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The Theory of Everything

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

The Theory of Everything

Opens Wednesday, November 26. Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has...

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Interstellar

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

Interstellar

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 newly discovered wormhole to surpass the...

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Birdman

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

Birdman

From director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Also starring Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts.  119 minutes. Rated...

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Whiplash

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

Whiplash

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 the young man’s life....

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Citizenfour

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Citizenfour

Citizenfour is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). Poitras had already been working on a film about surveillance for two years when Snowden contacted her, using the name “Citizenfour,” in January 2013.  He reached out to her because he...

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Dear White People

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

Dear White People

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

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My Neighbor Totoro

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

My Neighbor Totoro

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

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Home Alone

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

Home Alone

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

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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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Awake: The Life of Yogananda

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

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Wednesday, December 3 at 7 PM. SOLD OUT. Presented by Gathr; advance tickets at gathr.com. Not a Michigan Theater sponsored film – Gold Card members are not admitted free. A film by Oscar-nominee Paola di Florio and Sundance winner Lisa Leeman about Hindu mystic Paramahansa Yogananda who brought yoga and meditation to the West in 1920 and wrote the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” a go-to book for seekers from George Harrison to Steve Jobs. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along...

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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 65th annual ski & snowboard film, 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 in Ann Arbor and...

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Three Amigos!

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

Three Amigos!

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

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Goodbye to Language in 3D

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

Goodbye to Language in 3D

Playing December 6, 7 & 9. The 43rd feature by Jean-Luc Godard (and the only film at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival to get a round of applause mid-screening), Goodbye to Language alights on doubt and despair with the greatest freedom and joy. At 83, Godard works as a truly independent filmmaker, unencumbered by all concerns beyond the immediate: to create a work that embodies his own state of being in relation to time, light, color, the problem of living and speaking with others, and, of course, cinema itself. Goodbye to Language was shot,...

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Awake: The Life of Yogananda

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

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Playing December 6-10. A film by Oscar-nominee Paola di Florio and Sundance winner Lisa Leeman about Hindu mystic Paramahansa Yogananda who brought yoga and meditation to the West in 1920 and wrote the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” a go-to book for seekers from George Harrison to Steve Jobs. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient teachings accessible to a modern audience and led millions onto the path of self-realization. Documentary. 86...

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Miracle on 34th Street

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

Miracle on 34th Street

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

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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 Guide

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Films, Limited Engagements | Comments Off

The Guide

Tuesday, December 9 at 7 PM. Free admission. Featuring a post-screening discussion with director Oles Sanin and lead actor Anton Greene! Sponsored by Arthur Greene and Solomia Soroka, the UM Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; and the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. Throughout the ages, popular national culture was sustained in Ukraine by blind minstrels, called kobzars, who traveled from village to village performing ancient folk songs and epic ballads, preserving...

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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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Love Actually

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Films | Comments Off

Love Actually

Monday, December 10 at 7:00 PM. All of London is in love — or longing to be — in Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis‘ first directorial effort. Billed as “the ultimate romantic comedy,” Love Actually involves more than a dozen main characters, each weaving his or her way into another’s heart over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) brings many of the principals together, including heartsick...

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National Theatre Live in HD: Skylight

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

National Theatre Live in HD: 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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The Homesman

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

The Homesman

Opens Friday, December 12. 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)...

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Elf

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

Elf

Sunday, December 14 at 1:30 pm. FREE admission! Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series, presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation and the State Street Area Association Holiday Classic Film Series presented by Sesi Lincoln and Old National Bank. Sponsored by Emerson School.  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...

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Downton Abbey Season 5 Preview Screening

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

Downton Abbey Season 5 Preview Screening

Sunday, December 14 at 7 PM; doors open at 6:30 PM. Presented by DPTV and the Michigan Theater. Made possible by IHA. See the first hour of “Downton Abbey” Season 5 before it premieres on Detroit Public Television in January – Downton Abbey costume attire encouraged! *** LIMITED AVAILABILITY *** Admission is free, but you must RSVP to attend. There is a 4 ticket limit – offered on a first-response basis, and is non-transferrable.  Visit downtonabbeyseason5.eventbrite.com to register.  Your printed Eventbrite ticket is...

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Films, Ghibli | Comments Off

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Wednesday, December 17  at 7 PM at the Michigan. 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.  Series Finale! Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as...

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Wild

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

Wild

Opens Friday, December 19. 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...

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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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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. During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars,...

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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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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 – 7:30 PM. Sponsored by Hylant Group and Old National Bank. Media support from Michigan Radio. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play war buddies turned entertainers who fall for a pair of sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen). The boys follow the girls to a resort, which is owned by their former commanding officer, and he’s in danger of losing the place. What better reason to stage a show than to...

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Warner Bros. Cartoons

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

Warner Bros. Cartoons

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

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