Missouri S&T Free FALL 2016 Film Festival
Tuesday evenings @ 7:00 pm - Leach Theatre, Castleman Hall
August 30 – SPOTLIGHT
MARK RUFFALO, MICHAEL KEATON, RACHEL MCADAMS. Directed by TOM MCCARTHY. When the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their investigation reveals a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Winner of the Oscar for Best Picture. R–2015.
September 6 – EYE IN THE SKY
HELEN MIRREN, AARON PAUL, ALAN RICKMAN. Directed by GAVIN HOOD. Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to neutralize terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when an innocent girl enters the kill zone. As precious seconds slip away, every person in the chain of command fights for their own ethical perspective. A timely thriller on the complex implications of modern drone warfare. R–2015.
September 13 – THE BIG SHORT
CHRISTIAN BALE, STEVE CARELL, RYAN GOSLING. Directed by ADAM MCKAY. Were they greedy or visionary? The Big Short tells the stories of the few Wall Street investors who saw the 2008 crash coming and bet against the housing market, cashing in on the collapse. Equal parts irreverent comedy and sobering drama, this entertaining and innovative film won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. R–2015. Introduction by Dr. Greg Gelles, Chair of S&T’s Economics Department.
September 20 – CHI-RAQ
NICK CANNON, TEYONAH PARRIS, SAMUEL L. JACKSON. Directed by SPIKE LEE. Spike Lee swings for the fences in this outrageous re-imagining of the Greek comedy Lysistrata. In South Chicago, where more die in gang killings than US troops perish in Iraq, a woman organizes a sex strike to stop the violence. Soon, her resistance builds to a full-scale revolution. R–2015. In recognition of the Intl. Day of Peace.
September 27 – SPEEDY
HAROLD LLOYD, ANN CHRISTY, BABE RUTH. Directed by TED WILDE. In his final silent film, Harold Lloyd stars as Speedy, a soda jerk who loses his job, gets into hijinks at Coney Island, becomes a cab driver, and even delivers the real Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium. When the railroad tries to run his girlfriend’s grandfather’s horse-drawn trolley out of business, Speedy organizes the neighborhood old-timers to thwart their scheme. NR–1928.
October 4 – SICARIO
EMILY BLUNT, JOSH BROLIN, BENICIO DEL TORO. Directed by DENIS VILLENEUVE. When drug violence worsens on the US-Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent on a mission to stop the cartel responsible for bombing members of her team. But morality blurs at the border when she realizes she’s being used to skirt federal law. R–2015. Introduction by Dr. Rebecca Crosthwait, cultural anthropologist of Mexico.
October 11 – CARTEL LAND
TIM NAILER FOLEY, JOSÉ MANUEL MIRELES. Directed by MATTHEW HEINEMAN. In Arizona, a veteran heads a paramilitary group working to prevent Mexico’s drug wars from entering U.S. territory. Meanwhile, a physician in Michoacán, Mexico, leads a citizen uprising against the drug cartel that has terrorized the region for years. A documentary that delves into the maddening complexity of the drug war on both sides of the border, with footage so damning, you may wonder how the filmmakers made it back alive. R–2015.
October 18 – ROOM
BRIE LARSON, JACOB TREMBLAY, SEAN BRIDGERS. Directed by LENNY ABRAHAMSON. Jack, a spirited 5-year-old, and his mother Ma have been confined for years in a 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that Jack lives a fulfilling life. But his curiosity about their situation grows, and when Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. From Emma Donoghue’s celebrated novel. R–2015. With an introduction by Drew Amidei, S&T English alum.
October 25 – GOODNIGHT MOMMY
LUKAS SCHWARZ, ELIAS SCHWARZ, SUSANNE WUEST. Directed by SEVERIN FIALA and VERONIKA FRANZ. In a lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields live nine-year-old twin brothers who are waiting for their mother. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, the boys start to doubt that this woman is actually their mother. An existential struggle for identity and fundamental trust emerge in this visually striking but genuinely unnerving art horror film. R–2014. In German with English subtitles.
November 1 – WEINER
ANTHONY WEINER, HUMA ABEDIN. Directed by JOSH KRIEGMAN and ELYSE STEINBERG. In an attempt to bounce back from the sexting scandal that ended his career as a firebrand Congressman, in 2013 Anthony Weiner mounted a campaign for mayor of New York City and invited a pair of documentary filmmakers to capture his comeback. But as the cameras roll, another scandal sends Weiner into a political and personal tailspin. The funniest and most insightful electoral documentary in decades. R–2016. Introduction by Dr. Michael Meagher, professor of Political Science.
November 8 – NASHVILLE**
KEITH CARRADINE, KAREN BLACK, RONEE BLAKLEY. Directed by ROBERT ALTMAN. In the aftermath of the Vietnam War and on the eve of the bicentennial, director Robert Altman conceived of Nashville as a kind of group portrait of a nation. Over the course of a weekend, two dozen stories of aspiration, heartache, music, and tragedy intersect in this one-of-a-kind film. R–1975.
November 15 – TANGERINE
KITANA KIKI RODRIGUEZ, MYA TAYLOR, KARREN KARAGULIAN. Directed by SEAN BAKER. The first feature film shot entirely on an iPhone. After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a hooker and her best friend set out to teach him a lesson. R–2015. Presented in collaboration with Leadership and Cultural Programs.
November 29 – CAROL
CATE BLANCHETT, ROONEY MARA. Directed by TODD HAYNES. A young department-store clerk in 1950’s Manhattan meets Carol, a beautiful older woman stuck in a marriage of convenience. As their bond deepens and they become romantically involved, Carol finds the strength to leave her husband. But her ex starts to cast doubts on her fitness as a mother when he realizes that Carol's relationships with her best friends are more than just friendships. R–2015.
December 6 – HAIL, CAESAR!
JOSH BROLIN, GEORGE CLOONEY, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, TILDA SWINTON. Directed by ETHAN and JOEL COEN. The comic story of a day in the life of Eddie Mannix, a 1950’s Hollywood fixer who cleans up and solves problems for stars in the industry. When studio star Baird Whitlock disappears, Mannix has to deal with more than just the fix. PG-13–2016.
**November 8 screening of Nashville will be shown in 104 Physics at 7:00 pm