Movie Magic Film Series - Hopkins Center at Dartmouth


Larger-than-life on the glorious big screen.

This winter film season provides many wonderful opportunities to escape the cold and enjoy a collective story in the dark with strangers. Although all films benefit from the immersive theater experience, this series highlights those movies which really must be shown on the big screen to be fully appreciated.

Renee Zellweger opens the term with a powerhouse performance in Judy (Jan 9). Plagued by financial and personal demons, this showbiz legend still dazzled audiences in the last months of her life. Propelled by stunning time-lapse sequences, Fantastic Fungi (Jan 10) takes us on an immersive journey into the magical and curative world of mushrooms. The terror, euphoria and camaraderie of professional car racing is palpable in Ford v Ferrari (Jan 17). You will never look at a Formula race (and their drivers) the same way again after seeing this incredible footage. The murder mystery genre gets a delicious shot in the arm in Knives Out (Feb 15), a refreshingly modern whodunit from Rian Johnson (Looper). The season closes with the new World War I spectacle, 1917 (Feb 23). Director Sam Mendes took a page from Rope and Birdman in crafting a movie that appears to be made from one continuous camera shot. So much more than a cinematic gimmick, 1917 puts the audience behind enemy lines with two young soldiers trying to save a whole battalion.

Annual Hop favorites such as Mountainfilm on Tour (Jan 18) and the Oscar-Nominated shorts programs (Feb 1, 2 & 8) return with their various assortments of cinematic bite-sized gems to amaze, inspire and delight.