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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. 343 S. Fifth Ave.

Sept. 1: "Cutie and the Boxer" (Zachary Heinzerling, 2013). Oscar-nominated documentary about the chaotic 40-year marriage of well-known Japanese painter Ushio Shinohara--who punches his canvasses with paint-dipped boxing gloves--and his unwilling assistant. AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave., 6-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 23: "Souls Without Borders: The Untold Story of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade" (Alfonso Domingo & Anthony Geist, 2006). Documentary about the Americans who volunteered their services to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Followed by a discussion with codirector Geist, a University of Washington Spanish and comparative literature professor who is also vice chair of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. AADL multipurpose room, 7-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 24: "The Hunting Ground" (Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering, 2015). Documentary exposé of rape culture on U.S. college campuses. Followed by a discussion led by U-M Community Scholars Program faculty and students. For adults and teens in grade 9 & up. AADL multipurpose room, 6-8:30 p.m.

Sept. 28: "Let's Have Some Church Detroit Style: The Hallelujah Singers" (Andrew Sacks & Patrick Murphy, 2015). Documentary, shot over 4 years, about the challenges and triumphs of the Hallelujah Singers community choir and its charismatic director, Dr. E. LaQuint Weaver. Winner of the Freep Film Festival Audience Choice Award. Followed by a discussion with director Sacks and Detroit blues singer Rev. Robert Jones. AADL multipurpose room, 6-8:30 p.m.

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

Every Mon. (except Sept. 7): "Movie Matinee," with films TBA. $2 (members, free). 12:30-3 p.m.

Sept. 23: "La Clé des Champs" (Claude Nuridsany & Marie Pérennou, 2011) Two lonely children fall under the spell of a deserted pond, which their imaginations transform into a secret kingdom, both marvelous and frightening, thronging with creatures born from dreams or nightmares. French subtitles. $2. 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 23: "Soeur Sourire" (Stijn Coninx, 2009). Biopic about Jeannine Beckers, the Belgian Dominican nun who refused to include music among the worldly goods she was required to renounce and with the support of her mother superior, composed a hit song and became famous as the Singing Nun. $2. 11:30 a.m.

Fathom Events. 623-7469. Quality 16, 3686 Jackson.

Sept 9: "How To Change The World" (Jerry Rothwell, 2015). Documentary about the founding of Greenpeace in 1971. Preceded by a filmed panel discussion with the director and others. $14 in advance at and at the door. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 & 23: "Psycho" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960). A Turner Classic Movies host introduces a screening of this classic suspense thriller set in a motel run by a peculiar mama's boy. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh. $12 in advance at and at the door. 2 & 7 p.m.

Sept. 30: "The Iron Giant: Signature Edition" (Brad Bird, 1999). Remastered, with 2 new scenes added, of this animated action-adventure film about a young boy who befriends a childlike robot from outer space. Tickets (price TBA) in advance at and at the door. 7 p.m.

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

Sept. 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.

Sept. 25: "Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet" (Victress Hitchcock, 2009). Documentary, narrated by Richard Gere, about a community of some 3,000 nuns living in a remote region of eastern Tibet that explores the Tibetan Buddhist monastic system and the changing role of women within it. Discussion follows.

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

Sept. 16: "A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki, the Man Who Introduced Zen Buddhism to the West" (Michael Goldberg, 2006). DVD documentary about the life & legacy of D.T. Suzuki (1870-1966), who is credited with introducing Zen philosophy to the West.

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; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted), times TBA unless otherwise noted.

Aug. 28-Sept. 3: "Diary of a Teenage Girl" (Marielle Heller, 2015). Adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's acclaimed graphic novel memoir about a precocious 15-year-old who embarks upon an enthusiastic sexual odyssey. Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård.

Aug. 30 & Sept. 1: "Forrest Gump" (Robert Zemeckis, 1994). Engaging Oscar-winning comedy-fantasy starring Tom Hanks as a simpleminded soul whose ingenuous approach to life brings him fame and fortune. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 30) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 1).

Sept. 1 & 2: "Tangerine" (Sean Baker, 2015). Comic drama about a Tinseltown prostitute who searches on Christmas Eve for the pimp who broke her heart.

Sept. 2: "The Hunting Film Tour" (2015). 3rd annual compilation of conservation-minded hunting adventure films that focus on the chase. Tickets $15 in advance at and at the door. 7 p.m.

Opens Sept. 4: "Best of Enemies" (Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, 2015). Documentary about the influential 1968 ABC News series that pitted liberal iconoclast Gore Vidal against conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. in debates on race, religion, sexuality, and politics.

Sept. 6 & 8: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (Blake Edwards, 1961). Classic, stylish romantic comedy-fantasy about a hard-edged, independent young woman and a man with an iffy background who find love in the big city. Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal. 1:30 p.m. (Sept. 6) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 8).

Sept. 7: "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. 9 & 10: "Cartel Land" (Matthew Heineman, 2015). While a physician in Mexico leads a citizen uprising against a drug cartel, a veteran in the U.S. leads a paramilitary operation to prevent the drug war from crossing the border. English & Spanish, subtitles.

Opens Sept. 11: "Learning to Drive" (Isabel Coixet, 2014). As her marriage dissolves, a middle-aged woman takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. Patricia Clarkson & Ben Kingsley.

Sept. 14: "Duel" (Steven Spielberg, 1971). Thriller about a terrified motorist stalked by a malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer. Dennis Weaver. 7 p.m.

Sept. 17-20: "Listen to Me Marlon" (Stevan Riley, 2015). Documentary about Marlon Brando, with hundreds of hours of previously unheard audio that Brando recorded over the course of his life.

Opens Sept. 18: "Phoenix" (Christian Petzold, 2014). A disfigured concentration camp survivor searches postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis. German, subtitles.

Sept. 20: 2015 Young Filmmakers Camp. Screening of film projects by local middle school and high school students. FREE. 1 p.m.

Sept. 21: "Sugarland Express" (Steven Spielberg, 1974). Neo-noir drama about a woman detrmined to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. When things don't go as planned, they are forced to take a police hostage on the road. Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, William Atherton, Michael Sachs. 7 p.m.

Sept. 24: "Rosenwald" (Aviva Kempner, 2015). Documentary about how Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler who rose to head Sears, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 Southern schools in African American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era. Followed by a Q&A with director Kempner. 8 p.m.

Opens Sept. 25: "Grandma" (Paul Weitz, 2015). A misanthropic grandmother goes on a daylong journey with her needy 18-year-old granddaughter. Lily Tomlin.

Sept. 27: "An American Tail" (Don Bluth, 1986). Animated musical about immigrant Russian Jewish mice that believe there are no cats in America. Kids under 12, free. 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 28: "Jaws" (Steven Spielberg, 1975). Gripping adventure classic about a great white shark that terrorizes a New England shore community. Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss. 7 p.m.

Quality 16 Documentary Days. 623-7469. Weekly series of documentary features. $10 (students & seniors, $8; kids, $6.75). 3686 Jackson, 5 & 7 p.m.

Sept. 14: "Maidentrip" (Jillian Schlesinger, 2013). 14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.

Sept. 21: "Let's Have Some Church Detroit Style: The Hallelujah Singers" (Andrew Sacks & Patrick Murphy, 2015). See Ann Arbor District Library listing above.

Sept. 28: "The Human Experiment" (Don Hardy Jr. & Dana Nachman, 2013). Documentary that explores chemicals found in everyday household products. Stars Sean Penn.

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. & midnight movies, $8).

Opens Aug. 28: "Z for Zachariah" (Craig Zobel, 2015). Sci-fi thriller about a love triangle between the last survivors of an apocalypse.

Opens Sept. 4: "Mistress America" (Noah Baumbach, 2015). Comedy about a lonely college freshman in New York who's taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, an adventurous young woman full of alluringly mad schemes.

Sept. 5: "Spice World" (Bob Spiers, 1997). Musical comedy starring the Brit-pop girl group the Spice Girls. Midnight.

Opens Sept. 11: "Meru" (Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 21015). Documentary about 3 elite climbers attempting to climb Meru Peak, one of the most coveted accomplishments in big-wall climbing.

Sept. 19: "American Psycho" (Mary Harron, 2000). Black comedy psychological thriller, adapted from the Bret Easton Ellis novel, about a psychopathic investment banker. Christian Bale. Midnight.

Opens Sept. 25: "Jimmy's Hall" (Ken Loach, 2014). After 10 years of exile in America, an Irish activist returns home during the Depression to reopen the dance hall that led to his deportation.

U-M Center for South Asian Studies. FREE. 615-4059. 2435 North Quad, 4 p.m.

Sept. 16: "An Ordinary Election" (Lalit Vachani, 2015). Documentary that follows the underdog Aam Aadmi (common man) Party's debut election campaign in Delhi.

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

Sept. 22: "The Golden Era" (Ann Hui, 2014). Biopic about Xiao Hong, one of China's most famous essayists and novelists, who reflected the progressive thinking not frequently seen during the 1930s. Mandarin, subtitles. Michigan Theater, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29: "Police Story" (Sheng Ding, 2013). Action crime drama about a man seeking the release of a long-time prisoner who takes a police officer, his daughter, and a group of strangers hostage. Jackie Chan. State Theater, 7 p.m.

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. 24: "Que Horas Ela Volta? (The Second Mother)" (Anna Muylaert, 2015). When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the upper-class Sao Paolo home are thrown into disarray. Actors Regina Casé and Camila Mardila won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Introduced by U-M history professor Sueann Caulfield. State Theater, 7 p.m.

Sept. 26: "Casa Grande, or the Ballad of Poor Jean" (Fellipe Barbosa, 2014). An exploration of complex class and racial dynamics in contemporary Brazil, Barbosa's semiautobiographical debut film is the story of a 17-year-old boy whose privileged life comes crashing down when his parents declare bankruptcy. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. Introduced by U-M Afroamerican & African studies lecturer Reighan Gillam. State Theater, 2 p.m.

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