Thursday, March 24
Ben Stiller stars in this film as one of the most unlikeable characters of his career. That’s not to say, however, that Roger Greenberg is a man without charm. Stiller as Greenberg is a stern, often humorous, mentally ill man who tends to treat people, especially those whom he cares about most, like crap. When he moves from New York City to Los Angeles to house-sit for his brother and sort out his life, he almost immediately falls in love with his brother’s assistant, played by the brilliant Greta Gerwig — a woman with just as many neuroses as him.
Friday, March 25
Praised for its elaborate Daft Punk soundtrack, Tron: Legacy transports audiences into an eye-catching virtual landscape. Sam Flynn, played by the young Garrett Hedlund, is the 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, a man who was once regarded as one of the world’s leading video game developers before his sudden and mysterious disappearance. While investigating his father’s disappearance, Sam finds himself sucked into the digital world where his father has been trapped for the past 20 years. With the help of Quorra, a digital warrior played by the always-gorgeous Olivia Wilde, father and son have to work together to defeat a world more advanced and villainous than its creator could ever have anticipated.
A Beautiful Mind
Saturday, March 26
This showing of A Beautiful Mind is being co-hosted with Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. The movie, directed by Ron Howard, tells the story of famed mathematician (and Carnegie Mellon alumnus) John Nash, played by Russell Crowe, and his struggles with mental health. As a professor at MIT, Nash begins to lose grip of reality and is eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia. This film’s greatest achievement is making the mind of the mentally compromised accessible to all audiences, and Crowe’s performance as Nash is undeniably one of the actor’s greatest. Admission to A Beautiful Mind is free.