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Indignation

Indignation

Opens early on Thursday, August 18 at the Michigan.

In 1951, Marcus (Logan Lerman), a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college where he struggles with sexual repression, cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War. Based on the novel by Philip Roth.

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Metropolis

Metropolis

Plays Sunday, August 28 at 1:30 PM and Tuesday, August 30 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Kerrytown Market & Shops Summer Classic Film Series.

Featuring a live MIDI performance of an original electronic music score on the 1927 Barton Organ, by Jared Van Eck. Special ticket prices apply.

This influential German science-fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworl

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Southside With You

Southside With You

Opens Friday, August 26 at the State.

A retelling of the summer day in 1989 when a young law associate named Barack Obama (PARKER SAWYERS) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (TIKA SUMPTER) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago, to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.

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Don’t Think Twice

Don’t Think Twice

Now Playing at the State.

Turmoil strikes a New York improv group (KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY, GILLIAN JACOBS, MIKE BIRBIGLIA)–all best friends–when one member leaves to star in a television show and the rest of the group realizes that not everyone is going to make it after all.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Now Playing at the Michigan.

Cinetopia 2016 Audience Award Winner! Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory

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The Innocents

The Innocents

Opens Friday, August 26 at the Michigan.

In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.

Presented in French, Polish & Russian with English subtitles.

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Equity

Equity

Opens Friday, September 2 at the Michigan.

A female investment banker, fighting to rise to the top of the corporate ladder at a competitive Wall Street firm, navigates a controversial tech IPO in the post-financial crisis world, where loyalties are suspect, regulations are tight, but pressure to bring in “big money” remains high.

EQUITY is about women on Wall Street. It’s a Wall Street drama, but it’s not about corruption, crime, or catastrophe. It’s about women who thrive on competition and ambition, deals and strat

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Morris From America

Morris From America

Opens Friday, September 2 at the State.

A heartwarming and crowd-pleasing coming-of-age comedy with a unique spin, Morris from America centers on Morris Gentry (Markees Christmas, in an incredible breakout performance) a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father, Curtis (Craig Robinson) to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water—a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world. To complicate matters further, Morris quickly falls hard for his cool, rebellious,

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Drive

Drive

Plays Saturday, September 3 at 11:59 PM at the State. Late Nights are only $8!

The Driver is a Hollywood stunt driver by day, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld by night. A loner by nature, he finds himself a target for some of LA’s most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbour, Irene. When the job goes dangerously awry, he takes it upon himself to keep Irene and her son alive.

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Our Little Sister

Our Little Sister

Plays September 4-8 at the Michigan.

“Our Little Sister”, directed by internationally acclaimed director Hirozaku Kore-eda, is adapted from Yoshida Akimi’s best-selling graphic novel “Umimachi Diary”. Three twenty-something sisters – Sachi, Yoshino and Chika – live together in a large old house in the seaside town of Kamakura. When they learn of their estranged father’s death, they decide to travel to the countryside for his funeral. There they meet their shy teenage half-sister Suzu fo

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To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief

Plays Sunday, September 4 at 1:30 PM and Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Kerrytown Market & Shops Summer Classic Film Series.

In this film from director Alfred Hitchcock, notorious cat burglar John Robie (Cary Grant) has long since retired to tend vineyards on the French Riviera. When a series of robberies is committed in his style, John must clear his name. Armed with a list of people who own the most expensive jewels currently in the area, John begins following the first owner, young Franci

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Casablanca

Casablanca

Plays Monday, September 5 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Kerrytown Market & Shops Summer Classic Film Series.

Free for students with valid ID!
One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, n

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Little Men

Little Men

Opens Friday, September 9 at the Michigan.

Cinetopia 2016 selection! Jake (Theo Taplitz) is a quiet, sensitive middle schooler with dreams of being an artist. He meets the affably brash Tony (Michael Barbieri) at his grandfather’s funeral, and the unlikely pair soon hit it off. The budding friendship is put at risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake’s father, Brian (Greg Kinnear), and Tony’s mother, Leonor (Paulina Garcia), threatens to become contentious.Little Men is a critical yet empath

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For the Love of Spock

For the Love of Spock

Plays September 9-14 at the Michigan.

A one-of-a-kind documentary sure to unite trekkies worldwide, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK tells the life of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock and the actor who played him, Leonard Nimoy, for nearly fifty years.

The film’s focus began as a celebration of the fifty-year anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, but after Leonard passed away in February 2015, his son, director Adam Nimoy, was ready to tell another story: his personal experience growing up with Leonard and Spock. Adam not only shares d

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Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Opens Friday, September 9 at the State.

EAT THAT QUESTION—FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS is an intimate encounter with the iconoclastic composer and musician. Rare archival footage reveals a provocative 20th century musical genius whose worldview reverberates into the present day and beyond.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

Plays Saturday, September 10 at 11:59 PM at the State. Late Nights at the State are only $8!

Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot’s five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his hen

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Max Rose

Max Rose

Opens Friday, September 16 at the Michigan.

A jazz pianist (Jerry Lewis) makes a discovery after the death of his wife (Claire Bloom) that causes him to believe his sixty-five year marriage was a lie. He embarks on an exploration of his own past that brings him face to face with a menagerie of characters from a bygone era. Also stars Dean Stockwell, Kerry Bishé, Illeana Douglas and Kevin Pollack.

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Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse

Plays September 18-21 a the Michigan.

As the wild ride of the 1960’s came to a close, Eva Hesse, a 34 year-old German-born American artist was cresting the wave of a swiftly rising career. One of the few women recognized as central to the New York art scene, her work was finally receiving both the critical and commercial attention it deserved. When she died in May, 1970 from a brain tumor, the life of one of that decades’ most passionate and brilliant artists was tragically cut short.

With dozens of new interviews, high qu

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Liberty’s Secret Premiere Screening

Liberty’s Secret Premiere Screening

Plays Thursday, September 22 at 8:00 PM.

Liberty Smith is the perfect running mate. She’s American as apple pie, sings like an angel, and is the daughter of a prominent “family values” preacher – exactly what a floundering presidential campaign needs to energize its conservative base and rally the faithful. But when political novice Liberty falls for her (female) spin doctor, it’s a cable news catastrophe. Now Liberty must choose between the life she’s known, and the love she’s dreamed of, with all of Ame

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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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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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Mental with Director Q&A

Mental with Director Q&A

Plays Friday, September 23 at 7 PM.

MENTAL is a feature-length documentary that observes the complex world of an outpatient mental health clinic in Japan, interwoven with patients, doctors, staff, volunteers, and home-helpers, in cinema-verite style. The film breaks a major taboo against discussing mental illness prevalent in Japanese society, and captures the candid lives of people coping with suicidal tendencies, poverty, a sense of shame, apprehension, and fear of society.

Following the screening, filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda wil

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A Town Called Panic: The Specials

A Town Called Panic: The Specials

Plays Saturday, September 24 at the Michigan. Part of Art House Theater Day, presented by Art House Convergence.

Take another trip to A Town Called Panic, with two award-winning new specials from the directors of the zany feature film and the Academy Award®-nominated Ernest & Celestine.

With disarming wit and hilarious visuals, A Town Called Panic: The Specials revels in the simple setup of three plasticine toys sent on increasingly surreal and freewheeling adventures.

These new short films continue the

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Danny Says

Danny Says

Plays Saturday, September 24 at the Michigan. Part of Art House Theater Day presented by Art House Convergence.

Cinetopia 2015 Selection! DANNY SAYS is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and “culture” of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. DANNY SAYS follows Fields from Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Direct

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Phantasm (Remastered)

Phantasm (Remastered)

Plays Saturday, September 24 at the Michigan. Part of Art House Theater Day presented by Art House Convergence.

New 4k Digital Restoration by Bad Robot! The residents of a small town have begun dying under strange circumstances, leading young Mike (Michael Baldwin) to investigate. After discovering that the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), the town’s mortician, is killing and reanimating the dead as misshapen zombies, Mike seeks help from his older brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and local ice cream man Reggie (Reggie

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Time Bandits (New 2k Digital Restoration)

Time Bandits (New 2k Digital Restoration)

Plays September 24 at the Michigan. Part of Art House Theater Day presented by the Art House Convergence.

FREE limited edition laser-printed poster reproduction of the Time Portal Map designed by Terry Gilliam for the first 100 audience members (while supplies last)!

This new digital restoration of Terry Gilliam’s hilarious and hair-raising adventure is ready to take you on a journey of sight and sound. Thanks to a stolen magical map, young Kevin and a band of unconventional time travelers find themselve

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Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang

Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang

Plays Sunday, September 25 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation. Kids 12 & under get in free!

Naughty twins Zip & Zap are punished and sent to summer school at Hope, a strict re-education center run by Falconetti, who rules with a heavy hand and an eyepatch and forbids all forms of recreation and entertainment. They form the Marble Gang, the children’s Resistance, in order to defy the evil headmaster. Guided by intelligence, bravery

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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