Cinema Chat: The Original “Robin Hood,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” and More

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“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” — OPENS TODAY AT STATE AND MULTIPLEX

A 2022 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Black Panther. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the sequel to “Black Panther” (2018) and the 30th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Ryan Cooglerwho co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Coleand stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Duke Winston, Dominique Thorne, Florence Kasumba, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freemanand Angela Bassette. In the film, the rulers of Wakanda fight to protect their nation in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

Ideas for a sequel began after Black Panther was released in February 2018. Coogler negotiated to return as director in the following months, and Marvel Studios officially confirmed development of the sequel in mid-2019. Plans for the film changed in August 2020 when the ‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer, with Marvel choosing not to recast his role as T’Challa.

The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised its emotional weight, its homage to Boseman, and the cast’s performances. Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and chart a new course for the kingdom of Wakanda.

“After Sun” — OPENS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 IN MICHIGAN

A drama film written and directed by Charlotte Wellsfeaturing Paul Mescal, Frankie Corioand Celia Rowlson Hall. In a declining vacation resort, 11-year-old Sophie spends rare moments with her loving and idealistic father, Calum (Paul Mescal). As a world of adolescence looms on the horizon beyond his eyes, Calum struggles under the weight of life outside of fatherhood. Twenty years later, Sophie’s fond memories of their last vacation become a powerful and heartbreaking portrait of their relationship, as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she never knew. in Charlotte Wells’ superb directorial debut.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS DOWNTOWN

“Seven Samurai” – PLAYS TONIGHT AT 7:15 PM IN THE STATE

One of the most thrilling cinematic epics of all time, it tells the story of a 16th-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from bandit invaders. This three-hour journey from Akira Kurosawa-with legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura– seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative and unforgettable story of courage and hope. This film will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles.

“Robin Hood” – PLAYS TONIGHT AT 7:45 PM IN MICHIGAN

Celebrating the film’s 100th anniversary with live accompaniment from Andrew Rogers on the historic Barton Organ.

When King Richard the Lionheart leads a crusade in the Holy Land, his evil brother John claims the throne and an era of corruption ensues. The Earl of Huntington (Douglas Fairbanks) is transformed into the heroic Robin Hood, who leads his followers against Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham to reclaim England for King Richard. “A big-screen spectacle that ranks among the monumental achievements of the era, ‘Robin Hood’ is a timeless tale of romance and intrigue, staged on a Herculean scale. Its sets were erected by an army of 500 carpenters and towered 90 feet in the air, covering ten acres of land, historically accurate in every detail.

Tribute to Italian Cinema – Film and Food Festival (Thursdays at the State)

Holiday Classics at the Michigan Theater (tickets are free on Sundays!!!!)

COMING SOON

“She says” – OPENS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 IN MICHIGAN WITH SCREENINGS BEFORE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Twice Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”, “An Education”) and Zoe Kazan (limited series “The Plot Against America”, “The Big Sick”) star as New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantorwho together shattered one of the most important stories of a generation – a story that helped propel the #Metoo movement, broke decades of silence around the topic of sexual assault in Hollywood, and forever changed American culture.

“The Fabelmans” — OPENS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 AT STATE

A 2022 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and written and produced by Tony Kushner and Spielberg. It is a semi-autobiographical story loosely based on Spielberg’s teenage years and early years as a director, told through an original story by fictional Sammy Fabelman, a young aspiring filmmaker who explores how the power of movies can help her see the truth about her dysfunction. his family and those around him. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Gabriel LaBelle, michelle williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogenand Judd Hirsch. It is dedicated to the memories of Spielberg’s real-life parents, Arnold Spielberg and Leah Adler. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2022, where it won the People’s Choice Award.

Young Sammy Fabelman falls in love with movies after his parents take him to see ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. Armed with a camera, Sammy begins to make his own home movies, much to the delight of his supporting mother.

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“The Time of Armageddon”

An American coming-of-age drama film written, directed and produced by James Gray. movie stars Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, Repeta Banks, Jaylin Webband Anthony Hopkins. Inspired by Gray’s childhood experiences, the story follows a young Jewish American boy who befriends a rebellious African American schoolmate and begins to struggle against his family’s expectations and grows up in a world of privilege. , inequalities and prejudices. It was shot in New Jersey with the cinematographer Darius Khonji. it had its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. From acclaimed filmmaker James Gray, this film is a deeply personal coming-of-age story about the strength of family and the generational pursuit of the American Dream. The film features an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong.

“The Banshees of Inisherin”

It is a 2022 dark comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The film follows lifelong friends (Colin Farrel and Brendan Gleeson) who find themselves at an impasse when their relationship is abruptly terminated; Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan also star. It reunites Farrell and Gleeson, who previously worked together on McDonagh’s “In Bruges” (2008) director. It had its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, where Farrell won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor and McDonagh won the Golden Osella for Best Screenplay.

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, this film follows longtime friends Pádraic and Colm, who come to a dead end when Colm unexpectedly ends their friendship. A stunned Pádraic, aided by his sister Siobhán and troubled young islander Dominic, strives to mend the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Pádraic’s repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend’s resolve, and when Colm issues a desperate ultimatum, events quickly escalate, with shocking consequences.

“Until”

This is a deeply moving and cinematic film about the true story of Grandma Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who in 1955 was brutally lynched when he was visiting his cousins ​​in Mississippi. In Grandma’s poignant journey of grief turned into action, we see the universal power of a mother’s ability to change the world.

“TAR”

From the writer-producer-director Todd Field comes this movie starring Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár, revolutionary conductor of a major German orchestra. We meet Tár at the height of her career, as she prepares for both a book launch and a highly anticipated live performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Over the next few weeks, his life begins to unfold in a singularly modern way. The result is a searing examination of power, its impact and sustainability in today’s society.

“Triangle of Sadness”

A 2022 internationally co-produced satirical black comedy film written and directed by Ruben Östlund in his first English language feature. Its world premiere was at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival on May 5, 2022, where it received an eight-minute standing ovation and won the top prize, the Palme d’Or.

In Ruben Ostlund‘s (“Force Majeure”, “The Square”) wickedly funny Palme d’Or winner, the social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the sordid relationship between power and beauty. Famous model couple, Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean), are invited to a luxury cruise for the ultra-rich, helmed by an unbalanced boat captain (Woody Harrelson). What first appeared on Instagram ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a desert island and struggling to survive.

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