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Ann Arbor's newest alternative the
THE MADSTONE THEATER
The Barbershop If only Ice Cube and1
Cedric The Entertainer could recreatec
the hilarity of those barbershop scenes
from "Coming to America." AtI
Showcase: 1:00, 1:30, 2:15, 3:15,
4:00, 4:30, 5:30, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45,
9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 11:15 (Fri. and
Sat.), 11:45 (Fri. and Sat.), 12:15 (Fri.
One Hour Photo I can't think of any-
thing scarier than Robin Williams
Austin Powers in' Goldmembert
Nothing funny here - worst movieI
of the summer. Yeah baby, NO. AtE
Showcase: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:50,
9:50, 11:45 (Fri. and Sat.).;
Blood Work All of a sudden, DirtyI
Harry has a heart transplant andI
nobody cares anymore. At Showcase:
9:40, 11:50 (Fri. and Sat.).
Blue Crush I have a crush on lead
actress Kate Bosworth, but it's neveri
blue. At Showcase: 1:20, 8:10.
City By The Sea Our beloved "South1
Park" City Wok owner Twong Lu Kim
moves away from Colorado to the
stormy seas of Long Beach where
the Mongolians follow himand blow
up his wall. At Showcase: 1:25,.
1:55, 4:05, 4:35, 6:30, 7:00, 8:45,r
9:15, 11:00 (Fri. and Sat.), 11:30
(Fri. and Sat.).I
Fear Dot Corn We didn't think Steven
Dorff's career could get any lower.
Thanks for proving us wrong, Mr.
Deueces Wild. At Showcase: 3:35,
5:45, 10:25, 12:30 (Fri. and Sat.).
Lilo & Stitch Yes, it is still in the-
aters and no, you should not go see
it. At Showcase: 1:10, 2:55.1
Men In Black 11 Will Smith proves
he's a credible actor with "Ali" and
then he proves he likes money with
this diminutive sequel. AtI
Showcase: 1:00, 5:35 & 10:15.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding In the
words of Public Enemy, "Don't
believe the hype." At Showcase:
1:05, 3:05, 5:05, 7:10, 9:20, 11:20
(Fri. and Sat.).
Possession Neil Labute should stay
away from the love stories and stick
to the repulsive tales of human
nature. At Showcase: 1:40, 8:00.
Road To Perdition Cheers to Sam
Mendes for making Jude Law look
following me around all the time
doing impressions and constantly
sweating rivers through that jungle
he calls body hair. At Showcase:
1:00, 3:10, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45, 12:00
(Fri. and Sat.).
Stealing Harvard One thing is for sure,
it can't be worse than "Freddy Got
Fingered." Or can it?! Da-da-da. At
Showcase: 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:25,
9:25, 11:25 (Fri. and Sat.).
ugly and give all males out there a
little confidence boost. 1:45, 4:15,
6:40, 9:10, 11:40 (Fri. and Sat.).
Serving Sara Wasn't Matthew Perry
funnier when he was addicted to
painkillers? I think so, so I'm gonna
break his leg sometime. At
Showcase: 4:45, 6:55, 9:05, 11:10
(Fri. and Sat.).
Signs "It's contaminated." That's
right, darling, and so is the preachy,
unrealistic ending M. Night tacks
onto Braveheart's battle against
those pesky aliens. At Showcase:
1:10, 1:50, 3:25, 4:20, 5:40, 7:05,
8:05, 9:20, 10:20, 11:35 (Fri. and
Sat.), 12:35 (Fri. and Sat.).
Spiderman I was hoping "Simone"
would be in theaters a little longer
so I could make fun of Winona
Ryder, but I only have room for this:
Winona likes to steal Spiderman's
space in the Daily. At Showcase:
3:00, 7:40, 12:10 (Fri. and Sat.).
Spy Kids 2 I am looking for a man
who calls himself Bucho.:At
Showcase: 1:05, 3:10, 5:10, 7:35.
Stuart Little 2 Can a mouse have
Parkinson's? At Showcase: 1:10, 2:50.
Swimfan If we tell youshow good this
movie is, will you please come in and
take the thousands of movie posters we
have left for it? This movie is-good. At
Showcase: 1:15, 3:25, 5:25, 7:55,
9:55, 11:55 (Fri. and Sat.).
Undisputed If you want to see real
prison boxing, then you should have
watched "Oz" last season - or
basically any Tyson fight. At
Showcase: 3:45, 5:50, 10:10,
12:25 (Fri. and Sat.).
XXX Not enough of the old in-out,
in-out to merit that racy rating. At
Showcase: 1:35, 4:10, 4:40,
6:50, 7:20, 9:35, 10:05, 12:05
(Fri. and Sat.).
Tom Green acting stupid? There must be some mistake.
24-Hour Party People When do these
guys sleep? MichiganTheater 9:30
The Good Girl Not quite as good as
"Chuck and Buck," but having Donnie
Darko in it scores major points.
Michigan Theater 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.
March Debut film from Michigan alum
James Mercurio that features a Q&A
with him after the screening. Michigan
Theater 7 p.m.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding Come on,
movie, give another film a chance to
make some money. State Theater 7:15
& 9:15 p.m.
Read My Lips It's French, it's sexy,
what else do you want? State Theater
Sex and Lucia It's Spanish, it's sexy,
what else do you want? State Theater
Charlevoix East Lansing's finest punk-
pop. You decide what that amounts to.
Blind Pig. 208 S. 1st St. 10 p.m. $4
($6 under 21). 996-8555.
Ron Brooks Trio If you take that
annoying girl from class and hum the
whole time, she'll leave you alone for-
ever. Scouts honor. Bird of Paradise
312 S. Main St. 8 p.m. $5. 662-8310.
The Fall-Out Local Band Super
Showcase. See Dirty Money and Filth
duke it out for smelliest band in A2.
Club Above, Heildelberg. 215 N. Main,
9 p.m. $5. 426-3451.
Defying Gravity A space shuttle astro-
naut, her daughter, and Claude Monet
are intricately woven into this new
play by Jane Anderson. "Defying
Gravity" is a theatrical look at
mankind's heroic attempt to tran-
scend its earthly bounds. 8 p.m.
Performance Network,120 E. Huron.
$22.50, $19 for seniors. 663-0681.
Jekyll and Hyde This Broadway musi-
cal is adapted from the well-known
novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde"Hby Robert Louis
Stevenson. Dr. Henry Jekyll is dis-
traught over his father's mental illness
and attempts to help his father to iso-
late humanity's dual nature of good
and evil, with disastrous results. 8
p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre,
Michigan League. $19. 976-0605.
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures
Espresso Royale Open Mic Music,
poetry and performance. Everyone
welcome to present. Call 662-2770
and ask for Jessica to sign up for a
time slot. 7 p.m. Espresso Royale
Cafe. 324 S. State St. Free.
24-Hour Party People See Thursday.
State Theater 9:15 p.m.
The Good Girl See Thursday. Michigan'
Theater 7:15 & 9:15 a.m.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding See'
Thursday. State Theater 7:15 p.m.
BY LUKE SMITH
MANAGING ARTS EDITOR
W hen the Madstone Theate
opens tomorrow in the
Briarwood Mall, the stale
tang of construction and enamel
clouded air will be replaced by the
smell of popcorn, snacks and com
merce. The United Artists multi-plex i
gone, and in its place is the forward
fhinking by-product of co-CEOs o
Madstone Inc., Tom Gruenberg and
By design, Madstone Theaters incorporate a dif
ferent kind of cinematic experience for a differen
kind of moviegoer. Instead of the mainstream pop
corn flicks that used to be in the space, Madstone'
theater will be a seven screen exhibition of inde
pendent, art adjacent, specialty and foreign films
The audience experience will be augmented by th
company's different take on all things movie
"It's going to be a lot more subtle, sophisticate
and kind of chill," said Dave Anderson, VP, Fiel
Marketing & Publicity.
Madstone Theaters feature a concierge desk, th
type of luxury usually reserved for hotels an
resorts. The concierge will provide information o
the films holding at the cinema, hold tickets fo
late-arriving friends, make restaurant reservation
for Madstone patrons and aid customers with th
purchase of Madstone Theater membership passes
Tomorrow, the Madstone Theater at Briarwoo
will begin a weekend-long free movie marathon
designed to introduce movie-goers to the theater
The seven films showing during this opening
weekend will be Orson Wells' "Citizen Kane," las
year's surprise French hit "Amelie," Lawrence
Kasdan's "The Big Chill," Woody Allen's "The
Purple Rose of Cairo," "Roger and Me,'
"American Beauty" and Sam Raimi's cult-hit "Evi
Dead 2." This weekend's free movie festivitie
serve as a gearing-up for Madstone's grand open
ing on Sept. 20. Passes are available online a
A DIFFERENT KIND OF THEATER
Just as a restaurant's success is determined by a
dynamic mix of both its atmosphere and food
Madstone Inc. understands the importance o
atmosphere in a cinema. In fact, they take the con-
W i RAnd '
M AG AZ IN E
Writers: David Enders, Neal Pais,
Scott Serilla, Todd Weiser
Photo Editor: David Katz
Photographers: Tony Dinq, Emma
Fosdick, Patrick Jones, Fran Payne
and Jon Triest
Cover Photo: Jonathon Triest
Arts Editors: Luke Smith, Mana in
Editor, Jeff Dickerson, Associate Edi or
Editor in Chief: Jon Schwartz
struction of a positive atmos-
phere to heart when opening
one of the Madstone Theaters.
The theater in Briarwood is
the seventh the company has
bought, retrofitted, rebuffed
and reopened under the
Instead of a company with a
focus on dollars and cents, the
Madstone company seeks only
to bring the best possible films to
audiences - these films could
be anything from Wes
Anderson's "The Royal
Tenenbaums" to the generally-
Kane" (which the theater will
screen this weekend as part of its
free movie festivities).
In addition to its desire to
show only the best cinema in
independent, foreign, art adja-
cent and specialty films,
Madstone Theaters seek to cre-
ate an environment not only con-
ducive to film lovers' experience
within the cinema, but also to
creating conversation outside it.
n One feature that will surely
r facilitate conversation from Madstone patrons is and seat, which is what we don't want." Two of the
s the alternative concessions offered by the theater. seven theaters in the Briarwood Mall feature
e In addition to standard movie-going fare, (pop- Madstone's Walk-Thru seat-
corn, soda, candy) Madstone Theaters offer some- ing. -
d thing a little more eclectic to enjoy during the film.
a "We'll have imported chocolates, smoothies, frap- WHAT TO SEE,
. puccino, baked goods and sandwiches," said WHAT TO SEE an
Anderson. The downtown Ann
t Gruenberg, 25-year movie industry veteran is Arbor theaters, the
e highly focused on the relationships between audi- Michigan and State, show a CEO Madstone,
ence and screen. Gruenberg's focus led Madstone variety of independent and downtowr
" Theaters to integrate a different kind of seating for foreign films, and the
1 a handful of their theaters. Walk-Thru seating, as Madstone Theaters look to form an interconnected
s Gruenberg coined it, is designed to "give people a market with them instead of a competitive one,
- comfort zone so that they can sit down in a movie "We look at them as an ally," said Gruenberg. "It is
t theater, and if they all about offering
have to get up, they're good storytelling to
not going to disturb the audience, and
anyone.a they're doing great.
To create Walk-Thru work and we have to
seating, Madstone _ do good work too."
, removed 20% of their - Madstone doesn't
f seating in a theater and seek to steal business
- then re-spaced all of the from the popular
seats in new rows. The-. downtown theaters,
result: A theater with but instead seeks to
plenty of leg-room and increase the number
comfort, a theater ¢; ..... of quality films being
where someone walk- shown in Ann Arbor.
ing in front of seated This augmentation is
patrons with an arm- geared toward people
load of popcorn and who love movies, not
brownies isn't going to popcorn. "What we
bother them, or in most are trying to offer,"
cases, even touch them. said Gruenberg, "is a
"When someone walks TONY DING/Daily place where someone
in front of you and dis- The lobby of the Madstone earlier this summer. who wants to see a
turbs you,' said movie that is sophisti-
Gruenberg, "it breaks that relationship between film cated and they don't want to run into 13-year-
The concession stand will soon be filled with a variety of healthier snacks in addition to
olds." But Gruer
ing to create a
- Tom Gruenb
\Aln Arbor Thea
One Hour Photo Robin
insane. Not funny, but
used to it. State Theater'
7 & 9 p.m.
them now - it'
as opposed to
film's budget. H
releasing an ii
Viewers can ex
USA Films, Lic
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York City, is d
1999, by Tom
partner Chip Se
work toward they
To reach this
es, the first bei
New York Observed: The Mythology of
the City This exhibit, located in the
West Gallery, features a variety of dif-
ferent photographers portray the
transformation of New York from colo-
nial outpost to teeming metropolis.
Museum of Art, 525 S. State. Free.
Ansel Adams: A Centennial
Celebration This exhibit, located in
the Box Gallery, was created in obser-
vance of the 100th anniversary of the
birth of Ansel Adams, a master of pho-
tography. Adams is best known for
landscapes, portraits, still lifes and
engaging studies of trees, and this
exhibit displays all aspects of his
career,staken from UMMA own collec-
tion, as well as private collections in
the region. Museum of Art. 5235 S.
State. Free. 764-0395.
Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival
Eddie Palmieri y La Perfecta II
Orchestra Mmmm salsa music
Michigan Theater. 8 p.m. $25;$40.
Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival Olu
Dara IsOlu a man's nameor a girl's?
Only one way to find out. Bird of
Paradise. 312 S. Main St. 9 p.m. and
11 p.m. $25. 662-8310.
Defying Gravity See Thursday. 8 p.m.
$27.50, for seniors $24.
Jekyll and Hyde See Thursday. 8 p.m.
New York Observed: The Mythology
of the City See Thursday.
Ansel Adams: A Centennial
Celebration See Thursday.
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Phone Numbers: Michigan Theater: 668-8397; Quality 16: 827-2837; Showcase: 973-8380;
Showtimes are effective Friday through Thursday. Matinee times at State Theater are
effective for Saturday and Sunday only.