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Written by: Communicator StaffFebruary 14, 2013

Opening Feb. 15

“56 Up” Unrated

Originally slated as a project to see who the leaders of tomorrow would be while they were young, the Up Series has followed 14 British children since 1963, releasing a film every seven years to assess where their dreams have taken them and how their lives have changed. The British television station Channel 4 has placed the series atop their list of the 50 greatest documentaries. The participants who appear in this film have voluntarily continued with the project for the last 49 years. While director Michael Apted’s series still receives critical acclaim, audiences on Rotten Tomatoes have placed “49 Up” and “56 Up” around 60 percent.

Midnight Movie Series Feb. 16

“Alpha Girls” Unrated

A movie with appearances from former NFL Eagles cheerleader Nikki Bell and adult film star Ron Jeremy, Alpha Girls is a college-comedy movie mashed up with an adult horror film. Alpha Beta house is one of the most prestigious sororities in the world, boasting alumni ranging from politicians to celebrities and scientists. When Morgan (Falon Joslyn) enters into Alpha Beta house, she enters a world where sorority pledges are the second-class citizens on campus. However, this problem only gets worse when hidden demonic rituals and a “Black God of Death” comes into play. To keep with the spirit of the movie, the soundtrack was recorded live at Eastern State Penitentiary. It has yet to be reviewed by Rotten Tomatoes.

Oscar Party Feb. 22

“Hitchcock” Rated PG-13

The name Alfred Hitchcock is synonymous with horror.  Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson, this film is part comedy and part drama, spanning over one of the more controversial times of the director’s life. Although 60 years old, Alfred Hitchcock pushes his next and most outlandish idea for a movie to Paramount Pictures. After being refused to be supported financially, he takes a mortgage on his house to fund production. Though, that is only one concern of many. He must also defend the film’s nudity and his claims to sanity from those who see the man as a lost cause. This film has a rate of 66% on Rotten Tomatoes, and will be shown as part of the Cinema Center’s Oscar Party. Students receive a discount on tickets to this event.

Midnight Movie Series Feb. 23

“The Dead Will Rise 2” Unrated

Produced by Eye Open Pictures Entertainment, a independent production company run out of Swanton, Ohio, this film is the sequel to the 2009 film “The Dead Will Rise,” which launched the company. Six marines are sent to fight an undead army – the product of a virus gone awry in the first film. The film is shot in a found footage style that is meant to show the audience the truth about the cover-up of the outbreak that killed 3000 people. The film is expected to be followed by another sequel in the series that continues the story.