Opening Downtown

Lady Bird, from writer/director GRETA GERWIG, stars Oscar nominee SAOIRSE RONAN (Brooklyn) as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a strong willed teenager living in the Sacramento in the early 2000s, struggling to make her way through high school while navigating a contentious relationship with her equally headstrong mother (played by LAURIE METCALF) who keeps the family afloat after her husband loses his job. The film also stars Academy Award nominee LUCAS HEDGES (Manchester by the Sea) and TRACY LETTS.

David Edelstein of Vulture said, “Everything comes together for Greta Gerwig in her marvelous solo directorial debut” and Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times has said the film is “as warm as it is smart – and it is very smart.”

Lady Bird opens Friday, November 14.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the latest dark comedic drama from Director MARTIN MCDONAGH (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) starring Academy Award winner FRANCES MCDORMAND as a grieving mother who challenges local authorities to solve the case of her murdered daughter by painting three billboards leading into the town directly calling out the Chief of Police (played by WOODY HARRELSON). The film also stars SAM ROCKWELL as the violent second-in-command officer who aggravates the already tense situation, and PETER DINKLAGE as a hopeful love interest.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone has said: “Give Frances McDormand the Oscar Now” and Owen Gleiberman of Variety has called the film, “A quirky emotional puzzle put together by a trickster poet.”

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri opens next Tuesday, November 21.

 

 

Continuing 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.

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”.

 

Special Screenings Downtown

More films from 1967 continue as we screen Don’t Look Back, the documentary from director D.A PENNEBAKER that follows folk messiah 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. In 2014, the film was voted into the Top 10 best documentaries of all time in a Sight & Sound poll. Don’t Look Back will play tonight Thursday, November 16 at 9:30 PM.

And we’ll keep the music alive as we screen another documentary from D.A PENNEBAKER, Monterey Pop, covering the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival featuring legendary performances from THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, THE WHO, OTIS REDDING, THE MAMAS & PAPAS, and more! Two years before Woodstock, Monterey Pop exploded into popular culture and embodied the counterculture of the time. Monterey Pop will play Monday, November 20 at 7:00 PM.

The 24th Polish Film Festival returns to the Michigan Theater to feature more contemporary Polish documentaries, animated shorts, feature films, and children’s films offering diverse perspectives on a range of Polish and global issues. This year the festival will include seven titles, including Afterimage, a favorite from the 2017 Cinetopia Film Festival. The Polish Film Festival will run Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19.

 

Opening at the Multiplex

Justice League, the highly anticipated latest of the DC extended universe returns GAL GADOT to her acclaimed role as Wonder Woman and BEN AFFLECK to Batman. “Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.” (Rotten Tomatoes). Justice League opens in theaters Friday, November 17.

Wonder stars JACOB TREMBLAY, the breakout of 2015’s Room. “Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade.” (Rotten Tomatoes). The film also stars OWEN WILSON and JULIA ROBERTS. Wonder opens in theaters Friday, November 17.

Mudbound stars JASON MITCHELL, CAREY MULLIGAN, JASON CLARKE, and MARY J. BLIGE. “Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta” (Rotten Tomatoes) Mudbound opens in theaters Friday, November 17. 

 

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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