Opening Downtown

Just in case you missed it at the Michigan Theater’s Cinetopia International Film Festival earlier this summer, “Your Sister’s Sister” returns downtown starting Friday! Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt and Mark Duplass star in this comedy about romance, grief and sibling rivalry. A year after his brother’s death, Jack (Duplass) is still struggling emotionally. To help with Jack’s grief, his best friend Iris (Blunt) offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest so Jack can seek catharsis in solitude. Once there, however, he runs into Iris’ sister Hannah (Dewitt), who is reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship. Linda Barnard of the Toronto Star says, “Honest and free-spirited, this romantic comedy is filled with genuine and uncomfortable moments that can only come when a trio of talented actors … are invited to make it up as they go along.” “Your Sister’s Sister” opens Friday at the Michigan Theater.

Special Screenings Downtown

Richard Linklater‘s “Dazed and Confused” is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a bygone era. Set on the last day of the academic year in 1976, the film follows the random activities of a sprawling group of Texas high school students as they celebrate the arrival of summer. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times says, “The film’s real inspiration, I think, is to depict some high school kids from the 1970s with such unblinking attention that we will realize how romanticized most movie teenagers are.” “Dazed and Confused” plays Saturday, July 14 at 11:59PM at the State Theater.

The Summer Classic Film Series continues with “To Kill A Mockingbird,” based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel.  Dave Kehr of the Chicago Reader says, “Harper Lee’s child’s-eye view of southern bigotry gains something in its translation to the screen by [director] Robert Mulligan, who knows exactly where to place the camera to catch a child’s subjective experience.” “To Kill A Mockingbird” plays Sunday, July 15 at 1:30PM and Tuesday, July 17 at 7:00PM.

Coming next to the Summer Classic Film Series on July 22 and 24 is a new 35mm print of “Sunrise,” the classic F.W. Murnau (“Nosferatu”) film starring Janet Gaynor.  The Academy Award winner is considered by many to be the most beautifully filmed silent-era film ever made.  Sunrise will be presented with live organ accompaniment by the renowned organist Steven Ball on the Michigan’s Barton Organ.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Sing-a-long “Mary Poppins” will be at the Michigan Theater July 29 and 31. Join in the fun as you step back in time and sing along with Mary, Bert and all the “Mary Poppins” characters. Personally, it is one of my favorite films. Get advanced tickets through Ticketweb.com or by phone at 866-777-8932.

In Case You Missed It

Woody Allen‘s “To Rome with Love is a kaleidoscopic comedy movie set in one of the world’s most enchanting cities. The film brings us into contact with a well-known American architect reliving his youth; an average middle-class Roman who suddenly finds himself Rome’s biggest celebrity; a young provincial couple drawn into separate romantic encounters; and an American opera director endeavoring to put a singing mortician on stage. “To Rome with Love” continues at the Michigan Theater.

Wes Anderson‘s latest film, “Moonrise Kingdom,” has proven to be a hit since it opened the Cannes Film Festival last month. It tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing offshore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. “Moonrise Kingdom” continues at the State Theater.

See you at the movies!