Opening Downtown

Wonderstruck is the latest from acclaimed Director TODD HAYNES (most recently known for his 2015 drama CAROL), about two children, Ben and Rose, whose stories are set 50 years apart and interlaced together as they venture away from home to find parents they have never known. Rose lives in 1927 New Jersey and sets off to find her actress mother Lillian Mayhew (played by JULIANNE MOORE), while Ben lives in 1977 Minnesota where he runs away to find the father he’s never known. Wonderstruck opens this Friday, November 10.

Critical consensus: Dana Stevens of Slate said: “Wonderstruck strikes a curious emotional tone, alternating between suspense and quiet wistfulness, with sudden surges of operatic intensity as the two timelines begin to connect.”


Continuing Downtown

Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film which explores the troubled life of artist Vincent van Gogh and the events that led up to his mysterious death through his visually distinctive artwork. The film was written and directed by DOROTA KOBIELA & HUGH WELCHMAN and features SAOIRSE RONAN and CHRIS O’DOWD.

The Florida Project is the follow up from Director SEAN BAKER to his acclaimed 2015 indie feature Tangerine. It tells the story of a mother and daughter living in a budget hotel on the on the outskirts of Disney World and introduces breakout stars BROOKLYN PRINCE and BRIA VINAI as a mother and daughter who live week to week while trying to maintain a normal lifestyle. The film also features veteran actor WILLEM DAFOE whose role is being described by critics as a “career best”.

In Goodbye Christopher Robin, Director SIMON CURTIS offers a glimpse into the life of author A.A. Milne (played by DOMHNALL GLEESON) and his son Christopher Robin who inspired Milne to create the lovable children’s books of Winnie the Pooh. The film also stars MARGOT ROBBIE and KELLY MACDONALD.


Special Screenings Downtown

In The Valley of the Dolls, three women in New York City navigate the successes and failures of show business. Anne Welles (played by BARBARA PARKINS) is hired as a secretary for theatrical law firm where she meets and befriends up-and-coming singer Neely (played by PATTY DUKE) and beautiful but talentless actress Jenifer (played by SHARON TATE). In their experiences they come to understand heartbreak, tragedy, and addiction. The Valley of the Dolls plays tonight, Thursday, November 9 at 9:30 PM.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner & In the Heat of the Night will continue the series next Monday in a back-to-back presentation of Sidney Poitier’s most successful films in Hollywood. In Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Poitier plays John, a black doctor who becomes engaged to a white woman and must travel to her parent’s home to finally meet. Though her parents distinguish themselves as liberals, the couple’s relationship brings up latent racial issues, and tensions escalate when John’s parents arrive for dinner.

In In The Heat of the Night, Poitier plays detective Virgil Tibbs, who is arrested on suspicion of murder by a racist police chief in a small Mississippi town. After Tibbs proves his innocence, he and the police chief team up to find the real killer, making dangerous enemies along the way. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night will play next Monday, November 13 at 4:00 & 7:00 PM.

Next week Thursday, Don’t Look Back will continue our late night screenings at 9:30 PM. This documentary from director D.A PENNEBAKER follows folk hero BOB DYLAN on his tour of the United Kingdom in 1965, pulling back the curtain of his often private personal life through hotel conversations, fan interactions, and downtime on the grueling tour. Don’t Look Back will play Thursday, November 16 at 9:30 PM.

My Hero Brother will play Sunday. November 12 at 1:30 PM with 100% of ticket sales benefiting International Communities of Washtenaw. The film is an inspiring documentary about the “My Hero Brother Project” that took groups of siblings with Down syndrome on an expedition to India. My Hero Brother will play Sunday, November 12 at 1:30 PM.


Opening at the Multiplex

Murder on the Orient Express opens tomorrow, Friday, November 10 – “A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen stranded strangers & one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.” (IMDB)

Daddy’s Home 2 opens tomorrow, Friday, November 10 – “Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

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