Kevin Smith, 'Somewhere,' 'Battle: LA,' 'Mars Needs Moms,' and more at the movies
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Kevin Smith - “Red State” - Tonight! Acclaimed filmmaker Kevin Smith will be live on stage tonight, presenting a premiere screening of his new film “Red State” at the Michigan Theater. A group of teens receive a salacious online invitation, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with much more sinister intent. Smith will conduct what is sure to be an interesting and hilarious post screening Q-and-A session. Tickets at Ticketmaster and at the Michigan starting one hour before the 7:30 show time.
The third annual Ann Arbor Palestine Film Festival will unspool at the Michigan Theater March 16-17. The festival showcases films about Palestine and films by Palestinian directors and is an independent, non-sectarian organization celebrating the Palestinian people and the Palestinian diaspora. For complete information about the festival, visit www.aapalestinefilmfestival.com
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“Mars Needs Moms” — based on the children’s book by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, who is best known for the cartoon strip “Bloom County” and its characters Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin — follows 9-year-old Milo (Seth Green) as he finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she's kidnapped by Martians who plan to steal her "mom-ness." Milo's quest to save his mom involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader, the Supervisor. “Mars Needs Moms” opens Friday and will also be released in 3D. “Red Riding Hood,” directed by Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”), is a take on the classic Charles Perrault folk tale "Le Petit Chaperon Rouge". The film is set in the medieval village of Daggerhorn, where a young woman named Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) plans to run away with her woodcutter lover, an outsider named Peter, in order to avoid an arranged marriage. Their plan to run off with each other is stalled when Valerie's older sister is found slaughtered by a werewolf that has been terrorizing their village for years. Hungry for revenge, the people summon Father Solomon (Gary Oldman) to help them track down and kill the beast. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences, as he warns that the werewolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. “Red Riding Hood” opens Friday. What To See
The following is Russ’ list of the newest and the best to help you prioritize what to see this week:
Opening: • “Somewhere” - Sofia Coppola examines the price of celebrity and the rewards of fatherhood. • “The Great Dictator”- A new 35 mm print of this Chaplin classic. A must-see. Continuing: • “Rango” - Animated fun with Johnny Depp as chameleon in the wild west. • “The Adjustment Bureau” - Matt Damon falls for Emily Blunt, but mysterious forces keep them apart. • “The King’s Speech” - Historical British film that won four Academy Awards. • “Cedar Rapids”- Big laughs from Ed Helms in this locally made film.
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