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Free Movie Jan. 24: Captain Phillips

Charlottesville, VA -Piedmont Virginia Community College's Student Art Club continues its popular Free Movie Friday series with biographical action thriller Captain Phillips on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Stage Theatre of the V. Earl Dickinson Building.

Captain Phillips examines the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. The film focuses on the relationship between the ship's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship. In the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Greengrass and based upon the book, A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. It is rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and substance use.

The Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive, and ample, free well-lit parking is located in front of the building. The Main Stage Theatre is wheelchair accessible. For more information, log on to www.pvcc.edu/performingarts or contact Beryl Solla, professor of art, at 434.961.5362 or bsolla@pvcc.edu.