Saturday, December 1, 2012

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Friends Film Series, Winter 2012

— Skating on Film —
In honor of the city ice rink opening!
Dec. 1: Ice Castles
The beloved tearjerker starring 1970s teen heartthrob Robby Benson in a classic story of love triumphing over tragedy, 1978. (PG)
Dec. 8: Thin Ice
Delightful film features the Olympic- gold skating talents of Sonja Henie and her prince, Tyrone Power, 1937.
Dec. 15: Cutting Edge
Romantic movie showcases charming performances by D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly who portray a fading hockey player and a prima-donna skater, 1992. (PG)
Dec. 22: Breakaway
An ethnic Canadian hockey player struggles against traditional family values
and discrimination from his mainstream hockey buddies, 2011. (PG)

Dec. 29: Ice Princess
With the help of her coach, par- ents, and the boy who drives the Zamboni, nothing can stop Casey from pursuing her dream to be a champion skater, 2005. (G)

— Social Justice —
Jan. 5: The Interrupters
An intimate, inspiring journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities, 2011.
Jan. 12: Freedom Writers
A teacher (Hilary Swank) inspires her class of at-risk students to learn toler- ance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school, 2007. (PG-13)
Jan. 19: Inside Job
Oscar-winning documentary (stars Matt Damon) takes a closer look at what caused the financial meltdown, 2010. (PG-13) The film is followed by a moderated discussion on the impact of the foreclosure crisis on Worcester residents.
Jan. 26: The Constant Gardener A widower (Ralph Fiennes) is deter- mined to uncover the secret circumstances surrounding his wife’s murder, 2005. (R)

— Loving Basketball —
Feb. 2: Coach Carter
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire
team for breaking
their academic con-
tract with him,
2007. (PG-13)
Feb. 9: Hoop Dreams Absorbing film follows two
African-American boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the
road to going profes- sional, 1994. (PG-13)
Feb. 16: Love and Basketball
A romantic tale of two Los Angeles neighbors who grew up loving basket- ball and, eventually, each other, 2000. (PG-13) Location to be announced.
Feb. 23: He Got Game
A basketball player’s father (Denzel Washington) must convince his son to
attend a college so Dad can get a shorter prison sentence, 1998. (R)