Cyclone Cinema for Spring 2017

Alexander Gray

The schedule for the Student Union Board’s Cyclone Cinema is up for this semester, and as usual, includes a stellar lineup of films. Cyclone Cinema has free showings every week in Carver 101, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The following trailers may include some R-rated language and scenes.

Jan. 12-15: The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven, a remake of the western classic of the same name, stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio. When a small village comes under attack, seven (magnificent) gunman are hired to stop the bandit threat. The mercenaries come to find themselves fighting for more than a payoff as the final showdown dawns on them.

Rated PG-13 for extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material

Jan. 19-22: The Accountant

Christian Wolff under the cover of a small town CPA, provides his services for criminal organizations. When Christian notices a few million dollar discrepancy in a new client’s account, he will work to uncover the truth, and make those responsible account for their actions. The film stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, and JK Simmons.

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout.

Jan. 26-29: Hacksaw Ridge

After a time away from the spotlight, Mel Gibson makes a triumphant directorial return with Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Teresa Palmer. The film follows WWII American medic, Desmond T. Doss, who earned the Medal of Honor for his service in the Battle of Okinawa, without firing a single bullet. 

Rated R for prolonged graphic sequences of war violence.

Feb. 2-5: Moana

Featuring music from Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Moana follows a young girl through her journey to save her home from a curse, set in place by the demigod Maui. Through the power of song and friendship, can Moana convince Maui to make things right? The film stars the voice talents of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson and Alan Tudyk.

Rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements.

Feb. 9-12: Doctor Strange

Now at fourteen films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, things are starting to get a little Strange. Stephen Strange was your average, arrogant, super rich neurosurgeon, until one day he gets in a car crash that causes him to lose his ability to perform surgery. To heal himself, Strange will have to go against everything he stands for, and turn to the mystic arts. Also, there’s an evil wizard trying to unleash a dark evil on the earth. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mads Mikkelsen, an androgynous Tilda Swinton, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, prepare to blown away by the trippy visuals and the semi-sentient cape.

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout and an intense crash sequence.

Feb. 16-19: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

If somehow you couldn’t get enough of magic from Doctor Strange, return to the wizarding world of Harry Potter with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Set 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter series, follow Newt Scamander, accompanied by his magic suitcase full of (fantastic) beasts in New York’s secret community of the mystically enabled. Personally, I can’t wait for the sequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Smell Them. The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrel, Ezra Miller, and Katherine Waterston.

Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence.

Feb. 23-26: Arrival

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Arrival has been acclaimed as one of the best sci-fi films of 2016. When mysterious spacecraft appear all around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. Turns out Google Translate does not work for everything. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers, putting her life, and possibly the rest of the world at risk. The films stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.


March 2-5: La La Land

Winner of seven Golden Globe awards, La La Land is the type of movie to make you wish you could break out into song and have everyone else join along, instead of giving you weird looks and calling the cops. When Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a jaded jazz musician, fall for each other, they must determine if their love or their dreams are more important. La La Land features dreamy visuals and catchy music — and won 7 golden globes. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Rated PG-13 for some language.

March 9-10: Hidden Figures

Based on a true story, Hidden Figures follows the African-American women who made it possible to get John Glenn into space. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race and professional lines to help perform the impossible: getting the United States into space. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe and Kevin Costner.

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language.

March 23-26: Why Him?

When Ned Fleming learns that silicon valley superstar Laird Mayhew is about to ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage, he will stop at nothing to end the millionaire playboy’s advances. In a movie starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco, you may find yourself asking why not Why Him?

Rated R for strong language and sexual material throughout.

March 30-April 2: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Disney’s second Star Wars movie, and the first Star Wars outside of the main saga, tells the story behind the capture of the plans for the Death Star. Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor and company will have to act against the wishes of the Rebel Alliance, and go Rogue to save the Alliance and the rest of the galaxy. The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn.

Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action.

April 6-9: Passengers

The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet, has a malfunction in its sleep chambers, and wakes two passengers 90 years early. The film stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawerence.

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, nudity and action/peril.

April 13-16: Table 19

After being dumped by the best man and kicked off the wedding party, ex-Maid of Honor Eloise decides to attend anyways, only to be seated at the dreaded Table 19, with five other “random” guests. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Wyatt Russell and Lisa Kudrow.

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, drug use, language and brief nudity.

April 20-23: SING

In the second animated movie of 2016 to feature humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s last-ditch attempt to save his theater is with a singing competition. Things get out of hand as the finalists discover that their lives will never be the same. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson.

Rated PG for some rude humor and mild peril.