New this week
The Collection: A man who escapes from the vicious grips of the serial killer known as "The Collector" is blackmailed to rescue an innocent girl from the killer's booby-trapped warehouse. Rated R for strong bloody violence, grisly images, language and brief 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)
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, GAR)
Life of Pi: A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor ... a fearsome Bengal tiger. Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril. (GT-9, BAY)
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. (HOR)
Red Dawn: A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language. (HOR)
Rise of the Guardians: When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. Rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action. (GT-9, ER)
The Sessions: A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. Rated R, strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue. (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)
The Twilight Saga-Breaking Dawn Part 2: After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity. (HOR, GT9)
Wreck-It Ralph: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence. (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
- Poll: Will city determine who made bad decisions on splash pad?
Education Newsmakers: 08/02/2014
The following area students were named to the Dean’s List at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, for winter 2014:Continued ...
Blood Drive Calendar: 08/02/2014
Area Blood Drives: American Red Cross — Kalkaska, 12:30-5:15 p.m., Aug. 4, Kaliseum Recreation Complex, 1900 Fairgrounds. (Plus more)Continued ...
Music In The Movies: Moore, Morello talk music, politics
Michael Moore gave Rage Against The Machine one director’s note during the filming of the music video for “Sleep Now in the Fire” on New York City’s Wall Street — “Whatever happens, don’t stop playing.”Continued ...
Bay-to-bay trail plan at Sleeping Bear Dunes
National Lakeshore and National Park Service officials are working with the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes to develop a trail plan for hikers and paddlers along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and they want to hear from the public.Continued ...
Blood drive to benefit crisis center
A local blood drive is set to help more than patients awaiting blood transfusions.Continued ...
Challenger questions incumbent
The Republican primary race for Grand Traverse County’s 4th District commission seat pits a challenger who claimed his opponent isn’t a true fiscal conservative against an incumbent who’s running on his experience and knowledge of the county’s history.Continued ...
Film Festival Outtakes: 08/02/2014
Traverse City Film Festival fans still have a good shot at seeing the sold-out shows. Sid VanSlyke, venue manager at the City Opera House, said the theater sold 105 stand-by tickets to a movie showing at last year’s festival.Continued ...
Film Festival Schedule: 08/02/2014
What's happening Saturday at the Traverse City Film Festival:Continued ...
Adapted in TC: Remembering a TC Film Fest friend
I met Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Mazursky five years ago at the Traverse City Film Festival.Continued ...
Body & Soul in Brief: 08/02/2014
Walk against cancer; Book study group; Boats on the Boardwalk show. (Plus more)Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 08/02/2014
Does the right thing; Amend zero-tolerance; Purchase is a bailout.Continued ...
Going to the fair
Scott Gray strolled along a line of recreation vehicles stretched as far as the eye could see when he spotted Nancy Ellis laboring to tie lights onto an awning of the family camper. Gray stopped to help.Continued ...
Ag Forum: What's your missing link?
In business and in life, when we have problems, we often look for silver bullets, the easy answer, the dramatic solution, the big score.Continued ...
Short's partner appointed to state committee
Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Scott Newman-Bale, a founding partner in Short's Brewing Company, to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Executive Committee.Continued ...
Saskatoons at Tom's Food Markets
A Leelanau County farm that grows unique Saskatoon berries will display how to cook with the fruit at Tom's Food Markets.Continued ...
TC sidewalk ordinance again up for debate
City commissioners don't plan to let a sidewalk ordinance fall through the cracks.Continued ...
Candidates hope varied experience will speak to voters
Two Republican candidates hope careers that span multiple sectors will help them win votes on primary election day.Continued ...
Mysterious pro-Schmidt robocall linked to Clinch Park Marina
Local caller IDs lit up with the digits 922-4903 as residents fielded yet another automated campaign message ahead of the Aug. 5 primary election.Continued ...
Authorities: Cedar man violated protection order
A Cedar man's drunken, motorized jaunt in front of a woman's home detoured into Leelanau County's jail after authorities said it violated a personal protection order she filed against him.Continued ...
Businessman delivers pizza to boaters — on Sea-Doo
Long Lake Grocery owner Nick Ferrugia contemplated how to boost pizza sales to boaters on nearby Long Lake one sleepless night when the idea arrived like a wave.Continued ...
Motorcycle backfire kindles Kalkaska house fire
A motorcycle backfire sparked a fire that spread through a Kalkaska man's garage and then into his house.Continued ...
City commissioners to pick pier designers
A committee chose a design and engineering group that boasts public engagement skills over another group with a reputation for marine engineering acumen to craft a fishing pier at the mouth of the Boardman River.Continued ...
TC gets a movie makeover
Designing a great storefront window is all about telling a story, and downtown businesses had a tale to tell during the Traverse City Film Festival.Continued ...
Buddhist Lama to visit Omena
"Can they hear me or not?" Many of Marie Elena Gaspari's friends wonder about this and so much more as they care for older relatives or get close to losing them, she said.Continued ...