The Usual Suspects are a group of movie buffs that meet weekly for the newest (or as close as they can get when you have a double release) genre film. Join them at the Aksarben Cinema every Saturday for the last matinee showing of the day. It will be a great time and a wonderful chance to talk about the film you have just seen and others you may or may not have enjoyed. Below is their January and February schedule for 2011:
January 1, 20011 - Black Swan (Psychological Thriller)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Screenwriter: Mark Heyman, John McLaughlin
Starring: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder
Nina, a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica who zealously supports her daughter's professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily, who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
January 8, 2011 – Season of the Witch (Adventure, Drama, Fantasy)
Director: Dominic Sena
Writer: Bragi F. Schut
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman and Claire Foy
14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.
January 15, 2011 – The Green Hornet (Action, Crime, Thriller)
Director: Michel Gondry
Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, George W. Trendle
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Christoph Waltz
By night, debonair newspaper publisher Britt Reid fights crime as a masked superhero known as The Green Hornet. At his side is martial arts expert Kato.
January 22, 2011 - The Way Back
Director: Peter Weir
Writer: Keith R. Clarke, Peter Weir, Slavomir Rawicz
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, and Colin Farrell
A fact-based story centered on soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940.
January 29, 2011 – The Mechanic (Action, Drama, Thriller)
Director: Simon West
Writer: Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino
Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland
An elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.
February 5, 2011 – Sanctum (Action, Adventure, Drama)