New this week
Cirque du Soleil — Worlds Away: Two young people journey through the dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other. Not rated. (HOR)
Jack Reacher: A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material. (HOR)
Les Miserables: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements. (HOR beginning Dec. 25)
Parental Guidance: Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behaviors collide with Artie and Diane's old-school methods. Rated PG for some rude humor. (GT-9, beginning Dec. 25)
The Guilt Trip: As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom's house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride. Rated PG-13 for language and some risque material. (GT-9)
This is 40: A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of Knocked Up. Rated R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material. (GT-9)
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)
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. (ER, GAR)
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. (ST, HOR)
Monsters, Inc.: Monsters generate their city's power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted. Rated G. (GT-9)
Playing for Keeps: A former sports star who's fallen on hard times starts coaching his son's soccer team as a way to get his life together. His attempts to become an adult are met with challenges from the attractive soccer moms who pursue him at every turn. Rated PG-13 for some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image. (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)
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 Hobbit — An Unexpected Journey: A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images. (SB, HOR, GT-9)
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
Sports in Brief: TC's Johnson picked up by Twins
The Minnesota Twins purchased the contract of Traverse City Beach Bums All-Star closer D.J. Johnson, signing him to a two-year deal. The Twins will be the third affiliated organization for Johnson. (Plus more)Continued ...
New website is a trail-blazer
A new interactive website will provide outdoor enthusiasts a one-stop user’s guide to 5,300 miles of trails across Michigan's northern lower peninsula.Continued ...
MacMaster won't have mother's vote
State Senate candidate Greg MacMaster gained endorsements from political officials in his opponent's hometown, including Traverse city's mayor, but primary foe Wayne Schmidt swiped a different sort of political prize: support from MacMaster's mother.Continued ...
UPDATE: Authorities continue to investigate homeless man's death
Traverse City police are awaiting toxicology reports to see if drugs or alcohol factored in a local homeless man's death.Continued ...
Three Republicans hope to represent Antrim County in Lansing
A teacher, a handyman and a semi-truck driver all want to be the Republican candidate for Michigan’s 105th House seat.Continued ...
Students present research findings at National Air and Space Museum
Three Traverse City West Senior High School students took a trip to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., but it wasn't just to see the sights.Continued ...
NMC could lease Shadowland Motel
Northwestern Michigan College officials will discuss a plan to increase student housing by leasing a local motel.Continued ...
Sheriff's deputies warn of fraudulent law enforcement calls
Grand Traverse County sheriff's officials are asking residents to call authorities if they receive phone calls from someone stating they missed jury duty and must pay a fine or face arrest.Continued ...
Triebold, LaJoie still the team to beat in Au Sable race
Can anyone seriously challenge the defending champs? That’s the biggest question going into the 67th annual Au Sable River Canoe Marathon race Saturday evening.Continued ...
2014 All-Region Girls Track Team
The Traverse City Record-Eagle's picks for the 2014 All-Region Girls Track team:Continued ...
2014 All-Region Boys Track Team
The Traverse City Record-Eagle's picks for the 2014 All-Region Boys Track team:Continued ...
Embezzlement from Park Place Hotel suspected
Police are investigating an embezzlement complaint at the Park Place Hotel.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/26/2014
Are shoppers safer?; No info monopoly.Continued ...
Education Newsmakers: 07/26/2014
Jared Ornelas, of Lake Leelanau, was named to the Dean’s List at Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, for spring semester 2014. (Plus more)Continued ...
New street magazine helps homeless
Randy Parcher has lived in a van with his girlfriend for three years. He helps support the couple by day selling his art work, which he creates at public spaces like the library or coffee house. He burrows down in a pile of blankets at night and relies on body heat to stay warm.Continued ...
Body & Soul in Brief: 07/26/2014
Arcadia Daze luncheon; Grief workshops; Church histories. (Plus more)Continued ...
Blood Drive Calendar: 07/26/2014
Area Blood Drives: American Red Cross - Gaylord, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., July 30, F.O.E. Eagles Club, 515 S. Wisconsin Ave. (Plus more)Continued ...
Homeless man identified
Traverse City police released the name of a local homeless man whose death is under investigation. Robert Lee Howard, Jr., 62, died Thursday in the emergency room at Munson Medical Center.Continued ...
Leelanau County meth lab discovered, investigation continues
A Cedar man and Suttons Bay woman were arrested for maintaining a drug house in Centerville Township, the first meth lab found in the county, Leelanau County Sheriff Michael Borkovich said.Continued ...
Authorities investigate overdose death
Traverse City police are investigating the death of a homeless man who investigators considered a witness in the recent beating death of another homeless man.Continued ...
E. coli levels back down
It's safe to swim again. Bacteria levels at four Grand Traverse Bay beaches are back down after they elevated briefly on Wednesday.Continued ...
Ag Forum: Rebuilding 'foodshed' and community resilience
In my previous life as a reporter for the Record-Eagle from 1986 to 1998, I remember reporting on two words that were new to me at the time.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 07/25/2014
Christmas in July; Artist’s reception; Solar viewing party. (Plus more)Continued ...
Bums fall in slugfest
With 21 runs scored on 28 hits, it was not an easy night for the 10 pitchers who took the mound for Thursday’s game between Traverse City and host Schaumburg.Continued ...
Sports in Brief: Registration taking place for football, soccer
Registration has begun for YMCA Flag Football and YMCA Coed youth soccer. (Plus more)Continued ...
- Sports in Brief: TC's Johnson picked up by Twins