Summer Movie Series
Science fiction isn’t just spaceships and dystopia (but we have those too.)
From hypothesis to theory to law, each film in our summer series asks more questions than it answers – “what-if?” “can you imagine?” and “what would you do?” in the face of scientific discovery.
Fri-Sci Cinema kicks off May 19, 2017, with “The Matrix” on our 4-story screen, and titles including “Donnie Darko,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “Before the Flood” to follow into the fall.
The Matrix (1999)
“What is the Matrix?”
Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, a man who comes to believe that his everyday world is the product of a computer-driven digital matrix that feeds on humans. When he’s contacted by Trinity, a beautiful stranger, Neo is lead into a dark underworld where he learns a truth that could cost something more precious than his life.
Dom Cobb is a thief with the rare ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: plant an idea in someone’s mind. If he succeeds, it will be the perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb’s every move.
Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” this renowned documentary reveals how humanity has grown apart from nature. Featuring extensive footage of natural landscapes and elemental forces, the film gives way to many scenes of modern civilization and technology. A “tone poem” that contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its mood and feel is set by the artful juxtaposition of images and music.
The Fountain (2006)
A man travels through time on a quest for immortality and to save the woman he loves. As a 16th-century conquistador, he searches for the legendary Fountain of Youth. As a present-day scientist, he desperately struggles to cure the cancer that is killing his wife. Finally, as a 26th-century astronaut in deep space, he begins to grasp the mysteries of life, love and death. An epic blend of fantasy, history, spirituality, and science fiction that’s sure to leave you pondering themes of love and mortality.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Visionary director Stanley Kubrick directs this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this When Dr. Dave Bowman and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship’s computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.
Donnie Darko (2001)
A funny, moving, and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America. One extraordinary but disenchanted teenager is about to take Time’s Arrow for a ride as he seeks the meaning behind his Doomsday-related visions. After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
A human drama inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash Jr., and in part based on the biography “A Beautiful Mind” by Sylvia Nasar. From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery.
Before the Flood (2016)
In this recent documentary, actor Leonardo DiCaprio embarks on a three-year journey, spanning the globe, to meet with scientists, activists and world leaders. to discuss the potentially catastrophic repercussions of climate change and questions humanity’s ability to reverse the damage, and find solutions. “We wanted to create a film that gave people a sense of urgency, that made them understand what particular things are going to solve this problem.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
Make a date with a Sci-Fi series that will set your “life out of balance.”