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My Old Lady

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

My Old Lady

Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he’s shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. His apartment is a viager – an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale – and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) for many years, can by...

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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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The Drop

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

The Drop

The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that...

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Boyhood

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Films | Comments Off

Boyhood

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and...

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The Trip to Italy

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

The Trip to Italy

Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to...

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Young Detective Dee

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

Young Detective Dee

Wednesday, October 1 at 7 PM. FREE admission. Part of Electric Shadows: Premiere Contemporary Chinese Film Series presented by the UM Confucius Institute. From legendary action director Tsui Hark and the creators of international smash hit Detective Dee – Mystery Of The Phantom Flame comes the captivating tale of Dee Renjie’s beginnings in the Imperial police force. His very first case, investigating reports of a sea monster terrorizing the town, reveals a sinister conspiracy of treachery and betrayal, leading to the highest...

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Manhattan Short Film Festival

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Films | Comments Off

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 PM. An extraordinary global event will take place the week of September 26-October 5, when over 100,000 people in over 300 cities across six continents gather in cinemas, galleries, universities, museums and cafes for one purpose…to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films in the Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. Manhattan Short Film Festival is not a touring Festival; rather, it is a celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the...

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The Three Corpse Circus Independent Horror Film Festival

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

The Three Corpse Circus Independent Horror Film Festival

Friday, October 3 – Sunday, October 5 at the Michigan and State Theaters. Dedicated to showcasing all the variety horror has to offer, the 3CC is proud to bring you more than 40 diverse films from 13 countries (including the exotic Grand Rapids, MI). Our Sunday show kicks off with the walk of the dead, led by A2 Zombie Walk and the Southern Michigan Zombie Squad; Sunday’s shows also feature special guest puppet performances by Dreamland Theater and a costume photo booth in the Michigan Theater grand foyer. Prices are $10 per block, $7...

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Last Days in Vietnam

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

Last Days in Vietnam

Opens Friday, October 3. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. With the specter of a Communist victory looming and only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country, the United States prepares to withdraw. As they begin to realize the reality of certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, American diplomats and soldiers confront a moral quandary: obey White House orders to evacuate only...

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My Old Lady

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

My Old Lady

Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he’s shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. His apartment is a viager – an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale – and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) for many years, can by...

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The Three Corpse Circus Independent Horror Film Festival

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

The Three Corpse Circus Independent Horror Film Festival

Friday, October 3 – Sunday, October 5 at the Michigan and State Theaters. Dedicated to showcasing all the variety horror has to offer, the 3CC is proud to bring you more than 40 diverse films from 13 countries (including the exotic Grand Rapids, MI). Our Sunday show kicks off with the walk of the dead, led by A2 Zombie Walk and the Southern Michigan Zombie Squad; Sunday’s shows also feature special guest puppet performances by Dreamland Theater and a costume photo booth in the Michigan Theater grand foyer. Prices are $10 per block, $7...

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The Illumination

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

The Illumination

Monday, October 6 at 7:00 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. The Illumination (Illuminacja) follows the education of a young man from his entry into college to his final achievement of a doctorate. Paralleling his outer education, his inner education about life, family, sexuality and spiritual values is revealed. By the time he achieves his doctorate, he has been told that he has a life-shortening heart disease. However, because of his two-fold education, he is fulfilled in what he has done and is not much...

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Journey to the West

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

Journey to the West

Wednesday, October 8 at 7 PM. FREE admission. Part of Electric Shadows: Premiere Contemporary Chinese Film Series presented by the UM Confucius Institute Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow‘s Journey To The West is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of a Buddhist monk who tries to protect a village from three demons, develops feelings for the demon hunter who helps him repeatedly, and his transformative encounter with the Monkey King. 2013. 110 minutes. Rated...

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Love Is Strange

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

Love Is Strange

Opens Friday, October 10. 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...

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Howl’s Moving Castle

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Films, Ghibli, state-theater | Comments Off

Howl’s Moving Castle

Saturday, October 11 at 11:59 PM. Part of the Studio Ghibli Series at the State. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell. This Fall, The State...

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A Five Star Life

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

A Five Star Life

Playing October 12 & 14. The delightful story of one woman’s quest for happiness set against the world’s most stunning cities and opulent hotels. Stylish and independent, Irene is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she visits the world’s finest establishments incognito to assess their standards, meticulously judging every detail. Her unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe, but doesn’t leave her with much of a personal life. When she’s not working,...

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Finding Fela!

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

Finding Fela!

Playing October 12 & 14. Finding Fela! tells the story of Fela Kuti‘s life (1938 – 1997), his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) brings audiences close to Mr. Kuti’s fight against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. With his audacious music and a great deal of courage, Fela Kuti helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria, promoted...

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The Saragossa Manuscript

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

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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Roaming Wild

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

Roaming Wild

Tuesday, October 14, at 7 PM. Presented by Gathr Films; a quota must be met in order for this film to be screened. Reserve your tickets at gathr.com. Roaming Wild offers an insider’s look at the invisible battle across the American West over wild horses on public lands. Wild horses find themselves at the center of an age-defining controversy, where the demands of modern development are colliding with the needs of the wild. A fiery activist rescues horses from slaughter, a cattle rancher struggles to keep his way of life viable in the modern...

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Wednesday, October 15 at 7 PM. Part of the Studio Ghibli Series at the State. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com. A young woman’s only chance of breaking a spiteful witch’s spell lies with a young wizard and his walking home in Hayao Miyazaki‘s striking Oscar-nominated ecological adventure. 2005. 114 minutes. Rated PG. Japanese with...

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Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: THEM

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

Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: THEM

Opens Friday, September 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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Men, Women & Children

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

Men, Women & Children

Opens Friday, October 17 at the State. 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 the variety of roads people...

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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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National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Films, NT Live | Comments Off

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

Sunday, October 19 at 7 PM. Presented by UMS; tickets on sale at ums.org. National Theatre Live screenings are high-definition broadcasts captured live from theaters in London. The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live from their London home by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great...

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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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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 $5; 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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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State. 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 resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, she makes her way to the ruins 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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Korean Film Festival

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

Thursday – Saturday, October 23-25. Free admission! The UM Nam Center for Korean Studies presents The Ann Arbor Korean Independent Film Festival. Visit ii.umich.edu/ncks/eventsprograms/filmscreenings for more info.

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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. 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 drink, etc. The State Theatre...

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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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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 Series at the State. 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 Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid. A young boy named Sosuke rescues a...

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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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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State. 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 adventure of a lifetime. Landing in a far-off city, she sets up a high-flying...

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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State. 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 shelter them, but simply the resources. Forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fires...

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Interstellar

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

Interstellar

Opens Friday, November 5 at the State. 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). chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. In the future, governments and economies across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, NASA is...

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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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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State. 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 — infuriates a band of sky pirates with his aerial heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a...

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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State. 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 and anime fans, Princess Mononoke represents an auspicious next step for its revered...

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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State. 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 a journey beyond your imagination. “To enter the world of Hayao Miyazaki is to...

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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 Series at the State. 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 called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro,...

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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State. 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 Matsuzaki flies signal flags from her family’s boarding house in memory...

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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 Studio Ghibli Series at the State. 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 designers. 2013. 126 minutes. Rated...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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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Jump

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Films, polish | Comments Off

Jump

Friday, September 29 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com. Director: Tadeusz Konwicki. One of Poland’s most important novelists, Tadeusz Konwicki was also a director (The Last Day of Summer) and screenwriter (Pharoah, Mother Joan of the Angels). Jump (Salto) is a tantalizing existential mystery that hops nimbly between allegory and black comedy. It begins with the hero (Cybulski) jumping off a moving train and making his way to a small town where he lived...

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