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Cinema Detroit launches Mexican film program

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Review: J.D. Salinger biopic sheds no new light on author

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Review: Doc shows influence of Native American music

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Free screening of '12th and Clairmount' Saturday

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Event recalls the 1967 people's trial for killings depicted in 'Detroit' movie

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New movies this week: 'Leap!,' 'Good Time'

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REVIEW: ‘Detroit’ brings back tension of 1967 incident

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New movies this week: 'Stronger'
The trailer for the animated comedy 'The Lego Ninjago Movie,' featuring the voices of Dave Franco, Justin Theroux and Jackie Chan. Warner Bros. Pictures. “BRAD’S STATUS”: A middle-aged man with a comfortable life (Ben Stiller) begins to question his life choices after he compares himself with his old college friends, whose lives seem fuller and more rewarding. Rated R for language   Read More ...
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After a hiatus, Michelle Pfeiffer returns in ‘mother!’
“I thought: What the hell is this?” Pfeiffer recalls. Aronofsky’s film is not in any way typical, nor is the kind of project you’d expect a long-absent actress like Pfeiffer to join as her first big-screen performance in five years. The film, intentionally shrouded in mystery, is a wild and weird odyssey by one of the movies’ expert conjurers of dark, surreal dream worlds that suspend its viewers — and often its performers, too — in a vividly atmospheric state of paranoia   Read More ...
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Upcoming film Noir Festival revels in darkness
As Turner Classic Movies’ “Czar of Noir,” Eddie Muller has seen some dark films – movies with no actual good guy, or where the good guy turns bad. Maybe the innocent don’t always survive, or bad deeds go unpunished. But as the host of TCM’s 10 a.m. Sunday morning series “Noir Alley,” the suave Muller always has a twinkle in his eye as he presents films from a moody, shadow-strewn set, with an implied (or real) cocktail close at hand   Read More ...
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Cinema Detroit launches Mexican film program
In honor of Hispanic History Month, which runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, Cinema Detroit is presenting its first ever Cine Mexico Now. program. The film series includes seven films from Mexican filmmakers, stretching from science fiction to film noir to family friendly fare. The program begins Sunday with “Tesoros,” which translates to “Treasures,” an adventure about several children looking for buried treasure off the coast of Mexico   Read More ...
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Review: ‘American Assassin’ rips from ‘Bourne’ book
“American Assassin” is a tough-talking, scowling and ultimately generic action thriller assembled from the spare parts of other action thrillers. A little bit Jason Bourne, a little bit Jack Reacher, a little bit any other rogue hero you can think of, “Assassin” suffers from its self-seriousness and a sense that we’ve been here and seen this before. Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) is on vacation with his girlfriend in Ibiza when he decides to pop the question   Read More ...
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Review: Maddening ‘mother!’ a descent into mental hell
Darren Aronofsky’s latest puts Jennifer Lawrence through the ringer, and then some Jennifer Lawrence is pushed to extremes in “mother!” a harrowing and potentially inscrutable descent into madness that keeps getting crazier every time you think it can’t. Watching the film, viewers will know how Lawrence feels. Her character is trapped inside a world she can’t make sense of that keeps collapsing on itself, setting itself on fire, and then burning down its own charred remains   Read More ...
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Review: J.D. Salinger biopic sheds no new light on author
A postscript at the end of “Rebel in the Rye” states that legendary “Catcher in the Rye” author J.D. Salinger’s seclusion and refusal to publish only made him more famous and revered. It’s tempting to raise the curtain on that mystery, but it’s like pulling back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz. Ultimately, the new biopic of young Salinger, written and directed by Danny Strong, poses some interesting questions, but doesn’t live up to the power of the mystery around the man itself   Read More ...
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Review: Doc shows influence of Native American music
A revered early bluesman from the Deep South, a mentor to Howlin’ Wolf and others, Patton had a percussive style of playing and a distinct manner of elongating and bending his vocals that helped shape the very course of the blues. How did he come up with these innovations? They were native to him. Literally. Charley Patton was a Native American and he was emulating traditional Native American music   Read More ...
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Review: ‘American Assassin’ introduces a new action hero
Mitch Rapp is an action hero in the vein of Jack Ryan or John McClane: an impossibly tough and determined everyday guy out to save the world. Dylan O’Brien brings a youthful freshness to that archetype in “American Assassin,” his first leading-man role and the first big-screen adaptation of Vince Flynn’s series of Rapp novels. The character is scrappy and outspoken, rebellious and single-minded, and a skilled wielder of all manner of weapons   Read More ...
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Review: ‘Mother!’ will haunt and mesmerize you
Women give, men take and the Old Testament crashes into modern anxiety in director Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” It’s an audacious, bold and fascinating fever dream of a film that’s allegory for, well, everything (the environment, marriage, art, spirituality, you name it). It will challenge, distress and edify you if you choose to submit yourself to it for two hours. Like many Aronofsky endeavors, “Mother!” is a film that doesn’t fit neatly into one genre   Read More ...
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New movies this week: 'American Assassin'
“AMERICAN ASSASSIN”: A CIA black-ops recruit (Dylan O’Brien) and his mentor (Michael Keaton), a Cold War veteran, are enlisted to investigate a wave of seemingly random attacks on civilian and military targets. They eventually uncover a mysterious operative who’s intent on starting a world war. Rated R for violence throughout, torture, language and brief nudity. Screenings Thursday. “BEACH RATS”: An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity amid encounters with his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend and older men he meets online   Read More ...
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J.J. Abrams to direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’
New York — J.J. Abrams is returning to “Star Wars,” and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of “Episode IX.” Lucasfilm announced Abrams return on Tuesday. After several high-profile exits by previous “Star Wars” directors, Lucasfilm is turning to the filmmaker who helped resurrect the franchise in the first place. As the director of “The Force Awakens,” Abrams rebooted “Star Wars” to largely glowing reviews from fans and more than $2 billion in box office   Read More ...
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Patty Jenkins signs on to direct ‘Wonder Woman 2’
A Warner Bros. representative confirmed Jenkins’ return on Monday after Variety first reported the news. Jenkins was widely expected to return for the sequel after “Wonder Woman” became both a critical success and a global hit at the box office earning over $816 million worldwide this summer. Negotiations took months to finalize a deal for Jenkins’ return. The Hollywood Reporter writes that her deal, which is reported to be in the $7 to $9 million range, makes Jenkins the highest-paid female filmmaker in history   Read More ...
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Free screening of '12th and Clairmount' Saturday
In 1967, Detroit erupted in one of the worst riots in American history, a rebellion against police brutality and racial inequality in a city where many said it couldn’t happen. Buy Photo. See the Free Press documentary "12th and Clairmount" during a free community screening on Saturday at Balduck Park on Detroit's east side. Drawing from more than 400 reels of home movies from the era, other unearthed footage and newly recorded oral histories, the documentary was produced by the Free Press in collaboration with Bridge Magazine, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and a group of metro Detroit cultural institutions, led by the Detroit Institute of Arts   Read More ...
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Eminem-produced rap movie to screen at Toronto International Film Festival
His name is what? His name is Eminem, movie producer. The Detroit icon is a producer of a rap comedy that's stirring much interest at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. "Bodied" debuts tonight at the Midnight Madness program of the Toronto event, which opens the same day and draws entertainment writers, movie critics, producers and distributors from around the globe   Read More ...
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Freep Film Festival announces 2018 dates, expands to five days
Fifth edition of the documentary-focused festival will arrive April 11-15. It aims to build on 2017 version, which saw a 54 percent attendance jump.   Read More ...
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Michigan-set 'American Horror Story: Cult' is scary-great satire of Trump's America
"American Horror Story: Cult" introduces its Michigan setting with a sequence about election night 2016 that is the most rollicking, terrifying, hilarious, disturbing and sorrowful TV commentary yet on its surprising results. Inside a room with a well-worn couch — it could be somewhere in Macomb County — a jittery young man with stringy, blue-dyed hair (Evan Peters) watches Fox News alone as the numbers indicate Donald Trump has won the presidency   Read More ...
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New movies this week: 'Tulip Fever'
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Email New movies this week: 'Tulip Fever' Also opening Sept. 1: 'The Trip to Spain' and 'Crown Heights' Sent! Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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Event recalls the 1967 people's trial for killings depicted in 'Detroit' movie
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History recalls the grassroots tribunal in 1967 that tried Detroit cops for murder and found them guilty.   Read More ...
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Michigan Boy Saves Drowning Brother By Copying Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Moves From his Favorite Movie
Who says movies don’t teach you anything? The BBC reports a young boy from Michigan remembered what he had seen movie star The Rock do in San Andreas, the young man’s favorite movie, and saved his younger brother’s life. Jacob O’Conner, 10, from Roseville, Michigan was at home when he saw his two-year-old brother Dylan floating face down in the family’s pool   Read More ...
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Trinity International Film Fest expands, continues booking movies from around the world
It’s the biggest year yet for Trinity International Film Festival, which will screen 63 independent films over the course of three days in Detroit from Friday through Sunday. It's the first time the festival, which launched in 2006, has added a third day. “We were all Detroit-based filmmakers that started the festival,” says codirectorMarshalle (Montgomery) Favors of Inkster, 48. “We’d travel to film festivals in U   Read More ...
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New movies this week: 'Leap!,' 'Good Time'
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Email New movies this week: 'Leap!,' 'Good Time' Also opening Aug. 25: 'Patti Cake$,' 'Ingrid Goes West' and 'The Only Living Boy in New York' Sent! Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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New '12th and Clairmount' screenings, 1967 history tours scheduled
In 1967, Detroit erupted in one of the worst riots in American history, a rebellion against police brutality and racial inequality in a city where many said it couldn’t happen. Buy Photo. There are three free screenings coming up for the Detroit Free Press documentary “.” Drawing from more than 400 reels of home movies from the era, other unearthed footage and newly recorded oral histories, the documentary was produced by the Free Press in collaboration with Bridge Magazine, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and a group of metro Detroit cultural institutions, led by the Detroit Institute of Arts   Read More ...
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Kathryn Bigelow wants Detroit to help end racial profiling
Kathryn Bigelow hopes 'Detroit' will end "racial profiling". The 65-year-old filmmaker helmed the new movie based around the real life murders of three African American men during the 1960s race riots in the US city, and one of her main goals was to encourage viewers to start healthy debates about race issues. Speaking at a press conference for the film at London hotel Claridge's on Wednesday (16   Read More ...
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New movies this week: 'The Hitman's Bodyguard'
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Email New movies this week: 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' Also opening Aug. 18: 'Logan Lucky,' 'Brigsby Bear' and 'Wind River' Sent! Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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Kathryn Bigelow used court reports to develop Detroit script
Kathryn Bigelow didn't make 'Detroit' for "entertainment" purposes. The 65-year-old filmmaker felt a huge "responsibility" to stay faithful to the story of the 1960s race riots in the US city and wanted to create a "dramatisation of true events" in order to educate and inform her audience. Speaking at a press conference for the film at London hotel Claridge's on Wednesday (16   Read More ...
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Graham: ‘Detroit’ movie a box office loser
“Detroit” is in trouble at the box office. The film, which opened wide in August’s first weekend, landed in that weekend’s No. 8 position, wedged between the second weekend of “Atomic Blonde” and the fourth frame of “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Going into this weekend, its $7.1 million opening was the lowest this year of any film opening in more than 3,000 theaters, lower than even May’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul   Read More ...
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REVIEW: ‘Detroit’ brings back tension of 1967 incident
Intense doesn’t begin to describe “Detroit,” a harrowing look at the 1967 12th Street Riot. Pulling the audience into the Algiers Motel, where much of the action takes place, director Kathryn Bigelow gives a sense of the fear and brutality that came to define the event. Swiftly explaining the racial unrest in Detroit in the late 1960s, Bigelow uses clips and quick vignettes to lead into the Algiers incident   Read More ...
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Is the 'Detroit' conversation helping or hurting at the box office?
It's a movie that has earned a thumbs-up from most critics and famous fans like MSNBC anchor Joy Reid, and director Lee Daniels, who It's also a movie that has been called a "moral failure" in the New Yorker and the "most dangerous film of the year" in a Huffington Post headline. "Detroit" may be lagging at the box office, but there is no lack of serious, sometimes controversial conversation surrounding it   Read More ...
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New movies this week: 'The Glass Castle'
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Nearly $3M Michigan home comes with ice cream parlor, bowling alley and movie theater
If it sells for its asking price of nearly $3 million, a luxury home in Hartland Township would be the most expensive home sold in Livingston County, Michigan in about a decade. Some over the top features of the house include a sunken pool with an underground water slide, a saltwater fish tank stuck in the living room wall and an ice cream parlor   Read More ...
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Nearly $3M Michigan home comes with ice cream parlor, bowling alley and movie theater
If it sells for its asking price of nearly $3 million, a luxury home in Hartland Township would be the most expensive home sold in Livingston County, Michigan in about a decade. Some over the top features of the house include a sunken pool with an underground water slide, a saltwater fish tank stuck in the living room wall and an ice cream parlor   Read More ...
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'Detroit' struggles at the box office in opening weekend of wide release
“Detroit” is making a good impression on most critics and moviegoers who’ve seen it. But its weekend box-office numbers weren't impressive. The dramatization of Detroit’s 1967 Algiers Motel killings by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow made more than $7 million in its first weekend of wide release at more than 3,000 theaters — much less than analysts had predicted. “Detroit” was projected to earn about $13 million, which would have put it among the top titles on what proved to be a sluggish weekend at multiplexes   Read More ...
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Box office: 'Dark Tower' leads slow weekend with $19.5 million, 'Detroit' stumbles
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‘Detroit’ movie disappoints at box office
Buy Photo. “Detroit,” the first film distributed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, debuted with a disappointing $7.3 million after a limited release last week. As a producer, Ellison, the Oracle heiress, has been behind some of the most acclaimed films in recent years, including “Foxcatcher” and “American Hustle.” “Detroit,” the third collaboration between Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), reimagines the terror-filled events around the Algiers Motel incident during the 1967 Detroit riots   Read More ...
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Witness to Algiers Motel brutality advised 'Detroit' director, cast
Julie Delaney, one of the survivors of the Algiers Motel incident during the 1967 riot, walks the red carpet at the "Detroit" movie premiere. Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press. It has been 50 years since Julie Delaney survived the terrifying events portrayed in "Detroit," the new movie about the 1967 Algiers Motel killings. Few people besides her family and high school friends know that she was there on that night   Read More ...
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'Detroit' the movie: Everything you need to know about Kathryn Bigelow's new film
It's the weekend of reckoning for Kathryn Bigelow's new film "Detroit." 'Detroit' the movie, which is set amidst the turmoil of Detroit's summer of '67 – and more specifically, a horrific night of police-led violence known as the Algiers Motel incident – had its world premiere at the Fox Theatre last Tuesday, and followed that with a limited opening in a handful of markets last weekend   Read More ...
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New movies this week: 'The Dark Tower'
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After soft launch, ‘Detroit’ goes wide this weekend
Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the civil unrest during the 1967 riots clashes with ‘The Dark Tower’ at weekend box office After opening in select markets and in several area theaters last weekend, “Detroit” goes nationwide beginning Thursday night. The Kathryn Bigelow-directed film, which centers on police brutality at the Algiers Motel during the 1967 Detroit riots, earned $350,190 from 20 screens during its debut last weekend   Read More ...
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‘Detroit’ movie earns $365,455 in limited launch
Buy Photo. While the summer box office remains down from last year, audiences are still turning out for some of the buzzier specialty releases. Annapurna Pictures rolled out the Kathryn Bigelow film “Detroit,” about an incident during the 1967 riots, a week before its nationwide launch in 20 theaters in 10 markets including Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore and Atlanta   Read More ...
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