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Pride

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

Pride

This film is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. With Bill Nighy, Imelda...

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Dear White People

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

Dear White People

Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety’s annual “10 Directors to Watch.” Dear White People stars rising talents Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris,” Peeples),...

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Men, Women & Children

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Men, Women & Children

Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, and more. Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown...

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Birdman

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

Birdman

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 Watts.  119 minutes. Rated...

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Bjork: Biophilia Live

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Bjork: Biophilia Live

Sunday, November 2 at 7 and 9:30 PM. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com. Biophilia Live is a concert film that captures the human element of Björk’s multi-disciplinary multimedia project: “Biophilia.” Recorded live at Björk’s show at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2013, the film features Björk and her band performing every song on “Biophilia” and more using a broad variety of instruments – some digital, some traditional, and some completely unclassifiable. 97...

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Ashes and Diamonds

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Films, polish | Comments Off

Ashes and Diamonds

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...

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Interstellar

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Interstellar

Opens Tuesday, November 4 at the State. ANN ARBOR 35mm EXCLUSIVE! Christopher Nolan‘s new film stars Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Wes Bentley, Ellen Burstyn, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, David Oyelowo,  and more. Based mainly on the scientific theories and script treatment of renowned theoretical physicist, Kip Thorne, Interstellar is the latest film from Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy). It chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a...

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Grave of the Fireflies

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

Grave of the Fireflies

Wednesday, November 5 at 7 PM. Part of the Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. As the Empire of the Sun crumbles upon itself and a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, the final death march of a nation is echoed in millions of smaller tragedies. This is the story of Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, two children born at the wrong time, in the wrong place, and now cast adrift in a world that lacks not the care to...

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Road’s End

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 PM. Free admission. Presented with support from the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies; the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), and the River Gallery. Swedish filmmaker Maud Nycander collaborated with Inta Ruka on this documentary film that follows the life of Daina, the protagonist in Ruka’s photograph “Edgars, Iveta, Daina Tavari.” Road’s End is a both poetic and existential film about choices we make in life, about obstinacy,...

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Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Friday – Sunday, November 7 – 9. Since its beginning in 1993, the Festival has promoted Polish culture by offering audiences an opportunity to see a broad range of narrative forms and visual styles present in contemporary Polish cinema, including documentaries, animated shorts, and feature films. Tickets $10 adults, $6 students & seniors; admission is free to the documentary and shorts program on Saturday at 11 AM and Sunday at noon. For more information including the full line-up of films, visit...

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Family Friendly Films, Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Saturday, November 8 at 1:30 PM at the State Theatre. FREE for kids 12 & under! Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation. One of the stars of Walt Disney‘s Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke, is re-united with that film’s composer and lyricist, Richard M.Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, in this big budget children’s fantasy musical, based on the children’s book by James Bond author Ian Fleming. Van Dyke plays Caractacus Potts, a failed inventor who lives in a big house with...

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Films, Midnights | Comments Off

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Saturday, November 8 at 11:59 PM at the State Theatre. Midnights are only $7! Written, directed, and starring John Cameron Mitchell. Hedwig was born a boy named Hansel in Communist East Berlin who dreamed of finding his other half and becoming a big American rock star. When a handsome American GI promises love and liberation, it seems like a dream come true. But there’s a catch-in order to marry and emigrate Hansel must “leave a little something behind.” Hedwig survives a botched sex change operation that leaves her with an...

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The Hourglass Sanatorium

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Films, polish | Comments Off

The Hourglass Sanatorium

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...

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The Two Faces of January

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

The Two Faces of January

Playing Monday & Tuesday, November 10 & 11. Screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul, 1962, and adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Kirsten Dunst) meet American expat Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the...

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American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers

Tuesday, November 11 at 7 PM. In this documentary, Sarah and Greg set out to critically explore American culture, compassion, and fear by relying on the kindness of strangers for a home each night. Traveling through 30 states in 60 days, they spend every day in a new town, learning why people may or may not be willing to open their homes. 2013. 93...

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Camp X-Ray

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Camp X-Ray

Playing November 12 & 13. A young woman (Kristen Stewart) joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squad-mates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. A story of two people, on opposite sides of a war, struggling to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. And in the process, they form an unlikely...

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Porco Rosso

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

Porco Rosso

Wednesday, November 12 at 7 PM. Part of the Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. Take flight with Porco Rosso, a valiant World War I flying ace! From tropical Adriatic settings to dazzling aerial maneuvers, this action-adventure from world-renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki is full of humor, courage, and chivalry. When “Porco” — whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell...

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Kano

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Kano

Wednesday, November 12 at 3 PM and 7:15 PM. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com. What began as just a sports club at the Kaginourin (KANO) School for agriculture and forestry in Taiwan under Japanese rule became an epic legend under an unrelenting coach who turned scrappy farm boys into unlikely national baseball heroes. Kano, the movie, pays homage to this true story by chronicling, through stunning cinematography and moving performances, the inspiring tale of how the obscure Taiwanese high school baseball team beat all odds to contend...

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Swearnet

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 PM. Presented by Tugg; reserve tickets at tugg.com. After losing a coveted TV network deal, the actors who play the Trailer Park Boys launch Swearnet, an “all swearing” on line network, But their comeback is complicated by their post-fame lives, at-odds relationships and trademark hilarious hedonism.

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Whiplash

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

Whiplash

Opens Friday, November 14 at the State. 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 drummer into his band,...

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Austeria

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Films, polish | Comments Off

Austeria

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...

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The Zero Theorem

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

The Zero Theorem

One day only! Plays Monday, November 17. Acclaimed director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) returns with the visually stunning sci-fi epic The Zero Theorem, starring Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as Qohen, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius. Living in isolation, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the complete lack of one—once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by visits...

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Citizenfour

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Citizenfour

Plays November 19–20, 22, & 24-27. Citizenfour is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). Poitras had already been working on a film about surveillance for two years when Snowden contacted her, using the name “Citizenfour,” in January...

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Princess Mononoke

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

Princess Mononoke

Wednesday, November 19 at 7 PM. Sponsored by Savco. Part of the Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticktweb.com. Before it ever arrived in the U.S., this epic, animated 1997 fantasy had already made history as the top-grossing domestic feature ever released in Japan, where its combination of mythic themes, mystical forces, and ravishing visuals tapped deeply into cultural identity and contemporary, ecological anxieties. For...

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Dead Poet’s Society

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Dead Poet’s Society

Wednesday, November 19 at 7 PM. Presented by National Network of Depression Centers. Tickets $10 adults, $8 students/seniors. Starring Robin Williams as English teacher John Keating, who inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day. With Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and more. 1989. 128 minutes. Rated PG.  

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Mean Girls

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Films, Midnights, state-theater | Comments Off

Mean Girls

Saturday, November 22 at the State. Midnights are only $7! Stars Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, Amy Poehler, and more. Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George. 96 minutes. Rated PG-13.

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Black Cross

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Films, polish | Comments Off

Black Cross

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...

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Spirited Away

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

Spirited Away

Tuesday, November 25 at 7 PM. Part of the Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  A wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. An unforgettable story brimming with creativity, Spirited Away will take you on...

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Sing-A-Long White Christmas

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Films, Holiday | Comments Off

Sing-A-Long White Christmas

Friday, November 28 at 7:30 PM.  With on-screen lyrics, interactive props, and more! Join us for caroling with the Barton organ from 7:30 – 8 PM. Sponsored by Hylant Group and Old National Bank. Media support from Michigan Radio. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play war buddies turned entertainers who fall for a pair of sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen). The boys follow the girls to a resort, which is owned by their former commanding officer, and he’s in danger of losing the place. What better reason to stage a show than to...

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The Theory of Everything

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

The Theory of Everything

Opens Friday, November 28. Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious...

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Warner Bros. Cartoons

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Films, Holiday | Comments Off

Warner Bros. Cartoons

Friday, November 28 at 11:30 am. Sponsored by Schakolad. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com.  Enjoy a laugh with friends and family as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and all of the Looney Tunes gang take over the silver screen of the historic main theater. The Michigan Theater will show a selection of Warner Bros. cartoons for all ages and offer the perfect pit-stop during the start of the busy holiday shopping season. 76...

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My Neighbor Totoro

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Family Friendly Films, Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

My Neighbor Totoro

Sunday, November 30 at 1:30 PM. Sponsored by Savco. Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series and The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Free for kids 12 & under! Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. This superbly animated children’s tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie...

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Home Alone

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Films, Holiday, Holiday Classics | Comments Off

Home Alone

Sunday, November 30 at 1:30 PM. FREE admission! Part of the State Street Area Association Holiday Classic Film Series presented by Sesi Lincoln and Old National Bank. Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they’ve left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe...

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The Promised Land

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Films, polish | Comments Off

The Promised Land

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...

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From Up On Poppy Hill

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

From Up On Poppy Hill

Wednesday, December 3 at 7 PM. Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  Goro Miyazaki‘s From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-Zaka Kara) was the top-grossing animated film in Japan in 2011 (outdrawing two Pokémon movies), and won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The story unfolds in Yokohama during preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Each morning as she prepares for school, industrious Umi...

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Warren Miller’s No Turning Back

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Films | Comments Off

Warren Miller’s No Turning Back

Friday, December 5 at 7:30 PM. The 64th annual ski & snowboard film, Ticket to Ride, presented by Sun & Snow. Warren Miller’s annual film tradition marks the beginning of colder weather, winter exploration, and premier cinematography. Come experience the stoke as WME revels in winter’s heritage and pushes the boundaries in Niseko, Japan, the Swiss Alps, Montana, France, and more. Tickets $15 adults, $12 children 12 and under. Tickets available online at ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets, at Sun & Snow Sports...

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Three Amigos!

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Films, Midnights, state-theater | Comments Off

Three Amigos!

Saturday, December 6 at 11:59 PM at the State Theatre. Midnights are only $7! Sponsored by Isalita.  In 1916, a young woman from the village of Santa Poco lures three out-of-work silent film stars to Mexico to help take on the ruthless El Guapo and his gang. Seizing the chance to earn much-needed cash, the amigos head south of the border, but soon discover they’ve been mistaken as their on-screen heroic characters. Starring the top comics of our time, the outrageous antics never end with these Three Amigos! Steve Martin is Lucky Day, the...

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Miracle on 34th Street

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Films, Holiday, Holiday Classics, state-theater | Comments Off

Miracle on 34th Street

Sunday, December 7, at 1:30 at the State Theatre. FREE admission! Part of the State Street Area Association Holiday Classic Film Series presented by Sesi Lincoln and Old National Bank. When Santa falls down drunk in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, reluctant Macy’s supervisor Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) offers the job to a bearded Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) purporting to be the real Santa! During the Christmas season, he shares a flat with Doris’s neighbor (John Payne), who has...

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Man of Iron

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Films, polish | Comments Off

Man of Iron

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...

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The Wind Rises

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

The Wind Rises

Wednesday, December 10 at 7 PM. Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Presented by U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane...

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National Theatre Live: Skylight

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

National Theatre Live: Skylight

Thursday, December 11 at 7 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. On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked...

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Elf

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Family Friendly Films, Films, Holiday, Holiday Classics | Comments Off

Elf

Sunday, December 14 at 1:30 pm. FREE admission! Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series, presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation and the State Street Area Association Holiday Classic Film Series presented by Sesi Lincoln and Old National Bank.  For his sophomore stab at directing, actor/writer/director Jon Favreau (Swingers, Made), took on this holiday comedy starring Saturday Night Live-alum Will Ferrell. Ferrell as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf. When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he’s...

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Films, Holiday, Holiday Classics | Comments Off

It’s a Wonderful Life

Sunday, December 21 at 1:30 PM. FREE admission! Part of the State Street Area Association Holiday Classic Film Series presented by Sesi Lincoln and Old National Bank. Director Frank Capra‘s classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it’s Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide....

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National Theatre Live: John

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

National Theatre Live: John

Sunday, January 18 at 7 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. Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre. DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television, which have garnered over 50 national and international awards. The company’s new production, John, authentically depicts real-life...

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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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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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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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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: THEM

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

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: THEM

With his unique vision, writer/director Ned Benson ambitiously captures a complete picture of a relationship in the beautifully relatable portrait of love, empathy, and truth. Once happily married, Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014...

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The Skeleton Twins

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

The Skeleton Twins

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...

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