Here’s a look at Cyclone Cinema’s spring 2016 lineup


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SUB’s Cyclone Cinema’s spring semester lineup of films includes blockbusters and Academy Award nominees.

Parker Reed

With a new year comes a new lineup of films for SUB’s Cyclone Cinema. The spring semester’s set of movies ranges from Hollywood blockbusters to Academy Award nominated productions and features a wide variety of genres that will satisfy any movie-goer’s interests.

Cyclone Cinema movies are shown at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday nights in 101 Carver.

“The Martian” (Jan. 14-17)

This Ridley Scott directed science-fiction film stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars and his struggle to survive while waiting for help from Earth. “The Martian” took home the award for “Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy” at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards and is nominated for seven Academy Awards including “Best Picture” and “Best Actor” for Damon’s performance.

“Straight Outta Compton” (Jan. 21-24)

This biographical drama follows the hip hop group N.W.A. and their rise to fame and the struggles that came with the group’s success in the late 1980s. “Straight Outta Compton” is nominated only for the Academy Award of “Best Original Screenplay,” which came as a surprise for many who saw the film.

“I’m not p*ssed. You know, I’m not surprised. It’s the Oscars, you know, they do what they do,” producer Ice Cube told Wendy Williams on “The Wendy Williams show”.

“The Peanuts Movie” (Jan. 28-31)

The Peanuts returned in their first feature film in 35 years, the last being “Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!)” in 1980. “The Peanuts Movie” marks the 65-year anniversary of the original comic strip and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for “Best Animated Feature Film.” 

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (Feb. 4-7)

Jennifer Lawrence returns to reprise her role as Katniss Everdeen in the final film of the “The Hunger Games” film series.  “Mockingjay – Part 2” held the No. 1 spot in the North American box office for four straight weeks and grossed a worldwide total of $646 million, bringing the franchise’s total amount grossed to $2.9 billion.

“Spectre” (Feb. 11-14)

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond for his fourth time in the 24th film in the “007” film series, “Spectre.” The film’s theme song, “Writing’s On the Wall” by Sam Smith, won the Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song.” Craig currently has a contract to star as James Bond in at least one more film but has recently expressed major interest into leaving the franchise for good.

“Spotlight” (Feb. 18-21)

This biographical drama, based on real events, follows members of The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team and their attempts to uncover the secrets of a series of child sex abuse cases in the Boston area. “Spotlight” is nominated for a variety of Academy Awards including “Best Picture” and “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” and “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” for Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams’ performances respectfully. 

“The Good Dinosaur” (Feb. 25-28)

“The Good Dinosaur” is Pixar Animation Studio’s 16th feature film and second to come out in 2015, making it the first year the studio has ever released more than one movie. While “The Good Dinosaur” received mostly positive reviews, it underperformed at the box office, bringing in $266.4 million compared to a $200 million budget.

“Creed” (March 3-6)

Sylvester Stallone returns as Rocky Balboa in this sequel/spin-off to 2006’s “Rocky Balboa.” Michael B. Jordan (“That Awkward Moment,” “Fantastic Four) stars as Adonis Creed, son of Apollo Creed from “Rocky” and its sequels. Stallone won the Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture” for his performance.

“Joy” (March 10-11)

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Joy Mangano, a self-made millionaire and inventor of many products such as the Miracle Mop. The film is loosely based on the events of Mangano’s life, including her time with networks such as QVC (Quality, Value, Convenience) and HSN (Home Shopping Network). Lawrence won the Golden Globe award for “Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.”

“The Big Short” (March 24-27)

“The Big Short” features a star-studded cast including Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt coping with the struggles of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. It is nominated for five Academy Awards including “Best Picture” and “Best Director.”

“Daddy’s Home” (March 31-April 3)

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star in this American comedy which sees Brad’s (Ferrell) bond with his step-children challenged once their biological father, Dusty (Wahlberg), returns home after leaving the family years earlier. This is the second time Ferrell and Wahlberg have co-starred in a film, after 2010’s “The Other Guys.”

“The Revenant” (April 7-10)

Alejandro G. Inarritu returned in 2015 after directing the Academy Award winning “Birdman” in 2014, which took home the award for “Best Picture” among others. Leonardo DiCaprio is hoping to bring home his first “Best Actor” Academy Award for his performance. “The Revenant” is nominated for 12 Academy Awards, the most for the particular ceremony, including “Best Picture,” “Best Director” and the aforementioned “Best Actor” for DiCaprio. 

“Sisters” (April 14-17)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler star in this comedy directed by Jason Moore (“Pitch Perfect”). Sisters Maura (Poehler) and Kate (Fey) are told that their parents are selling the home they grew up in. The sisters decide to throw one last party to recapture the glory days with their former classmates.

“Deadpool” (April 21-24)

Ryan Reynolds stars as the titular Deadpool in the newest adaptation and production from Marvel Entertainment. After appearing as Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Reynolds decided, in agreeance with most of the Marvel fanbase, that his portrayal of the anti-hero wasn’t executed nearly as well as many had hoped; leaving out many of the defining characteristics of the character. Because of this, and the resurgence of many smaller Marvel characters in film, Deadpool is getting his own film, which opens in theaters on February 12.

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