Holy Cross Presents Seelos Film Series for Spring 2016

The College of the Holy Cross will be featuring the following films in Seelos Theater this spring. All films are free and open to the public.

“Black Mass” Wed., Jan. 27: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Dakota Johnson. This true story follows the infamous Whitey Bulger, leader of the Boston Irish Mob crew known as the White Hill Gang. A brother of a Massachusetts state senator and the most violent criminal in all of South Boston’s history, Bulger is recruited by the FBI to help take down a rival gang.

“Everest” Fri., Jan. 29 and Sat., Jan 30: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, and Thomas M. Wright. Rob Hall, leader of the commercialized guided climbing group known as Adventure Consultants, must fight to keep his team alive. Based on the 1996 disaster that took place on Mt. Everest, this story explores the struggle of life and death expert and amateur climbers faced during that fateful storm.

“Freeheld” Wed., Feb. 3: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, and Steve Carell. Based on the 2007 documentary short-film of the same name, this movie follows the struggle of same-sex partners Laurel Hester and Stacie Andrew after Laurel, a New Jersey police lieutenant, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Laurel and Stacie must fight to ensure that Laurel’s pension benefits will transfer to Stacie upon her death.

“Aladdin” Fri., Feb. 5 and Sat., Feb 6: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated G. Starring Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, and Linda Larkin. This Disney classic tells the tale of street urchin Aladdin and his wild adventures when he falls in love with the beautiful princess Jasmine and uses a genie’s magic to make himself a prince and marry her.

Sicario” Wed., Feb. 10: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro. The war against drugs being waged at the U.S.-Mexican border takes a savage turn upon the gruesome discovery of dozens of bodies hidden in the walls of a house. FBI agent Kate Macer is plunged into a violent and dangerous world that will test her beyond her limits when she is recruited by a government task force to help take down the leader of a brutal Mexican drug cartel.

“Straight Outta Compton” Fri., Feb. 12 and Sat., Feb. 13: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated R. Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell. This biographical drama follows the mid-1980s music group NWA, who revolutionized the Hip Hop culture with their music and raw tales of life in Compton, Los Angeles, California. The group endures highs and lows as they emerge from obscurity on the mean streets of L.A. into the spotlight of fame.

“Chi-Raq” Wed., Feb 17: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, and Wesley Snipes. A contemporary adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata, by Aristophanes, this satirical musical drama touches on the gang violence that plagues Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods. The wife of a gang leader rallies together a group of women who take a vow of abstinence to punish their men for involvement with street violence.

“Mockingjay: Part 2” Fri., Feb. 19 and Sat., Feb. 20: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. The war in Panem has escalated, and rebel leader Katniss Everdeen must rally her closest friends and allies for the final fight against President Snow. But with so much at risk, Katniss struggles to keep her loved ones safe and liberate the millions of innocent lives from President Snow’s tyrannical reign.

“Suffragette” Wed., Feb. 24: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, and Helena Bonham Carter. This historical period drama depicts the struggle of those women who fought for equality during the early suffragette movement in the United Kingdom. Against increasingly aggressive police action, women endure violence, heartbreak, and risk everything for the right to vote.

“Creed” Fri., Feb. 26 and Sat., Feb. 27: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson. Adonis Johnson is the son of Apollo Creed, the late rival-turned-friend of former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa. With boxing in his blood, Adonis seeks Rocky out to train with him so that, like his father, he too might find glory in the ring.

“Phoenix” Wed., Mar. 2: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, and Nina Kunzendorf. A German-Jewish nightclub singer is unrecognizable after enduring facial reconstruction surgery to repair the gruesome violence done to her in a Nazi concentration camp. Returning to the war-ravaged Berlin after the end of the war, she must play a dangerous game of deception to uncover the truth: Did her husband, the one she loves, betray her to the Nazis?

“Trumbo” Wed., Mar. 16: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, and Helen Mirren. Dalton Trumbo was once Hollywood’s best screenwriter. Until, in 1947, he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo must rely on his wits and the power of words to show the injustice of this blacklist and go on to win two Academy Awards.

“Spectre” Fri., Mar. 18 and Sat., Mar. 19: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Daniel Craig, Chistoph Waltz, and Lea Seydoux. James Bond returns. This time, he must follow a cryptic message to pursue and uncover a sinister organization. As the future of the secret services hangs in the balance of politics and bureaucracy, Bond must decode the intricate layers of deceit to reveal the horrible truth behind SPECTRE.

“The Danish Girl” Wed., Mar. 30: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, and Amber Heard. Inspired loosely by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, this drama tells a fictitious love story that chronicles the struggles and evolution of marriage as Lili navigates the trials and stigma of being transgender in the 1930s, undergoing one of the world’s first gender-reassignment surgeries.

“Sisters” Fri., Apr. 1 and Sat., Apr. 2: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated R. Starring Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Maya Rudolph. This comedy follows two sisters, polar-opposites, who decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their childhood home. When they return to the place of their childhood, they rediscover who they are and take a close look at their lives through laughs and misadventures.

“The Big Short” Wed., Apr. 6: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Ryan Gosling. This biographical comedy-drama follows the historic 2007-08 financial crisis. When four members of the world of high-finance predict the collapse of the credit and housing bubble, they decide to take on the big banks and hold these financial giants accountable for their greed and lack of foresight.

“Spy” Fri., Apr. 8 and Sat., Apr. 9: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated R. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, and Jude Law. Susan Cooper, A humble and goofy CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover and unmask the deadly world of a dangerous arms dealer to prevent global disaster. Susan’s transformation from desk jockey to field agent is filled with chaos and comedy as she attempts to prove herself in the slick world of espionage.

“Carol” Wed., Apr. 13, Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novella, “The Price of Salt,” this drama follows the unprecedented love that blossoms between a young, aspiring female photographer and wealthy, older wife in 1950s New York.

“The Martian” Fri., Apr. 15 and Sat., Apr. 16: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, and Kristen Wiig. Astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on the surface of Mars and presumed dead after a freak storm forced his team to abandon their mission and return home. Watney must figure out how to survive on the barren and unforgiving martian surface long enough for a rescue party to bring him home.

“Spotlight” Wed., Apr. 20: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams. This biographical drama is based on the true story of how the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight Team” uncovered the horrific scandal of child molestation and its cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. Investigating widespread Boston child abuse cases, the discovery sent shockwaves through the entire Catholic Church.

“Bridge of Spies” Fri., Apr. 22 and Sat., Apr. 23: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, and Alan Alda. In this historical drama, an American lawyer is tasked with the duty of defending a Soviet spy during the Cold War. He must then help the CIA negotiate a prisoner exchange of the arrested spy for the captured American U2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

“Brooklyn” Wed., Apr. 27: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, and Domhnall Gleeson. An Irish immigrant on her own in 1950s Brooklyn falls in love with a tough Italian plumber. But when she faces the temptation of an Irishman when she visits her homeland, she must choose between two loves, and two countries.

“45 Years” Wed., May. 4: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, and Geraldine James. Based on the short story “In Another Country” by David Constantine, this British drama tells the story of married couple Kate and Geoff Mercer. They receive shattering news that will forever change their lives while celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary: a body has been found, and it is the body of Geoff’s ex-girlfriend who fell 50 years prior in the Alps.

The Hateful Eight” Fri., May. 6 and Sat., May 7: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated R. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. This American Western mystery tells the story of John “The Hangman” Ruth and his fugitive prisoner. After the Civil War, while racing to the town of Red Rock, the cold, bitter Wyoming winter forces John and his prisoner to take shelter in a stagecoach stopover that is already occupied by a violent collection of nefarious characters.