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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

Opens Friday, October 17. 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...

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DamNation

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

DamNation

Tuesday, October 21 at 7 PM at the State Theatre. Presented by Bivouac and the Conservation Resource Alliance. All tickets $6; proceeds benefit the Conservation Resource Alliance. This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Documentary. 85...

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1,000 Times Good Night

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

1,000 Times Good Night

Tuesday, October 21 at 7 PM. Presented by the New York Film Critics Series. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com; prices are $22 adults, $20 students, $18 Michigan Theater members (including Gold Card members). Featuring post-screening interview via Skype with Juliette Binoche. Rebecca (Juliette Binoche) is one of world’s top war photojournalists, capturing dangerous and chilling images in the most dire landscapes, all in an effort to shed light on the real cost of modern war. But she’s also a wife and mother, leaving behind a...

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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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Love Is Strange

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

Love Is Strange

After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and...

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The Skeleton Twins

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Films, state-theater | 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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Castle in the Sky

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

Castle in the Sky

Wednesday, October 22 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. Inspired by “Gulliver’s Travels,” the fantasy-adventure Castle in the Sky (1986) was Hayao Miyazaki‘s third feature, and helped to establish his reputation as a visionary in both Japan and America. The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the legendary sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of...

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Equal Means Equal

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

Wednesday, October 22 at 6 PM. Admission is free but registration is required at eventebrite. Presented by SafeHouse Center. Featuring a post-screening panel discussion and director and women’s rights activist Kamala Lopez. Kamala will share behind-the-scenes narratives about her experiences in making the film. This screening will include clips from the film, Equal Means Equal, the documentary that Bust Magazine called “The Best Women’s Rights Documentary… Ever.”  This moving documentary has perspectives from national...

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A2KIFF: One for All, All for One

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Films, NCKS | Comments Off

October 23 at 7:30 PM. Part of the Ann Arbor Korean Independent Film Festival presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. As a result of certain policies in Japan that are of a discriminatory nature, Korean schools in Japan have difficulty receiving any support from the Japanese government. Nevertheless, 18 years after it was first formed, the rugby team of the Osaka Korean High School heads into their games with the motto ‘One, Trust, Victory’ while embracing the hopes of the 600,000 Korean people who reside in Japan. All eyes are...

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25 at 11:59 PM. Midnights are only $7!  No refunds or exchanges. Comp passes will not be accepted. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com and at the State box office. Doors open at 11:15 PM each night. Prop bags will be for sale at the door for $5. ALL bags will be searched for forbidden objects. Possession of forbidden objects will be grounds for removal from theater without refund. Forbidden objects include but are not limited to: rice, confetti, alcohol, fake blood, toilet paper, outside food and...

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Pride

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

Pride

Opens Friday, October 24. 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....

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Dear White People

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

Dear White People

Opening Friday, October 24 at the State. 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...

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Ponyo

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

Ponyo

Saturday, October 25 at 1:30 PM. 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 at the State Theatre. Free for kids 12 & under! Special support from Gretchen’s House. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  Welcome to a world where anything is possible! Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki and legendary filmmaker John Lasseter together with Disney bring to life a heartwarming and imaginative telling of Hans Christian...

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A2KIFF: Non-Fiction Diary

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Films, NCKS | Comments Off

Saturday, October 25 at 2 PM. Part of the Ann Arbor Korean Independent Film Festival presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. In 1994 Korea, notorious serial killers were caught. They had killed 6 people, and made one of the hostages to participate in the murders by force. They even ate the corpse before they burned them off. These unforgettable killers were called JIJON Clan and Koreans still remember them as the most infamous criminals in history. JIJON Clan was finally sentenced to death. About 20 years have passed, the film...

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A2KIFF: My Place

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Films, NCKS | Comments Off

October 25 at 7:30 PM. Part of the Ann Arbor Korean Independent Film Festival presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. The director’s little sister comes home pregnant, deciding to be an un-wed single mom. Her mother defends her while her father becomes sour. The little sister decides to raise the child in Canada as she never felt welcome in her parent’s homeland, South Korea. Through precious home video footage and the director’s personal journey of rediscovering the lives of family members, this film focuses on a family’s...

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Mother Joan of the Angels

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

Mother Joan of the Angels

Monday, October 27 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Presented with support from the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.  A virtuous, young priest is sent to a remote convent to investigate an outbreak of demonic possession — “a devil among the maidens”— that has left his predecessor burnt at the stake. A chamber drama worthy of Dreyer or Bergman,  Jerzy Kawalerowicz‘s  spellbinding film  traces the struggle...

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Tuesday, October 28 at 7 PM. Presented by Tugg and VegMichigan – Ann Arbor. Advance tickets at tugg.com. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the destructive factory farming industry – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are not talking about it. As inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous film reveals the devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet. 85...

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Nosferatu

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

Nosferatu

Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30 PM. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. Help us celebrate the return of the historic Barton Organ! Featuring live accompaniment by Stephen Warner of his original score. Patrons who purchase the VIP package are invited to a special pre-show reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Michigan Theater grand foyer. The VIP package also includes reserved seating for the film screening at 7:30 PM. One of the silent era’s most influential masterpieces, Nosferatu‘s eerie, gothic...

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KiKi’s Delivery Service

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

KiKi’s Delivery Service

Wednesday, October 29 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. Discover KiKi’s Delivery Service, a fantastic coming-of-age tale full of magic, adventure and self-discovery from the sensational imagination of Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. Kiki is an enterprising young girl who must follow tradition to become a full-fledged witch. Venturing out with only her black cat, Jiji, Kiki flies off for the...

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Birdman

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

Birdman

Opens Friday, October 31. 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. 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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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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Interstellar

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

Interstellar

Opens Wednesday, November 5 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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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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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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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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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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Whiplash

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

Whiplash

Opens Friday, November 14. 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, forever changing...

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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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Princess Mononoke

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

Princess Mononoke

Wednesday, November 19 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 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 international animation...

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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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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 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 keep the resort out of hock? 1954. 120 minutes. Not...

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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.  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 min. Advance tickets will be available at ticketweb.com.

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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. 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 of mystical creatures...

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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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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 part of the Holiday Classic Film Series.  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 not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York...

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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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Pharaoh

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

Pharaoh

Monday, October 20  at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema The historical drama Pharoah (Faraon), tells the story of Pharoah Ramses XIII (George Zelnik, aka Jerzy Zelnik) who defies tradition when his father dies by assuming command of the military, a post usually occupied by priests. His defiance leads to a battle between those loyal to Ramses XIII and the power structure of the priests. The priests try to fool the people by capitalizing on a solar eclipse, but Ramses XIII realizes the event is only a...

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The Exorcist

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

The Exorcist

Saturday, October 18 at 11:59 PM at the State. Midnights are only $7! Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When...

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The Saragossa Manuscript

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The Saragossa Manuscript

Monday, October 13 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Based on the early 19th century novel by Polish author Jan Potocki, The Saragossa Manuscript (Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie) is a brilliant, sexy and extraordinarily imaginative film. Starring the celebrated Zbigniew Cybulski (Ashes and Diamonds), the film is ostensibly set at the end of the Napoleonic War. During the heat of battle, Belgian officer Alphonse van Worden (Cybulski) stumbles across an ancient manuscript. As he reads, a labyrinth...

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The Skeleton Twins

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

The Skeleton Twins

Ann Arbor Exclusive! 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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