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The Trip to Italy

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

The Trip to Italy

Opens Friday, September 12. Sponsored by Iorio’s Gelateria. 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...

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The Drop

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

The Drop

Opens Friday, September 12 at the State. 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...

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Magic in the Moonlight

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Magic in the Moonlight

Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen‘s Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick Magic in the Moonlight plays is the one that fools us all. Also starring Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Hamish Linklater, and more. Rated PG-13.  Official...

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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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American Dreams in China

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

American Dreams in China

Wednesday, September 17 at 7 PM. FREE admission. Part of Electric Shadows: Premiere Contemporary Chinese Film Series presented by the UM Confucius Institute. Chang, Wang and Meng are friends with very different personalities that share a common dream.  Meng is pedantic, pretentious and boastful of his glorious future, Wang is a bohemian who uses pop culture to seduce women and Cheng is a country bumpkin with thick skin and an unshakeable belief in himself. Meng goes to the US to make his fortune while Wang and Cheng stay in China and...

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Alive Inside

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

Alive Inside

Plays Wednesday & Thursday, September 17 & 18. Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. This stirring...

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Frank

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

Frank

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage, and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).  95 minutes. Rated...

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My Old Lady

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

My Old Lady

Opens Friday, September 19. 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...

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Space Jam

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

Space Jam

Saturday, September 20 at 11:59 PM. Midnights are only $7! The mythologizing of Michael, the tao of Bugs: Michael Jordan joins forces with the Looney Tunes characters to defeat an alien basketball team. Good fun, if you don’t mind the hard sell. Give Daffy a Best Supporting Duck nomination. 1996. 88 minutes. Rated PG.

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RSC in HD: Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Films, NT Live, RSC | Comments Off

RSC in HD: Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Sunday, September 21 at 7 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS. Advance tickets at ums.org. Valentine and Proteus are best friends, until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke’s daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart, Julia, at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals’ affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase...

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The Princess Bride

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Family Friendly Films, Films | Comments Off

The Princess Bride

Sunday, September 21 at 1:30 pm. Part of the Benard L. Maas Family-Friendly Film Series, presented by Toyota. FREE for kids 12 and under! Based on William Goldman‘s novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). Falk’s character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates. Indeed, The Princess Bride...

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A Short Film About Killing

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

A Short Film About Killing

Monday, September 22 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Presented with support from the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies. A Short Film About Killing (Krótki film o zabijaniu) opens with a scene of a dead rat and a lifeless cat hanging by the neck. As the plot unfolds, Yatzek (Miroslaw Baka) is a 20-year-old drifter who murders a testy taxi driver (Jan Tesarz) in a gut-wrenching scene of excessive violence. Tension continues to build as a newly licensed young attorney (Krzysztof Globisz is...

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Finding Mr. Right

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

Finding Mr. Right

Wednesday, September 24 at 7 PM. FREE admission. Part of Electric Shadows: Premiere Contemporary Chinese Film Series presented by the UM Confucius Institute. A pregnant Beijing mistress travels to Seattle to give birth to her child, and learns the meaning of humility when she befriends a humble taxi driver while awaiting the arrival of her negligent sugar daddy. From the moment she arrives in Seattle, Wen Jiajia (Tang Wei) is positively insufferable. Berating everyone at the nursing ward as she casually flaunts her wealth, Wen quickly...

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The Skeleton Twins

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

The Skeleton Twins

Opens Friday, September 26. 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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National Theatre Live: Euripides’ Medea

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

National Theatre Live: Euripides’ Medea

Sunday, September 28 at 7 PM. Presented in partnership with UMS. Tickets available at ums.org. National Theatre Live screenings are high-definition broadcasts captured live from the National Theatre in London. Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his...

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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. 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 during the war. Or did he? Riffing on his Ashes...

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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 a diverse collection of shorts from across the globe–even from Grand Rapids. 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. Prices are $10 per block, $7 for midnight screenings; festival passes also available....

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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 a diverse collection of shorts from across the globe–even from Grand Rapids. 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. Prices are $10 per block, $7 for midnight screenings; festival passes also available. Advance...

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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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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. 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 Theatre celebrates some of the...

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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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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. 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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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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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. 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 the once-great civilization. Sheeta...

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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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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 exchanges or refunds. Comps and passes not accepted. Doors open at 11:15 pm each night. Props will be available for purchase. (There will not be a shadow cast this year.) ALL bags will be searched - forbidden items include: rice, confetti, alcohol, fake blood, outside food and drink. The State Theater being not handicapped accessible, we apologize for any inconvenience. This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the...

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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.  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 goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on...

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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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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.  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 delivery service and begins a...

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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.  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 that swept entire cities from...

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Saturday, November 8 at 1:30 PM. FREE for kids 12 & under! Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation. 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 his two children...

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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.  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 rival pilot, to “get...

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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.  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 creator, Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor...

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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.  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 experience a kind of lighthearted...

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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!  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, who is also the king of the forest. As...

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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. 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 of her father, who was lost at sea...

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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. 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

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)

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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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Night Train

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

Night Train

Monday, September 15 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Presented with support from the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies. In Night Train (Pociag), directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, a subtle game of emotions between two travelers—changing from mutual aversion to closeness without hope of a future—plays out amidst the human microcosm of a night train. Jerzy (Leon Niemczyk) and Marta (Lucyna Winnicka), accidentally end up holding tickets for the same sleeping chamber on an overnight train to...

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The One I Love

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

The One I Love

The highly anticipated debut feature from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell, The One I Love is an original tale that continues to showcase McDowell’s keen observations of human relationships with a distinct and comedic voice. The One I Love, written by Justin Lader, was produced by Mel Eslyn and executive produced by Mark Duplass who stars opposite Elisabeth Moss. On the brink of separation, Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a...

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