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Cinetopia Festival Schedule Is Online, Tickets On Sale May 9

The Cinetopia Festival, taking place in Ann Arbor and Detroit June 4-8, features the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries selected from the world’s outstanding film festivals, including Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, and Berlin. The complete film schedule is online at Tickets and passes go on sale to the general public tomorrow, Friday, May 9.

Opening Downtown

Calling all Jim Jarmusch fans, his new film, “Only Lovers Left Alive,” opens Friday! Set in Detroit and Tangier, the film follows an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, as he reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover (a vampire?). Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says, “Jarmusch, as ever, has the power to sneak up on you. He’s a spellbinder. The same goes for his movie.” “Only Lovers Left Alive” opens Friday at the Michigan Theater.

Jude Law plays “Dom Hemingway,” a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime looking to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter, but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt. Steven Rea of the Philadelphia Inquirer calls the film “The kind of crime flick where the characters volley dialogue like furious ping-pong players, riffing with delight, their lines ripe with pulpy metaphor.” “Dom Hemingway” opens Friday at the State Theatre.

“Ernest & Celestine” is a beautiful, animated children’s film that I saw and loved at Sundance. Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny, and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. With the voices of Forest
Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. “Ernest & Celestine” plays May 11-13 at the Michigan Theater.

In “On My Way” an aging former beauty queen (Catherine Deneuve) finds herself jilted by her lover and left alone to deal with the financial problems facing her family’s restaurant. What begins as a quick drive to clear her head turns into a full-fledged road trip, and along the way there are chance meetings, an ex-Miss France gala, renewed ties with her estranged daughter and grandson, and possibly, at the end of the road, love. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle says “’On My Way’ finds Deneuve warm and natural, completely open and yet subtle, able to suggest much with little, allowing us to read her thoughts.” “On My Way” plays May 10, 12 & 14 at the Michigan Theater.

Hitchcock Screenings Downtown

In “North By Northwest” Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity. “North By Northwest” plays Sunday, May 11 at 7 PM at the Michigan Theater.

Hitchcock followed his big budget Hollywood thriller with the low budget film that became his most popular and acclaimed; “Psycho” uses Hitchcock’s signature choreography of cinematic elements to tell the tale of a lonely motel keeper haunted by his strict and reclusive mother. “Psycho” plays Tuesday, May 13 at 7 PM.

Opening at the Multiplex

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of “Neighbors,” a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their baby. Andrew Barker of Variety says “Zac Efron gives one of his most credible and intriguing performances in this winningly stupid frat comedy.” “Neighbors” opens Friday.

In “Mom’s Night Out” all Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation – a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours – what could go wrong? “Mom’s Night Out” opens Friday.

“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. This film finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” opens Friday.