Gary, (Jason Segel) and brother's girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) must raise $10 million to save the Muppet Theater from Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), a businessman who plans to demolish the studio to drill for oil.

The Muppets is directed by James Bobin, written by Segel and Nicholas Stoller, produced by Segel, Martin Baker, David Furnish, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and John Scotti, and features Bret McKenzie as the music supervisor.

The film is distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and was released in North America on November 23, 2011, to broad critical acclaim and commercial success. It was released in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2012. The Muppets was first announced in March 2008 and production started in September 2010. The film premiered at the 2011 Savannah Film Festival. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "Man or Muppet" written by Bret McKenzie.

It is the highest-grossing Muppet film to date, followed by The Muppet Movie, the most acclaimed installment in the series, and the only Muppet film to win an Academy Award ("Man or Muppet" for Best Original Song).

Drive

  • Friday, May 4th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, May 4th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, May 5th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

Brooding Ryan Gosling looking attractive driving a car and killing people. Yay!

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Drive is a 2011 American crime thriller romance film directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, and Albert Brooks. Although Drive shares several characteristics with the similarly-named 1978 Walter Hill car-chase film, The Driver, it is actually adapted from the 2005 James Sallis novel of the same name, with a screenplay by Hossein Amini.

Like the book, the film is about a Hollywood stunt performer (played by Gosling) who moonlights as a getaway driver. Prior to its September 2011 release, it had been shown at a number of film festivals. At the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Drive was praised and received a standing ovation. Winding Refn won the festival's Best Director Award for the film. Reviews from critics have been positive, with many drawing comparisons to work from previous eras. Praise has also been given to Gosling's and Brooks' performances. Winding Refn has said the film was influenced by Halloween and The Transporter, and that it was a tribute to Taxi Driver and the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky. The film achieved a moderate success at the box office and has since gained a large cult following.

Hugo

  • Friday, May 25th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, May 25th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

I hear this movie is magical. And makes you have warm fuzzies. Perfect for 9th week!

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Hugo is a 2011 American 3D adventure drama film based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret about a boy who lives alone in a Paris railway station. It is directed by Martin Scorsese and written by John Logan. It is a co-production of Graham King's GK Films and Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil. The film stars Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law and Christopher Lee.

Hugo is Scorsese's first film shot in 3D, of which the filmmaker remarked: "I found 3D to be really interesting, because the actors were more upfront emotionally. Their slightest move, their slightest intention is picked up much more precisely." The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures and released in the U.S. on 23 November 2011.

The film received enormously positive reviews, with many critics praising the visuals, acting and direction. Some critics called it the best 3D visual event of the decade. At the 84th Academy Awards, Hugo received five Oscars—for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing—and its 11 total nominations (including Best Picture) was the most for the evening. Hugo also won two BAFTAs and was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, earning Scorsese his third Golden Globe Award for Best Director.

Race to Nowhere:The Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture

  • Saturday, May 26th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

In collaboration with SFER: (Students for Education Reform) A must for those interested in American education policy/teaching!

Race to Nowhere

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

"Race to Nowhere" is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

In a grassroots sensation already feeding a groundswell for change, hundreds of theaters, schools and organizations nationwide are hosting community screenings of the film nationwide. Tens of thousands of people are coming together, using the film as the centerpiece for raising awareness, radically changing the national dialogue on education and galvanizing change.

 

The Artist

  • Friday, April 27th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, April 27th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Sunday, April 29th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

It's black and white and silent. BUT it also got Best Picture. Intriguing enough to see it? YES.

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The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius, starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. The story takes place in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies.

The Artist received near-universal acclaim from critics and won many accolades. Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. The film was nominated for six Golden Globes, the most of any 2011 film, and won three; Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Original Score, and Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Dujardin. In January 2012 the film was nominated for twelve BAFTAs, also the most of any film from 2011, and won seven, the most wins of the night, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Hazanavicius, and Best Actor for Dujardin.

It was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five, including Best Picture, Best Director for Hazanavicius, and Best Actor for Dujardin, who was the first French actor ever to win. It was the first French film to ever win Best Picture, the first mainly silent film to win since 1927's Wings (the first recipient of the Best Picture Award, in 1929), the first film presented in the 4:3 aspect ratio to win since 1955's Marty, the first black-and-white film to win since 1993's Schindler's List, and the first non-R-rated film to win since 2004's Million Dollar Baby.

In France, it was nominated for ten César Awards, winning six, including Best Film, Best Director for Hazanavicius and Best Actress for Bejo. The Artist became the most awarded French film in history.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

  • Saturday, April 28th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Sunday, April 29th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

In collaboration with Culinary House! But Culinary House will only provide treats before the Saturday screening at 11pm.

willy wonka

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film tells the story of Charlie Bucket as he receives a golden ticket and visits Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with four other children from around the world. Filming took place in Munich in 1970, and the film was released on June 30, 1971. It received positive reviews, but it was a box office disappointment despite the fact that it was able to recoup its budget. However, it developed into a cult film due to its repeated television airings and home video sales. In 1972, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.

Outdoor Movie: The Hunger Games

  • Saturday, September 15th, 9:00 pm, Bald Spot (Rain Location, Weitz Cinema)

Recently released, “The Hunger Games” is based on one of the bestselling novels of 2012; the futuristic, action-packed adventure about an underdog’s fight for her life in a utopian society is a fantastic way to spend your Saturday night on campus, prizes and snacks included. Brought to you by the Carleton Student Association and SUMO. Rain Location: Weitz Cinema

The Avengers

  • Friday, September 21st, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, September 21st, 11:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, September 22nd, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, September 22nd, 11:30 pm, Weitz Cinema

ASSEMBLE!

The Avengers

Marvel's The Avengers (classified under the name Marvel Avengers Assemble in the UK and Ireland) is a 2012 American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is scripted and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to form a team that must stop Thor's adoptive brother Loki from subjugating Earth. 

The Avengers premiered on April 11, 2012, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. The film received positive reviews from most film critics and set or tied numerous box office records, including the biggest opening weekend in North America and the fastest film to gross $1 billion worldwide. With a worldwide total gross of over $1.5 billion, The Avengers ranks as the third highest-grossing film of all time. The film is scheduled to be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on September 25, 2012. A sequel to be written and directed by Whedon is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.

SUMO Collaboration - Town of Runners

  • Saturday, September 29th, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema

Fitness House presents this compelling documentary about two long distance runners from Ethiopia and their struggles and hopes.

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The film tells the story of two young girls, living in a rural town as they try to run their way to a different life.

Narrated by their friend Biruk, it follows their highs and lows over three years as they try to become professional athletes. Through their struggle, the film gives a unique insight into the ambitions of young Ethiopians living between tradition and the modern world.

Ted

  • Friday, October 5th, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, October 5th, 11:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, October 6th, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, October 6th, 11:30 pm, Weitz Cinema

Looks like a family film but it is definitely NOT a family film! So don't bring the chillens!

ted

Ted (stylized as ted) is a 2012 American comedy film, directed, co-produced, and co-written by Seth MacFarlane, who stars in it with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. The supporting cast includes Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale, Jessica Stroup, and Patrick Warburton. The film is the feature-length directorial debut of MacFarlane, produced by Media Rights Capital, and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is currently the highest-grossing R-rated film of 2012, as well as the 9th-highest grossing film of 2012.

Moonrise Kingdom

  • Friday, October 12th, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, October 12th, 11:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, October 13th, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, October 13th, 11:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Sunday, October 14th, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Sunday, October 14th, 11:30 pm, Weitz Cinema

It's gonna be cute and moving. Because it's Wes Anderson. The fam will enjoy this one.

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Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, and starring an ensemble cast.

The film premiered on May 16, 2012, at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it screened in competition. It was released in French theatres the same day. The American limited release occurred on May 25, and set a new record for the best per-theater-average for a non-animated movie by grossing an average of $130,752 in four theaters.

Moonrise Kingdom received highly positive reviews from film critics. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 94% of 174 critics have given the film a positive review, holding an average score of 8.1/10 (98% amongst top critics). Review aggregate Metacritic has given the film a weighted score of 84, based on 43 reviews, indicating "Universal acclaim".

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 4 stars out of 5, calling it "another sprightly confection of oddities, attractively eccentric, witty and strangely clothed." Christopher Orr of The Atlantic wrote that Moonrise Kingdom "captures the texture of childhood summers, the sense of having a limited amount of time in which to do unlimited things" and is "Anderson's best live-action feature" because "it takes as its primary subject matter odd, precocious children, rather than the damaged and dissatisfied adults they will one day become." Kristen M. Jones of Film Comment wrote that the film "has a spontaneity and yearning that lend an easy comic rhythm," but it also has a "rapt quality, as if we are viewing the events through Suzy's binoculars or reading the story under the covers by a flashlight."

The Dark Knight Rises

  • Friday, October 19th, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, October 19th, 11:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, October 20th, 3:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, October 20th, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema

If you're deciding between this and Ebony, pick both.

the dark knight rises

The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan Nolan and the story with David S. Goyer. Featuring the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the third and final installment in Nolan's Batman film trilogy, and it is the sequel to The Dark Knight (2008). Christian Bale reprises the lead role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, with a returning cast of Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane. The film introduces two main characters to Nolan's series: Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), a cat burglar whose appearance in Gotham City sets in motion a chain of events that leads Batman to come out of retirement; and Bane (Tom Hardy), a mercenary whose objective is to destroy Gotham with a thermonuclear weapon.

The Dark Knight Rises premiered in New York City on July 16, 2012. The film was released in Australia and New Zealand on July 19, 2012, and in North America and the United Kingdom on July 20, 2012. The film received positive reviews and has grossed over $1 billion worldwide. The Dark Knight Rises is currently the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time and the second-highest-grossing film of 2012.

The Cabin in the Woods

  • Friday, October 26th, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, October 26th, 11:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, October 27th, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, October 27th, 11:30 pm, Weitz Cinema

It's a scary movie. But directed by Joss Whedon. And it got 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Jussayin

the cabin in the wood

The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 American comedy horror film directed and co-written by Drew Goddard and co-written and produced by Joss Whedon. It stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, and Jesse Williams. The film follows five friends who travel to a remote cabin for a holiday and become victims of a ritual carried out to placate supernatural beings.

Goddard and Whedon, having worked together previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, wrote the screenplay in three days, describing it as an attempt to "revitalize" the slasher film genre and a critical satire on torture porn. Filming took place from March to May 2009 on an estimated budget of $30 million, and was shot in Canada. More than 60 artists worked on the effects before filming began.

The Cabin in the Woods premiered on March 9, 2012 at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas and was released in the United States on April 13, 2012. The film went on to be a critical and commercial success, grossing more than $65 million in the box office.

21 Jump Street

  • Friday, November 2nd, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, November 2nd, 11:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, November 3rd, 8:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, November 3rd, 11:30 pm, Weitz Cinema

It's a good screw date movie. With or without your screw date.

21 jump street

21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, written by Hill and Michael Bacall, and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Based on the 1987 television series of the same name by Stephen J. Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh, the film follows two police officers who are forced to relive high school when they are assigned to go undercover as high school students to prevent the outbreak of a new synthetic drug and arrest its supplier. It was released theatrically on March 16, 2012, and garnered both critical and commercial success. A sequel entered development shortly before its release.

Looper

  • Friday, January 4th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, January 4th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, January 5th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, January 5th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

Fans of Sci-fi or Joseph Gordon-Levitt? This is your movie!

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Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action film written and directed by Rian Johnson. The film stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In Looper, time travel is invented by the year 2074 and, though immediately outlawed, is used by criminal organizations to send those they want killed into the past where they are killed by "loopers", assassins paid with silver bars strapped to their targets. Joe, a looper, encounters himself when his older self is sent back in time to be killed.

Looper was selected as the opening film of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. It was released to positive reviews in Australia on September 27, 2012, and in the U.S. and the U.K. on September 28, 2012 by TriStar Pictures and Alliance Films.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • Friday, January 18th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, January 18th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, January 19th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, January 19th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

There are so many feelings in this movie lolwutIdon'teven

the perks of being a wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American comedy-drama film and is a film adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel of the same name. The film stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller, and was directed by the novel's author, Stephen Chbosky.

The film received mainly positive reviews. It holds a certified "fresh" rating of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on reviews from 143 critics, the consensus states: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartfelt and sincere adaptation that's bolstered by strong lead performances." Metacritic gives the film 67% based on reviews from 36 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews.

Wreck-It Ralph

  • Friday, February 1st, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, February 2nd, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Sunday, February 3rd, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

Bring the fam! Apparently there are a lot of classic videogame references! (Y'know if you're into that sorta thing)

wreck-it ralph

Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated family-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 52nd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The film was directed by Rich Moore, who has directed episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama, and the screenplay was written by Jennifer Lee and Phil Johnston from a story by Moore, Johnston and Jim Reardon. Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter served as the executive producer. The film features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch.

The film tells the story of the titular arcade game villain who rebels against his role and dreams of becoming a hero. He travels between games in the arcade, and ultimately must eliminate a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, and one that Ralph may have inadvertently started. Wreck-It Ralph had its world premiere on October 29, 2012, and was released to a positive audience and critical reception on November 2, 2012 in the United States and Canada.

Cloud Atlas

  • Friday, February 1st, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, February 2nd, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Sunday, February 3rd, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

It's the return of the Wachowski Brothers! If you like visually appealing movies, make sure to see this one!

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Cloud Atlas is a 2012 German drama and science fiction film written and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. It was adapted from the 2004 novel by David Mitchell. The project had difficulty securing financial support during its four-year development, but was eventually produced with a $102 million budget provided by independent sources, making Cloud Atlas one of the most expensive independent films of all time. Featuring an ensemble cast to enact the film's multiple storylines, production began in September 2011 at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany.

The film premiered on September 9, 2012, at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival and was released on October 26, 2012 in conventional and IMAX cinemas.

The film was pre-nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects that had a first round of votes which resulted in 10 films. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view ten-minute excerpts from each of the ten short-listed films on Thursday, January 3, 2013. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five of these films for final Oscar consideration.

Pitch Perfect

  • Friday, February 15th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, February 16th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, February 16th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

It's like Glee but in movie format.

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Pitch Perfect is a 2012 musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. The screenplay was written by Kay Cannon, loosely adapted from the book of the same name by Mickey Rapkin. The film was released on September 28, 2012, to moderate box office success and positive reviews.

Pitch Perfect received generally good reviews. It received a 77% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 87 reviews as well as 65 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 30 "generally favorable reviews". It was also well-received by audiences, who gave the film an "A" CinemaScore on an A+ to F scale. The film was mostly praised for its comedic approach, which some critics have compared to Bring It On, as well as the film's flashy musical numbers and Rebel Wilson's performance.

Argo

  • Friday, February 22nd, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, February 22nd, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, February 23rd, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, February 23rd, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

Well it got Best Picture so it's probably alright.

argo

Argo is a 2012 American thriller film directed by Ben Affleck; it is a dramatization of the "Canadian Caper" based on an article published in 2007, in which Tony Mendez, a CIA operative, led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.

The film stars Affleck as Mendez with Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman, and was released in North America to critical and commercial success on October 12, 2012. The film was produced by Grant Heslov, Affleck, and George Clooney. The story of this rescue was also told in the 1981 television movie Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper, directed by Lamont Johnson.

Argo received seven nominations at the 85th Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (Chris Terrio) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin). Argo also earned five Golden Globe nominations, and won the Best Picture – Drama, and Best Director, while being nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Arkin. It won the award for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards with Alan Arkin being nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.

Skyfall

  • Friday, March 1st, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, March 1st, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, March 2nd, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, March 2nd, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

A great throwback to the classic James Bond! The opening montage is awe-inspiring.

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Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film, produced by Eon Productions and distributed by MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2012. It features Daniel Craig's third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's antagonist. The film was directed by Sam Mendes and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.

The film centres on Bond investigating an attack on MI6; it transpires that the attack is part of a plot by former MI6 operative Raoul Silva to humiliate, discredit and kill M as revenge against her for betraying him. The film sees the return of two recurring characters after an absence of two films: Q, played by Ben Whishaw; and Eve Moneypenny, played by Naomie Harris. Skyfall is the last film of the series for Judi Dench, who played M; a role which she had played in the previous six films. The position is subsequently filled by Ralph Fiennes' character, Gareth Mallory.

Mendes was approached to direct the film after the release of Quantum of Solace in 2008. Development was suspended when MGM encountered financial troubles, and did not resume until December 2010; during this time, Mendes remained attached to the project as a consultant. The original screenwriter, Peter Morgan, left the project during the suspension. When production resumed, Logan, Purvis and Wade continued writing what became the final version of the script. Filming began in November 2011 and primarily took place in the United Kingdom, China and Turkey.

Skyfall premiered in London at the Royal Albert Hall on 23 October 2012, and was released in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2012, and in the United States on 9 November 2012. It was the first James Bond film to be screened in IMAX venues, although it was not filmed with IMAX cameras. The film's release coincided with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond series, which began with Dr. No in 1962. Skyfall was positively received by critics and at the box office, grossing over $920 million worldwide, and became the highest-grossing film of all-time in the UK, the highest-grossing film in the James Bond series, and the highest-grossing film worldwide for Sony Pictures.

Les Misérables

  • Friday, April 5th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, April 5th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, April 6th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, April 6th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

It's not really 1st Weekend of Spring Term unless you cry a little bit.

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Les Misérables is a 2012 British musical drama film produced by Working Title Films and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is based on the musical of the same name by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg which is in turn based on Les Misérables, the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo. The film is directed by Tom Hooper, scripted by William Nicholson, Boublil, Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer, and stars an ensemble cast led by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried. The film tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who becomes mayor of a town in France. Soon exposed, Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of the dying Fantine, but as a fugitive must also avoid being captured again by police inspector Javert. The plot spans 17 years and is set against a backdrop of political turmoil, which in the film culminates in the June Rebellion of France.

Les Misérables premiered in London on 5 December 2012, and was released on 25 December 2012 in the United States, on 26 December 2012 in Australia, and on 11 January 2013 in the United Kingdom. The film has received divided, but generally positive reviews, with many critics praising the cast, especially the acting of Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, while most criticized the performance of Russell Crowe. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Jackman and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Hathaway. It has also won four BAFTA Awards, including the Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hathaway). It received eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture (the first musical nominated since 2003's winner Chicago) and Best Actor for Jackman, and won three, for Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Supporting Actress for Hathaway.

Lincoln

  • Friday, April 12th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, April 12th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, April 13th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, April 13th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

One of Amurica's greatest presidents. *Spoiler alert* Lincoln dies at the end.

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Lincoln is a 2012 American historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The film is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and covers the final four months of Lincoln's life, focusing on Lincoln's efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.

Filming began October 17, 2011, and ended on December 19, 2011. The film was released on November 9, 2012, in select cities and widely released on November 16, 2012, in the United States by DreamWorks through Disney’s Touchstone distribution label in the U.S. The film is scheduled for release on January 25, 2013 in the United Kingdom, with distribution in international territories, including the U.K., by 20th Century Fox.

Lincoln received widespread critical acclaim, with praise given to Day-Lewis' performance and many considering him a contender for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Django Unchained

  • Friday, April 19th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, April 19th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, April 20th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, April 20th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

A dentist with his apprentice goes to Candyland and fixes the racist cavity. Might not want to bring the children.

django unchained

Django Unchained is a 2012 American action western drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was released on December 25, 2012 in North America.

Set in the antebellum era of the Deep South and Old West, the film follows a freed slave (Foxx) who treks across the United States with a bounty hunter (Waltz) on a mission to rescue his wife (Washington) from a cruel plantation owner (DiCaprio).

The film received very positive reviews and was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture. At the 85th Academy Awards, Christoph Waltz won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, after already having won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor; and Quentin Tarantino won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, his second Oscar since his first for 1994's Pulp Fiction, after having won the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film was commercially successful, grossing over $413 million in theaters worldwide, making it Tarantino's highest-grossing film to date.

Zero Dark Thirty

  • Friday, April 26th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, April 26th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, April 27th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, April 27th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

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Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American historical drama directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal. Billed as "the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man", the film is a dramatization of the United States operation that found and killed Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda. It was produced by Boal, Bigelow, and Megan Ellison.

It stars Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, and Édgar Ramírez. It was independently financed by Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. The film had its premiere in Los Angeles, California on December 19, 2012 and had its wide release on January 11, 2013.

Zero Dark Thirty received wide critical acclaim and was nominated for five Oscars for the 85th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Chastain) and Best Original Screenplay. The film won one, for Best Sound Editing, in a tie with Skyfall. Zero Dark Thirty earned four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, and Best Actress – Drama for Chastain.

It has also generated controversy, both for graphic portrayal of torture of suspects and for what is described by some as a misleading portrayal of torture as critical to the United States' success in gaining information on bin Laden's associates and location. In addition, some Republicans suggested that the filmmakers were given improper access to classified materials, which they denied. It is viewed by some as propaganda for torture.

Warm Bodies

  • Friday, May 3rd, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, May 3rd, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, May 4th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, May 4th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Sunday, May 5th, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Sunday, May 5th, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

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Warm Bodies is a 2013 American paranormal romantic zombie comedy film based on Isaac Marion's novel of the same name. Directed and written by Jonathan Levine, the film stars Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer.

The film focuses on the development of the relationship between Julie, a young woman, and "R", a zombie, and how their eventual romance develops throughout. The film is noted for displaying human characteristics in zombie characters, and for being told from a zombie's perspective.

The film has received positive reviews from critics. It holds a 78% certified "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 141 reviews, with an average score of 6.6/10. The sites consensus reads: "It may not take full advantage of its quirky, possibility-rich premise, but Warm Bodies offers a sweet, well-acted spin on a genre that all too often lives down to its brain-dead protagonists." It holds a Metacritic score of 58 out of 100, based on 37 reviews, indicating "mixed to average" reviews.

Richard Larson of Slant Magazine said "The ubiquity of Shakespeare's original template allows Warm Bodies some leeway in terms of believability, where otherwise it sometimes strains against its own logic. But the film's persistent charm encourages us to look past a few festering surface wounds and see the human heart beating inside, which is really what love is all about." and awarded the film 3 out of 4 stars.  Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times deemed the film "a well-paced, nicely directed, post-apocalyptic love story with a terrific sense of humor and the, um, guts to be unabashedly romantic and unapologetically optimistic." He added that the movie "isn't perfect. It's a shame those Bonies are mediocre special-effects creations that run with a herky-jerky style... But those are minor drawbacks..." Mary Pols of Time called it "an inventive charmer that visits all the typical movie scenarios of young love amid chaos and disaster... There are so many clever lines and bits of physical comedy worth revisiting that the movie seems like a likely cult classic."

Digital Spy gave it 3 out of 5 stars and called it "a truly deadpan romantic comedy" and "a witty reinvention of the genre like Shaun of the Dead before it, drawing parallels between the apathy of youth and the zombie masses," adding, "Hoult gets to deliver a wickedly dry voiceover." Chris Packham of The Village Voice said in a negative review that "The film's intentions are way too good for its own good, producing bloodless romance and more shamefully bloodless carnage. Nobody kisses anyone else until it becomes clear that both parties have pulses, and everyone gets to keep all their limbs." Michael O'Sullivan said in his one-and-a-half star review for The Washington Post that the film is "Cute without being especially clever, it's as pallid and as brain-dead as its zombie antihero...It's less funny and self-aware than Shaun of the Dead, less swooningly romantic than Twilight and less scary than pretty much anything else out there with zombies in it."

Silver Linings Playbook *ONE TIME SCREENING*

  • Friday, May 17th, 9:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

Since it's raining, the movie will be shown in the Weitz Cinema!

Silver Linings Playbook is an American romantic comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell, from a screenplay by Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher and Julia Stiles in supporting roles.

Bradley Cooper plays Pat Solitano, a man with bipolar disorder who is released from a psychiatric hospital and moves back in with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver). Determined to win back his estranged wife, Pat meets recently-widowed sex addict Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence). She tells Pat that she will help him get his wife back if he enters a dance competition with her. The two become closer as they train and Pat, his father, and Tiffany examine their relationships with each other as they cope with their disorders.

Silver Linings Playbook premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2012, and was released in the United States on November 16, 2012. The film opened to major critical success and earned numerous accolades. It received eight Academy Award nominations, achieving the rare feat of being nominated in all four acting categories, the first time since Reds in 1981, and also being nominated for the Big Five, the first time since Million Dollar Baby in 2004, with Lawrence winning the Academy Award for Best Actress. It also achieved four Golden Globe Award nominations, with Lawrence winning Best Actress; three BAFTA nominations, with Russell winning for Best Adapted Screenplay; four Screen Actors Guild nominations, with Lawrence winning Best Actress; and five Independent Spirit Award nominations, winning in four categories including Best Film and Best Actress. The film has gone on to become a sleeper hit at the box office, grossing over $216 million worldwide, more than ten times its budget.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey *Outdoor Screening!*

  • Friday, May 24th, 9:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

The final outdoor Screening of the Term! Rain Location in Weitz Cinema

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a 2012 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the first of a three-part film adaptation of the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, to be followed by The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, due for theatrical release in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The three films together will act as prequels to Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

The story is set in Middle-earth sixty years before The Lord of the Rings, and portions of the film are adapted from the appendices to Tolkien's The Return of the King novel. An Unexpected Journey tells the tale of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to accompany thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest across Middle-earth to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon. The film premiered in New Zealand on 28 November 2012 and was released internationally from 12 December 2012.

The film's screenplay was written by Peter Jackson, his longtime collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens (who also co-wrote The Lord of the Rings), and Guillermo del Toro, who was originally chosen to direct the film before leaving the project in 2010.

The Hobbit received mixed reviews, but has grossed over $1 billion at the box office, surpassing both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers nominally. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. It was also nominated for three BAFTA Awards.

Oz the Great and Powerful

  • Friday, May 31st, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Friday, May 31st, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, June 1st, 8:00 pm, Weitz Cinema
  • Saturday, June 1st, 11:00 pm, Weitz Cinema

The Final Screening of Spring Term!

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Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi, produced by Joe Roth, and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner. The film stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Evanora, and Michelle Williams as Glinda.

The film is based on L. Frank Baum's Oz novels, and also homages the 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz. Set 20 years before the events of both sources, Oz the Great and Powerful focuses on Oscar Diggs, who arrives in the Land of Oz and encounters three witches; Theodora, Evanora and Glinda. Oscar is then enlisted to restore order in Oz, while struggling to resolve conflicts with the witches and himself.

Oz the Great and Powerful premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on February 14, 2013, and was released theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures on March 8, 2013, through the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats, as well as in conventional theatres. Despite mixed reviews, the film was a box office success, grossing nearly $150 million worldwide in its first three days and is currently the highest-grossing film of 2013.

The Harvest *In Collaboration with Food Truth*

  • Sunday, April 14th, 7:30 pm, Weitz Cinema

Part of Food Truth's Farmworker Awareness Week, come watch The Harvest, an enthralling documentary about agricultural child labor.

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The Harvest (Spanish: La Cosecha) is a documentary film about agricultural child labor in America. The film depicts children as young as 12 years of age who work as many as 12 hours a day, six months a year, subject to hazardous conditions: heat exposure, pesticides, and dangerous work. The agriculture industry has been subject to significantly more lenient labor laws than any other occupation in the United States. As a result, lack of consistent schooling significantly limits their opportunities of succeeding in high school or more. The hazardous conditions threaten their health and lives. The purpose of the documentary is to bring awareness of the harsh working conditions which tens of thousands of children face in the fields of the United States each year and to enact the Children's Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act, HR 3564) which will bring parity of labor conditions to field workers that are afforded to minors in other occupations.