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
One Cookie at a Time
Avid home bakers work tirelessly throughout the holiday season to create their beloved confections for family and friends. But dozens come together each year to spread the wealth of their secret family recipes, to make their efforts carry more impact than just expanding waistlines.Continued ...
Stone House Cafe closes
The owners of Stone House Cafe, a landmark bakery and eatery for the past 18 years in Leland, have announced the restaurant will close its doors.Continued ...
Recipe of the Week: 12/05/2013
This recipe of the week comes from Unity of Traverse City. The church will host its annual cookie sale fundraiser Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3600 Five Mile Road.Continued ...
Food in Brief: 12/05/2013
International cookies; Christmas dinner; Lights, Bites and Books. (Plus more)Continued ...
A quiche that keeps the carbs and fat at bay
After you’ve stuffed yourself with turkey and taters and gravy and pie and — of course — stuffing, you might be ready to do penance before the next rush of holiday calories.Continued ...
Bourbon mixes it up: New styles, flavors, brands
Picking a bourbon isn’t the one-two-three choice it used to be. There’s been a boom in brands, especially from small, premium producers, not to mention a flood of new styles.Continued ...
Hotels loosen the rules on outside food
Mariam Hashimi and her husband, Munis Alkouz, chose the hotel for their November wedding reception mainly for one reason: It allowed them to use a local caterer to bring in the traditional Afghan rice and meat dishes that hotel chefs often aren’t trained to prepare.Continued ...
Chestnuts: Not just for roasting over open fires
Who doesn’t love chocolate truffles? They are the essence of chocolate, and a sure-fire mood enhancer.Continued ...
Japanese spurn rice in favor of Western food
Washoku, the traditional cuisine of Japan, is being considered for designation as part of the world’s priceless cultural heritage by the U.N. this week.Continued ...
ABC's 'The Chew' biting into its 500th episode
When ABC’s “The Chew” premiered in September 2011, it begged the question: Was it biting off more than a show like this could chew?Continued ...
Community in Brief: 12/05/2013
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at GT Resort; Cottage Coffee program; "Meet Mr. Dickesn"; and more.Continued ...
- Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Community in Brief: 12/04/2013
Peace Corps get-together; GARSP group meets; visit with Santa in Kingsley; and more.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Community in Brief: 12/03/2013
Merry Marketplace; Cookie Extravaganza; Art lecture. (Plus more)Continued ...
- Monday, December 2, 2013
Historical Photo of the Week: 12/02/2013
Can any readers identify the young woman in this photo?Continued ...
News From 100 Years Ago: 12/02/2013
Honor Couple in Hands of Sheriff — Sheriff Tucker of this county returned last night with Joseph Hunt and Mayme, wife of Frank Hunt of this village whom he had arrested in Grand Rapids upon a serious charge.Continued ...
Northern Notes: Decorate Interlochen Mitten Tree
The Holiday Mitten Tree is up at the Interlochen Public Library, 9700 Riley Road, and ready to be decorated with new mittens, scarves and hats.Continued ...
Service News: 12/02/2013
Air Force Airman Ben Kubesh graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 1, 2013
Santa's new digs
Marty Rhein takes his three children to downtown Traverse City every year to see the Christmas tree lighted and to visit Santa’s House.Continued ...
TC native makes music on world stage
Dan Trahey’s first foray into instrumental music wasn’t anything spectacular, but it led to a career in music that never would have been possible without the opportunity.Continued ...
On Poetry: Holidays time for children's poems
Holiday time. Time for a poem for the kids. What’s to say about this one except that it makes me smile?Continued ...
Best Sellers: 12/01/2013
Northwest Michigan Hardcover fiction 1. "First Phone Call from Heaven" by Mitch Albom, Harper, $24.95 2. "Chickadee Spirit" by Bill Smith, Sleepytime Press, $18.95 3. "Brown Dog" by Jim Harrison, Grove Press, $27 Paperback fiction 1. "The Whole GoldeContinued ...
Loraine Anderson: Long road to civil rights not over
I am grateful to PBS-TV for its documentaries looking back at American historical events from early in my lifetime and before. For most of this year I have been trying to write an essay that explores how slavery, the Nazi Holocaust, the Civil War andContinued ...
Books in Brief: 12/01/2013
Author expo; Author signings.Continued ...
- Saturday, November 30, 2013
Mental Wellness: Parenting and those launchpad errors
I was recently at a book signing event for my new parenting book. I had five separate moms that came up to me and joked, "Do you have a book for how to get your adult kids to move out of your house?" I couldn't believe that five moms all made the samContinued ...
Community in Brief 12/01/2013
Holiday art programs; Bear Lake's Sparkle in the Park; Christmas Village opens; and more.Continued ...
- One Cookie at a Time