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
The garage where everybody knows your name
The walls inside Dean VanSteenburg’s pole barn read like a family photo album — like a book documenting the life and times of the dozens of people who arrived as strangers and left as friends.Continued ...
Maritime Academy cadets host Captain's Dinner and Ship Tour
Wes Clanton and Melissa Gooch are people of intrigue as they make the community club circuit in their Great Lakes Maritime Academy cadet gear.Continued ...
Garrett Leiva: Eruption — double take on the sneeze
I’m a two-timer, yet my wife stands by me – just not too close. My two-timing nature is something to sneeze at — sternutation times two.Continued ...
The Kalkaska County Library’s Writers and Readers Speakers series continues at noon, on Thursday, March 20, with 2014 Michigan Notable Book author William Rapai, author of “The Kirtland’s Warbler: the story of a bird’s fight against extinction and the people who saved it.”Continued ...
Best Sellers: 03/16/2014
Best-selling books in northwest Michigan and across the nation:Continued ...
Lifelines: Destiny found in library
I’m slightly dyslexic and can’t read out loud very well. Still, I fell in love with books at an early age.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 03/16/2014
Author visits Kalkaska Public Library; and more.Continued ...
- Saturday, March 15, 2014
From One Mother to Another: Kombucha Catches On
Would you sell your mother? Or your babies? Alan Bowen happily gives his away.Continued ...
Life As I Know It: Saying farewell to an influential teacher
Charles Tomlin, born July 11, 1953, died Feb. 25, 2014. Mr. Tomlin passed away unexpectedly after complications from a recent surgical procedure. He is survived by his parents, one brother, one sister, a son and a daughter.Continued ...
Body&Soul in Brief: 03/15/2014
Program on brain health; Lenten services continue; Bethlehem Lutheran holds Lenten program; and more.Continued ...
Body&Soul Newsmakers: 03/15/2014
People in the news:Continued ...
Blood Drive Calendar: 03/15/2014
For details about American Red Cross Blood Drives, call 347-5984 or (800) 582-2240, ext. 109; for information on American Red Cross drives in northern Michigan, visit redcrossmichigan.org.Continued ...
Demand grows for halal food as industry evolves
The global industry for halal food and lifestyle products — ones that meet Islamic law standards of manufacture — is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying as Muslim populations grow.Continued ...
Survivors: Pope saved many in dirty wars
Gonzalo Mosca was a radical on the run. Hunted by Uruguay’s dictators, he fled to Argentina, where he narrowly escaped a military raid on his hideout. “I thought that they would kill me at any moment,” Mosca says.Continued ...
Hamas in worst cash crisis since seizing Gaza Strip
Gaza’s Hamas rulers have been hit by the worst economic crisis since seizing the territory seven years ago and face growing discontent, even among core supporters, because there’s no sign of relief from a blockade enforced not only by Israel but also by a suddenly hostile Egypt.Continued ...
Ancient masks go on display in Jerusalem
The oldest known masks in the world went on display in Jerusalem on Tuesday in the largest-ever exhibit of the ghoulish faces, believed to have been created in the Holy Land thousands of years before the time of the Bible.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 03/15/2014
Central High School class of 1957 meet; country dance; and more.Continued ...
You're Needed: 03/15/2014
The Old Town Playhouse invites you to join them as a volunteer usher for the remainder of the current season.Continued ...
Education Newsmakers: 03/15/2014
The following area students graduated from Grand Valley State University in December 2013:Continued ...
Cuddlers soothe babies too sick, tiny to go home
A volunteer slips her arms into a gauzy yellow hospital gown and approaches a medical crib holding a tiny newborn hooked up to noisy machines.Continued ...
- Friday, March 14, 2014
Joshua Davis’ musical journey continues
It’s all about the journey for singer-songwriter Joshua Davis. The award-winning Michigan musician has experienced more than his share of those treks the past few years, from traveling to the West Bank for a life-changing odyssey that inspired a compelling studio album to relocating to Traverse City from Lansing.Continued ...
Northern Expressions women bond over art
Eyes squint over landscapes. Glasses slide over nose tips as pencils scratch out blue boats tethered in a marina. The scene is tranquil but batik watercoloring teems with tense, make-or-break moments.Continued ...
Weekend in Brief: 03/14/2014
Walk, Run, Crawl this St. Patty’s Day; Performing Arts Series; Beehive Collective program is Sunday. (Plus more)Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 03/14/2014
Entertainment in the region:Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 03/14/2014
New this week — The Great Beauty: Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Not Rated.(BAY)Continued ...
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