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Note: Most educational documentaries are listed with the daily Events.

Ann Arbor African American Cultural and Historical Museum. $10 suggested donation. Different times & locations. 761-1717.

Feb. 2 & 4: "All or Nothin'" (Charles Campbell, 2016). Drama about 28 slaves who escaped from Boone County (KY) in 1853. Q&A with the director follows. 6:45 p.m. (Feb. 2, WCC Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr.) & 1 p.m. (Feb. 4, Michigan Theater).

Ann Arbor Senior Center. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. 1320 Baldwin. 12:30-3 p.m.

Every Mon.: "Movie Matinee," a DVD screening with films TBA.

Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-8301. AADL Pittsfield Branch. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 13: "Fire at Sea" (Gianfranco Rosi, 2016). Documentary about life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European refugee crisis. Italian & English, subtitles.

Ann Arbor Public Schools/Ann Arbor District Library. FREE. 327-8301. Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. 6:30-9 p.m.

Feb. 1: "Screenagers" (Delaney Ruston, 2016). Documentary exploring family conflicts over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Followed by a panel discussion with local teachers, school administrators, and parents.

Fathom Events. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20). Tickets available in advance at and at the door. Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), different times.

Feb. 1: "Digimon Adventure Tri. 4" (Akiyoshi Hongo, 2017). Anime adventure about monsters living in a digital world. Ann Arbor 20 only. $11.50, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 11 & 12: "Mazinger Z." (Junji Shimizu, 2017). Anime about a giant robot that is created to stop the evil Dr. Hell from attacking Earth. Japanese, subtitles. Tickets TBA. Ann Arbor 20 only. 12:55 p.m. (Feb. 11) & 7 p.m. (Feb. 12).

Feb. 18 & 21: "The Philadelphia Story" (George Cukor, 1940). Classic rom-com. Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart. Ann Arbor 20 only. $5.75-$10.50, 2 & 7 p.m.

Feb. 22: "Is Genesis History?" (Thomas Purifoy, 2017). Documentary with scientists and scholars around the world discussing Creationism and evolution. $11.50 (Ann Arbor 20) & $12 (Quality 16), 7 p.m.

Feb. 25 & 28: "The Dark Crystal" (Jim Henson & Frank Oz, 1982). Groundbreaking animatronic fantasy about an elf-like creature who embarks on a journey to repair millennium-old damage done to his world. Ann Arbor 20 only. $11.50, 2 & 7 p.m.

Feb. 27 & Mar. 1: "Kirk Cameron: Connect." Documentary that follows evangelical Christian actor Kirk Cameron as he tries to figure out how to protect his kids from the dangers of the digital world. $11.50 (Ann Arbor 20) & $12 (Quality 16), 7 p.m.

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

Feb. 17: "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.

Feb. 16: "Walk with Me" (Marc Francis & Max Pugh, 2017). Documentary filmed over 3 years about a community of Zen Buddhist monks and nuns who have given up all their possessions and adopted a life of chastity to practice the art of mindfulness. Discussion follows.

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 65 & 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.

Feb. 1: "This is Spinal Tap" (Rob Reiner, 1984). Mockumentary about a fictional English heavy metal band. 9:30 p.m.

Feb. 2: "Groundhog Day" (Harold Ramis, 1993). Clever, charming comedy starring Bill Murray as a burned-out weatherman condemned to relive the same day for an apparent eternity. 7 p.m.

Feb. 3: "The World of Us" (Yoon Ga-eun, 2016). An introverted 11-year-old makes friends with the new kid but differences in background drive them apart. Korean, subtitles. FREE, 1 p.m.

Feb. 3: "Spoor" (Agnieszka Holland, 2017). Crime drama following a retired engineer in the remote Polish countryside who starts her own investigation after finding a body. Poland's entry for this year's Oscar for foreign-language film, the movie has been called "the Polish Fargo." Polish, subtitles.

Feb. 6: "Changing the World, One Wall at a Time" (2017). Documentary about a 2016 global street art campaign to raise awareness of Iranian Baha'i youth denied access to higher education. 7 p.m.

Feb. 7: "Django" (Etienne Comar, 2017). Biopic about the legendary< Romani French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Feb. 8: "Waiting for Guffman" (Christopher Guest, 1997). Comedy about a small-time director who invites a famous theater critic to view his amateur theater production. 9:30 p.m.

Opens Feb. 9: "Oscar Shorts." Screening of short films nominated for an Academy Award.

Feb. 10: "Our President" (Chang-jae Lee, 2017). Documentary about the late South Korean president Roh Moo-huyn, who held office 2003-2008. Korean, subtitles. FREE, 1 p.m.

Feb. 13: "The Divine Order" (Petra Volpe, 2017). Drama based on a young Swiss housewife's 1971 crusade to allow women to vote. German, subtitles.

Feb. 15: "Best in Show" (Christopher Guest, 2000). Clever, very funny satire about dog lovers bound for a dog show. 9:30 p.m.

Feb. 21: "Above and Beyond Acoustic: Giving Up the Day Job" (Paul Dugdale, 2017). Documentary about the British electronic dance music group Above & Beyond's decision to go acoustic.

Feb. 22: "A Mighty Wind" (Christopher Guest, 2003). Affectionate mockumentary about aging folk music revivalists attempting a comeback. 9:30 p.m.

Opens Feb. 23: "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" (Paul McGuigan, 2017). Biopic about the May-December romance between a young English actor and Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame. Jamie Bell, Annette Bening.

State Theatre. For complete, updated schedule, see,, or call 761-8667. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m. & midnight movies, $8).

Opens< Feb. 2: "The Insult" (Ziad Doueiri, 2017). Drama about social tensions that threaten to spiral out of control when a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee face off in court. Arabic, subtitles.

Feb. 5: "Kedi" (Ceyda Torun, 2016). Documentary about Istanbul from the perspective of the city's cats. 7 p.m.

Feb. 5: "The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail" (Akira Kurosawa, 1945). A Japanese general and his men disguise themselves as monks in order to pass an enemy border patrol. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Feb. 6: "Buzzard" (Joel Potrykus, 2015). Horror-satire about a disgruntled temp worker whose mounting paranoia after his attempt at petty theft sends him onto the streets of Detroit with a bunch of bogus checks and a dangerously altered Nintendo Power Glove. 7 p.m.

Feb. 7: "The Alchemist Cookbook" (Joel Potrykus, 2016). Trippy drama about a young outcast who isolates himself in the woods with his cat. When he turns from chemistry to black magic, he awakens something sinister. 7 p.m.

Opens Feb. 9: "In the Fade" (Fatih Akin, 2017). Drama about a woman's quest for vengeance after her husband and son are killed by a neo-Nazi bomb. German, subtitles.

Feb. 10: "The Muppets Take Manhattan" (Frank Oz, 1984). A musical comedy in which Kermit discovers why they say there's a broken heart for every light on Broadway.Kids 12 & under free. 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 12: "The Fits" (Anna Rose Holmer, 2015). An 11-year-old tomboy struggling to fit in with an all-girl dance troupe finds herself in danger when the dancers begin to have fainting spells and violent fits. Spanish, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Feb. 12: "Rashomon" (Akira Kurosawa, 1950). Superb Oscar-winning drama tells the story of a crime through several participants' viewpoints. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Feb. 13: "Tchoupitoulas" (Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross, 2012). Documentary following 3 teen brothers as they discover the nightlife of New Orleans. 7 p.m.

Opens Feb. 14: "Double Lover" (François Ozon, 2017). Drama about a young woman who becomes romantically involved with her psychotherapist, only to discover that he may have a secret life.

Feb. 14: "Welcome to Pine Hill" (Keith Miller, 2012). Drama about a reformed drug dealer who receives a grim medical diagnosis that compels him to make peace with his past. 7 p.m.

Feb. 15: "Contemporary Color" (Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross, 2016). Documentary about legendary musician David Byrne's 2015 live show celebrating the art of Color Guard, where 10 high school teams of synchronized dancers perform live with famous performers like Saint Vincent and Nelly Furtado. 7 p.m.

Feb. 17: "Muppets from Space" (Tim Hill, 1999). Gonzo discovers his extraterrestrial origins. Kids 12 & under free. 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: "Lost in Paris" (Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, 2016). Whimsical rom-com about a small-town librarian who falls in love with a charismatic drifter while looking for her elderly aunt in Paris. 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: "The Seven Samurai" (Akira Kurosawa, 1954). Classic story of a 16th-century village that hires professional tough guys to stave off marauding bandits. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: "Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour" (Kerthy Fix, 2010). Documentary following the iconic feminist electronic band Le Tigre on their final international tour in 2004-05. 7 p.m.

Feb. 20: "The Love Witch" (Anna Biller, 2016). This homage to Hammer horror films is about a modern witch who uses magic to make men fall in love with her. 7 p.m.

Feb. 24: "Labyrinth" (Jim Henson, 1986). Gothic fantasy starring David Bowie as a goblin king who gives a teenager 13 hours to rescue her baby brother by solving a labyrinth full of Muppet monsters.Kids 12 & under free. 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 26: "Throne of Blood" (Akira Kurosawa, 1957). Stunning, eloquent reconception of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan's samurai warrior society. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

U-M Armenian Studies Program. FREE. 763-0622. 555 Weiser, 500 Church.

Feb. 21: "The Last Inhabitant" (Jivan Avetisyan, 2016). Drama about the expulsion of an Armenian village in Azerbaijan in 1988, during the decline of the USSR. An Armenian stonemason stays behind to build a mosque amid ethnic and religious tensions as he waits for his daughter to heal from her psychic trauma. Armenian & Russian, subtitles. 7-8:30 p.m.

U-M Center for South Asian Studies. FREE. 764-0448. 2435 North Quad (105 S. State), 4 p.m.

Feb. 12: "Demons in Paradise" (Jude Ratnam, 2017). Documentary about the director's experience as a 5-year-old fleeing on a train from the massacre of the Tamils by the pro-Sinhalese Sri Lankan government. When he was 26, he took the same train, documenting the effects of the Sri Lankan Civil War, which ended in 2009.

U-M Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program. FREE. 764-0351. Stern Auditorium, UMMA.

Feb. 6: "The Constitution" (Rajko Grli_, 2016). Drama following 4 people who live in the same apartment building but avoid each other because of religious, ethnic, and sexual differences. Q&A with the director. Croatian, subtitles. 7-9 p.m.

U-M Islamic Studies. FREE. 764-0351. 455 Weiser Hall, 500 Church.

Feb. 21: "Luna Papa" (Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov, 1999). Magical realist tragicomedy about a teenage Tatar girl who mysteriously finds herself pregnant. Told from the fetus' point of view. Russian, Tajik, Uzbek, subtitles. 7-9:30 p.m.

WSF Productions. FREE, but donations accepted. Riverside Arts Center (76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti), 7 p.m.

Feb. 2: "Small Fish." Screening of this short film, a fable about people seeking help in hard times. Also, screenings of 2 other short films and behind-the-scenes footage for all 3 films by this new Ypsilanti production company of EMU grads and students.

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