Note: Most educational documentaries are listed with the daily Events.
Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-4555. AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave.
Aug. 1: "Brooklyn Castle" (Katie Dellamaggiore, 2012). Award-winning documentary about a group of inner city kids in Brooklyn who defy stereotypes to become the highest ranked junior chess team in the nation. 6:30-8:30 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), 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 23: "Happy" (Roko Belic, 2011). Documentary that journeys from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. 704 Airport Blvd., 8 p.m.
Aug. 17: "Spiritual Cinema." Screening of a feature film or several shorts TBA with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Summer Movie Series. Popcorn. FREE. 663-1870. Wesley Foundation at First United Methodist Church (602 E. Huron), 7 p.m.
Aug. 26: "Detropia" (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady, 2012). Documentary that presents the woes of Detroit as emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.
Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies 2013. $10 (seniors age 62 & over, $7; kids ages 3-11, $6.75) in advance at the Quality 16 box office and at fathomevents.com. 623-7469. Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), 7:30 p.m.
Aug 1: "Sunshine Daydream" (John Norris, 1972). One of several premiere screenings of the 1st official release of this film of a 1972 Grateful Dead concert in Veneta, Oregon. Originally filmed using four 16mm cameras, it has been painstakingly restored to HD resolution, with a new stereo mix.
Jewel Heart Buddhist Center. FREE. 994-3387. Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth), 7 p.m.
Aug. 23: "Cloud Atlas" (Andy & Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, 2012). Adaptation of David Mitchell's novel that impressively weaves together 6 separate but loosely related narratives boasting a range of genres and styles, from high-seas drama to dystopian fantasy. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry.
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 michtheater.org 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 July 26: "Renoir" (Gilles Bourdos, 2012). Biopic set in the south of France during WWI about Renoir's last model, who became the first actor in his son Jean Renoir's films. French, subtitles.
Opens Aug. 2: "Fill the Void" (Rama Burshtein, 2012). Drama set in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community about an 18-year-old girl who has to decide whether or not to marry her recently deceased sister's husband. Hebrew, subtitles.
Aug. 1: "Taxi Driver" (Martin Scorsese, 1976). Deeply disturbing portrait of a crazed NYC cab driver slipping into delusion. Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Jodie Foster. 10 p.m.
Aug. 4 & 6: "The Sound of Music" (Robert Wise, 1965). Rousing sing-along screening of the classic musical about the Von Trapp family's singing nanny. With an on-stage costume parade, onscreen lyrics, goodie bags, & more. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 4) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 6).
Opens Aug. 9(tentative): "Unfinished Song" (Paul Andrew Williams, 2012). A grumpy man honors his recently deceased wife by joining her choir. Vanessa Redgrave.
Aug. 16 & 17: "Storm Surfers 3D" (Justin McMillan & Christopher Nelius, 2012). Adventure documentary about the world of big wave surfing. With footage of Aussie tow-surfing legend Ross Clarke-Jones and 2-time world surfing champion Tom Carroll.
Aug. 16-18: "A Hijacking" (Tobias Lindholm, 2012). Drama about a Danish freighter that's captured by Somali pirates. Danish, subtitles.
Aug. 18 & 19 (tentative): "Museum Hours" (Jem Cohen, 2012). Drama about the friendship between a Vienna museum guard and an enigmatic visitor. German & English, subtitles.
Aug. 19 & 20: "Stories We Tell" (Sarah Polley, 2012). Documentary about the secrets kept by the director's family of storytellers.
Aug. 21 & 22: "Blancanieves" (Pablo Berger, 2012). Black & white silent film that situates Snow White in 1920s Spain. Spanish, subtitles.
Opens Aug. 23: "Blue Jasmine" (Woody Allen, 2013). A life crisis leads a woman to reconnect with her sister in San Francisco. Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin.
Opens Aug. 30: "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" (David Lowery, 2013). An outlaw escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he's never met. Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck.
Aug. 11 & 13: "The Kiss" (Jacques Feyder, 1929). Greta Garbo stars in this silent murder mystery and courtroom drama about a young woman unhappily married to an older businessman. With live accompaniment on the theater's Barton Theater Pipe Organ. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 11) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 13).
Aug. 15: "Willow" (Ron Howard, 1988). Sword-and-sorcery fantasy adventure. 10 p.m.
Aug. 18 & 20: "Lawrence of Arabia" (David Lean, 1962). Sweeping epic based on the life of British adventurer T.E. Lawrence. Peter O'Toole. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 18) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 20).
Aug. 25 & 27: "8 1/2" (Federico Fellini, 1963). Unique, semiautobiographical film about a director's struggles while trying to make a movie. Marcello Mastroianni. Italian, subtitles. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 25) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 27).
Aug. 29: "Trapped in the Closet" (R. Kelly, 2007). Sing-along version of this musical drama, a so-called "hip-hopera," about a one-night stand that sets off a chain of events that gradually reveals a greater web of lies, sex, and deceit. It is set to a score by R&B singer R. Kelly that features a single melodic theme with varying lyrics. 10 p.m.
State Theater Midnight Movies. For complete, updated schedule, see michtheater.org or call 761-8667. Tickets $7. Midnight.
Aug. 17: "SLC Punk" (James Merendino, 1998). Wryly comic drama about 2 anarchist punks living in mid-1980s Salt Lake City. The soundtrack features music by the Ramones, Minor Threat, the Dead Kennedys, & other punk bands.
WCBN-FM. FREE admission. 763-3500. Arbor Brewing Company (114 E. Washington), 9 p.m.
Aug. 13: "Cool as Ice" (David Kellogg, 1991). Musical romance that stars Vanilla Ice as a freewheeling, motorcycle-riding rapper who falls for a small-town honors student whose father is in the witness protection program.