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.
Finding Vivian Maier
December 19, 20, 21
(U.S., 2014) Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, 83 min., not rated
Who's Vivian Maier? See this documentary about a nanny whose hidden collection of 100,000 images earned her a reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers of her time.
January 2, 3, 4
(U.S., 2014) Directed by Andrew Rossi, 90 min., rated PG-13
Is college worth the cost? A documentary about the lofty growth—and soaring expense—of American higher education asks this and other tough questions. "Endlessly stimulating and provoking… a solid overview of an urgent problem," writes The Hollywood Reporter.
Love Is Strange
January 9, 10, 11
(U.S., 2014) Directed by Ira Sachs, 98 min., rated R
Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) tie the knot after decades together, only to be forced to live apart by job and family problems. Marisa Tomei also stars in a drama praised as "like a true story shared by close friends" (Variety) and "a warm, humane, resplendent romance" (Entertainment Weekly).
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
January 16, 17, 18
(U.S., 2014) Directed by Ned Benson, 123 min., rated R
James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain are vividly portrayed as a troubled couple whose story is viewed in both good times and bad. Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Isabelle Huppert, and William Hurt also appear in an "elegantly wrought tale of anguish" (New York Post).
A Five Star Life
January 23, 24, 25
(Italy, 2013) Directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi, 85 min., subtitled, rated R
In a thoughtful romantic comedy "tinged with melancholy and yearning"
(Philadelphia Inquirer), a middle-aged professional hotel critic tries to
come to terms with her place in the world as she travels through much of it.
The Blue Room
January 30, 31 & February 1
(France, 2014) Directed by Mathieu Amalric, 76 min., subtitled, rated R
French actor Mathieu Amalric, seen most recently at the FIA in Venus in Fur, wrote, directed and co-stars in a sexy, intricate thriller—described as "a film noir gem" (Boston Herald)—about a man, a woman… and the prospect of a serious crime.
(U.S., 1967) Directed by Mike Nichols, 106 min., not rated
In remembrance of recently deceased director Mike Nichols, we offer his groundbreaking comedy-drama. This won Nichols an Oscar—and made Dustin Hoffman a star.
Dear White People
February 6, 7, 8
(U.S., 2014) Directed by Justin Simien, 108 min., rated R
This social satire about African-American students at an Ivy League college was inspired by a real-life controversy over a blackface party. "Talks about race with strong feeling, common sense, and good humor," writes The Playlist.
February 20, 21, 22
(U.S., 2014) Directed by Damien Chazelle, 107 min., rated R
Miles Teller (Divergent, The Spectacular Now) plays a young drummer under the tutelage of a jazz maestro (J.K. Simmons) in a musical drama that won top audience and grand jury awards at the Sundance Film Festival. "A funny, exhilarating drama—bordering on psychological thriller," writes Film.com.
The Skeleton Twins
February 27, 28 & March 1
(U.S., 2014) Directed by Craig Johnson, 93 min., rated R
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader portray twins whose reunion after 10 years apart prompts them to reconsider their mistakes and reinvigorate their lives. Luke Wilson also stars in a seriocomic tale boosted by RogerEbert.com as "a small, intimate gem."