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November Films

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

Nov. 1: "Son of Rambow" (Garth Jennings, 2008). Coming-of-age comedy set in England in the 1980s about a sheltered boy, his friendship with a troublemaker, and their attempts to make a film inspired by Rambo. Some French, subtitles. The program begins with a short set by the local pop-folk singer-songwriter duo The Low Voltage. 7-9 p.m., AADL multipurpose room.

Nov. 5: "How to Survive a Plague" (David France, 2012). Oscar-nominated documentary about the achievements of 2 AIDS activism organizations, ACT UP and TAG. 6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room.

Nov. 14: "We Can't Eat Gold" (Joshua Tucker, 2103). Documentary about an indigenous population of Dillingham, Alaska, whose traditional hunting and fishing economy is threatened by a proposed gold, copper, and molybdenum mine. Followed by a discussion with director Tucker and producer Giovanna Marcantonio. 6-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room.

20th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival. 3 days of Polish films shown in Polish, with subtitles. $10 (students with ID & seniors, $6) per film, except as noted. Different times. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty. 913-1013.

Nov. 8: "Imagine" (Andrzej Jakimowski, 2013). A blind teacher breaks the rules to help a student rediscover the pleasures of life. 7 p.m. "Suspiciously in Love" (Slawomir Krynski, 2013). Romantic comedy of errors about two shy people who strike up a relationship online. When it comes to meeting face-to-face, they each send an attractive surrogate to a hotel where a gang of thieves is hunting for a collection of diamonds. 9:15 p.m.

Nov. 9: Documentary shorts. FREE, 1 p.m. "Loving" (Slawomir Fabicki, 2012). Drama about a seemingly perfect couple whose relationship is put to the test when the wife is raped by the town mayor. 6:30 p.m. "In the Name of" (Malgorzata Szumowska, 2012). Drama about a small-town priest whose authority is compromised by his relationship with an eccentric, silent young man. 9 p.m.

Nov. 10: "The Red Button" (Ewa Pieta & Miroslaw Grubek, 2012). Documentary about a Cold War Russian officer who averted an atomic war by bravely ignoring protocol. FREE, 11 a.m. "The Closed Circuit" (Ryszard Bugajski, 2013). Political thriller, set in contemporary Poland, about high-flying entrepreneurs who fall victim to the machinations of powerful and corrupt leaders. Followed by discussion with director Bugajski. 12:15 p.m.

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.

Nov. 16: "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.

Nov. 22: "The Razor's Edge" (John Byrum, 1984). Adaptaton of W. Somerset Maugham's 1944 novel about an American traumatized by his experiences in WWI who sets off in search of some transcendent meaning in life. Bill Murray.

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.

Nov. 1: "Babe" (Chris Noonan, 1995). Disarming, charming Oscar-winning tale about an orphaned pig adopted by a slightly odd farmer who lets him live with his sheepdog and her pups. Kids 12 & under, free. 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1-7: "12 Years a Slave" (Steve McQueen, 2013). Drama, based on Solomon Northrup's 1853 autobiography, about a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch.

Nov. 1-7: "A.C.O.D." (Stu Zicherman, 2013). Comedy about a man who finds out he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children.

Nov. 2 & 3: "Hannah Arendt" (Margarethe von Trotta, 2012). Biopic about the German-born philosopher who coined the phrase "the banality of evil." English & German, subtitles.

Nov. 4: "The Blues Brothers" (John Landis, 1980). Popular John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd comedy that features musical performances by Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, and other blues and R&B luminaries.

Nov. 5: "Nebraska" (Alexander Payne, 2013). Sneak preview of this film about an aging, booze-addled man who makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes prize. The screening is preceded by a live HD broadcast of an introduction by Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers and followed by his interview with the film's stars, Bruce Dern and Will Forte. $22 (students, $20; MTF members, $18) in advance at and at the door. 8 p.m.

Nov. 6: "The Citizen" (Sam Kadi, 2012). Drama about an Arab immigrant who arrives in NYC on September 10, 2001.

Nov. 10, 13, & 14: "Muscle Shoals" (Greg "Freddy" Camalier, 2013). Documentary about the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, where songs such as "Brown Sugar" and "When a Man Loves a Woman" were recorded.

Nov. 11: "Bridesmaids" (Paul Feig, 2011). Romantic comedy about a woman who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend. Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph.

Opens Nov. 15: "Blue Is the Warmest Color" (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013). Drama about the intense, complicated, decade-long romance between two young women. French, subtitles.

Nov. 16 & 19-21: "Short Term 12" (Destin Cretton, 2013). Drama about a 20-something and her boyfriend who help run a foster care facility.

Nov. 18: "The Graduate" (Mike Nichols, 1967). Landmark seriocomedy about a naive young man at loose ends after graduating from college. Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross.

Opens Nov. 22: "Dallas Buyers Club" (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013). Drama about a Texas electrician who battles Big Pharma after being diagnosed with HIV in 1986. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto.

Nov. 24-26: "Wadjda" (Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2012). A Saudi girl signs up for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise money for a bike she wants. Arabic, subtitles.

Nov. 25: "This Is Spinal Tap" (Rob Reiner, 1984). Pitch-perfect mockumentary about a fictional English hard-rock band. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer.

Nov. 29: Warner Bros. Cartoons. A selection of classic Looney Tunes with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, et al. 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 30: "White Christmas" (Michael Curtiz, 1954). Sing-along version (with onscreen lyrics) of this musical about two nightclub performers who help an old army pal try to make his winter resort popular. Musical score by Irving Berlin. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney. Tickets $16 (students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, kids 12 & under, & U.S. veterans, $13; MTF members, $11) in advance at and at the door. 3 p.m.

Late Nov. date TBA: "Philomena" (Stephen Frears, 2013). A world-weary journalist investigates the story of a woman's search for her son who was taken from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Judi Dench.

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.

Nov. 4: "Let the Fire Burn" (Jason Osder, 2013). Documentary about the 1985 tragedy that unfolded when Philadelphia police dropped two pounds of military explosives onto a city row house occupied by the radical group MOVE and firefighters stood back for more than an hour.

U-M Center for Chinese Studies. Chinese Documentary Film Series. FREE. 764-6308. Angell Hall Auditorium A (except as noted), entrance at the Fishbowl on the east side of the bldg., 7 p.m.

Nov. 2: "Warm Winter" (Zheng Kuo, 2011). Documentary about a group of artists living in a number of Beijing's arts districts and their struggle to save their studios from demolition by land developers during one of Beijing's coldest winters. Chinese, subtitles.

Nov. 16: "My Mother's Rhapsody" (Qiu Jiongjiong, 2011). Documentary in which the director's 86-year-old grandmother and the 60-year-old son who lives with her offer a salty, savory account of their life journeys. Mandarin, subtitles.

Nov. 18: "Stratum 1: The Visitors" (Cong Feng, 2012). Award-winning experimental documentary about childhood memory, urban renewal, and the bulldozing of whole communities of contemporary Beijing. Chinese & English, subtitles. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a reception. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 23: "I Have What? Chinese Peasants War: The Rhetoric to Justice" (Mao Chenyu, 2013). Documentary about the struggles of Chinese peasants for survival over the past 60 years. Chinese, subtitles.

Dec. 7: "Moose" (Gu Tao, 2013). Documentary about the effects on the lives of Inner Mongolian hunters of the disappearance of the moose to ecological destruction and illegal hunting. Ewenki & Mandarin, subtitles.

U-M Center for Japanese Studies. Retrospective of 1970s & 1980s documentaries by the radical political filmmaker Shinsuke Ogawa. Japanese, subtitles. FREE. 936-7621. U-M Natural Science Auditorium (830 North University, use the entrance nearest the Diag), 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: "Sanrizuka: Heta Village" (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1973). Quiet documentary of 11 scenes, mostly rendered in single takes, that create a portrait of the farmers in a small village who are resisting resettlement due to the construction of an airport.

Nov. 8: "Dokkoi! Songs from the Bottom" (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1975). Touching documentary about a community of day laborers living in rundown flophouses in Yokohama.

Nov. 15: "Nippon: Furuyashiki Village" (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1982). Documentary about the history of the mountain village Furuyashiki and the difficulties faced by the villagers after an unusual cold front causes serious crop damage.

Nov. 22: "The Magino Village Story: Sundial Carved with a Thousand Years of Notches" (Shinsuke Ogaway, 1986). Meditation on history and the way it is never quite "past" in village Japan.

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 on the country of the film. FREE. 764-8164. 7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.

Nov. 7: "Virgin Margarida" (Licinio Azevedo, 2012). Drama, set following the Mozambican Civil War, about a group of urban women imprisoned in a "re-education camp," where they are indoctrinated in a self-righteousness creed that scorns individuality and subjectivity and makes male domination an ideological prerogative. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 14: "Children's Republic" (Flora Gomes, 2011). Bitingly satiric comic allegory about a prosperous and stable small West African country that, following many years of conflict, is populated and governed only by children. Michigan Theater.

University Musical Society. FREE. 764-0395. UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State, 7 p.m.

Nov. 21: "Live from Tanglewood: The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma" (Morgan Neville, 2012). Concert film that features a recorded performance at the Tanglewood Music Center, along with musician interviews. Followed by a Q&A with members of the Silk Road Ensemble.

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

Nov. 12: "The End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones" (Jim Fields & Michael Gramaglia, 2003). Documentary about the seminal NYC punk-rock band.

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