Waiting for Superman
Thursday, Feb. 17
8 10 12
Despite what you may think, this is in no way about the adventures of Clark Kent. Waiting for Superman is a 2010 documentary directed by the same person who worked with Al Gore on his environmental smash hit, An Inconvenient Truth. In this film, we follow several students as they make their way through the United States educational system while facing the pitfalls and failures of said system. Although the movie glosses over several important details and reasons for these failings, it is still a revealing look into an educational system that many of us take for granted.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Friday, Feb. 18
7 10 1
The books are way better than the movies. There, I said it. Okay — I can move on now. In the latest adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s epic series, Harry races against time to destroy Horcruxes, the objects that give Voldemort his power. With Dumbledore gone and Hogwarts under Snape’s control, little hope remains for Harry, Ron, and Hermione, who face constant danger in the wizarding world. Fun fact: M. Night Shyamalan reportedly wanted to direct this movie. What, would he have made it so that Dumbledore was actually alive the whole time and that Harry was really a cyborg?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Saturday, Feb. 19
7:30 10 12:30
It’s kind of hard to believe that this came out 10 years ago, isn’t it? The first installment of the series is arguably the best, if only because it’s adapted from the shortest book, so the filmmakers left out the least amount of material. The story follows Harry Potter, a sad youngster who lives with his aunt and uncle until it’s discovered he is actually a famous wizard known worldwide by the wizarding community. But an old enemy awaits him as he begins his magical education (edumagication?). Fun fact: Rosie O’Donnell and Robin Williams asked to appear in the movies without pay, but both were denied roles.
Let Me In
Sunday, Feb. 20
7:30 10 12:30
Based on the Swedish film Let the Right One In, Let Me In is the tale of a 12-year-old boy who is neglected by his parents and in general lives a somewhat lonely existence. That changes, however, when he develops a friendship with a vampire child. The well-made flick hits on the three genres of drama, romance, and horror quite well, and just about every critic has sung the praises of the film, including the author of the original book on which both movies were based. Fun fact: The word “vampire” is said only once throughout the entire movie.