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Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-8301.

Jan. 10: "Resilience" (James Redford, 2016). Documentary exploring the possibility that some medical conditions have their roots in childhood trauma. 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch.

Jan. 25: The 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour. Compilation of some of the best independent and experimental films from the 2017 edition of this internationally renowned festival. 7-9 p.m., AADL multipurpose room.

Ann Arbor Senior Center. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. 1320 Baldwin. 12:30-3 p.m.

Every Mon. except Jan. 1: "Movie Matinee," a DVD screening with films TBA.

Fathom Events. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20). Tickets available in advance at and at the door. Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), different times.

Jan. 11: "Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception" (Gary Bates, 2018). Documentary exploring UFO sightings and reported alien abductions. $14. 7 p.m.

Jan. 13 & 17: "The Opera House" (Susan Froemke, 2017). Documentary chronicling the stories of the Metropolitan Opera featuring rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews, and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances over the past 50 years.

$14. 12:55 p.m. (Jan. 13 & 17) & 6:30 p.m. (Jan. 17).

Jan. 14 & 16: "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (John Huston, 1948). 70th anniversary screening of this gritty, taut Western about greed corrupting 3 unlikely prospectors. John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, "no stinkin' badges." $8.25 (matinee) & $10.50 (evening) 2 & 7 p.m., Ann Arbor 20 only.

Jan. 18: "Mary and the Witch's Flower" (Hiromasa Yonebayash, 2017). Japanese anime feature, adapted from Mary Stewart's The Little Broomstick, about a strange flower that grants a girl magic powers. Dubbed in English. $14 (seniors, $13; kids under 12, $12). 7 & 8 p.m., Ann Arbor 20 only.

Jan. 29: "'85: The Greatest Team in Football History" (Scott Prestin, 2016). Documentary about the Super Bowl champion 1985 Chicago Bears and their legacy among their fans, from Bill Murray to President Obama. $11.50 (seniors, $10.50; kids under 12, $9.50). 7:30 p.m., Ann Arbor 20 only.

Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. 704 Airport Blvd., 8 p.m.

Jan. 20: "Spiritual Cinema." Screening of a feature film or several shorts TBA with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.

Jewel Heart Buddhist Center. FREE. 994-3387. Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth), 7 p.m.

Jan. 19: "Rosenwald" (Aviva Kempner, 2015). Documentary about longtime Sears president Julius Rosenwald and his efforts to fund 5,300 African American schools in the Jim Crow-era South. Discussion follows.

Michigan Theater Foundation. Unless there is a live show in the main theater, 2 or 3 different films are shown, usually twice, almost every night. For complete, updated schedules, see or call 668-TIME. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted), times TBA unless otherwise noted.

Dec. 29:"Jane"(Brett Morgen, 2017). Jane Goodall documentary featuring an original Philip Glass score.

Jan. 5: "Show People" (King Vidor, 1928). Silent comedy about a small-town girl who tries to make it in Hollywood. Stars Marian Davies and William Haines. Cameos by numerous silent-era film stars, including Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and John Gilbert. With live organ accompaniment. Tickets $16 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $13). 7 p.m.

Jan. 6:"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story"(Alexandra Dean, 2017). Biopic of the Hollywood movie star cum inventor.

Jan. 12:"The Post"(Steven Spielberg, 2017). Drama about a long-running presidential cover-up which pushes the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks.

Jan. 15: "Me, the 'Other'": (Shidan Majidi & Dino Tsaousis, 2017). World premiere of a documentary chronicling the daily prejudices faced by a diverse group of students living in Washtenaw County, including an African American athletic coach, a Taiwanese gymnast, a Pakistani student leader, a 66-year-old transgender woman, an American-Peruvian-Japanese romance, a bisexual Republican, and a Mexican student on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 7 p.m.

Jan. 17: "Class Divide" (Marc Levin, 2016). Documentary about class division and gentrification in the NYC West Chelsea neighborhood and its effects on public housing. Followed by a discussion with Hyisheem Calier and Yasmine Smallens, who play central roles in the film. Moderated by journalist Peter Moskowitz, author of How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood.Noon-2 p.m.

Jan. 18: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (Milos Forman, 1975). A feisty rebel faking mental illness in order to get off a prison work detail enters a mental hospital, where he galvanizes the beaten-down residents. Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher. Presented by U-M Center for the History of Medicine. Followed by discussion with U-M history of medicine professor Howard Markel.

Opens Jan. 19: "Phantom Thread" (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017). Drama that stars Daniel Day Lewis as a dressmaker in 1950s London whose life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman.

Jan. 24: "Hare Krishna: The Mantra, the Movement, and the Swami Who Started It All" (John Griesser, 2017). Documentary on the life of Indian swami Srila Prabhupada, who spearheaded the 1960s self-realization campaign now known as the Hare Krishna movement. Presented by the Bhakti Yoga Society, a U-M student organization. 7 p.m.

Opens Jan. 26: "Faces Places" (JR & Agnès Varda, 2017). Acclaimed documentary about the directors' journey through rural France. French, subtitles.

State Theater. For complete, updated schedule, see,, or call 761-8667. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m. & midnight movies, $8).

Opens Jan. 5: "I, Tonya" (Craig Gillespie, 2017). Biopic about figure skater Tonya Harding.

Opens Jan. 19: "Call Me By Your Name" (Luca Guadagnino, 2017). Romance set in 1983 Italy about a 17-year-old boy who begins a relationship with his father's male research assistant. Italian, French, & German; subtitles.

Opens Jan. 19: "The Final Year" (Greg Barker, 2017). Documentary about Obama's last year in office.

U-M Islamic Studies. FREE. 764-0351. 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. 7-8:30 p.m.

Jan. 24: "New Muslim Cool" (Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, 2009). Documentary about a Puerto Rican rapper who stops dealing drugs, converts to Islam, and moves to Pittsburgh to start a new religious community.

U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies. Screenings of Korean films. Korean, subtitles. 764-1825. FREE. Michigan Theater, 1 p.m.

Jan. 13: "A Taxi Driver" (Hun Jang, 2017). Historical drama about a widowed father and taxi driver who takes a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising.

Jan. 20: "On the Beach at Night Alone" (Sang-soo Hong, 2017). Drama about an actor pondering her relationship with a married man that's seen as a reflection of an affair between Hong and star Kim Min-hee.

Jan. 27: "Anarchist from Colony" (Joon-ik Lee, 2017). Biopic about Park Yeol, founder of the anarchist organization Black Wave, who attempted to assassinate Japanese crown prince Hirohito during the Japanese colonial period.

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