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WHAT BLACK PANTHER’S SUCCESS MEANS FOR THE FUTURE OF MOVIES by Angela Watercutter – WIRED

GENERALLY, THIS TIME of year is slow at the box office. With the Oscars on the horizon, it’s in some ways still the tail end of the previous cinema year, and even with summer blockbuster season creeping earlier and earlier, the big-budget tentpoles don’t start rolling out for another six weeks or so…..” Read the Full article at https://www.wired.com/story/black-panther-box-office-hollywood/

 

OPENING DOWNTOWN  

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool follows the passionate relationship between Turner (played by Jamie Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award winning actress Gloria Grahame (played by Annette Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. But what starts as a vibrant affair quickly grows into a deeper relationship, and their lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS DOWNTOWN

At the Michigan, A Mighty Wind will conclude the “Be Our Guest: The Films of Christopher Guest” series tonight at 9:30 PM. In classic Christopher Guest style, this mockumentary follows three eclectic, never-quite-famous folk bands who come together for the first time in decades following the death of their manager. The film stars Christopher Guest regulars Michael Mckean and Harry Shear who played his former bandmates in Spinal Tap, along with Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Parker Posey, and Catherine O’Hara.

Throne of Blood will continue the “Enter the Samurai” Film Series next Monday, February 24 at 7:00 PM. In Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider’s Web Castle.

And a new film series will premiere at the Michigan Theater: ‘Ferrell Child: The Films Of Will Ferrell’ beginning with Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy next Thursday, March 1st at 9:30pm. Hotshot television anchorman Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell) welcomes upstart reporter Veronica Corningstone (played by Christina Applegate) into the male-dominated world of 1970s broadcast news.

At the State Theatre,Jim Henson Presents the Muppets” continues with Muppets Treasure Island this Saturday at 1:30 PM, and because it’s also part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation, kids 12 & under get in free! Tim Curry stars as Long John Silver alongside Kermit the Frog in this Muppetized take on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic.

 

CONTINUING DOWNTOWN

At the State Theatre, Black Panther is now playing! From Director Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, the film finds T’Challa, a.k.a the Black Panther, returning home after the death of his father to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. However, a vengeful outsider arrives in Wakanda to challenge T’challa’s place on the throne.

In Double Lover, a fragile young woman falls in love with her psychoanalyst, but soon discovers that he is concealing a part of his identity.

In Call Me By Your Name, a seventeen year-old (played by Timothee Chalamet) begins a relationship with his father’s visiting research assistant (played by Armie Hammer), with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.

In Lady Bird, from Director Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan plays as an artistically-inclined seventeen year-old coming of age in Sacramento, California in the early 2000s. The film also stars Laurie Metcalf as her headstrong mother who maintains a turbulent bond with her daughter.

I, Tonya stars Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding who rose amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in the late 80s and 90s, only to find her future in thrown into doubt after her ex-husband (played by Sebastian Stan) intervenes with a rival.

Three Billboards Outside, Ebbing Missouri, stars 5 time Academy Award nominee Frances McDormand as a mother who commissions three signs leading into her town with a message directed at the town’s revered chief of police after months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case.

And The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins as a mute custodian working in an isolated government laboratory where she develops a friendly relationship with a scaled creature living in a water tank.

At the Michigan Theater, the annual Oscar-Nominated Shorts. Presented in Live Action, Animated, and Documentary categories, the programs honor the best of short filmmaking from 2017, including Edith + Eddie in the Documentary category from Ann Arbor native Laura Checkoway with Thomas Lee Wrights.

The Post stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in the true story of the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

In Phantom Thread, Daniel Day-Lewis stars as a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman who becomes his muse and lover.

 

OPENING AT THE MULTIPLEX

 Opening Friday, Red Sparrow stars Jennifer Lawrence as Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova who faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. Egorova emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.

From the people that brought you Horrible Bosses, Game Night stars Jason Bateman and Rachel MacAdams as Max and Annie, whose weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party — complete with fake thugs and federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all supposed to be part of the game. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. Written and directed by Alex Garland, known for his previous works Ex Machina and 28 Days Later.

 

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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