As BATTLE OF THE SEXES and VICTORIA & ABDUL continue to draw enthusiastic movie-goers here at the Michigan Theater these films will be held for another week with no new films opening for full runs, but be on the lookout for the upcoming SO B. IT, based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Ann Arbor native Sarah Weeks who will be in attendance on Sunday, October 22nd. The film will open on Friday, October 20th
44 PAGES returns by popular demand from Cinetopia 2017! This is a documentary which takes a look at Highlights Magazine and follows the creation and publication of their 70th Anniversary issue. The film introduces us to the passionate writers, editors, and producers who create the magazine for “the world’s most important people”: children; and along the way, the audience discovers the “rich and tragic history” while exploring what the magazine means in the current state of technology and with the future of print media in question. 44 PAGES will play Friday, October 13th to Tuesday, October 17th.
In GOOK, two Korean American brothers, Eli and Daniel, own a struggling women’s shoe store in 1992 Los Angeles. They strike an unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old black girl named Kamilla, but soon after, the trio’s livelihood is threatened by the breakout of the 92’ L.A. Riots as they must defend the store from looters and destruction. In their experience they come to find a new meaning of family while their personal dreams and future are thrown to chance. This film comes from Director Justin Chon (best known for acting in the Twilight franchise) who also wrote and stars in the film. GOOK will play Friday, October 13th through Tuesday, October 17th.
SPECIAL SCREENINGS DOWNTOWN
In the original 1980 FRIDAY THE 13TH, counselors return to Camp Crystal Lake after decades of closure due to a series of murders and deaths that once occurred on the premises. Locals warn the new coming counselors of a “death curse”, but the young visitors pay little attention to their warnings and are soon met by a violent killer who stalks and kills the young counselors one by one. The film stars a fresh faced Kevin Bacon along with Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Jeannine Taylor and Mark Nelson. FRIDAY THE 13TH will play Friday, October 13th at 9:30 PM.
Classic Monsters, our weekly series dedicated to Hollywood’s most timeless and iconic Halloween villains, continues next Monday with THE MUMMY! After a successful debut of Boris Karloff as the monster Frankenstein a year earlier, in 1932 Universal Pictures reinvented Karloff as the eponymous Mummy. In the film, the ancient Egyptian Prince Imhotep (Karloff) is brought back to life and escapes his tomb after a team of British archaeologists discover his mummified remains along with the legendary scroll of Thoth, which when recited aloud, awakens the Prince. Several years later, Imhotep has taken a new identity of a wealthy man and searches Egypt for his lost love, who he believes has been reincarnated. THE MUMMY will play next Monday, October 16th at 7:00 PM. THE WOLF MAN and THE MONSTER SQUAD are yet to come in the series. Visit michtheater.org/monsters for more.
With, THE THING, our second spooky series Stranger and Stranger continues in tribute to the return of the popularly streamed television series Stranger Things. This 1982 science-fiction horror film is often considered John Carpenter’s best and follows a group of American scientists in remote Antarctica who become trapped inside their base with a shapeshifting beast who begins to pick them off one by one. The cast is lead by Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimely and Richard Dysart. THE THING plays Thursday, October 12 at 9:30 PM. This series will continue with THE MIST, POLTERGEIST, and THE MONSTER SQUAD up next. Visit michtheater.org/stranger
OPENING AT THE MULTIPLEX
THE FOREIGNER, HAPPY DEATH DAY, and MARSHALL all open with advance screenings this Thursday at a multiplex near you.
In the much anticipated biopic of Thurgood Marshall, MARSHALL dramatizes the story of “the first African-American Supreme Court Justice as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.” (IMDB)
THE FOREIGNER stars Jackie Chan as “A humble businessman with a buried past” who “seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.” (IMDB)
And HAPPY DEATH DAY is being called the GROUNDHOG DAY of horror movies. In it, “a college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity” (IMDB)
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