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THE GRADUATE SERIES

Summer is heading our way and It is that time of year when students begin to bid farewell to their Alma Maters and start their journeys into adult life. Join us for our Graduate Series where we revisit several classic films that deal with and around Graduation.

*THE GRADUATE (1967)

ST. ELMO'S FIRE (1985)

*THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971)

CAN'T HARDLY WAIT (1998)

*AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)

* Select Showtimes will include an Intro and Q&A with Film Professor Joe Horine!

THE GRADUATE (1967)

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We begin our Graduate series with Dustin Hoffman's breakthrough role as Benjamin "Ben" Braddock, the title character in Mike Nichols' comedy-drama THE GRADUATE, which led to Hoffman achieving star status and his first Academy Award nomination.

This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future.

The Wednesday 5/18 screening will include and Intro and be followed by a Q&A with our Resident Film Professor Joe Horine!

Certified FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes with an 88%, the Critics Consensus: "The music, the performances, the precision in capturing the post-college malaise -- The Graduate's coming-of-age story is indeed one for the ages."

Synopsis: Adrift after college, young Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) is seduced by much-older friend-of-the-family Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). New restoration of the movie that defined a generation, made Hoffman a super-star, and garnered six Oscar® nominations, including a win for director Mike Nichols. Featuring a knockout Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack.

ST. ELMO'S FIRE (1985)

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Join us for some Peak Brat Pack in 1985's ST. ELMO'S FIRE

SYNOPSIS: A group of recent college graduates embark on a series of misadventures in the real world. There's Kirby (Emilio Estevez), a waiter who wants to be a lawyer; Kevin (Andrew McCarthy), a moody writer who yearns for the wild Jules (Demi Moore) ; Alec (Judd Nelson), whose political aspirations alienate his girlfriend, Leslie (Ally Sheedy) ; and Wendy (Mare Winningham), a quiet girl in love with Billy (Rob Lowe), who juggles roles as husband, dad and drunk. Together they grapple with adulthood.

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971)

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This screening will include an Intro and be followed by a Q&A with our Resident Film Professor Joe Horine!

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 100% and a 90% Audience rating, the CRITICS CONSENSUS: "Making excellent use of its period and setting, Peter Bogdanovich's small town coming-of-age story is a sad but moving classic filled with impressive performances."

SYNOPSIS: In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

CAN'T HARDLY WAIT (1998)

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For the class of 1998, the last night of high school is the first night of the rest of their lives...

SYNOPSIS: School's out, and an entire graduating class -- from football stars and cool girls to complete nerds -- gathers at a wealthy classmate's home for a party. There, the artistic Preston (Ethan Embry) hopes to move in on Amanda (Jennifer Love Hewitt), the beauty he has admired from afar for years. Dorky William (Charlie Korsmo) schemes to pay back meathead Mike (Peter Facinelli) for years of bullying, and would-be rapper Kenny (Seth Green) gets locked in a room with snarky Denise (Lauren Ambrose).

AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)

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Voted one of the American Film Institute's top 100 Films Of All Time, we present George Lucas's AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)

The screening will include anIntro and be followed by a Q&A with our Resident Film Professor Joe Horine!

This film features the coming of age of four teenagers on their last summer night before college. Rediscover drag racing, Inspiration Point and drive-ins all over again in this nostalgic look back at the early '60s. The incredible soundtrack brings you the most memorable rock 'n' roll hits of the era. Directed by George Lucas and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, this classic stars Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack and Mackenzie Phillips.

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