OPENING DOWNTOWN

From Director Steven Spielberg, The Post stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in the true story of the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor who join an unprecedented battle between journalism and the government, which led to the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The consensus on Rotten Tomatoes reads “The Post‘s period setting belies its bitingly timely themes, brought compellingly to life by director Steven Spielberg and an outstanding ensemble cast.” The Post is now playing at the Michigan Theater.

And Daniel Day-Lewis and Director Paul Thomas Anderson have reunited for Phantom Thread, opening early next Thursday, January 18th. In the film, Day-Lewis plays Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. The film has been described similarly to Anderson and Day-Lewis’ previous collaboration, There Will Be Blood, and Anderson has cited Hitchcock’s Rebecca as a strong influence. It also reported to be Daniel Day-Lewis’ last onscreen role before retirement.

 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS DOWNTOWN

In celebration of the career of Daniel Day-Lewis, a new film series is arriving at the State Theatre, our first film retrospective of 2018: I Drink Your Milkshake! The series will run Tuesday, January 16th through Thursday, January 18th and include 6 of best Day-Lewis’ best known roles including My Left Foot, The Last of the Mohicans, In The Name of the Father, Gangs of New York, Lincoln, and There Will Be Blood.

The Korean Cinema Now film series will begin at the Michigan Theater this Saturday, January 13th at 1:00 PM presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan. Premiering the series is A Taxi Driver: In 1980, a foreign journalist hires a down-on-his-luck taxi driver to take him to Gwangju, South Korea. They soon arrive to find a city under siege by student protesters and the military. This series is free and open for all to attend!

And on Monday, January 15th, the Michigan will premiere Me, The “Other” at 7:00 PM. The film is a documentary about 12 students at 3 Washtenaw County Campuses who set out to tell stories of differences due to prejudice, ignorance, and discrimination and found “otherness” is never one thing.

 

CONTINUING DOWNTOWN

It was a terrific weekend at the Golden Globes for films continuing to play at the Michigan and State Theatre!

The biggest winner of the night was Three Billboards Outside, Ebbing Missouriwhich is now playing at the State Theatre and took home 4 awards: Best Dramatic Motion Picture, Best Actress in a Drama for Frances McDormand, Best Screenplay for Martin McDonagh, and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell. In the film, Frances McDormand plays a grieving mother who paints three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at the town’s revered chief of police.

Also playing at the State: Lady Bird took home 2 awards for Best Comedic Motion Picture and Best Actress in a Comedy for Saoirse Ronan, who plays an artistically-inclined seventeen year-old coming of age in Sacramento, California in the early 2000s.

Allison Janney won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as LaVona Fay Golden, Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya, which tells the incredible true story of the controversial competitive figure skater in the early 1990s.

And James Franco took home the Best Actor in a Drama award for his role as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artistthe film about the making of The Room, considered by many to be the “Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made.”

Although Star Wars: The Last Jedi was not nominated for any Golden Globe awards, it also continues to play at the State Theatre and was the 3rd highest grossing film in the country last weekend.

At the Michigan Theater, The Shape of Water continues to play following a Best Director win for Guillermo del Torri and Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat. In the film, Sally Hawkins plays a mute custodian working in an isolated government laboratory where she develops a friendly relationship with a scaled creature living in a water tank.

And Darkest Hour also continues, starring Best Dramatic Actor winner Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill at the dawn of World War II, who was faced with the decision to either make peace with the spreading Nazi empire or drag his country through war and fight to the end.

 

OPENING AT THE MULTIPLEX

In Paddington 2, Paddington the Bear is back and has now settled with the Brown Family where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. But one fine day, Paddington spots a pop-up book in an antique shop – the perfect present for his aunt’s 100th birthday – until it is stolen and Paddington must embark on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before the big celebration.

Proud Mary stars Taraji P. Henson as Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a profession hit goes bad.

And The Commuter returns Liam Neeson to the role of action star. This time he plays Michel, an insurance salesman on his daily commute home which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop.  As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding, and he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for everyone on the train.

 

That’s all for this week! See you at the movies.

 

From Russ Collins

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Exec.Dir., State & Michigan Theater – Ann Arbor

Founder/Director, Art House Convergence – Utah

Artistic Director, Cinetopia Festival – Detroit/A2