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Science on Screen

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Creative pairings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


The Stanford Prison Experiment

Wed., March 20, 2019

Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez . US. 2015. R. 2 hours 2 minutes. IFC Films. Digital.

What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? In this tense, psychological thriller based on the notorious true story, Billy Crudup stars as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to . . .

Soylent Green

Mon., April 22, 2019

Directed by Richard Fleischer . US. 1973. PG. 1 hour 37 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital.

In a densely overpopulated, starving New York City of the future, NYPD detective Robert Thorn (Charlton Heston) investigates the murder of an executive at rations manufacturer Soylent Corporation. With the help of elderly academic Solomon “Sol” Roth (Edward G. Robinson), Thorn begins to make real progress — until the governor mysteriously pulls the plug. Obsessed with the mystery, Thorn steps out from behind the badge and launches his own investigation into . . .


Tue., May 14, 2019

Directed by Douglas Tirola. US. 2018. NR. 1 hour 35 minutes. 4th Row Films. Digital.

Brewmaster offers a cinematic portrait of the craft brewing world, those who love it, those who brew it and those hustling to make their mark, from an ambitious New York lawyer who dreams of becoming a brewmaster to a Milwaukee-based pro-fessional beer educator achieving Master Brewer status. Helping tell the story of beer are some of the best-known personalities in the industry.
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