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)
New this week
TC native joins Team Blake on TV's 'The Voice'
Ryan Whyte Maloney finally can spill the beans: he’s a bona fide contestant on “The Voice.”Continued ...
OTP revives 'Sound of Music' after 20 years
Kathy Verstraete unearthed some familiar artifacts while she packed her mother’s home two years ago.Continued ...
And the Oscar (contest) goes to ...
Holly MacAulay did her homework and it showed when she her Oscar contest entry landed among four with perfect scores.Continued ...
Former TC student teacher returns as singer-songwriter
Josh Rose found musical inspiration in some unusual places growing up on a sheep farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.Continued ...
Weekend in Brief: 03/07/2014
"Pure A Cappella" showcase; Mel Larimer concert series continues; and more.Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 03/07/2014
What's going on after dark:Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 03/07/2014
New this week — 300: Rise of an Empire — Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.Continued ...
Martin, Brickell partnership still thriving
Steve Martin has found a lot of inspiration from very talented people over the years: actors such as Diane Keaton and Martin Short, and writers like David Mamet and Dennis Potter, for instance.Continued ...
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014
TC native joins Team Blake on TV's 'The Voice'
Traverse City native son Ryan Whyte Maloney finally can spill the beans: He’s a bona fide contestant on “The Voice.”Continued ...
- Monday, March 3, 2014
'12 Years a Slave' wins best picture at Oscars
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama "12 Years a Slave" best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.
Steve McQueen's slavery odyssey, based on Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, has been hailed as a landmark corrective to the movie industry's long omission of slavery stories and years of whiter tales like 1940 best-picture winner "Gone With the Wind."Continued ...
- Friday, February 28, 2014
'Blusion' is headed for TC
She calls it “blusion” — fusion of blues, jazz, boogie-woogie and country — and Deanna Bogart is bringing it to the Milliken Auditorium.Continued ...
Traverse City native flexes hip-hop rhyme
No, you can’t get street cred in the hip-hop world if you come from Traverse City. So Blake Selby doesn’t try.Continued ...
Kate Milewski: Oscars are about much more than movies
Every year, my mother and I have a tradition. It usually starts somewhere around Thanksgiving and the best part happens about the end of February, sometimes early March — we watch movies.Continued ...
Weekend in Brief: 02/28/2014
Deanna Bogart Band at the Dennos; NMC Concert Band performs; Central Lake "Chilly Fest"; and more.Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 02/28/2014
Entertainment in the region:Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 02/28/2014
New this week — Non-Stop: An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.Continued ...
Green light often highest hurdle on road to Oscars
This year’s Academy Awards nominees reflect a Hollywood truism: The margin between the dust bin and the Oscar red carpet is often razor thin.Continued ...
Harold Ramis' career was still thriving
Harold Ramis was one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers when he moved his family from Los Angeles back to the Chicago area in 1996.Continued ...
- Friday, February 21, 2014
'The Met: Live in HD' brings new season to State
Five performances remain in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2013-14 “The Met: Live in HD” season at the State Theatre. But already it’s time to think about the next season.Continued ...
Mich. natives Pop Evil rock Saturday
Pop Evil had six top-40 mainstream rock hits prior to the release of 2013’s Onyx album. But it’s been Onyx’s performance which lead singer Leigh Kakaty thinks has really propelled the band into the limelight.Continued ...
Hot Dogs or Beignets? TC decides on 'Food Court Wars' premiere
Hot dogs or beignets: which would Traverse City residents rather tuck into at the Grand Traverse Mall?Continued ...
Weekend in Brief: 02/21/2014
Choir concert; Crispin Campbell Quartet performs; TART Trail activities; and more.Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 02/21/2014
Entertainment in the region:Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 02/21/2014
New this week — 3 Days to Kill: A dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language. (GT9)Continued ...
Producer's job is to create moments
At 3:30 a.m. on the day before the Olympics started, Brian Gilmore was glancing at the giant television screen that dominates a workroom at NBC Sports Group’s headquarters when something caught his eye.Continued ...
- TC native joins Team Blake on TV's 'The Voice'