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February Films

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Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-4555. AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave.

Feb. 13: "The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela" (Cliff Bestall, 1999). Acclaimed PBS documentary. 6-8:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor Senior Center. 794-6250. 1320 Baldwin.

Every Mon.: "Movie Matinee." 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), 8 p.m.

Feb. 28: "The Economics of Happiness" (Steven Gorelick, Helena Norberg-Hodge, & John Page; 2011). Documentary about grass-roots efforts to deregulate trade and finance and create smaller local economies.

Inspire-Healing Film Festival. Donation. 531-9570. Aprill Welness Center (107 Aprill Dr.), 7 p.m.

Feb. 28: "The Sacred Science" (Nicholas J. Polizzi, 2011). Documentary about 8 ill people who journey to the Amazon jungle in search of alternatives to modern medicine.

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

Feb. 15: "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.

Feb. 28: "Travelers and Magicians" (Khyentse Norbu, 2003). A young government official who dreams of escaping his isolated village life hikes to town--in the company of a Buddhist monk, a drunk, and a widower and his daughter--in pursuit of a visa to the U.S. Bhutanese Dzongkha, subitles. Discussion follows.

Jewish Community Center "Falafel and Film." Film screening with a falafel dinner. $15 (members, $10). Reservations required. 971-0990. JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard), 7 p.m.

Feb. 8: "The Gatekeepers" (Dror Moreh, 2012). Documentary about the Israeli internal security service Shin Bet, told from the perspective of 6 of its former leaders. Followed by discussion led by Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor executive director David Shtulman.

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.

Opens Jan. 31: "Oscar-Nominated Short Films." Short films by various directors in 3 categories: live action, animation, and documentary.

Feb. 2: "The Muppet Movie" (James Frawley, 1979). Heartwarming road movie mockumentary about the way the Muppets first met is highlighted by a steamy yet discreet love scene between Kermit and Miss Piggy. Kids 12 & under, free. 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 2: "The Pleasure Garden" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926). Silent drama about a chorus girl engaged to an adventurer who begins to play around when her fiancé travels out of the country. 2 p.m.

Feb. 4: "Murder!" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1930). A man convinced of the innocence of a woman he helped convict for murder sets out to find the real killer. Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring. 7 p.m.

Feb. 9: "The 39 Steps" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935). Vintage mystery-romantic comedy about an innocent man pulled into the orbit of a spy ring. Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll. 4 p.m.

Feb. 11: "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934). Hitchcock's original version of the thriller about criminals who kidnap a child to prevent her parents from revealing an assassination plot. Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre. 5 p.m.

Feb. 11: "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956). Remake of the 1934 thriller. James Stewart, Doris Day. 7 p.m.

Feb. 12: "Sunshine" (Danny Boyle, 2007). Sci-fi thriller about a group of 8 astronauts who try to reach a dying sun to reignite the fire needed to save life on Earth. Followed by a talk by U-M atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences professor Justin Kasper on extreme environments, from the surface of the sun to the outer edges of the solar system, and the impact of space weather on society. 7 p.m.

Feb. 12, 13, & 15: "The Tightrope" (Simon Brook, 2012). Documentary, filmed with hidden cameras, about veteran theater director Peter Brook.

Opens Feb. 14: "The Great Beauty" (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013). Comic drama about a 65-year-old literary playboy who starts to question his life of parties and nightclubs. Italian, subtitles.

Feb. 14: "Funny Girl" (William Wyler, 1968). Barbra Streisand stars in her Oscar-winning film debut as Fanny Brice, the rags-to-riches 1920s comedienne with a tragic private life. Omar Sharif. Adaptation of the Bob Merrill-Jule Styne musical. 7 p.m.

Feb. 14: "Trapped in the Closet" (R. Kelly & Jim Swaffield, 2012). Sing-along version of R. Kelly's rap opera about a one-night stand that sets off a chain of events. This elaborately interactive show includes a warm-up dance party, sing-along subtitles, goodie bags, and an encore song. 10:30 p.m.

Feb. 15: "New World" (Hoon-jung Park, 2013). Crime thriller about a conflict between the police and the mob, told from the perspective of an undercover cop. FREE, 2 p.m.

Feb. 16: "The Lodger" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926). A jealous detective accuses a lodger of murder. Ivor Novello, Malcolm Keen. 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: "The Lady Vanishes" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938). Classic mystery-comedy about an old woman's baffling disappearance on a train that leads a young woman into a web of intrigue. Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave. 7 p.m.

Feb. 20: "Knights of Badassdom" (Joe Lynch, 2013). Comedy horror about live-action role players who accidentally summon a demon from the underworld. $10 in advance at and at the door. The screening takes place only if enough advance tickets are sold by Feb. 10 9:30 p.m.

Opens Feb. 21: "The Past" (Asghar Farhadi, 2013). An Iranian man deserts his French wife and 2 children to return to his homeland, but comes back to France when his wife asks for a divorce. French & Persian, subtitles.

Feb. 22: "The Thieves" (Dong-Hoon Choi, 2012). Crime-action flick about a diamond heist involving a large group of criminals who each wants the stone for himself.

Feb. 23: "Rebecca" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Gothic thriller about a naÔve young woman who marries an aristocratic widower. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders. 4 p.m.

Feb. 25: "Foreign Correspondent" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Thriller about an American reporter who exposes enemy spies in Britain. Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders. 7 p.m.

Feb. 28: "Gloria" (SebastiŠn Lelio, 2013). Comic drama set in Santiago about a free-spirited older woman who has a whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer. Spanish & English, subtitles.

Feb. 28: "Fly Fishing Film Tour" An anthology of cutting-edge films aimed at both entertaining and educating outdoor enthusiasts. $15; discounted tickets available at Schultz Outfitters (4 E. Cross, Ypsilanti). 7 p.m.

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

Feb. 1: "Escape from New York" (John Carpenter, 1981). Sci-fi thriller, set in a futuristic Manhattan that has been converted into a maximum-security prison, where the president is being held captive after the crash of Air Force One. Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau.

Feb. 15: "Romeo + Juliet" (Baz Luhrmann, 1996). Updated adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy set in a fictional Verona Beach amidst warring business empires. Leonard DiCaprio, Claire Danes.

U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies "Yiddish Movie Night." FREE. 763-9047. 2022 Thayer Bldg. (202 S. Thayer), 6 p.m.

Feb. 25: "Laughter Through Tears" (Grigore Gritcher, 1933). Soviet film about prerevolutionary shtetl life, based on Sholem Aleichem's play Motl Peysi about a boy whose father dies and leaves him to survive on his own. Yiddish, subtitles.

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

Feb. 11: "Wild Zero" (Tetsuro Takeuchi, 1999). B-movie sci-fi thriller featuring the legendary Japanese garage rock power trio Guitar Wolf as the only thing that stands in the way of a race of aliens bent on destroying the Earth with an army of zombies.

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