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The Student Activities Council (SAC) has assembled a fantastic lineup of movies to be shown in the Sykes Student Union theater this fall. Almost every weekend, a different movie will play at 8 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Two show times will be available Thursday and Friday nights at 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. At two dollars a ticket (sold at the door) with your Ram-E-card and only one dollar if using Ram Bucks, SAC movies are a cheap and enjoyable weekend activity.

Unfortunately snacks are not provided, but feel free to bring your own!

First to play is Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3.” Playing Sept. 6 through 9, this highly anticipated finale lives up to the standard of the first two “Spider-Man” films by weaving a complex web of romance, tri-villain action, endearing humor and a lesson-to-be-learned about self-control.

To balance out the more thrilling “Spider-Man,” the following weekend (Sept. 13-16) a certain lovable – not to mention hilarious – green ogre and his fairytale friends will be back in action in Dreamwork’s “Shrek the Third.”

And what would a complete movie lineup be without swashbuckling pirates played on an outdoor screen? On Sept. 14 at Hollinger field starting around 8 p.m., WCU students are welcome to watch “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” on the big screen.

“The outside movie is great because you can bring food and lawn chairs with friends even from outside the school for free,” says Alyssa Polakowski, secretary of SAC. This experience is sure to shiver-your-timbers.

Now, say you’re more of a “slapstick comedy” kind of person. From Sept. 20-23, “Knocked Up” is coming to Sykes, embracing contemporary issues while blending hilarity and a touch of emotional awakening regarding consequence – definitely a movie of our time.

Keeping the comedy rolling the next week (Sept. 27-30) is the more heart-felt and sentimental “Evan Almighty.” Evan, a modern-day Noah, decides to take action against evil politicians with God and a plethora of exotic animals on his side. “Evan Almighty” will make you laugh with all your might.

“Surf’s Up,” playing October 4-7, follows the tale of Cody, the surfing penguin, from Antarctica to Pengu Island where he competes in his first surfing competition. You may think you’ve outgrown cartoons, but with a soundtrack including artists such as Pearl Jam, Incubus, 311, and Sugar Ray, you can’t help but revisit your childhood watching these penguins hang 10.

Speaking of childhood, remember those valiant, avenging Autobots of the cartoon series “Transformers?” They’re back and larger than life, appealing to an even larger audience in “Transformers” the movie. Surely, this epic film is designed for the big screen. Don’t miss it Oct. 18-21.

The fifth movie, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” is certainly the darkest of the series. This is a glorious tale of rebellion, taking charge, and kicking some bad guy butt. Catch this spooky flick just before Halloween on October 25-28.

For all you musical fanatics out there, “Hairspray” is hitting the Sykes big screen November 1-4. This gleeful musical guarantees to please with invigorating tunes, rowdy dancing, and outrageous humor while still confronting the rather serious issue of the civil rights movement.

“I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” confronting different issues of human rights, utilizes comedy and the ever-gorgeous Jessica Biel to get you laughing on Nov. 8-11. While Chuck and Larry might broadly appeal to the male audience, “No Reservations” is swinging through as this line-up’s official “chick flick.” The tear-jerking tale of a cold and heartless chef who must strive to find herself to save her relationship with an adorable niece and handsome sous chef can be caught Nov 15-18. (more here)

Polishing off this movie lineup November 28 through December 1st is yet another trilogy finale, “The Bourne Ultimatum”. Thrilling and strategic, this film will have you on the edge of your seat, biting nails, and stomping your feet with apprehension. Not your average spy movie, “The Bourne Ultimatum” abandons men in tuxedos with suave demeanors and fancy gadgets while introducing a new spy image conjoined with witty and riveting fight scenes.

Prepare yourself for a fall season filled with theatrical thrills and quality entertainment thanks to SAC.

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