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CINEMA CHAT – May 17, 2018
CINETOPIA FILM FESTIVAL – May 31-June 10
The full program schedule is now online: http://www.cinetopiafestival.
At the State Theatre: Emily Blunt and Writer/Director John Krasinski star in the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place. A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threatens their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.
Critics Consensus: A Quiet Place artfully plays on elemental fears with a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that’s as original as it is scary — and establishes director John Krasinski as a rising talent.
And at the Michigan: Wim Wenders’ new documentary, Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The Pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions. From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace.
Andrew Barker, Variety — It’s difficult not to be charmed by Francis’ plainspoken demeanor, and his ability to retain the folksy conversational style of a simple parish priest even when speaking from the impossibly elevated confines of the Holy See.
SPECIAL SCREENINGS DOWNTOWN
Playing tonight, May 17 at 7:00pm, Lives Well Lived is a feature documentary film from Director Sky Bergman celebrating the wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years-old living life to the fullest. Encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. This fundraising event for Big Hearts for Seniors also includes a Q & A after the film with Bergman moderated by the UM School of Public Health’s Vic Strecher.
At the Michigan: The highly anticipated new documentary from CNN Films, RBG, is an intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women
And Itzhak is a documentary that looks at the life, work and religious heritage of violinist Itzhak Perlman. From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.
At the State: Tully, from the writer/director team of Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman (Juno, Young Adult), stars Charlize Theron as a mother of three who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Though hesitant to the extravagance at first, she comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully. Also starring Mackenzie Davis Mark Duplass, and Ron Livingston.
Isle of Dogs, from Wes Anderson, follows a group of canine pets who have been exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island. When a 12-year-old boy sets off alone in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots, the group of dogs travel the island with him in search, featuring a voice of Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Jeff Goldblum, and more.
And The Death of Stalin, the latest comedic satire from Armando Iannucci, continues for another week, which depicts the chaos that fell on the Soviet regime after the death of their powerful leader.
OPENING AT THE MULTIPLEX
Ryan Reynolds returns as the wisecracking mercenary Deadpool in Deadpool 2, joining forces with three new mutants — Bedlam, Shatterstar and Domino — to protect a boy from the all-powerful villain Cable.
Critics Consensus: Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds’ undeniable charm.
In Bookclub, Diane (played by Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage, Vivian (played by Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached, Sharon (played by Candice Bergen) is still working through her decades-old divorce, and Carol’s (played by Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. The lives of these four lifelong friends are turned upside down after reading the infamous “50 Shades of Grey,” catapulting them into a series of outrageous life choices.
Critics Consensus: As far as it goes, Book Club is a mostly painless ride, with a few laugh-out-loud moments, but as Peggy Lee memorably sang, Is that all there is? — Shari Linden, Hollywood Reporter
And Show Dogs is a family comedy about the unlikely pairing of a human detective (played by Will Arnett) and his canine partner (voice of Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), who has to go undercover at the world’s most exclusive dog show, held in Las Vegas, to solve his biggest case yet.