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Jurassic Park is a sci-fi adventure 64 million years in the making. When an eccentric billionaire and his team of scientists discover how to clone dinosaurs using ancient DNA found in mosquitos, a team of specialists is sent to endorse a theme park created around these unique attractions. Unfortunately — spoiler alert — a harmless tour ride is interrupted by a massive storm and suspicious power outage that leaves them facing a threat they never thought possible. Fun Fact: This is still director Steven Spielberg’s highest-grossing film.
The Adventures of Tintin
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Spielberg week continues with his most recent film, released in December 2011. Based on the popular European comics that were primarily published in the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, The Adventures of Tintin is Spielberg’s first animated film. The film was shot entirely with 3D motion capture technology. The movie follows the adventurous reporter Tintin, his dog Snowy, and Captain Archibald Haddock as they set off on a hunt for the treasure of an old sunken ship. Fun Fact: The screenplay features the writing trio of Steven Moffatt (Doctor Who), Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), and English comedian Joe Cornish.
No Instruments Aloud
In place of another Spielberg movie, Saturday will be filled with the sounds of five of Carnegie Mellon’s a cappella groups. No Instruments Aloud, an a cappella event hosted by The Originals, will feature performances by The Originals, Treblemakers, Counterpoint, Soundbytes, and Joyful Noise. The proceeds from the event will go toward creating a Carnegie Mellon a cappella album and an Originals album.
Saving Private Ryan
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If you’ve never seen this film, go this Sunday if only for the epic opening sequence of the D-Day Normandy invasion. Featuring an ensemble cast including Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, and Ed Burns, the film has been called one of the greatest war movies ever made. Saving Private Ryan also nabbed Spielberg his second Best Director Academy Award. Fun Fact: Matt Damon was the only principal actor who did not go through limited Basic Training in preparation for the film, so that the other actors would feel a deeper sense of resentment towards him on camera.