Hett Film Series Adds Current Films to 2016 Schedule

“Straight Outta Compton,” “Bridge of Spies,” “The Revenant”

(LEBANON, Ill., December 7, 2015) - The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at McKendree University has added three recent releases to its Film Series in 2016:

Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.: “Straight Outta Compton” – A biographical drama about the group N.W.A., which emerged from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s and revolutionized hip hop culture. Co-presented with Campus Activities Board (2015, rated R; 147 min.)

Feb. 21, 2 and 7 p.m.: “Bridge of Spies” - During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for a Soviet-captured American U2 spy plane pilot. Starring Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg. (2015, rated PG-13; 141 min.)

April 3, 2 and 7 p.m.: “The Revenant” - In the 1820s, frontiersman Hugh Glass survives a bear mauling and a vicious winter as he sets out on a path of vengeance against members of his hunting team who left him for dead. Leonardo DiCaprio stars. (2016, rated R; 156 min.)

“We’ve had much success bringing current movies to the Hett during award season,” said Peter Palermo, director of the Hettenhausen Center. “This year’s offerings are all early favorites to bring home Oscars and Golden Globes.”

Admission is free for McKendree University students, faculty and staff members and $5 for the general public. There is no charge for the following:

January 27, 7 p.m.: “The Devil’s Backbone” – Set during the last week of the bloody Spanish Civil War, a sensitive boy is sent to an isolated orphanage full of dark secrets, horrors, and the dead. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. (2001, rated R; 106 min.)

March 23, 7 p.m.: “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” – A fascinating, no-holds-barred documentary about the birth of controversial website WikiLeaks and its outlaw creator, Julian Assange. (2013, rated R; 130 min.)

Some films contain adult themes or language and may not be appropriate for everyone. The series is sponsored by the Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation. For more information, visit theHett.com, or call 618-537-6863.