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Stratford Festival on Film: The Tempest

“Magic is in the air” (Broadway World) in the Stratford Festival’s latest production of Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, The Tempest, “an elaborate production with eye-popping costumes” (The New York Times), recorded live in 2019. In Shakespeare’s great drama of loss and reconciliation, a long-deposed ruler uses magical arts to bring within her power the enemies who robbed her of her throne and marooned her on a remote island. But what revenge does she mean to take? Approximate Runtime: Two hours and 42 minutes including intermission
Sun, Nov 17 2:00 PM
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The Lighthouse

From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.
Sun, Nov 17 2:20 PM5:10 PM7:40 PM
Tue, Nov 19 4:15 PM9:30 PM
Thu, Nov 21 4:00 PM
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The Report

The story of Daniel Jones (Adam Driver), lead investigator for the US Senate's sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden. Also stars Annette Bening and Jon Hamm.
Sun, Nov 17 2:30 PM5:30 PM8:00 PM
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Where's My Roy Cohn?

Now playing at the Michigan & State theaters.
This thriller-like expose focuses on Roy Cohn, who personified the dark arts of American politics, turning empty vessels into dangerous demagogues - from acting as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Communist-hunting subcommittee to molding the career of a young Queens real estate developer named Donald Trump.
Sun, Nov 17 5:00 PM7:30 PM
Mon, Nov 18 4:30 PM9:25 PM
Tue, Nov 19 4:30 PM
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Owned: A Tale of Two Americas

Monday, November 18 at the Michigan.

Owned explores the racial inequalities and disparities that stemmed from US postwar housing policies, and also discusses the aftermath of the 2008 housing market crash.

Following the film, there will be a short panel discussion featuring experts from the Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid-Michigan, University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Washtenaw County Government.
Mon, Nov 18 7:00 PM
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Le Sauvage

Plays Tuesday, November 19 at 7:15 PM -- Part of the Les Femmes Essentielles film series

Nelly (Catherine Deneuve) has second thoughts about marrying Vittorio (Luigi Vannucchi) and runs away with the help of Martin (Yves Montand). When Nelly's attempt to secure a debt owed to her from a former employer goes sour, she steals a valuable painting and enlists Martin's help to evade the men coming after her. From Director Jean-Paul Rappaneau

Presented in French with English subtitles
Tue, Nov 19 7:15 PM
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Becoming Nobody

Plays Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan! Becoming Nobody represents the core arc of Ram Dass' teachings and life: whether as Dr. Richard Alpert, the eminent Harvard psychologist, or as Ram Dass who serves as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies, he has defined a generation of inner explorers and seekers of truth and wisdom. Through his turns as scion of an eminent Jewish family from Boston, rock-star Harvard psychologist, counter-culture rascally adventurer, Eastern holy man, stroke survivor and compassionate caregiver, Ram Dass has worn many hats on his journey, the narrative of which is revealed in this film. His ability to entertain and his sense of humor are abundantly evident in a conversation that brings us around to address the vast question of ultimate freedom.
Tue, Nov 19 7:30 PM
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The Great Dictator

Plays Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 PM

Nominated for Five Oscars! Dictator Adenoid Hynkel (Charlie Chaplin) tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber (also played by Chaplin) tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

The film will be followed by a post film discussion with Matthew Solomon, UM Associate Professor of Film History
Thu, Nov 21 7:30 PM
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The Irishman

Opens Friday, November 22 at the Michigan!
EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT! This biographical crime thriller follows Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) as he recalls his past years working for the Bufalino crime family. Now older, the WWII veteran once again reflects on his most prolific hits and, in particular, considers his involvement with his good friend Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance in 1975. Also stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
Thu, Nov 21 7:30 PM
Fri, Nov 22 4:00 PM8:15 PM
Sun, Nov 24 3:30 PM7:45 PM
Mon, Nov 25 4:00 PM8:15 PM
Tue, Nov 26 4:00 PM8:15 PM
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Dark Waters

Opens Wednesday, Nov. 27th at the Michigan.
Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life - to expose the truth. Also stars Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, and Bill Camp.
Fri, Nov 22 TBD
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Akhnaten: The Met Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera presents a live broadcast of AKHNATEN in HD on Saturday, November 23 at 12:55 PM

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines American composer Philip Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation, with Karen Kamensek conducting. Phelim McDermott’s stunning production employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt.

Presented with English subtitles
Sat, Nov 23 12:55 PM
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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Sunday, November 24 at the Michigan The story of Aladdin and the Princess Badr al-badr's adventures as told through child actors in this silent film from 1917. Based on one of the tales from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.
Sun, Nov 24 3:00 PM
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His Girl Friday

Plays Monday, November 25 at 7:30 PM -- Part of the Journalism on Screen series

When hard-charging New York newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) discovers that his ex-wife, investigative reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), has gotten engaged to milquetoast insurance agent Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy), he unsuccessfully tries to lure her away from tame domestic life with a story about the impending execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams. But when Hildy discovers Williams may be innocent, her reporter instincts take over.

Featuring a post-film discussion with Robert Yoon, Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism at UofM and former CNN Director of Political Research, and Zoe Clark, Program Director of Michigan Radio and Co-Host of 'It's Just Politics'
Mon, Nov 25 7:30 PM
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The Aeronauts

Plays Tuesday, November 26 at the Michigan
Special Sneek Preview Screening! Set in 1862, this film follow wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and ambitious scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. This is a journey to the very edge of existence, where the air is thin and the chances of survival are slim. As their perilous ascent reveals their true selves, this unlikely pair discover things about each other -- and themselves -- that help them find their place in the world they have left behind.
Tue, Nov 26 7:00 PM
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Knives Out

Opens Wednesday, November 27 at the Michigan!
Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in this fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. Also stars Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell.
Wed, Nov 27 TBD
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Warner Brothers Cartoons

Plays Friday, November 29 at 11:30 AM at the Michigan. Enjoy a laugh with friends and family as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and all of the Looney Tunes gang take over the silver screen of the historic main theater. The Michigan Theater will show a selection of Warner Bros. cartoons for all ages and offer the perfect pit-stop during the start of the busy holiday shopping season.
Fri, Nov 29 11:30 AM
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Guest Artist

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.

Followed by a Q&A with Tim Busfield (producer/director), Melissa Gilbert (producer), Jeff Daniels (writer/producer/actor), Guy Sanville (casting director), Thomas Macias (actor), and others!

Proceeds for this event will benefit The Purple Rose Theatre and will bolster their commitment to producing new work in the 29th Season and beyond.
Fri, Nov 29 7:30 PM
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Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Plays Sunday, December 1 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan - FREE and open to the public!

In this live-action adaptation of Dr. Suess' beloved children's story, Jim Carrey stars as The Grinch, a green, revenge-seeking recluse who plans on ruining Christmas for the citizens of Whoville once and for all. But there is more to The Grinch than meets the eye, as Director Ron Howard expands on the story, showing The Grinch's story in the days and years leading up to the tale we've all heard.
Sun, Dec 1 1:30 PM
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White Christmas

Plays Sunday, December 1 at 5:00 PM at the Michigan. Bring your Santa hats! Arrive early at 4:00 PM to get your picture taken with Santa! Show up at 4:30 PM and warm up your vocal cords with our carolers! Each attendee will leave with a commemorative tree ornament that if planted directly into the ground, will grow into wildflowers! Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play war buddies turned entertainers who fall for a pair of sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen).
Sun, Dec 1 5:00 PM
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The Room

Plays Thursday, December 5 at 10:00 PM at the Michigan

The Room is an independently-produced drama film released in 2003 and is the brainchild of enigmatic director and actor Tommy Wiseau. The film is mainly focused on a love triangle between Johnny, his girlfriend Lisa and Johnny's best friend Mark. It has often been cited by numerous publications as the worst film ever made due to its meandering storyline, the introduction of subplots that are never resolved, the inept direction by Wiseau as well as his unusual performance, technical issues that aren't usually a problem with other movies, the cinematography, musical score and just about any other aspect you could think of.
Thu, Dec 5 10:00 PM
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