Spend a night out this week enjoying one of our many showings including first runs, film series, and special partner presentations! Check out our weekly offerings below and don't forget to reserve your seat at michtheater.org/
Beginning with our NEW offerings and Special Screenings:
"The Son" is a thought-provoking film that delves into the emotional complexities of mental illness and its impact on families. Hugh Jackman gives a moving performance as Peter, a successful professional struggling to come to terms with his son's illness. The film also features strong performances from Laura Dern and Sir Anthony Hopkins, adding depth to the story. It does an excellent job of exploring the challenges and complexities of mental illness and the impact it has on those who care for a loved one. It is a film that will resonate with anyone who has been affected by mental illness and offers a powerful glimpse into the emotional journey of those dealing with this difficult reality.
When You Finish Saving the World
"When You Finish Saving the World" is a film that delves deep into the psyche of an upper middle-class family struggling to find purpose in their lives. Directed and written by Jesse Eisenberg, it presents a smart and nuanced portrayal of its characters. The film stars Finn Wolfhard in the lead role, delivering a strong performance as the teenage viral video singer, Ziggy. The supporting cast, including Jay O. Sanders and Julianne Moore, give noteworthy performances that contribute to the film's overall impact. Set in an unnamed college town in Indiana, the film creates a sense of isolation and disconnection, adding depth to the story's exploration of the human condition and the struggles of finding meaning in one's life. The film is a unique and compelling look at the complexities of the human experience that will leave audiences with much to ponder long after the credits have rolled.
Hunt (Special Screening Saturday, 1/21)
Part of our Korean Cinema Now presented with the Nam Center. Our 1:00 PM screening is FREE and open to the public, but tickets must still be reserved on our website.
"Hunt" is a thrilling and action-packed film about double and triple crosses in a spy game between North and South Korea in the 1980s. Directed and starring Emmy winner Lee Jung-jae, the film follows the story of Park Pyong-ho, a South Korean officer who is trying to uncover a North Korean mole in the operation. The film is filled with shifting loyalties and intense action sequences, making it a thrilling ride from start to finish. Jung Woo-sung also delivers a strong performance as Kim Jung-do, adding to the film's already strong cast. For fans of espionage thrillers and intense action, "Hunt" is definitely worth a watch.
Infinity Pool (Opens Thursday, 1/26)
"Infinity Pool" is a gripping thriller that explores the dark depths of morality and the consequences of our actions. Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg, the film stars Alexander Skarsgård and Mia Goth as vacationers who find themselves in a foreign land where the punishment for crime is death, but for the wealthy, a chance to watch their clone take the fall. The film is set in a culture of violence, hedonism, and horror and is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
The Lady Vanishes (Special Screening 1/23)
Part of our Films We Love Series!
"The Lady Vanishes" is a must-see film for those who appreciate the work of Alfred Hitchcock. Made just before his transition to Hollywood, the film showcases the director's signature blend of suspense and humor, with a door-slamming farce packed with one-liners and implausible situations. Set in a snowed-in pan-European hotel in Mandrika, the film follows a group of travelers stranded by an avalanche and trapped in the hotel. The film boasts an impressive cast, including Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, and Paul Lukas, and features beautiful sets and masterful use of lighting and sound. This classic Hitchcock film will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.
Living (Opens 1/26)
"Living" is a film that will leave a lasting impact on its audience. Bill Nighy delivers a powerhouse performance as Williams, a senior citizen who receives a terminal health diagnosis and takes stock of his life. The film, directed by Oliver Hermanus, is a loose adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's "Ikiru" and explores the theme of living fully in the face of mortality. Nighy's portrayal of Williams is masterful, with a subtlety and nuance that brings the character to life. The film also features a strong supporting cast, including Aimee Lou Wood, and has a distinct resemblance to the great Merchant-Ivory movies of the 1980s and 90s. "Living" is a deeply moving film that is not to be missed.
"Broker" is a powerful film that delves into the complexities of family dynamics and morality. The film, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, masterfully weaves a melodramatic plot structure to create nuanced and delicate character studies. Starring Song Kang-ho and Lee-Ji-eun, the film explores the world of child trafficking in South Korea and leaves the audience to question their own judgments and beliefs. This film is a must-see for those who appreciate films that challenge and leave a lasting impact on the viewer. The performances are outstanding and the ensemble cast brings the story to life in a moving and captivating way. Don't miss out on this film that will leave you questioning the world around you.
Metropolis (Special Screening Friday, 1/20)
Part of our Late Nights series
"Metropolis" is a visually stunning animated film that takes audiences on a journey through a futuristic city. The film, directed by Taro Rin and written by anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo, is based on the 1926 Fritz Lang silent classic and a 1949 manga by Osamu Tezuka. The story centers around a plot to use humanoids to take over the city, and raises questions about the possibility of a machine being capable of love. The animation is breathtaking and the story is told with enormous energy, making it an unforgettable cinematic experience. The film's diverse style of animation, music, and themes make it a must-see for fans of animation and science-fiction alike.
Tampopo (Special Screening Thursday, 1/26)
Part of our Diamonds by the Decade series presented with the Center for Japanese Studies.
"Tampopo" is a comedic and unique film that explores the quest for the perfect noodle dish. Directed by Juzo Itami, it follows a truck driver and a young woman on their journey to create the perfect noodle dish. The film is a blend of satire, celebration of noodle culture and humor that is both specific to Japanese culture and relatable to audiences everywhere. With beautiful animation and a tour de force scene exploring the ritual of eating noodle soup, "Tampopo" is a film that is not to be missed for fans of Japanese cuisine or those who enjoy a good laugh.
Returning for another week:
"Skinamarink" is a masterfully crafted film that delves into the eerie and unsettling emotions of fear and isolation in childhood. Through a subtle and impactful storytelling style, the director takes the audience on a journey into the unknown, evoking a sense of unease and otherworldly peril as we follow the story of two young children trapped in their own home with no adult supervision. The film immerses the viewer into a dreamlike world, leading us on a descent into a nightmarish realm that is both captivating and unsettling. With a unique visual language and pacing, "Skinamarink" defies conventions and leaves a lasting impact on the viewer.
"EO" is a thought-provoking and beautifully crafted film that follows a donkey as he wanders through modern Poland, encountering both kindness and cruelty from the humans he encounters. With stunning cinematography and a strong performance from lead donkey EO, this is a film that will stay with you long after the credits roll. Its fairy tale-like narrative serves as a reminder of the connections between humans and the natural world, and the ways in which we often remain indifferent to the world around us. Though not suitable for small children due to its depiction of animal cruelty, "EO" is a must-see for any film lover looking for something deeper and more meaningful.
Decision to Leave
"Decision to Leave" is a thrilling and expertly crafted film from director Park Chan-wook. It follows Hae-jun, a Busan detective, as he becomes drawn into the mystery of the Chinese wife of a mountain climber who died under suspicious circumstances. As Hae-jun investigates, he becomes obsessed with the woman and makes mistakes that put him and those around him in danger. The film takes a turn in the second half, echoing the events of the first half in unexpected ways and forcing Hae-jun to reevaluate his decisions and priorities. While the plot may be familiar, Park adds layers of complexity and playfulness, exploring themes of communication and the lengths people will go for emotionally irrational reasons. Despite some restraint in the first half, "Decision to Leave" ultimately delivers as a rewarding thriller.
"The Menu" is a satirical take on the extravagance of the gourmet food world, following a group of the obscenely wealthy as they dine at an exclusive and exorbitantly priced restaurant on the secluded island of Hawthorne. The performances by the talented cast, including Nicholas Hoult, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Ralph Fiennes, are sharp and the banter between the characters is deliciously snappy. The film is also technically exquisite, but some may find the actual plot resolution a bit underwhelming. Despite this, "The Menu" is a tasty feast of irony and snobbery that is sure to leave audiences hungry for more.
"The Whale" is a film that evokes strong emotions and showcases outstanding performances. It tells the story of a 600-pound man who struggles with his physical and psychological deterioration. Despite the heavy themes, the film manages to maintain a sense of humanity and empathy throughout. Brendan Fraser gives a touching and relatable portrayal of the lead character, bringing depth and nuance to the script. The film may be challenging to watch at times, but it ultimately encourages thoughtful and meaningful discussions about the complexities of the human condition.
"The Fabelmans" is an inspiring film that tells the story of a middle-class Jewish family's journey through the 20th century. The film delves into the complexities of balancing artistic passion and personal responsibility, as well as the intricacies of talent and happiness. The film follows the life of Sammy, a young prodigy and aspiring filmmaker, as he navigates the challenges of family, marriage, and parenting. The film's all-star cast, led by Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, and Seth Rogen, bring depth and nuance to their performances, bringing the film's themes to life with sensitivity and insight.