Another star turn for Meryl Streep, amazing documentaries and an Angelie Jolie/Brad Pitt film with blockbuster designs. It's all part of this weeks edition of Cinema Chat with David Fair and Michigan Theater CEO and Executive Director Russ Collins.
Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of “Suffragette,” a powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. The story centers on Maud (Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.'s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause. When aggressive police action forces Maud and her fellow suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities. Inspired by true events, “Suffragette” is a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women's right to vote - their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives. “Suffragette” opens Friday at the Michigan.
“Room” tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay), a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother (Brie Larson). Their life, however, is anything but typical: they are trapped, confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room - but as Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. “Room” opens Friday at the State.
“East Side Sushi,” if you didn’t see it during Cinetopia, see it now! Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s festival, it is set in the San Francisco Bay area, where Juana, a working-class Latina single mother, in spite of prejudice, lands a position as a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant. There she discovers a whole new world of cuisine and culture. Juana's re-ignited passion for food drives her to want more from her job and her life. A truly charming picture, “East Side Sushi” opens Friday at the State.
Both Truth and Meet the Patels will play occasionally this weekend and next week. Check for show times.
Polish Film Festival returns to Downtown
Since its beginning in 1993, the Polish Film Festival has promoted Polish culture by offering audiences an opportunity to see a broad range of narrative forms and visual styles present in contemporary Polish cinema, including documentaries, animated shorts, and feature films. The festival runs from Friday to Sunday at the Michigan Theater.
Special Screenings Downtown
“Love is a Verb” follows a global movement of faithful Muslims inspired by the teachings of Fethullah Gulen, preaching social activism, peace and dialogue. “Love is a Verb” plays Thursday November 12 at 7:30 PM the State.
The Lusophone Film Festival- Showcasing the contemporary cinema of the Portuguese-speaking world. The festival continues this week with three films:
The documentary ”White Out, Black In” plays on Thursday November 12 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan;
“Horse Money,” a powerful indictment of social and racial injustice in Portugal, plays on Saturday at 12 PM at the State Theatre.
“Bobô,” a refreshing take on African immigration in contemporary Europe, plays on Saturday at 2:15 PM at the State.
In the Academy Award-nominated “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," directed by Steven Spielberg and shown in 3D, intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor. “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” plays Saturday at 1:30 PM at the Michigan. Free for kids 12 and under!
The Spielberg: Man and Monsters film series continues with “Empire of the Sun.” In Spielberg’s acclaimed film adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s semi-autobiographical novel, Jim, a young English boy (a then 13-year old Christian Bale), struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. By the time he’s tossed into a Japanese prison camp, Jim has developed enough intestinal fortitude to regard his imprisonment as an exciting adventure. “Empire of the Sun” plays Monday at 7 PM at the Michigan.
“Ghost in the Shell” returns to the big screen with an action-packed new feature film. When the Prime Minister of Japan is assassinated by a mysterious cyborg, Major Motoko Kusanagi comes up as the prime suspect. It’s up to the agents of Public Security Section 9 to clear Motoko’s name. “Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie” plays Monday at 9:30 PM at the State.
The Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) presents “Consider the Conversation 2: Stories About Cure, Relief, and Comfort” onTuesday at 6 PM at the Michigan. The film illustrates the importance of advance care planning (ACP) in improving a patient’s comfort and quality of care at the end of life. Admission is free.
The Yours Truly, John Waters film series continues with “Cry-Baby.” Johnny Depp stars as the irresistible bad boy whose amazing ability to shed one single tear drives all the girls wild – especially Allison, a rich, beautiful “square” who finds herself uncontrollably drawn to the dreamy juvenile delinquent. “Cry-Baby” plays Wednesday at 7 PM at the State.
Opening at the Multiplex
“By the Sea” follows an American writer named Roland (Brad Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Angelina Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. Written and directed by Jolie Pitt, “By the Sea” opens Friday.
“The 33” details the daring real-life rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped in the San Jose Mine for 69 days in 2010. Starring Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, and Martin Sheen, “The 33” opens Friday.
“Love The Coopers” follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. “Love The Coopers” opens Friday.