New this week
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)
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)
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, some language and brief nudity. (HOR)
Alex Cross: A detective is told that a member of his family has been murdered. He vows to track down the killer. Rated PG-13 for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references and nudity. (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)
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, 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 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 teenage daughter. Rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images. (GT9)
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, BAY)
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, GAR)
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)
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)
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
From the Farm: Stretching fall bounty
The question is always the same when Midwestern local eating comes up in conversation with those not from around here: “But what about the winter?”Continued ...
Community in Brief: 04/24/2014
Benzie County Water Festival; student group hosts battle of the bands; Great Lakes Maritime Academy open house; and more.Continued ...
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 ...
- From the Farm: Stretching fall bounty