New this week
Ai Weiwei -- Never Sorry: A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government. Rated R for some language. (ST)
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. (GT9)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi: A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in the basement of a Tokyo office building and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking. (ST)
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)
Wreck-It Ralph: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the arcade where he lives. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence. (GT9)
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)
Arbitrage: A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. Rated R for language, brief violent images and drug use. (SB)
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)
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)
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 extracurricular 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-age daughter. Rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images. (GT9)
The Master: A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future — until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language. (GAR)
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, 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, some language and brief nudity. (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)
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
Education Newsmakers: 08/02/2014
The following area students were named to the Dean’s List at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, for winter 2014:Continued ...
Blood Drive Calendar: 08/02/2014
Area Blood Drives: American Red Cross — Kalkaska, 12:30-5:15 p.m., Aug. 4, Kaliseum Recreation Complex, 1900 Fairgrounds. (Plus more)Continued ...
Adapted in TC: Remembering a TC Film Fest friend
I met Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Mazursky five years ago at the Traverse City Film Festival.Continued ...
Body & Soul in Brief: 08/02/2014
Walk against cancer; Book study group; Boats on the Boardwalk show. (Plus more)Continued ...
Buddhist Lama to visit Omena
"Can they hear me or not?" Many of Marie Elena Gaspari's friends wonder about this and so much more as they care for older relatives or get close to losing them, she said.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 ...
- Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Food in Brief: 07/31/2014
Reading club finale; Founders dinner; Harbor Days. (Plus more)Continued ...
Lovina's Amish Kitchen: Amish wedding, Coblentz reunion highlight week
Such a lovely July morning. My wash and wringer machine is working again now, and it would be a great laundry day but we don’t have any hot water.Continued ...
Nancy Krcek Allen: Crudités à la Française
The crudités (kroo-deh-TAY) platter is the least visited part of a party. It’s no wonder. The word crudités brings up images of tough and tangy, raw broccoli and cauliflower florets, radishes and carrot and celery sticks cringing nakedly on a platterContinued ...
Food for the film-weary
There's nothing like a hot cup of coffee to kickoff the day, especially if you're waiting in line for an early screening at the Traverse City Film Festival.Continued ...
- Monday, July 28, 2014
Historical Photo of the Week: 07/28/2014
Did you know that Traverse City’s own State Theater, the epicenter of the TC Film Festival, opened on July 4, 1916 as the Lyric Theater?Continued ...
Update on 07/21/2014 historical photo
Historical photo information, provided by readers, for the July 21 image:Continued ...
News From 100 Years Ago: 07/28/2014
Because of complaints lodged with the city commission in regards to the practice of residents in certain sections of the city allowing their chickens to run at large, the police department has been instructed to take steps at once to curb the nuisance.Continued ...
Northern Notes: Sheriff returns boat gone adrift
Bruce Bush, of Frederick, Md., wrote to express his gratitude to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in returning his sailboat that made an unscheduled trip during the night of July 17.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 27, 2014
Film Festival: 10 Seasons and Counting
The future of the Traverse City Film Festival was cemented the moment the curtain rose at the end of the first screening, at least that's how festival co-founder Michael Moore sees it.Continued ...
The cruise of a lifetime
Kathleen Ledezma spent nearly 30 years raising children, running a household, working and attending college while her husband spent up to 11 months at a time away at sea.Continued ...
Marta Hepler Drahos: When fireworks go from awesome to awful
Darkness falls like a curtain beyond our living room windows. The air is cool through the screens by the couch, where we sit holding our breath.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Music strikes a familiar note
I had the pleasure of attending the Bonnie Raitt concert at Interlochen Center for the Arts. I’m a longtime fan of her music, but it was the first time I had the opportunity to see her perform last month. She didn’t disappoint anyone in a packed Kresge Auditorium.Continued ...
Books in Brief: 07/27/2014
Book signings; Book study group.Continued ...
Best Sellers: 07/27/2014
Best-selling books across northwest Michigan and the nation:Continued ...
- Friday, July 25, 2014
Education Newsmakers: 07/26/2014
Jared Ornelas, of Lake Leelanau, was named to the Dean’s List at Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, for spring semester 2014. (Plus more)Continued ...
New street magazine helps homeless
Randy Parcher has lived in a van with his girlfriend for three years. He helps support the couple by day selling his art work, which he creates at public spaces like the library or coffee house. He burrows down in a pile of blankets at night and relies on body heat to stay warm.Continued ...
Body & Soul in Brief: 07/26/2014
Arcadia Daze luncheon; Grief workshops; Church histories. (Plus more)Continued ...
Blood Drive Calendar: 07/26/2014
Area Blood Drives: American Red Cross - Gaylord, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., July 30, F.O.E. Eagles Club, 515 S. Wisconsin Ave. (Plus more)Continued ...
- Education Newsmakers: 08/02/2014