NOW PLAYING: The Finest Movies for February at Michigan and State theaters


The Michigan and State theaters are hosting the finest selection of movies in February. Academy Award nominated films will be playing through this Friday, Feb. 16.

“Best Picture” nominated films, “Call Me By Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” are on tap.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “The Shape of Water” already have Golden Globe wins under their belts and are nominated for 20 Academy Awards collectively.

This accolade-worthy group presents coming of age stories, tales of love, political drama, murder mysteries and stories of friendship.

Oscar nominees, “I, Tonya,” “Faces Places” and “The Insult,” as well as Golden Globe winner “In The Fade,” are on the docket too.

“Phantom Thread,” “The Post” and “Faces Places” are playing at the Michigan Theatre and all the others are showing at the State.

Additionally, the theaters will feature multiple film series.

Ann Arbor is celebrating unique, independent films with the “A DECADE OF O-SCOPE- Celebrating 10 Years of Oscilloscope Films” film series at the State Theatre. This lineup includes:

  • “The Fits” on Monday, Feb. 12
  • “Tchoupitoulas” on Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • “Welcome to Pine Hill” on Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • “Contemporary Color” on Thursday, Feb. 15
  • “Lost in Paris” on Sunday, Feb. 18
  • “Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour” on Monday, Feb. 19
  • “The Love Witch” on Tuesday, Feb. 20

For the kids, and kids at heart, the Benard L. Maas Foundation is presenting the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series. “Muppets from Space” will play on Saturday the 17th and “Muppet Treasure Island” on the 24th, both at the State at 1:30 p.m.

The University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies is sponsoring “Enter the Samurai” on Monday evenings at the Michigan Theatre this month.

  • “Rashomon,” a film examining the philosophy of justice plays Monday, Feb. 12.
  • “Seven Samurai” shows on the 19th and tells the quest of a samurai’s journey to protect his village.
  • “Throne of Blood” is a revamped Macbeth story and is set for Monday, Feb. 26.

All of the “Enter the Samurai” films will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Finally, the Michigan Theatre will also show the “Be Our Guest—The Films of Christopher Guest” series. “Best in Show” is playing on the 15th and “A Mighty Wind” on the 22nd.

The second half of the month will be dominated by Marvel’s newest hero, the “Black Panther,” which opens on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at the State.

See the full schedule for both theaters here:


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