In cooperation with the Friends of Modern Art, the FIA Theater presents quality independent, international, and classic films that otherwise would not be seen in the Flint area. Films are screened every weekend in the comfort of plush theater-style seating and a state-of-the-art sound system.
October 21, 22, 23
(U.S., 2016) Directed by Ira Sachs, 85 min., rated PG
In a heartfelt, family-oriented indie drama, a new pair of young best friends have their bond tested as their parents battle over a business matter. Jennifer Ehle, Alfred Molina, and Greg Kinnear head the adult cast of “a little movie brimming with little truths about modern life” (Variety).
October 28, 29, 30
(U.S., 2016) Directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, 96 min., rated R
This award-winning documentary examines the catastrophically unsuccessful New York mayoral campaign of former U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner amid a contentious political landscape. The Toronto Globe and Mail describes this as “a case study in blunt-force media trauma.”
November 4, 5, 6
(U.S., 2016) Directed by Matt Ross, 118 min., rated R
A father (Viggo Mortensen) who has raised his six children in an environment of self-reliance and withdrawal from the outside world is forced to re-enter the society he despises, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. “One of the year’s best movies,” wrote The New York Post.
Our Little Sister
November 11, 12, 13
(Japan, 2015) Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, 128 min., subtitled, rated PG
In a life-affirming comedy-drama, three siblings who live in their late grandmother’s house after the departure of their parents are unexpectedly united with their 13-year-old half-sister. “Quiet, understated, and gentle,” praised The Guardian.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
November 18, 19, 20
(New Zealand, 2016) Directed by Taika Waititi, 101 min., rated PG-13
Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) stars in an adventure comedy-drama about a rebellious kid and his foster uncle, who prompt a national manhunt when they go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. Screen International lauds this as “warmly funny and deeply delightful.”
November 25, 26, 27
(U.S., 2016) Directed by Todd Solondz, 88 min., rated R
In a quirky comedy, a dachshund passes from oddball owner to oddball owner and impacts all of their radically dysfunctional lives. The well-populated human cast includes Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, and Greta Gerwig.
A Man Called Ove
December 2, 3, 4
(Sweden, 2015) Directed by Hannes Holm, 116 min., subtitled, rated PG-13
A solitary, ill-tempered retiree is about to give up on life when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his younger, boisterous new neighbors in a seriocomic story that has been one of Sweden’s most acclaimed films of the past year.
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
December 9, 10, 11
(U.S., 2016) Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 91 min., not rated
The makers of the documentaries Detropia and Jesus Camp look at the life, work, and political activism of the legendary TV producer best known for such sitcoms as All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and Maude.
Hell or High Water
December 16, 17, 18
(U.S., 2016) Directed by David Mackenzie, 102 min., rated R
Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Oscar winner Jeff Bridges co-star in this much-acclaimed heist drama—written by Taylor Sheridan (Sons of Anarchy)—in which two brothers concoct a desperate scheme to save their family’s West Texas ranch.
FOMA Film Series: Music Legends
October 20, 22, 23 • Thursday @ 7:30p; Saturday @ 2p; Sunday @ 4p
(U.S., 2016) Directed by Don Cheadle, 100 min., rated R
Don Cheadle wrote, directed, and excels in a dynamic performance as jazz great Miles Davis who is captured in a boldly abstract film that is much more than a typical celebrity biopic.
November 3, 5, 6 • Thursday @ 7:30p; Saturday @ 2p; Sunday @ 4p
(U.S., 1984) Directed by Albert Magnoli, 111 min., rated R
The late, great Prince stars in this edgy musical drama about a young musician whose star begins to rise amid personal and professional conflict in his life.
December 15, 17, 18 • Thursday @ 7:30p; Saturday @ 2p; Sunday @ 4p
(Ireland, 2007) Directed by John Carney, 85 min., rated R
In Dublin, a street musician and a European immigrant write, rehearse, and record songs that tell their love story. “Falling Slowly” won an Oscar for best song.
FIA and Communities First Film Series
Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint
November 10 • Thursday @ 7:00p
(U.S., 2016) Directed by Dorian Chandler, 71 min., not rated
This inspirational documentary explores how the residents of a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, overcame tragedy in the early 20th century to create one of the most prosperous African American communities in history.
City of Trees
(U.S., 2015) Directed by Brandon Kramer, 76 min., not rated
A complex tale of social justice, urban forestry, and community politics portrays the struggles of a Washington, D.C., nonprofit to challenge the cycle of poverty and violence in blighted urban areas by implementing an ambitious “green jobs” program.