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Cinema Chat: Celebrating National Cinema Day, 'The Good Boss,' 'Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul,' and more

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SATURDAY IS NATIONAL CINEMA DAY!

Get $3.00 tickets to movies at Michigan Theater and State Theatre for this national celebration!!

The historic downtown Ann Arbor theaters are celebrating National Cinema Day on Saturday, September 3, with cheap tickets to all of its movies. The discount applies to all tickets, said Michigan Theater Foundation officials in an email. The event is led by the National Association of Theater Owners and will include selected $3 concessions. Local multiplex theaters are also participating in this national celebration of cinema.

OPENING THIS WEEK

"The Good Boss" — OPENS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT THE STATE

A Spanish company producing industrial scales in a provincial Spanish town, awaits the imminent visit from a committee which holds its fate in their hands as to whether they merit a local Business Excellence award. Everything has to be perfect when the time comes. Working against the clock, the company's proprietor, Blanco (Javier Bardem) pulls out all the stops to address and resolve issues with his employees, crossing every imaginable line in the process.

"Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul" — OPENS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT THE STATE

A satirical comedy starring Regina Hall as Trinitie Childs -- the proud first lady of a Southern Baptist megachurch, who together with her husband, Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown), once served a congregation in the tens of thousands. But after a scandal forces their church to temporarily close, Trinitie and Lee-Curtis must reopen their church and rebuild their congregation to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS DOWNTOWN

An Evening Inside "The Room" with Greg Sestero — PLAYS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 7:30 PM AT THE MICHIGAN

Live at the Michigan Theater, Greg Sestero, the man who survived "The Room," stared in the hit cult classic "The Room" and a New York Times best-selling author of the Oscar-nominated "The Disaster Artist."

At 7:30 PM, before the film, there will be an extended Q&A with Greg and a special behind-the-screen documentary about the making of "The Room" (only available at these special events!) as well as a meet & greet and autograph opportunity with Greg starting at 6:30 PM!

"Casablanca" — PLAYS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 AT THE STATE

Celebrating the return of students and the film's 80th anniversary! Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Peter Lorre – the most classic of classic films kicks on the fall semester rituals.

"The First Degree" - PLAYS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AT 7:30 PM AT THE MICHIGAN

Celebrate the rediscovery of the film long thought lost from the silent era. This special screening will feature a live performance of a newly commissioned score by Chicago Experimental

NT Live: "Straight Line Crazy" — PLAYS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AT 7:30 PM AT THE MICHIGAN

Ralph Fiennes leads the cast as Robert Moses, the controversial public official whose programs and designs influenced New York City infrastructure for decades.

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" — PLAYS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 AT THE MICHIGAN

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet are stuck with a flat tire during a storm and discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. As their innocence is lost, they meet a houseful of wild characters. Presented with a live stage “shadow cast” by The Leather Medusas. Costumes are encouraged!

"Nosferatu" — PLAYS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 AT THE MICHIGAN

In this classic silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok summons Thomas Hutter to his remote Transylvanian castle. After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that his wife Ellen is in grave danger. Silent film with live organ accompaniment.

NT Live: "Frankenstein" — PLAYS MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 AT 7:30 PM AT THE MICHIGAN

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle, this production of "Frankenstein" sees Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein and his creation and Jonny Lee Miller also as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Cinema Made in Italy (at the Michigan)

Honoring Italian Cinema - Film & Food Festival (at the State)

CONTINUING DOWNTOWN

"Three Thousand Years of Longing"

Dr. Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic -- content with life and a creature of reason. While in Istanbul attending a conference, she happens to encounter a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. This presents two problems. First, she doubts that he is real and second, because she is a scholar of story and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. The Djinn pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both. From acclaimed writer/director George Miller ("Mad Max").

"Bodies Bodies Bodies"

This is a 2022 American black comedy horror film directed by Halina Reijn in her English-language debut. The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Myha'la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennott, Lee Pace, and Pete Davidson. It premiered at South by Southwest on March 14, 2022 and received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the humor, satire, and cast performances, Sennott’s in particular.

When a group of 20-somethings gets stuck at a remote mansion during a hurricane, a party game gone very, very wrong ends with a dead body on the ground and fake friends at every turn as they try to find the killer among them.

"The Territory"

This is a 2022 internationally co-produced documentary film directed by Alex Pritz. It follows a young Indigenous fighting back against farmers and settlers who encroach on a protected area of the Amazon Rainforest. Filmed on location in Brazil from 2018 to 2020, the film utilizes almost exclusively on-the-ground, primary source material, including footage produced directly by the local indigenous tribe. Acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky serves as a producer. The film had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2022. Critics have praised its cinematography as well the authentic portrayal of tension between Indigenous peoples and settlers in contemporary Brazil.

"Emily the Criminal"

A 2022 American crime drama film written and directed by John Patton Ford. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2022. Emily (Aubrey Plaza) is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she takes a shady gig as a "dummy shopper," buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a handsome and charismatic middleman named Youcef (Theo Rossi). Faced with a series of dead-end job interviews, Emily soon finds herself seduced by the quick cash and illicit thrills of black-market capitalism, and increasingly interested in her mentor Youcef. Together, they hatch a plan to bring their business to the next level in Los Angeles.

"Nope"

A 2022 American science fiction horror film written, directed, and co-produced by Jordan Peele under his Monkeypaw Productions banner. It stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun. The plot follows residents of an isolated town who witness a mysterious and abnormal event.

After random objects falling from the sky with the mysterious ability to affect human and animal behavior, ultimately results in the death of their father. Ranch-owning siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood attempt to capture video evidence of an unidentified flying object with the help of tech salesman Angel Torres and documentarian Antlers Holst.

"Marcel the Shell with Shoes On"

A 2021 American mockumentary film directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jenny Slate and Nick Paley. It is based on the 2010 short film of the same name written by Slate and Fleischer-Camp. Slate reprises her voice role as Marcel, an anthropomorphic shell living with his grandmother Connie. Rosa Salazar, Thomas Mann, and Isabella Rossellini also star. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. Once part of a sprawling community of shells, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. But when a documentary filmmaker discovers them amongst the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope at finding his long-lost family. A beloved character gets his big-screen debut in this hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connection in the smallest corners.

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