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Cinema Chat: 'A Man Called Ove,' 'Michael Moore In TrumpLand,' 'Nosferatu,' 'Inferno,' And More

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Are you ready for a spooky weekend at your local movie theater?  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the films coming to theaters this Halloween weekend.

Opening Downtown

"A Man Called Ove"

Sweden’s biggest hit since “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.”  Adapted from the best-selling novel by Fredrik Bachman, the film follows the titular character, Ove, the quintessential angry old man next door.  An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life.  Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire.  Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks.  What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared.  Alissa Simon of Variety calls the film “a touching comic crowd pleaser that may call for a tissue or two by the end.”  “A Man Called Ove” opens Friday.

"Michael Moore in TrumpLand"

The Oscar-winning director dives deep in the heart of hostile TrumpLand territory with his daring, profound, and uproarious one-man show.  Performed, shot, and edited just weeks before the 2016 election, this heartfelt, honest, and hilarious concert film is essential election viewing for a divided America, entertaining, outraging, and informing in equal measure.  “Michael Moore in TrumpLand” opens Friday.  On Saturday only, after the 7:15 screening, Executive Director Russ Collins and all who attend that particular screening, will engage in a live video-linked Q & A session with director Michael Moore.  This is one of a handful of live Q & A’s he is doing with audiences across America. 

Special Screenings Downtown


An Ann Arbor tradition continues when the first vampire movie plays the Michigan Theater.  The film is about the eerie Count Orlok (the beyond-creepyMax Schreck), a vampire who becomes obsessed with his real estate agent’s beautiful wife.  This very special presentation will have live organ accompaniment on the Michigan Theater’s grand Barton Organ by the Michigan’s gifted organist, Stephen Warner.  Roger Ebert said it best: “[‘Nosferatu’] doesn't scare us, but it haunts us. It shows not that vampires can jump out of shadows, but that evil can grow there, nourished on death.”  “Nosferatu” plays Thursday, October 27 at 8 PM.

"Adventures in Babysitting"

The Kids in America: '80's Teen Classic Series continues!  When plans with her boyfriend fall through, high school senior Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) ends up babysitting the Anderson kids, Brad (Keith Coogan) and Sara (Maia Brewton). What should be a quiet night in, however, turns into a series of ridiculous exploits, starting when they leave the house to pick up Chris’ friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller). Soon, Brad’s buddy Daryl (Anthony Rapp) is involved, and the group must contend with car thieves, blues musicians and much more.  “Adventures in Babysitting” plays Monday, October 31 at 7 PM.

"The Lost Boys"

Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move to a small town in northern California.  While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), the angst-ridden Michael soon falls for Star (Jami Gertz) — who turns out to be in thrall to David (Kiefer Sutherland), leader of a local gang of vampires.  Sam and his new friends must save Michael and Star from the undead.  “The Lost Boys” plays Monday, October 31 at 9:30 PM.


Monday, November 7 @ 7 PM:  "Say Anything"      

Monday, November 14 @ 7 PM:  "Back to the Future"         

Monday, November 21 @ 7 PM: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"

Monday, November 28 @ 7 PM:  "WarGames"


Thursday, November 3 @ 9:30 PM:  "Stop Making Sense"

Thursday, November 17 @ 9:30 PM:  "Top Gun"

Thursday, December 8 @ 9:30 PM:  "Gremlins"

Continuing Downtown

“The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years”

Based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966), the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim.  The film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary musical and pop culture phenomenon.  Directed by Ron Howard, “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years” now playing at the Michigan Theater.


This film recounts Deborah Lipstadt's (Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.  In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.  Critics Consensus: Denial offers a satisfying, impactful drama -- and another powerful performance from Rachel Weisz.

"The Dressmaker"

Glamorous dressmaker Tilly (Kate Winslet) returns to her hometown in rural Australia to reconnect with her ailing mother and exact sweet revenge on the community that banished her as a child.  As her plan unfolds, she finds love with a local man (Liam Hemsworth) and success transforming the town with her exquisite creations.

Opening at the Multiplex


Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in this adaptation of author Dan Brown's bestselling novel, which finds Langdon using Dante's The Divine Comedy as a tool in the race to prevent a devastating global pandemic.  “Inferno” opens Friday. 

Opening at the Michigan EXCLUSIVELY Next Week

"Gimme Danger"

Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch.  Starring: Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt, Kathy Ashton, Danny Fields

"Gimme Danger" is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Jim Jarmusch about the band The Stooges, which featured Iggy Pop.  The film had its world premiere at theCannes Film Festivalon May 19, 2016.  It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festivaland the New York Film Festival

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu

Contact David: dfair@emich.edu
Russ Collins is the executive director of Marquee Arts, the nonprofit that oversees the Michigan Theater and State Theater in Ann Arbor.
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