Most every town has a giant movie multiplex but there’s only one Main Art. Independent movie lovers from all over the region felt their pulse quicken a little when they saw the construction begin on the Emagine entertainment complex–directly behind one of Metro Detroit’s longest tenured and most popular art house movie theaters, no less. Landmark’s Main Art Theatre helps Royal Oak keep its independent, alternative roots with all sorts of first-run indie flicks. Let’s take a look at the theater’s current crop.
“A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America,The Master unfolds the journey of a Navy veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future—until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia).”
Sleepwalk With Me
“Comedian Mike Birbiglia brings his hilarious semi-autobiographical story—already an off-Broadway smash and a best-selling book—to the screen as writer/director/star in his cinematic debut. . . Birbiglia’s self-deprecating persona makes for a fresh, appealing and very funny film. Co-starring Carol Kane and James Rebhorn, with cameos by members of today’s stand-up scene. Co-written and produced by Ira Glass (“This American Life”).”
“DETROPIA, from Jesus Camp filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, is a cinematic tapestry that chronicles the lives of several Detroiters trying to survive the D and make sense of what is happening to their city. . . How the Motor City reboots itself will set the example for countless other post-industrial cities with similar fates. And today the entire country is watching to see if this storied metropolis has the courage, creativity and grit to reinvent itself — instead of implode.”
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