Opening Downtown

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, the riveting and rousing follow-up “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes-in moments private and public, funny and poignant-as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. Our extraordinary former vice president invites us along on an inspirational journey across the globe that delivers the tools to heal our planet. The question is: will we choose to take the baton?  “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” opens Thursday August 3.

Special Screenings Downtown

In “Eraserhead,” Henry (John Nance) resides alone in a bleak apartment surrounded by industrial gloom. When he discovers that an earlier fling with Mary X (Charlotte Stewart) left her pregnant, he marries the expectant mother and has her move in with him. Things take a decidedly strange turn when the couple’s baby turns out to be a bizarre lizard-like creature that won’t stop wailing. Other characters, including a disfigured lady who lives inside a radiator, inhabit the building and add to Henry’s troubles. “Eraserhead” plays Thursday August 3 at 9:30 PM as part of the Summer Classics: Lynch After Dark series.

In “The Birds,” a wealthy San Francisco socialite (Tippi Hedren) pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. “The Birds” plays Sunday August 6 at 1:30 PM.

In “Marnie,” Mark Rutland (Sean Connery) is a customer of one Mr. Strutt, whose business was robbed by his secretary, the mysterious Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren). When Marnie applies for a job with Mark, with the intention of stealing from him, Mark — who is obsessively in love with her — blackmails her into marrying him. However, he soon discovers that she has severe psychological issues regarding men, thunderstorms and the color red, and resolves to help her come to terms with her past trauma. “Marnie” plays Tuesday August 8 at 7 PM.  Both “The Birds” and “Marnie” play as part of the Michigan Theater’s Summer Classics: Hitchcock Goes Hollywood series.

Based on the acclaimed science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, “Dune” is set in the year 10191, when a spice called melange is the most valuable substance known in the universe, and its only source is the desert planet Arrakis. A royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides and ousts his bitter enemies, the Harkonnens. However, when the Harkonnens violently seize back their fiefdom, it is up to Paul (Kyle MacLachlan), Leto’s son, to lead the Fremen, the natives of Arrakis, in a battle for control of the planet and its spice. “Dune” plays Thursday August 10 at 9:30 PM as part of the Summer Classics: Lynch After Dark series.

Opening at the Multiplex

“Detroit” tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of 1967.  Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel. 50 years after the events of July 25th, 1967, the question remains: what happened at the motel? Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) and starring John Boyega, “Detroit” opens Friday.

In “The Dark Tower,” the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.  Based on the novels by Stephen King, “The Dark Tower” opens Friday.

In “Kidnap,” a typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mom Karla (Halle Berry) when her son suddenly disappears. Without a cell phone and knowing she has no time to wait for police help, Karla jumps in her own car and sets off in pursuit of the kidnappers. A relentless, edge-of-your seat chase ensues, where Karla must risk everything to not lose sight of her son. “Kidnap” opens Friday.

See you at the movies!

 

From Russell B. Collins

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Director, State & Michigan Theaters – Ann Arbor

Founder/Director, Art House Convergence – Utah

Artistic Dir./Founder, Cinetopia Festival Detroit/A2

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