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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. Sponsored by Domino’s Farms.  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...

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Wild

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

Wild

In Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the...

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The Homesman

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

The Homesman

When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the...

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Interstellar

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

Interstellar

ANN ARBOR 35mm EXCLUSIVE! Golden Globe Nominee! 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 newly discovered...

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Birdman

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

Birdman

7 Golden Globe Nominations – including Best Picture, Director, Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), and more!  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...

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The Theory of Everything

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

The Theory of Everything

4 Golden Globe Nominations – including Best Picture, Actress (Felicity Jones), and Actor (Eddie Redmayne)! 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...

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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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Mary Poppins

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Mary Poppins

Thursday, December 25 at 10:30 AM. Presented by Temple Beth Emeth. Come spend the morning with family and community!  Doors open at 10 AM. Tickets $7 in advance, $10 adults/$7 children 2-12 and under at the door (children 2 and under are free and do not need a ticket).  Regular Michigan Theater concessions as well as special concession items available. For more information contact Temple Beth Emeth at (734) 665-4744; visit templebethemeth.org to purchase tickets. This 1964 American musical fantasy film was directed by Robert Stevenson and...

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The Imitation Game

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

The Imitation Game

Opens Thursday, December 25. 5 Golden Globe Nominations – including Best Picture, Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley), 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...

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Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Plays January 2–8 at the the State. Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth....

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Science on Screen: The Imitation Game

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

Science on Screen: The Imitation Game

Thursday, January 8 at 7 PM. Part of the Science on Screen Series. Special post-screening discussion with Kevin Compton, PhD., professor at UM Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Alan Turing was remarkably talented. He was a mathematician, philosopher, logician, mathematical biologist, a founder of computer science, world class distance runner, and cryptographer.  Turing famously helped break the German Enigma cipher in World War II.  But less well known are the developments leading up to the work by...

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Foxcatcher

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Foxcatcher

Opens Friday, January 9. 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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Selma

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

Selma

Opens Friday, January 9 at the State. Nominated for 4 Golden Globes!  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...

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Miss Granny

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

Miss Granny

Saturday, January 10 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Miss Granny (Susanghan Geunyeo; lit. “Suspicious Girl”) is a 2014 South Korean comedy-drama film directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. Na Moon-hee stars as a woman in her 70s who magically finds herself in the body of her 20-year-old self (Shim Eun-kyung) after having her picture taken at a mysterious photo studio. After opening in theaters on January 22, 2014, it became a huge box office hit, with 8.65 million tickets...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Family Friendly Films, Films | Comments Off

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Sunday, January 11 at 1:30 PM. FREE for kids 12 & under! Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie is the live-action, feature film adaptation of the cult comic book and the popular animated television show. After prolonged exposure to radiation, four teenage turtles–Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello–have mutated into ninjas and have begun living in the sewers of a large city. Under the guidance of a ninja master Splinter...

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Pokémon: The First Movie

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Films, Midnights, state-theater | Comments Off

Pokémon: The First Movie

Saturday, January 10 at 11:59 PM. Midnights are only $7! Pokémon, the lovable little characters who have become favorites in video games, TV cartoons, comic books, and toys, comes to the big screen with this animated feature film. In a fantastic alternate universe, there are 151 different varieties of the creatures called Pokemon, each with its own unique talents. Many humans attempt to capture the Pokemon and train them; the top trainers can teach the critters how to capture and train other Pokemon, making them Pokemon Masters. Ash Ketchum...

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The Maltese Falcon

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

The Maltese Falcon

Monday, January 12 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. After two previous film versions of Dashiell Hammett‘s detective classic The Maltese Falcon, Warner Bros. finally got it right in 1941–or, rather, John Huston, a long-established screenwriter making his directorial debut, got it right, simply by adhering as closely as possible to the original. Humphrey Bogart achieved true stardom as Sam Spade, a hard-boiled San Francisco private eye who can be as unscrupulous as the next guy but also adheres to his own personal code of...

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The Entertainers

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

The Entertainers

Thursday, January 15 at 7:30 PM. Presented by Tugg. This screening will only happen if a quota of ticket reservations is met; reserve your tickets now at tugg.com.  (This is not a Michigan Theater sponsored film, Gold Card Members are not admitted free.) A heartwarming feature documentary about six piano players striving to win the World Championship of Old-Time Piano (mostly ragtime). With brilliant showmanship and skill these competitors vie for the glow of victory, for escape from the trials of their everyday lives, and for the revival of...

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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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Laura

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

Laura

Monday, January 19 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. This adaptation of Vera Caspary‘s suspense novel was begun by director Rouben Mamoulien and cinematographer Lucien Ballard, but thanks to a complex series of backstage intrigues and hostilities, the film was ultimately credited to director Otto Preminger and cameraman Joseph LaShelle (who won an Oscar for his efforts). At the outset of the film, it is established that the title character, Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), has been murdered. Tough New York detective Mark McPherson (Dana...

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Playing Monday – Wednesday, January 19 – 21. With support from UM Center for Japanese Studies. Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her...

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Diplomacy

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

Diplomacy

Playing Wednesday & Thursday, January 21 & 22. As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then ‘only as a field of rubble’. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is General Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup), who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General...

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The Babadook

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

The Babadook

Playing January 22 & 23. Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called The Babadook turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable...

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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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Hope

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

Hope

Saturday, January 24 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. The film is based on a true story, the infamous Nayoung Case in 2008, in which an 8-year-old girl called “Na-young” in the Korean press, was raped and beaten by a drunk 57-year-old man in a public toilet. The court sentenced the man to only 12 years in prison, which caused outrage in the country due to the terrible brutality of the crime and the man’s history of physical and sexual violence. 2013. 122...

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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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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. 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 his accident policy. The murder...

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Heart of Lightness

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

Heart of Lightness

Wednesday, January 28 at 7:30 PM. This screening will only happen if a quota of ticket reservations is met; reserve your tickets at tugg.com. (This is not a Michigan Theater sponsored film, Gold Card Members are not admitted free.) Seven British actors and a narcoleptic director travel to the Norwegian Arctic Circle to film Henrik Ibsen‘s play ‘The Lady From The Sea’. Thinking it will be an easy task, they are soon overwhelmed by the surreal surroundings and the never ending daylight. All tickets $11.  For more information,...

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The Room

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

The Room

Friday & Saturday, January 30 & 31 at the State. Midnights are only $7! 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 masks the fact that she’s...

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A Most Violent Year

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

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 | Comments Off

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. Fueled by artistic expression and limited only by their runtime, short films transcend traditional storytelling. They are a significant and popular way artists can connect with audiences. From documentary to...

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2014 Sundance Shorts: LIVE ACTION

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Films | 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. Fueled by artistic expression and limited only by their runtime, short films transcend traditional storytelling. They are a significant and popular way artists can...

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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. 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 the undoing of both them and...

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Blade Runner

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

Wednesday, February 4 at 7 PM at the State. Part of the Noir Film Series. 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 film – a dark, decaying Los Angeles circa...

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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 go on sale Friday, December 12 at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at...

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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, February 8 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...

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The Postman Always Rings Twice

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

Monday, February 9 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. 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 Busch) was based on the...

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The Big Sleep

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

Monday, February 16 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. 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 successful in sheer star power. 1946. 114...

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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

Monday, February 16 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. 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 and kill an aging boxer (Lancaster),...

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Lady in the Lake

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

Monday, March 2  at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. 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

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

The Lego Movie

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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The Lady From Shanghai

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

Monday, March 9  at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. 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 Aquarium in Golden Gate Park, and...

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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

Monday, March 16  at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. 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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They Live by Night

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

Monday, March 23 at 7 PM. Part of the Noir Film Series. 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 Live by Night has since gained...

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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. 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 “Doc” Riedenschneider (Sam Jaffe),...

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Jason and the Argonauts

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

Jason and the Argonauts

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. The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. Jason has been prophesied to take the throne of Thessaly. When he saves Pelias from drowning, but does not recognize him as the man who had earlier killed his father, Pelias tells Jason to travel to Colchis to find the Golden Fleece. Jason follows his advice and assembles a...

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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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