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Hit and Run: Former getaway driver Charlie Bronson jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan identity in order to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles. The feds and Charlie's former gang chase them on the road. Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, graphic nudity, some violence and drug content. (HOR)
Premium Rush: In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences and language. (HOR)
The Amazing Spider-Man: Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner. Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence. (ER)
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. (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. (GAR, HOR)
The Campaign: In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center. Rated R for crude sexual content, language and brief nudity. (GT9)
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. (GT9)
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. (BAY, 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)
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)
2016 Obama's America: A journey into the heart of the world's most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man's past will redefine America over the next four years. Rated PG for thematic elements, brief language and smoking images. (HOR)
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)
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)
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
Night Life Calendar: 07/18/2014
What's happening after dark in northern Michigan:Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 07/18/2014
New this week — Begin Again: A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. Rated R for language. (HOR)Continued ...
Arts & Entertainment in Brief: 07/18/2014
TSO at Commons; Art exhibition opening; Mulebone at Music Fest. (Plus more)Continued ...
Film Fest ticket sales 'ahead of last year'
Bob and Eleanor Miller got their Traverse City Film Festival tickets early this year as sponsors of one of the films.Continued ...
Singing in 'Land of Delight': Lelanders gather for century-old tradition
Andy Palmer may have “the world’s worst voice” but for eight hours each summer he raises it in song alongside generations of Lelanders.Continued ...
Sick Puppies hit TC stage
A kind gesture turned into just the break Sick Puppies needed. The three-piece band formed in 1997 and achieved some success at home in Australia. But nearly a decade later, they had no record deal and were working odd jobs to stay afloat.Continued ...
Stars — present and future — align at Interlochen
Jack Schneider, 17, loaded up on big-name concert tickets during his session at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. He'd heard that the school's Kresge Auditorium is an "intimate, great place" to see the world's best musicians.Continued ...
- Friday, July 11, 2014
Arts & Entertainment in Brief: 07/11/2014
Harry Goldson concert; Cabaret 2014; Artists’ Market. (Plus more)Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 07/11/2014
New this week — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.Continued ...
- Night Life Calendar: 07/11/2014
Music duo Insane Clown Posse loses gang lawsuit
The federal government can't be blamed for any fallout from a 2011 FBI report that put a gang tag on fans of the music group Insane Clown Posse, a judge said.Continued ...
- Thursday, July 10, 2014
Traverse City has a new anthem
Sunrise, cherries, good food and better people are a winning combination, says The Hacky Turtles — this year's winner of the Traverse City Tourism Song Search.Continued ...
Return to bliss
You know a festival is special when a musician makes a point to return, year after year, for more than 30 years. Mark Schrock of Madcat Midnight Blues Journey this weekend makes his 34th return to Blissfest Music Festival.Continued ...
TSO takes it outside
Say “outdoor concert” to an orchestra manager and you’ll likely see the multi-tasker cringe. Performing en plein air is notoriously fraught with disaster — from wind, rain and humidity that can hamper players and their instruments’ tonality, to audience distractions like rustling leaves and road noise.Continued ...
West Michigan's Ballard kicks off summer tour with No. 1 single
It took West Michigan’s Frankie Ballard 10 years of nose-to-the-grindstone work in the music business to land his first No. 1 hit on the Billboard and Mediabase country charts.Continued ...
- Friday, July 4, 2014
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
- Thursday, July 3, 2014
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
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 ...
- Night Life Calendar: 07/18/2014