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The Fly Fishing Film Tour

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Films | Comments Off

The Fly Fishing Film Tour

Friday, February 27 at 7 PM. Presented by Costa. The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, the goal of the Fly Fishing Film Tour is to energize the industry and inspire film makers to create new cutting edge films to both entertain and educate outdoor enthusiasts. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade. Tickets $15; discounted tickets available at Schultz Outfitters in Ypsilanti and ticketriver.com....

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Mr. Turner

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Mr. Turner

Opens Friday, February 27. Director Mike Leigh’s biopic Mr. Turner explores the last 25 years of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), led by a masterful performance from Timothy Spall (Cannes best actor Award). Profoundly affected by the death of his father and loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country...

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The Imitation Game

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

The Imitation Game

Oscar Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay!  Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Allen Leech, Matthew Goode, and more.  During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the...

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Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2015 – ANIMATION

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Films, Oscar Shorts, state-theater | Comments Off

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2015 – ANIMATION

See all the 87th Academy Awards nominees and winners for Best Animated, Live Action, and Documentary Shorts. Total run time: 77 minutes. Rated PG. Animation The Bigger Picture Daisy Jacobs, director National Film and Television School Synopsis: Tensions arise between two brothers as their elderly mother requires more care. The Dam Keeper Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, directors Tonko House Synopsis: A lonely little pig in charge of maintaining the town dam is cruelly bullied by his classmates. *WINNER* Feast Patrick Osborne, director...

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Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2015 – LIVE ACTION

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Films, Oscar Shorts, state-theater | Comments Off

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2015 – LIVE ACTION

See all the 87th Academy Awards nominees and winners for Best Animated, Live Action, and Documentary Shorts. Total run time: 117 minutes. Rated PG-13. Aya  Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezi A young woman waiting at an airport has an unexpected encounter with an arriving passenger. Boogaloo and Graham Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney Jamesy and Malachy are presented with two baby chicks to raise by their soft-hearted father. Butter Lamp Hu Wei and Julien Féret A photographer and his assistant photograph the inhabitants of a remote Tibetan...

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Birdman

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Birdman

Oscar Winner for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Cinematography!  From director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Also starring Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi...

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Still Alice

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Still Alice

2015 Oscar winner Julianne Moore stars as Alice Howland, a happily married renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Also stars Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish. Drama. 101 minutes. Rated...

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Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2015 – DOCUMENTARY

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Films, Oscar Shorts, state-theater | Comments Off

See all the 87th Academy Awards nominees and winners for Best Animated, Live Action, and Documentary Shorts. PROGRAM A –  81 minutes. Rated R. Joanna. 40 minutes. Aneta Kopacz View Trailer & More Information ▶ *WINNER* Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1. 39 minutes. Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry View Trailer  & More Information ▶ PROGRAM B: 79 minutes. Rated R.  Our Curse Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki View Trailer  & More Information ▶ The Reaper (La Parka) Gabriel Serra...

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Lady in the Lake

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Films, noir | Comments Off

Lady in the Lake

Monday, March 2  at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Introduction by special guest EMU Professor Dr. Deron Overpeck. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  Robert Montgomery is the director and star of the film noir mystery Lady in the Lake, adapted for the screen by source novelist Raymond Chandler. Montgomery plays detective Philip Marlowe, a private eye who just wants to publish his own crime stories. Lady in the Lake is known for being filmed with a subjective camera – almost entirely from Marlowe’s point of view. 1947....

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Timbuktu

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Timbuktu

Playing March 5, 7, 11, 17, and 22. 2015 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film! Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their 12-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised...

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Song of the Sea

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Song of the Sea

Playing March 6 & 9-12. From the creators of the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells comes a breathtakingly gorgeous, hand-drawn masterpiece. Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea tells the story of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past. Pursued by the owl witch Macha and a host of ancient and mythical creatures, Saoirse and Ben race against time to awaken Saoirse’s powers and keep the spirit world from...

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Opens March 6. Sponsored by Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai).  Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia...

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What We Do in the Shadows

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

What We Do in the Shadows

Opens Friday, March 6 at the State. The New Zealand mockumentary comedy horror film What We Do in the Shadows chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that’s filming them, the...

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The Lego Movie – in 3D

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Family Friendly Films, Films | Comments Off

The Lego Movie – in 3D

Saturday & Monday, March 7 & 9 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan. FREE for kids 12 & under! Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation. This original 3D computer-animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously...

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Videodrome

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Films, Midnights, state-theater | Comments Off

Videodrome

Saturday, March 7 at 11:59 PM. Midnights are only $8! Hardcore pornography, sadomasochism, mind control, and living televisions all play crucial roles in Videodrome, one of director David Cronenberg‘s explorations of dangerous sexuality and technological obsession. The morally questionable hero of the tale is one Max Renn (James Woods), a television executive searching for an intense new program for his sex-oriented network. He ultimately discovers an underground program called “Videodrome,” which appears to broadcast...

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Stratford Festival HD: King Lear

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Stratford Festival HD: King Lear

Sunday, March 8 at 7 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS. Tickets on sale at ums.org.  High-Definition Broadcasts from the Stratford Festival.  Since its revolutionary first season in 1953, the Stratford Festival has welcomed more than 26 million theatergoers from around the world. Now a select number of these Shakespearean masterpieces will be available as filmed events. A kingdom divided, a family destroyed, the faithful banished and the hateful left to wreak inhuman havoc in the realm. Four hundred years after it was written, King...

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The Lady From Shanghai

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Films, noir | Comments Off

The Lady From Shanghai

Monday, March 9  at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Introduction by special guest UM Screen Arts and Cultures Field Librarian Phil Hallman. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  The Lady From Shanghai stars Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, who were still married at the time, although estranged and drifting apart. Orson Welles served as director, producer, screenplay writer, and actor, basing his screenplay upon Sherwood King‘s 1938 novel If I Die Before I Wake. Shot hot on locations including Acapulco and San Francisco (such as...

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The Last Days of Pompeii with Live Organ Accompaniment

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Tuesday, March 10 at 7 PM. Live Organ Accompaniment by Andrew Rogers. Presented by the UM Department of Classical Studies. Not a Michigan Theater sponsored event – Gold Card members are not admitted free. Set in Pompeii in 79AD and based on the novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei is a spectacular Italian film (directed by Eleuterio Rodolfi) that achieved considerable international success. The young gentleman Glaucus falls in love with beautiful Jone, whose brother is a disciple of the villainous High Priest of...

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Low Down

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Films, Limited Engagements | Comments Off

Low Down

Playing Wednesday, March 11. Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, Low Down is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds, in which Joe and Amy-Jo strive to live the lives they want against seemingly...

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Mad As Hell

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Mad As Hell

Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 PM. Presented by Gathr.com. A quota of reservations must be met in order for this film to be screened; reserve your tickets now at gathr.com. This is not a Michigan Theater sponsored film; Gold Card Members are not admitted free. The Young Turks, one of the most popular online news shows in the world, has amassed a YouTube network consisting of millions of subscribers and billions of views. But that wasn’t always the case. Mad As Hell documents the tumultuous, at times hilarious and altogether astonishing...

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My Brilliant Life

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Films, Korean Cinema Now, NCKS | Comments Off

My Brilliant Life

Saturday, March 14 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. My Brilliant Life (Dugeun Dugeun Nae Insaeng; lit. “My Palpitating Life”) is a 2014 South Korean drama film starring Kang Dong-won, Song Hye-kyo and Jo Sung-mok. It is co-written and directed by E J-yong based on the 2011 novel My Palpitating Life by Kim Aeran. Immature and clumsy Dae-soo and beautiful but foul-mouthed Mi-ra were both 17-year-old teenagers when Mi-ra became pregnant. Their son Ah-reum was...

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RSC in HD: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Films, NT Live, RSC | Comments Off

RSC in HD: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Sunday, March 15 at 7 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS. Tickets on sale at ums.org. RSC Live is a program of high-definition broadcasts captured live and screened at cinemas around the world from Shakespeare’s home town. Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded...

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Born to Kill

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Films, noir | Comments Off

Born to Kill

Monday, March 16  at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Introduction by special guest EMU Professor Dr. Henry Aldridge Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  Based on James Gunn‘s novel Deadlier Than the Male, Born to Kill stars Claire Trevor as a calculating divorcée who risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn’t love (Philip Terry) by getting involved with the hotheaded murderer (Lawrence Tierney) who is romancing her foster sister (Audrey Long). 1947. 92 minutes. Not...

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Science on Screen: Space Jam

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Films, Science on Screen | Comments Off

Science on Screen: Space Jam

Monday, March 16 at 7 PM. Part of the Science on Screen Series.  Special post-screening presentation by Timothy Chupp, Ph.D., UM professor of physics, on the physics of basketball.  Basketball superstar Michael Jordan and cartoon favorite Bugs Bunny team up with other basketball greats and Looney Tunes characters in this combination animated/live-action feature. Jordan must help the Looney Tunes gang with a basketball game against a group of outer space creatures whose plan, if they win, is to kidnap the Looney Tunes and take them to a...

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24 Days

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

24 Days

Playing March 17-19 at the State. In January of 2006 a beautiful young woman walks into a Parisian cellphone shop, looks around, and asks for the sales attendant’s number. Later, she calls asking to meet. Who could have known Ilan, the 23 year old man, was flirting with death? The next time his family hears from him is through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding ransom. French director Alexandre Arcady delivers one of the most “wrenching and politically astute” films to come out of France (Screen Daily). Based on a...

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Ann Arbor Palestine Film Festival Opening Night

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Ann Arbor Palestine Film Festival Opening Night

Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 PM. Not a Michigan Theater sponsored event – Gold Card members are not admitted free. The Ann Arbor Palestine Film Festival was founded in 2008 by a group of UM students eager to bring Palestinian film to their campus and community. Since its first debut in spring 2009, two more successful festivals were held in 2010 and 2011, respectively. After a brief haitus and a new batch of organizers, the Ann Arbor Palestine Film Festival is back and ready for its fourth annual festival season: March 19-22, 2015. By...

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The Road to Fame

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

The Road to Fame

Friday, March 20 at 2 PM. Presented by UM Confucius Institute. Free admission. Post-screening discussion with director Hao Wu.  The Road to Fame tells a unique story of coming-of-age with Chinese characteristics. The film chronicles the staging of the American musical Fame–China’s first official collaboration with Broadway–by the senior class at China’s top drama academy as their graduation showcase. During the 8-month process, 5 students compete for roles, struggle with pressure from family and authority, and...

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It Follows

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

It Follows

Opens Friday, March 20 at the State. Nineteen-year-old Jay, Autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake in this stylish Michigan shot film. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind. Horror. 100 minutes. Not...

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The Admiral: Roaring Currents

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Films, Korean Cinema Now, NCKS | Comments Off

The Admiral: Roaring Currents

Saturday, March 21 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. The film revolves around the titular Battle of Myeongnyang circa 1597, regarded as one of legendary Joseon admiral Yi Sun-sin’s most remarkable naval victories, in which he led the only 12 ships remaining in his command to a heroic victory against an invading Japanese fleet numbering 330 vessels.   Directed by Kim Han-min. 2014. 127...

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Films, Midnights, state-theater | Comments Off

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Saturday, March 21 at 11:59 PM. Midnights are only $8! Based on Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s Oni Press comic book of the same name, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World follows the eponymous slacker rocker on his colorful quest to defeat his dream girl’s seven evil ex-boyfriends. Twenty-two-year-old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) may not have a job, but rocking the bass for his band, Sex Bob-omb, is a tough job unto itself. When Scott locks eyes with Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he knows she’s the girl he wants to grow old...

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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Films, Limited Engagements | Comments Off

Playing March 22 & 23. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. The film takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!).  Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the...

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They Live by Night

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Films, noir | Comments Off

They Live by Night

Monday, March 23 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Introduction by the Michigan Theater’s Drew Waller. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  Director Nicholas Ray’s first feature stars Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell as a “Bonnie and Clyde”-type fugitive couple, who in trying to escape their past are hell-bent down the road to Doom. Despite their criminal activities, Bowie (Granger) and Keechie (O’Donnell) are hopelessly naïve, fabricating their own idyllic dream world as the authorities close in. A...

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Ann Arbor Film Festival

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Ann Arbor Film Festival

Tuesday, March 24 – Sunday, March 29. The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year’s festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. For more information, please call (734) 995-5356 or visit aafilmfest.org.  

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The Asphalt Jungle

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Films, noir | Comments Off

The Asphalt Jungle

Monday, March 30 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Introduction by special guest EMU Professor Dr. Deron Overpeck. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  The Asphalt Jungle is a naturalistic film noir crime film classic (resembling numerous B-films) of the early 1950s from A-list director John Huston. The realistic, documentary-like, urban crime/heist film was one of the first films that completely and specifically detailed how to pull off an authentic-looking heist – something usually considered morally improper under the...

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Human Capital

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Human Capital

Playing March 30 & 31.  Human Capital begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Ossolas, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Ossola (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino). Meanwhile,...

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Divine Selfie: A Snapshot of Our True Selves

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Divine Selfie: A Snapshot of Our True Selves

Tuesday, March 31 at 6 PM. Presented by Saint Mary Student Parish. The 2014-2015 student interns at St. Mary Student Parish are proud to present an original short documentary exploring how their true selves grow, manifest, and evolve throughout their lives. All are welcome to attend the screening as well as participate in a short dialogue to follow. For more information visit stmarystudentparish.org.

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Touch the Wall

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Touch the Wall

Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 PM. Presented by Tugg; a quota of seats must be met in order for this film to screen, reserve your tickets at tugg.com. Not a Michigan Theater sponsored event – Gold Card Members not admitted free.  Swimming phenom and Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin was destined for greatness at an early age, but it wasn’t until the arrival of Veteran Kara Lynn Joyce that those sky-high expectations began to take shape. As training partners, competitors, and friends, Missy and Kara redefine what it means to win.  101...

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The Big Heat

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Films, noir | Comments Off

The Big Heat

Monday, April 6 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Introduction by special guest EMU Professor Dr. Deron Overpeck.  Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  Starring Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford! This unrelentingly brutal crime drama centers on a street-toughened detective’s quest for vengeance after his wife is accidentally killed by the gangsters who have been assigned to murder him. Working outside the law’s confines, the detective’s obsessive search for the culprits leads him into the labyrinthine bowels of...

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Whistle Blower

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Films, Korean Cinema Now, NCKS | Comments Off

Whistle Blower

Saturday, April 11 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. A journalist gets an anonymous call which denounces that Dr. LEE, the world’s first stem-cell founder is involved in an illegal ovum purchase, and soon gets to know the tremendous truth hidden in his lab. Directed by Yim Soon-rye. 2014. 14...

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The Secret of NIMH

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Family Friendly Films, Films | Comments Off

The Secret of NIMH

Sunday, April 12 at 1:30 PM. FREE for kids 12 & under! Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation. Get ready to meet some runaway rodents with an earth-shattering secret! Suspenseful and heartwarming, this beautifully animated odyssey stars Mrs. Brisby, a mild-mannered mother mouse with a plan to move Heaven and Earth (or at least her house and home) to save her family from Farmer Fitzgibbon’s plow! Along the way she gets some help from a lovelorn Crow, a busybody neighbor mouse and a...

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Kiss Me Deadly

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Films, noir | Comments Off

Kiss Me Deadly

Monday, April 13 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Introduction by special guest UM Professor Dr. Larry Goldstein. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. Regarded by many critics as the ultimate film noir , and by many more as the finest movie adaptation of a book by Mickey Spillane, Kiss Me Deadly stars Ralph Meeker as Spillane’s anti-social private eye Mike Hammer. While driving down a lonely road late one evening, Hammer picks up a beautiful blonde hitchhiker (Cloris Leachman), dressed in nothing but a raincoat. At first, Hammer...

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Blood Simple

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Films, noir | Comments Off

Blood Simple

Monday, April 20 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Introduction by the Michigan Theater’s Drew Waller.  Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  In the first film of brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to murder Marty’s faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her paramour, Ray (John Getz), one of Marty’s employees. But Visser is no more up-front with Marty than with anyone else; he makes some slight modifications of the...

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RSC in HD: Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing)

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Films, NT Live, RSC | Comments Off

RSC in HD: Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing)

Wednesday, April 22 at 7 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS. Tickets on sale at ums.org.  RSC Live is a program of high-definition broadcasts captured live and screened at cinemas around the world from Shakespeare’s home town. Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite...

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Salad Days: The Birth of Hardcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Salad Days: The Birth of Hardcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital

Saturday, April 25 at 9:30 PM at the State Theatre. Post-screening Q&A with special guests. Salad Days: The Birth of Hardcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital is a documentary-in-progress that examines the fertile Washington, DC punk scene of the 1980s. This was a particularly important time in the evolution of punk and independent music, with DC based bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Market Baby, the Faith, the Slickee Boys, Void, Government Issue, Marginal Man, Dag Nasty, 9353, Gray Matter, Beefeater, Scream, Rites of Spring,...

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Posted by on Dec 27, 2014 in Films, noir | Comments Off

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Wednesday, April 27 at 7 PM at the State. Part of the Noir Film Series. Introduction by UM Professor Sheila Murphy and EMU Professor Dr. Henry Aldridge. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  Starring Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, with the voices of Kathleen Turner and Charles Fleischer, and more. In this film, Hollywood’s animated cartoon stars of the 1940s are a subjugated minority, living in the ghettolike “Toontown.” One of Toontown’s leading citizens, whacked-out Roger Rabbit, is framed for the murder of human...

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Mommy

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Mommy

Winner of the Cannes Jury Prize, a single mom finds herself burdened with custody of her explosive 15-year-old ADHD son. As they try to make ends meet and struggle with their impetuous and unpredictable situation, the new girl across the street, Kyla, benevolently offers needed support. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope is regained. Drama. 139 minutes. Rated R. French with subtitles.

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New York Film Critics Series: Bluebird

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

New York Film Critics Series: Bluebird

Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 PM. Presented by the New York Film Critics Series. Not a Michigan Theater sponsored film – Gold Card members are not admitted free. Featuring a special post-screening video chat between Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, John Slattery and Amy Morton. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com. In his striking and moving debut feature Bluebird, writer/director Lance Edmands explores the interconnectedness of a small town in the northern reaches of Maine. When Lesley, the local school bus driver, (Tony nominee...

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Two Days, One Night

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Two Days, One Night

For the first time, Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne team up with a major international star, Oscar Nominee Marion Cotillard, to create a universal story about working-class people living on the edges of society. Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from a serious bout with depression. Realizing that the company can operate with one fewer employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go. After learning that her co-workers will vote to decide her fate on Monday morning, Sandra races against time over...

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