Mike's Letter


4 OSCAR NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST PICTURE!

"Room" - Opening Friday (1/29) at the State Theatre
Emma Donoghue adapted her own best-selling novel about a woman and her five-year-old son held captive for years in a garden shed, and the result is an unforgettable cinematic experience that has been lauded by critics and audiences worldwide. Brie Larson gives us raw sensitivity and fearlessness that has made her the front-runner for Best Actress, and remarkably, Jacob Tremblay allows us to rediscover the world through his eyes. This film is the very definition of what they call a "difficult sit" in the industry, but as heartbreaking as the story certainly is, the tenderness, honesty, and sublime beauty of this mother and son's ferocious love for one another is transcendent, and the performances are nothing short of superb. Hard as it may be to believe, "Room" will leave you feeling hopeful. Rated R, 118 minutes.

Watch the Trailer | Read the Philadelphia Inquirer Review 


YO, TRAVERSE CITY!

"Creed" - Opening Friday (1/29) at the Bijou by the Bay
We kick off Black Oscar Month at the Bijou with a film that many feel should have been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Ryan Coogler, "Fruitvale Station"), and Best Actor (Michael B. Jordan). A stunning reboot of one of cinema's most iconic franchises, and the first Rocky film not to have been written by Sylvester Stallone (he did get a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work here, however), "Creed" is the thrilling and poignant story of Adonis Johnson, the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa's old foe-turned-friend. Adonis convinces Rocky to come out of self-imposed boxing exile and show him the ropes. Even if you aren't familiar with the Rocky films, or could care less about inspiring sports dramas, "Creed" is a must-see — a rich and riveting experience that goes pound for pound with the very best films of the year. #OscarsSoWhite

Watch the Trailer | Read the New Yorker Review 


I WANT TO TAKE HIS FACE...OFF

"Face/Off" Friday, January 29 at 10:15 pm
This Week's Friday Night Flick, always at the State
Mondo action guru John Woo directs this batsh** bonkers action thriller in which FBI agent John Travolta ("Battlefield Earth") literally removes his face and swaps it with the face of terrorist Nicholas Cage ("Con Air," "National Treasure," "Moonstruck," "Raising Arizona" — stop me before I go on and on and on). Rated R, 138 minutes.
Next Week: "The Notebook" - BFF Night!


EVERYONE'S FAVORITE KID SPIES!

"Spy Kids 3: Game Over" Saturday, January 30 at 10:00 am
This week's 25¢ Kids Matinee, always at the State
Everyone's favorite kid spies are back, and this time they're spying like they've never spied before. They're up against an evil toymaker played by none other than Sylvester Stallone! Rated PG, 84 minutes. Parents can check out Common Sense Media review.
Next Week: "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!"


BLACK HISTORY MONTH: THE NEXT GENERATION

"To Sir, with Love" Wednesday, February 3 at 10:30 am
This week's 25¢ Classic Matinee, always at the State
Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as a novice teacher who faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks. Part of the secret to the film's enduring charm? The tuneful title song, which was a chart-topping hit for co-star Lulu — just try to get it out of your head ("Those school girl days..."). Rated NR, 105 min.
Next Week: "The Great Debaters"


NED RYERSON?

"Groundhog Day" Tuesday, February 2 at 6:00 pm
Gobbler's Knob Party at the State
Tickets are $5 or FREE for anyone named Phil, plus we'll have free popcorn for anyone in a top hat, free donuts for everyone, and the chance to win some Downtown TC gift certificates! Celebrate Groundhog Day with the best movie about, and titled, "Groundhog Day!" This cult hit and perennial favorite is the story of TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray), a jaded and unhappy man who gets stuck living the same day over and over and over again, to hilarious, and eventually heartwarming, effect. Rated PG, 101 minutes.

ACADEMY AWARDS PARTY
Sunday, February 28 at 7:00 pm
$15 Fundraiser for the State Theatre, Members $10
There is no better place in the world (outside of the Dolby Theater, of course) to enjoy the Academy Awards than at the State! The price of admission includes gourmet pizza, salad, dessert, and popcorn, plus enough soda, coffee, and tea to keep you awake until Best Picture is announced. Dress in your formal best and walk the red carpet, and enter our Oscar contest for a chance to win prizes including an All-Access Pass for two for the State and Bijou. Need not be present to win!


TC WINTER COMFEST RETURNS... JUST A LITTLE LATER IN WINTER!

Mark your calendars for April 8-9 and look for some big announcements in the coming weeks. Sign up for our elist to be notified first at wintercomedy.org.


WAIT FOR THE STATE...AND THE BIJOU, TOO!

We plan to bring the following films to the theaters — subject to availability. Watch our weekly email newsletters for automatic updates about upcoming films and events!
"45 Years" - Best Actress Nominee!
"Carol" - 6 Oscar Nominations!
"Chi-Raq" - Black Oscar Month at the Bijou
"Concussion" - Black Oscar Month at the Bijou
"Where to Invade Next" - Returning to the State February 12