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Opening Friday, November 27 at the State Theatre
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice of the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. The film also stars Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
“Bryan Cranston finally translates his critical acclaim for “Breaking Bad” into an Oscar-caliber performance in darkly comic Trumbo, playing an eloquent, witty screenwriter who bucked the Hollywood blacklist and triumphed.”
“A fun, highly watchable film.”
“Cranston’s performance is the motor that runs ‘Trumbo,’ and that motor never idles, never flags in momentum or magnetism or idealistic scorn.”
“The logistics of how Trumbo survived, fronting a stable of other blacklisted writers and churning out his own work under various aliases, make for a great yarn.”
Cranston’s connection with Trumbo’s struggle and frustration, and with his streak of canny practicality, couldn’t be stronger.”
“Bryan Cranston brings the complex personality of Trumbo to life with substance and humor.”
“Screenwriters are so rarely taken seriously by the film industry that it’s a nice switch to watch them be the heroes.”
“‘Trumbo’ is timely in its portrayal of a moment when political speech is dangerously charged, yet unabashedly old-fashioned in the sincerity of its storytelling.”
“It’s a cracking good story, and Cranston does a great job portraying a man who made great sacrifices for his principles.”
Opening Thanksgiving Day at the Bijou by the Bay!
“Brooklyn” tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
“It’s one of the most satisfying films of 2015.”
“Something in the richness of its relationships puts an essential truth before us – the brevity and immensity of life. We know all about that, of course, but that’s the beauty of great art: It takes what you already know and makes you feel it.”
“Soaring, swooning and gently nostalgic, Brooklyn takes melodrama to a new level of reassuring simplicity and emotional transparency.”
“If you think they don’t make movies like they used to, Brooklyn is glorious proof to the contrary.”
“A godsend for audiences who hunger for rich emotion presented with wit, grace and not a trace of sentimentality, Brooklyn illustrates the power of restraint in dealing with poignant, impassioned material.”
“Brooklyn grabs us, holds us and moves us on its own. Emotionally it’s a killer.”
“It’s not easy to make a movie as beautiful as Brooklyn, where the stakes are low but the outcome really matters. This is an old-fashioned entertainment, but one so masterfully crafted and heartfelt that it’s hard not to love.”
“It’s a measure of her power and of the spell cast by this lovely movie that for hours, maybe days after you leave the theater, you’ll want to stick around and find out what’s around the corner for this now voyager.”
“Saoirse Ronan lights up the screen in the year’s best and most beguiling love story. The surprise is that it also goes deeper, sadder and truer.”
|STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
OPENING THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 AT THE BIJOU BY THE BAY!
A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. More details to come as they become available!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!!
Please note: No passes will be accepted until January 4, 2016
Friday, December 18
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Tuesday, December 22
Wednesday, December 23
Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve!
* = Presented in Dolby 3D
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Like most theaters in the US, on Mondays we typically determine which main films will play starting on Friday and we book those films, if the studios allow it. Then on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we set the upcoming schedule and update the website and telephone hotline.
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|THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER
Playing Wednesday, December 2 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Wednesday Classic Matinee – It’s a Wonderful Holiday
Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) are employees at Matuschek and Company, a general store in Budapest. Klara and Alfred are constantly at odds with each other, butting heads and disagreeing on almost everything. Both are enamored of their respective pen pals, who serve as welcome distractions in their lives. Little do they know, they are each the other’s pen pal and, despite outward differences, have unwittingly fallen in love through their letters.
|FREE HOLIDAY CARTOONS
Playing Friday, December 4 at 6:45 pm – FREE!
Join us for an hour of the best in G rated family holiday cartoons after the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree. Doors open at 6 pm; Show at 6:45 pm – FREE for everyone.
Playing Friday, December 4 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5 – BFF Night!
High school student Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds) loves his best friend, Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart). He finally confesses his feelings, but she tells him that she just wants to be friends, and he leaves town in shame. Ten years later, Chris is a successful record executive and involved with self-absorbed pop star Samantha James (Anna Faris). He still pines for Jamie, though, and when his plans to go to Paris for the holidays fall through, he returns to his hometown to try and win her heart.
Playing Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee
One Christmas Eve, a long time ago, a small baby at an orphanage crawled into Santa’s bag of toys, only to go undetected and accidentally carried back to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole. Though he was quickly taken under the wing of a surrogate father (Bob Newhart) and raised to be an elf, as he grows to be three sizes larger than everyone else, it becomes clear that Buddy (Will Ferrell) will never truly fit into the elf world. What he needs is to find his real family. This holiday season, Buddy decides to find his true place in the world and sets off for New York City to track down his roots. Although Buddy experiences a world he never knew existed, he quickly learns that life in the big city is not all ice skating and sugarplums, and he finds himself as much an outsider there as back in the North Pole.
|CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT
Playing Wednesday, December 9 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Wednesday Classic Matinee – It’s a Wonderful Holiday
Journalist Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck) is one of the country’s most famous food writers. In her columns, she describes herself as a hard working farm woman, taking care of her children and being an excellent cook. But this is all lies. In reality she is an unmarried New Yorker who can’t even boil an egg. The recipes come from her good friend Felix. The owner of the magazine she works for has decided that a heroic sailor will spend his Christmas on *her* farm. Miss Lane knows that her career is over if the truth comes out, but what can she do?
Playing Friday, December 11 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Playing Saturday, December 12 at 10:00 am at the State Theatre and at 10:30 am at the Bijou by the Bay – 25¢ Kids Matinee
Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolved through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.
Make sure you arrive early to the Saturday, December 12 screening at the State Theatre because we will be giving away a FREE children’s bike to a lucky attendee, courtesy of Grand Traverse Pie Company and Einstein Cycles.
|THE BISHOP’S WIFE
Playing Wednesday, December 16 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Wednesday Classic Matinee – It’s a Wonderful Holiday
When Episcopalian bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) prays for divine guidance in his efforts to raise the necessary funds for a new cathedral, his prayers are answered in the form of a handsome, personable guardian angel named Dudley (Cary Grant). Establishing himself as a Yuletide guest in the Brougham home, Dudley arouses the ire of Henry, who, unaware that his visitor is from Up Above, assumes that Dudley has designs on the bishop’s wife Julia (Loretta Young). Eventually, the lives of both Henry and Julia are agreeably altered by the presence of the affable angel: He regains the “common touch” he’d almost lost, while she realizes anew how much she truly loves her husband. Adapted by Robert E. Sherwood and Robert Bercovicci from a novel by Robert Nathan, The Bishop’s Wife was remade in 1996 as The Preacher’s Wife, with Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston and Courtney B. Vance.
|NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
Playing Friday, December 18 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5
Chevy Chase, star of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and its sequel, is back as the paterfamilias of the Griswold family (including Beverly D’Angelo as his missus) to skewer the Yuletide season. Chevy mugs, trips, falls, mashes his fingers and stubs his toes as he prepares to invite numerous dysfunctional relatives to his household to celebrate Christmas. Amidst the more outrageous sight gags the film betrays a sentimental streak, with old wounds healing and long-estranged relatives reuniting in the Griswold living room.
|THE POLAR EXPRESS
Playing Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee
Based on the wondrous children’s Christmas story by Chris Van Allsburg, a disillusioned little boy just old enough to doubt the existence of Santa Claus has the adventure of a lifetime one fateful Christmas Eve. Clad in his pajamas, he climbs aboard a magic train to the North Pole, driven by a kindly train conductor (voiced by Tom Hanks.) Among myriad jaw-dropping moments, the train plummets brakeless through crystalline mountains in a simulated roller coaster ride. Going off the rails, skidding sideways, and snaking violently across a frozen lake, the train arrives at the North Pole (a vast, glowing city of brick buildings). At that moment, the car carrying the kids detaches and they’re sent tumbling down never-ending chutes and slides until they land in the middle of Santa’s Workshop.
|THE BELLS OF ST MARY’S
Playing Wednesday, December 23 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Wednesday Classic Matinee – It’s a Wonderful Holiday
Father O’Malley (Bing Crosby) is transferred to the Roman Catholic inner-city school St. Mary’s, where he quickly falls into conflict with its headmistress, Sister Mary (Ingrid Bergman). Their primary disagreement has to do with the deteriorating school itself. Father O’Malley feels it should be abandoned and the children sent to other schools. Sister Mary and the other nuns, however, believe there is still hope, possibly in the form of charity from a wealthy business owner (Henry Travers).
Playing Saturday, December 26 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee
This highly successful and beloved family comedy is about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they’ve left him “home alone,” he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin’s suburban Chicago neighborhood.
Playing Wednesday, December 30 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Wednesday Classic Matinee – It’s a Wonderful Holiday
Johnny (Cary Grant) seems like a solid match for Julia (Doris Nolan), the socialite daughter of Edward Seton (Henry Kolker). Assured that Johnny is a worthy suitor, Edward approves of the pairing. But, as Johnny’s wanderlust surfaces — he is more interested in traveling than in business — Edward starts to have doubts. Johnny also begins to wonder if he might not be a better match for Linda (Katharine Hepburn), Julia’s outspoken younger sister, with whom he has much more in common.
Playing Friday, January 1 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5
Ever since her father drilled into her head that monogamy isn’t realistic, magazine writer Amy (Amy Schumer) has made promiscuity her credo. As much as she enjoys an uninhibited life free of commitment, Amy is really in a rut. While writing a profile about charming and successful sports doctor Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), she finds herself actually falling in love for the first time — and what’s more, Aaron seems to like her too. Amy starts to wonder if it’s time to clean up her act.
|THE WIZARD OF OZ
Playing Saturday, January 2 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee
In this charming film based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz, who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. The very definition of a true family classic and we are proud to welcome it back to the kids matinee series, as we do every year.