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Double Indemnity

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Films, noir | Comments Off

Double Indemnity

Monday, January 26 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. Directed by Billy Wilder and adapted from a James M. Cain novel by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, Double Indemnity represents the high-water mark of 1940s film noir urban crime dramas in which a greedy, weak man is seduced and trapped by a cold, evil woman amidst the dark shadows and Expressionist lighting of modern cities. Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) seduces insurance agent Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) into murdering her husband to collect...

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The Imitation Game

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

The Imitation Game

8 Oscar Nominations – including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, and more! 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...

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Force Majeure

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Force Majeure

Playing January 23, 25 & 27–29. A critical favorite at this year’s Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular, but during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all...

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Selma

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Selma

Golden Globe Winner!  Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther...

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Foxcatcher

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

Foxcatcher

Nominated for 3 Golden Globes!  Based on true events, this psychological drama tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire (Golden Globe Nominee Steve Carell) and two champion wrestlers (Channing Tatum and Golden Globe Nominee Mark Ruffalo). 134 minutes. Rated...

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Whiplash

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Whiplash

Golden Globe Nominee – Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons)! Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring...

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National Gallery

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

National Gallery

Playing January 25 & 27. Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. National Gallery is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. 180 minutes. Not...

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The Room

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Films, Midnights, state-theater | Comments Off

The Room

Friday & Saturday, January 30 & 31 at the State. Midnights are only $8! Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. A benevolent, friendly, selfless man who greets everyone with a disarming “Hi” discovers that you can’t trust anyone after getting engaged to a manipulative, self-serving siren who seduces his best friend and destroys his life. Johnny (writer/director Tommy Wiseau) has everything a man could ever want: great friends, a good job, and a gorgeous fiancée named Lisa (Juliette Danielle). But Lisa’s innocent act...

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A Most Violent Year

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

A Most Violent Year

Opens Friday, January 30 at the State. A Most Violent Year is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. From acclaimed writer/director J.C. Chandor, and starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), this gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay. J.C. Chandor’s third feature examines one immigrant’s determined climb up a morally...

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Boomerang Family

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Films, NCKS | Comments Off

Boomerang Family

Saturday, January 31 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Film director In-mo (Park Hae-il) is a 40-year-old movie director who’s been jobless for the past decade after his debut film was a commercial and artistic flop. Mired in poverty and depressed at his wife’s affair, he decides to hang himself. But a well-timed call from his mother (Yoon Yeo-jeong) inviting him to dinner results in a change of plans. Instead of killing himself, he decides to move in to his...

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2014 Sundance Shorts: ANIMATION

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Films, Sundance Shorts, sundanceshorts | Comments Off

2014 Sundance Shorts: ANIMATION

Sunday, February 1 at 4:30 PM &  Tuesday, February 3 at 7 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 12 at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 The Animated Shorts program (95 minutes) consists of 8 animated films, ranging in vivid style from handmade drawing and painting to puppetry.   Belly Written and directed by Julia Pott. United Kingdom, 7 minutes. Oscar is coming of age, against his better judgment. In doing so he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but can...

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2014 Sundance Shorts: LIVE ACTION

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Films, Sundance Shorts, sundanceshorts | Comments Off

Sunday & Wednesday, February 1 & 4 at 7 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 12 at at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The Live Action program (94 minutes), featuring both fiction and documentary films, ranges from beautiful insight and the struggle to understand life to a hilarious, all-too-familiar government deposition.   2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour TRAILER from Sundance Shorts on Vimeo. Fueled by artistic expression and limited only by their runtime, short films...

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Playing February 1 – 4. The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Horror/Romance/Thriller. 99 minutes. Unrated....

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Leave Her to Heaven

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

Leave Her to Heaven

Monday, February 2 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. Filmed in lush Technicolor, Leave Her to Heaven is based on the best-selling novel by Ben Ames Williams. Gene Tierney portrays a beautiful but unstable socialite, Ellen, who marries successful novelist Cornel Wilde (Richard Harland). Ellen wants to spend all her time with her new husband, but finds it impossible to do so thanks to his work and the frequent visits of family and friends. Her love for Wilde becomes so obsessive, it threatens to be...

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Blade Runner

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

Blade Runner

Wednesday, February 4 at 7 PM at the State. Part of the Noir Film Series. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  Final Cut. Directed by Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, and more. A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. A haunting, eerily prophetic mixture of Science Fiction and Film Noir, Blade Runner boasts one of the most astonishingly designed futures ever put on...

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Direct from Sundance

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

We are honored to continue our relationship with the Sundance Film Festival with a special screening of a 2015 Sundance Film Festival film with guest appearances! Check back soon for the announcement of the title and special guest details.  Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. With support from Prime...

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Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2015 – ANIMATION

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

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2015 – ANIMATION

Opens Friday, February 6 at the State. See all the nominees for Best Animated, Live Action, and Documentary Shorts before the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on February 22. 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. Feast Patrick Osborne,...

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Two Days, One Night

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

Two Days, One Night

Opens Friday, February 6. 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,...

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Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2015 – LIVE ACTION

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

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2015 – LIVE ACTION

Opens Friday, February 6 at the State. See all the nominees for Best Animated, Live Action, and Documentary Shorts before the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on February 22. 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...

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Purple Rain

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Films, Midnights, state-theater | Comments Off

Purple Rain

Saturday, February 7 at 11:59 PM at the State. Midnights are only $8! The Oscar- and Grammy-winning Purple Rain, stars Prince as a young black singer, born and raised in Minneapolis, who reaches the pinnacle of stardom while having miserable relationship with his father (Clarence Williams III). Gorgeously photographed by Donald Thorin, the film is a virtual catalogue of Prince’s hits, including “I Would Die 4 U”, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”. 1984. 111 minutes. Rated...

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Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

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

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Sunday, February 8 at 7 PM. Free admission, but tickets are required via registration at eventbrite.com. Presented by Glacier Hills, Evangelical Homes of Michigan, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, United Methodist Retirement Communities, Gilbert Residence, Alzheimer’s Association. In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. He thought it would last 5 weeks, instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had...

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Charlie Chaplin Short Films with live organ accompaniment by Andrew Rogers!

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Family Friendly Films, Films | Comments Off

Charlie Chaplin Short Films with live organ accompaniment by Andrew Rogers!

Sunday, Feb 8 at 1:30 PM. With live organ accompaniment by Andrew Rogers!   FREE for kids 12 & under! Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation. The Immigrant is a 1917 American silent comedy written, directed and starring Chaplin as his famous Tramp character. On a ship full of immigrants voyaging across the Atlantic Ocean to the U.S., the Tramp is accused of theft and befriends a young woman along the way. It also stars Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell. In The...

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The Postman Always Rings Twice

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

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Monday, February 9 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Tickets at ticketweb.com.  Director Tay Garnett‘s fatalistic film is best known for one of the hottest portrayals of a sultry and seductive femme fatale- it is one of Lana Turner’s finest performances. The film was advertised with posters that described the illicit passion between a drifter (John Garfield) and a married-unsatisfied waitress (Lana Turner) in a roadside cafe: “Their Love was a Flame that Destroyed!” The screenplay (by Harry Ruskin and Niven...

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Still Alice

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

Still Alice

Opens Friday, February 13. Oscar nominee 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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The Divine Move

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Films, Korean Cinema Now, NCKS | Comments Off

The Divine Move

Saturday, February 14 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Professional baduk player Tae-seok loses a high-stakes game to infamous underground gambler Sal-soo, and ends up framed for the murder of his own brother and locked up in prison. He vows revenge and trains ferociously. After serving his seven-year sentence, he gets in touch with his brother’s former associate “Tricks,” hermit and blind master player “The Lord,” and skillful junkyard owner...

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Blue Hawaii

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Blue Hawaii

Saturday, February 14 at 7 PM. Members admitted free to this screening of Blue Hawaii. We will serve chocolates from Schakolad Chocolate Factory and sparkling wine at the member reception from 6:15-7 PM. The event is FREE to all members. One of Elvis Presley‘s most successful post-Army vehicles, Blue Hawaii casts Elvis as scion to a Hawaiian pineapple fortune. His snooty mother (Angela Lansbury) wants Presley to take over the management of the family business, but he’d rather make his own way in the world. He lands a job at a...

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The Big Sleep

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

The Big Sleep

Monday, February 16 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle, The Big Sleep casts Bogart as Raymond Chandler‘s cynical private eye Philip Marlowe. With an extremely complex storyline, screenwriters William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthmann were forced to consult Raymond Chandler for advice (he was as confused by the plot as the screenwriters). The end result was one of the most famously baffling film noirs, but also one of the most...

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Mommy

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

Mommy

Opens Friday, February 20 at the State. 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 ménage, 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...

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Kundo: Age of the Rampant

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

Kundo: Age of the Rampant

Saturday, February 21 at 2 PM.  Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Directed by Jong-bin Yun, this Korean period action film was a box office hit. In the last days of the Joseon Dynasty (1859), the wages of greed bring poverty and death. A pack of bandits – calling themselves KUNDO – rise against the tyrants, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. In an era where status is decided by birth, this band of thieves risks their lives for honor, in the name of the...

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Freaks

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

Freaks

Saturday, February 21 at 11:59 PM at the State.  Midnights are only $8! German “little person” Harry Earles plays Hans, who falls in love with long-legged trapeze artist Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova). Discovering that Hans is heir to a fortune, Cleopatra inveigles him into a marriage, all the while planning to bump off her new husband and run away with brutish strongman Hercules (Henry Victor). What she doesn’t reckon with is the code of honor among circus freaks: “offend one, offend them all.” What set this film...

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National Theatre Live: Treasure Island

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

National Theatre Live: Treasure Island

Sunday, February 22 at 3 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS. Tickets on sale at ums.org. National Theatre Live screenings are high-definition broadcasts captured live from theaters in London. Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in –...

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The Killers

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

The Killers

Monday, February 23 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  Ernest Hemingway’s gripping short story “The Killers” has fascinated readers and filmmakers for generations. Its first screen incarnation came in 1946, when director Robert Siodmak unleashed 4-time Oscar Nominee The Killers, helping to define the film noir style and launching the careers of Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner in this archetypal masterpiece. Two mysterious men (William Conrad and Charles McGraw) muscle their way into a small town...

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Internet Cat Video Festival

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

Internet Cat Video Festival

Tuesday, February 24 at 7 PM at the State Theatre. Produced and curated by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Internet Cat Video Festival is the first offline celebration of online cat videos. The festival gathers fellow feline fanatics to watch a curated collection of cat clips—from six second Vine videos to short films and everything in between. Regular admission rates apply.

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Bridging the Gap: The Joe Dulin Story

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Bridging the Gap: The Joe Dulin Story

Tuesday, February 24 at 7 PM. Gold cards are not admitted free - this is not a Michigan Theater sponsored event. Throughout his remarkable 52-year career, Ann Arbor education legend Joe Dulin established revolutionary practices that will leave a legacy long beyond his passing in October of 2014. The screening is being held to memorialize a very important man that dedicated his life to one dream, and one purpose: to help kids. Proceeds benefit the Joseph & Yvonne Dulin Scholarship Fund. All tickets $10; advance tickets available at...

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Science on Screen: Contagion

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Films, Science on Screen | Comments Off

Science on Screen: Contagion

Wednesday, February 25 at 7 PM. Part of the Science on Screen Series. Presented with support from the UM Center for the History of Medicine.  Special post-screening presentation by Capt. Martin Cetron, MD, director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com.  Directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bryan Cranston, and more. Healthcare professionals,...

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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. 3 Oscar nominations! 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...

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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. 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. 105 min. Not...

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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. 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 the Sausalito waterfront and the Valhalla Bar and Cafe, Chinatown, the Steinhart...

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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. 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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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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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. 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 box-office disappointment upon its first release, They...

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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. 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 Production Code.   Recently paroled master criminal Erwin...

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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. 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 mob-corrupted city politics Adapted from the serial-novel by William P....

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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. 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 assumes that the incoherent girl is an escaped lunatic; his mind is...

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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. 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 original plan so that it better serves his own best...

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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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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. 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 nightclub owner Marvin Acme. Private detective Eddie Valiant reluctantly agrees to...

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