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
Sled dog rescue team makes winter debut
Sarah Dobbrastine has three words for this winter: Keep it coming. That’s because Dobbrastine is spending her first season giving sled dog rides with her dream team.Continued ...
Serendipity in poetry: Judy Hartley finds an outlet in language
Judy Hartley has written poems about almost everything under the sun. And she has stacks of composition books to prove it.Continued ...
Marta Hepler Drahos: Crowdfunding reaches height of absurdity
It takes a village to raise a child — and, apparently, money for your wedding, your prom dress and even your next vacation.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Now this was a 'real' winter
"When I was a kid, I walked three miles down a country road during the middle of winter to get to school. There were no sidewalks, we walked in the wagon ruts and the snow was higher than our heads!"Continued ...
Books in Brief: 03/09/2014
Author signings; Poet workshop.Continued ...
Best Sellers: 03/09/2014
Best-selling books across northwest Michigan and the country:Continued ...
Community in Brief: 03/09/2014
Grow Benzie dinner; Northwest MI Jazz Experience hosts concert; League of Women Voters Leelanau County screens documentary; and more.Continued ...
- Saturday, March 8, 2014
A little payback for a 'Good Samaritan'
Jenice Kroon knows almost nothing about Scott Peterson except that he was there offering a hand when she needed help.Continued ...
Adapted in TC: Reminiscence offers different view
The stylish, middle-aged woman standing at the mirrored sink washing her hands has her back to me. I’m headed to the other sink just as my small black evening bag slides off my lap.Continued ...
Body&Soul in Brief: 03/08/2014
Lenten Luncheon series continues; Moomer's "Taste of Summer" benefit for Munson Hospice; and more.Continued ...
Body&Soul Newsmakers: 03/08/2014
People in the news:Continued ...
Blood Drive Calendar: 03/08/2014
Blood drives in the region:Continued ...
Doctors hope for cure in a 2nd baby born with HIV
A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment — in this instance, four hours after birth.Continued ...
Did Jesus really look like Brad Pitt?
They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Surely it goes without saying that you can’t be too good-looking, either, right? Especially in Hollywood.Continued ...
Commission lags, Pope defensive
Pope Francis is coming under increasing criticism that he simply doesn’t get it on sex abuse.Continued ...
2-year extension seen for canceled health plans
The Obama administration will allow a two-year extension for people whose individual health insurance policies don’t comply with requirements of the new health care law, helping to defuse a politically difficult election-year issue for Democrats.Continued ...
New abortion law in Texas results in closure of two more clinics
The last abortion clinic in the vast, impoverished Rio Grande Valley closed Thursday, along with the sole remaining clinic in the 100-mile stretch between Houston and the Louisiana border, posing a tall obstacle to women seeking to end pregnancies across a wide swath of the nation’s second-largest state.Continued ...
Education Newsmakers: 03/08/2014
The following area students graduated from Central Michigan University following the fall 2013 semester:Continued ...
Community in Brief: 03/08/2014
TC Roller Derby birthday party; program on fall prevention and fire safety; Greenspire School hosts Family Arts Night; and more.Continued ...
- Friday, March 7, 2014
TC native joins Team Blake on TV's 'The Voice'
Ryan Whyte Maloney finally can spill the beans: he’s a bona fide contestant on “The Voice.”Continued ...
OTP revives 'Sound of Music' after 20 years
Kathy Verstraete unearthed some familiar artifacts while she packed her mother’s home two years ago.Continued ...
And the Oscar (contest) goes to ...
Holly MacAulay did her homework and it showed when she her Oscar contest entry landed among four with perfect scores.Continued ...
Former TC student teacher returns as singer-songwriter
Josh Rose found musical inspiration in some unusual places growing up on a sheep farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.Continued ...
Weekend in Brief: 03/07/2014
"Pure A Cappella" showcase; Mel Larimer concert series continues; and more.Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 03/07/2014
What's going on after dark:Continued ...
- Sled dog rescue team makes winter debut