Thursday, September 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Gattaca (Columbia, 1997)
Set in a future where the wealthy can choose the genetic makeup of their descendants, the genetically perfect “Valids” dominate the natural born “In-Valids.” Vincent Freeman, who was conceived outside the eugenics program, struggles to overcome genetic discrimination to realize his dream of traveling into space. Andrew Niccol wrote and directed this science-fiction tale that stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan Arkin appearing in supporting roles.
Friday, September 26 (7:30 p.m.)
Unbreakable (Buena Vista, 2000)
After a man survives a train crash unscathed that kills everyone else on board, he meets a mysterious stranger who suggests that he was one of the “unbreakable”–people who have extraordinary endurance and courage, a predisposition toward dangerous behavior, and feel invincible. They also are said to have strange premonitions of terrible events. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the suspense thriller stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Wright.
Saturday, September 27 (7:30 p.m.)
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (20th Century-Fox, 1983)
Set one year after The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi deals with the rebel forces’ last stand against the Empire and Luke Skywalker’s fateful confrontation with his archrival, Darth Vader. Skywalker tries to rescue Han Solo and Princess Leia from Jabba the Hutt, while the rebel army and the small, furry Ewoks battle the rebuilt Death Star. Directed by Richard Marquand, this finale of the original epic space trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Frank Oz as the voice of Yoda. The special edition, released in 1997, will be shown.
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