New this week
A Royal Affair: A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician. Together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. Rated R, sexual content, some violent images. (BAY Film Series, Jan. 13-15)
Gangster Squad: A chronicle of the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and '50s. Rated R, strong violence, language. (GT9)
Zero Dark Thirty: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011. Rated R, strong violence including brutal disturbing images, language. (GT9)
Argo: A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. Rated R, language, some violent images. (BAY)
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, GAR)
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)
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)
Not Fade Away: Set in suburban New Jersey 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
Ice Wine Time
Mark Johnson can’t help but smile while frigid weather plunges the Grand Traverse region into an early winter.Continued ...
Foodie with Family: Healthy food that tastes good hard to find
Have you ever stumbled on a recipe that made you holler because it was so good?Continued ...
Food in Brief: 12/12/2013
Lessons and Carols; Open house; Resolution Run. (Plus more)Continued ...
Industry fights wine fakers
An FBI agent recently showed Arnaud de Laforcade a file with several labels supposedly from 1947 bottles of Chateau Cheval Blanc, one of France’s finest wines.Continued ...
Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs, chickens
The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco’s tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn’t like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps.Continued ...
Fancy meal without any fancy skills
Looking to dazzle your guests during the holidays? I’ve got the perfect “fancy” dish for you.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 12/12/13
Service of Lessons and Carols; Ranch Rudolf holiday open house; Leelanau Outdoor Center "Winter Warm-Up"; and more.Continued ...
- Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Community in Brief: 12/11/2013
Benzonia Academy Lecture Series continues; Kingsley Lions meet; TSO's "Home for the Holiday's concerts; Dance Center holiday concert; and more.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Community in Brief: 12/10/2013
Library holiday open house; book and bake sale; Grawn Church hosts "Sweet Shoppe"; and more.Continued ...
- Monday, December 9, 2013
Historical Photo of the Week: 12/09/2013
Can any readers identify the children in this photo?Continued ...
Historical Photo Update for 12/02/2013 image
Historical photo information, provided by readers, for the Dec. 2 image:Continued ...
News From 100 Years Ago: 12/09/2013
Honor man bucked drifts with auto — When he reached here his machine showed the effects of hard usage.Continued ...
Northern Notes: Rain doesn't dampen support
Rain doesn't dampen support for Cooks' House pig roast fundraiser for Traverse Health Clinic.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 12/09/2013
Christmas Cookie Walk; Christmas dinner.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 8, 2013
'Perry Hannah's Gifts: Then and Now'
“Perry Hannah’s Gifts: Then and Now,” is expected to arrive in town this week, fresh from the printing press and just in time for the holidays.Continued ...
Owen Walters is one of the lucky ones. “It was hard for me to do things,” he said, as his mom, Terra, reached over to squeeze his hand. “It’s really hard still.”Continued ...
Marta Hepler Drahos: Crafty Christmas helps mend broken heart
For years I’ve been on the receiving end of gifts lovingly made by hand — gifts like a picture frame decorated with beach stones I helped its creator collect, caramel and chocolate sauces for a favorite baked pear recipe, quilted wall hangings depicting my wedding and my beloved pets.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Scooping the ashes
This fall we have been using our fireplace more than in years past. The season made its appearance and the first snow arrived before a final leaf raking.Continued ...
Books in Brief: 12/08/2013
Illustrator visit; Author discussion.Continued ...
Best Sellers: 12/08/2013
Best-selling books in northern Michigan and across the country:Continued ...
Community in Brief: 12/08/2013
"Cabin Fever" artist talk; Bayside Travellers dance; Betsie Valley Library open house; and more.Continued ...
- Saturday, December 7, 2013
'Messiah Sing' ushers in TC holiday season
David MacDougall considers himself the kind of singer who sounds better singing with a crowd than on his own.Continued ...
Rob Ford: Spread holiday cheer with eye contact
‘Whatever you do, don’t make eye contact” I said to myself. “It’s OK to look at your hands, look at your shoes, look at his beard or look at anything else, but just don’t make eye contact.”Continued ...
Body&Soul in Brief: 12/07/2013
"Pangea's 4 Peace" fundraiser; Parkinson's Support Group Christmas party; Christmas cookie sale; and more.Continued ...
Blood Drive Calendar: 12/07/2013
Where to donate blood in the region:Continued ...
- Ice Wine Time