New this week
Margaret: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives. Rated R for strong language, sexuality, some drug use and disturbing images. (ST)
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)
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, GAR)
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)
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. (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 extra-curricular 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-aged daughter. Rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images. (GT9)
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)
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)
Searching for Sugar Man: Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references. (BAY, 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. (HOR)
New this week
Theater fundraiser features parody on Shakespeare
“Titus Andronicus” as a cooking show, “Othello” as a rap song, “Hamlet” as speed theater.Continued ...
Quilts on exhibit walls headed to local family agencies
Books and quilts have at least three things in common. They’re colorful, often tell a story and can be an art form.Continued ...
Seasonal show takes musical journey around world
Winter holidays in Aaron Wayne Otto’s culture are about honoring ancestors with ghost suppers and telling legends, stories that can only be related when snow blankets the ground.Continued ...
Travel book names region top destination
The authors of Lonely Planet travel books have named western Michigan, including Traverse City, as their top travel destination for 2014.Continued ...
Contribute: Best Christmas light displays
We’re searching for the area’s best neighborhood Christmas light displays for an upcoming Northern Living story.Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 12/13/2013
What's happening after dark across northern Michigan:Continued ...
Weekend in Brief: 12/13/2013
"The Nutcracker" at Interlochen; Madrigal Dinner; visit with Santa Claus; and more.Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 12/13/2013
New this week — The Hobbit-The Desolation of Smaug: The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images. (HOR, GT9)Continued ...
6 geezers laying? Holidays bring on song botches
Milk and spiders? Nine lazy Hansons? Sleep in heavenly peas? It’s that time of year: holiday music time. And with holiday music comes all the strange and twisted things we sometimes think we’re hearing.Continued ...
Charity to raffle a Picasso for 100 euros ($138)
For aspiring art collectors everywhere, there is hope.Continued ...
Sarah Palin to host new outdoors show
The Sportsman Channel said Monday it has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the “red, wild and blue” lifestyle.Continued ...
Reactions to Golden Globe nominations
Celebrity reactions to the 71st annual Golden Globe nominations, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif. The awards will be given Jan. 12.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 12/13/2013
Christmas Carol Sing; "Polar Express" storytime; and more.Continued ...
- Thursday, December 12, 2013
Dennos obtains Andy Warhol prints
TRAVERSE CITY — The Dennos Museum received an early Christmas present when a shipping container arrived at its doorstep that contained seven original screen prints created by renowned American artist Andy Warhol. The prints, now hanging on display atContinued ...
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 ...
- Theater fundraiser features parody on Shakespeare