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Korean Cinema NOW: The Age of Shadows

Korean Cinema NOW: The Age of Shadows

Saturday, January 21 at 1 PM.

Lee Jung-chool (SONG Kang-ho), a Korean police captain in the Japanese police force, is given a special mission to infiltrate the armed resistance fighting for Korean independence. He approaches Kim Woo-jin (GONG Yoo), a leader of the resistance. These two men who stand on opposite sides of their historical era, each knowing the identity and intentions of the other, become close without revealing their inner thoughts. Meanwhile intel is being leaked on both sides, and no one knows who the informants are.

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La La Land

La La Land

Opens Early on Saturday, December 24.

Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

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Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea

Opens Friday, December 9th at the Michigan.
Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother’s heart has given out suddenly, and he’s been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

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Jackie

Jackie

Opens Wednesday, December 21 at the Michigan.

JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “

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Tokyo Drifter

Tokyo Drifter

Plays Monday, January 23 at 7:00 PM.

Fully restored digital cinema presentation. This pop art gangster film follows Tetsuya “Phoenix Tetsu” Hondo, who is looking forward to his forced retirement after his gang is disbanded. But when he refuses an offer he shouldn’t, what follows is a dizzying and blood-soaked 1960’s take on the wandering Samurai. Directed by Seijun Suzuki, this film, now considered a classic of the Yakuza genre, pushed Suzuki and art director Takeo Kimura even harder to craft their high-ene

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Branded to Kill

Branded to Kill

Plays Monday, January 23 at 9:30 PM.

Fully restored digital cinema presentation. Hanada (Joe Shishido), a.k.a. “No. 3 Killer,” the third-best hit man in Japanese organized crime has got a problem; the hunter has become the hunted thanks to a single missed shot. An avant-garde take on the Japanese New Wave that finds director Seijun Suzuki working at breakneck speed on what has been called a “surrealistic…nightmare” film. One that has influenced directors from John Woo to Jim Jaramusch, who even thanked

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Seasons

Seasons

Plays Friday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 24.

After traveling the world alongside migrating birds (Winged Migration) and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays (Oceans), Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to more familiar ground: the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. With its exceptional footage of animals in the wild, Seasons is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natura

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The Brand New Testament

The Brand New Testament

Plays Friday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 24.

God exists, and He’s a jerk. He lives in a high-rise apartment in Brussels and never gets out of His pajamas. He takes sadistic delight in dreaming up new “laws” to torment humanity, and He’s a petty tyrant to his wife and ten-year-old daughter, Ea. Like her brother before her, Ea has had enough of her Father’s abuse and when she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into His computer and leaks to the entire world-by text message-the only thing He has over them: their inevi

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I Voted?

Plays Wednesday, January 25 at 7 PM. Part of the Science on Screen FIlm Series. The film will be followed by a brief presentation by J. Alex Halderman, PhD., Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of the Center for Computer Security and Society at the University of Michigan.

An unknown South Carolina candidate inexplicably wins his U.S. Senate primary in a landslide, despite never having campaigned. Filmmaker Jason Grant Smith sets out on a personal odyssey to expose the loopholes and pitfalls of our electoral syst

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Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

Plays Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27.

One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of that show’s creation – and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choice

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Korean Cinema NOW: Veteran

Korean Cinema NOW: Veteran

Saturday, January 28 at 1 PM.

After an international auto theft sting, a dimwitted detective Do-cheol (Hwang Jung-min) is treated at a nightclub where he meets Tae-oh (Yoo Ah-in), the tyrannical heir to an untouchable mega-corporation, whose rude behavior rubs Do-cheol the wrong way.

One day, a truck driver that helped Do-cheol with a case gets beaten and humiliated by Tae-oh in front of his 9-year-old son in a protest to get his overdue wages. The son finds Do-cheol’s business card and calls for help due to the father’

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2016 Sundance Shorts

Plays Sunday, January 29 at 1:30 PM and Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00 PM.

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Zero Focus

Zero Focus

Plays Monday, January 30 at 7:00 PM.

Fully restored digital cinema presentation. In director Yoshitaro Nomura’s Hitchcockian adaptation of Seicho Matsumoto’s popular Japanese mystery novel, a woman is forced to play detective in a frantic, winding and harrowing search for her missing husband. But, when the clues start to come together, the man she married may not be who he seems. Her desperate investigation sets off a chain of events that finds her final fate increasingly grim.

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Cinetopia Presents Direct From Sundance

Cinetopia Presents Direct From Sundance

Plays Friday, February 3 at 8 PM at the Michigan. Presented by Cinetopia International Film Festival.

CINETOPIA is thrilled to carry on the tradition of “Direct from Sundance” with an exclusive Midwest premiere of a selection from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival! Our Cinetopia programming team will hand-pick a film at Sundance in January and bring it back to you for an exclusive sneak peek. The title of the film won’t be announced until then, but you can make sure you get the best seats in the house NOW by purchasin

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A Colt is My Passport

A Colt is My Passport

Plays Monday, February 6 at 7:00 PM.

Fully restored digital cinema presentation. A hitman’s work is never done in this film from Master Director Takashi Nomura that has been hailed as one of “Japanese cinema’s supreme emulations of American noir.” Joe Shishido stars as a hard-boiled yakuza caught between rival gangs. With his trusty sidekick in tow, the two must shoot their way out if they want to live to fight another day; all complete with a stunning spaghetti western-influenced soundtrack to fully transport the

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The Room

The Room

Plays Saturday, February 11 at 11:59 PM. Late Nights are only $8!

A bona fide classic of midnight cinema, Tommy Wiseau’s misguided masterpiece subverts the rules of filmmaking with a boundless enthusiasm that renders such mundanities as acting, screenwriting, and cinematography utterly irrelevant. You will never see a football the same way again.

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Chicken Run

Chicken Run

Plays Sunday, February 12 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation with additional support from Blue Care Network and DTE Greencurrents.

Free for kids 12 and under!

This stop-motion comedy-drama film has all the charm of Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. A comedy drama set on a Yorkshire chicken farm in 1950s England, the story follows the turbulent romance between Rocky the Rooster and Ginger the chicken, both of w

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Pigs and Battleships

Pigs and Battleships

Plays Monday, February 13 at 7:00 PM.

Fully restored digital cinema presentation. Dishonor among thieves runs rampant as the port town of Yokosuka is placed into a power play from the area rag-tag gangsters (yakuza) and the corrupt businessmen (chimpira), all looking to profit from a ravaged, post-war Japan. With the city’s residents working to make due and make sense of incoming fleets of United States naval officers, celebrated director Shohei Imamura focuses on the plight of one young couple as they fall into the tra

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Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby

Plays Tuesday, February 14 (Valentines Day!) at 7:00 PM. The film will be preceded by an exclusive member event.

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this inspired comedy about a madcap heiress with a pet leopard who meets an absent-minded paleontologist and unwittingly makes a fiasco of both their lives. David Huxley (Grant) is the stuffy paleontologist who needs to finish an exhibit on dinosaurs and thus land a $1 million grant for his museum. At a golf outing with his potential benefactors, Huxley is spotted by Susan Vance (He

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Korean Cinema NOW: Seoul Station

Korean Cinema NOW: Seoul Station

Saturday, February 18 at 1 PM.

Seoul Station is an animated film by Yeon Sang-ho, one of South Korea’s brightest new filmmakers. His award-winning and record-breaking Train to Busan, which was a selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is actually a live-action continuation of the story he created for Seoul Station
The action takes place in downtown Seoul, where a zombie pandemic is unleashed from a homeless encampment that exists inside the city’s central train station.

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Pale Flower

Pale Flower

Plays Monday, February 20 at 7:00 PM.

35mm film presentation. Released from prison, a humbled yakuza hitman navigates the shifting influence within his former criminal domain. It is there he is snarled into the seduction of a stunning woman, a sybarite dead set on igniting life at the edge of danger. Gambling with their passion, the two plunge together into the shadowy depths at the hands of acclaimed director MASAHIRO SHINODA. In a film adapted by the director from the pulp novel of SHINTARÔ ISHIHARA, the dark, sleek r

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Science on Screen: Concussion

Science on Screen: Concussion

Plays Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 PM. Part of the Science on Screen Film Series, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The film will be followed by a brief presentation by Jeffrey Kutcher, M.D., a board-certified neurologist specializing in sports neurology, including concussion, post-concussion syndrome, and the long-term effects of sports on athlete brain health.

While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse), forensic pat

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Fly Fishing Film Tour 2017

Fly Fishing Film Tour 2017

Friday, February 24 at 7 PM.

Costa, Yeti and Simms presents The Fly Fishing Film Tour 2017. The Fly Fishing Film Tour is fly fishing’s most anticipated annual event. The original & largest tour of its kind, each show is a high-energy celebration. The characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing in these films will lead you on an adventure around the world!

Tickets $17; discounted tickets available at Schultz Outfitters in Ypsilanti. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.flyfilmtou

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A Fugitive from the Past

A Fugitive from the Past

Plays Monday, February 27 at 7:00 PM.

Imported 35mm film presentation. This decade-spanning, epic thriller of a heist gone wrong follows a lone surviving thief as he evades the law, going into desperate hiding with a prostitute. This cover allows retribution for them both into society, but at disastrous costs as the detectives pursue the crime and its story unravels with time.

From director Tomu Uchida, this feature swept the Mainichi Film Concours for that year, including Best Director and Screenplay for the adap

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Dragnet Girl

Dragnet Girl

Plays Monday, March 6 at 7:00 PM.

SPECIAL SILENT FILM PRESENTATION W/ JAPANESE BENSHI ICHIRO KATAOKA and ELECTRONIC DJ ARWULF!

35mm film presentation. The life of career criminal Jôji takes a possible turn at redemption when he crosses paths with a delinquent initiate well-intentioned sister, Kazuko. Her innocent apprehension for her brother arouses curious attraction in Jôji, while inciting a dangerous triangle of jealousy with his current bawd lover.

Direct from Japan, be part of this unique screening eve

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Korean Cinema NOW: Right Now, Wrong Then

Korean Cinema NOW: Right Now, Wrong Then

Saturday, March 11 at 1 PM.

Quite by accident, a film director arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, he stops by a restored, old palace and meets a fledgling artist. She’s never seen any of his films, but knows he’s famous. They talk. And together, they go to her workshop to look at her paintings, have Sushi and Soju. More conversation follows, and drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends where all sorts of secrets are revealed. All the while, they may or may not be falling fo

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Ichi the Killer

Ichi the Killer

Plays Monday, March 13 at 7:00 PM.

Digital cinema presentation. Love is painful and NOT for the faint of heart. Warring yakuza clans pit crime bosses against one another through deception and rumor. At the center of it all is the homicidal, unhinged Ichi. Warped by the rival gangs and their desire for ultimate power, Ichi is seduced by their psychological manipulation that catapults him into an enraged spree of pop art assassinations, in search for redemption and answers for his life.

Based from the acclaimed manga of HIDE

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The World of Kanako

The World of Kanako

Digital cinema presentation. An aimless, irresponsible cop is pulled into sharp focus by the sudden, inexplicable disappearance of his teenage daughter. His search for clues leads him into chilling detail of an alternate realities with whom he believed his loved one to actually be, but will stop at no cost as a father to find her and the truth.

The film is the latest from the internationally award-winning TETSUYA NAKASHIMA, adapted from the best-selling mystery novel of AKIO FUKAMACHI, where noir is evolved from the undergr

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Korean Cinema NOW: Tunnel

Korean Cinema NOW: Tunnel

Saturday, April 1 at 1 PM.

Jung-soo (Ha Jung-woo) is a car salesman on his way home for his daughter’s birthday. While driving through the newly built HadoTunnel, the structure suddenly collapses and he remains trapped in the rubble. Luckily, his cellphone still works and he’s able to call for help but things don’t go as expected when it becomes clear that the rescue operation will be more complicated than planned and that his safety is not necessarily the only concern of the people above ground.

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Korean Cinema NOW: Inside Men

Korean Cinema NOW: Inside Men

Saturday, April 8 at 1 PM.

Based on Yoon Tae-ho’s webtoon, Inside Men is the most popular R-rated film ever produced in South Korea.

Written and directed by Woo Min-ho, and featuring internationally acclaimed actor Lee Byung-hun, this political thriller brings to light the corruption within Korean politics, business conglomerates, and the media.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2017

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2017

Tuesday, April 11 at 7 PM.

In 1986, The Banff Mountain Film Festival began an outreach program to bring the festival to other communities. Banff’s Festival organizers wanted to share the efforts and talents of the world’s finest mountain filmmakers with a larger audience. Like the first festival in Banff, the tour began small: three cities across Canada. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings mountain films to thousands of people who cannot make the annual trek to the Canadian Rockies.

Ignite your passion for th

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Korean Cinema NOW: Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet

Korean Cinema NOW: Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet

Saturday, April 15 at 1 PM.

Dong-ju: the Portrait of a Poet is a biographical period film directed by Lee Joon-ik.
Shot in black and white, it describes the life of poet Yun Dong-ju (Kang Ha-Neul) during the Japanese colonial occupation, focusing on his struggles to devote life to writing, his friendship and rivalry with his politically active cousin Song Mong-Gyu (Park Jung-Min) and their involvement in the Korean Independence Movement.

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