2001. USA. Dir: Robert Luketic. With Reese Witherspoon. 96 min.
Elle Woods is just “too blonde” for her East Coast, blue-blood boyfriend…who dumps her, reunites with his brainy prep school ex, and heads to Harvard Law School. Elle must wage the battle of her life to get into Harvard, win back her guy, and, most importantly, show the world what she’s really made of.
1987. UK. Dir: Bruce Robinson. With Richard E. Grant. 107 min.
Loosely derived from the director’s recollection of his student years in the 1960s, this British cult classic portrays two unemployed actors who spend their days dodging rent bills and drinking. Longing for a vacation away from the mess, the two fellas set off for an idyllic country trip that goes fantastically awry.
2017. Thailand. Dir: Nattawut Poonpiriya. With Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying. 130 min.
When an outstanding student helps out a friend struggling during an exam, she sends herself spiraling into a massive exam-cheating scheme. This terrifically crafted high school con-artist heist thriller is the perfect blockbuster for anyone who has taken the SAT.
1949. USA. Dir: William Wyler. With Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift. 115 min.
When a painfully shy heiress falls head over heels for a dashing young suitor, her father grows adamantly suspicious of the beau’s intentions. Between swoons over Clift, witness this velvety yet incisive study of the terrible traps people set for themselves.
1986. USA. Dir: Tony Scott. With Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer. 110 min. 35mm print.
Maverick and Goose come streaking at breakneck speed into your line of vision! Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire! Something something Danger Zone! Sit back enthralled as these boys compete to become the best of the best United States Naval pilots – we promise they’ll take your breath away…
2017. Chile. Dir: Sebastia?n Lelio. With Daniela Vega. 104 min.
A transgender waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer must confront the sudden death of her much-older boyfriend, and the suspicion of his surviving family towards her. In her neon-tinted breakthrough role, Vega fights for the right to be seen as she is: a strong, complex woman and a human being deserving of decency.
1989. USA. Dir: Spike Lee. With Ossie Davis, Danny Aiello. 120 min.
In this panorama of a predominantly Black community in Brooklyn, Lee himself plays a delivery man for an Italian-American pizzeria owner. Entangled in the looming racial tensions (and confrontational shot/reverse shots), he soon finds himself at the center of an escalating conflict on the hottest day of the year.
1963. Japan. Dir: Akira Kurosawa. With Toshiro Mifune. 143 min. 35mm print.
A son of a chauffeur mistakenly gets kidnapped instead of that of a wealthy shoe executive (Mifune); the latter must decide whether or not to abide by the kidnapper’s request or risk the life of his employee’s child. Kurosawa explores the dark underbelly of Japan in this intricately staged and framed crime drama.
2018. UK. Dir: Paul King. With Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant. 103 min.
A case of mistaken identity lands Paddington in jail, sending him on a mission to prove his innocence. This heartwarming, brightly-colored film combines live action and mo-cap animation for a story about an outsider arriving somewhere new and not only fitting in, but making the world around him a brighter, more charming place.
2017. Mexico/USA. Dir: Viktor Jakovleski. Documentary. 67 min.
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico celebrates “ritual, danger, and the absolute beauty of reworks.” is truly sensory movie experience immerses viewers inside the exploding colors, set to a score by Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin ’04. Q&A with producers Dan Janvey ’06 and Kellen Quinn ’05.