Escapism Film Festival

October 7-9, 2011

Films

Beetlejuice

(US, PG, 1988, 92 min)

Before making Batman, director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton teamed up for this black comedy about a young couple (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) whose premature death leads them to a series of wildly bizarre afterlife exploits. As ghosts in their own New England home, they're faced with the challenge of scaring off the pretentious new owners (Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones), whose daughter (Winona Ryder) has an affinity for all things morbid.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 7:10 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 11:00 am
Saturday, October 8 at 11:10 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 5:10 pm

Explorers

(US, PG, 1985, 109 min)

The adventure begins in your own back yard! River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke (in their feature film debuts) are thrill-seeking boys who combine their wits to build their own spaceship based on blueprints sent telepathically to them in the form of dreams. Once the ship is built, the boys begin to live out their dreams of flying out to the stars—until an unknown signal from somewhere in space beckons them, leading them on an adventure they could never have imagined.

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Show times:

Saturday, October 8 at 4:50 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 12:50 pm

Fletch

(US, PG, 1985, 98 min)

Chevy Chase is at his hilarious best as an investigative reporter who's constantly changing his identity. While working on a drug expose, Fletch attracts the attention of a strange businessman who wants to be murdered so his wife will inherit a bountiful insurance. Fletch senses a scam and soon he's up to his byline in frame-ups, murder, police corruption, and forbidden romance. It'll be the story of the year if he can stay alive to meet his deadline!

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 9:10 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 3:10 pm

The Great Muppet Caper

(US, G, 1981, 95 min)

The crime of the century has occurred, and investigative reporters Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo are out to crack the case in this song-filled, star-studded extravaganza. Diana Rigg’s priceless diamond necklace has been stolen. But when Kermit mistakes lovely Miss Piggy for a rich aristocrat, it's love at first sight. Unfortunately, Charles Grodin is also wooing the sultry swine---so he can frame her for another jewel heist! Now it's up to Kermit and his pals to clear Piggy's name and catch the real culprits.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 3:10 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 1:10 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 11:00 am

Gremlins

(US, PG, 1984, 106 min)

Don't get them wet, keep them out of bright light, and never feed them after midnight. Simple enough, right? Well, it’s not long before the rules are broken and an army of small, menacing creatures run amok, delighting in playing malicious practical jokes on humans in a spree of murder and mayhem. This gruesome fantasy-comedy directed by Joe Dante (The Howling) and produced by Steven Spielberg caused such an uproar with parents in 1984 that the PG-13 rating was created!

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 11:15 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 7:10 pm

Pink Floyd: The Wall

(US, R, 1982, 95 min)

Alan Parker's cinematic interpretation of The Wall is a rich, bizarre, and often astonishing film that continues to draw a following, but the real source of genius remains the music of Roger Waters. Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof (in his screen debut) plays Waters' alter ego, an alienated, "comfortably numb" rock star whose psychosis manifests itself as an emotional (and symbolically physical) wall between himself and the cold, cruel world.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 11:10 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 11:00 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 5:00 pm

The Road Warrior

(Australia, R, 1982, 95 min)

A strong candidate for the most thrilling action movie ever made (the turbo-charged exhilaration of its full-throttle highway chases has never been equaled), the second part of George Miller's post-apocalyptic trilogy is also a magnificently imagined movie myth. In a post-nuclear war world, Mel Gibson plays Max, a lone adventurer who drives the roads of outback Australia in an endless search for gasoline.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 11:00 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 7:10 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 9:00 pm

Scrooged

(US, PG-13, 1988, 101 min)

Richard Donner (Superman: The Movie, The Goonies) directs this high-spirited retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Bill Murray plays the world's meanest TV executive, who has his cathartic moment one cold Christmas night in New York City. Before the night is over, he’ll be visited by a maniacal New York cab driver from the past, a present-day fairy who’s into pratfalls and a ghoulish, seven-foot headless messenger from the future!

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 9:10 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 7:00 pm

Short Circuit

(US, PG-13, 1986, 98 min)

Something wonderful has happened: Number Five is alive! Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy star in this high tech fantasy-adventure from the director of Wargames and Blue Thunder. Number Five is a robot who escapes into the real world after short-circuiting in an electrical storm and deciding that he's human. Because he's carrying destructive weapons, the Defense Department is desperate to find and destroy him, but Number Five is being protected by a young woman (Sheedy) who is teaching him a gentler way of life.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 3:00 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 4:55 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 1:10 pm

Stand By Me

(US, R, 1986, 89 min)

Based on Stephen King's novella and set in the 1950’s, Stand By Me is about four boys (Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell) who take an overnight hike through the woods near their Oregon town to find the body of a boy who's been missing for days. Their journey includes a variety of scary adventures, including a ferocious junkyard dog, a swamp full of leeches, and a treacherous leap from a train trestle, but it's also a time for personal revelations, quiet interludes, and the raucous comradeship of best friends.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 5:20 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 11:10 am

Wargames

(US, PG, 1983, 114 min)

“Shall we play a game? Let's play Global Thermonuclear War.” Matthew Broderick stars as a teenage computer genius who hacks into the Pentagon's defense system and sets World War III into motion. Together with his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius, he must race against time to outwit his opponents…and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 3:05 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 12:50 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 1:00 pm

Xanadu

(US, PG, 1980, 93 min)

Your neon lights will shine. Olivia Newton-John (Grease) and Gene Kelly (Singin' in the Rain) star in this musical spectacular about a beautiful muse who is sent from heaven to help a struggling artist open a roller-disco. Once one of the most maligned fantasy films from the disco era, Xanadu has experienced as radical an about-face as John Carpenter’s The Thing (also critically slandered on its release) to become one of the most beloved camp classics in film history.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 5:10 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 11:15 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 pm

Young Sherlock Holmes

(US, PG-13, 1985, 109 min)

Holmes and Watson meet for the first time! This rollicking adventure directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man), written by Chris Columbus (Gremlins) and produced by Steven Spielberg is a delightful and somewhat unexpected combination of Victorian-era, foggy-London mystique, Gothic horror, and Indiana Jones-like exotica. Holmes and Watson are schoolboys at a boarding academy who embark on an adventure that involves a hallucinatory and lethal drug, and a religious cult celebrating Egyptian rites of mummification.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 9:00 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 9:10 pm

A Leslie Nielsen tribute

(born 11 February 1926, died 28 November 2010)

Leslie Nielsen appeared in over one hundred films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Nielsen made his film debut in 1956, and began collecting roles in dramas, westerns, and romance films. Nielsen's performances in the films Forbidden Planet (1956) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972) received positive reviews as a serious actor, but his deadpan delivery in Airplane! (1980) marked a turning point in his career, one that would make him, in the words of film critic Roger Ebert, "the Olivier of spoofs." He was recognized with a variety of awards throughout his career, and was inducted into both the Canada and Hollywood Walks of Fame.

Airplane!

(US, PG, 1980, 88 min)

"Joey, have you ever seen a grown man naked?" The quintessential movie spoof that spawned an entire genre of parody films is back on the big screen! If you've seen even one of the overblown Airport movies then you know the plot: the crew of a filled-to-capacity jetliner is wiped out and it's up to a plucky stewardess and a shell-shocked fighter pilot to land the plane. Starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, and Leslie Nielsen.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 11:10 am

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

(US, PG-13, 1988, 85 min)

“Nice beaver!” “Why thank you, I just had it stuffed.” Leslie Nielsen is Lt. Frank Drebin, the deadpan idiot with a detective's badge who uncovers a mind control plot to kill the Queen of England using a brainwashed baseball player. Ricardo Montalban and Priscilla Presley contribute to the hilarity. Don’t miss O.J. Simpson as a detective who ends up on the wrong side of Drebin’s blunders.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 1:10 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 3:10 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 5:15 pm

A Charles M. Schultz Tribute

(born November 26, 1922, died February 12, 2000)

Charles Schultz was an American cartoonist, whose comic strip, Peanuts, made its first appearance on October 2, 1950. The strip became one of the most popular comic strips of all time. Peanuts ran for nearly 50 years, almost without interruption. At its peak, Peanuts appeared in more than 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries. The series produced four feature-length films: A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1968); Snoopy, Come Home (1972); Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977); and Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (1980). Despite audience demand, the last two films have never been released on DVD.

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown

(US, G, 1980, 75 min)

Travel with the Peanuts gang on their first overseas adventure! There's fun, mystery, suspense, danger, and even romance! In their final full-length theatrical feature, Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty, and Marcie head to Europe as exchange students (Snoopy and Woodstock also wind up on the adventure). Once there, the gang enrolls in a mystery in which some of Charlie’s family history is revealed! Never released on DVD.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 1:20 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 11:20 am

Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown

(US, G, 1977, 76 min)

Charles M. Schulz's beloved creation gets their third big screen feature-length adventure! The Peanuts gang winds up at summer camp and faces everything from rampaging rapids to a bunch of cheating bullies (including a maladjusted cat named Brutus) in a river-rafting race. See what happens when our happy-go-lucky crew is pitted against a ruthless and conniving gang of brats that will do anything to secure a victory. Never released on DVD.

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Show times:

Friday, October 7 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 8 at 3:20 pm
Sunday, October 9 at 3:20 pm

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Schedule

Friday, October 7

1:00 pm
Young Sherlock Holmes ends at 2:49 pm
Cinema One

1:10 pm
The Naked Gun ends at 2:35 pm
Fletcher Hall

1:20 pm
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown ends at 2:35 pm
Cinema Two

3:00 pm
Short Circuit ends at 4:38 pm
Cinema Two

3:05 pm
Wargames ends at 4:59 pm
Cinema One

3:10 pm
The Great Muppet Caper ends at 4:45 pm
Fletcher Hall

5:00 pm
Cinema Two

5:10 pm
Xanadu ends at 6:43 pm
Fletcher Hall

5:20 pm
Stand By Me ends at 6:49 pm
Cinema One

7:00 pm
Airplane! ends at 8:28 pm
Fletcher Hall

7:10 pm
Beetlejuice ends at 8:42 pm
Cinema One

9:00 pm
Scrooged ends at 10:41 pm
Fletcher Hall

9:10 pm
Fletch ends at 10:48 pm
Cinema One

11:00 pm
The Road Warrior ends at 12:35 am
Fletcher Hall

11:10 pm
Pink Floyd: The Wall ends at 12:45 am
Cinema One

11:15 pm
Gremlins ends at 1:01 am
Cinema Two

Saturday, October 8

11:00 am
Beetlejuice ends at 12:32 pm
Cinema One

11:10 am
Airplane! ends at 12:38 pm
Fletcher Hall

11:20 pm
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown ends at 12:35 pm
Cinema Two

12:50 pm
Wargames ends at 2:44 pm
Cinema One

1:00 pm
Short Circuit ends at 2:38 pm
Cinema Two

1:10 pm
The Great Muppet Caper ends at 2:45 pm
Fletcher Hall

3:00 pm
Stand By Me ends at 4:29 pm
Cinema One

3:10 pm
The Naked Gun ends at 4:35 pm
Fletcher Hall

3:20 pm
Cinema Two

4:50 pm
Explorers ends at 6:49 pm
Fletcher Hall

4:55 pm
Short Circuit ends at 6:33 pm
Cinema Two

5:00 pm
Fletch ends at 6:38 pm
Cinema One

7:00 pm
Gremlins ends at 8:46 pm
Cinema One

7:10 pm
The Road Warrior ends at 8:45 pm
Fletcher Hall

9:00 pm
Young Sherlock Holmes ends at 10:49 pm
Cinema One

9:10 pm
Scrooged ends at 11:01 pm
Fletcher Hall

11:00 pm
Pink Floyd: The Wall ends at 12:35 am
Cinema One

11:10 pm
Beetlejuice ends at 12:42 am
Cinema Two

11:15 pm
xanadu ends at 12:38 am
Fletcher Hall

Sunday, October 9

11:00 am
The Great Muppet Caper ends at 12:35 pm
Fletcher Hall

11:10 am
Stand By Me ends at 12:39 pm
Cinema One

11:20 am
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown ends at 12:35 pm
Cinema Two

12:50 pm
Explorers ends at 2:39 pm
Fletcher Hall

1:00 pm
Wargames ends at 2:54 pm
Cinema One

1:10 pm
Short Circuit ends at 2:48 pm
Cinema Two

3:00 pm
Xanadu ends at 4:33 pm
Fletcher Hall

3:10 pm
Fletch ends at 4:48 pm
Cinema One

3:20 pm
Cinema Two

5:00 pm
Pink Floyd: The Wall ends at 6:35 pm
Fletcher Hall

5:10 pm
Beetlejuice ends at 6:42 pm
Cinema One

5:15 pm
The Naked Gun ends at 6:40 pm
Cinema Two

7:00 pm
Scrooged ends at 8:41 pm
Fletcher Hall

7:10 pm
Gremlins ends at 8:56 pm
Cinema One

9:00 pm
The Road Warrior ends at 10:35 pm
Fletcher Hall

9:10 pm
Young Sherlock Holmes ends at 10:59 pm
Cinema One

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Tickets

10-pass

on sale Friday, September 9th

Single ticket

on sale Friday, September 23rd

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