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Wednesday, February 8

Citizen Kane
10, 12:30

Orson Welles directed this groundbreaking film, considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made, and starred in it as newspaperman Charles Foster Kane. While it’s got no explosions, fart jokes, or steamy situations, pretty much everyone needs to see this movie at some point in their life. It’s just one of those movies. The moral of the story Citizen Kane is that even ruthless, cold-hearted newspaper moguls have feelings. I wonder if this means that Richard Mellon Scaife has feelings, too...

Thursday, February 9

A History of Violence
8, 10, 12

Viggo Mortensen plus Ed Harris equals crazy delicious. In David Cronenberg’s critically acclaimed study of violence, secrets, and the way both impact small-town life, Mortensen stars as a diner owner who kills a few thugs. He’s surprised when the killings beget the arrival of Ed Harris, who seems to know quite a bit about Mortensen’s life. As the story spirals out of control, and Mortensen and Harris are drawn deep into the same web, you’ll quickly realize that less-than-mainstream movies can still be chock-full of the same excitement you expect from Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest popcorn shoveler.

Friday, February 10

Domino
7:30, 10, 12:30

Oh, Kiera Knightley. First you played soccer, then you fell in love with a pretty-boy pirate, then you rode around on a horse for a while... and now you’re hunting society’s filth for cash? The ever-glamorous Knightley stars as Domino Harvey, the daughter of a famous film actor who decides that being a badass and shooting large automatic weapons is more fun than being rich and spoiled. Tony Scott — you know, the guy who directed Top Gun — was behind the helm for this “inspired by a true story” romp. That means that underneath the glitz and crazy colors, there might be a grain of truth. Emphasis on might.

Saturday, February 11

The Legend of Zorro
7:30, 10, 12:30

Any man who can cut the dress off of a gorgeous woman with a rapier is truly a god among men. Antonio Banderas, who may as well have been born for the role of Zorro — the 19th-century Spanish nobleman fighting for the peasants of Mexico — reprises his black-masked role in The Legend of Zorro. This time, he’s married to Catherine Zeta-Jones and has a kid. Alas, the people need Zorro, and so he must spring back into action. He probably has to fight some power-grubbing rich guy who has harnessed the power of gunpowder for evil. If you’re lucky, that villainous wretch will twirl his moustache menacingly once every 15 minutes.

Sunday, February 12

Memory of a Killer
7:30, 10, 12:30

College is the best place to see seriously wacked-out foreign films. Originally, AB Films planned to show Night Watch, a Russian film that starts a trilogy of good-vs.-evil supernatural epics. Instead, however, they’ve chosen a Belgian film about a hit man with Alzheimer’s and the two detectives who are tracking him. This is probably the greatest (and maybe only) movie about a hit man with a degenerative brain condition — and that makes it that much more important to see. You won’t find any scraggly Russians fighting vampires, but you will see some damn good filmmaking.