April 2, 2023 1:30 pm
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Michigan Theater

Film screenings every Wed.–Sun. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org. 

Apr. 2: “Hidden Figures” (Theodore Melfi, 2016). Well-received biographical drama about African American women mathematicians who worked at NASA during the space race. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe. 1:30 p.m. 

Apr. 3: “Singin’ in the Rain” (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952). This celebrated musical is a lighthearted, dance-filled comedy about silent movie stars struggling to make the transition to talkies. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds. 7:30 p.m.

Apr. 10: “In the Mood for Love” (Wong Kar-wai, 2000). Romantic drama set in crowded 1962 Hong Kong, where 2 neighbors realize their spouses are having an affair. A meditation on the nature of longing, the film is considered to be Wong’s masterpiece. Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung. Cantonese, subtitles. 7:30 p.m. 

Apr. 12: “National Theatre Live: The Crucible.” Broadcast of a taped 2022 National Theatre (London) performance of the masterful 1953 Arthur Miller historical drama that channels the dread, horror, and mania of the Salem witch trials. With a new staging by director Lyndsey Turner that, according to Time Out, is “full of good ideas” but not entirely coherent. 7:30 p.m. $22 (University Musical Society members, $18). 

Apr. 16: “The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival” (2023). Short films about wilderness adventures feature adrenaline-fueled footage from high peaks and swift rapids. 7 p.m.  

Apr. 17: “Beau Travail” (Claire Denis, 1999). Loosely based on Herman Melville’s unfinished novella Billy Budd, this acclaimed drama’s protagonists are soldiers in the French Foreign Legion working in Djibouti. French, subtitles. 7:30 p.m. 

Apr. 21: “Black Panther” (Ryan Coogler, 2018). Wildly popular superhero film about prince T’Challa’s return to the African kingdom of Wakanda to assume the throne upon his father’s death, and the many obstacles he encounters. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett. 7:30 p.m. 

Apr. 24: “Tokyo Story” (Yasujirō Ozu, 1953). Subtle minimalist drama about an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. Considered to be Ozu’s masterpiece, the film addresses themes of family dissolution and Westernization. Japanese, subtitles. 7:30 p.m.