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5th Annual Romanian Film Festival. FREE. UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. 764-0395. Romanian, subtitles.

Oct. 20: "Reconstruction" (Lucian Pintilie, 1968). Based on a true story about a prosecutor, policeman, and teacher who force two students to reenact their drunken brawl at a restaurant so that it can be videotaped to show the effects of alcohol. Followed by Q&A. 2 p.m. "The Way I Spent the End of the World" (Catalin Mitulescu, 2006). Set in 1989 Bucharest, the story concerns a girl who's sent to a reformatory after she accidentally breaks a bust of Ceausescu. Her boyfriend subsequently devises a plan to kill the dictator. Followed by Q&A. 4 p.m. "Loverboy" (Catalin Mitulescu, 2011). A young criminal, part of a group that provides girls to pimps who sell them abroad for prostitution, finds himself strangely affected by one of his victims. Followed by Q&A. 6 p.m.

Oct. 27: "Morgen" (Marian Crisan, 2010). A supermarket security guard in a small town on the Romanian-Hungarian border helps a Turkish man who's trying to cross the border. Followed by Q&A. 1 p.m. "Summer Holiday" (Radu Muntean, 2008). A man on vacation with his wife and 4-year-old son relives his high-school glory days when he runs into some old friends. 3 p.m. "Beyond the Hills" (Cristian Mungiu, 2012). Two young women who grew up in a Romanian orphanage reunite for a weekend. One who has escaped to Germany tries to convince the other to the leave the monastery where she's taken refuge. 5 p.m.

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

Oct. 10: "Transbeing" (Gabrielle Pescador & Juan Javier Pescador, 2013). 30-minute documentary about the struggles of 3 transgender people for understanding and respect throughout the various phases of their transitioning process. Followed by discussion with the directors. 7-8:30 p.m.

Oct. 22: "Where Soldiers Come From" (Heather Courtney, 2011). Award-winning documentary about 2 friends from northern Michigan who sign up for the National Guard and are sent to Afghanistan to sweep for roadside bombs. Followed by a discussion led by U-M Community Scholars Program faculty and students. 6-8:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor Korean Independent Film Festival. 4 days of Korean films, sponsored by the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies and the Global Film Initiative. Korean, subtitles. FREE. 764-1825. Michigan Theater, 8 p.m.

Oct. 3: Jiseul (Meul O., 2012). Historical drama about a small 1950s South Korean village that rebels against police brutality and is subsequently labeled communist and attacked by the army.

Oct. 4: Breathless (Yang Ik-june, 2008). Drama about a loan shark who strikes up a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he's facing his own troubled past.

Oct. 5: Dooman River (Lu Zhang, 2010). See review, p. 000. Drama about a 12-year-old boy who befriends a young North Korean immigrant who has just crossed the Dooman River border between North Korea and China.

Oct. 6: Planet of Snail (Yi Seung-Jun, 2012). Documentary about a young deaf and blind writer who depends on his wife, a cheerful woman with a spinal deformity.

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.

Oct. 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.

Oct. 25: "Limitless" (Neil Burger, 2011). Thriller about a novelist who takes drugs to attain superhuman mental prowess. Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert DeNiro.

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.

Sept. 25-Oct. 1: "Still Mine" (Michael McGowan, 2012). An elderly couple fights against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.

Sept. 27-Oct. 3: "Enough Said" (Nicole Holofcener, 2013). Sharp-witted comedy about a divorced single parent dreading her daughter's impending departure for college who meets a sweet, funny like-minded man also facing an empty nest. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener.

Sept. 27-Oct. 3: "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.

Oct. 2: "Manhattan Short Film Festival" (various directors, 2013). Screening of the 2013 finalists from arguably the largest short film festival in the world. Followed by a chance to vote for your favorite. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4-17: "Inequality for All" (Jacob Kornbluth, 2013). Documentary, presented by economist (and Secretary of Labor under President Clinton) Robert Reich, about the widening income disparity in the U.S. An Oct. 8 screening at 7 p.m. is followed by a panel discussion with UAW president Bob King, state representative Rashida Tlaib, U-M law professor Kate Andrias, and Legal Services of South Central Michigan executive director Bob Gillett.

Oct. 4-10: "Parkland" (Peter Landesman, 2013). Drama recounting the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Oct. 7: "Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (Stanley Kubrick, 1964). Painfully hilarious Cold War satire. Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens.

Oct. 9: "Roadmap to Apartheid" (Eron Davidson & Ana Nogueira, 2012). Award-winning documentary that examines the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Meta Peace Team cofounder Father Peter Dougherty, with Detroit chapter of the Jewish Voice for Peace board member Barbara Harvey and Palestinian telecommunications entrepreneur Sam Bahour, an Ohio native who moved to the occupied West Bank in 1995. Q&A. Followed on Oct. 12 by a discussion (1 p.m., location TBA). Sponsored by Ann Arbor Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East. Tickets $10 (MTF members & seniors, $7.50; students, $5) in advance at and at the door. 7 p.m.

Oct. 11, 14, & 15: "Good Ol' Freda" (Ryan White, 2013). Documentary about the Beatles' secretary Freda Kelly.

Oct. 14: "Monty Python & the Holy Grail" (Terry Gilliam, 1975). Outrageously irreverent, hilarious parody of Arthurian tales. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones.

Oct. 15-17: "Blue Caprice" (Alexandre Moors, 2013). Drama about an abandoned boy who's drawn into the shadow of a dangerous father figure. Inspired by events that led to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks. Joey Lauren Adams, Isaiah Washington.

Oct. 16: "Unacceptable Levels" (Ed Brown, 2013). Documentary exploring the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. $11 in advance at and at the door. The screening takes place only if enough advance tickets are sold. 7 p.m.

Opens Oct. 18: "In a World…" (Lake Bell, 2013). Comedy about an underachieving vocal coach who's motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voiceovers, to become a voiceover star.

Oct. 20: "Shrek" (Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, 2001). Popular animated movie that features a whimsical Beauty-and-the-Beast-style tale about a genial green ogre who falls for a canny princess. Kids 12 & under, free. 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 20-22: "Cutie and the Boxer" (Zachary Heinzerling, 2013). 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.

Oct. 21: "Young Frankenstein" (Mel Brooks, 1974). Hilarious burlesque of old Frankenstein movies. Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman.

Oct. 22: "Doctored" (Bobby Sheehan, 2012). Documentary about the benefits of chiropractic care that also examines some of the more dubious practices of conventional medicine. Presented by the Ann Arbor Chiropractic Wellness Coalition. $10 in advance at and at the door. 7 p.m.

Opens Oct. 23: "Broadway Idiot" (Doug Hamilton, 2013). Documentary that follows Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong from a punk rock concert at Madison Square Garden to the opening of his Broadway musical, American Idiot, 10 blocks away.

Oct. 23 & 24: "One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das" (Jeremy Frindel, 2012). Documentary about the renowned spiritual teacher and chant master and his early life as an American rock 'n' roller and drug addict.

Oct. 26, 28, & 29: "Escape from Tomorrow" (Randy Moore, 2013). Surreal horror fantasy, filmed without permission at Disney World, about a middle-aged dad who's on vacation with his family when things start to get dark and twisty.

Oct. 28: "Shaun of the Dead" (Edgar Wright, 2004). Romantic comedy about a zombie invasion. Simon Pegg. 7 p.m.

Oct. 30: "Nosferatu" (F.W. Murnau, 1922). Silent horror classic, with live organ accompaniment on the Barton Theater organ by Steven Ball. Tickets $16 (children under 12 & MTF members, $11;, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $14) in advance at and at the door. 7 p.m.

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

Oct. 5: "The Craft" (Andrew Fleming, 1996). A troubled teen girl with supernatural powers goes to a new Catholic high school, where she falls in with a group of girls rumored to be witches.

Oct. 19: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (Tobe Hooper, 1974). Slasher film about a group of friends who fall victim to a family of cannibals.

Oct. 25 & 26: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (Dick Sharman, 1975). Cult classic musical about a fresh-scrubbed pair who find themselves the guests of a transsexual transvestite Transylvanian. Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meatloaf.

Tribeca Film Festival. Screening of highlights of the 2013 version of this prestigious NYC film festival. $10 (kids ages 3-11, $6.75; seniors age 62 & older, $7) for the 7 p.m. show, $6.75 for the 5 p.m. show. 623-7469. Quality 16, 3686 Jackson, 5 & 7 p.m.

Oct. 7: "Supporting Characters" (Daniel Schechter, 2012). Comedy about 2 New York film editors who balance their personal relationships while reworking a movie in crisis. Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe.

Oct. 14: "The English Teacher" (Craig Zisk, 2013). Comic drama about an English teacher whose life is disrupted when a former student returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York. Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano.

Oct. 21: "What Richard Did" (Lenny Ambrahamson, 2012). Quietly devastating drama about the golden boy of a privileged set of Dublin teens who does something that destroys his own bright future and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy.

Oct. 28: "A Single Shot" (David M. Rosenthal, 2013). Atmospheric thriller about a hunter and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood. Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy.

U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Japanese, subtitles. FREE. 936-7621. U-M Natural Science Auditorium (830 North University, use the entrance nearest the Diag), 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: Devotion (Barbara Hammer, 2000). Documentary about the 1960s Japanese radical documentary film collective Ogawa Pro. Also, a talk by U-M film professor Markus Nornes.

Oct. 11: Forest of Oppression (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1967). Documnetary about student protests at Takasaki City University.

Oct. 18: The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1968). Documentary about student resistance to the construction of an airport at Narita in the farmers' fields east of Tokyo.

Oct. 25: Sanrizuka: Peasants of the Second Fortress (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1971). Film director Toshio Iizuka introduces this documentary about the consolidation and decline of a student movement to protest the Narita airport, featured in The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan (see above). Followed by Q&A.

U-M Center for South Asian Studies. FREE. 615-4059. 1636 International Institute/SSWB (1080 South University), 4 p.m.

Oct. 4: "Partners in Crime" (Paromita Vohra, 2011). Documentary about the gray area between artists who use others' work as inspiration and criminals who are plagiarizing and pirating others' work. Followed by Q&A with the director.

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. 7:30 p.m., various locations.

Oct. 10: "Tabu" (Miguel Gomes, 2012). Critically acclaimed, formally daring, drama about an illicit love affair set in the context of Portuguese colonial history. UMMA Auditorium.

Oct. 24: "Transeunte (Passerby)" (Eryk Rocha, 2010). Entranciing cinematic poem about a retired, brooding sixty-something man who has lost all ties to life and aimlessly walks the streets of downtown Rio de Janeiro unnoticed. Michigan Theater.

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

Oct. 8: "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (Jacques Demy, 1964). Bittersweet romantic classic. The dialogue is all sung as recitative, even the most casual conversation. Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo. French, subtitles.

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