Wednesday, Nov. 23 opening
• “The Descendants” at Emagine Novi and Uptown Birmingham 8
(Alexander Payne, 2011, 115 min., Rated R) A disconnected father (George Clooney) tries to reconcile with two daughters and determine his family’s place in modern Hawaii in this seriocomic tale of dysfunction and transformation from Alexander Payne (“Sideways”). Various times, and admission ranges from $5 to $9.75 (Emagine) and $5 to $10 (Uptown).
• “Melancholia” at Landmark Main Art
(Lars von Trier, 2011, 135 min., Rated R) From the controversial Danish director of “Breaking the Waves,” “Melancholia” explores crumbling relationships and apocalyptic anxiety as newlyweds (Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgård) and their in-laws (Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland) question the future. Various times, and admission ranges from $5 to $9.25.
Friday, Nov. 25 opening
• “My Week with Marilyn” at Uptown Birmingham 8
(Simon Curtis, 2011, 99 min., Rated R) In 1956, Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) convinces Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) to make a film in England, and the troubled actress, who feels trapped in her bombshell image, makes an emotional connection with an earnest novice (Eddie Redmayne). Various times, and admission ranges from $5 to $10.
Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26
• “InZer0” Episodes 7 “Halloween” & 8 “Cops” at Cass City Cinema
(Jamie Sonderman, 2006, 30 min.) “InZer0” is a science fiction series shot entirely in Detroit chronicling the adventures of Thames (Jonny Victor) in a post-apocalyptic city: “Halloween” gets spooky with probing aliens; and Thames is observed by a camera crew in “Cops.” Show times are 7 p.m. See “InZer0” with “Restless” on Friday or Saturday for the combined admission of $5.
Friday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 27
• “Mysteries of Lisbon” at Detroit Film Theatre
(Raúl Ruiz, 2010, 257 min. with intermission, in Portuguese and French with English subtitles) With the breadth and intrigue of a Dickens novel, “Mysteries of Lisbon” explores the intertwined destinies of an enigmatic orphan, a traumatized countess and a determined priest, who seek to rewrite their fates amid the rigid mores of 19th century European society. Show times are Friday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. Admission prices range from $6.50 to $7.50.
• “Restless” at Cass City Cinema
(Gus Van Sant, 2011, 95 min., Rated PG-13) Returning to his Portland, Ore. roots, Gus Van Sant (“Drugstore Cowboy”) creates a quirky memento mori romance as terminally ill Annabel (Mia Wasikowska) bonds with grieving Enoch (Henry Hopper), whose companion is the ghost of a kamikaze. Show times are Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 and 9:20 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 and 9:50 p.m. (with short films at 9:20 p.m.), and Sunday, Nov. 27 at 5:15 p.m. (preceded by comedy cartoons at 4 p.m.). Admission is $5. Programs of short films and cartoons are free with “Restless” admission.
Saturday, Nov. 26
• “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” at Detroit Film Theatre
(Chantal Akerman, 1975, 201 min., in French with English subtitles) A landmark of feminist cinema, “Jeanne Dielman” follows the matter of fact routine of a Belgian widow (Delphine Seyrig) who cares for her son, meticulously maintains her apartment, and engages in sex for money during quiet afternoons. Part of the DFT 101 Saturday matinee series. Show time is 2 p.m., and admission is $5 (free to DIA members).
• Cass City Cinema is located at the Burton Theatre, 3420 Cass Ave. in Detroit (313-281-8301).
• Detroit Film Theatre is located at the John R St. auditorium entrance of The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit (313-833-3237).
• Emagine Novi is located at 44425 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Novi (888-319-FILM).
• Landmark Main Art is located at 118 N. Main St. in Royal Oak (248-263-2111).
• Uptown Birmingham 8 is located at 211 S. Old Woodward Ave. in Birmingham (248-644-FILM).