Five Hop Films You Don’t Want To Miss This Term

By Vero Davis | 9/25/14 4:00am

This fall, the Hopkins Center for the Arts calendar is full of great movies for all tastes – perhaps too many. To help you out, here are my recommendations for the ones you can’t miss.

1. Telluride at Dartmouth: "Wild Tales"

Thursday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Telluride Film Festival is one of the world’s most prominent annual film festivals, and here at Dartmouth, we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to see six selections before their theatrical release. “Wild Tales” (2014) is a satirical film about revenge told through six different narratives, full of compelling characters and crazy situations. It’s an Argentinian film with subtitles, but don’t let that stop you from seeing it – I guarantee you’ll find yourself laughing throughout the film.

2. Hop Films: "A Most Wanted Man"

Friday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

One of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final films, “A Most Wanted Man” (2014) is full of spies, intrigue and corruption — what more could you want? The film is all about intelligence — how it’s acquired and how people decide when to act on it. It’s very dialogue heavy and requires significant thinking, so those of you who prefer action films might be put off, but Hoffman’s performance is worth seeing no matter how much action you think you need.

3. Hop Film: "Guardians of the Galaxy"

Friday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.

Honestly, I hope you’ve already seen this movie five times. If you haven’t, you’re missing out on the epic adventure that is Marvel’s latest: “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014). The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and of course, Vin Diesel as the friendly tree Groot. This movie has (actually) got it all: action, adventure, comedy, romance, innuendo, friendship — not to mention what is probably the best soundtrack of the year. If you haven’t seen it, watch it; if you already have, watch it again.

4. DFS Film: "Boyhood"

Sunday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Filmed over the actual childhood of star Ellar Coltrane, this movie is the first of its kind. “Boyhood” (2014), which spent 12 years in production, follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) through the trials and tribulations of growing up. Also starring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as Mason’s parents, “Boyhood” is just what it seems — the story of a kid trying to find his way in the world and the family that helps him along the way. Follow Mason as he moves to a new town, has his first kiss (and his first beer) and graduates from high school. Accompanied by a soundtrack that represents each year of filming (Coldplay’s “Yellow” plays in the opening scene), Boyhood will produce acute nostalgia for anyone born after 1990. This movie is definitely worth watching, if not for the interesting production, then only for the warm feelings it will give you.

5. Hop Film: "Magic In the Moonlight"

Saturday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

In director Woody Allen’s newest rom-com, myth-debunking Colin Firth stars opposite clairvoyant Emma Stone in this witty and whimsical film. Set in 1920s France, the film follows Firth as he sets out to prove that Stone is a fake, but quickly realizes her “powers” may be real — or has he simply fallen for the woman’s allure? Even if you see it just so that you can say you hated it and Woody Allen is so overrated, there’s no way to lose out watching this movie.

This is just a small taste of what The Hop has to offer this term, so be sure to check out its calendar yourself for more options!


Vero Davis