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OPENING DOWNTOWN

“Generation Wealth”

At the Michigan: In this film, acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (“The Queen of Versailles”) puts the pieces of her life’s work together for in an incendiary investigation into the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen.  Spanning consumerism, beauty, gender, body commodification, aging and more, Greenfield has created a comprehensive cautionary tale about a culture heading straight for the cliff’s edge.  This visual history of the growing obsession with wealth uses first-person interviews around the world to bear witness to the global boom-and-bust economy and document its complicated consequences.

“BlackKkKlansman”

At the State: From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero.  It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) is the first black detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department.  Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.  The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (played by Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime.  Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS DOWNTOWN

“The Thomas Crown Affair”

SavCo Hospitality Summer Classic Film Series continues this month by celebrating films from the year 1968!  Starting out will be the heist film, which will play Sunday, August 12 at 1:30 PM and Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 PM.  A debonair, adventuresome bank executive believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million-dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man.

“Fight Club”

This Saturday’s Midnight at the State feature will be the 90’s classic,, where an insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soap maker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.  Midnights are also only $8 screenings!

CONTINUING DOWNTOWN

“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”

Ends August 14th at the State: In Gus Van Sant‘s film, John Callahan (played by Joaquin Phoenix) ends in a catastrophic car accident after an all-night drinking bender, but the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking.  However, when he reluctantly enters treatment with encouragement from his girlfriend and a charismatic sponsor (played by Jonah Hill), Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop an international following and grant him a new lease on life.

“Eighth Grade”

This year’s Cinetopia Film Festival opening night film follows thirteen-year-old Kayla who endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school, the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year before she begins high school.

“Blindspotting”

At the State: This film 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.

“Sorry to Bother You”

The film takes place 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.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

At the Michigan: This film 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.

“RBG”

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.

“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.

OPENING AT THE MULTIPLEX

“Dog Days”

This is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals around sunny Los Angeles.  When these human and canines paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.  Stars Finn WolfhardEva LongoriaThomas Lennon, and Vanessa Hudgens and opens in theaters today!

And “BlacKkKlansman” opens nationwide!