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Spring Film Series • Competitive or Obsessed? Strong or Foolish? Courageous or Cruel?

This season’s films examine both the best, and the worst, of our human condition. A casual audience-led discussion follows matinee screenings.

Just Drop In • Resource Guides Provided

The Dark Side of Competition

Whiplash (107min/R/2014)

Friday, March 20, 2 & 6:30 PM

An ambitious young jazz drummer is discovered by an instructor known for his teaching talents—and his terrifying methods. The musician’s passion to achieve perfection spirals into obsession, pushing him to the brink of insanity.

Foxcatcher (134min/R/2014)

Sunday, March 29, 1:30 PM

A gripping psychological drama based on actual events. Extremely competitive brothers and an eccentric multi-millionaire join forces to form Team Foxcatcher to train for the Olympics. A desperate desire for greatness ultimately ends in tragedy.

Unlimited Possibilities

Life Itself (120min/R/2014)

Sunday, April 12, 1:30 PM

Award-winning filmmaker Steve James chronicles the inspiring life of film critic Roger Ebert in this critically-acclaimed documentary--a life unlimited by daunting challenges. Based on his bestselling memoir, Life Itself explores Ebert’s legacy, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. The film’s Editor and Post-Production Supervisor will join us for insiders’ insights during the discussion about this captivating story, which is “by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent.”

Wild (115min/R/2014)

Friday, April 17, 2 & 6:30 PM

Battling grief and self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a decision to put her life back together and reach for new possibilities. With a heavy backpack and little common sense, Strayed sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, one of our country’s longest and toughest trails. Based on a true story.

Wartime • Heroes and Villians

Ida (80min/PG-13/2013)

Sunday, May 3, 1:30 PM

Anna is about to take vows as a nun in post-WWII Poland when she learns that her birth name is Ida and that she is a Jewish Holocaust survivor. A Writers’ Theater Page-to-Stage program. Registration appreciated.

Unbroken (137min/PG-13/2014)

Friday, May 15, 2 & 6:30 PM

The true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympian, a soldier, and a prisoner of war. Captured by the Japanese Navy in WWII, he becomes the favorite target of a cruel prison commander. A difficult, but ultimately heartwarming, story of survival and forgiveness.

The Imitation Game (114min/PG-13/2014)

Friday, May 22, 2 & 6:30 PM

The true story of Alan Turing, the mathematics genius who cracks Enigma, the “unbreakable” Nazi code, ultimately saving countless lives. Turing and his team become heroes, but in 1952 the quiet genius is disgraced when it is revealed that he is gay.