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January Films

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Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-4555. AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave., 6:45-8:30 p.m. Jan. 23: "American Promise" (Joe Brewster & Michele Stephenson, 2013). Intimate, provocative documentary, recorded over 12 years, about the experiences of 2 middle-class African American boys in a very prestigious, historically white K-12 private school on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Ann Arbor Senior Center. 794-6250. 1320 Baldwin.

Every Mon.:"Movie Matinee," with films TBA. FREE. 12:30-3 p.m.

Center of Light "Conscious Movie Night." FREE. 330-5048. Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (off N. Main), different times.

Jan. 7: "A Force More Powerful, Part 1." Part one of a documentary about 20th-century nonviolent resistance movements against entrenched regimes and military forces. 7 p.m.

Jan. 24: "A Force More Powerful, Part 2." See above. 8 p.m.

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

Jan. 18:"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. 31:"Kumare" (Vikram Gandhi, 2011). Documentary in which filmmaker Gandhi travels to Arizona where he gains followers by passing himself off as an enlightened guru from a fictional Indian village who spreads a made-up philosophy. Followed by discussion.

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 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted), times TBA unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 11: "Cold Eyes" (Jo Eui-seok & Kim Byeong-seo, 2013). A policewoman tries to track down the leader of an armed criminal organization. Korean, subtitles. FREE, 2 p.m.

Jan. 12: "The Land Before Time" (Don Bluth, 1988). Animated adventure drama about anthropomorphic dinosaurs. Kids 12 & under, free. 1:30 p.m.

Jan. 14: "CEW Celebrates Women in Film." Screening of short films by and about women in honor of the U-M Center for the Education of Women's 50th anniversary. Also, Oscar-winning film director Cynthia Wade shows and discusses Mondays at Racine, her documentary about a Long Island beauty salon that provides free services to women with cancer. Q&A follows. Other films: Stairs to No End, Daniella Koffler's animated short about a young girl seeking freedom of thought in a world that tries to keep her in the dark. You Can Touch My Hair, a documentary about Antonia Opiah's public art exhibition in which three women stood in NYC's Union Square and welcomed pedestrians to touch their hair. Lady Razorbacks, Laura Green's documentary about a Pacific Islander women's rugby team. Stand Up, Anna Rodgers and Aoife Kelleher's Irish short about homophobic bullying and its prevention. Undressing My Mother, Ken Wardrop's documentary about his mother. FREE, 7 p.m.

Jan. 15: "Kinsey"(Bill Condon, 2004). Acclaimed biopic of pioneering American sex researcher Alfred Kinsey. Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell. Followed by a talk by sexologist Sandra Cole, a retired U-M physical medicine clinical professor who is a senior member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, and Counselors and Therapists. 7 p.m.

Jan. 18: "The Berlin Fire" (Ryoo Seung-wan, 2013). A South Korean intelligence agent comes across an unidentifiable secret agent in Berlin and gets embroiled in a vast international conspiracy when he tries to ID the secret agent. Korean, subtitles. FREE, 2 p.m.

Jan. 21: "Elemental" (Gayatri Roshan & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, 2012). Documentary about 3 activists driven to confront ecological challenges--an Indian government official who mounts a national crusade to save the Ganges, an activist who takes on oil giants destroying her homeland in the Canadian tar sands, and an Australian inventor attempting to halve the world's energy consumption by mimicking natural systems. $10 in advance at and at the door. The screening takes place only if enough advance tickets are sold by Jan. 13. 7 p.m.

Jan. 25: "All About My Wife" (Min Gyoo-dong, 2012). Romantic comedy about a timid man who asks a womanizer to seduce his wife in order to catalyze his divorce. Korean, subtitles. FREE, 2 p.m.

Jan. 26: "Answer This!" (Michael & Christopher Farah, 2010). Drama made and set in Ann Arbor in the world of competitive bar trivia, where a group of frustrated academics finally get a shot at beer, women, and nerdy redemption when its members enter the most important contest of their lives...the First Annual Ann Arbor Trivia Tournament. Christopher Gorham, Arielle Kebbel, Nelson Franklin, Chris Parnell, and U-M English professor Ralph Williams. The directors are on hand for a Q&A about their new Discovery Channel project, currently filming in Detroit. Proceeds benefit Food Gatherers. 7 p.m.

Jan. 22: "Linsanity" (Evan Jackson Leong, 2013). Documentary about the meteoric rise of Asian American basketball player Jeremy Lin with the New York Knicks in 2012. $11 in advance at and at the door. The screening takes place only if enough advance tickets are sold by Jan. 13. 8 p.m.

Jan. 28 & 29: Sundance Shorts. A collection of the best short films from the 2013 Sundance competition. $15 in advance at and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. 7 p.m. Jan. 30: Sundance Film Festival. Official 2014 Sundance Festival screening and world premiere of Infinitely Polar Bear (Maya Forbes, 2014), a drama about a manic-depressive mess of a father who tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their 2 young spirited daughters. Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Keir Dullea. Followed by a Q&A with cast and crew members TBA. $15 in advance at, and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. 7:30 p.m.

State Theater Midnight Movies. For complete, updated schedule, see or call 761-8667. Tickets $7. Midnight.

Jan. 11: "Fight Club" (David Fincher, 1999). A depressed guy alleviates his emotional pain by starting a secret society of men who beat each other up for the fun of it. Ed Norton, Brad Pitt.

U-M India Theme Semester. FREE. 615-4059. 2435 North Quad, 7 p.m.

Jan. 13: "Garam Hawa (Scorching Winds" (M.S. Sathyu, 1974). In post-partition India, a Muslim businessman and his family struggle for their rights. Urdu & Hindi, subtitles.

Jan. 20: "Dil Se (From the Heart)" (Mani Ratnam, 1998). Drama about the love between a radio executive and a revolutionary. Hindi, subtitles.

Jan. 27: "Iruvar (The Duo)" (Mani Ratnam, 1997). Drama loosely based on the relationship between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu, India. Tamil, subtitles.

U-M MLK Symposium. FREE. Palmer Commons Forum Hall (100 Washtenaw), 8:30 p.m.

Jan. 14: "42" (Brian Helgeland, 2013). Biopic about Jackie Robinson, the second black player to play Major League Baseball. Discussion follows.

WCBN-FM. FREE admission. 763-3500. Arbor Brewing Company (114 E. Washington), 8:30 p.m.

Jan. 14: "Blue Hawaii" (Norman Taurog, 1961). Musical romantic comedy about a surfer who takes a job as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency. Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury.

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