And at the Michigan: The Gardener is a documentary which reflects on the meaning of gardening. Influential gardener Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at his twenty-acre English style garden in the Charlevoix County in Quebec.

The LA Times calls it“A soothing and transporting journey sure to inspire gardeners of all stripes to create their own slice of heaven.”



On Thursday, May 31, the Michigan will present the Opening Night of the Cinetopia Film Festival with a screening of Eighth Grade with Writer/Director Bo Burnham in attendance for an introduction and post-film Q&A! In the film, Elsie Fisher stars as Kayla, a 13-year-old who must endure the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through her last week of middle school — and the end of one disastrous year of eighth grade.



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.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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.



Solo: A Star Wars Story is Disney’s latest addition to the Star Wars saga. Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in this an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy: Han Solo. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.


That’s all for this week. 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

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