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September Films

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Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-4555. AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave., various times.

Sept. 5: "Racing with the Sun" (U-M Productions, 2012). Emmy-winning 30-minute documentary about the efforts of the U-M Solar Car Team to win the 2011 World Solar Car Challenge. Followed by discussion and Q&A with the film's producers Jay Nelson and Jimmy Rhoades and the composer of its score, Levi Taylor. 7-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 19: "The Island President" (John Shenk, 2011). Emmy-winning documentary about Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed who tries to keep his country from disappearing under the sea. Followed by a discussion led by U-M Community Scholars Program faculty and students. 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), 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 27: "The House I Live in" (Eugene Jarecki, 2012). Documentary about America's criminal justice system and the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

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

Sept. 21: "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. 27: "When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West" (Amber Bemak & Victress Hitchcock, 2012). Vivid, entertaining documentary portrait of the world of Tibetan Buddhism as it manifests itself in the West. Followed by discussion.  

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.

Aug. 30-Sept. 5: "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. 

Sept, 1 & 3: "Run Lola Run" (Tom Tykwer, 1998). Driven, kinetic portrait, combining animation, still photography, slow motion, and conventional cinematography, of a woman who must come up with 100,000 marks in 20 minutes in order to pay the mob. Franka Potente. German, subtitles. 1:30 p.m. (Sept. 1) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 3). 

Sept. 2: "Casablanca" (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Classic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as a pair of star-crossed lovers during WW II. 7 p.m. 

Sept. 5: "Psycho" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960). Classic suspense thriller set in a motel run by a peculiar mama's boy. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh. 10 p.m. 

Opens Sept. 6: "Europa Report" (Sebastian Cordero, 2013). An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.

Sept. 6-12: "Salinger" (Shane Salerno, 2013). Documentary about the private world of the late fiction writer J.D. Salinger and the influence of his work.

Sept. 8: 2013 Young Filmmakers Camp. Screening of film projects by local middle school and high school students. FREE. 1 p.m. 

Sept. 9: "Annie Hall" (Woody Allen, 1977). Comedy about the mismatched love affair between a Jew and a WASP. Woody Allen, Diane Keaton. 7 p.m. 

Sept. 11: "Prince Avalanche" (David Gordon Green, 2013). A meditative and stern man spends the summer repainting traffic lines with his girlfriend's dopey and insecure brother. Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch.

Opens Sept. 13: "Austenland" (Jerusha Hess, 2013). Obsessed with the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman.

Sept. 15: "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" (Nick Park and Steve Box, 2005). A claymation film about an absentminded inventor and his hyperintelligent dog who set out to discover the mystery of their village's garden problems. Kids 12 & under, free. 1:30 p.m. 

Sept. 16: "Harold and Maude" (Hal Ashby, 1972). Dark comedy about the love affair between a death-obsessed young man and a spry octogenarian, with music by Cat Stevens. Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon. 7 p.m. 

Sept. 18: "Reincarnated" (Andy Capper, 2012). Documentary about hip-hop superstar Snoop Dog's decision to change his name to Snoop Lion, travel to Jamaica, immerse himself in Rastafarian culture, and record his first reggae record. $10 in advance at 7 p.m.

Sept. 22-24: "Dirty Wars" (Rick Rowley, 2013). An investigative journalist is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Sept. 23: "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (Adam McKay, 2004). Will Ferrell is perfectly hilarious as a perfectly coiffed local TV news airhead anchor. 7 p.m. 

Sept. 24-27: "The Hunt" (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012). A lonely teacher struggling for custody of his son finds love but his luck is brutally reversed by an innocent little lie. Danish & Polish, subtitles.

Opens Sept. 25: "Still Mine" (Michael McGowan, 2012). An elderly couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.

Opens Sept. 27: "The Attack" (Ziad Doueiri, 2012). An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing. Arabic & Hebrew, subtitles.

Sept. 28: "The Three Corpse Circus Independent Horror Film Festival." Screenings of several independent short horror films in various subgenres by filmmakers from around the world, including some locally made films. Tickets $7 ($10 for both shows) in advance at and at the door. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.  

Sept. 29: "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself" (Tom Bean & Luke Poling, 2012). Documentary about the colorful journalist.

Sept. 29: Go Far: The Christopher Rush Story" (Zack Arnold, 2013). Documentary about the inspirational life of a man who lived with muscular dystrophy from birth until his death at age 30, well beyond his predicted 2 years of life. FREE. 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 30: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (John Hughes, 1986). Comedy about a mischievous teen's adventures when he skips school. Matthew Broderick. 7 p.m. 

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

Sept. 7: "The Big Lebowski" (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998). Beloved comedy starring Jeff Bridges as an L.A. slacker who's commissioned by his namesake to ransom his kidnapped trophy wife. John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore. 

Sept. 21: "Raising Arizona" (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1987). Offbeat comedy about a childless couple who kidnap one of a set of quintuplets. Holly Hunter, Nicolas Cage.  

Sept. 21: "Face/Off" (John Woo, 1997). Action thriller about an FBI agent and a terrorist who each assume the other's appearance. John Travolta, Nicholas Cage. 

U-M Armenian Studies Program. FREE. 763-0622. 1120 Weill Hall (735 S. State), 4-6 p.m.

Sept. 18: "All the Things" (Alexander O'Dell, 2012). Short film about a 15-year-old boy who walks around Yerevan, Armenia, dressed as an orange house handing out ads for bank loans. Armenian, subtitles. 

U-M Ford School of Public Policy. FREE. 615-5312. 1120 Weill Hall (735 S. State at Hill), 4-5:30 p.m.

Sept. 25: "Burn" (Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez, 2012).

U-M Romance Languages & Literatures Lusophone Film Festival. Semester-long showcase of contemporary Portuguese language films shown with subtitles. The screenings are preceded by an introduction by a U-M faculty or grad student expert in the country of the film. FREE. 764-8164. Various times and locations.

Sept. 12: "Girimunho (Swirl)" (Clarissa Campolina & Helvécio Marins, 2011). Brazilian film about an 81—year-old village woman who tries to create a new life after the death of her husband. 7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.

Sept. 26: "O soma ao redor (Neighboring Sounds)" (Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2012). When a private security firm is enlisted to protect the residents of an affluent Brazilian seaside community from petty crime, it unleashes the anxieties, resentments, and fears of a society built on violence and repression. UMMA Stern Auditorium, 7 p.m. 

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

Sept. 10: "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension" (W.D. Richter, 1984). Sci-fi comedy about a rock star, who is also a neurosurgeon and test pilot, and his band of men who take on alien invaders. Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd. 

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