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Cinema Chat: Sing-a-long 'White Christmas', 'Horrible Bosses 2', 'Penguins Of Madagascar' And More

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It's a holiday edition of Cinema Chat! Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins joins David Fair to discuss all of the movie offerings, and some pertinent Hollywood news, as well.

Sing-A-Long White Christmas is back!

Celebrate the Michigan Theater tradition of Sing-A-Long “White Christmas” with on-screen lyrics, interactive props and more! Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play war buddies turned entertainers who fall for a pair of sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen). Sing-A-Long “White Christmas” plays Friday, November 28 at 7:30 PM. Join us for caroling with the Barton organ from 7 – 7:30 PM!

More Holiday Movie Fun

Enjoy a laugh with friends and family as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and all of the Looney Tunes gang take over the silver screen of the historic main theater. The Michigan Theater will show a selection of Warner Bros. cartoons for all ages and offer the perfect pit stop during the start of the busy holiday shopping season.  Looney Tunes shorts play Friday, November 28 at 11:30 AM.

Home Alone

“Home Alone,” has become a holiday classic and follows a young boy named Kevin (MacaulayCulkin) who [SPOILER ALERT] is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. “Home Alone” plays Sunday, November 30at 1:30 PM at the Michigan Theater as part of the Holiday Classic Film Series. Admission is FREE!

Now Playing Downtown

The Theory of Everything

“The Theory of Everything” is an extraordinary story of extraordinary people, who fall in love and live with the highs and lows of life’s consequences. Once a healthy, active young man, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With his wife Jane (Felicity Jones) as primary support, Hawking embarks his most ambitious scientific work. Based on the true story of Hawking, the famous cosmologist and physicist known for the best-selling book “A Brief History of Time,” and the relationship with his clever, hard-working wife Jane, “The Theory of Everything” is a not to be missed motion picture: now playing at the Michigan Theater. In my opinion, it may be the best movie of the year!

More fantastic films – and possible Oscar contenders – are also continuing downtown.  Make sure you check out “Whiplash,” “Interstellar,” and “Birdman,” three great films continuing through Thursday December 4.

Now Playing at the Multiplex

The Penguins Of Madagascar

In the animated cinema sequel, “The Penguins Of Madagascar,” these South Pole birds join forces as secret agents with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine (voiced by John Malkovich) from destroying the world as we know it. “The Penguins Of Madagascar” opened onWednesday.

Horrible Bosses 2

"Horrible Bosses 2" reunites Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as everyone's favorite working stiffs. Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey also reprise their "Horrible Bosses" starring roles, while Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz star as new adversaries standing between the guys and their dreams of success. "Horrible Bosses 2" opened on Wednesday.

Special Screenings Downtown

My Neighbor Totoro

“My Neighbor Totoro,” a modern classic of Japanese animation, follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As the girls’ mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. “My Neighbor Totoro” plays Sunday, November 30 at 1:30 PM at the State Theatre. Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series and The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State. Free for kids 12 & under!

The Promised Land

Polish filmmaker AndrzejWajda adapted his 1975 effort “The Promised Land” from an 1897 novel by WladyslawStanislawReymont. The story concerns three Polish laborers of vastly different social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Unlike many of their recalcitrant contemporaries, the three men are able to overcome their differences and work together. “The Promised Land” plays Monday, December 1 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.

From Up On Poppy Hill

“From Up On Poppy Hill” takes place in Yokohama in 1963, with its misty harbor, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking shown in animation. The story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times when Japan was picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics. “From Up On Poppy Hill” plays Wednesday, December 3 at 7 PM at the State Theatre. Part of the The Studio Ghibli Collection: A 30-Year-Retrospective at the State.

Contact David: dfair@emich.edu