Dec. 04--Director Warren Miller, famous for the series of ski and snowboarding films he began making in 1949, died in 1999, but his passion for filming the excitement of downhill adventures continues with "Ticket to Ride," which screens this weekend at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.
Narrated by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Mosely, the documentary travels from Montana's majestic mountains to the Swiss Alps as veteran and aspiring medalists perfect their skills on the slopes.
This 64th film from Warren Miller Entertainment also finds athletes and scientists discussing how climate change may be affecting winter sports. It takes a serious turn in a segment that finds athlete and former soldier Trey Humphrey discussing why his love for skiing endured even after he sustained severe injuries in Afghanistan.
9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. 248-399-2980. www.royaloakmusictheatre.com. $20.
Cinema Detroit offers new horror, classic romance: The new Cinema Detroit film program in the old Burton International School (3420 Cass Ave., Detroit) is premiering the low-budget horror film "Contracted" this weekend. It's about a young woman who develops a startling disease after a one-night stand with a stranger. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $7.
Also screening is "Love Actually," the 2003 romantic tale that follows the lives of eight London couples during the frenzied month before Christmas. The cast includes Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley. 7 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 5:45 p.m. Sunday. $5. (Info at www.cinemadetroit.com.)
"Doonby" star due at premiere: "Doonby," a drama about a mysterious man (John Schneider of "Dukes of Hazzard" fame) who falls in love with and changes the life of a spoiled rich girl (Jenn Gotzon), will have its local premiere at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the AMC Star Gratiot. Gotzon will be on hand to field audience questions about the inspirational film. 35705 Gratiot, Clinton Township. 586-791-2095. www.amctheatres.com. $10.
Time again for "Wonderful Life": "It's a Wonderful Life," the 1947 Christmas classic starring Jimmy Stewart, kicks off a month of holiday movies at the Penn Theatre. It plays at 7 p.m. Thursday, 7 and 9:25 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday. 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth. 734-453-0870. www.penntheatre.com. $3.
Anime, Israeli films at the Maple Theater: Fans of Japanese animation quickly grabbed up all the tickets for Friday's 7:30 p.m. showing of "Madoka Magika: Rebellion," so the Maple has added a 10 p.m. show. "Rebellion" is the third installment in a popular fantasy series about a trio of girls with magical powers. $15.
Meanwhile, West Bloomfield's Temple Israel has scheduled an encore screening of "Mary of Nazareth" at the Maple at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The 2013 drama, a German-Italian made-for-TV coproduction, is a reverent depiction of the mother of Jesus. $15.
The Maple Theater is at 4135 W. Maple Road in Bloomfield Township.
"Home Alone" returns to Redford: John Hughes wrote the screenplay for 1990 mega-hit "Home Alone," the slapstick tale of a resourceful kid (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left at home over the holidays and ends up tangling with a pair of bumbling thieves. 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit. 313-537-2560. www.redfordtheatre.com. $5.
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