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Wednesday, August 14,2013

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Studio C! brings back art films starting in September

by ALLAN I. ROSS
As the smoke clears on the summer movie season and the Hollywood studios reap their blockbuster earnings (or bemoan their losses), Studio C! in Okemos is making some room once again for the East Lansing Film Series. Susan Woods, founder of the East Lansing Film Festival and programmer for the series, handpicked six smaller films that have been flying under the radar as superheroes and CGI monsters dominate local screens.
“These movies have, for one reason or another, exploded in the art house community, and it’s such a treat to be able to bring them to the big screen here in the Lansing area,” Woods said. 

Studio C! hosted the film series from February through April this year, and the theater’s general manager, Chad Wozniak, said the experiment was an “unconditional success.” 

“We were filling the theaters on matinees that would normally have been almost empty,” Wozniak said. “Susan does such a good job picking out movies that haven’t blown up yet. It’s great, because these are diverse movies that you won’t be able to find in a video store and won’t be online for awhile.” 

The East Lansing Film Series runs Sept. 6 through Oct. 2 at Studio C!, 1999 Central Park Drive in Okemos. For show times and more details, go to celebrationcinema.com/studio. 

“Room 237” (NR, 102 min.) It’s been more than 30 years since Stanley Kubrick’s brain-twisting, blood-spattered masterpiece “The Shining” scared the bejeezus out of audiences and inspired a whole host of conspiracy theories. “Room 237” takes a look at some of the more audacious interpretations of the film through interviews, animation and movie clips. 

 “Kon Tiki” (PG-13, 118 min.) One of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language film, “Kon Tiki”  is an adaptation of Thor Heyrdahl’s true account of his daring 101-day trip across the Pacific on a rudimentary raft. 

 “The Stories We Tell” (PG-13, 108 min.) Haunted by the death of her mother when she was 11 years old, Canadian actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley (“The Sweet Hereafter”) interviews family members and examines her own memories to try to piece together the truth in this illuminating documentary. 

 “The Sapphires” (PG-13, 103 min.) In 1968, four young Aboriginal sisters became a runaway sensation entertaining U.S. troops in Vietnam. This musical comedy is based on their true story, starring Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”).

“Augustine” (NR, 102 min.) A look at the relationship between pioneering 19th century French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot and his star teenage patient.

“What Maisie Knew” (R, 99 mins.) This sobering drama pulls no punches detailing the cruelty and selfishness as a custody battles gets increasingly vicious, with a wide-eyed 6 year old in the eye of the storm. Starring Julianne Moore (“The Kids are All Right”).

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