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THE THREE FILMS YOU MUST SEE THIS WEEK!

1)  Blindspotting

2)  Three Identical Strangers

3)   1945

BRILLIANT HOLDOVERS NOT TO MISS!!

1) Sorry to Bother You

2) Woman Walks Ahead

BONUS FILMS: Yellow Submarine full week holdover & Eraserheadmidnight Saturday at the State

 

OPENING DOWNTOWN

Pulled by the Director from Cinetopia, but now opening at the State!!

At the State: In Three Identical Strangers three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret — a secret with radical repercussions for us all. Critics Consensus: Surreal and surprising, Three Identical Strangers effectively questions the nature of reality and identity. Dr. Larry Perlman, who was a young assistant to the Doctor in charge of this project will do a Q&A following the 6:45 PM screening on Monday, 7/23.

At the State: Blindspotting stars Daveed Diggs as Collin, who must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (played by Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in. Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Critics Consensus: As timely as it is overall impactful, Blindspotting blends buddy comedy with seething social commentary, and rises on the strength of Daveed Diggs’ powerful performance.

At the Michigan: 1945 takes place on a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled “fragrances.” The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back, originally lost during the second World War. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come, posing a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own. Critics Consensus: 1945 sifts through the aftermath of the Holocaust to offer a sober, well-crafted look at a variety of weighty themes.

At the Michigan: Yellow Submarine is back by popular demand for a full run with on-screen lyrics! The music-loving inhabitants of Pepperland are under siege by the Blue Meanies, a nasty group of music-hating creatures. The Lord Mayor of Pepperland dispatches sailor Old Fred to Liverpool, England, where he is to recruit the help of the Beatles. The sympathetic Beatles ride a yellow submarine to the occupied Pepperland, where the Blue Meanies have no chance against the Fab Four’s groovy tunes.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS DOWNTOWN

SavCo Hospitality Summer Classic Film Series returns with more selections than ever celebrating generations of filmmakers and their nostalgic treasures. The Michigan Theater will have screenings every Sunday at 1:30 PMand Tuesday at 7:00 PM. The James Bond retrospective Double-O Summer continues with The Living Daylights playing Sunday, July 22 at 1:30 PM, in which James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov. On Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 PM Goldeneye will play, where James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow Agent formerly believed to be dead.

Midnights are also back at the State Theatre with $8 screenings every Saturday night in July! On Saturday, July 21 at 11:59 PM, the surreal shocker Eraserhead will be playing. Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

CONTINUING DOWNTOWN

At the State: Boundaries stars Vera Farmiga as Laura, a single mother, who has a constant need to put others before her own needs. When her estranged, criminally-minded father Jack (played by Christopher Plummer) is kicked out of his retirement home, Laura agrees to drive him to live with her sister (played by Kristen Schaal) in LA. Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son Henry. Without telling Laura, Jack convinces Henry to help him sell off his supply of marijuana at every stop of their journey, resulting in unexpected reunions with old friends and family.

Sorry to Bother You takes place in in a dystopian, not-too-distant future Oakland, California where Black telemarketer Cassius Green (played by Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success. This key propels him into a macabre universe of “powercalling” that leads to material glory. Cast also features: Armie Hammer, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, Danny Glover, Patton Oswalt.

Damsel follows Samuel Alabaster (played by Robert Pattinson), an affluent pioneer who ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (played by Mia Wasikowska). As Samuel traverses the Wild West with a drunkard named Parson Henry and a miniature horse, their once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.

Cinetopia Film Festival Audience Award winner for U.S. Narrative Woman Walks Ahead tells the story of Catherine Weldon (played by Jessica Chastain), a widowed artist from New York who, in the 1880s, traveled alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull (played by Michael Greyeyes). She embarks on a dangerous journey to meet the Chef, but must also face off with an Army officer intent on war with the Native Americans.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

Hearts Beat Loud stars Nick Offerman as a single dad and record store owner who is preparing to send his hard-working daughter off to college, while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, the two turn their weekly “jam sesh” into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.

At the Michigan: And 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

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

 

From Russell B. Collins

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Exc. Dir., State & Michigan Theaters – Ann Arbor

Founding Director, Art House Convergence – Utah

Festival Founder, Cinetopia Festival – Detroit/A2