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

Apr. 24: "The Ghosts in Our Machine" (Liz Marshall, 2013). Award-winning documentary about individual animals living within and rescued from factory farms. Followed by a discussion led by Veg Michigan representatives. 6-8:30 p.m.

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), 8 p.m.

Apr. 25: "The Path: Beyond the Physical" (Michael Habernig, 2013). Documentary about out-of-body experiences, multiple dimensions, remote viewing, and consciousness.

Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. 704 Airport Blvd., 8 p.m. Apr. 19: "Spiritual Cinema." Screening of a feature film or several shorts TBA with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.

2014 Italian Film Festival USA. FREE. (248) 917-2352. The U-M is one of several host sites for the Detroit-area sojourn of this annual festival. Italian, subtitles. Lorch Hall Askwith Auditorium 611 Tappan. Apr. 18: "Benvenuto Presidente (Welcome, Mr. President)" (Riccardo Milani, 2013). Comedy about a man living a quiet life in a small mountain village who is mistakenly elected president of Italy. 7 p.m.

Apr. 19: "Gli Equilibristi (Balancing Act" (Ivano de Matteo, 2012). Comedy about a middle-aged man whose apparently peaceful life falls apart when his wife leaves him after discovering his affair. 5 p.m.

Apr. 20: "The Women Workers' War" (Massimo Ferrari, 2013). Documentary about a 550-day sit in by a group of women after they are laid off by telegram and denied back pay. 7:30 p.m.

Jewel Heart Buddhist Center. FREE. 994-3387. Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth), 7 p.m. Apr. 25: "My Reincarnation" (Jennifer Fox, 2011). Documentary about the well-known Tibetan lama Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and his son's decision not to take up a role in the continuation of their spiritual tradition. 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 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 Mar. 31: "Particle Fever" (Mark Levinson, 2013). Suspenseful documentary about particle physics and the Large Hadron Collider.

Mar. 31-Apr. 2 & Apr. 7: "Omar" (Hany Abu-Assad, 2013). A Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after killing an Israeli soldier. Arabic & Hebrew, subtitles.

Apr. 1: "Notorious" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946). Thriller about a woman asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant. 7 p.m.

Apr. 3: "Enter the Void"(Gaspar Noe, 2009). Fantasy about a drug dealer who reads the Tibetan Book of the Dead, suddenly dies, then observes the dramas of his friends and foes from the Bardo realm. $11 in advance at and at the door. The screening takes place only if enough advance tickets are sold by Mar. 24 7:30 p.m.

Apr. 5: "The Terror LIVE" (Kim Byeong-woo, 2013). A TV anchorman uses a terrorist's threats as an opportunity to get ahead professionally. Korean, subtitles. FREE, 2 p.m.

Apr. 6: "The Farmer's Wife" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). Newly restored silent drama about a rough-mannered widowed farmer in search of a new bride. With live organ accompaniment. 1:30 p.m.

Apr. 6: "Best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival" (Various directors, 2013). The best mountain and outdoor adventure films from the 2012 edition of the famous 3-day festival held every November in Banff, Alberta. Sponsored by U-M Recreational Sports Outdoor Adventures. Tickets $15 (students, $12) in advance at, $17 (students, $15) at the door. 764-3967. 7 p.m.

Apr. 7: "Follow Me Down" (2012). Documentary, shot over the course of 2 years in 3 Louisiana prisons, that weaves together interviews and performances by inmate musicians--some serving life sentences, some new commits, and one soon to be released. With an appearance by director Ben Harbert.Sponsored by the U-M Prison Creative Arts Project. FREE, 6 p.m.

Apr. 8: "Rope" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948). A detective sets out to solve a prep-school murder that turns out to be a killing for thrills. James Stewart. 7 p.m.

Apr. 9, 11-14, & 17: "Face of Love" (Arie Posin, 2013). A widow falls for a man who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband. Annette Bening, Robin Williams, Ed Harris.

Opens Apr. 11: "The Raid 2" (Gareth Evans, 2014). A rookie Jakarta cop goes undercover with thugs to uncover corruption within the police force. Indonesian, subtitles.

Apr. 12: "Korean Cinema Now: Surprise Screening." Korean film TBA, the last of the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies film series. FREE, 2 p.m.

Apr. 13: "Strangers on a Train" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951). Classic thriller about a psychotic mother's boy, with a Raymond Chandler screenplay. 1:30 p.m. Apr. 15: "Dial M for Murder" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Classic thriller about a man hoisted in the petard of his plot to murder his wife. Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Bob Cummings. 7 p.m.

Apr. 16: "Steel Magnolias" (Herbert Ross, 1989). Adaptation of Robert Harling's popular drama, set in a home-based beauty parlor in Chinquapin, Louisiana, that celebrates the strength of 6 humorous and individualistic women who share light moments and pull together when one of them dies of complications from diabetes. Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine. Followed by a talk by a U-M research scientist on advances in diabetes research and treatment. 7 p.m.

Apr. 17: "Integrative Projects," a screening of new media, animated, and video projects by U-M film seniors. FREE, 5 p.m.

Opens Apr. 18: "Le Week-end" (Roger Michell, 2013). A British couple returns to Paris where they once honeymooned to rejuvenate their marriage. Jim Broadbent.

Apr. 18-24: "The Unknown Known" (Errol Morris, 2013). Former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld discusses his career, from a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Apr. 20: "Easy Virtue" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). Newly restored silent drama, adapted from the Noel Coward play, about a divorcée who hides her scandalous past from her new husband and family. With live organ accompaniment. 5 p.m.

Apr. 22: "Rear Window" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Stylish thriller-romance about a news photographer who examines his neighbors' lives with binoculars and makes a sordid discovery. James Stewart, Grace Kelly. 7 p.m.

Opens Apr. 25: "The Lunchbox" (Ritesh Batra, 2013). A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunch delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man. Irrfan Khan. Hindi & English, subtitles.

Apr. 27: "Labyrinth" (Jim Henson, 1986). Gothic fantasy that pits live characters against a motley collection of Muppet monsters. Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie. Kids under 12, free. 1:30 p.m. Apr. 27: "The Trouble with Harry" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955). Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man's body is found in the woods. Shirley MacLaine, John Forsythe, Edmund Gwenn. 4 p.m. Apr. 29: "The Wrong Man" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1957). Offbeat film about a New York City jazz musician falsely accused of robbery. Henry Fonda, Vera Miles. 7 p.m.

"Shakespeare in India Film Festival." FREE. 764-3166. 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery (enter from the Diag), 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Apr. 23: Screenings of several Indian film adaptations of Shakespeare plays. Omkara (Vishal Bharadwaj, 2006) is a crime drama adaptation of Othello. Maqbool(Bharadwaj, 2004) is an adaptation of Macbeth. Angoor (Gulzar, 1982) is a Bollywood comedy based on The Comedy of Errors. Shakespeare Wallah (James Ivory, 1965) is about a travelling English family theater troupe that performs Shakespeare plays in India amidst a dwindling demand for their work and the rise of Bollywood.

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

Apr. 12: "Empire Records" (Allan Moyle, 1995). Coming-of-age drama about a pivotal day in the life of a group of employees of an independent record store trying to fight off a takeover by a large chain.

Apr. 26: "Wet Hot American Summer" (David Wain, 2001). Parody of 80s teen comedies set on the last day of the season at a summer camp, where the staff of teenage counselors try to seize their last chance to do something about the romances that have been brewing for the past three months. Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler.

U-M American Culture Department. Free. 763-1460. 2435 North Quad (105 S. State), 3 p.m.

Apr. 1: "Made in India" Rebecca Haimowitz & Vaishali Sinha, 2011). Award-winning documentary that explores the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogate mothers to India, presented within the context of a growing international industry.

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

Apr. 7: "Bhooter Bhabhishyat (Spectre of the Past)" (Anik Dutta, 2012). Comedy about ghosts who try to save the building they haunt from unscrupulous builders who want to tear it down. Bengali, subtitles.

Apr. 14: "Aaranya Kandam (Anima and Persona)" (Thiagarajan Kumararaja, 2010). When a bag of cocaine is stolen by two innocent people, a drama unfolds between two rival gangs. Tamil, subtitles.

U-M Romance Languages & Literatures Latin American Film Series.FREE. 764-5344. 7 p.m.

Apr. 3: "The Return" (Hernán Jiménez, 2012). Director Jiménez stars in this comic drama about a 30-year-old man who, after living 10 years in New York, returns to his home in Costa Rica to find things changed in ways that force him to stay far longer than he had anticipated. Spanish, subtitles. 2435 North Quad (105 S. State), 7 p.m.

Apr. 10: "Wilaya" (Pedro Pérez Rosado, 2012). After the death of the foster mother with whom she had been living for 16 years, a woman returns to her Sahrawi family in a Saharan refugee camp, where she is torn between her allegiance to her family and her memories of friends and family in Spain. Spanish & Arabic, subtitles. 100 Hutchins Hall (625 S. State), 7 p.m.

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

Apr. 8: "We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen" (Tim Irwin, 2005). Documentary about the hugely influential '80s L.A. punk band.

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