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Captain Phillips
Friday, Jan. 24 — 8 p.m., 11 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25 — 11 p.m.

Imagine yourself as a merchant mariner captaining a U.S. container ship through Africa, when suddenly a group of armed Somali pirates hijack your fleet. Captain Phillips, up for Best Picture at the Oscars, takes place in the year 2009 and is based on true events. Director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum Paul Greengrass steers this compelling story of how Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) courageously handles a hostage situation that seems almost impossible to believe. Barkhad Abdi makes his film debut as the leader of the pirates and is truly a force to be reckoned with. Despite his gaunt frame, his instinctive performance is so terrifying that it’s believable he could take over an entire ship. In one of the best films of the year, Captain Phillips takes you on an unforgettable ride.

Ender's Game
Saturday, Jan. 25 — 11 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 26 — 8 p.m.

Based on the best-selling young adult series, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card was one of the best blockbusters of 2013 about a brave teenager battling a new alien race, called the Formics, that attempt attack the Earth. This isn’t another Hunger Games: Ender’s Game is a compelling film with themes of child soldiers and genocide, coupled with incredible visuals that make it an easily enjoyable, fantastical realm of science fiction. However, it’s not just a popcorn-munching film filled with explosions and aliens, and it’s not a Michael Bay movie — it’s so much more. The incredible depth of the film is dazzling, and the questions it leaves its audience about the nature of humanity are intriguing.