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Wednesday, September 25,2013

C! changes

Studio C! keeps indie flicks coming in October

by ALLAN I. ROSS

The East Lansing Film Series continues in October with six new features, including some international fare.

“This batch is really exciting,” organizer Susan Woods said. “These are movies you won’t be able to see anywhere else.”

Chad Wozniak, general manager at Studio C!, said the theater’s restaurant, Oscar’s Bistro, will debut its new menu in October, reflecting items guests have been asking for.

“We’re starting a local love program, highlighting products that use local ingredients,” Wozniak said. “The idea for Studio C! was that it would be a laboratory for a new type of theater. Well, the experiment seems to be working.”

October films at Studio C! are:

“20 Feet from Stardom” (PG-13, 91 min.) A documentary about the backup singers to some of musicīs bigges stars, including Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen.

“A Hijacking” (R, 103 min.) A Danish cargo freighter is heading for Mumbai when a band of Somali pirates commandeer the vessel. No relation to the big-budget Tom Hanks Somali pirate movie “Captain Phillips,” also out in October.

“Blackfish” (PG-13, 93 min.) This documentary was sparked by the death of a trainer at Sea World by Tilikum, a killer whale who was also responsible for two other deaths. It explores the ethics of keeping orcas in captivity for entertainment.

“Museum Hours” (NR, 107 min.) An Austrian museum guard befriends a mysterious visitor, leading to an existential valuation of life and how works of art reflect and shape the world. Woods calls the film “Witty, contemplative and leisurely engrossing.”

“Ginger & Rosa” (PG-13, 90 min.) The Cold War meets the sexual revolution in London, 1962. Written and directed by visionary filmmaker Sally Potter (“Orlando”) with a critically acclaimed performance by Elle Fanning (“Super 8”).

“The Silence” (NR, 118 min.) A 13-year-old girl vanishes on a hot summer night, and her bicycle is found in the exact place where another girl was killed 23 years prior. Those involved in the original case look to the past to solve the mystery in this thriller.

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