New this week
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)
Atlas Shrugged Part 2: With the global economy on the brink of collapse, Dagny Taggart discovers what might be the answer to a mounting energy crisis and races against the clock to prevent the motor of the World from being stopped for good. Rated PG-13 for brief language. (HOR)
Beasts of the Southern Wild: Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting icecaps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, 6-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. Rated PG-13 for thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality. (ER)
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)
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. (BAY)
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. (ST)
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)
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)
End of Watch: Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop. Rated R for strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references and some drug use. (HOR)
Finding Nemo 3D: After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. Rated G. (GT9)
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)
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 teenage daughter. Rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images. (GT9)
House at the End of the Street: A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, thematic elements, language, some teen partying and brief drug material. (HOR)
Looper: A mob target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content. (HOR, GAR)
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.
The Possession: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences. (HOR)
Resident Evil Retribution: Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead. Rated R for sequences of strong violence throughout. (GT9)
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)
Trouble with the Curve: An ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip. Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking. (GT9)
Won't Back Down: Two determined mothers, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Rated PG for thematic elements and 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