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January 13-19, 20-22, 24 & 26

Elle

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Elle

Paul Verhoeven / 2016, France-Germany-Belgium
130min / Digital

GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER: BEST ACTRESS & BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM!

Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game--a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control. In French with English Subtitles.

"CRITICS' PICK! Leads its audience through a meticulously constructed maze of ambiguity, scrambling our assumptions and expectations at every turn, dispensing discomfort and delight and daring us to distinguish one from the other." NY Times

Showtimes:
Mon-Wed 1/16-1/18: 630pm & 9pm
Thur 1/19: 9pm
Fri 1/20: 9pm
Sat 1/21: 645pm
Sun 1/22: 8pm
Mon 1/23: no shows
Tues: 1/24: 9pm
Wed 1/25: no shows
Thur 1/26: 630pm & 9pm


January 19

Elle

up, up, and away

Andy Liotta / 2016, Seattle
79min / live music & video

ENCORE PERFORMANCE! Local singer-songwriter Andy Liotta adapted his double album "up, up, and away" into a "visual translation" of the songs using classic movie clips. For this screening he'll accompany the film live in our cinema. From Andy: "The goal of the movie is to communicate the emotions at play during the various stages of manic depression. the format is experimental: matching evocative clips from favorite films to accompany songs that more explicitly reference these inner states. the end result plays out a lot like a manic episode, where serendipitous synchronization recontextualizes once-familiar scenes, offering flashes of magic, a peek behind the curtain… i think of it as “bipolarqatsi.”

Showtimes:
Thur: 7pm


January 20 & 24

Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood

Akira Kurosawa / 1957, Japan
109min / 35mm

35MM PRINT! A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune gives a remarkable, animalistic performance, as does Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife. Throne of Blood fuses classical Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh theater to create an unforgettable cinematic experience.

"Akira Kurosawa's remarkable 1957 restaging of Macbeth in samurai and expressionist terms is unquestionably one of his finest works -- charged with energy, imagination, and, in keeping with the subject, sheer horror." Jonathan Rosenbaum

"Kurosawa’s THRONE OF BLOOD is the grisliest Macbeth you’re likely ever to see. It’s powerful filmmaking and provides much revelatory cultural frisson. It also features some of the best work of Kurosawa’s alter ego Toshiro Mifune." – Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

Showtimes:
Fri & Tues: 645pm
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Saturdays, January 21 - March 25

Saturday Secret Matinees

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Saturday Secret Matinees

Presented by the Sprocket Society
Various directors & years
approx. 90-120 min. / 16mm

Save money and buy a series pass! Available at the box office at show time!

Our annual winter matinee series returns, with 12 weeks of fun and adventure! Each week's show includes a thrilling cliffhanger episode of a movie serial plus a classic feature film -- all on glorious 16mm film!

This year we venture to THE UNDERSEA KINGDOM (1936), a pioneering sci-fi adventure serial shown complete in 12 weekly chapters. The feature films are a secret, but follow monthly themes. January: Giant monsters! February: Art house classics! March: TV time!

In THE UNDERSEA KINGDOM, all-American hero Ray "Crash" Corrigan is plunged into an incredible adventure miles below the ocean surface! In the lost city of Atlantis, the evil tyrant Unga Khan plans to use super-science to destroy and conquer the entire surface world! Crash and the brilliant Professor Norton travel there in a rocket submarine, becoming embroiled in a war against killer robots, disintegrator rays, and rocket aeroplanes in a desperate bid to save civilization itself! Campy, ridiculous, and uneven -- but jam-packed with madhouse action, vintage special effects, and pulpy heroics -- UNDERSEA KINGDOM is among the most enduring and beloved serials of the era.

Showtimes:
Sat: 2pm


January 21 & 22

Sailor Moon R The Movie

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Sailor Moon R The Movie

Kunihiko Ikuhara / 1993, Japan
95min / Digital

Stay tuned for more screenings!

Sailor Moon comes to the big screen in her first dazzling movie! Uncut and remastered for the big screen for the first time ever. Join Sailor Moon on an adventure to save not only the world, but also her true love! This limited engagement also includes the North American debut of the original theatrical short, Make Up! Sailor Guardians and exclusive extras. A special bonus gift will be given to ticket holders while supplies last.

Please note: This movie contains some instances of flashing lights which may not be suitable for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion advised.

Showtimes:
Sat: 5pm DUBBED BUY TICKETS
Sun: 12pm & 230pm SUBTITLED BUY TICKETS


January 21

Dixie Ray, Hollywood Star

Dixie Ray, Hollywood Star

Presented by the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
Anthony Spinelli / 1983, USA
100min / digital

Private investigator Nick Popdopolis (John Leslie) has a problem: there's a corpse of a beautiful woman (Juliet Anderson) on the floor of his office. As he explains his case to an alcoholic lieutenant (Cameron Mitchell) , a strange story of blackmail, mystery and murder unfolds, all centered on an enigmatic movie star, Dixie Ray (Lisa Deleeuw). Anthony Spinelli's (Sex World) big budget WWII era set noir ranks as one of the last truly ambitious X rated movies every made and includes an all star cast that includes Kelly Nichols, Veronica Hart, and Samantha Fox. *No one under 18 admitted*

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm


January 22 & 25

The Bad Sleep Well

The Bad Sleep Well

Akira Kurosawa / 1960, Japan
150min / 35mm

35MM PRINT! A young executive hunts down his father’s killer in director Akira Kurosawa’s scathing The Bad Sleep Well. Continuing his legendary collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa combines elements of Hamlet and American film noir to chilling effect in exposing the corrupt boardrooms of postwar corporate Japan.

Showtimes:
Sun: 5pm
Wed: 7pm
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January 27–February 2

All Governments Lie

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All Governments Lie

Fred Peabody / 2016, USA
91min / Digital

Independent journalists like Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Matt Taibbi are changing the face of journalism, providing investigative, adversarial alternatives to mainstream, corporate news outlets. Vancouver-based filmmaker and TV news veteran Fred Peabody follows as they expose government and corporate deception – just as the ground-breaking independent journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago.

“A damning indictment of mainstream media.” LA Times

“Chilling…lucidly argues that powerful interests have been creating supercharged fake stories for decades.“ Globe and Mail

"Even if you belong to the choir it's preaching to, it has the rare distinction of being a movie you can agree and argue with at the same time." Variety

"In an era of disaster- and celebrity-obsessed cable news, during an election testing the virtues of objectivity, the documentary All Governments Lie is worthy testimony that many journalists are in it for the truth. Village Voice

Showtimes:
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January 27

American Angels: Baptist of Blood

American Angels: Baptist of Blood

Presented by the VHS Uber Alles
Anthony Spinelli / 1989, USA
99min / VHS

This slab of analog glory will rock your world: the perfect combination of B-movie acting and out-of-sight professional wrestling! Three young hopefuls win spots in America's hottest women's wresting team: THE AMERICAN ANGELS. Their training pushes them to both their mental and physical limits...These women have the guts, but will they capture the glory in THE BAPTISM OF BLOOD?? Featuring special video preview: you could win a trip to New York with one of the American Angels! Don't delay, the contest ends January 31, 1991. ONLY $2 AND ALWAYS ON VHS!

Showtimes:
Fri: 9pm


February 3–9

Emily

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Emily

Ryan Graves / 2017, Portland, OR
83min / Digital

Q&A with filmmaker Ryan Graves opening weekend

In this somber, romantic drama, Rachael Perrell Fosket plays Emily, a young woman struggling to keep her marriage from falling apart. When her husband Nathan (Michael Draper) has an identity crisis, he realizes that he's not the man that she married. Worse, he realizes that he no longer shares their most fundamental beliefs. But Emily knows he still loves her and she strives to show Nathan that their marriage can still evolve. Yet he fears it's too late. As divorce looms, Emily fights to get her husband back.

Showtimes:
TBA


February 7

AAFF

54th Ann Arbor Film Fest Tour: Digital Program

Various artists & countries
100min / digital

Nine new experimental, animated, documentary and narrative videos including Mateusz Sadowski’s Resonance, Winner of the Chris Frayne Best Animated Film Award, and Ralitsa Doncheva’s Baba Dana Talks to the Wolves, Winner of the Eileen Maitland Award for Women’s Voice. The program also features Bisonhead (Elizabeth Lo), The Mess (Peter Burr), The Perpetual Motion of My Love for You (Karen Yasinsky), Love Under Will of the Hags Long Tooth (Mica O’Herlihy), Fundir (Allison Cekala), and not even nothing can be free of ghosts (Ranier Kohlberger).

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


February 11

AAFF

54th Ann Arbor Film Fest Tour: 16mm Program

Various artists & countries
62min / 16mm

16MM FILM SCREENING! Ten new 16mm films from some of the festival’s favorite filmmaking talent including Australian Paper by Minjung Kim, winner of the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker, and the two winning selections of the Kodak Best Cinematography Award: Pablo Mazzolo’s Fish Point and Antoinette Zwirchmayer’s House and Universe. The program also features First Rodeo (Vera Brunner Sung), Iron Condor (Meredith Lackey), Gasometers 3 (Nicky Hamlyn), Pixel Jungle (Klara Ravat), Coming Cold (Robert Todd), Film for Rewinds Vol 1 (Andrew Busti), and Dingbat’s Revenge (Scott Fitzpatrick).

Showtimes:
Sat: 430pm


February 14 & 17

The Love Witch

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The Love Witch

Anna Biller / 2016, USA
120min / 35mm

35MM PRINT! Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, leaving her with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.

“A metaphysical astonishment. The costumes and furnishings, Biller’s own handmade versions of the era’s candy-coated extravagances, are as exquisitely arch and theatrical as the performances and the action, which—for all their comic exaggeration—echo with an uncanny symbolic power.” The New Yorker

Showtimes:
Tues 2/14: 645pm BUY TICKETS


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