8 Mile

Monday, April 16
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1hr 50mins // directed by:Curtis Hanson // featuring:Eminem, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy

Rap phenom Eminem stars as Jimmy Smith, aka B Rabbit, a young white rapper trying to make a name for himself in Detroit’s predominantly black hip-hop world.

A factory worker living in a trailer with his alcoholic mother (Kim Basinger), his little sister, and his mother’s loser boyfriend (Michael Shannon), Rabbit sees rap as his only chance to break out of his dead-end life.  He lets out his frustrations with twisting, clever rhymes admired by his friends, who keep pushing him to enter a weekly rap face-off at a local club.  When he chokes on stage and gets booed by the crowd, he’s convinced he’s missed his shot.  Can he redeem himself?  In the film’s electrifying climactic scenes, Rabbit retakes the club’s stage, going head to head with his nemeses in a ferociously creative freestyle rap battle.  Co-starring Brittany Murphy, Mekhi Phifer, and Anthony Mackie. The Eminem written, produced and performed track "Lose Yourself", featured in the film, was the first rap song to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

How are freestyle rappers able to create lyrics off the cuff?  What makes their brains tick?  Charles Limb, MD, a hearing specialist and sur