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September Films

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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., 6-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 22: "The Hunting Ground" (Kirby Dick, 2015). Documentary about rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Followed by a discussion led by U-M Community Scholars Program faculty and students. For adults and teens in grade 9 & up.


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

Every Mon. (except Sept. 5): "Movie Matinee," with films TBA. $2 (members, free). 12:30-3 p.m.


Fathom Events. 973-8424 (Rave) & 623-7469 (Quality 16). Tickets available in advance at fathomevents.com and at the door. Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter).

Sept. 1: "Rob Zombie's 31." Premiere of Zombie's new horror film about carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween. At Rave only. $14. 7 p.m.

Sept. 4 & 7: "The Neverending Story" (Wolfgang Petersen, 1984). Fantasy adventure about an unhappy boy who stumbles into the mythical land of Fantasia when he begins to read an ancient tome. Rave only. $8 (seniors, $7.50; kids, $6.75). 2 & 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 & 14: "Labyrinth 30th Anniversary" (Jim Henson, 1986). Gothic fantasy that stars 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. Jennifer Connelly. This screening includes an introduction with behind-the-scenes footage. Tickets $12 (Quality 16) & $8 (Rave). Quality 16 times: 2 p.m. (Sept. 11) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 14). Rave times: 2 & 7 p.m. both days.

Sept. 14: "Snowden Live." Sneak preview of Oliver Stone's new political thriller about former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who leaked classified info to the media. Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Followed by broadcast of a live Q&A with Stone and Snowden. $14 (Quality 16) & $17 (Rave). 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15: "Digimon Adventure tri." (Keitaro Motonaga, 2015). Premiere of the English-dubbed version of the first installment of this anime adventure trilogy about monsters living in a digital world. $14. 7 p.m.

Sept. 18 & 21: "Dr. Strangelove" (Stanley Kubrick, 1964). Painfully hilarious Cold War satire. Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens. With commentary by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. Tickets $12 (Quality 16) & $8 (Rave). Quality 16 times: 2 p.m. (Sept. 18) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 21). Rave times: 2 & 7 p.m. both days.

Sept. 20: "To Joey, with Love." Documentary about the husband-and-wife country music duo Joey+Rory. Rave only. $11.50 (seniors, $10.50; kids, $9.50). 7 p.m.


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

Sept. 17: "Spiritual Cinema." Screening of a feature film or several shorts TBA with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.


Iranian Film Festival: U-M Near Eastern Studies Department. Screenings of 6 contemporary Iranian films over 6 weeks, Sept. 18-Oct. 23. FREE. kchalipa@umich.edu. Rackham Amphitheatre, 4 p.m.

Sept. 18: "I Am Diego Maradona" (Bahram Tavakoli, 2015). After a rock is thrown through a window, two families become intertwined in a dispute.

Sept. 25: "Ashkan, The Charmed Ring and Other Stories" (Shahram Mokri, 2009). Drama about the intersections between the lives of various characters, including a police officer who is unhappily in love with a cashier, a sculptor who dreams of emigrating, a young man who tries to commit suicide many times, and two blind jewelry thieves who are attempting the heist of their lives.


Jewel Heart Buddhist Center. FREE. 994-3387. Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth), 7 p.m.

Sept. 30: "Dalai Lama Awakening" (Khashyar Darvich, 2014). Documentary, narrated by Harrison Ford, about the experiences of a group of Western thinkers who travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama to discuss solutions to many of the world's problems. Discussion follows.


Karma Thegsum Choling. FREE. 678-7549. 614 Miner, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 21: "Talking with Buddha" (Jon Braeley, 2010). DVD screening of this documentary travelogue to several Tibetan Buddhist monasteries to talk with various lamas, including the 17th Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.


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 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.

Opens Sept. 2: "Equity" (Meera Menon, 2016). A senior investment banker is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption. Anna Gunn.

Sept. 4 & 6: "To Catch a Thief" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955). Romantic thriller about a reformed cat burglar who has to save his reputation by catching a new thief preying on wealthy tourists in the French Riviera. Cary Grant, Grace Kelly. 1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Tues.).

Sept. 4-8: "Our Little Sister" (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2015). Comic drama that revolves around 3 sisters living in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their 13-year-old half sister. Japanese, subtitles.

Sept. 5: "Casablanca" (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Enduring sentimental favorite about a pair of star-crossed lovers in Nazi-occupied North Africa during WWII. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman. 7 p.m.

Sept. 11: 2016 Young Filmmakers Camp. Screening of film projects by local middle school and high school students. FREE. 1 p.m.

Sept. 9-14: "For the Love of Spock" (Adam Nimoy, 2016). Documentary about the enduring appeal of Leonard Nimoy and his portrayal of Spock in Star Trek.

Opens Sept. 15: "Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years" (Ron Howard, 2016). Compilation of found footage from 250 Beatles concerts from 1963 to 1966.

Opens Sept. 16 (tentative): "Max Rose" (Daniel Noah, 2013). Comic drama that stars Jerry Lewis as a pianist who makes a discovery days before the death of his wife that causes him to believe his 65-year marriage was a lie.

Sept. 18-21: "Eva Hesse" (Marcie Begleiter, 2016). Documentary about this groundbreaking artist who was active in New York and German in the 1960s.

Sept. 22: "Liberty's Secret" (Andy Kirshner, 2016). U-M music and art & design professor Andy Kirshner introduces his new film, a musical comedy about a closeted conservative spokesperson and her political travails. $10 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at michtheater.org. 8 p.m.

Sept. 23: "Mental" (Kazuhiro Soda, 2008). Documentary about the complex world of an outpatient mental health clinic in Japan. The film challenges a major taboo in Japanese society against discussing mental illness. Japanese, subtitles. The screening is followed by a discussion and Q&A with the director. FREE. 7 p.m.

Opens Sept. 23: "The Hollars" (John Krasinski, 2016). Comic drama that stars John Krasinski as a guy who goes back to his hometown when his mother falls ill. Margo Martindale, Anna Kendrick.

Sept. 23 & 25-29: "Mia Madre" (Nanni Moretti, 2015). A director in the middle of an existential crisis grapples with the inevitable death of her mother. Margherita Buy, John Turturro.

Sept. 25: "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang" (Oskar Santos, 2013). Adventure film about twin brothers sent to summer school, who form a gang in resistance to the strict schoolmaster and have an exciting adventure by discovering a mysterious secret hidden in the school. Spanish, subtitles. Kids age 11 & under, free. 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 29: "Manhattan Short Film Festival" (various directors, 2015). Screening of the 2015 finalists from arguably the largest short film festival in the world. Followed by a chance to vote for your favorite. 7:30 p.m.

Opens Sept. 30: "Author: The JT LeRoy Story" (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2016). Documentary about the literary persona created by writer Laura Albert.


State Theater. For complete, updated schedule, see michtheater.org or call 761-8667. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m. & midnight movies, $8). Note: The State Theater will close after Sept. 13 for renovations, re-opening sometime next spring.

Sept. 1 & other dates TBA: "Southside with You" (Richard Tanne, 2016). Biopic about a young Barack Obama courting Michelle in 1989.

Opens Sept. 2: "Morris from America" (Chad Hartigan, 2016). Romantic coming-of-age drama about the misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.

Sept. 3: "Drive" (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011). A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic who moonlights as a getaway driver finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. Midnight.

Opens Sept. 9: "Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words" (Thorsten Schütte, 2016). Documentary about the life and work of the legendary avant-garde musician.


U-M Confucius Institute/Center for Chinese Studies Electric Shadows Film Series. FREE. 764-8888, 764-6308.

Sept. 27: "The Mermaid" (Stephen Chow, 2016). When a real estate project involving reclamation of the sea threatens the livelihood of the mermaids who rely on the sea to survive, Mermaid Shan is dispatched to assassinate the developer, but as they spend more time together, they begin to fall in love. The highest-grossing film of all time in China. Shown in 3-D. Mandarin, subtitles. Michigan Theater, 7 p.m.


U-M German Department. FREE. 764-8018.

Sept. 19: "Die Lügen der Sieger (The Lies of the Victors)" (Christoph Hochhäusler, 2014). Political thriller about an investigative journalist who discovers he's being played by big business lobbyists seeking to manipulate government toxic waste policy. German, subtitles. Followed by discussion led by Ulrich Peltzer, a prominent German novelist who is one of the film's screenwriters. Peltzer is in town for a symposium on contemporary German (see 20 Tuesday Events listing). Location TBA, 6-10 p.m.





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