New this week
Margaret: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives. Rated R for strong language, sexuality, some drug use and disturbing images. (ST)
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. (HOR)
Argo: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. Rated R for language and some violent images. (HOR, GAR)
Chasing Mavericks: When young Jay Moriarty discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. Rated PG for thematic elements and some perilous action. (HOR)
Cloud Atlas: An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Rated R for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use. (HOR)
Flight: An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling. Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence. (HOR)
Frankenweenie: Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images and action. (GT9)
Fun Size: Wren's Halloween plans go awry when she's made to babysit her brother, who disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. With her best friend and two nerds at her side, she needs to find her brother before her mom finds out he's missing. Rated PG-13 for partying, language and crude and suggestive material. (GT9)
Here Comes the Boom: A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school. Rated PG for bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language. (GT9)
Hotel Transylvania: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter. Rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images. (GT9)
The Man with the Iron Fists: On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers. Rated R for bloody violence, strong sexuality, language and brief drug use. (HOR)
Paranormal Activity 4: It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in. Rated R for language and some violence/terror. (GT9)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight — all involving teens. (GT9)
Pitch Perfect: Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. Rated PG-13 for sexual material, language and drug references. (GT9)
Searching for Sugar Man: Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references. (BAY, ER)
Seven Psychopaths: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use. (HOR)
Silent Hill Revelation: When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood. Rated R for violence and disturbing images. (HOR)
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