Films to de-stress for finals week

Cat Ardes
Arts & Culture Editor

It’s that time of the semester when it seems like exams, papers, and presentations are due within the same week and there’s not much you can do to take your mind away from all of the stress without feeling guilty. Without taking yourself away from all of that studying for a little bit won’t do you any good either but by keeping yourself in the zone for studying while taking your mind away from all of the overwhelming things you need to do is also a good idea. One way to take your mind off things is seeing a movie and what better way to do that than for free or at a discounted price just for being a student? These are a few of the films that will be screening for the remainder of the semester on Millersville’s campus.

Shawna Stoltzfoos will be hosting the Young/Lancaster mini-series on Thursday, April 24, in Myers Auditorium.

Shawna Stoltzfoos will be hosting the Young/Lancaster mini-series on Thursday, April 24, in Myers Auditorium.

Thursday, April 17, the Film Club and Amnesty International will be screening “Argo” in Myers Auditorium in McComsey Hall at 7pm with free admission followed by discussion. This film was directed by Ben Affleck and tells the story of a rescue of six U.S. diplomats in Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The Iranian revolution was reaching its boiling point as militants invade the U.S. embassy taking 52 Americans hostage. Six Americans managed to sneak away in the midst of chaos finding refuge in the Canadian ambassador’s home. Before the time runs out, the hostages and other various characters come up with a plan to get them out of the country.

 

Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) meets an actor look-alike (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the movie “Enemy.”

Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) meets an actor look-alike (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the movie “Enemy.”

The Ware Center, Millersville’s off-campus location in downtown Lancaster, will be screening “Enemy” on Monday, April 21 at 5 and 7:30pm for $5 for any student with ID and $7 without. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Adam Bell, a disheveled history professor, who has hit a point in his life where everything is uninteresting, even his girlfriend played by Melanie Laurent. While watching a movie, Adam spots his look-alike, an actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down and meet him. The identical men finally meet in which their lives become bizarrely intertwined. Director, Villeneuve, takes us on an emotional journey through a world that is both familiar and foreign and hard to forget after its final scene.

The President’s Commission on Gender and Sexual Diversity will screen the documentary film “Fish out of Water” on Tuesday, April 22 at 7pm in Myers Auditorium in McComsey Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Directed by Ky Dickens, the film explores verses from the Bible while trying to find out what it really says about being gay with interviews from both sides of the argument. The film will be followed by a discussion led by local theologians.

 

“Argo” won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards.

“Argo” won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards.

On Thursday, April 24, in Myers Auditorium at 7pm, the Film Club will host Shawna Stoltzfoos from the “Young/Lancaster mini-series” as she will screen an episode from the latest season and stick around to talk all things film and her show. The show, which is of the comedy and drama genre, was originally released on August 23, 2013 at the Zoetropolis House starring the series creator and lead actress, Shawna Stoltzfoos. The show itself has taken place in various known parts throughout Lancaster and tells the story of Harriet Beiler as she struggles with success, money, and everyday life complications intertwined with comedy.

The final film of the semester will be held at Millersville’s off-campus location again as they screen “The Broken Circle Breakdown” on Monday, April 28 at 5 and 7:30 pm with a $5 admission for students with ID and $7 general admission. “The Broken Circle Breakdown” tells a love story between Elise, a tattoo shop owner, and Didier, a banjo player in a band. In spite of major differences, it’s love at first site as he talks and she listens and vice versa. They reach their peak of happiness when their daughter Maybelle is born but at six years old she becomes severely sick. Didier and Elise respond in different ways causing friction amongst them but Maybelle doesn’t give them much of a choice other than to work together for their daughter. 

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