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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

Now Playing at the Michigan.

The Beatles:Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film will explore how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.” It will delve into their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the w

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Mia Madre

Mia Madre

Plays September 23, 25-29 at the Michigan.

Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her beloved mother’s

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Electric Shadows Contemporary Chinese Film Series: The Mermaid

Electric Shadows Contemporary Chinese Film Series: The Mermaid

Plays Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 PM.

“The Mermaid” recently became the highest-grossing film of all time in China. Xuan’s real estate project involving reclamation of the sea threatens the livelihood of the mermaids who rely on the sea to survive. Mermaid Shan is dispatched to assassinate Xuan, but as they spend more time together, Xuan and Shan begin to fall in love. Out of his love for Shan, Xuan plans to stop the real estate project. Meanwhile, Shan and the other mermaids are hunted by a nefarious organization and Xua

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The Hollars

The Hollars

Opens Friday, September 23 at the Michigan.

John Hollar (director Jon Krasinski), a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick) in New York.

From a script by Jim Strouse that is at turns hilarious and hear

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Manhattan Short Film Festival

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Plays September 29 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan.

MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. The Judges of the Finalists’ Films are you.

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Author: The JT LeRoy Story

Author: The JT LeRoy Story

Opens Friday, September 30 at the Michigan.

On January 9, 2006 The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco former phone-sex operator turned housewife, Laura Albert. Author: The JT LeRoy Story takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert—li

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White Girl

White Girl

Plays October 1st – 3rd at the Michigan.

Equipped with platinum blond hair and a winning smile, NYC college girl Leah (Morgan Saylor) seeks out pleasure in any form. Between getting high with her roommate and snorting lines with her boss, Leah falls for Blue (Brian Marc), a young man dealing drugs on her corner. Within days, the two are selling cocaine to her boss (Justin Bartha) and his downtown friends and living the high life. Summer love crashes to a halt when Blue is arrested and Leah is left with a serious bag of his coke.

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Demon

Demon

Plays October 1st – 3rd at the Michigan.

Newly arrived from England to marry his fiancee Zaneta (Agnieszka Zulewska, Chemo), Peter (Israeli actor Itay Tiran, Lebanon) has been given a gift of her family’s ramshackle country house in rural Poland. It’s a total fixer-upper, and while inspecting the premises on the eve of the wedding, he falls into a pile of human remains. The ceremony proceeds, but strange things begin to happen… During the wild reception, Peter begins to come undone, and a dybbuk, the iconic ancient figure

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Dancer

Dancer

Plays October 1-3 at the Michigan.

Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal ballet’s youngest ever principal.
At the peak of his success, aged 25, he walked away, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom – his talent more a burden than a gift.
Here is an unprecedented look into the life of a complex young man who has made ballet go viral. Urban rebel, iconoclast, airborne angel, Sergei is transforming the shape of ballet as we know it.

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Idiocracy (with Cast Q&A)

Idiocracy (with Cast Q&A)

Plays Tuesday, October 4 at 9:30 PM at the Michigan.

Includes live-streamed Q&A with IDIOCRACY director, Mike Judge, and cast, including Maya Rudolph, following the screening!

Ten years ago, satirist Mike Judge told of an impossible future in which our collective intelligence had dropped so low it threatened to destroy the world. In this future, America was run by a corrupt, sociopathic former pro-wrestler with severe anger management issues, and the most popular entertainment in the land was a YouTube-esque video playli

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Little Stones Test Screening

Little Stones Test Screening

Plays Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30 PM.

Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and former PBS producer Sophia Kruz, along with cinematographer Meena Singh, will host a test-screening of their upcoming 90-minute documentary Little Stones, which explores the role of art in the global empowerment of women and girls. From a graffiti artist in the favelas of Brazil raising awareness about domestic violence, to a choreographer in India using dance to rehabilitate victims of sex trafficking, Little Stones profiles four artists who have foun

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The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation

Open Friday, October 7th at the Michigan.

Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

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The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

Plays Sunday, October 9 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series Presented by the Benard L Maas Foundation. Kids 12 and under get in free!

A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. Based on the William Goldman novel “The Princess Bride” which earned its own loyal audience.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Plays Monday, October 10 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan.

Series Premiere! Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has an uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day journey through the streets of Chicago. On Ferris’ trail is high school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch him in the act.

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The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Plays Monday, October 10 at 9:30 PM at the Michigan.

Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently — and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever

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Songs from the North

Songs from the North

Plays Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 PM.

Songs From the North is an essay film which offers an unique look at the enigma of North Korea, a country typically seen through the distorted lens of jingoistic propaganda and derisive satire. Interweaving footage from director Soon-Mi Yoo’s three visits to North Korea together with songs, spectacle, popular cinema and archival footage, Songs From the North tries to understand the psychology and popular imagery of the North Korean people. To look closely and objectively at North Korea, a c

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American Honey

American Honey

Opens Friday, October 14 at the Michigan.

Star (Sasha Lane), a teenage girl from a troubled home runs away with a traveling sales crew that drives across the American mid-west selling Magazine subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, one of whom is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group’s lifestyle of hard partying, law-bending and young love.

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Dekalog: Parts 1 & 2

Dekalog: Parts 1 & 2

Plays Friday, October 14 at 4:30 PM at the Michigan.

DEKALOG: ONE
Krzysztof, a semantics professor and computer hobbyist, is raising his young son, Pawel, to look to science for answers, while Irena, Pawel’s aunt, lives a life rooted in faith. Over the course of one day, both adults are forced to question their belief systems.

DEKALOG: TWO
Dorota is in love with two men: her gravely ill husband, Andrzej, and a fellow musician who is the father of her unborn child. Andrzej’s doctor, himself no stranger to loss, is

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Dekalog: Parts 3 & 4

Dekalog: Parts 3 & 4

Plays Friday, October 14 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan.

DEKALOG: THREE
It’s Christmas Eve, and Ewa has plotted to pass the hours until morning with her former lover Janusz, a family man, by making him believe her husband has gone missing. During this night of recklessness and lies, the pair grapple with choices made when their affair was discovered three years ago, and with the value of their present lives.

DEKALOG: FOUR
A father and daughter, Michal and Anka, have a unique intimacy, which the college-aged Anka is beg

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Dekalog: Parts 5 & 6

Dekalog: Parts 5 & 6

Plays Saturday, October 15 at 2:30 PM at the Michigan.

DEKALOG: FIVE
Jacek, an angry drifter, murders a taxi driver, brutally and without motive. His case is assigned to Piotr, an idealistic young lawyer who is morally opposed to the death penalty, and their interactions take on an emotional honesty that throws into stark relief for Piotr the injustice of killing of any kind.

DEKALOG: SIX
A teenage postal worker, Tomek, routinely spies on his older neighbor Magda, a sexually liberated artist who lives in the apartme

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Dekalog: Parts 7 & 8

Dekalog: Parts 7 & 8

Plays Sunday, October 16 at 3:30 PM at the Michigan.

DEKALOG: SEVEN
As a high school student, Majka bore a child, Ania, whom Majka’s mother, Ewa, has been raising as her own. Now that Majka is ready for motherhood, Ewa refuses to let go, leading Majka to kidnap her own daughter, with unexpected emotional consequences.

DEKALOG: EIGHT
Zofia, a professor of ethics, is visited by Elzbieta, an American researching the fate of Jews who survived World War II. A daytime classroom conversation turns into a night of confront

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Dekalog: Parts 9 & 10

Dekalog: Parts 9 & 10

Plays Sunday, October 16 at 6:00 PM at the Michigan.

DEKALOG: NINE
Roman and Hanka have a loving marriage, but his impotence has led to her having an affair. The unbearable situation drives Roman to extreme measures both physically and mentally, testing their love and his own will to live.

DEKALOG: TEN
Jerzy and Artur’s father dies, leaving behind a valuable stamp collection, which, they discover, is coveted by dealers of varying degrees of shadiness. The more involved the brothers get in their father’s world, t

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Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles

Plays Monday, October 17 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan.

With the occasion all but overshadowed by her sister’s upcoming wedding, angst-ridden Samantha (Molly Ringwald) faces her 16th birthday with typical adolescent dread. Samantha pines for studly older boy Jake (Michael Schoeffling), but worries that her chastity will be a turnoff for the popular senior. Meanwhile, Samantha must constantly rebuff the affections of nerdy Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), the only boy in the school, unfortunately, who seems to take an interest in her. read more

Hieronymous Bosch, Touched By the Devil

Hieronymous Bosch, Touched By the Devil

Plays October 18-20 at the Michigan.

In preparation for a special exhibition devoted to the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who died 500 years ago, a team of Dutch art historians crisscrosses the globe to unravel the secrets of his art. The experts shuttle between Den Bosch, Madrid and Venice, cutting their way through the art world’s tangle of red tape, in a battle against the obstacle of countless egos and conflicting interests.

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The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

Plays Thursday, October 20 at 9:30 PM at the Michigan.

After his release from prison, Jake (John Belushi) reunites with his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) — collectively known as the “Blues Brothers.” Jake’s first task is to save the orphanage the brothers grew up in from closing, by raising $5,000 to pay back taxes. The two are convinced they can earn the money by getting their old band back together. However, after playing several gigs and making a few enemies, including the police, the brothers face daunting

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The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

Opens Friday, October 21 at the Michigan.

In this adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s best-selling novel, glamorous dressmaker Tilly (Kate Winslet) returns to her hometown in rural Australia to reconnect with her ailing mother and exact sweet revenge on the community that banished her as a child. As her plan unfolds, she finds love with a local man (Liam Hemsworth) and success transforming the town with her exquisite creations. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse.

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Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie

Plays Saturday, October 22 at 11:30 AM at the Michigan. Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation. Kids 12 and under get in free!
In Tim Burton’s longer, animated version of his 1984 short, Young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is a science nerd and outsider at school, but he does have one good friend: his dog, Sparky. But then, tragedy strikes, and Sparky shuffles off this mortal coil. Victor is heartbroken, but his science teacher (Martin Landau) gives him an idea of h

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Train to Busan

Train to Busan

Plays October 22, 23 & 25 at the Michigan.

A man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Plays Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 PM at the Michigan.

We would like–if we may–to take you on a strange journey. In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs,

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Ixacanul

Ixacanul

Plays October 23-25 at the Michigan.

On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for seventeen-year-old María by her Kaqchikel parents.

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Love, Life & Loss

Love, Life & Loss

Plays Monday, October 24 at 7 PM.

This music documentary features the U-M Men’s Glee Club performing “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” a choral work based on the dying words of unarmed black men, and “Glory” from the film “Selma.” Produced by Michigan Media, the short film follows the journey of the members of the glee club and its conductor, Eugene Rogers, as they collaborate with composer Joel Thompson to bring this challenging work addressing issues of race and social justice to life for the very first time. A pane

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Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Plays Monday, October 24 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan.

Andie (Molly Ringwald) is an outcast at her Chicago high school, hanging out either with her older boss (Annie Potts), who owns the record store where she works, or her quirky classmate Duckie (Jon Cryer), who has a crush on her. When one of the rich and popular kids at school, Blane (Andrew McCarthy), asks Andie out, it seems too good to be true. As Andie starts falling for Blane, she begins to realizes that dating someone from a different social sphere is not easy.

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Oasis: Supersonic

Oasis: Supersonic

Plays Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM at the Michigan.

One night only!

From the Oscar winning producers of Amy comes an essential look at the meteoric rise of seminal 90s rock band Oasis, immersing us in the raucous rock stars’ fast-paced world of electrifying music, wild debauchery, and epic fraternal feuding.

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Being Mortal presented by Arbor Hospice

Being Mortal presented by Arbor Hospice

Plays Wednesday, October 26 at 5:30 PM.

“Being Mortal”delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. Investigating the practice of caring for the dying and exploring the relationships between patients and their doctors surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how to best care for the dying becomes a personal quest.

Reception begins at 5:30 PM; film begins at 6:30 PM.

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Nosferatu

Nosferatu

Plays Thursday, October 27 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan.

Special ticket prices apply. This very special presentation of the1922 film classic will have live organ accompaniment on the Michigan Theater’s grand Barton Organ by the Michigan’s gifted organist, Stephen Warner (who will play an original score he wrote).
An Ann Arbor tradition continues with Nosferatu — the first vampire movie! A real estate agent (Gustav von Wangenheim) begins conducting business with the eerie Count Orlok (the beyond-creepy Max Schreck

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Adventures in Babysitting

Adventures in Babysitting

Plays Monday, October 31 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan.

When plans with her boyfriend fall through, high school senior Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) ends up babysitting the Anderson kids, Brad (Keith Coogan) and Sara (Maia Brewton). What should be a quiet night in, however, turns into a series of ridiculous exploits, starting when they leave the house to pick up Chris’ friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller). Soon, Brad’s buddy Daryl (Anthony Rapp) is involved, and the group must contend with car thieves, blues musicians and muc

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The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys

Plays Monday, October 31 at 9:30 PM at the MIchigan. Part of Kids in America: ’80s Teen Classics/’80s After Dark Film Series.

Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in northern California. While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), the angst-ridden Michael soon falls for Star (Jami Gertz) — who turns out to be in thrall to David (Kiefer Sutherla

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Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense

Plays Thursday, November 3 at 9:30 PM at the Michigan.

Director Jonathan Demme captures the frantic energy and artsy groove of Talking Heads in this concert movie shot at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983. The band’s frontman, David Byrne, first appears on an empty stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar, and is gradually joined by bassist Tina Weymouth, drummer Chris Frantz, keyboardist Jerry Harrison and a cadre of backup singers as they perform the band’s hits, culminating in an iconic performance featuring Byrn

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Say Anything

Say Anything

Plays Monday, November 7 at the Michigan.

In a charming, critically acclaimed tale of first love, Lloyd (John Cusack), an eternal optimist, seeks to capture the heart of Diane (Ione Skye), an unattainable high-school beauty and straight-A student. It surprises just about everyone when she returns the sentiment. But Diane’s overly possessive, divorced father (John Mahoney) doesn’t approve and it will take more than the power of love to conquer all.

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Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Plays Monday, November 14 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan.

In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save

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Top Gun

Top Gun

Plays Thursday, November 17 at 9:30 PM at the MIchigan.

The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn’t only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he’s also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blac

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Plays Monday, November 21 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan.

In this quintessential “teen sex comedy”, Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a pretty, but inexperienced, teen interested in dating. Given advice by her uninhibited friend, Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates), Stacy gets trapped in a love triangle with nice guy Mark Ratner (Brian Backer) and his more assured buddy Mike Damone (Robert Romanus). Meanwhile, Stacy’s classmate Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), who lives for surfing and being stoned, faces off against Mr. Hand

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WarGames

WarGames

Plays Monday, November 28 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan.

High school student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) unwittingly hacks into a military supercomputer while searching for new video games. After starting a game of Global Thermonuclear War, Lightman leads the supercomputer to activate the nation’s nuclear arsenal in response to his simulated threat as the Soviet Union. Once the clueless hacker comes to his senses, Lightman, with help from his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy), must find a way to alert the authorities to stop the ons

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Gremlins

Gremlins

Plays Thursday, December 8 at 9:30 PM at the Michigan.

One of the two films from 1984 that inspired the new PG-13 rating (along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), Gremlins opens with a gadget salesman looking for a special gift for his son. He finds one at a store in Chinatown–a cute creature named Gizmo (a “mogwai”) who comes with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on

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