Every semester, Student Activities Council (SAC) delivers quality and recently released films to the student body each Thursday through Sunday. There are 13 films total that will be shown in the Sykes Student Union theatre throughout the semester. Hit films such as “The Departed”, “Borat”, “Dreamgirls”, and “The Pursuit of Happyness” are just a few of the great films that will be shown this semester. “Employee of the Month” will play this weekend, Jan. 25th through the 28th. The film stars standout comedian Dane Cook, Dax Shepard of “Punk’d” fame, Andy Dick, Efren Ramirez also known as Pedro from “Napolean Dynamite” and everyone’s favorite ditzy blonde, Jessica Simpson. Taking place at a Sam’s Club-type warehouse store, the film depicts the various interactions and relationships that occur between the employees.
The film that won Martin Scorsese Best Director at this month’s Golden Globes, “The Departed,” will show Feb. 15th through the 18th.It stars such Hollywood greats as Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon. The direction and cast alone promise a thrilling and emotional film worthy enough to be called one of the best films of 2006.
Another hit of 2006, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” will be coming to WCU March 1st through the 4th. Sacha Baron Cohen, who recently won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes, stars in the comedy which is depicted as a documentary of a foreigner traveling through the United States to take information back to his home country of Kazakhstan. This is sure to be another film that will bring many students to the Sykes theatre to enjoy Cohen’s raunchy, satirical and entertaining humor.
Recent hits “Dreamgirls” and “The Pursuit of Happyness” will also be coming to WCU. “Dreamgirls”, winner of Best Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes, stars Eddie Murphy, Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Danny Glover and American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson. Eddie Murphy won Best Supporting Actor and Jennifer Hudson won Best Supporting Actress. The lively musical film tells the story of musicians making up a local Detroit R&B music scene making it big in the mainstream pop charts. Girl group The Dreamettes experience the rise and fall that often occurs in the music industry.
And finally, based on a true story, feel-good film “The Pursuit of Happyness” stars Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. Will Smith plays Chris Gardner, a man who is suddenly homeless after being evicted from his apartment. Struggling to make ends meet for him and his son, Gardner eventually is hired as an intern at a prestigious stock brokerage firm and makes his way up to be a successful and respected stockbroker.
Students can pay for their movie entrance with Rambucks. Tickets with Rambucks are $1.00 and are $2.00 with cash. The theatre is located on the ground floor of Sykes Student Union.
As well as delivering students the latest released films, SAC also has many events throughout the semester. Tyrie, Colie and Davis from Real World Denver will be visiting the campus on Friday, Feb. 2. Also in February, SAC will host a presentation called “The Art of Kissing”, which will take place Thursday, Feb. 8 at Asplundh Concert Hall.