A pair of 60-something ex-brothers-in-law (Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn, Cinetopia Film Festival 2013’s This Is Martin Bonner) take a road trip through Iceland, hoping to reclaim their youth. Their picturesque adventures, from trendy Reykjavík to the rugged outback, are a throwback to classic bawdy road comedies as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship.
Comedy. 95 minutes. Rated...
The highly anticipated debut feature from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell, The One I Love is an original tale that continues to showcase McDowell’s keen observations of human relationships with a distinct and comedic voice. The One I Love, written by Justin Lader, was produced by Mel Eslyn and executive produced by Mark Duplass who stars opposite Elisabeth Moss. On the brink of separation, Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a...
Calvary’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral – and often comic – problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary. With Chris O’Dowd and M. Emmet Walsh.
Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen‘s Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake.
What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick Magic in the Moonlight plays is the one that fools us all. Also starring Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Hamish Linklater, and more.
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and...
Sunday, August 31 & Tuesday, September 2 at 7 PM. Sponsored by Knight’s Downtown Steakhouse. Part of the Kerrytown Market & Shops Summer Classic Film Series. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com.
On a midnight clear 2,000 years ago, three wise men enter a manger where a babe is wrapped in swaddling clothes. It is an infant called Brian…and the three wise men are in the wrong manger. For the rest of his life, Brian (Graham Chapman) finds himself regarded as something of a messiah — yet he’s always in...
Monday, September 1 at 7 PM. Sponsored by Comerica Bank. Part of the Kerrytown Market & Shops Summer Classic Film Series. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com.
Free for students with valid ID!
One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure...
Thursday, September 4 at 10 PM. Part of the Summer Classics After Dark Series. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.
The Meaning of Life is without a doubt the most tasteless of the Monty Python feature films; it also happens to be one of the funniest. Life’s questions are “answered” in a series of outrageous vignettes, beginning with a pre-credits sequence at a staid London insurance company which transforms before our eyes into a pirate ship. One of our favorite bits involve the National Health doctors who try to claim a...
Opens Friday, September 5.
Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage, and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
95 minutes. Rated...
Saturday, September 6 at 11:59 PM. Midnights are only $7!
The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot, and gallons of White Russians (made with fresh cream, please). In 1991, unemployed ’60s refugee Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) grooves into his laid-back Los Angeles lifestyle. One of the laziest men in LA, he enjoys hanging with his...
Sunday, September 7 at 1:30 PM & Tuesday, September 9 at 7 PM. Sponsored by Mani Osteria & Bar. Part of the Kerrytown Market & Shops Summer Classic Film Series. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com.
Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. Director and co-screenwriter Quentin Tarantino synthesized such seemingly disparate traditions as the syncopated language of David Mamet; the serious violence of American gangster...
Sunday, September 7 at 6 PM. Presented by Blueprint for Aging. All tickets $30; advance tickets available at ticketweb.com.
Created by 10-time Michigan Emmy award-winning producer/director Keith Famie of Visionalist Entertainment Productions, the Ann Arbor premiere of the film Embrace of Aging: the Female Perspective of Growing Old will be an evening to remember. The film prominently features the cutting edge research and stories of several doctors and patients from the University of Michigan Health System.
The evening will begin with...
Monday, September 8 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Presented with support from the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies.
A man and a woman who cannot communicate meet on an empty beach in this subtle tale of a confrontation of two lonely people from which a true closeness cannot result. The film was awarded the Grand Prix in Venice for documentary and short films, as well as the Grand Prix of the EXPO in Brussels and the First Prize of MFF in London. 1958. 62 minutes. Polish with...
Wednesday, September 10 at 7 PM. FREE admission. Part of Electric Shadows: Premiere Contemporary Chinese Film Series presented by the UM Confucius Institute.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations...
Plays Wednesday & Thursday, September 10 & 11.
Self-taught aspiring chef Jacky (Michaël Youn) has the talent, but not the luck. Star chef Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) is in danger of losing his reputation, along with his beloved restaurant. Fate brings the two together and helps them along a journey through the intoxicating world of French haute-cuisine. A legend in his own time, Lagarde is in serious conflict with Sanislas Matter (Julien Boisselier), the new CEO of the group that owns his restaurant. Matter is plotting to destroy...
Thursday, September 11 at 10 PM. Part of the Summer Classics After Dark Series. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.
When her adoptive mother Joan Crawford died in 1977, erstwhile actress/author Christina Crawford and her brother Christopher were left out of Joan Crawford’s will, “for reasons which are well known to them.” Industryites have suggested that it may have been this posthumous act of rejection rather than an alleged lifetime of parental abuse that inspired Christina Crawford to pen her scathing autobiography...
Opens Friday, September 12.
Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in...
Opens Friday, September 12 at the State.
The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry...
Saturday, September 13 at 1 PM.
Projects created during the Michigan Theater’s young filmmakers’ camp will premiere on the big screen! Free and open to the public
Monday, September 15 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Presented with support from the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies.
In Night Train (Pociag), directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, a subtle game of emotions between two travelers—changing from mutual aversion to closeness without hope of a future—plays out amidst the human microcosm of a night train. Jerzy (Leon Niemczyk) and Marta (Lucyna Winnicka), accidentally end up holding tickets for the same sleeping chamber on an overnight train to...
Wednesday, September 17 at 7 PM. FREE admission. Part of Electric Shadows: Premiere Contemporary Chinese Film Series presented by the UM Confucius Institute.
Chang, Wang and Meng are friends with very different personalities that share a common dream. Meng is pedantic, pretentious and boastful of his glorious future, Wang is a bohemian who uses pop culture to seduce women and Cheng is a country bumpkin with thick skin and an unshakeable belief in himself. Meng goes to the US to make his fortune while Wang and Cheng stay in China and...
Plays Wednesday & Thursday, September 17 & 18.
Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. This stirring...
Opens Friday, September 19.
Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he’s shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. His apartment is a viager – an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale – and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott...
Saturday, September 20 at 11:59 PM. Midnights are only $7!
The mythologizing of Michael, the tao of Bugs: Michael Jordan joins forces with the Looney Tunes characters to defeat an alien basketball team. Good fun, if you don’t mind the hard sell. Give Daffy a Best Supporting Duck nomination.
1996. 88 minutes. Rated PG.
Sunday, September 21 at 7 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS.
Valentine and Proteus are best friends, until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke’s daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart, Julia, at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals’ affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused...
Sunday, September 21 at 1:30 pm. Part of the Benard L. Maas Family-Friendly Film Series, presented by Toyota. FREE for kids 12 and under!
Based on William Goldman‘s novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). Falk’s character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates. Indeed, The Princess Bride...
Monday, September 22 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Presented with support from the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies.
A Short Film About Killing (Krótki film o zabijaniu) opens with a scene of a dead rat and a lifeless cat hanging by the neck. As the plot unfolds, Yatzek (Miroslaw Baka) is a 20-year-old drifter who murders a testy taxi driver (Jan Tesarz) in a gut-wrenching scene of excessive violence. Tension continues to build as a newly licensed young attorney (Krzysztof Globisz is...
Wednesday, September 24 at 7 PM. FREE admission. Part of Electric Shadows: Premiere Contemporary Chinese Film Series presented by the UM Confucius Institute.
A pregnant Beijing mistress travels to Seattle to give birth to her child, and learns the meaning of humility when she befriends a humble taxi driver while awaiting the arrival of her negligent sugar daddy. From the moment she arrives in Seattle, Wen Jiajia (Tang Wei) is positively insufferable. Berating everyone at the nursing ward as she casually flaunts her wealth, Wen quickly...
Opens Friday, September 26.
When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they’re at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.
93 minutes. Rated...
Sunday, September 28 at 7 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS.
National Theatre Live screenings are high-definition broadcasts captured live from the National Theatre in London.
Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea...
Friday, September 29 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.
Director: Tadeusz Konwicki.
One of Poland’s most important novelists, Tadeusz Konwicki was also a director (The Last Day of Summer) and screenwriter (Pharoah, Mother Joan of the Angels). Jump (Salto) is a tantalizing existential mystery that hops nimbly between allegory and black comedy. It begins with the hero (Cybulski) jumping off a moving train and making his way to a small town where he lived during the war. Or did he? Riffing on his Ashes...
Wednesday, October 1 at 7 PM. FREE admission. Part of Electric Shadows: Premiere Contemporary Chinese Film Series presented by the UM Confucius Institute.
From legendary action director Tsui Hark and the creators of international smash hit Detective Dee – Mystery Of The Phantom Flame comes the captivating tale of Dee Renjie’s beginnings in the Imperial police force. His very first case, investigating reports of a sea monster terrorizing the town, reveals a sinister conspiracy of treachery and betrayal, leading to the highest...
Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 PM.
An extraordinary global event will take place the week of September 26-October 5, when over 100,000 people in over 300 cities across six continents gather in cinemas, galleries, universities, museums and cafes for one purpose…to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films in the Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.
Manhattan Short Film Festival is not a touring Festival; rather, it is a celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the...
Monday, October 6 at 7:00 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.
The Illumination (Illuminacja) follows the education of a young man from his entry into college to his final achievement of a doctorate. Paralleling his outer education, his inner education about life, family, sexuality and spiritual values is revealed. By the time he achieves his doctorate, he has been told that he has a life-shortening heart disease. However, because of his two-fold education, he is fulfilled in what he has done and is not much...
Wednesday, October 8 at 7 PM. FREE admission. Part of Electric Shadows: Premiere Contemporary Chinese Film Series presented by the UM Confucius Institute
Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow‘s Journey To The West is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of a Buddhist monk who tries to protect a village from three demons, develops feelings for the demon hunter who helps him repeatedly, and his transformative encounter with the Monkey King.
2013. 110 minutes. Rated...
Wednesday, October 11 at 7 PM. Part of the Studio Ghibli Series at the State.
Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell.
This Fall, The State Theatre celebrates some of the greatest...
Monday, October 13 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.
Based on the early 19th century novel by Polish author Jan Potocki, The Saragossa Manuscript (Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie) is a brilliant, sexy and extraordinarily imaginative film. Starring the celebrated Zbigniew Cybulski (Ashes and Diamonds), the film is ostensibly set at the end of the Napoleonic War. During the heat of battle, Belgian officer Alphonse van Worden (Cybulski) stumbles across an ancient manuscript. As he reads, a labyrinth...
Saturday, October 18 at 11:59 PM at the State. Midnights are only $7!
Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When...
Monday, October 20 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema
The historical drama Pharoah (Faraon), tells the story of Pharoah Ramses XIII (George Zelnik, aka Jerzy Zelnik) who defies tradition when his father dies by assuming command of the military, a post usually occupied by priests. His defiance leads to a battle between those loyal to Ramses XIII and the power structure of the priests. The priests try to fool the people by capitalizing on a solar eclipse, but Ramses XIII realizes the event is only a...
Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25 at 11:59 PM. Midnights are only $7! NO exchanges or refunds. Comps and passes not accepted.
Doors open at 11:15 pm each night. Props will be available for purchase. (There will not be a shadow cast this year.)
ALL bags will be searched - forbidden items include: rice, confetti, alcohol, fake blood, outside food and drink.
The State Theater being not handicapped accessible, we apologize for any inconvenience.
This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the...
Monday, October 27 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Presented with support from the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.
A virtuous, young priest is sent to a remote convent to investigate an outbreak of demonic possession — “a devil among the maidens”— that has left his predecessor burnt at the stake. A chamber drama worthy of Dreyer or Bergman, Jerzy Kawalerowicz‘s spellbinding film traces the struggle...
Monday, November 3 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.
Ashes and Diamonds (Popiół i diament) is set on the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, where Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki (Zbigniew Cybulski), who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar. But a mistake stalls his progress and leads him to Krystyna, a...
Monday, November 10 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.
Wojciech Jerzy Has’s surrealist The Hourglass Sanatorium (Sanatorium pod Klepsydrą) is a visionary reflection on the nature of time and the irreversibility of death. A young man embarks on a journey to see his dying father and succumbs to a procession of hallucinatory encounters on the grounds of a mystical, dilapidated hospice. The film’s screenplay draws from more than 20 stories...
Monday, November 17 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.
Austeria is Jerzy Kawalerowicz‘s funny, touching and lightly surreal tribute to Poland’s vanished prewar Jewish past. On the first day of World War I in the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, the country inn of the elderly, distinctly unorthodox Jewish proprietor Tag (Franciszek Pieczka) becomes a nexus for assorted townspeople fleeing from the approaching Russian army. Over the course of a day and night, individual narratives...
Monday, November 24 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.
The first Polish historical blockbuster and the most viewed Polish movie of all times, Black Cross (Krzyżacy) features battles galore, political maneuvering and tragic love set in medieval times. Based on a novel that was written in the thick of the Germanization program, Black Cross depicts the heroic Polish campaign against the invading Order of the Teutonic Knights. Devoid of anachronisms, Aleksander Ford’s creation was masterfully...
Monday, December 1 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.
Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda adapted his 1975 effort The Promised Land (Ziemia Obiecana) from an 1897 novel by Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont. The story concerns three Polish laborers of vastly different social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Unlike many of their recalcitrant contemporaries, the three men are able to overcome their differences and work together. Eventually they create and manage a textile factory, founded upon the edicts of...
Monday, December 8 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.
A masterful story about the limitations of the press, coupled with real footage of the Solidarity movement strikes, Andrzej Wajda’s Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza) won the Palme d’Or and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival and was an Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Film. The film examines the events leading to one of the most crucial historical events of the 20th century. The movie was produced in haste at the...