12 Can't-Miss Films at IU Cinema (Spring '16)


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The IU Cinema (Indiana University Cinema) is an art film cinema located in Bloomington campus at 1213 East 7th Street. Opened in January 2011 under the direction of founding director Jon Vickers, the cinema occupied the former University Theatre Building, which was built in the 1930s. The Cinema's new technology is hidden, partially in order to maintain the feel and look of a classic auditorium. The cinema offers both film screening and guest lectures. 

1. Princess Mononoke (1997) / Showing on Friday, Jan 29

IMDb rating: 8.4/10 | 2hr 14min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy | Chimerical Cinema: The Fantasy World of Japanese Animation

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You can get the reason why this famous Hayao Miyazaki film is on top of the list is that the tickets is already SOLD OUT at the IU Cinema. And this is the only sold out movie so far in this semester at the IU Cinema. It is no.65 top rated movie on IMDb, and the film won 16 different awards including best film, best director and best animation film worldwide.

2. The King and the Mockingbird (1980) / Showing on Saturday, February 6

IMDb rating: 8.0/10 | 1hr 23min | Animation, Family, Fantasy | Cinekids

This is a French fairy tale film. The original title was Le Roi et L'Oiseau. The director Paul Grimault won the Prix Louis Delluc award for it in 1979.

3. English Vinglish (2012) / Showing on Tuesday, March 3

IMDb rating: 7.9/10 | 2hr 14min | Comedy, Drama, Family | Managing Differentness Through the Filmic Lens of Indian-American Experience

Billed as Sridevi’s “comeback film,” tells the story of an Indian woman in the U.S. for a family wedding, whose language barrier isolates her within her own family. 

4. Song of the Sea (2014) / Showing on Saturday, March 5

IMDb rating: 8.2/10 | 1hr 33min | Animation, Family, Fantasy | Cinekids | Small Island Big Stories: Irish Film Festival 

A film you would want to watch more than just one time, especially for the music in the film. Song of the Sea is a wonder of magical storytelling and visual splendor.

5. Boy & the World (2015) / Showing on Saturday, March 26

IMDb rating: 7.9/10 | 1hr 20min | Animation, Adventure, Family | International Arthouse Series 

This film is a musical, and there is no dialogue. Accompanying the stunning visuals is a rich soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop, creating the powerful visceral experience of a passage through life.

6. Arika (1988) / Showing on Saturday, March 26

IMDb rating: 8.1/10 | 2hr 4min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi | Chimerical Cinema: The Fantasy World of Japanese Animation

Recommended for children ages 16 and older. Won silver scream award at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival in 1992.

7. Embrace of the Serpent (2015) / Showing on Thursday, March 31

IMDb rating: 8.2/10 | 2hr 5min | Adventure, Drama | International Arthouse Series 

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent, the third feature by Ciro Guerra.

8. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) / Showing on Monday, April 4

IMDb rating: 8.5/10 | 1hr 29min | Animation, Drama, War | Chimerical Cinema: The Fantasy World of Japanese Animation

A heartbreaking film about the struggle for survival by a young boy, Seita (Tsutomu Tatsumi), and his little sister, Setsuko (Ayano Shiraishi), who are separated from their parents following an American aerial bombardment during World War II. In Japanese with English subtitles. Recommended for children ages 16 and older.

9. The Second Mother (2015) / Showing on Thursday, April 7

IMDb rating: 8.1/10 | 1hr 52min | Drama | Intersectionality: IU Latina Film Festival and Conference 

Val spends 13 years working as nanny to Fabinho in Sao Paulo. She is financially stable but has to live with the guilt of having left her daughter Jessica, in Pernambuco, in the north of Brazil, raised by relatives. As college-entrance exams roll around, Jessica wants to come to Sao Paulo to take her college entrance exams too. When Jessica arrives, cohabitation is not easy. Everyone will be affected by the personality and candor of the girl and Val finds herself right in the middle of it. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

10. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) / Showing on Saturday, April 16

IMDb rating: 8.2/10 | 1hr 46min | Comedy, Crime | City Lights Film Series 

Alec Guinness plays not one, not two, not four, but eight different roles in director Robert Hamer’s dark comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets. Dennis Price stars as a poor relative of the D’Ascoyne family who plots to murder the line of succession between him and the family’s fortune; Guinness plays the whole family. Produced in the vibrant period of post-World War II British film making, the film takes a sharp, skewering glance at the stodginess and absurdities of high class mannerisms. 

11. Inside Out (2015) / Showing on Monday, April 18

IMDb rating: 8.3/10 | 1hr 35min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | International Arthouse Series 

Best animation to me in the year of 2015. When unexpected life changes occur, our emotions struggle to work together to navigate through the transition. The power of emotions in establishing human connection during tough times is exemplified by Riley, a young adolescent whose family just moved from the Midwest to San Francisco. Yet her emotions—Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness—are also thrown into chaos during the adjustment. The emotions, stored in the control center in Riley’s mind called the Headquarters, each with their own unique characteristics work through conflict to help Riley adjust to her new life.

12. Ghost in the Shell (1995) / Showing on Friday, April 29

IMDb rating: 8.0/10 | 1hr 23min | Animation, Action, Mystery | Chimerical Cinema: The Fantasy World of Japanese Animation

The year is 2029. A female government cyber agent and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master”—a computer virus capable of invading cybernetic brains and altering its victim’s memory. Created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and codenamed “Project 2501,” this ‘hacker’ is actually a prototype virtual agent which has now defied its makers by seeking asylum within a new host body outside of the electronic net. Now the two agencies must maneuver against each another in a violent, high-tech race to capture the omnipresent entity. In Japanese with English subtitles. Recommended for children ages 16 and older.

Go to http://www.cinema.indiana.edu/ to find out more about film screenings, tickets info and guest speakers. 

About The Author
ECHO LUJournalism major, Class of 2014; Music minor

I studied Journalism at Indiana University Bloomington, with a minor in Music. I graduated from IU in winter 2014. I come from China, and I speak Mandarin. I earned a Certificate of Chinese News Broadcasting in high school. I am a singer, piano player, dancer and cook. Most important, I am a journalist.

I was involved in so many things on and off campus! I am the founder and former president of D.Force Dancing & Entertainment Club, we have 100+ dancers from 5 different countries, and we do Hip-Hop, lyrical jazz, ballet, breaking, popping, MJ, Chinese folk dance. We are the first place winner of cultural performance at IU World's Fare 2012 and second place winner in 2013. I was secretary of Blazors Studio, a group of non-major students who love photography and videography. I am a volunteer of Asian Culture Center. I also perform solo singing in ACC events.

I was staff photographer at Indiana Daily Student and Arbutus Yearbook. I am an intern at Indy Asian American Times as a reporter and photographer. I was a photographer and web researcher at Upashion.com online college fashion magazine. I was a summer internship at Girls Inc. of Monroe County, a nonprofit organization to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.   

I am a very active international student of our campus and community, and am excited to share some of my experience with you!