New this week
The Expendables 2: Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout. (HOR)
Hope Springs: After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality. (GT9)
The Odd Life of Timothy Green: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language. (GT9)
ParaNorman: A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Rated PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language. (GT9)
Sparkle: Set in the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become Motown sensations, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving domestic abuse and drug material, and for some violence, language and smoking. (GT9)
Brave: Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Rated PG for some scary action and rude humor. (ER, GT9)
The Bourne Legacy: An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. Rated PG-13 for violence and action sequences. (HOR, CB)
The Dark Knight Rises: Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language. (GT9, HOR)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days: School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, when all his plans go wrong. What on earth is he going to do all summer? Rated PG for some rude humor. (CB, GT9)
Ice Age Continental Drift: Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. Rated PG for mild rude humor and action/peril. (HOR)
The Intouchables: After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. Rated R for language and some drug use (ST)
Moonrise Kingdom: A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them. (HOR)
Nitro Circus The Movie 3D: Travis Pastrana and his tight-knit, highly-skilled, adrenaline-addicted friends bring their impossible, ridiculous, insane and hysterical adventures to the big screen for the first time. Rated PG-13 for depiction of extreme and dangerous stunts throughout, and for language. (HOR)
Total Recall: A factory worker begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall — a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led — goes wrong and he finds himself on the run. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language. (HOR)
To Rome With Love: The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. Rated R for some sexual references. (BAY, GAR)
The Watch: Suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion. Rated R for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images. (HOR)
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
New zombie flick set in northern Michigan
Most days Brian Dawson is a mild-mannered veterinarian. Others he’s a flesh-eating zombie.Continued ...
Life after 'The Voice': Maloney out but not down following cut
Ryan Whyte Maloney is out but he isn’t down. The Traverse City native and “The Voice” contestant was cut from the show Tuesday after making it to the top 20 on Monday.Continued ...
Weekend in Brief: 04/11/2014
Celebration for Pete Seeger; OTP Studio Theatre stages police drama; Dirt Fest; and more.Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 04/11/2014
New this week — Draft Day: At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams. Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language and sexual references. (HOR)Continued ...
Grand Rapids band feels 'at home' in TC
Members of Grand Rapids’ Sweet J Band consider Kilkenny’s Irish Public House in Traverse City their home away from home.Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 04/11/2014
Entertainment in the region:Continued ...
CNN bringing back Anthony Bourdain's hot travel series
Anthony Bourdain has traveled to all sorts of exotic places over the past couple of years, with none as important as where he’s taken CNN itself.Continued ...
Kiss not first to tell Rock Hall to kiss off
Graciousness is not always high on the list of attributes you find in successful rock ‘n’ roll stars.Continued ...
Interlochen Arts Festival lineup one of biggest in years
Traverse City native Mandy Alexander can’t wait to share the news with her fans. The 31-year-old Nashville performer will open for superstar Sheryl Crow at the Interlochen Arts Festival this summer.Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Maloney wins handily on latest 'The Voice' battle
Traverse City native Ryan Whyte Maloney survived “The Battles: Round Two” to wind up among the Top 20 contestants on TV’s "The Voice."Continued ...
- Friday, April 4, 2014
'New' country artist tops Cherry Fest entertainment
Academy of Country Music Awards nominee Justin Moore will top the entertainment lineup at the National Cherry Festival in July.Continued ...
Traveling with instruments brings baggage
Deborah Collins cringes a little every time her son, Luke, boards an airplane to travel cross country from the family's home in California to school at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.Continued ...
New TSO season features first outdoor concert
The Traverse Symphony Orchestra will pull out all the stops for its 63rd season.Continued ...
Weekend in Brief: 04/04/2014
Leelanau players stage readings; smelt dinner; family band performs at Milliken; and more.Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 04/04/2014
What's going on after dark:Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 04/04/2014
New this week — Captain America-The Winter Soldier: Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.Continued ...
Prom dress shopping perilous for plus-size girls
Maria Giorno has nothing against long gowns with high waists and flowing fabric — dresses that are designed to camouflage curves on plus-size women.Continued ...
'Captain America' superhero role 'epic' for Mackie
For Anthony Mackie, landing the role of the Falcon in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" meant more than inking his dream deal with Marvel.Continued ...
- Friday, March 28, 2014
Pay to Play: Cover songs will cost you
Sing your heart out — as long as your heart contains original, uncopyrighted material, to the exclusion, forthwith, of the same old song and dance.Continued ...
Student photo contest highlights digital technology
Maija Szarapski began taking pictures and riding lessons at about the same time — and fell in love with them both.Continued ...
TC native Maloney advances on 'The Voice'
Traverse City native Ryan Whyte Maloney bested country music singer Cali Tucker to advance on TV’s “The Voice” singing competition.Continued ...
Weekend in Brief: 03/28/2014
Bluebird Festival; Bills Staines and Louann Lechler perform "On the Porch"; Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail event; and more.Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 03/28/2014
Entertainment in the region:Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 03/28/2014
New this week — Noah: A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content. (HOR, BAY)Continued ...
Judge Joe Brown challenging contempt charges
Joe Brown gained fame by meting out justice as a TV judge. Now he’s the one facing charges.Continued ...
- New zombie flick set in northern Michigan