In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to ce
Isabel (Michelle Williams) has dedicated her life to working with the children in an orphanage in Calcutta. Theresa (Julianne Moore) is the multimillionaire head of a media company who lives with her artist husband (Billy Crudup) and their twin boys in New York. When word comes to Isabel of a mysterious and generous grant for the financially struggling orphanage, she must travel to New York to meet the benefactor–Theresa–in person.
One Day Only! Plays September 18 at 7:00 & 9:45 PM at the State! Part of Art House Theater Day!
A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown – which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path.
From acclaimed horror director Peter Stricklandread more
Opens Friday, September 20!
Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos. From Director James Gray (‘The Lost City of Z’, ‘The Immagrant’) and also starring Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland and Liv Tyler.read more
Location Change: Now playing at the State in Theater 1.
Fri. Sep. 20 Festivities start at 7pm and the movie begins at 8.
Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary LEGO figurine who always follows the rules, is mistakenly identified as the Special — an extraordinary being and the key to saving the world. He finds himself drafted into a fellowship of strangers who are on a mission to stop an evil tyrant’s (Will Ferrell) plans to conquer the world. Unfortunately for Emmet, he is hopelessly — and hilariously —
Plays Sat., Sep. 21 at 10:00 PM at the State.
An unnamed protagonist (Edward Norton), an “everyman” who is discontented with his white-collar job, moves from touring support groups to forming an underground club with a strange soap salesman named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt)–a club with strict rules where he fights other men who are similarly fed up with their mundane lives. Their perfect partnership frays when Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), a fellow support group crasher, attracts Tyler’
Plays Sunday, September 22 at 6:00 pm
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$12 for Michigan Theater members/$15 for non-members.
Sparked by backlash to a neo-Nazi rally and a stream of strict anti-immigrant laws passing in Arizona, a group of activists organize to build Phoenix Allies for Community Health, a unique free clinic serving undocumented immigrants. The film follows their journey, delves into the heart and history of the clinic, and chronicle
Plays Mon. Sep. 23 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan. Presented by Urban Rider Cargo Bikes.
On her quest for a deeper connection in an increasingly isolated and digital world, director Liz Canning found an answer in cargo bikes. MOTHERLOAD shares this experience while exploring sustainability, consumption, and how something as simple as a bike can reshape ideas about transportation and freedom.
MOTHERLOAD looks at the origins of the bicycle, its rise to popularity and profound social impact—particularly on the liv
Plays Mon, Sep. 23 at 7:30 PM at the State.
A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris (BILL MURRAY) and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte (SCARLETT JOHANNSON), meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful.<
Wed. Sep. 25 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan. Part of Science on Screen.
A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a years-in-the-making feature documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013) and narrated by Alicia Vikander. The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, argue that th
Plays Thu. Sep. 26 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan.
Fleabag is the hilarious, award-winning, original one-woman play that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series, written and performed on-stage by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. In just 67-minutes, audiences can expect a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.
‘Filthy, funny, snarky and touching.’
‘Witty, filthy and supreme.’
‘Never has being a modern woman seemed so painfully funny, brutal, and
Fri. Sep. 27 at 8:00 PM at FREC Southwest.
Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Plays Sat. Sep. 28 at 10:00 PM at the State.
During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days. When Donnie returns home, he finds that a jet engine has crashed into his bedroom. Is Donnie living in a parallel universe, is he suffering from mental illness – or will the world really end?
Mon. Sep. 30 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan.
How to Survive a Plague is the story of two coalitions-ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)-whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 19
Plays Mon. Sep. 30 at 7:30 at the State.
Phil (Bill Murray), a weatherman, is out to cover the annual emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn’t predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.
Tuesday, October 1 at 9:00 PM at the Michigan.
This film festival favorite was shot in Persian in the San Joaquin Valley, in brooding and beautiful black & white. It is often (accurately) described as a Western-vampire-noir. Gender revenge themes and mild violence. In Persian with English subtitles.
Dir: Ana Lily Amirpour
Plays October 3rd at 7:30 PM at the Michigan.
Join us for the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, taking place in over 350 venues across 6 continents between Thursday September 26 and Sunday October 6, 2019. Upon entry, festival attendees are handed a Voting Card and an Official Program and asked to vote for the ONE Film they feel should win. Votes are tallied by each host venue then emailed to the festival’s NYC headquarters. Regular Michigan Theater admission rates apply. For more information about the Manhattan Short Film
Friday, October 4 at the Michigan. Free and open to the public.
Join us for a book signing with author Ruta Sepetys at 4 pm, followed by her CREES distinguished lecture: “From the Soviet Gulag to Franco’s Spain: Historical Fiction’s Power for Global Dialogue.” at 5:30 pm, and a presentation of the 2018 film, Ashes In The Snow at 7 pm.
In 1941, a 16 year-old aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. One girl’s passion for art
Tuesday, October 8 at 9:00 PM at the Michigan.
A master class in cinematography and editing for horror movies. The first half of the movie is essentially silent, as the protagonist regains consciousness in a shallow grave, learns the gruesome fate of his wife, and flees an unknown enemy through the pristine Indonesian forest. Who is he? What is the meaning of the mysterious and violent ritual he seems doomed to repeat? The ending only doubles down on the mystery; this is Lost for horror fans, but taut, beautifully paced, gorgeous and
Wed. Oct. 9 at 7:00 PM at the State.
Presented in partnership with the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Free for AAFF & MT Gold Card members!
Sanna is pitted against an overbearing family of mind-reading “Watchers.” As a telepathic police state manipulates social unrest in a city in flames, Sanna attempts to reconnect with her sister Algin, a blacklisted pop singer. On the run from her unpredictably sinister Watcher cousins, Sanna is soon joined by her lover Franz. But just as the possibility of freedom seems fin
Plays Weds. Oct. 9 at 7:30 at the State.
In 1998 there were less than 1,500 breweries in the United States – now there are over 7,000. BREWMASTER tells the story of the rise of craft beer through two young men pursuing their dreams in the world of beer. Drew is a New York lawyer who wants to start his own brewery. He uses every free moment to make this a reality while preparing for a pitch with a potential investor. Brian, an ex-telemarketer, is studying to become a Master Cicerone – the beer equivalent of a sommelier –
Plays Sat. Oct. 12 at 2:30 PM at the Michigan.
When It Breaks is the inspiring story of Special Education teacher Konrad Wert and his personal journey through teacher burnout to advocacy. Stepping away from the classroom, Wert turns to his musical side career as a means to tour the country with his family and engage teachers, parents, and audiences in a conversation about the current state of Special Education. As opportunities arise, Konrad must decide how his service is most effective- as an advocating a
Tuesday, October 15 at 9:00 PM at the Michigan.
The fourth installment in the Turkish jinn possession franchise, and the horror movie equivalent of sketch comedy. Don’t come to this movie for character development or thoughtful statements about Turkish politics or culture. For true horror fans, it’s a treat. Body horror, jump scares, a Dark Shadows vibe with a Dario Argento aesthetic, evil children and evil old people in a creepy, fantastically decorated old house. In Turkish with English subtitles.
Dir: Alper mestçi
Plays Wed, Oct. 16 at 7:30 PM at the State.
JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION revisits the rich bounty of 16-mm-shot footage of the left-handed tennis star John McEnroe, at the time the world’s top-ranked player, as he competes in the French Open at Paris’s Roland Garros Stadium in 1984. Close-ups and slow motion sequences of McEnroe competing, as well as instances of his notorious temper tantrums, highlight a ”man who played on the edge of his senses.” Far from a traditional documentary, writer/director Faraut
Plays Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30pm at the Michigan.
With LIVE organ accompaniment by organist Andrew Rogers! 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), who goes on a rampage when he becomes obsessed with the man’s beautiful wife. read more
Plays Saturday, October 19 at 10:00 PM at the Michigan.
With a shadowcast from The Leather Medusas!
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
Tuesday, October 22 at 9:00 PM at the Michigan.
The Blair Witch Project meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, seasoned with a dash of political satire. College students seek out a legendary lost village while filming a documentary for a class project. Jump scares, cannibalism, an ageless creature in red who might be a nod to Don’t Look Now, and man’s inhumanity to man – along with a mysterious, much-discussed ending. In Arabic and French with English subtitles.
Dir: Abdelhamid Bouchnak
Plays Wed. Oct. 23 at 7:30 PM at the State.
Filmmaker Barbara Kopple explores the legacy of the 1989 murder of Noreen Boyle in Mansfield, Ohio. Her 12-year-old son Collier gave a devastating videotaped testimony blaming his father for the murder. Now, over two decades later, Collier returns to Ohio seeking to retrace his past and confront his imprisoned father, who remains in denial of his guilt. Collier’s depth of character is a wonder to behold from childhood to adulthood. Out of this tragic story, we witness the power of
Tuesday, October 29 at 9:00 PM at the Michigan.
Set in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, this movie is celebrated as a meditation on the fallout of the Iranian Revolution from a feminine perspective. A woman and her daughter hunker down in their Tehran apartment during the Iraqi bombardment. Did the missile that struck their building bring a jinn into their lives? Jump scares, demonic kids, revolutionary misogyny, mother-daughter and husband-wife tension, and violence against furniture as a mom fights to save her child. In Persian with
Plays Wed. Oct. 30 at 7:30 PM at the State.
Official selection at the Sundance Film Festival 2019! Take an in depth voyage into the sci-fi masterpiece ALIEN with the visionary filmmakers who created it. See how one of the most terrifying movies of all time burst to life 40 years ago, inspired by ancient mythology and our universal fears.
Wed. Nov. 6 at 7:00 PM at the State.
Presented in partnership with the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Free for AAFF & MT Gold Card members!
An immersive and enthralling journey through the Sonoran Desert on the U.S.-Mexico border, El Mar La Mar weaves together harrowing oral histories from the area with hand-processed 16mm images of flora, fauna and items left behind by travelers. Subjects speak of intense, mythic experiences in the desert: A man tells of a fifteen-foot-tall monster said to haunt the region, while
“Our Voices: Our Stories – The Tuskegee Airmen” is a new documentary that focuses on the stellar military careers of Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson and Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart Jr.– two riveting first-person accounts of what life was like as combat pilots in the 332nd Fighter Group during WWI.
“Our Voices: Our Stories” is a new documentary series by Ford Fund, highlighting the inspirational stories of African Americans who have accomplished things no one thought possible – achievements tha
Plays Wed. Nov. 13 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan.
Up There is the story of a down on his luck journalist (Daniel Weingarten) who finds himself with a less than ideal assignment in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. While there, he acquires the help of a local (Zoe Kanters), who he soon discovers possesses the story that could jump start his career.
Dir. by Michael Blaustein & Daniel Weingarten. There will be a post-screening Q&A with filmmaker and guests.
Friday, November 29 at the Michigan.
Join The Purple Rose Theatre for an evening celebrating independent film with a screening of Jeff Daniels’ new feature film, Guest Artist. Originally produced as a World Premiere production for the stage at The Purple Rose Theatre, Daniels has re-imagined this work for the screen. Produced and Directed by Timothy Busfield, Written and Produced by lead actor Jeff Daniels, this movie was filmed in Chelsea, Michigan in late 2017.
Proceeds for this event will benefit The Purple Rose Theatre an
Plays Sunday, December 1 at 5:00 PM at the Michigan. Time & Date Change! Special Ticket Prices Apply
With on-screen lyrics, interactive props, and more! Join us for caroling with the Barton organ from 4:30 – 5:00 PM.
Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play war buddies turned entertainers who fall for a pair of sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen).
Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Not Just for Kids Live Performing Arts Series presented by Toyota. In Disney’s beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson) is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the