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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 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave., 6-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 18: "Gasland Part II" (Josh Fox, 2013). This sequel to Fox's award-winning 2010 documentary about communities harmed by fracking focuses on a critique of the gas industry's self-portrayal and the ways that oil and gas interests are undermining democracy. 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.: "Movie Matinee," with films TBA. FREE. 12:30-3 p.m.

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

Sept. 20: "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.

Sept. 26: "Room to Breathe" (Russell Long, 2013). Documentary about struggling San Francisco students who are transformed after they learn mindfulness techniques. Discussion follows.

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

Sept. 24: "Bodhisattva: The Journey of the 17th Karmapa" (Mark Elliott, 2013). Documentary about the 1st visit to the U.S. in 2008 of the influential Buddhist lama Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the (disputed) spiritual leader 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 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. Note: See also U-M Confucius Institute and Copernicus Program in Polish Studies listings below.

Aug. 29-Sept. 4: "Land Ho!" (Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens, 2014). Comedy about a pair of former brothers-in-law who embark on a road trip through Iceland. Aug. 29-Sept. 5: "The One I Love" (Charlie McDowell, 2014). A couple in a struggling marriage retreats for the weekend and ends up facing an unusual dilemma. Elisabeth Moss.

Aug. 31 & Sept. 2: "Life of Brian" (Terry Jones, 1979). Classic satire about a man whose life parallels that of Jesus. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 31) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 2).

Sept. 1: "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. 4: "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" (Terry Jones, 1983). Those wacky Brits take on life, death, and the big picture in this outrageous, bawdy comedy spoofing every stage of human existence. Tickets $8 (MTF member, $6.50) in advance at and at the door. 10 p.m.

Opens Sept. 5: "Frank" (Lenny Abrahamson, 2014). Comedic drama about a young wannabe musician who joins an eccentric pop band with a mysterious frontman.

Sept. 7 & 9: "Pulp Fiction" (Quentin Tarantino, 1994). Cult classic about a couple of hit men. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman. 1:30 p.m. (Sept. 7) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 9).

Sept. 7: "Embrace of Aging: The Female Perspective of Growing Old" (Keith Famie, 2014). Local premiere of this documentary by Emmy-winning Detroit filmmaker Famie that blends cutting-edge research on aging (including from the U-M Health System) and stories of women around the world facing aspects of aging. The program begins with remarks by U-M Health System neurologist Eva Feldman and a performance of the film's theme song "Look Beyond Your Horizons" by veteran Detroit singer-songwriter Jill Jack and the Detroit Women's Project. $30 in advance at and at the door. 6 p.m.

Sept. 10 & 11: "Le Chef" (Daniel Cohen, 2012). A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO who wants the restaurant to lose a star so that he can bring in a younger chef whose food is trendy. French, subtitles.

Sept. 11: "Mommie Dearest" (Frank Perry, 1981). Biopic about Hollywood icon Joan Crawford based on her daughter's scathing memoir. Faye Dunaway. Tickets $8 (MTF members, $6.50) in advance at and at the door. 10 p.m.

Opens Sept. 12: "The Trip to Italy" (Michael Winterbottom, 2014). Sequel to the 2011 film The Trip. A British actor takes his aggravating best friend along as he films a restaurant tour of Italy.

Sept. 13: 2014 Young Filmmakers Camp. Screening of film projects by local middle school and high school students. FREE. 1 p.m. Sept. 17 & 18: "Alive Inside" (Michael Rossato-Bennett, 2014). Documentary about Music & Memory, a nonprofit that uses music to help people with memory loss.

Opens Sept. 19: "My Old Lady" (Israel Horovitz, 2014). Comedy about a down-on-his-luck American who inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident. Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas.

Opens Sept. 26: "Skeleton Twins" (Craig Johnson, 2013). SNL comedians Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star as estranged twins who are reunited after one of them attempts suicide.

Quality 16. 623-7469. $14. 3686 Jackson, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18: "Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead 2" (Joe Cross & Kurt Engfehr, 2014). Sequel to Cross's documentary about his effort to lose weight and regain his health by adopting a plant-based diet.

State Theater. For complete, updated schedule, see or call 761-8667. 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.

Sept. 6: "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. John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore. $7. Midnight.

Sept. 20: "Space Jam" (Joe Pytka, 1996) Comedy-fantasy in which basketball star Michael Jordan teams up with Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters to defeat an alien basketball team. $7. Midnight.  

U-M Confucius Institute/Center for Chinese Studies Contemporary Chinese Film Series. FREE. 764-8888, 764-6308. Michigan Theater, 7 p.m.

Sept. 10: "The Grandmaster" (Wong Kar-wai, 2013) Hong Kong martial arts film based on the life of wing chun grandmaster Ip Man, the teacher of Bruce Lee. Mandarin, Cantonese, & Japanese; subtitles.

Sept. 17: "American Dreams in China" (Peter Chan, 2013). Drama about 3 friends who build a successful English language school in China. Mandarin, subtitles.

Sept. 24: "Finding Mr. Right" (Xiao Lu Xue, 2013). Rom-com about a young Chinese woman who comes to Seattle to deliver her wealthy lover's child in an illegal "maternity mansion" and must eventually choose between a lonely upscale life and a modest existence defined by love. Mandarin & English, subtitles.

U-M Copernicus Program in Polish Studies "Masterpieces of Polish Cinema." FREE. 764-0351. Weekly series of restored classic Polish films organized and curated by Martin Scorsese. Michigan Theater, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8: "The Last Day of Summer" (Andrzej Wajda, 1958). A man and a woman unable to communicate meet on an empty beach. With Innocent Sorcerers, Wajda's 1960 film about a fugitive romance between a young doctor tired of being sought by women and a young girl who intrudes herself into his life. Polish subtitles.

Sept. 15: "Night Train" (Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1959). The unexpected adventures of a diverse set of pilgrims taking a train to a seaside resort.

Sept. 22: "A Short Film about Killing" (Krzysztof Kielowski, 1988). Critically celebrated drama about the senselessness of violence. A violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, flawlessly performed state execution, with the murderer's idealistic young defense attorney trapped as an unwilling accessory to the judicial murder of his client.

Sept. 29: "Jump" (Tadeusz Konwicki, 1965). Tantalizing existential mystery about a man who jumps off a train. The film hops nimbly between allegory and black comedy. The title refers both to the hero's initial leap and to a justly celebrated dance performed to composer Wojciech Kilar's ultra-cool jazz theme.

U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Yiddish Film Series. FREE. 763-9047. 202 S. Thayer (Room 2022), 5 p.m.

Sept. 3: "Tevye" (Maurice Schwartz, 1937). Drama based on Sholem Aleichem's story about a traditional Jewish father's anguish as he faces his daughter's marriage to a non-Jew.

U-M Islamic Studies Central Asia Film Series. FREE. 936-2777.

Sept. 21: "Svet-Ake (The Light Thief)" (Aktan Arym Kubat, 2010). Writer-director Kubat stars as a humble village electrician who devotes his compassion and ingenuity to destitute neighbors in a wind-swept valley of Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz, subtitles. Rackham Amphitheatre. 4 p.m.

WCBN-FM. FREE admission. 763-3500. Arbor Brewing Company (114 E. Washington), 9 p.m.

Sept. 9: "Ann Arbor Film Festival 52nd Year DVD" Compilation of highlights from the 2014 Ann Arbor Film Festival held last March.

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