Dollar movie

September 29

The Tree of Life
Thursday, Sept. 29
7:30 10 12:30

The Tree of Life, written and directed by Terrence Malick, is centered around Jack O’Brien (Sean Penn), a businessman who has struggled for years to cope with his brother’s death. The film flashes back to Jack’s childhood, focusing on the complex relationship between a young Jack (Hunter McCracken), his father (Brad Pitt), his mother (Jessica Chastain), and his two brothers (Tye Sheridan and Laramie Eppler). The film also incorporates flashbacks to the creation of the universe and the age of dinosaurs.

September 30

Kung Fu Panda 2
Friday, Sept. 30
8 10 12

Jack Black reprises his role as Po, a panda named the Dragon Warrior of kung fu. In the sequel, Po must defeat Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), who was responsible for destroying his village. In addition to Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, and David Cross provide voices for the five kung fu masters allied with Po. The sequel further develops Po’s backstory, but the titular panda maintains the same clumsy personality from his debut film.

October 1

PhD: The Movie
Saturday, Oct. 1
7 8:30 10

PhD: The Movie is a live-action adaptation of popular webcomic Piled Higher and Deeper (better known as PhD Comics) by Jorge Cham. Filmed at the California Institute of Technology and starring real researchers and Ph.D. students, the movie follows the lives of four graduate students — Cecilia, Mike, Tajel, and the “Nameless Grad Student” — as they navigate their way through both their academic and social lives.

October 2

Sunday, Oct. 2
7:30 10 12:30

This 2009 science fiction thriller stars Corporal Bower (Ben Foster) and Lieutenant Payton (Dennis Quaid), crew members on a failing spaceship without any recollection of who they are or what their mission is. The pair is forced to defend themselves against unknown creatures as they explore the ship and try to uncover what happened to the other passengers, all while fighting the effects of Pandorum, a psychological condition brought on by deep-space travel.