Film and Speaker Series

Films presented in the UHCL Film and Speaker Series not only provide entertainment, but also address relevant issues in the world today. Speakers selected to speak at film events have expertise in at least one of the issues raised by the movie.

Fall 2017 Films

  August 19 - It Comes at Night

It Comes at Night film poster

It Comes at Night (R)

Saturday, August 19, 2017
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Speaker: William Powers, Ph.D. 

Free with UHCL ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.

It Comes at Night is a serious affair, well-constructed and performed, and certainly effective. The film offers a slowly opening window into the minds of an isolated family in the midst of a catastrophic event. An atmospheric psychological thriller about isolation, the choices made for survival, and the struggle to remain rational against an unseen, enigmatic force. Perfect film for the times in which we live.

An intelligent film and an excellent allegory that will make for outstanding discussions.

  September 9 - Hidden Figures

Hidden FiguresHidden Figures

Saturday, September 9
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Speaker: Dr. Estella Gillette, Former Deputy Director of External Relations, NASA Johnson Space Center
Presented in partnership with The Common Reader Program.

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.00
Free parking.
YouTube trailer

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

  September 16 - Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman film posterWonder Woman (PG-13)

Saturday, September 16, 2017
3 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Presented in partnership with UHCL Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty

Panel: Christine Walther, Ph.D. and Patricia Droz, Ph.D.
Moderator: Angela Howard, Ph.D.

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

A genuinely surprising film that plays with genre and throws out the now very tired superhero movie formula. It’s an action film, a romantic comedy and a coming-of-age story and a period piece and a war movie all in one. Above all, it’s a hopeful story about humanity.

  September 23 - Despicable Me 3

despicable me 3 film posterDespicable Me 3 (PG)

Saturday, September 23, 2017
3 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
6 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall

Free to groups with any UHCL ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

The Minions are back.  This gag-laden kids' animation is bright, breezy and doesn't hang about.

  September 30 - Beatriz at Dinner

Beatriz at Dinner film posterBeatriz at Dinner (R)

Saturday, September 30, 2017
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Speaker: Wanalee Romero, Ph.D. 

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

It's a comedy! No. ! It's a drama. No! It's a Trump era allegory! You decide. Beatriz at Dinner offers timely social commentary enlivened by powerful, layered performances from Salma Hayek and John Lithgow. A powerful movie that explores  Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

  October 14 - Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming poster

Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13)

Saturday, October 14, 2017
3 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall 

Free to groups with any UHCL ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

With a refreshing adolescent vibe and great performances by Tom Holland and Michael Keaton (who plays a surprisingly nuanced villain who has understandable motivations), this is a very entertaining superhero movie.  Spider-Man: Homecoming has the ability to unite a diverse audience behind a fun motion picture.

   November 4 - An Inconvenient Sequel

an inconvenient sequel: truth to power poster showing earth in an hourglassAn Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (PG)

Saturday, November 4, 2017
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall 
Speaker: Elizabeth Spikes, Chair, Sierra Club Houston

Free admission.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power makes a plea for environmental responsibility that adds a persuasive  coda to its acclaimed predecessor.

   November 11 - Dunkirk

dunkirk poster with close up of soldier's face with view of troops belowDunkirk (PG-13)

Saturday, November 11, 2017
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall 
Speaker: St. John Flynn

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
Youtube trailer

One of the most significant moments in the history of British warfare is given reverent but reserved treatment in this movie. The film takes place during the 1940 evacuation of Allied troops across the English channel. One party of British soldiers becomes detached from the rest of the retreating Allies and appear to have no escape.

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