New this week
Not Fade Away: Set in suburban New Jersey in the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big. Rated R for pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content. (HOR)
Promised Land: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources. Rated R for language. (GT-9)
Texas Chainsaw 3D: A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward. Rated R for strong grisly violence and language throughout. (HOR)
Cirque du Soleil — Worlds Away: Two young people journey through the dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other. Not rated. (HOR)
Django Unchained: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Rated R for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity. (HOR)
Jack Reacher: A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material. (HOR)
Les Miserables: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements. (HOR, ER)
Lincoln: As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language. (ST, HOR, GAR)
Monsters, Inc.: Monsters generate their city's power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted. Rated G. (GT-9)
Parental Guidance: Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behaviors collide with Artie and Diane's old-school methods. Rated PG for some rude humor. (GT-9)
Rise of the Guardians: When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. Rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action. (GT-9)
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)
The Guilt Trip: As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom's house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride. Rated PG-13 for language and some risque material. (GT-9)
The Hobbit — An Unexpected Journey: A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images. (HOR, GT-9, BAY)
This is 40: A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of Knocked Up. Rated R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material. (GT-9)
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
Crisis in Ukraine focus of benefit lecture
TRAVERSE CITY -- When people talk "war" -- whenever, wherever -- it's time to "tune in" and listen, said Jack Segal. Segal presents "Ukraine: A New Cold War?" -- in lecture and Q-and-A format -- Monday at 6 p.m. in Northwestern Michigan College's MilContinued ...
The Accidentals -- all grown up
TRAVERSE CITY -- Blake Elliott first heard The Accidentals at an open mic show she and a friend hosted after a Traverse City Film Festival. "They came down to Cuppa Joe, just 15 and 16," said Elliott, a singer-songwriter, recalling that night three yContinued ...
Arts & Entertainment in Brief 04/18/2014
Fairy Garden fun; environmental documentary; benefit for ISLAND; New Opera Project premiere; and more.Continued ...
New Opera Project looks to the future
TRAVERSE CITY -- Many operas have vocal challenges which make them unsuitable for young performers' developing voices. Scott Skiba, an Interlochen Arts Academy voice and opera theater instructor had that challenge in mind when he called on the AcademContinued ...
Night Life 04/18/2014
Entertainment in the region.Continued ...
- Friday, April 11, 2014
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 ...
- Crisis in Ukraine focus of benefit lecture