Mike’s Letter

Magic in the Moonlight
Continuing at the State Theatre – See Daily Schedule Below
It just wouldn’t be summer at the State Theatre without a Woody Allen film. So before the kids go back to school, before wearing white becomes a major faux pas, and before pumpkin spice infiltrates your baked goods and coffee, let yourself be transported to the stunning French Riviera at the height of the Roaring 20s for this fizzy, funny, and fine romantic farce starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone. Read Rex Reed’s review and watch the trailer. Rated PG-13, 97 minutes.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Final Week at the Bijou by the Bay - See Daily Schedule Below
You’ve got one week to join us at the Bijou for the must-see film of the summer that has delighted both young and old, as well as those who could care less about seeing the latest “superhero” flick. This is because “Guardians” is not just another man-saves-galaxy-from-unspeakable-evil story, but a freewheeling space opera about oddballs, outcasts, and geeks set to a 70s AM beat with a goofy, playful spirit and sweet retro charm that is all too easy to love. Starring Chris Pratt (“Parks and Rec”), Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Zoe Saldana. Read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch review and watch the trailer. Rated PG-13, 121 minutes.

This Week at the State Theatre – Tickets $5
The Birdcage
Saturday, August 30 at 3:30 pm and Monday, September 1 at 3:30 pm
In this hysterical and crowd-pleasing romp from director Mike Nichols and famed writing partner Elaine May, Robin Williams stars as the gay owner of a gaudy Miami nightclub who is forced to play it straight when his son’s ultra conservative in-laws-to-be (Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest) come calling. Rated R, 117 minutes.

Dead Poets Society
Sunday, August 31 at 1:00 pm and Wednesday, September 3 at 6:00 pm
O Captain! My Captain! Robin Williams is at his very best in this inspiring and heartfelt story of an iconoclastic English teacher who challenges his students to live their lives to the fullest — “Carpe diem!” Rated PG, 128 minutes.

Good Will Hunting
Tuesday, September 2 at 6:00 pm
Robin Williams won an Oscar for his work in this indie darling from director Gus Van Sant about a defiant working-class genius (Matt Damon) and the psychology professor (Williams) who just may be able to break through to him. Rated R, 126 minutes.

The World According to Garp
Thursday, September 4 at 8:30 pm
In an early dramatic role, Robin Williams gives a magnificent performance in the title role of director George Roy Hill’s brilliant adaptation of the acclaimed novel by John Irving. Rated R, 136 minutes.

Playing select showtimes at the Bijou  - See Daily Schedule Below
Is this the last week for Chef? Well, it’s really up to you. We won’t rest until every last person in Traverse City has done their civic duty and seen this film. We may be kidding, but “Chef” simply cannot be stopped. Do yourself a favor and stop resisting, or join us again to say goodbye to the timeless tale of a man teaching his son about the many uses for cornstarch. Read the San Francisco Chronicle’s review and watch the trailer. Rated R, 115 minutes.

Raising Arizona
Playing Friday, August 29 at 11:00 pm – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5
An immensely beguiling and quotable farcical fable, the story of a childless couple (Nicolas Cage & Holly Hunter) who kidnap one of their town’s celebrated quintuplets could only be brought to you by the Coen Brothers. Rated PG-13, 94 minutes. (Next Week: “Say Anything“)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Playing Saturday, August 30 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee
Everyone’s favorite wise-cracking preteen is back on the big screen for the third time in this zany summer adventure. Parents can check out the Common Sense Media review. Rated PG, 94 minutes.

The Big Sleep
Playing Wednesday, September 3 at 10:30 am – Tickets Only 25¢
We’re looking back on the career of the great Lauren Bacall and it all starts with the definitive “Bogie and Bacall” vehicle. Sure there’s a mysterious blackmail plot involving Raymond Chandler’s iconic gumshoe Philip Marlowe, but we all know you’re really coming to see Humphrey Bogart and Bacall’s sizzling chemistry (Hays Code be damned)! Not rated, 114 minutes. (Next Week: “Written on the Wind”)

It’s that time of the year again. Tickets are now available for everyone to the 2014-2015 season of the Met Opera Live in HD. You can get your tickets at the State Theatre box office, by phone at 231-947-3446, and online. Check out this season’s operas here.

Discounted Rates Until September 1!
By becoming a Friend of the Film Festival your support not only makes it possible for the festival to bring great films and filmmakers to Traverse City, but you also get to buy your tickets a week before the general public! And there are a whole slew of other Friends-only benefits, including party discounts and FREE tickets to our Friends Only Screening Parties. After September 1 membership rates double for the 2015 festival. We’ve made it easy to renew or join. Just click here for all the details.



** = Robin Williams Tribute, $5 Admission

Friday, August 29

Magic in the Moonlight (Rated PG-13) 3:45, 6:00, 8:30 pm

Raising Arizona (Rated PG-13) 11:00 pm – Friday Night Flick

Guardians of the Galaxy (Rated PG-13)  12:30, 3:15, 6:30, 9:15 pm – Bijou

Saturday, August 30

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Rated PG) 10:00 am – 25 Cent Matinee

Magic in the Moonlight (Rated PG-13) 1:00, 6:00, 8:30 pm

The Birdcage** (Rated R) 3:30 pm

Guardians of the Galaxy (Rated PG-13)  12:30, 3:00, 6:30, 9:15 pm – Bijou

Sunday, August 31

Dead Poets Society** (Rated PG) 1:00 pm

Magic in the Moonlight (Rated PG-13) 3:45, 6:00, 8:30 pm

Guardians of the Galaxy (Rated PG-13)  12:30, 3:15, 6:30, 9:15 pm – Bijou

Monday, September 1

Magic in the Moonlight (Rated PG-13) 1:00, 6:00, 8:30 pm

The Birdcage** (Rated R) 3:30 pm

Chef (Rated R) 11:00 am – Bijou

Guardians of the Galaxy (Rated PG-13)  1:30, 4:15, 7:00 pm – Bijou

Tuesday, September 2

Magic in the Moonlight (Rated PG-13) 1:00, 3:30, 8:30 pm

Good Will Hunting** (Rated R) 6:00 pm

Chef (Rated R) 12 noon – Bijou

Guardians of the Galaxy (Rated PG-13)  2:30, 5:15, 8:00 pm – Bijou

Wednesday, September 3

The Big Sleep (Not Rated) 10:30 am – 25 Cent Matinee

Magic in the Moonlight (Rated PG-13) 1:00, 3:30, 8:30 pm

Dead Poet’s Society** (Rated PG) 6:00 pm

Guardians of the Galaxy (Rated PG-13)  2:30, 5:15, 8:00 pm – Bijou

Thursday, September 4

Magic in the Moonlight (Rated PG-13) 1:00, 3:30, 6:00 pm

The World According to Garp** (Rated R) 8:30 pm

Chef (Rated R) 12 noon – Bijou

Guardians of the Galaxy (Rated PG-13) 2:30, 5:15, 8:00 pm – Bijou

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