From December to February, TCPL will present a series of films which build on the theme of what it means to be human.  Films will be screened from 6 to 8 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-East unless otherwise indicated.  Films will also be screened at Cinemapolis and Cornell Cinema.

“LUCY”—Wednesday December 7

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal as she turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

“EX MACHINA” – Wednesday December 14

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test–charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated–and more deceptive–than the two men could have imagined.

“TITAN A. E.” – Wednesday January 11

After planet Earth is destroyed, survivors find themselves being hunted down by the deadly Drej aliens. It is up to Cale, a rebellious teenager, to find a mysterious spacecraft, the Titan, in order to save humanity.


“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) – Friday February 3, 9:25 PM
and Saturday February 4, 6:45 PM 
Cornell Cinema, Willard Straight Theatre

Admission: $8.50 general/$6.50 seniors/$6 CU graduate students/$5.50 students. TCPL is giving away 30 free tickets on a first come first served basis .  These will be available at the Circulation Desk from January 8.

Director: Stanley Kubrick; cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood
The film that defined science fiction was released over 40 years ago but it still packs a wallop. “With music and mind-blowing visuals, Stanley Kubrick created a wildly popular avant-garde film that asked all of the biggest questions–without venturing any easy answers.” ( If you haven’t seen it on the big screen, you haven’t seen it.