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January Films

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Note: Most educational documentaries are listed with the daily Events.

Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-4555. AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave., various times.

Jan. 10: "Notes on Blindness" (Peter Middleton & James Spinney, 2016). Award-winning lyrical documentary excavating the interior world of blindness. It is based on Touching the Rock, the theologian John Hull's 1990 memoir based on audiocassette diaries he kept over the course of 3 years after, on the eve of the birth of his 1st son, he suddenly went blind. 7-8:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor Senior Center. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. 1320 Baldwin. 12:30-3 p.m. Every Mon.: "Movie Matinee," with films TBA.

Fathom Events. 973-8424. Tickets available in advance at and at the door. Rave (4100 Carpenter), different times.

Jan. 5 & 9: "Princess Mononoke: 20th Anniversary." Subtitled (Jan. 5) and dubbed (Jan. 9) screenings of Hayao Miyazaki's 1997 complex anime fantasy adventure. Set in Japan's Iron Age, the epic details a siege by samurai and forest gods of a remote village populated by society's outcasts. With a screening of "On Your Mark," a 1995 music video directed by Miyazaki that has never been released in North America. $11.50. 7 p.m. (Jan. 5) & time TBA (Jan. 9). Jan. 8: "The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family & Football." Documentary about Bobby Bowden, the Florida State Seminoles coach who took the once-laughable team and coached them through 14 consecutive seasons of 10 or more wins. $14. 6 p.m.

Jan. 8: "Carousel" (Henry King, 1956). Adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical about a Maine carnival barker who wins the love of a beautiful woman, dies in disgrace, and gets a chance to redeem himself after death with one final good deed. Gordon McRae and Shirley Jones. This 60th anniversary screening includes an interview with Jones and Rodgers & Hammerstein president Ted Chapin. $11.50. 2 & 7 p.m.

Jan. 10, 12, & 17: "One Piece Film: Gold" (Hiroaki Miyamoto, 2016). Anime fantasy adventure. Time & cost TBA.

Jan. 14: "Disney Junior at the Movies: Mickey's Big Celebration." Premiere of the new Mickey Mouse series, Mickey and the Roadster Racers. $11.50 (kids, $9.50). 10 a.m.

Jan. 15: "Singin' in the Rain" (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952). 65th anniversary screening of this celebrated musical, a lighthearted, dance-filled comedy about silent movie stars struggling to make the transition to talkies. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds. With commentary by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. 2 p.m. ($8) & 7 p.m. ($10.25).

Jan. 16: "Sherlock: Season Four Finale." Screening of this feature-length episode in the BBC Sherlock Holmes series. Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman. $14, 7 p.m.

Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. 704 Airport Blvd., 8 p.m. Jan. 21: "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. 27: "Little Buddha" (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1994). Visually impressive story of a Tibetan monk who believes a Seattle boy is the reincarnation of a great Buddhist teacher, interspersed with the story of the Buddha's life. Keanu Reeves, Chris Isaak, Bridget Fonda. Discussion follows.

Karma Thegsum Choling. FREE. 678-7549. 614 Miner, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 18: "Tulku" (Gesar Mukpo, 2010). Documentary about the experiences of 5 young Western men who were identified in childhood as a tulku, a reincarnated Tibetan Buddhist master.

Michigan Theater Foundation. Unless there is a live show in the main theater, 2 or 3 different films are shown, usually 2-3 times a day. 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.

Jan. dates TBA: "Elle" (Paul Verhoeven, 2016). A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down her rapist. "20th Century Women" (Mike Mills, 2016). Story of 3 women who explore love and freedom in Southern California in the late 1970s. Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, and Greta Gerwig.

Jan. 1 & other dates TBA: "Lion" (Garth Davis, 2016). A 30-year-old man sets out to find his lost family who he last saw as a 5-year-old in India. "La La Land" (Damiel Chazelle, 2016). Musical comedy about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in L.A. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone.

Jan. 15: "The Peanuts Movie" (Steve Martino, 2015). Animated adventure based on the venerable Charles M. Schulz comic in which Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life. Kids under 12, free. 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16: "High and Low" (Akira Kurosawa, 1963). An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom. Toshiro Mifune. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m. Jan. 17: "Tower" (Keith Maitland, 2016). Animated documentary about a 1966 shooting at the University of Texas clock tower.

Jan. 18: "Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw" (Rick Goldsmith, 2015). Documentary about the basketball superstar dubbed the "female Michael Jordan," from her rise to WNBA stardom to her struggle with mental illness. Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Holdsclaw and local mental health experts. Free, but preregistration required at Jan. 19: "Fire at Sea" (Gianfranco Rosi, 2016). Documentary about life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European refugee crisis. Italian & English, subtitles.

Jan. 20 & 24: "Seasons" (Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud, 2015). Sweeping nature documentary that follows animals through 4 seasons, with historical info about the seasons from the Ice Age to today. French, subtitles.

Jan. 20 & 24: "The Brand New Testament" (Jaco Van Dormael, 2015). Comic fantasy about God living in Brussels with his daughter. French & German, subtitles.

Jan. 21: "The Age of Shadows" (Jee-woon Kim, 2016). Drama, set in the late 1920s, about a group of Korean resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul. Korean, subtitles. Part of the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies' Korean Cinema NOW series. FREE, 1 p.m.

Jan. 23: "Tokyo Drifter" (Seijun Suzuki 1966). After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Jan. 23: "Branded to Kill" (Seijun Suzuki 1967). A hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, putting him into conflict with his treacherous wife, with a mysterious woman eager for death and with the phantom-like hit-man known only as Number One. Japanese, subtitles. 9:30 p.m.

Jan. 25: "I Voted?" (Jason Grant Smith, 2016). Nonpartisan documentary that examines the capture and counting of ballots in our elections-and the reliability of the results they produce. Followed by a talk by U-M Center for Computer Security and Society director J. Alex Haldeman. 7 p.m.

Jan. 26 & 27: "The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened" (Lonny Price, 2016). Documentary about the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along in the 30-plus years since the musical debuted on Broadway.

Jan. 28: "Veteran" (Seung-wan Ryoo, 2015). Comic action flick about a detective hunting down a spoiled young man who's been committing every crime he can think of. Korean, subtitles. Part of the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies' Korean Cinema NOW series. FREE, 1 p.m.

Jan. 29 & 31: Sundance Shorts. A collection of 8 of the best animated and live action short films from the 2016 Sundance competition. 1:30 p.m. (Jan. 29) & 7 p.m. (Jan. 31).

Jan. 30: "Zero Focus" (Yoshitar˘ Nomura, 1961). When a woman's new husband disappears on a business trip, she discovers a pair of mysterious postcards hidden away in a book that may be clues to his fate. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies. FREE. 764-0351.

Jan. 26: "Houston, We Have a Problem!" (Ziga Virc, 2016). Quasifictional mockumentary that explores the myth of the secret multi-billion-dollar deal behind America's purchase of Yugoslavia's clandestine space program in the early 1960s. Croatian, English, Serbian, and Slovene; subtitles. Followed by discussion with the director and producer. UMMA, 6-8:30 p.m.

U-M Institute for the Humanities. FREE. 936-3518.

Jan. 31: "This Changes Everything" (Avi Lewis, 2015). Documentary inspired by Naomi Klein's international bestseller about communities experiencing the extremes of climate change. Rackham Amphitheatre (4th floor), 4 p.m.

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