Showtimes through Thursday, July 24

TICKETS are available at the box office or online HERE (choose your desired date in the dropdown menu). Check out the About page for more info.

The Girl on the Train
Neo-noir, thriller – R – 80 min – Tickets $8 – Get tickets online
Fri, July 18: 5:00, 7:00 p.m. — 7:00 show includes Q & A with the producers
Sat, July 19: 5:00, 7:00 — 7:00 show includes Q & A with the producers
Sun, July 20: 7:15
Mon, July 21
: 7:00
Tues, July 22: 7:00
Wed, July 23
: 9:00

A Hard Day’s Night
Comedy – NR – 87 min – Tickets $10Get tickets online
John, Paul, George and Ringo never looked or sounded better than in this digitally restored, remastered version of Richard Lester’s 1964 classic.
Fri, July 18: 9:15 p.m.
Sat, July 19: 9:15 p.m.
Sun, July 20: 5:00 p.m.
Mon, July 21: 9:00 p.m.
Tues, July 22: 9:00 p.m.
Wed, July 23: 7:00 p.m.

Hellion
Drama – NR – 94 min – Tickets $8 – Get tickets online
Festival fave drama starring Aaron Paul from “Breaking Bad” in an amazing performance as a dad trying to keep his family together.
Wed, July 16: 7:00, 9:15 p.m.
Thurs, July 17: 4:45, 9:15 p.m.

 

 

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Sundance Shorts Tour stops at CD beginning Friday, July 25

Thousands are submitted…only eight are chosen….Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is eight short film selections from the 2014 Sundance Festival. Over the course of its 30-year history, Sundance has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and has served as the launchpad for careers of many now-prominent independent filmmakers. With both fiction and documentary, the diverse 2014 shorts program ranges from beautiful insight and the struggle to understand the meaning of life to a hilarious, all-too familiar government deposition.

Each year, the Sundance Film Festival has over 8,000 short films submitted and selects between 60-80 to show in the Festival. Further narrowing the program to a 90-minute selection, the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour then travels to film lovers across the US. A staple of the Festival since its start, a wide variety of emerging talent got their start in the short film format, including filmmakers Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes, Spike Jonze, Paul Thomas Anderson, Sophie Barthes, David O. Russell, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Tamara Jenkins, Jamie Babbit, Tim Blake Nelson, Alexander Payne, Andrea Arnold, Jason Reitman, and many others.

It’s fun to be surprised by something new, but if you absolutely must have a further preview of this year’s shorts, we have provided summaries after the jump.

2014 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour
Comedy, drama, musical, documentary – NR – 94 min – Tickets $10
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One night only: AMONG RAVENS — Friday, July 18

Told through the eyes of nine-year-old Joey (Johnny Sequoyah making her feature debut), Among Ravens is the story of a group of old friends (Amy Smart, Victoria Smurfit, Joshua Leonard, Natalie Imbruglia, Christian Campbell, Russell Friedenberg, and Castille Landon) who reunite for their annual 4th of July weekend, only to be confronted by Chad (Will McCormack), a strange but intriguing photographer whose presence changes their lives. Fun fact: Writer, co-director and star Friedenberg is Sequoyah’s father.

Uniformly great performances, a lack of clichés, and stunning cinematography make this a very enjoyable film.

Among Ravens
Drama, comedy – NR – 103 min – Get tickets online
Friday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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BBC World War I 100th Anniversary program, Sunday August 3 and Monday August 4

The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.
Sir Edward Grey – August 1914

One hundred years ago this summer, Europe, and indeed the world, was deceptively quiet. On June 28, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were shot and killed in Sarajevo. At first, to the average man and woman on the street this event may have seemed tragic, but remote. However, a month and a week later, all of Europe had plunged into a war that would become – almost literally – a fight to the death, raging across the globe, and drawing in the United States. By the time it ended, more than 15 million soldiers and civilians had been killed, the world map had been transformed, and the stage was set for a Second World War.

On the anniversary of World War I’s beginning, Cinema Detroit presents three new acclaimed documentaries from the BBC which shed on light on why and how it started and its implications for later history and the present day. In addition, professors Aaron Retish and Eric Ash from Wayne State University’s History department will join us to introduce the films.

Sunday, August 3
4:30 p.m. – Royal Cousins At War
Documentary – NR – 122 min – Suggested donation $5
At the time the war broke out, the King of England, the Czar of Russia, and the Kaiser of Germany were first cousins. This two-part series looks at the role played by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of England, and their relationships with each other, in the outbreak of war. Mismanaging their countries and mishandling foreign policy, they failed to adapt to the forces of nationalism and democracy, and so brought tumbling down their own ideal of a Europe governed by the descendants of Queen Victoria. While it was war that delivered the final blow, this fascinating series  shows how the problems had set in much earlier.  Professor Aaron Retish of Wayne State University will introduce Royal Cousins. Retish specializes in modern Russian history and has written extensively on Russia’s transition from imperial rule to the Soviet Union.

7:30 p.m. – Churchill’s First World War
Docu-drama – NR – 94 min – Suggested donation $5
A re-examination of Winston Churchill’s darkest hours, combining a fascinating re-evaluation of his epic and traumatic experiences in the World War I and his contributions as Britain’s greatest warlord. Disgraced by disasters in the Gallipoli wars, and with his political reputation in tatters, Churchill was all but finished. He was also tormented, for he knew that he was one of the very few political leaders opposed to the strategy of endless attrition in Flanders. His promotion of tank and air power stemmed from his determination to find another strategy. Illustrated with the extraordinary correspondence Churchill sent from the trenches to his wife Clementine, revealing intimate insights into life on the front, and with testimony from leading historians and military experts, this is the story of his fall – and his road to redemption. Professor Eric Ash of Wayne State University will introduce Churchill’s First World War. Ash specializes in English and European history, particularly the uses and effects of technology.

Monday, August 4
7:00 p.m. – 37 Days
Docu-drama – NR – 162 min – Suggested donation $5
This three-part political thriller follows the catastrophic chain of events which began with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, and led to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on August 4th. 37 Days explores with breathless tension the tragedy of how Europe’s old conventions of secret diplomacy fell apart – or were destroyed. This fascinating and provocative drama, featuring stunning performances from actors such as Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars) and Tim Piggott-Smith (MI-5, Quantum of Solace), unlocks the mystery of the war’s origins. By overturning common assumptions about its inevitability, the film demonstrates that World War I did not happen by chance, and nor was it a foregone conclusion – it took considerable effort and staggering bad luck. 37 Days will be introduced by Professor Retish.

These documentaries have never been screened or broadcast in the US before, and admission to all three is free. We greatly appreciate donations to help us with our costs and keep great content on our screens. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and we are not able to take reservations.

 

 

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STOP MAKING SENSE starts Friday, August 8

We are proud to present the re-release of the Talking Heads concert film, Stop Making Sense, starting Friday, August 8. Filmed over three days in 1984 at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater, director Jonathan Demme captured Talking Heads’ enthusiasm, spirit, and energy in a film “as close to perfect as it gets.” See David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison, at the height of their band’s power and popularity, burn up the big screen with Dolby sound that will rock the house.

Stop Making Sense
Concert film – NR – 88 min – Tickets $8
Starts Friday, August 8 – Check back for showtimes

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SLAUGHTER NICK FOR PRESIDENT starts Friday, July 11

Slaughter Nick for President is the story of Rob Stewart, an unemployed Canadian actor who discovered he was a household name…in Serbia. His character, Nick Slaughter, from the defunct TV show “Tropical Heat,” was so popular there in the mid-1990s that he became a symbol of freedom and democracy to those protesting dictator Slobodan Milosevic. Stewart had no idea about his exalted status in a country halfway around the world until he stumbled across a Facebook fan page dedicated to Slaughter and “Tropical Heat.” Stewart decided to go, with a couple of filmmaker friends, to the Balkan state. But nothing could have prepared him for the reception he got.

We couldn’t make this up. We didn’t have to…it’s a true story. Yep, it’s a documentary, one that’s definitely worth your time.

Slaughter Nick for President
Documentary – NR – 73 min – Tickets $8 – Get tickets online

Fri, July 11: 7:30 p.m.
Sat, July 12: 7:30 p.m.

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Showtimes through Thursday, July 17

TICKETS are available at the box office or online HERE (choose your desired date in the dropdown menu!). Check out the About page for more info.

STARTING FRIDAY, JULY 11
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
Slaughter Nick for President
Documentary – NR – 73 min – Tickets $8 – Get tickets online
Fri, July 11: 7:30 p.m.
Sat, July 12: 7:30 p.m.

A Hard Day’s Night
Comedy – NR – 87 min – Tickets $10Get tickets online
John, Paul, George and Ringo never looked or sounded better than in this digitally restored, remastered version of Richard Lester’s 1964 classic.
Fri, July 11: 7:00 p.m.
Sat, July 12: 9:15 p.m.
Sun, July 13: 5:00 p.m.
Mon, July 14: 7:00 p.m.
Tues, July 15: 9:15 p.m.
Wed, July 16: 5:00 p.m.
Thurs, July 17: 7:00 p.m.

Hellion
Drama – NR – 94 min – Tickets $8 – Get tickets online
Festival fave drama starring Aaron Paul from “Breaking Bad” in an amazing performance as a dad trying to keep his family together.
Fri, July 11: 4:45, 9:15 p.m.
Sat, July 12: 4:45, 7:00 p.m.
Sun, July 13: 3:00, 7:30 p.m.
Mon, July 14: 4:45, 9:15 p.m.
Tues, July 15: 4:45, 7:00 p.m.
Wed, July 16: 7:00, 9:15 p.m.
Thurs, July 17: 4:45, 9:15 p.m.

HELD OVER
Before You Know It
Documentary – NR – 110 min – Tickets $8 – Get tickets online
Mon, July 7: 7:15, 9:45 p.m.
Tues, July 8: 7:15, 9:45 p.m.
Wed, July 9: 7:15, 9:45 p.m.
Thurs, July 10: 7:15, 9:45 p.m.

They Came Together
Rom-com parody – R – 83 min – Tickets $8 – Get tickets online
Mon, July 7: 7:45, 10:00 p.m.
Tues, July 8: 7:45, 10:00 p.m.
Wed, July 9: 7:45, 10:00 p.m.
Thurs, July 10: 7:45, 10:00 p.m.

 

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A HARD DAY’S NIGHT starts Friday, July 11

A Hard Day’s Night
Comedy – NR – 87 min – Tickets $10Get tickets online
Fri, July 11: 7:00 p.m.
Sat, July 12: 9:15 p.m.
Sun, July 13: 5:00 p.m.
Mon, July 14: 7:00 p.m.
Tues, July 15: 9:15 p.m.
Wed, July 16: 5:00 p.m.
Thurs, July 17: 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play wily, exuberant versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.

About the restoration: This amazing new version was produced from the original 35mm camera negative, using the latest in digital technology. The negative, though incomplete, was in excellent condition. The missing material was taken from two original interpositives. The image was scanned in 4K resolution on a Scanity film scanner to retain the character of the film’s original printing stock without any generational loss, and the raw data was carefully treated using a variety of digital tools to remove dirt, scratches, flicker, and other damage. The final result was approved by director Richard Lester, and is in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.75:1.

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HELLION starts Friday, July 11

Hellion
Drama – NR – 94 min – Tickets $8 – Get tickets online
Fri, July 11: 4:45, 9:15 p.m.
Sat, July 12: 4:45, 7:00 p.m.
Sun, July 13: 3:00, 7:30 p.m.
Mon, July 14: 4:45, 9:15 p.m.
Tues, July 15: 4:45, 7:00 p.m.
Wed, July 16: 7:00, 9:15 p.m.
Thurs, July 17: 4:45, 9:15 p.m.

Obsessed with heavy metal, dirt bike racing and partaking in the occasional act of vandalism with his band of delinquents, the behavior of 13-year-old Jacob Wilson (Josh Wiggins) has begun to raise concerns around his small town, especially when it starts to involve his younger brother Wes (newcomer Deke Garner). While the boys’ father Hollis (two-time Emmy Award-winner Aaron Paul) loves his sons, he is still reeling from the loss of their mother, spending more time drowning his sorrows at the local bar and working on his damaged beach house than being an active parent.

When the local authorities catch wind of the increasingly volatile situation, Wes is taken into custody by his Aunt Pam (Juliette Lewis), leaving Jacob and Hollis to fend for themselves. In Wes’ absence, Jacob becomes increasingly obsessed with two things: winning a local motocross championship and getting his brother back. Writer/director Kat Candler paints the powerful portrait of a family on the brink of dissolution set against the haunting backdrop of the refineries of Southeast Texas. South x Southwest Festival winner Hellion was well-received when it screened here at Cinetopia, don’t miss it beginning Friday, July 11.

Hellion offers a startling and memorable portrait of adolescent life in downscale East Texas suburbia, along with a white-hot breakthrough performance from teenage actor Josh Wiggins.” – Salon.com

“Though some characters go underdeveloped, Hellion marks one of Hollywood’s most realistic examinations of rural high school angst since Friday Night Lights, another teen drama set in Texas.” – USA Today

Hellion is a well-observed and patiently told story, with one good scene after another, featuring amazing performances across the board, but particularly from newcomer Josh Wiggins.” – RogerEbert.com

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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN starts Friday, July 18

“There’s always a moment when your life changes, though you may not know it at the time…”

Documentary filmmaker Danny Hart (Henry Ian Cusick) boards a train at Grand Central Terminal, heading to upstate New York to interview the subjects of his latest project. A chance encounter with a mysterious young woman (Nicki Aycox) leads him on a journey of a very different sort, and within the blink of an eye, Hart is forced to leave his complacent life behind for a world in which the line between fantasy and reality is blurred. As the filmmaker tells his strange story to police detective Martin (Stephen Lang), Hart finds himself being questioned as the detective tries to discover whether Hart is the victim or the suspect in the strange affair.

On Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19, The Girl on the Train producers Rebecca Reynolds and Jim Carpenter will join us in person for Q & As after the 7:00 screenings. Reynolds has worked in film, television and theatre in New York City, Los Angeles, and around the country. A writer/producer for the long-running hit HBO comedy series Arli$$ starring Robert Wuhl, Reynolds also co-wrote and produced two HBO comedy specials with Wuhl, the first of which (“Assume the Position…” with Mr. Wuhl) earned them a nomination for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy/Variety.

Jim Carpenter is the co-founder of 8180 Films LLC, based in Leland, Michigan. He and his wife, Rebecca Reynolds, executive-produced the company’s first feature, the indie drama Christina, starring Nicki Aycox, Jordan Belfi, and Stephen Lang. Written and directed by Larry Brand, Christina won awards at film festivals around the country, including Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking at the Newport Beach Film Festival and Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting and Acting at VisionFest in New York City. Carpenter and Reynolds are producers of the company’s comedy documentary The Coexist Comedy Tour, starring John Fugelsang. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a great movie, plus support independent cinema and Michigan-based filmmaking.

The Girl on the Train
Neo-noir, thriller – R – 80 min – Tickets $8
Get tickets online (select date in the drop-down menu)
Fri, July 18: 5:00, 7:00 p.m.
Sat, July 19: 5:00, 7:00
Sun, July 20: 7:15
Mon, July 21: 7:00
Tues, July 22: 7:00
Wed, July 23: 9:00
Thurs, July 24: 9:00

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