Full cinema at ‘Dark Knight’ showing

Jill Frederick

The Campus Activities Team brought the blockbuster film “The Dark Knight” to campus this past weekend. CAT arranged for a viewing of the film, which has pulled in almost $1 billion at the Box Office, prior to its official release set for Dec. 9. Originally set to run in the Connelly Cinema during Halloween weekend, the dates had to be postponed because rights to the movie had not yet been released. The film had been picked long in advance, however, due to its huge commercial success. “The CAT Films Committee chooses the movies [it] find[s] most provocative for the student body to be shown after watching a preview wheel,” Films Committee Director Kristen Gordon said. “The Dark Knight” featured Heath Ledger as the Joker in his last role before his death earlier this year. Some students said that made the movie a must-see. The special effects were also highly regarded, involving high-tech gadgets provided by Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) and an intense car and motorcycle chase. There was a full house this week, with students anxious to see the dramatic film. “There were lines for all showings, and the theater was full for all showings,” said Gordon, who said she predicted this to be one of the most popular movie events on campus. “[One showing] didn’t start until 11:30 [p.m.] this weekend because it’s such a long movie, and there were people wrapped around the room waiting to get in at 10:45 [p.m.],” said freshman Maria Sauer, who was in attendance at Friday’s late showing. Previous films shown by CAT this year include “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Iron Man,” “Wall-E” and “Get Smart.” All films are shown in the Connelly Cinema and have one showing on Thursday night at 9 p.m. and two showings on both Friday and Saturday at 9 and 11 p.m. All showings are free for students. Students are able to see movies before their release date because Villanova is one of many college campuses to join a program that sends pre-home released movies to be shown to students. The CAT’s Film Committee is in charge of organizing and choosing the movies for the semester. Next up is “Crossing Over,” playing this coming weekend. CAT also has a special Christmas show planned for Dec. 4. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be shown, followed by the classic “The Muppet Christmas Carol.”