2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films
Feb
9
to Feb 22

2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films

Available: Oscar Ticket Package ( includes all three categories) $18

  • Feb 20 Live Action 4:15pm • 7:15pm
  • Feb 21 Live Action 4:15pm • 7:15pm
  • Feb 22 Live Action 4:15pm • 7:15pm
  • Feb 23 Live Action 4:15pm 
  • Feb 24 

Saturday Feb 24 Oscar Shorts Marathon Day:

Animation Shorts 11am - 12:23pm • Live Action 12:45pm - 2:22pm  • Documentary 3pm - 6:04pm 

  • Feb 25 Live Action 4:15pm 
  • Feb 27 Animation 4:15pm 
  • Feb 28 Animation 4:15pm 
  • March 1 Animation 4:15pm 

 

Plot: For the 13th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 9th. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 4th.

ANIMATED SHORTS

Dear Basketball – Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant, USA, 5 minutes

Negative Space – Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, France, 5 minutes

Lou – Dave Mullins and Dana Murray, USA, 7 minutes

Revolting Rhymes – Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, UK, 29 minutes

Garden Party – Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, France 7 minutes

Lost Property Office

Weeds

Achoo

LIVE ACTION SHORTS

DeKalb Elementary – Reed Van Dyk

The Silent Child – Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton

My Nephew Emmett – Kevin Wilson, Jr.

The Eleven O’Clock – Derin Seale and Josh Lawson, Australia

Watu Wote/All of Us – Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (split into two programs)

PROGRAM A

Traffic Stop – Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, USA

Edith + Eddie – Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wright, USA

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 – Frank Stiefel, USA

PROGRAM B

Heroin(e) – Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon, USA

Knife Skills – Thomas Lennon, USA

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The Shape of Water
Feb
16
to Feb 25

The Shape of Water

sponsored by Positive Step Farm 

showtimes:

  • Feb 20 4pm • 7pm 
  • Feb 21 4pm • 7pm 
  • Feb 22 4pm • 7pm 
  • Feb 23 4pm • 7pm 
  • Feb 24 4pm • 7pm 
  • Feb 25 4pm • 7pm 

Plot: Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab's classified secret -- a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Feb
23
to Mar 1

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

showtimes:

  • Feb 23 7:15pm • 9:15pm
  • Feb 24 7:15pm • 9:15pm
  • Feb 25 7:15pm • 9:15pm
  • Feb 27 7:15pm • 9:15pm
  • Feb 28 7:15pm • 9:15pm
  • March 1 7:15pm • 9:15pm

Plot: After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon -- an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence -- gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated.

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THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN
Feb
27
to Mar 4

THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN

showtimes:

  • Feb 27 4pm • 7pm 
  • Feb 28 4pm • 7pm 
  • March 1 4pm • 7pm 
  • March 2 TBA
  • March 3 TBA
  • March 4 TBA

Plot: One of the greatest kung-fu films of all time is making its way back to the big screen with the fury of 1,000 fists!

After a deadly attack from anti-Ching patriots, San Te (the legendary Gordon Liu of KILL BILL) devotes himself to learning the martial arts under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, in order to seek revenge upon the people who attacked his school. Also known as THE MASTER KILLER and SHAOLIN MASTER KILLER, the film contains one of the longest and most impressive training montages ever put to film as San Te trains his way through the 35 chambers.

36TH CHAMBER was a major influence on both the works of Quentin Tarantino and the Wu-Tang Clan, and set the high bar for the many kung fu movies to come out of Hong Kong in the 1970s.

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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Mar
16
to Mar 29

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

showtimes:

  • March 16 TBA
  • March 17 TBA
  • March 18 TBA
  • March 20 TBA
  • March 21 TBA
  • March 22 TBA
  • March 23 TBA
  • March 24 TBA
  • March 25 TBA
  • March 27 TBA
  • March 28 TBA
  • March 29 TBA

Plot: Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame finds romance and happiness with a younger man, but her life changes forever when she is diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s.

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Pacific Rim Uprising
Mar
23
to Apr 5

Pacific Rim Uprising

showtimes:

  • March 23 TBA
  • March 24 TBA
  • March 25 TBA
  • March 27 TBA
  • March 28 TBA
  • March 29 TBA
  • March 30 TBA
  • March 31 TBA
  • April 1 TBA
  • April 3 TBA
  • April 4 TBA
  • April 5 TBA

Plot: Jake Pentecost is a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity's victory against the monstrous Kaiju. Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through cities and bring the world to its knees, Jake is given one last chance by his estranged sister, Mako Mori, to live up to his father's legacy.

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The Breadwinner
Feb
9
to Feb 11

The Breadwinner

showtimes:

  • Feb 11 7pm 

Plot: Parvana is an 11-year-old girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family. Working alongside a friend, she soon discovers a new world of freedom and danger. Drawing strength from the fantastical stories she invents, Parvana embarks on an epic quest to find her father and reunite her family.

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Mom and Dad
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Mom and Dad

showtimes:

  • Feb 2 10PM 
  • Feb 3 10PM 

Plot: A teenage girl and her little brother try to survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own children.

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Call Me by Your Name
Feb
2
to Feb 11

Call Me by Your Name

showtimes: 

  • Feb 11 9:15pm 

Plot: It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

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The Post
Feb
2
to Feb 15

The Post

sponsored by the Livingston post

showtimes:

  • Feb 14 4pm  • 7pm
  • Feb 15 4pm  • 7pm

Plot: Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper -- The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers -- and very freedom -- to help bring long-buried truths to light.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Jan
12
to Jan 25

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

sponsored by Eternity Brewing Company & Dr. Michael Jermov DDS 

showtimes:

  • Jan 24 4:15 pm • 7:15 pm
  • Jan 25 4:15 pm • 7:15 pm                                                                                                                                                                               Plot: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.   

                                                               

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John Carpenter's The Thing
Jan
5
to Jan 6

John Carpenter's The Thing

showtimes: 

  • Jan 5 9:15pm
  • Jan 6 9:15pm

Plot: In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Jan
5
to Jan 18

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Sponsored by: Tony Sacco's Hartland

showtimes:

  • Jan 18 4pm • 7pm

Plot: Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever.

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The Florida Project
Jan
5
to Jan 11

The Florida Project

showtimes:

  • Jan 11 3:30 pm •7:15 pm

Plot: Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget hotel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moon’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they've been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.

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It's a Wonderful Life
Dec
23
11:00 AM11:00

It's a Wonderful Life

Sponsored by Country Lane Flower Shop

12 Straight Hours - Choose Your Showtime! 

showtimes: 

  • Dec 23 11am • 1:30pm • 4pm • 6:30pm • 9pm 

Plot: After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George's wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.

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GREMLINS: RULE BREAKERS Event
Dec
22
9:00 PM21:00

GREMLINS: RULE BREAKERS Event

showtimes:

  • Dec 22 9pm 

Plot: The most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight...

The tale of a cute and furry Christmas gift that multiplies into many, many, many terrifying Christmas gifts, GREMLINS is a sublimely perfect mix of comedy and horror. This December, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents a movie party celebration of the hilarious and wickedly scary 1984 film, featuring a special conversation with director Joe Dante that’ll take you behind the scenes of this all-time classic.

Beginning life as a spec script by Chris Columbus that was championed by executive producer Steven Spielberg, what’s amazing about GREMLINS is how everything works so, so well. Joe Dante’s cast is splendid, featuring newcomer Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, and the voices of Howie Mandel as Gizmo and Frank Welker as the big bad gremlin Stripe. The magic (and terror) gets brought to life via the pioneering pre-CGI creature work by Chris Walas, all punctuated by composer extraordinaire Jerry Goldsmith’s incredible score.

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Die Hard (1988)
Dec
19
to Dec 23

Die Hard (1988)

Sponsored by: The Avery Family

showtimes:

  • Dec 23 4:15 pm • 7:15 pm

Plot: New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realizes that there's no one to save the hostages -- but him.

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Thor : Ragnarok
Dec
8
to Dec 14

Thor : Ragnarok

Sponsored by Dr.  Sam Daniels, Orthodontist

showtimes: 

  • Dec 14 4pm • 7pm 

Plot: Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

 

 

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Wonderstruck
Dec
7
to Dec 17

Wonderstruck

showtimes: 

  • Dec 17 7pm

Plot: Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish that their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he's never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue and Rose reads an enticing headline, they both set out on epic quests to find what they're missing.

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Rooted in Peace
Dec
1
to Dec 3

Rooted in Peace

Sponsored by Finding Roots

showtimes: 

  • Dec 1 7pm
  • Dec 2 7pm
  • Dec 3 7pm 

Plot: Greg Reitman’s ROOTED in PEACE is a globally transformative, socially-conscious, environmentally-based film. Reitman’s journey of self-analysis resonates with audiences seeking inner peace in a world full of people dominated by war, affected by global warming or haunted by inner conflict. The film follows him as he speaks to thought leaders around the world having conversations around sustainable development, discussing the challenges of our never-ending wars, and facing the realities of uncertainty placed on the world’s institutions by our current political climate. Reitman’s introspective and socially relevant documentary was most recently screened at the United Nations.

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Goodbye Christopher Robin
Nov
17
to Nov 30

Goodbye Christopher Robin

showtimes: 

  • Nov 30 1pm 

Plot: After leaving London for the English countryside, writer A.A. Milne starts to spin fanciful yarns about his son's growing collection of stuffed animals. These stories form the basis for "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner," published respectively in 1926 and 1928. Milne and his family soon become swept up in the instant success of the books, while the enchanting tales bring hope and comfort to the rest of postwar England.

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Murder on the Orient Express
Nov
17
to Nov 30

Murder on the Orient Express

showtimes:

  • Nov 30 1pm

Plot: A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. Everyone's a suspect when Detective Hercule Poirot arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.

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Homeless Awareness Week
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Homeless Awareness Week

  • Nov 15 7pm  

About: Please assist the HCCC in raising awareness and funds for Homelessness in Livingston County.  Yes!  Homelessness does exist…….and they are homeless…..NOT hopeless!  November 11-19, 2017 is Homeless Awareness Week (HAW).  Support efforts to help the homeless by attending one of the many events held in honor of #HAW2017! On November 11, there will be a bake sale at Brighton First United Methodist Church from 9am – 4pm.  On November 12th we will host a Paint and Pour Event at Studio West in Brighton from 3:30 – 5:30pm. Attend the Main Event in the Howell Opera House at 4pm to hear the stories of the homeless in our county, to participate 

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The Maltese Falcon : Noir November
Nov
12
4:00 PM16:00

The Maltese Falcon : Noir November

showtimes: 

  • Nov 12 4:15pm • 7:15pm - ONE DAY ONLY! 

Plot: In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam's partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon.

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Jane
Nov
10
to Nov 16

Jane

showtimes: 

  • Nov 16 4pm • 7pm

Plot: Jane Goodall, a young and untrained woman, challenges the male dominated scientific consensus of her time with her chimpanzee research and revolutionizes people's understanding of the natural world.

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Victor Crowley
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Victor Crowley

showtimes: 

  • Nov 3 7pm - ONE NIGHT ONLY! 

Note: Special admission $12 // DOORS OPEN AT 6PM. 

Plot:Ten years after the events of HATCHET, Victor Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and proceeds to kill once more.

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Public Ghost Hunt With Portal Paranormal Society
Oct
27
to Nov 5

Public Ghost Hunt With Portal Paranormal Society

Ghost Hunts: 

  •  11:59pm to 2am

Advance Tickets $15 / At The Door $20

Purchase advance tickets at squareup.com/store/historic-howell-theater

About: Come out and join the investigators of Portal Paranormal Society for the 4th annual series of public ghost hunts at the Historic Howell Theater in downtown Howell, Michigan! Learn about the history of the theater and participate in the attempt to make contact with the resident spirits. 

 

 

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A Salute To Ed Wood
Oct
27
4:00 PM16:00

A Salute To Ed Wood

October 27 

* $6 for all three movies or per film. 

Night of the Ghouls • 4pm

plot: A TV psychic (Criswell) tells the tale of Dr. Acula (Kenne Duncan), seance con man.

Bride of the Monster • 5:15pm

plot: Dr. Eric Vornoff (Bela Lugosi) is a scientist trying to use nuclear energy to transform people into superhuman beings. Despite his efforts, the abducted subjects he uses die during the experiment -- with the exception of his assistant, Lobo (Tor Johnson), who gains monstrous powers. Vornoff's mansion is protected by a murderous octopus, but somehow, reporter Janet Lawton (Loretta King) makes her way inside and discovers the truth. She's taken prisoner, but the police are close behind.

Plan 9 from Outer Space • 7pm

plot: Residents of California's San Fernando Valley are under attack by flying saucers from outer space. The aliens, led by Eros (Dudley Manlove) and his assistant, Tanna (Joanna Lee), intend to conquer the planet by resurrecting corpses in a Hollywood cemetery. The living dead -- a cape-wearing ghoul (Bela Lugosi), a vampire (Vampira) and a slow-footed cop (Tor Johnson) who was killed for his nosiness -- stalk curious humans who wander into the cemetery looking for evidence of the UFOs.

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Kiki's Delivery Service
Oct
24
to Oct 31

Kiki's Delivery Service

 

  • Oct 31 

- 4pm (DUBBED)

- 7:15pm (SUBTITLED)

Plot: In this anime feature, 13-year-old Kiki (Kirsten Dunst) moves to a seaside town with her talking cat, Jiji (Phil Hartman), to spend a year alone, in accordance with her village's tradition for witches in training. After learning to control her broomstick, Kiki sets up a flying courier service and soon becomes a fixture in the community. But when the insecure young witch begins questioning herself and loses her magic abilities, she must overcome her self-doubt to get her powers back.

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Out of Africa
Oct
20
to Oct 26

Out of Africa

Sponsored by: Stitch In Time

showtimes: 

  • Oct 26 3:30pm • 7:00pm

Plot: Initially set on being a dairy farmer, the aristocratic Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) travels to Africa to join her husband, Bror (Klaus Maria Brandauer), who instead spends their money on a coffee plantation. After discovering Bror is unfaithful, Karen develops feelings for hunter Denys (Robert Redford), but realizes he prefers a simplistic lifestyle compared to her upper class background. The two continue on until a series of events force Karen to choose between her love and personal growth.

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John Carpenter's Halloween (1978)
Oct
17
to Oct 22

John Carpenter's Halloween (1978)

Sponsored by: Independent Vapor Company Brighton

showtimes: 

  • Oct 20 7:15pm • 9:30pm
  • Oct 21 7:15pm • 9:30pm
  • Oct 22 7:15pm • 9:30pm

Plot: John Carpenter's 1978 classic Halloween returns to theaters worldwide this October! See the film that defined a genre and launched an iconic franchise the way is was meant to be seen, on the big screen. Plus, catch an exclusive interview and retrospective with the legendary master of horror, John Carpenter. Introducing the film, this special bonus explores the history of the film and the indelible influence Halloween has had on not only the horror genre, but the entire film industry. Carpenter explains why the film is meant for the big screen, the influences that inspire his filmmaking and how Halloween became the highest grossing independent film of all time.

There's no better way to experience the movie that brought Michael Myers into nightmares everywhere and launched the career of the original "scream queen" Jamie Lee Curtis, than in cinemas, digitally restored and remastered by the original cinematographer.

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