Mike's Letter

SPRING BREAK AT THE STATE IS COMING!
March 25 - 31
Ah, Spring Break Staycation: beach balls on the marquee, Ken and his friends in the lobby sandbox catching some rays, and 35 movies in 8 days, all for FREE! If you're not headed to Antigua for spring break, you've got an all-access pass to some of the funniest, scariest, most thrilling, most awe-inspiring films of the past year, or any year. Check out this year's incredible lineup and start making your moviegoing plans! Tickets are FREE -- get yours beginning Friday, March 18 at 12 noon online (yes, you can get them online this year) or at the State and Bijou box offices.

2016 OSCAR WINNER FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM
"Son of Saul" --  This week at the State
We are privileged to be able to share with our community of film lovers one of the best films about the Holocaust ever made. "Impossible to forget," "a singular vision," "inspiring and unsparing," "remarkable does not do it justice," "an absolute masterpiece" -- critics have spared no superlative in praising the winner of this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar. Fifteen years in the making, Laszlo Nemes' debut film tells the story of a Hungarian Jew forced to serve in a "special unit" of concentration camp prisoners tasked with manning the crematoriums. "No matter how many Holocaust films you've seen, you've not seen one like this." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Rated R, 107 min. 

Watch the Trailer | Read the Review | See State Schedule | Buy Tickets

FROM THE VISIONARY MIND OF CHARLIE KAUFMAN
"Anomalisa" -- Limited engagement this week at the State
The latest offering from American genius Charlie Kaufman's ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Being John Malkovich") -- nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year's Oscars -- is a brilliant claymation opus to existential angst and quotidien crisis, with puppets! Filled with more warmth, heart, soul, and tenderness than most live-action movies, it's the beautiful and dreamlike story of a lonely motivational speaker on a business trip to Cincinnati. There he meets an extraordinary stranger (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who just might change his view of life. "Filtered through Kaufman's searching mind and soulful brilliance, the result is a masterpiece." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Rated R, 90 mins.

Watch the Trailer | See State Schedule | Buy Tickets

READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
"Zootopia" -- Going strong at the Bijou
Disney's "Zootopia" is shattering box office records, leaving audiences at the Bijou thrilled and elated, and it has earned an extremely rare, and pretty much perfect, 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Sweet cheese and crackers! Delighting children and adults alike (maybe the adults a little more), this buddy cop comedy caper set in a bright and shining metropolis where predator and prey live side by side is an instant classic. Wise, wonderful, hilarious, and astonishingly creative, you really should treat yourself to this great film, set in a brand new world that is beautifully detailed and fully realized, told through terrific one-liners. It's all about simple lessons on tolerance, prejudice, and learning to embrace our differences, and it has Shakira as a pop star gazelle, plus sloths working at the DMV. Genius!

Watch the Trailer | Read the Review | See State Schedule | Buy Tickets

MIKE'S HAPPY (AND MOST SUBVERSIVE) MOVIE 
"Where to Invade Next" -- this week at the State Theatre
"Heartfelt and sincere," "graceful, witty, and stylish," "thought-provoking and entertaining" -- Michael Moore's latest documentary is "one of the most genuinely, and valuably, patriotic films any American has ever made." Encourage your friends and neighbors to head to the State to experience the eye-opening hopefulness everyone is telling everyone else about. Not Rated, 120 minutes. 

Watch the Trailer | Read the Ebert.com Review | See Schedule | Buy Tickets

FROM THE MASTER OF DARK FANTASY
"Crimson Peak"
Friday, March 11 at 11 pm -- This Week's FNF, always at the State 
This week's FNF is the latest fantasy horror offering from cult director Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Pacific Rim"), a tale of young Edith (Mia Wasikowska) who, after marrying the charming and seductive Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), finds herself swept away to his creepy gothic mansion in the English hills. And you just KNOW that mansion done be haunted! Rated R, 117 min. 

Next Week: "Magic Mike XXL" - BFF Night!

HAPPINESS IS A WARM PUPPY
"The Peanuts Movie"

Saturday, March 12 at 10 am at the State, and 10:30 am at the Bijou
Everyone's favorite bulbous-headed Charles Schultz creation is back with all of his beloved friends in their first CGI animated feature! After a red-headed girl moves into Charlie Brown's neighborhood, things just won't break his way. To make matters worse, his dog Snoopy continues his delusional quest to shoot down the Red Baron while fighting for a love of a French poodle named Fifi. Make sure you arrive early to the State Theatre screening, because we will be giving away a FREE children's bike to a lucky attendee, courtesy of Grand Traverse Pie Company and Einstein Cycles. Rated G, 88 min. Parents can check out the Common Sense Media review.

Next Week: "Ella Enchanted"

FREDRIC MARCH MARCH! 
"Death Takes a Holiday"  
Wednesday, March 16 at 10:30 am -- This week's 25¢ Classic, always at the State
Feeling misunderstood, Death (Frederic March) takes human form for a weekend to learn why mortals fear him, why they cling so desperately to physical existence. When he finds himself drawn to an ethereal woman, he learns about love and comes to understand life. Haunting, thrilling, evocative, and breathlessly romantic, this is one of the Golden Age of Hollywood's most memorable works. Not Rated, 78 min.  

Next Week: "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit"

TRAINING DAY
State & Bijou Volunteer Training 

Sunday, March 13 at 4:15 pm and Tuesday, March 15 at 6 pm at the State
Everyone is cordially invited to a very exciting, once-a-year event at the State Theatre! For this special volunteer gathering of the minds, we've put together everything we wish all volunteers knew, and jammed it into one action-packed, thrilling adventure in group learning. If you've been wanting to give volunteering at the State and Bijou a try, this is the perfect way to get involved. Popcorn and soda will be free and plentiful. And then we'll take your questions -- any question you have, really! 

NEW YORK FILM CRITICS SERIES SNEAK PREVIEW
"The Confirmation"

Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 pm - Simulcast Q&A with Star Clive Owen - Tix $12
Join us for a special sneak preview presentation of this heartwarming family film with an all-star cast. Clive Owen shines in an irresistible comedy about an estranged father and son (the phenomenal Jaeden Lieberher, "St. Vincent"), whose weekend adventure leads to something they never imagined: a true family connection. Also starring Maria Bello, Patton Oswalt, Robert Foster, Matthew Modine, and Tim Blake Nelson. Following the film, stay for an exclusive simulcast Q&A with star Clive Owen, co-star Jaeden Lieberher, and director Bob Nelson, hosted by Peter Travers. Rated PG-13, 90 min.