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State Theatre: 25¢ Kids Matinee
The RocketeerPG
10:00 am

State Theatre:
BellePG
3:30, 6:00, 8:30 pm

State Theatre:
ChefR
1:00 pm


Bijou by the Bay:
Obvious ChildR
3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm

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10TH ANNUAL TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL


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10TH ANNUAL TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL

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10TH ANNUAL TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL


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  • Admission at the Saturday morning kids matinees and the Wednesday morning classic matinees is 25 cents – the same price the State (then called the Lyric Theater) charged when it opened in 1916.
  • Tuesday is free popcorn day! Patrons may get a free small popcorn when attending any regularly priced movie at the State on Tuesday.
  • Friday Night Flicks (cool and edgy films that roll between 10 and midnight on Friday) are just $3 or two admissions for $5!
  • The box office is open from one hour before the first show until approximately 9 pm daily.

CHEF
Now Playing at the State Theatre

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2014/USA/PG-13/115 min
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Dustin Hoffman

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.

“Don’t fill up on concessions if you catch ‘Chef.’ You’re going to want to eat afterward, even with a belly full of popcorn.”
- Scott Bowles, USA Today

“If ‘Chef’ were a musical, you’d walk out humming the food – and you might end up doing that anyway.”
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

“’Chef’ has all the ingredients for a hit, including a stellar supporting cast. The food porn in ‘Chef’ doesn’t disappoint.”
- Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

“’Chef’ is the best thing he (Favreau) has ever done, as writer or director or actor. It’s the sort of thing of beauty that filmmakers are ultimately remembered for.”
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“An engaged, engaging voyage of (re)discovery that’s too in love with its subject to qualify as food porn. It’s food romance.”
- Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

“A slow-cooked film that’s one of the most heartwarming of the young year.”
- Scott Bowles, USA Today

“Buoyed by a Latin-flavored score and Favreau’s knack for improv inspiration, Chef is the perfect antidote to Hollywood junk food. Like the best meals and movies, this irresistible concoction feels good for the soul.”
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Favreau’s a big man who knows how to wield a chef’s knife and shoots the food truck scenes with a hectic good nature that’s infectious.”
- Jeff Baker, Portland Oregonian

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BELLE
Now Playing at the State Theatre

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2014/UK/PG/104
Director: Amma Asante
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson |

“Belle” is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

“It’s an old-fashioned movie with a very modern streak, centered by a vibrant star turn by Mbatha-Raw, whose watchful, wise Dido makes an enchanting heroine.”
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

“It’s smartly acted, handsome, and well-crafted in a way that’ll make it irresistible to the Merchant-Ivory/Masterpiece Theater set – think pride, with a whole lot of prejudice.”
- Bob Mondello, NPR

“‘Belle’ is greatly buoyed by Mbatha-Raw’s performance. She infuses Dido with a confident and intelligent grace that keeps you engaged long after the tangled story has let both the actress and audience down.”
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

“The film has elements of a Masterpiece Theater-style Cinderella story. But its dimensional portrait of proper upper-class British society calling into question its long-held convictions about status and tradition is compelling.”
- Claudia Puig, USA Today

“Amma Asante’s ‘Belle’ is like a Jane Austen novel spiked with an extra shot of social conscience.”
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

“The performances, from a top cast including Matthew Goode, Miranda Richardson, Tom Felton and Emily Watson, are predictably flawless. The luminous Mbatha-Raw more than holds her own.”
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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OBVIOUS CHILD
Opening Friday, July 18 at the Bijou by the Bay

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2014/USA/R/84 min
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy, and a surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own. It’s allowing herself to accept the support and love of others. And be truly vulnerable. Never failing to find the comedy and humanity in each awkward situation she encounters, Donna finds out along the way what it means to be as brave in life as she is on stage. Anchored by a breakout performance from Jenny Slate, “Obvious Child” is a winning discovery, packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant human honesty. Writer/Director Gillian Robespierre handles the topic of Donna’s unwanted pregnancy with a refreshing matter-of-factness rarely seen onscreen. And with Donna, Slate and Robespierre have crafted a character for the ages – a female audiences will recognize, cheer for, and love.

“’Obvious Child’ is a romcom with a sting in its tail. And Slate is a dynamo, nailing every laugh while showing a true actor’s gift for nuance.”
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A cross between a Woody Allen farce and a one-woman show by Sarah Silverman.”
- Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Robespierre and company deserve high praise for tackling a story with such a difficult subject at its heart, with a combination of grace, humour and courage.”
- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

“The movie doesn’t present itself as some kind of secular equivalent of a moral lesson. It’s not callous or weepy or preachy – or self-consciously not those things. It’s a naturally told story.”
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“The beauty of ‘Obvious Child’ is that there’s nothing obvious about it.”
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture

“It’s a small, modest film that doesn’t act like it’s groundbreaking. But it is.”
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

“Life is awkward, emotions are unfiltered, it all unfolds with a raw, R-rated edge.”
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

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THE ROCKETEER
Playing Tuesday, July 22, Thursday, July 24 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

1991/USA/PG/108 min
Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly and Alan Arkin

After getting his start as a visual effects artist on the original Star Wars trilogy, Spielberg protege Joe Johnston found success as a director with his debut film, the blockbuster family adventure “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” For his sophomore outing, Johnston helmed this action-adventurer, set in 1930s Hollywood and in the spirit of old pulp comics and adventure serials, and co-adapted from the David Stevens graphic novel by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo. Bill Campbell stars as Cliff Secord, an eager young pilot who finds himself in possession of a secret jet-pack that gives him the ability to fly. Cliff soon learns that screen-star Neville Sinclair (Timothy Dalton) will stop at nothing to get his hands on the rocket pack so he can give it to the Nazis. As The Rocketeer and with a little help from his mechanic friend played by Alan Arkin, it’s up to Cliff to elude Sinclair, defeat the Nazis, and save his girlfriend Jenny (Jennifer Connelly).

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THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE
Playing Thursday, August 7 and Saturday, August 9 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

2004/USA/PG/87 min
Directors: Stephen Hillenburg and Mark Osborne
Cast: Jeffrey Tambor, Rodger Bumpass and Carolyn Lawrence

Something nefarious is afloat in the depths of Bikini Bottom: King Neptune’s crown has been stolen, and the prime suspect is Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob’s boss at Mr. Krabs’ Krabby Patties. Despite the overwhelming evidence against Mr. Krabs — not to mention having been turned down for a long-awaited promotion at the restaurant — SpongeBob (voice of Tom Kenny) refuses to believe that his boss is responsible and teams up with his best friend, Patrick (voice of Bill Fagerbakke), on a mission to Shell City, where he hopes he can exonerate Mr. Krabs and return the crown to its rightful owner. Of course, this is no easy task; once outside the safety of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob is faced with the overwhelming dangers of the sea, not the least of which being a cyclops that many believe to be responsible for the deaths of countless other unfortunate sea-creatures who ventured outside county lines. Among those who lent their vocal chords to the film include Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Tambor, and Alec Baldwin.

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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Playing Friday, August 8 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

2013/USA/New Zealand/PG-13/161 min
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom

Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), his mighty band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), and wise wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) embark on a crusade to reclaim Erebor from the vicious dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) in this sweeping fantasy adventure that picks up where the events of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey left off. Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) once again directs from a screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro.

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RIO 2
Playing Tuesday, August 12, Thursday, August 14 and Saturday, August 16 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

2014/USA/G/101 min
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement

It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in “Rio 2”, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law. All our favorite “Rio” characters are back, and they’re joined by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy/Tony winner Rita Moreno. “Rio 2” also features new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monae and Wondaland.

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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
Playing Wednesday, August 13 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Classic Matinee

1952/USA/NR/102 min
Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds

Hollywood, 1927: the silent-film romantic team of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) is the toast of Tinseltown. While Lockwood and Lamont personify smoldering passions onscreen, in real life the down-to-earth Lockwood can’t stand the egotistical, brainless Lina. He prefers the company of aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), whom he met while escaping his screaming fans. Watching these intrigues from the sidelines is Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor), Don’s best pal and on-set pianist. Cosmo is promoted to musical director of Monumental Pictures by studio head R.F. Simpson (Millard Mitchell) when the talking-picture revolution commences. That’s all right for Cosmo, but how will talkies affect the upcoming Lockwood-Lamont vehicle “The Dueling Cavalier”? Don, an accomplished song-and-dance man, should have no trouble adapting to the microphone. Lina, however, is another matter; put as charitably as possible, she has a voice that sounds like fingernails on a blackboard. The disastrous preview of the team’s first talkie has the audience howling with derisive laughter. On the strength of the plot alone “Singin’ in the Rain” is a delight and one of the greatest Hollywood musicals ever made.

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2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Playing Friday, August 15 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

1968/USA/UK/G/160 min
Director: Stanley Kubrik
Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

Based on Arthur C. Clarke’s story “The Sentinel,” Stanley Kubrick and Clarke’s screenplay is structured in four movements. At the “Dawn of Man,” a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss’s 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. As the hominid tosses the bone in the air, Kubrick cuts to a 21st century spacecraft hovering over the Earth, skipping ahead millions of years in technological development. U.S. scientist Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) travels to the moon to check out the discovery of a strange object on the moon’s surface: a black monolith. As the sun’s rays strike the stone, however, it emits a piercing, deafening sound that fills the investigators’ headphones and stops them in their path. Cutting ahead 18 months, impassive astronauts David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) head toward Jupiter on the spaceship Discovery, their only company three hibernating astronauts and the vocal, man-made HAL 9000 computer running the entire ship. When the all-too-human HAL malfunctions, however, he tries to murder the astronauts to cover his error, forcing Bowman to defend himself the only way he can. Free of HAL, and finally informed of the voyage’s purpose by a recording from Floyd, Bowman journeys to “Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite,” through the psychedelic slit-scan star-gate to an 18th century room, and the completion of the monolith’s evolutionary mission.

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MUPPETS MOST WANTED
Playing Tuesday, August 18, Thursday, August 21 and Saturday, August 23 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

2014/PG/USA/107 min
Director: James Bobin
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

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KISS ME KATE
Playing Wednesday, August 20 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Classic Matinee

1953/USA/NR/109 min
Director: George Sidney
Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller

Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson star as famous Broadway singing team who haven’t worked together since their acrimonious divorce. Keel, collaborating with Cole Porter (played by Ron Randell), plans to star in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew titled “Kiss Me Kate.” Both he and Porter agree that only one actress should play the tempestuous Katherine, and that’s Grayson. But she isn’t buying, especially after discovering that Keel’s latest paramour, Ann Miller, is going to be playing Bianca. A couple of gangsters (James Whitmore and Keenan Wynn) arrive on the scene, convinced Keel is heavily in debt to their boss; actually, a young hoofer in the chorus (Tommy Rall) owes the money, but signed Keel’s name to an IOU. But since Grayson is having second thoughts about going on-stage, Keel plays along with the hoods, who force Grayson at gunpoint to co-star with her ex-husband so that they’ll get paid off. Later the roles are reversed, and the gangsters are themselves finagled into appearing on-stage, Elizabethan costumes and all, though that scene is less of a comic success. This MGM musical has the distinction of being filmed in 3-D, which is why Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson throw so many chairs, dishes, and pieces of fruit at the camera in their domestic battle scenes.

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO + JULIET
Playing Friday, August 22 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

1996/USA/PG-13/120 min
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo

The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence. Longtime rivals in religion and business, the Montagues and the Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story when they form rival gangs. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) is aloof toward the goings-on of his Montague cousins, but after he realizes that Juliet (Claire Danes) is a Capulet at the end of one very wild party, the enmity between the two clans becomes the root of his angst. He relies heavily — and with serious consequences — on his rebel gender-bender of a friend, Mercutio (Harold Perrineau Jr.), and Father (not Friar) Lawrence (Pete Postlethwaite) for protection and support. Romeo is, of course, exiled, and it looks like Juliet will be forced into an arranged marriage with the bland Paris (Paul Rudd). It ends, as Romeo and Juliet must, when Romeo hears a tragic piece of misinformation and brings his suicide wish to what was meant to be Juliet ‘s temporary tomb. This time, though, the turf and the weapon of choice have taken a turn toward the surreal.

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS
Playing Tuesday, August 26, Thursday, August 28 and Saturday, August 30 at 10:00 am – 25¢ Kids Matinee

2012/USA/PG/94
Director: David Bowers
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron and Devon Bostick

During his summer vacation, “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club – which fails to keep him away from the season’s dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong.

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42ND STREET
Playing Wednesday, August 27 at 10:30 am – 25¢ Classic Matinee

1953/USA/NR/109 min
Director: George Sidney
Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller

Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson star as famous Broadway singing team who haven’t worked together since their acrimonious divorce. Keel, collaborating with Cole Porter (played by Ron Randell), plans to star in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew titled “Kiss Me Kate.” Both he and Porter agree that only one actress should play the tempestuous Katherine, and that’s Grayson. But she isn’t buying, especially after discovering that Keel’s latest paramour, Ann Miller, is going to be playing Bianca. A couple of gangsters (James Whitmore and Keenan Wynn) arrive on the scene, convinced Keel is heavily in debt to their boss; actually, a young hoofer in the chorus (Tommy Rall) owes the money, but signed Keel’s name to an IOU. But since Grayson is having second thoughts about going on-stage, Keel plays along with the hoods, who force Grayson at gunpoint to co-star with her ex-husband so that they’ll get paid off. Later the roles are reversed, and the gangsters are themselves finagled into appearing on-stage, Elizabethan costumes and all, though that scene is less of a comic success. This MGM musical has the distinction of being filmed in 3-D, which is why Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson throw so many chairs, dishes, and pieces of fruit at the camera in their domestic battle scenes.

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RAISING ARIZONA
Playing Friday, August 29 – Time TBD – Friday Night Flicks – Tickets $3 or 2 for $5

1987/USA/PG-13/94 min
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, Frances McDormand

H.I. “Hi” McDonnough (Nicholas Cage) is a philosophical but slightly dim career criminal who has been arrested so often that he gets to know “Ed,” short for Edwina (Holly Hunter), the officer who takes his mug shots. Hi takes a shine to Ed and promises to go straight if she marries him. She accepts, and they move to the Arizona desert, where Hi holds down a factory job and blissfully watches the sunsets with Ed. Their serenity is shattered when the couple decides that they want a child and discover that, as Hi puts it, “Ed’s womb was a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase.” (One of the film’s many delights is Hi’s unexpectedly flowery dime-novel narration.) Ed goes into a severe depression until she sees an item in the news. Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), owner of a chain of unpainted furniture stores, has become the father of quintuplets, and he and his wife joke that they now have more children than they know what to do with. In what seems like a perfect “helps you, helps me” situation, Hi and Ed kidnap one of the Arizona infants, figuring that they’ll have a baby and the Arizonas will have less of a burden.

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