New this week
The Cold Light of Day: After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase. Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content. (HOR)
The Words: A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking. (GT9)
The Avengers: Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference. (HOR)
Beasts of the Southern Wild: Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, 6-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. Rated PG-13 for thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality. (BAY)
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. (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. (ER, 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)
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)
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, GAR)
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. (GT9)
Lawless: Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits. Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity. (HOR)
Moonrise Kingdom: A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them. Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking. (ST)
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)
The Possesion: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences. (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)
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) and The Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay (BAY)
New this week
Film Fest Kicks Off With the Bite
Carrie and Don Sattler watched "Jaws" as lovestruck teens on a first date. Now 35 years into their marriage they hunkered into lawn chairs and windbreakers for another first — their first Traverse City Film Festival flick at the Open Space.Continued ...
Film Festival Schedule: 07/30/2014
What's happening Wednesday at the Traverse City Film Festival:Continued ...
Film Festival Outtakes: 07/30/2014
Six Chicago-based Greenpeace workers are in Traverse City for Film Fest week to promote the organization's campaigns on honeybees, the rainforest, the Arctic and other environmental issues. (Plus more)Continued ...
Moore donates $250,000 to launch international movie program
TRAVERSE CITY — Michael Moore wants to broadcast Traverse City's love of independent, documentary and foreign films to the world. The Traverse City Film Festival co-founder signed a $250,000 check today in a quiet corner of the festival's box office.Continued ...
Director comes home for film festival
The Traverse City Film Festival will provide the ideal backdrop for Layne Austin Simescu’s return from college.Continued ...
Spartans show their film shorts
Cinematic Spartans will help celebrate the Traverse City Film Festival’s 10th anniversary with a showing of student films. This marks the first year Michigan State University students have been invited to the festival arena.Continued ...
- Thursday, July 24, 2014
Arts & Entertainment in Brief: 07/25/2014
Jacoby exhibit; Too Much Light; Leelanau artists' exhibit. (Plus more)Continued ...
Artistic director of women's wear leaving Hermes
Christophe Lemaire, the artistic director of Hermes women's ready-to-wear line, is parting ways with the luxury house after four years.Continued ...
Vine star Mendes finds breakthrough on pop charts
Six seconds isn't a long time, but Vine superstar Shawn Mendes made the time count when posting cover songs on the social media platform.Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 07/25/2014
What's happening after dark:Continued ...
'X-Men' VR experience coming to Comic-Con
Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X.Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 07/25/2014
New this week — And So It Goes: A self-centered realtor enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements. (GT9)Continued ...
They're going to Lovett
Six acres of horse park, horse-drawn hayrides and Lyle Lovett, it sounds like a country music match made in heaven.Continued ...
A new place for art
Visitors approaching the Dentolutions offices might mistake the sculpture outside for a giant red, avant garde toothbrush.Continued ...
TCFF's latest free venue is all 'The Buzz'
Harold “Buzz” Wilson was adamant that film should be enjoyed by all and not just those who can afford tickets.Continued ...
- Thursday, July 17, 2014
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
What's happening after dark:Continued ...
- Film Fest Kicks Off With the Bite