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The Railway Man
 The Railway Man
Eric (Colin Firth, The King's Speech, A Single Man), a WWII vet and train fanatic, meets attractive divorcee Patti (Nicole Kidman, Stoker, Cold Mountain) on a train, and love blossoms. Only after they marry does she discover that Eric is tormented by his past in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. When they learn that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his brutal treatment is still alive, she urges him to go and confront the man, and his haunting past, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. Based on the remarkable bestselling autobiography by Eric Lomax. (108 mins)

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The Lunchbox
 The Lunchbox
In the romantic drama The Lunchbox, middle-class housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that a new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan (Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi), a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day's lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. In the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. Co-written and directed by Ritesh Batra. Partially subtitled. (104 mins)

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Anita
 Anita
A bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage in 1991 during the Senate confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Anita Hill instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated and divisive figure. Her graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that still resonates today. Against a backdrop of sex, politics and race, Anita reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. Directed by Academy Award-winner Freida Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision). Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth, and what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.  (95 mins)

Post-Film Discussion:
La Wanza Lett-Brewington is the director of the Women's Center at ODU.
Lisa Bertini is an employment litigator who represents women in sexual harassment cases at both the EEOC level and in federal court.

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Le Weekend
 Le Weekend
Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.

During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness -- and even deeper regret.  A surprise invitation from Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly eccentric American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become. This magically buoyant, bittersweet romantic comedy, starring two of Britain’s national treasures, is a new peak in the ongoing collaboration between screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell, following Venus, Notting Hill, and The Buddha of Suburbia. (93 mins)

"Emotionally charged and very funny." - Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“A truly romantic film...captures Paris in all its sensuous delight.” - Harper’s Bazaar


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Particle Fever
 Particle Fever
PARTICLE FEVER This acclaimed film gives audiences a front row seat to a profound scientific breakthrough as it happens – the confirmation of the existence of "the god particle". Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. (99 mins)

Speakers and post-film discussion:
Charles Hyde is a Professor of Physics at ODU who is working to understand how the interactions of quarks and gluons generate the 98% of the mass of ordinary matter that is not generated by the Higgs field.

Larry Weinstein is a Professor and Eminent Scholar in Physics at ODU and author of "Guesstimation: Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin".

Todd Satogata is a Senior Scientist at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility who has designed, built, and operated particle accelerators for 25 years.


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The Unknown Known
 The Unknown Known
Academy Award winning director Errol Morris (The Fog of War) offers a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. (103 mins)

Post-film speaker: David Swanson is an author, speaker, radio host, and activist. His books include War No More: The Case for Abolition, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency, and When The World Outlawed War. He is founder of the organization and movement http://worldbeyondwar.org     http://davidswanson.org/

"The film is a cat-and-mouse game in which each player thinks he’s the cat, making it both thrilling and disconcerting to watch. It is also a nature documentary about behavior at the very top of the imperial food chain and a detective story about the search for a mystery that is hidden in plain sight." – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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Enemy
 Enemy
Denis Villeneuve, whose last two films were the hugely impressive Incendies and Prisoners, has adapted the novel by Nobel prize winner Jose Saramago into a mesmerizing film-imagine David Lynch meets Kafka, where the tone is more abstract and absurd. Nevertheless, Enemy, is always gripping and totally fascinating. A man (Jake Gyllenhaal) gets a recommendation from a colleague to watch a particular video. The main actor in the video appears to be his exact look-alike-his doppelganger-and the two agree to meet. (R, 90 mins)


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Under the Skin
 Under the Skin
A voluptuous woman of unknown origin combs the highway in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michael Faber, this film examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results. (108 mins)

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