Opening Downtown

“Dark Horse,” from writer and director Todd Solondz (“Welcome to the Dollhouse,” “Happiness,” “Life During Wartime”), examines the irretrievability of youth and the mercilessness of time passing. In his mid-30s, Abe (Jordan Gelber) clings to the trappings of his adolescence.  Still living with his parents Jackie (Christopher Walken) and Phyllis (Mia Farrow), Abe works for his increasingly disappointed dad and spends evenings ruthlessly trouncing his mom at backgammon. When Abe meets Miranda (Selma Blair), whose personal and professional disasters have sent her scrambling back to the safety of her parents’ suburban home, he sees what he thinks is a chance at true love. As the couple haltingly prepares to start a new life together, the film swerves into Abe’s subconscious, where his crippling self-doubt begins to undermine his nearly realized dream of a fuller life. John Anderson of Newsday says, “Even though Todd Solondz’ latest journey into suburban dysfunction may seem dark (and is), it’s also about joy, and how easily it’s wasted.” “Dark Horse” opens Friday at the Michigan Theater.

Special Screenings Downtown

In “Iron Sky,” a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers. When American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) puts down his Lunar Lander a bit too close to the secret Nazi base, the Moon Führer (Udo Kier) decides the glorious moment of retaking the Earth has arrived sooner than expected. “Iron Sky” plays tonight at 7 p.m. at the Michigan Theater.

The Midnight movie at the State is “Cry-Baby,” John Waters’ spin on the birth of Rock & Roll in Suburbia starring Johnny Depp.  Janet Maslin of the New York Times says, “Mr. Depp, who smolders naturally when he isn’t trying so hard, acts this role about as well as Elvis would have; under the circumstances, that’s fine.” “Cry-Baby” plays Saturday at 11:59 p.m. at the State Theater.

In the 1953 musical extravaganza “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell smolder as two glamorous showgirls who have everything a girl could want – except engagement rings! William Brogdon of Variety says, “A strong play to the sophisticated dialog and situations is given by Howard Hawks‘ direction and he maintains the racy air that brings the musical off excellently at a pace that helps cloak the fact that it’s rather lightweight, but sexy, stuff.”  “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is presented from a new 35mm print and plays Sunday, August 26 at 1:30 p.m. & Tuesday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m.!

Coming Soon!

“Sleepwalk With Me,” winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, stars comedian Mike Birbiglia (who wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book). It’s also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by “This American Life.” “Sleepwalk With Me” opens at the Michigan on September 21! 

See you at the Movies!