Wednesday, Dec. 7
• “Circo” at Las Brisas
(Aaron Schock, 2010, 75 min., documentary, in Spanish with English subtitles) In rural Mexico, a 100-year-old tradition puts a father and mother at odds: will they continue performing in the family circus to dwindling audiences, or get off the road and give their four children a chance at a normal life? Part of the 2011 Progressive Latin American Cinema Series. Show time is 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.
Thursday, Dec. 8 to Sunday, Dec. 11
• “The Rum Diary” at Cass City Cinema
(Bruce Robinson, 2011, 120 min., Rated R) Johnny Depp returns to Hunter S. Thompson territory playing a staggeringly inebriated newspaper reporter and would-be novelist in 1959 San Juan who’s entranced by a powerbroker’s fiancée, but questions the exploitation of Puerto Rico and those who call it home. Show times are Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9 at 9:45 p.m. and midnight, Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., and Sunday at 5:45 p.m. Admission is $5.
Thursday, Dec. 8
• “Mr. Right” at Affirmations
(David & Jacqui Morris, 2009, 95 min.) The complicated romantic entanglements of four couples in London, from a rugby playing single father who’s worried that his soap actor boyfriend is too flighty to a woman wondering if her promising dating service match-up is more interested in her gay friends than in her. Part of the Men’s Film Group series. Show time is 7 p.m., followed by a discussion. Admission is free.
Opening Friday, Dec. 9
• “Young Goethe in Love” at Landmark Maple Art
(Philipp Stölzl, 2010, 102 min., in German with English subtitles) Three decades prior to writing “Faust,” and before he embraced the philosophy of Sturm and Drang, Johann Goethe (Alexander Fehling) countered professional failure with a 1772 trip to the German countryside, where he discovered both romance and Romanticism. Various times, and admission ranges from $5.00 to $9.25.
Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10
• “Warren Miller’s…Like There’s No Tomorrow” at Royal Oak Music Theatre
(Max Bervy, 2011, 90 min., documentary) The solstice isn’t until Dec. 22, but the arrival of a Warren Miller film marks the beginning of winter for cold weather sports enthusiasts, with its bracing celebration of snow – and the athletes who ski and snowboard big mountain slopes on five continents. Show times are Friday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6 and 9 p.m. Admission is $20 (4 packs for $72).
Friday, Dec. 9
• “The Page Turner” at Affirmations
(Denis Dercourt, 2006, 85 min., in French with English subtitles) Revenge is a dish best served cold in this astringent psychological thriller about a scorned music student (Déborah François) who goes to work for a concert pianist (Catherine Frot), then uses seduction to wreck havoc on her career and family. Part of the Womyn’s Film Night series. Show time is 7 p.m., followed by a discussion. Admission is free.
Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11
• “A History of Hudson’s” at The Detroit Historical Museum
(Dayton-Hudson Corp., 1990, 30 min., documentary) This look at J. L. Hudson’s chronicles a century of Detroit history: from their nineteenth century origins and opening the world’s tallest department store in 1911, to an economic downturn after decades of retail success and the 1983 closing of a downtown landmark. Show times are 1 p.m., and the film is free with museum admission.
• Affirmations (the community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies) is located at 290 W. 9 Mile Rd. in Ferndale (248-398-7105).
• Las Brisas Mexican Restaurant is located at 8445 W. Vernor in Detroit (313-842-8252).
• Cass City Cinema is located at the Burton Theatre, 3420 Cass Ave. in Detroit (313-281-8301).
• The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave. in Detroit (313-833-1805).
• Landmark Maple Art is located at 4135 W. Maple Rd. in Bloomfield Hills (248-263-2111).
• Royal Oak Music Theatre is located at 318 W. Fourth St. in Royal Oak (248-399-2980).