NOW PLAYING: A Great Variety of Movies Lined Up in March at Ann Arbor’s theaters


Variety is the theme this March at Ann Arbor’s cinemas. Both the Michigan and State theaters are playing a vast array of films, as well as hosting multiple special events.

The State Theatre will premiere Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m., and will continue to show this daring journey of a 13-year-old girl through time and space, all month long.

Special events include:

  • Piedmont Blues: A Search For Salvation, by UMS (University Musical Society): Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the Michigan Theatre
  • Blue Cathedral, by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m., at the Michigan Theatre
  • NPHC Step Show 2018: Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m., at the Michigan Theatre

Chelsea Manning, Yvonne Rainer and Brian Selznick, are the March speakers in the University’s Stamps School of Art and Design Penny Stamps Series. Manning is a former intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense who leaked classified documents she believed revealed abuse of human rights over in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rainer is a dancer and artist, who co-founded the Judson Dance Theater and has multiple published works and films. She also received two Guggenheim Fellowships. Selznick is a children’s book author whose work inspired the films “Hugo” and “Wonderstruck.” These lectures will take place on the 15th, 22nd and 29th, respectively, at 5:10 p.m., at the Michigan.

The “Enter the Samurai” film series, sponsored by the U of M Center for Japanese Studies, is back again this month with, “Yojimbo,” “Sanjuro” and “Red Beard (Akahige),” with the first two films featuring the tales of Sanjuro, a sneaky, nontraditional samurai who starts a gang war and works to rid his world of evil influences, The latter is a story of a young doctor and his mentor. This series is set for Monday nights, March 12, 19 and 26, at the Michigan at 7 p.m. and will play in Japanese with English subtitles.

Will Ferrell will be gracing the Michigan Theatre screen with his comedic presence in the Ferrell Child film series, which includes “Zoolander” on Thursday, March 15, at 9:30 p.m., and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” on Thursday, March 29, at 9:30 p.m.

The Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series, presented by the Benard L. Maas Foundation, is showing the “Ghibli for Kids” series this month. “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Spirted Away” and “Castle in the Sky” are stories of witches and wizards, friendship, family and pirates. These films will play on consecutive Saturdays this month at 1:30 p.m., at the State Theatre. Kids 12 and under watch for free!

Throughout the week of March 19, the State Theatre is presenting the “Lone Wolf and Cub” miniseries at 7 p.m. each night Tuesday – Sunday. This series features the six films created from the manga, Japanese comics, about an assassin and his son on the run, seeking revenge.

View the complete schedule with dates, show times and locations here:

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