Studio C! general manager Chad Wozniak said the year-old East Lansing Film Series has been connecting well with Lansing-area audiences.

“This isn’t really a matinee community, but (the East Lansing Film Series) has seen a dramatic increase in traffic before 5 p.m.,” Wozniak said. He said Oscar’s Bisro, the theater’s restaurant, has done so well that parent company Celebration! Cinema opened a second location near Kalamazoo.

“This had never been done so we didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “But management is happy and the public seems happy. We’re exceeding all expectations.” The East Lansing Film Series runs Jan.

“The Crash Reel” (NR, 108 min.) U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffered massive head trauma in a 2009 accident in Park City, Utah, while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics. During his rehabilitation, he made the decision to return to the sport that almost killed him.

This illuminating documentary uses years of vérité footage to explore the mindset of an extreme athlete.

“Detroit Unleaded” (PG-13, 83 min.) This romantic comedy, set in a Detroit gas station, delves into issues of family relationships, cultural identity and love. Lebanese- American filmmaker Rola Nashef´s feature debut is expanded from a short film shown at 2007 East Lansing Film Festival, drawing comparisons to breakthrough films “Clerks” and “Do the Right Thing.”

“The Hunt” (R, 115 min., in Danish with English subtitles) This mesmerizing import follows a lonely teacher whose life takes a dark turn after an innocent little lie. Starring the electrifying Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (NBC’s “Hannibal,” “Casino Royale”).

“Inequality for All” (PG, 89 minutes) An engrossing and enraging documentary about Secretary of Labor-turned-Berkeley Professor Robert Reich’s dissection on the  erosion of middle class America. Directed by MSU grad Jacob Kornbluth, “Inequality” examines the causes and consequences of the country’s widening income gap and the need to regain the middle class to stabilize our economy.

“In a World … ” (R, 107 min.) Written, directed and starring Lake Bell (“Children’s Hospital”), this off kilter romantic comedy revolves around a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry´s reigning king: Her father.

“Short Term 12” (R, 96 min.) This searing drama topped many critics’ best-of lists for 2013. The story is told through the perspective of a young woman, who navigates the trials of adulthood as she works in a home for at-risk teenagers.

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