Ann Arbor's non-profit center for fine film and the performing arts



What's happening
at the

Films

The Human Experiment

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Films, Science on Screen | Comments Off

The Human Experiment

Plays Sunday, April 26 at 7:00 PM as part of the Science on Screen Series, featuring a post-screening discussion by the Ecology Center. Staff of the Ecology Center, including: Don Hardy, director Jennifer Canvasser, the Ecology Center’s environmental health organizer and a main “character” in the film (her family’s personal story is featured) – all of Jennifer’s pieces were filmed in Ann Arbor Joyce Stein, retired UM NICU nurse who cared for Jennifer’s son (also featured in the film) Becca Meuninck, the Ecology...

read more

Woman in Gold

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Woman in Gold

Now playing at the Michigan. Woman in Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks...

read more

While We’re Young

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

While We’re Young

Now Playing at the State. Noah Boaumbach’s comedy While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties. As their other friends all start having children, the couple gravitates toward a young hipster couple named Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). He’s an aspiring documentary filmmaker, a vocation Josh already has. Soon the older couple begins enjoying the energy they feel hanging out with the younger generation, but eventually Josh...

read more

True Story

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

True Story

Opens April 17 at the State. When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat-and-mouse. Based on actual events, Finkel’s relentless pursuit of Longo’s true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption. - (C) Fox 100 minutes. Rated R. Share...

read more

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Posted by on Dec 27, 2014 in Films, noir | Comments Off

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Monday, April 27 at 7 PM at the State. Part of the Noir Film Series. Introduction by Paula Guthat from Cinema Detroit. Advance tickets at ticketweb.com.  Starring Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, with the voices of Kathleen Turner and Charles Fleischer, and more. In this film, Hollywood’s animated cartoon stars of the 1940s are a subjugated minority, living in the ghettolike “Toontown.” One of Toontown’s leading citizens, whacked-out Roger Rabbit, is framed for the murder of human nightclub owner Marvin Acme. Private...

read more

Deli Man

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Films, Limited Engagements | Comments Off

Deli Man

Plays April 20, April 21, April 25, April 27, and April 29. For  some, delicatessen food is close to a religious experience. A tender, crumbling cut of corned beef steeped in its juices. A full-bodied garlic dill pickle. Spicy brown mustard with grain. A blintz that melts in your mouth like a creamsicle on a summer’s day. Recipes and culinary garnishes from Hungary, Poland, Russia, Romania that flowed into late 19th and early 20th century America and soon became part of an American culinary and cultural vernacular – Deli.  Deli Man is a...

read more

Somm

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Films, Wine and Film | Comments Off

Somm

Wednesday, April 29 at 7pm. Part of the Wine and Film Series, presented with support from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Wine tasting will follow. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com. Four men will do anything to pass the most difficult test you’ve NEVER heard of. Shrouded in secrecy, access to the Court Of Master Sommeliers has always been strictly regulated and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam, until now. How much do you think you know about wine? Somm will make you think again. Somm takes you on the ultimate...

read more

’71

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

’71

Opens April 24 at the State (tentative). ’71 takes place over a single night in the life of a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape. Thriller/Drama. 99 minutes. Rated R. Share...

read more

Clouds of Sils Maria

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Clouds of Sils Maria

Opens May 1 at the Michigan. 2014 CANNE PALM D’OR NOMINEE. 2015 CéSAR AWARD NOMINEE. A veteran actress (Juliette Binoche) comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. With Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz. Drama. 124 minutes. Rated R.   Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterTumblr

read more

Beetlejuice

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Films, Midnights, state-theater | Comments Off

Beetlejuice

May 2 at 11:59 PM at the State. Midnights are only $8! Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century’s worth of bureaucratic red tape, they’re on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is now owned by insufferable yuppies Catherine O’Hara...

read more

Dior and I

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Films, Limited Engagements | Comments Off

Dior and I

Plays May 2 through May 7 at the Michigan. Frédéric Tcheng’s solo directorial debut brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection. With Marion Cotillard and Anna Wintour. Documentary. 90 minutes. NR Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterTumblr

read more

On a Quest

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

On a Quest

SUNDAY, MAY 3 at 3 PM. Presented by Chinmaya Mission of Ann Arbor. This feature film tells the story of Swami Chinmayananda, one of the world’s most renowned and revered exponents of Vedanta, the foundation of Hindu religion and culture. His life is a story of an unconventional seeker – a mischievous child, a rebellious youth, a revolutionary freedom fighter, a witty journalist and even a daring atheist. Who was he before he became the great Swami Chinmayananda? How did this passionate, witty, outspoken freedom fighter and atheist turn...

read more

You Will Be My Son

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Films, Wine and Film | Comments Off

You Will Be My Son

Wednesday, May 6 at 7PM. Part of the Wine and Film Series, presented with support from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.Wine Tasting will follow. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com. A story that focuses on the problematic relationship between Paul Marseul, owner of a prestigious vineyard in Saint Emilion and his son, Martin, who works with him on the family estate. Paul is a demanding and passionate wine-maker but is a domineering father. He dreams of a son who is more talented, more charismatic . . . and more in line with his own...

read more

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Opens May 8 at the Michigan. “The hypnotic “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” is the story of a woman wronged by men and God, if finally, in a sense, redeemed by cinema.” – MANOHLA DARGIS, NY Times 2015 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE! Set entirely in the courtroom and judiciously alternating between scathing drama and bitter comedy, an Israeli woman battles the secular bureaucracy of Israeli’s rabbinical judicial system to finally obtain a divorce from her passive-aggressive husband. In Hebrew, Arabic and...

read more

New York Film Critics Series: Every Secret Thing

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

New York Film Critics Series: Every Secret Thing

Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 PM. Presented by the New York Film Critics Series. Not a Michigan Theater sponsored film – Gold Card members are not admitted free. Featuring a special post-screening video chat between Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning, director Amy Berg, and producer Frances McDormand. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com. When a three-year-old girl goes missing, a small suburban New York town must revisit a tragic crime from seven years earlier. The underage perpetrators of the original crime,...

read more

A Year in Champagne

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Films, Wine and Film | Comments Off

A Year in Champagne

Wednesday, May 13. Part of the Wine and Film Series presented with support from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Wine Tasting will follow. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com. With renowned wine importer Martine Saunier as our guide, we get a rare glimpse behind the scenes into the real Champagne through six houses, from small independent makers like Champagne Saint-Chamant, where each and every bottle is still turned by hand in the cellars, to the illustrious houses of Gosset and Bollinger which have been instrumental in shaping the image of...

read more

Thelma and Louise

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Friday, May 15. Time TBA. Presented by the State Street Area Association Ladies Night. Meek housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) joins her friend Louise (Susan Sarandon), an independent waitress, on a short fishing trip. However, their trip becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who tries to rape Thelma at a bar. Louise decides to flee to Mexico, and Thelma joins her. On the way, Thelma falls for sexy young thief J.D. (Brad Pitt) and the sympathetic Detective Slocumb (Harvey Keitel) tries to convince the two women to...

read more

Far From the Madding Crowd

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Far From the Madding Crowd

Opens May 15 at the Michigan. In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. Drama. 119 minutes. PG-13 Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterTumblr

read more

Se7en

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Films, Midnights, state-theater | Comments Off

Se7en

Saturday May 16 at 11:59 PM at the State. Midnights are only $8! Director David Fincher‘s dark, stylish thriller ranks as one of the decade’s most influential box-office successes. Set in a hellish vision of a New York-like city, where it is always raining and the air crackles with impending death, the film concerns Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), a homicide specialist just one week from a well-deserved retirement. But Somerset’s retirement must wait for one last case, for which he is teamed with young hotshot David...

read more

The Phantom of the Opera (1925 version)

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

The Phantom of the Opera (1925 version)

Sunday May 17. Time 7 PM. Benefit for the Barton Organ Restoration Project and the American Guild of Organists (Ann Arbor Chapter). With live organ accompaniment by Andrew Rogers. Patrons who purchase the VIP package are invited to a special pre-show reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Michigan Theater grand foyer. The VIP package also includes reserved seating for the film screening at 7:00 PM.  Tickets available at ticketweb.com. Lon Chaney stars as Erik, the Phantom, in what is probably his most famous...

read more

Red Obsession

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Films, Wine and Film | Comments Off

Red Obsession

Wednesday, May 20 at 7PM. Part of the Wine and Film Series presented with support from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Wine tasting will follow. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com. For over three centuries Bordeaux has commanded an almost mythical status in the world of wine as a symbol of wealth, power and influence. But recently prices for the prestige red wines have been skyrocketing. Something unprecedented is happening to the Bordeaux fine wine market and that something is China. Red Obsession sets out to explore the Bordeaux...

read more

The Wrecking Crew

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Films, Limited Engagements | Comments Off

The Wrecking Crew

Plays May 23 through May 25 at the Michigan. A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew”, a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby. Documentary. 101 minutes. PG. Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterTumblr

read more

White God

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Films, Limited Engagements | Comments Off

White God

Plays May 26 and May 27 at the Michigan. 2014 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNER! When her father, unwilling to pay a harsh “mongrel” fine imposed by the government, abandons her beloved mixed-breed to the streets, 13 year old Lili sets out on a dangerous journey to find her pet, who has joined a seemingly organized mongrel canine rebellion. Drama. 121 minutes. R. Hungarian with English subtitles. Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterTumblr

read more

Sideways

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Films, Wine and Film | Comments Off

Sideways

Wednesday, May 27 at 7 PM. Part of the Wine and Film Series presented with support from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Wine tasting will follow. Advance tickets available at ticketweb.com. Tenth Anniversary of the film’s original release! A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack (Thomas Haden Church)’s final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles (Paul Giamatti) hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and...

read more

Alive Inside

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Films | Comments Off

Alive Inside

Thursday, May 28 at 7 PM. Presented by Big Hearts for Seniors. Celebrating the power of music to revive mind and spirit, the film demonstrates music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Big Hearts for Seniors is a collaborative of five community-based programs serving older adults. Doors open at 6:30 PM, with special music by The Chenille Sisters. Tickets $15; $50 tickets, which include admission to the pre-screening reception, also available. For more information and to purchase...

read more

Queen and Country

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Films, Limited Engagements | Comments Off

Queen and Country

Plays May 29 through May 31 at the Michigan. John Boorman’s sequel to the semiautobiographical project Hope and Glory finds Bill Rohan grown up and drafted into the army, where he and his eccentric best mate, Percy, battle their snooty superiors on the base and look for love in town. Also stars David Thewlis. Drama. 115 minutes. NR. Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterTumblr

read more

Zoolander

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Films, Midnights, state-theater | Comments Off

Zoolander

Saturday May 30 at 11:59 PM at the State. Midnights are only $8! Comic actor Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof of the fashion industry that began as a short skit for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards. Stiller is Derek Zoolander, an intellectually challenged but bone structure-blessed male model who’s despondent after being eclipsed in popularity by an equally vacuous rival, Hansel (Owen Wilson). Upon his reluctant retirement, Derek is invited to a day spa by previously standoffish fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu (Will...

read more

Salad Days: The Birth of Hardcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Films, state-theater | Comments Off

Salad Days: The Birth of Hardcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital

Saturday, April 25 at 9:30 PM at the State Theatre. Post-screening Q&A with special guests. Salad Days: The Birth of Hardcore Punk in the Nation’s Capital is a documentary-in-progress that examines the fertile Washington, DC punk scene of the 1980s. This was a particularly important time in the evolution of punk and independent music, with DC based bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Market Baby, the Faith, the Slickee Boys, Void, Government Issue, Marginal Man, Dag Nasty, 9353, Gray Matter, Beefeater, Scream, Rites of Spring,...

read more