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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Wednesday, September 20
10 12

During the Cold War, an insane American general with a beef against vodka, pierogies, and snow decides to destroy Russia. Hilarity ensues. How much praise can be heaped on director/screenwriter Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece? This is a timelessly clever and witty satire that has hardly lost relevance. Flawless comic performances (including Peter Sellers in three roles), impeccable dialogue, a chilling message, and a dude riding a nuclear bomb. Go: One of the best movies ever. No go: Ends the same way as Terminator 3.

Thursday, September 21
7:30 10 12:30

The following is hearsay, at best: Gozu is Japanese, so I’ll bet it’s a horror movie and there’s an American remake in the works starring Sarah Michelle Gellar or Naomi Watts. There might be Yakuza, Godzilla, or giant fighting robots. If you Google “Gozu psychosexual” you get 278 hits, so that’s kind of neat. Go: It may, in fact, be a real movie with a plot and characters. Possibility of fighting robots. No go: Most reviews online mention “psychosexual imagery.” Your call if that’s good or bad.

Hard Candy
Friday, September 22
8 10 12

Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde from the third X-Men8 flick) plays a teenage schoolgirl who lures an online pedophile back to her house and has her way with him. It sounds like a setup for a porno, but this is a psychological horror movie. So it’s really not a sexy party. Expect psychological debates, twists, turns, and a few moments that make you cringe. Page is phenomenal in a role that mixes innocence and psychosis. *Go:** Excellent performances. Will make you think twice about browsing MySpace for underage girls. No go: Is not, repeat NOT, a date movie.

Over the Hedge
Saturday, September 23
8 10 12

Cartoonimals! Actually, Over the Hedge features computer-animated critters. As usual, the cast is overflowing with big-name actors that the target audience probably hasn’t heard of: Bruce Willis, Eugene Levy, and Wanda Sykes, to name a few. If you’re feeling homesick, this movie might give you that warm and fuzzy feeling that you don’t quite get from your ECE lecture. Go: Everything Steve Carell (voice of Hammy) touches turns to cinematic gold. No go: Everything Avril Lavigne (voice of Heather) touches turns to teen angst.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Sunday, September 24
8 10 12

Beloved cult classic/road trip movie features Agent Smith/Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and the dude from Memento (Guy Pearce) in drag.Great performances all around as a trio of cross-dressers journey across the Australian outback. Lots of singing, costumes, and awkward encounters with aborigines and rural folk. Go: Cult movie, so the crowd at the movie should be wild. No go: Cult movie, so the crowd can be obnoxious. Remember the last time you got dragged to The Rocky Horror Picture Show?