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Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival. Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes. Tickets (except as noted) $10 (students with ID, $5) in advance and at the door. 971-0990. Michigan Theater, various times.

May 10: "Scandal in Ivansk" (David Blumenfeld & Ami Drozd, 2017). Documentary about the national scandal that erupts when the commemorative plaque commissioned during the restoration of a Jewish cemetery includes the word "collaborator" to describe the Polish people who aided the Nazis and benefitted from the Jewish genocide. Polish, subtitles. Discussion follows with U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki. 5 p.m. "Maktub" (Oded Raz, 2017). Dramatic comedy about 2 mob enforcers who survive a terrorist attack and dedicate their lives to fulfilling prayers left at the Western Wall. Yiddish, subtitles. 8 p.m.

May 13: "Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel" (Seth Kramer, Daniel Miller, & Jeremy Newberger, 2018). Documentary following Jewish MLB players who had never been to Israel as they represent Israel in its 1st appearance at the World Baseball Classic. Discussion follows with Sports Talk 1050 WTKA program manager Ira Weintraub. 4 p.m. "Cuba's Forgotten Jewels" (Robin Truesdale & Judy Kreith, 2017). Documentary about the Jews from Antwerp who escaped the Nazis by setting up diamond polishing factories in Cuba, one of the few countries accepting Jewish refugees. Pre-screening lecture-demo at 7:30 p.m. with local composer Aron Kaufman, who talks about his song that's featured in the film's soundtrack and is joined by other musicians to perform it. 7:45 p.m.

May 14: "Shelter" (Eran Riklis, 2017). Thriller about a Mossad agent who becomes close to the Lebanese informant she's assigned to protect. Hebrew & Arabic, subtitles. 2 p.m. "Death in the Terminal" (Tali Shemesh & Asaf Sudry, 2016). Rashomon-style documentary about the 2015 Beer Sheva bus terminal terror attack told from the POV of 6 different eyewitnesses. Hebrew, subtitles. 4 p.m. "GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II" (Lisa Ades, 2017). Documentary about the wartime experiences of some of the 550,000 Jewish American men & women who served during the war. Discussion follows with U-M history professor Deborah Dash Moore, author of GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation. 7 p.m.

May 15: "The History of Love" (Radu Mihaileanu, 2016). The repercussions of a doomed love affair between 2 young Polish Jews separated by WWII play out over the course of a lifetime. Based on the novel by Nicole Krauss. 2 p.m. "Keep the Change" (Rachel Israel, 2017). Rom-com about a man in denial about his autism forced to attend an autism support group, where he meets an irritatingly cheerful woman. Both lead actors have autism. 5 p.m. "1945" (Ferenc Török, 2017). B&W drama about the paranoia that ensues after 2 Orthodox Jews enter a small Hungarian town in denial about the mass deportation of its Jewish citizens. Hungarian, subtitles. 8 p.m.

May 16: "Vitch" (Sigal Bujman, 2017). Documentary about Eddie Vitch, a Polish Jewish mime who performed for the Nazi elite throughout the war, a choice that continues to haunt his family. 2 p.m. "Shorts." A program of short films: The Chop (Lewis Rose, 2015) is a comedy about an unemployed kosher butcher who pretends to be Muslim for a job at a halal shop. The Gravedigger's Daughter (Shira Gabay, 2017) is a drama about a gravedigger whose sons refuse to grant his request that 1 of them follow in his footsteps. Wendy's Shabbat (Rachel Myers, 2017) is a documentary about California senior citizens who celebrate Shabbat at a fast food joint. The Outer Circle (Adam Baroukh, 2017) is a drama about a man who wants his Iraqi family to approve of his conversion to Judaism and his Jewish fiancée. Mr. Bernstein (Francine Zuckerman, 2016) is a drama about a woman who meets the man who changed her father's life at a "displaced persons" camp after WWII. 5 p.m. "Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana" (Gabrielle Zilkha, 2016). Documentary about a small community in rural Ghana that discovers that the religion they've been practicing for centuries is Judaism. 8 p.m.


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

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


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

Apr. 29 & May 1 & 2: "Labyrinth" (Jim Henson, 1986). Gothic fantasy starring David Bowie as a goblin king who gives a teenager 13 hours to rescue her baby brother by solving a labyrinth full of Muppet monsters. Ann Arbor 20 only. $11.50, 2 p.m. (Apr. 29) & 7 p.m. (all dates).

May 1 & 3: "Like Arrows" (Kevin Peeples, 2018). Drama, produced by Family Life Ministries, about parents struggling with conflict, rebellion, and resentment. $9.50-$12, 7 p.m.

May 8: "The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island" (Anna Chi, Dan Chuba, & Mark Dippé; 2018). Animated feature based on the 2nd novel in Gertrude Chandler's popular children's book series about 4 orphaned siblings. Followed by a short documentary on the making of the film. $10-$12, 4 p.m.

May 10: "Digimon Adventure Tri. 5" (KeitarŰ Motonaga, 2017). Anime about digital monsters who face dangers when they're cast out into the real world. Ann Arbor 20 only. $9.50-$11.50, 7:30 p.m.

May 13 & 16: "Sunset Boulevard" (Billy Wilder, 1950). Noir classic about an aging silent-film star who's always ready for her close-up. Gloria Swanson, William Holden. Ann Arbor 20 only. $10.50 (matinee, $8.25), 2 & 7 p.m.

May 15: "American Dream: Detroit." Michael Bolton narrates his new documentary about uplifting stories of Detroit, with insights from Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Alice Cooper. $10.50-$12, 7 p.m.

May 20, 21, & 23: "Porco Rosso" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1992). Dubbed (May 20 & 23) and subtitled (May 21 at Ann Arbor 20 only) screenings of this Studio Ghibli anime adventure set in 1930s Italy about a daredevil pilot cursed with a pig's head. $12, 12:55 p.m. (May 20) and 7 p.m. (May 21 & 23).

May 22: "Godspeed: The Race Across America." Documentary about a Christian team competing in the world's most difficult cycling race. $14, 7 p.m.


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

May 19: "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.

May 25: "The Big Lebowski" (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998). Beloved comedy starring Jeff Bridges as an L.A. slacker who's commissioned by a namesake to ransom the latter's kidnapped trophy wife. Discussion about dharma in the film follows.


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 michtheater.org, annarborobserver.com, 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.

May Dates TBA: "Journey's End" (Saul Dibb, 2018). WWI drama about the rising tension in a group of British soldiers awaiting a German attack. "Back to Burgundy" (Cédric Klapisch, 2018). Family drama about 3 adult siblings who must reconnect to save the family vineyard. French, subtitles.

May 4: "The Son of Bigfoot" (Jérémie Degruson & Ben Stassen, 2018). Animated comedy about a teen boy who discovers that his missing father is Bigfoot.

Opens May 4: "Itzhak" (Alison Chernick, 2017). Documentary about the life of Itzhak Perlman, the world's foremost violin virtuoso.

May 8: "One October" (Rachel Shuman, 2017). Documentary following NYC radio host Clay Pigeon as he takes to the streets to discover the preoccupations and concerns of everyday New Yorkers in October 2008.

Opens May 11: "RBG" (Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018). Documentary on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Opens May 18: "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word" (Wim Wenders, 2018). Documentary about Pope Francis' work on social and environmental reform.

Opens May 25: "The Gardener" (Sébastien Chabot, 2016). Documentary about influential gardener Frank Cabot's personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his 20-acre English-style garden in Quebec.


State Theatre. For complete, updated schedules, see michtheater.org, annarborobserver.com, 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). State Theatre, times TBA.

Opens May 4: "Tully" (Jason Reitman, 2018). Comedy about an overwhelmed suburban mother of 3 who forms a unexpected bond with the nanny hired for her by her wealthy brother.

Opens May 11: "Racer and the Jailbird" (MichaŽl Schoenaerts, 2018). Tragic love story between a Belgian gangster and a young rich race car driver. French & Dutch, subtitles.

Opens May 18: "The Rider" (Chloé Zhao, 2017). Docudrama of a rising rodeo star who must find a new sense of purpose after a tragic riding accident.

Opens May 25: "Beast" (Michael Pearce, 2018). Dramatic adaptation of the classic fairytale featuring an isolated young woman trying to escape her repressive family and finds herself drawn to an alluring outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.






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