New this week
Parker: A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist. Rated R for sex, nudity, strong violence, gore, profanity. (HOR)
Bullet to the Head: After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington, D.C., detective form an alliance to bring down their common enemy. Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity, brief drug use. (HOR)
The Impossible: An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. Rated PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity. (HOR)
Warm Bodies: After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world. Rated PG-13 for sex, nudity, strong violence, language and intense scenes. (HOR)
Anna Karenina: Set in late-19th-century Russia high society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Rated R for sex, nudity, strong violence, language and intense scenes. (GAR)
Broken City: In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler. Rated R, pervasive language, some sexual content and violence. (HOR)
Django Unchained: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Rated R for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity. (HOR)
Gangster Squad: A chronicle of the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and '50s. Rated R, strong violence, language. (GT9)
Hansel and Gretel - Witch Hunters: In this spin on the fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel are now bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past. Rated R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language. (GT9)
Les Miserables: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. Rated PG-13, suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements. (HOR)
Lincoln: As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language. (SB)
Mama: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for five years ... but how alone were they? Rated PG-13, violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements. (HOR)
Movie 43: A series of interconnected short films follows three kids as they search the depths of the Internet to find the most banned movie in the world. Rated R for strong pervasive crude and sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, language, some violence and drug use. (GT9)
Parental Guidance: Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behaviors collide with Artie and Diane's old-school methods. Rated PG, some rude humor. (GT9)
Silver Linings Playbook: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. Rated R, language and some sexual content/nudity. (ST, HOR)
Skyfall: Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking. (ER, HOR)
The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey: A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images. (HOR, GT9)
The Last Stand: The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff. Rated R, strong bloody violence throughout, and language. (GT9)
This is 40: A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of Knocked Up. Rated R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material. (GT9)
Wreck it Ralph: Ralph decides he's tired of playing the bad guy and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade. Rated PG, some rude humor, mild action violence. (GT9)
Zero Dark Thirty: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011. Rated R, strong violence including brutal disturbing images, language. (GT9)
Information is based on data available at press time from Traverse City area Carmike theaters (GT9, HOR), the State Theatre (ST), the Garden Theatre in Frankfort (GAR), the Elk Rapids Cinema (ER), Cherry Bowl Drive-In (CB) and The Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay (BAY)
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Arts & Entertainment in Brief: 07/04/2014
Village Voices concert; John Lennon tribute; Quilt show. (Plus more)Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 07/04/2014
New this week — A Hard Day’s Night: 50th anniversary restored - A ‘typical’ day in the life of the Beatles, including many of their famous songs. Rated G. (BAY)Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 07/04/2014
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Nothing for teens to do at Cherry Fest? Think again
Sabrina Eisner attended the National Cherry Festival for the first time last year and enjoyed it enough to postpone her traditional summer trip to the West Coast until after the festival this year. Still, she doesn’t believe the festival offers enough for teens.Continued ...
Singer, actress stars in 'Bella Musica'
Monica Spencer didn’t make the cut as one of this year’s National Cherry Festival Queen finalists. And it’s probably just as well.Continued ...
Rick Chyme: Grand Rapids hip hop hero and master collaborator
Rick Chyme may qualify as rap’s star athlete. The award-winning Grand Rapids musician has emerged as one of the most prolific, innovative, intensely collaborative and respected hip-hop artists in West Michigan, one who credits the sport of basketballContinued ...
- Friday, June 20, 2014
Arts & Entertainment in Brief: 06/20/2014
Opera a la Carte; Elvis tribute at Pavilions; Betty Who performs. (Plus more)Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 06/20/2014
New this week — Jersey Boys: The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. Rated R for language throughout. (HOR)Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 06/20/2014
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Council votes to put art in trust
The Detroit City Council on Monday unanimously reaffirmed its approval of placing valuable works of art threatened by the city’s bankruptcy into a charitable trust.Continued ...
Picasso painting reveals hidden man
Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces, “The Blue Room,” using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand.Continued ...
Detroit-area museum shows off Warhol record covers
The banana. The zipper. Along with his Marilyn Monroe portrait and the Campbell Soup cans, Andy Warhol’s album covers have their own place in the pop-art pantheon.Continued ...
- Thursday, June 19, 2014
Typewriter enthusiasts join forces for day of writing
The continuous metallic clack, clack, clack of a vintage typewriter is music to Paul Stebleton's ears.Continued ...
New album, new tour, new mom May Erlewine
Parenting a five-month old gave May Erlewine a new appreciation for unbroken sleep. A shocked, now grudging, acceptance of the baby gear mountain in their Williamsburg home. A completely different, laughable, understanding of the term "time management."Continued ...
'Rachel B' headed back to TC
It’s been three years since Traverse City native Rachel Borovic moved to Los Angeles to take charge of her career. Since then she’s performed as “Rachel B” everywhere from yoga classes to coffee houses and concert venues.Continued ...
- Friday, June 13, 2014
Try tattoo shoes on for size
Ram Lee turns the shoes slowly just as he would a forearm. He stuffs them taut to get the same consistency. Tattooing shoes is just like skin — minus the flinching, he said.Continued ...
TADL rolls out 'Commuting Library'
What are black and white and red all over? Books — and the bicycle that carries them.Continued ...
TSO's Rhodes re-ups for three more years
The dynamic conductor credited with taking the Traverse Symphony Orchestra from a community to a professional orchestra will claim the podium at least through the 2016-17 season.Continued ...
Arts & Entertainment in Brief: 06/13/2014
Children's Center benefit; Outdoor painting day; Book store welcomes poets. (Plus more)Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 06/13/2014
New this week — 22 Jump Street: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence. (HOR)Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 06/13/2014
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Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members
Amazon’s newly announced music streaming service is yet another attempt by the company to move beyond e-commerce and infuse itself into the daily lives of Americans with an increasing number of offerings —including grocery delivery and streaming TV.Continued ...
Big Picasso to move to NY museum
A stage curtain believed to be the biggest Pablo Picasso painting in the United States is moving to a museum after a dispute over whether it could stay in its longtime spot in the storied Four Seasons restaurant, the painting’s owner announced Thursday.Continued ...
Despite more leaks, E3 still surprises
Traditionally, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is the place where video game publishers reveal their biggest and boldest creations.Continued ...
- Friday, June 6, 2014
Interlochen headliner Betty Who to open for Katy Perry
Jessica Newham had already filed away a conversation with her manager when he sprang the big surprise: Newham, who performs as Betty Who, will open for pop superstar Katy Perry on the Australia leg of Perry’s Prismatic tour this fall.Continued ...
- Arts & Entertainment in Brief: 07/04/2014