Opening Downtown

An Official Cinetopia 2017 Selection, “Patti Cake$” tells the story of Patricia Dombrowski (Danielle MacDonald), a.k.a. “Killa P” and “Patti Cake$,” who dreams of escaping dirty New Jersey on the coattails of her rhymes. Stuck working in a hole-in-the-wall bar, under the weight of her beloved Nana’s medical bills and her alcoholic mother’s struggles, Patti finds solace and purpose in her music. Unable to find a producer with “fire beats,” Patti and her best friend Jheri (Siddarth Dhananjay) join forces with goth-metal musician Basterd (Mamoudou Athie) in the hopes of achieving hip-hop superstardom. Nominated for the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, “Patti Cake$” is a must see for hip-hop and film fans alike.  “Patti Cake$” opened Wednesday.

In “The Trip to Spain,” after jaunts through northern England and Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter. Over plates of pintxos and paella, the pair exchange barbs and their patented celebrity impressions, as well as more serious reflections on what it means to settle into middle age. As always, the locales are breathtaking, the cuisine to die for, and the humor delightfully devilish.  “The Trip to Spain” open Friday.

In “I Do… Until I Don’t,”  a trio of couples at various points in their relationships become the subjects of a film about marriage being an antiquated idea that needs a reboot: Why not turn marriage into a seven-year deal with an option to renew?  For Alice and Noah (Lake Bell, Ed Helms), more than a hint of boredom is setting in as they approach their first decade together and the prospect of parenthood. Meanwhile, Alice’s funky sister Fanny (Amber Heard) is sure her “open marriage” to Zander (Wyatt Cenac) is the key to their free-spirited happiness. And then there’s Cybil and Harvey (Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser), a pair of empty-nesters wondering what the next stage will be.  As the manipulative filmmaker (Dolly Wells) attempts to show how marriage is outmoded, the couples she interviews discover the “do’s” and “don’t’s” in their own relationships.   “I Do…Until I Don’t” is Lake Bell’s directorial follow-up to her acclaimed 2013 film “In A World.”  “I Do… Until I Don’t” opens Friday.

Special Screenings Downtown

In “Lost Highway,” writer/director David Lynch fashions two separate but intersecting stories, one about a jazz musician (Bill Pullman), tortured by the notion that his wife is having an affair, who suddenly finds himself accused of her murder. The other is a young mechanic (Balthazar Getty) drawn into a web of deceit by a temptress who is cheating on her gangster boyfriend. These two tales are linked by the fact that the women in both are played by the same actress (Patricia Arquette). “Lost Highway” plays Thursday August 31 at 9:30 PM as part of the Summer Classics: Lynch After Dark series.

In “Children of Men,” a futuristic society faces extinction when the human race loses the ability to reproduce. England has descended into chaos, until an iron-handed warden is brought in to institute martial law. The warden’s ability to keep order is threatened when a woman finds that she is pregnant with what would be the first child born in 27 years.  “Children of Men” plays Sunday September 3 at 1:30 PM and Tuersday September 5 at 7 PM as part of the Summer Classic Film Series

Credited with inventing the genre of the modern horror film, “Psycho” has had its share of sequels and imitators, none of which diminishes the achievement of this shocking and complex thriller.  Alfred Hitchcock’s signature choreography of cinematic elements, featuring Anthony Perkins’ haunting characterization of lonely motel keeper Norman Bates controlled by his reclusive mother, has never been equaled.  “Psycho” plays Monday September 4 at 7 PM.  Free for all students with valid student ID!

The recently discovered complete 35mm print of “Suspiria” comes to the Michigan Theater for one day only! A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders.  “Suspiria” plays Thursday September 7 at 8 PM.

Opening at the Multiplex

In “Goon: Last of the Enforcers,” after one too many injuries, hockey enforcer Doug (Seann William Scott) is forced to give up his aspirations of going to the big show and settle into a buttoned down career as an insurance salesman at the urging of his pregnant wife Eva (Alison Pill). However, Doug can’t resist the siren call of the Highlanders, so he sets course to reclaim his former glory.  “Goon: Last of the Enforcers” opens Friday.

See you at the movies!



From Russell B. Collins


Director, State & Michigan Theaters – Ann Arbor

Founder/Director, Art House Convergence – Utah

Artistic Dir./Founder, Cinetopia Festival Detroit/A2

Strengthening communities with persistent creativity