Dollar Movie

January 20

The Tillman Story
Thursday, Jan. 20
8 10 12
Pat Tillman was a former football player who declined a multimillion-dollar contract with an NFL team to enlist in the United States Army following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The Tillman Story chronicles his journey from his decision to enlist to when he was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. But what followed this heroic man’s death was a flood of lies and deceit that resulted in outrage from his friends and family. Director Amir Bar-Lev explores the military’s decision to initially report that Tillman was killed by enemy fire and cover up all evidence to the contrary. What results is a riveting and can’t-miss documentary.

January 21

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Friday, Jan. 21
8 10 12
Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim rolls all of Cera’s previous roles into one in this 2010 comedy based on the graphic novel of the same name. In the film, Pilgrim meets the girl of his dreams (sound familiar?) and, in order to win her over, must defeat her seven evil exes, each of whom attempts to kill him. The movie is played out as an arcade game with several references that video game fanboys are sure to love. Despite being well received by critics, the movie did poorly at the box office, not even making back its budget. Make sure that doesn’t happen at Dollar Movie this week, people!

January 22

Saturday, Jan. 22
8 10 12
Trainspotting is a 1996 film directed by Danny Boyle about drug addiction and life in an economically depressed area of Britain. Based on the novel of the same name, the film follows Renton, a man deeply embedded in drug culture, as he tries to clean up his act and get out of Dodge, so to speak. It’s a very surreal movie, with scenes of wild extremes that help push along the controversial and sometimes trippy story. Trainspotting was also recently voted the best film in Scottish history and has a strong cult following. Fun Fact: The movie has nothing to do with trains.

January 23

Paranormal Activity 2
Sunday, Jan. 23
8 10 12
This sequel to the horror movie of the same name (minus the “2,” of course) may be even more freaky and terrifying than the original. Dubbed a “parallel prequel” to the first film (whatever that means), this flick goes along somewhat like the first one. Strange events begin to happen to a couple, so they set up cameras to figure out what could possibly be going on. Similar to the way the original made back an incredible percentage of its budget, this sequel earned almost 60 times what it took to make it. Fun Fact: I am absolutely petrified of seeing any movies like this one, so you’ll have to see it yourself to figure out what happens.