Pushed to the Limit

July 26th, 2015

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A pair of movies at the Detroit Film Theatre on July 25, 2015 showed how human beings can respond to being pushed to the limit, both by circumstance and by their own choice.

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A Summer Evening

July 18th, 2015

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When the cold of winter descends upon us again, I might think back to the pleasant summer feeling of the evening of Friday, July 17, 2015. The centerpiece of the evening was a visit to the Detroit Film Theatre, where I enjoyed the compelling French Canadian drama FĂ©lix and Meira.

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Cinetopia Buffet

June 14th, 2015

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The four-year-old Cinetopia International Film Festival continued to grow in 2015. New venues this year included several well-known alternative film theaters (Maple Theater, Redford Theatre, and Senate Theater).

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Magnificence

June 8th, 2015

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“The magnificence of the Ambersons began in 1873,” Orson Welles intones deeply as he speaks one of my favorite opening lines to a movie.

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Classic Movie Memories

April 17th, 2015

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of Gone with the Wind in Detroit and many other cities, after being released in Atlanta and New York City in late 1939.

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In the Shadows

March 30th, 2015

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For many years, the Michigan Theater has helped area filmgoers make the slow, difficult transition from winter to spring with special Monday night classic film series. Recent series have include Charlie Chaplin in 2011 and Alfred Hitchcock in 2014.

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A Christmas Weekend

December 21st, 2014

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‘Twas the weekend before Christmas, and many movie-loving creatures were stirring in the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre.

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Change of State

November 26th, 2014

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This past fall has been a busy time at the Michigan Theater and its new partner a few hundred feet down the street—the State Theatre.

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Father and Son

October 26th, 2014

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The Halloween treats at the Redford Theatre this year included movies on consecutive weekends that starred the master of makeup Lon Chaney and his son Creighton Chaney, better known to movie fans as Lon Chaney, Jr.

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West Side Story

September 28th, 2014

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If an award was given for best all-around film, the 1961 Best Picture Oscar-winning movie West Side Story would be a strong contender.

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