New this week
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)
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)
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, some language and brief nudity. (HOR)
Alex Cross: A detective is told that a member of his family has been murdered. He vows to track down the killer. Rated PG-13 for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references and nudity. (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)
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, ER)
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 teenage daughter. Rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images. (GT9)
Looper: A mob target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content. (HOR, BAY)
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, GAR)
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. (ST)
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)
Sinister: Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity. Rated R for disturbing violent images and some terror. (HOR)
Taken 2: In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sensuality. (HOR)
Trouble with the Curve: An ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip. Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking. (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
Music In The Movies: Moore, Morello talk music, politics
Michael Moore gave Rage Against The Machine one director’s note during the filming of the music video for “Sleep Now in the Fire” on New York City’s Wall Street — “Whatever happens, don’t stop playing.”Continued ...
Film Festival Outtakes: 08/02/2014
Traverse City Film Festival fans still have a good shot at seeing the sold-out shows. Sid VanSlyke, venue manager at the City Opera House, said the theater sold 105 stand-by tickets to a movie showing at last year’s festival.Continued ...
Film Festival Schedule: 08/02/2014
What's happening Saturday at the Traverse City Film Festival:Continued ...
TC gets a movie makeover
Designing a great storefront window is all about telling a story, and downtown businesses had a tale to tell during the Traverse City Film Festival.Continued ...
One-minute movies get bumped up
Claire Holloway proved that one great movie can change you, even if it’s only 60 seconds.Continued ...
- Thursday, July 31, 2014
Movie Capsules: 08/01/2014
New this week — Get on Up: A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language and violent situations. (HOR)Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 08/01/2014
What's happening after dark:Continued ...
'Film Fest Around World' gathers people for global experience
Chinese film lovers may nosh a 3 a.m. Beijing breakfast of steamed buns and rice porridge. Australian audiences may spread Vegemite across their morning toast.Continued ...
Film Festival: A foreign word
Movie producer and distributor Ira Deutchman started the discussion panel titled, "Foreign Thursday: Not in America," with a caveat.Continued ...
Film Festival Schedule: 08/01/2014
What's happening Friday at the Traverse City Film Festival:Continued ...
Walking with the stars
Actress Susan Sarandon’s slender handprints — and comedian Patton Oswalt’s pudgier ones — are just a step away from becoming part of a Traverse City Film Festival “Walk of Fame” along a section of East Front Street sidewalk.Continued ...
Ticket-swap opens doors to sold out shows
You won't find ticket scalpers peddling passes in front of sold-out screenings at the Traverse City Film Festival.Continued ...
Film Festival Outtakes: 08/01/2014
Sid Van Slyke III may be the Traverse City Film Festival's youngest volunteer. Sid, 5, is VIP of Flashlights at the City Opera House, where his dad, Sid Van Slyke, is emcee.Continued ...
Stringing together tunes
Fiddler Diana Ladio says The Moxie Strings have “come a long way” in the short time since the popular Michigan string band released its last album in 2012.Continued ...
- Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The film panel goes political
Things heated up at the Traverse City Film Festival’s first panel discussion, as politics took the center stage.Continued ...
Cheers erupt. Hands clap. Whoops sound. Three seconds of the movie is in the can — only three more minutes to go.Continued ...
Film Festival Outtakes: 07/31/2014
Clay artist Phil Wilson cut away peel from the fruit on a giant (by claymation standards) banana that accidentally had been crushed in production. “The giant banana needs tentacles.”Continued ...
Burritt's helps with Kids Fest hot dog crisis
It's a problem of foot-long proportions, a missing link just a week before the Film Festival.Continued ...
- Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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 ...
- Music In The Movies: Moore, Morello talk music, politics