New this week
Parker: A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist. Rated R for sex, nudity, strong violence, gore, profanity. (HOR)
Bullet to the Head: After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington, D.C., detective form an alliance to bring down their common enemy. Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity, brief drug use. (HOR)
The Impossible: An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. Rated PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity. (HOR)
Warm Bodies: After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world. Rated PG-13 for sex, nudity, strong violence, language and intense scenes. (HOR)
Anna Karenina: Set in late-19th-century Russia high society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Rated R for sex, nudity, strong violence, language and intense scenes. (GAR)
Broken City: In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler. Rated R, pervasive language, some sexual content and violence. (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)
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)
Hansel and Gretel - Witch Hunters: In this spin on the fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel are now bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past. Rated R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language. (GT9)
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, suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements. (HOR)
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. (SB)
Mama: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for five years ... but how alone were they? Rated PG-13, violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements. (HOR)
Movie 43: A series of interconnected short films follows three kids as they search the depths of the Internet to find the most banned movie in the world. Rated R for strong pervasive crude and sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, language, some violence and drug use. (GT9)
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, some rude humor. (GT9)
Silver Linings Playbook: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. Rated R, language and some sexual content/nudity. (ST, HOR)
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. (ER, HOR)
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, GT9)
The Last Stand: The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff. Rated R, strong bloody violence throughout, and language. (GT9)
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. (GT9)
Wreck it Ralph: Ralph decides he's tired of playing the bad guy and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade. Rated PG, some rude humor, mild action violence. (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)
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
Community in Brief: 04/23/2014
Students stage "The Wizard of Oz"; Film series closes; Women's History Project discusses memoir; and more.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 04/22/2014
Reading by poet Fleda Brown; TCAPS Day Camp registration; program on smart phone apps; and more.Continued ...
Historical Photo of the Week: 04/21/2014
Historical photo for 04/21/2014: Can you name this woman?Continued ...
Historical photo update for 04/14/2014 image
Historical photo update for the 4/14/14 image: The gentleman is Claire Wilder.Continued ...
News From 100 Years Ago: 04/21/2014
SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT DEBATE was held at the Woman’s Club on Friday.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 04/21/2014
St. Vincent de Paul Spring Fling; program on ancient tree archive; benefit for My Sister's House; and more.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 20, 2014
Botanic Garden prepares to open new Visitor Center
The first daffodils and crocus had yet to poke up their leaves at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park as volunteer Denise Butterfield passed out logo vests to volunteers at the new Visitor Center.Continued ...
30 years of NMC art students' work in show
Retired college art professor Paul Welch spins in a slow circle, locking eyes with the dozens of memories that surround him.Continued ...
Garret Leiva: 44 is the new 24, right?
Forty-four years ago this week the gift of birth was swiftly followed by a gloved-hand slap across my backside.Continued ...
Best Sellers: 04/20/2014
Best-selling books across northwest Michigan and the nation:Continued ...
‘Book Spine’ poems range from fun to thoughtful
Brilliant Books’ April “Book Spine Poetry” contest calls for entrants to grab some books, arrange each spine and respective title in a creative order to their liking, then snap and email a photo.Continued ...
Books in Brief: 04/20/2014
Author signings; Brownell at Expo.Continued ...
Lifelines: 30 years of poetry lessons still pay off
A high school girl recently told me that she worked so hard on her poem in fourth grade during my writing workshop, she cried.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 04/20/2014
Newcomers Club meeting; antique auto buffs; Lacrosse Club pasta dinner fundraiser; and more.Continued ...
- Saturday, April 19, 2014
Community in Brief 04/19/2014
Advanced care discussion; Leelanau Montesorri Public School Academy open house; Easter dinner in Grayling; and more.Continued ...
- Education News 04/19/2014
TRAVERSE CITY -- Bored with the elliptical trudge? Juggle fire. Circus workouts add zest to a workout regime, spice to an evening and allow people to scratch things like "learn to juggle" or "walk on hands" off their bucket lists. Indulging a circusContinued ...
Body & Soul Newsmakers 04/19/2014
People in the news.Continued ...
Blood Drives 04/19/2014
Where to give blood in the region.Continued ...
Body & Soul in Brief 04/19/2014
Easter vigil service; Parkinson's disease support group; Grand Valley State University advising services; and more.Continued ...
- Friday, April 18, 2014
Arts & Entertainment in Brief 04/18/2014
Fairy Garden fun; environmental documentary; benefit for ISLAND; New Opera Project premiere; and more.Continued ...
Community in Brief 04/18/2014
Gathering for women named Linda; Wings of Wonder program; Small Plates on the Leelanau Wine Trail; and more.Continued ...
Night Life 04/18/2014
Entertainment in the region.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 17, 2014
Mobile food trucks continue to expand lineup
The Little Fleet should consider a name change as they steam toward their second summer in business. Maybe The Armada is more apropos.Continued ...
Foodie with Family: Bring an end to slow cooker mush
Slow-cookers get a bum rap for turning out bland, homogenous, texturally-challenged food. Why do people have this misconception?Continued ...
- Community in Brief: 04/23/2014