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HOP Film Series: Indoor Entertainment This Winter at Dartmouth

Jan 27, 2016 03:33PM ● Published by Victoria Pipas

Are you looking for an activity that’s intellectually stimulating, thrilling, funny, emotional, and engaging—all at once? Look no farther than the Hopkins Center for the Arts and their gratifying lineup of films for the coming months. You won’t even mind going out in the cold with these heartwarming and surprising movies to enjoy. Read on for more details.

The Hopkins Center for the Arts film series presents more than 30 films during each term at Dartmouth College. These include a selection chosen by the Dartmouth Film Society, chosen each term based on a specific theme. Added to the mix are Hop Films, a selection of “critically acclaimed, foreign, and independent new releases.” These indie flicks are usually ones you haven’t seen yet—and they’re likely to be more interesting than the season’s box-office blockbusters. Finally, “Film Specials” are shown at the Hop as one-time events, often with a special guest present for a talk after the showing.

The Dartmouth Film Series’ theme for the selection of Sunday films in the upcoming weeks is “Question Authority.” The movie lineup for this theme ranges from Macbeth to Trumbo to Chicken Run, offering something for everyone—seniors, adults, teenagers, and children alike. Other films in upcoming months also offer great variety. For a contemporaneously pertinent film, see Chi-Raq, a comedy that steals the plot of an ancient Greek play and sets it in present-day Chicago, with women who are just as defiant and have just as much power over their men now as they did thousands of years ago. This film addresses many critical and current topics in the US, from racial injustice to gun violence to women’s equality. See Chi-Raq on January 30 at 7pm. In the Heart of the Sea, on February 6, will be sure to leave your heart aching for more. Teenagers might enjoy a wave-tossed Chris Hemsworth in this movie. On March 4 and 5, respectively, enjoy two recent releases, Carol and The Revenant. Both Oscar-hopeful films reveal the weaknesses and strengths of the human heart, but in radically different settings. Descriptions of all these movies and more are available on the webpage’s complete listing.

Single tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door for $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under or Dartmouth ID holders. If you decide that these films would be a welcome addition to your winter schedule, you can purchase a Dartmouth Film Society Pass for $35 ($20 for students), which gets you entrance to all nine of the DFS films in the winter-term series, as well as six additional Hop Films of your choice. For those who love good films, this is a great bang for your buck. Enjoy your time at the Hop this winter, and don’t forget the popcorn!

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