A! Magazine for the Arts

'The Outsiders' is shown in October.

'The Outsiders' is shown in October.

Community college's Arts Array fall film series announced

August 29, 2022

Virginia Highlands Community College’s Arts Array Film Series show times are Monday and Tuesday evenings at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Abingdon Cinemall. Admission is free for all students and staff members of Virginia Highlands Community College, Emory & Henry College, King University, East Tennessee State University and Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, including participants in the College of Older Adults who purchase an Arts Array pass. Community admission is $7.75.

“Amazing Grace: Aretha Franklin” is on screen Sept. 12 and 13. In this documentary, Aretha Franklin performs with the choir at Watts’ New Bethel Baptist Church in January 1972 while recording her live best-selling gospel album “Amazing Grace.” In attendance are Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones as well as members of Franklin’s family and the local congregation and community who worship alongside her. Directed by Sydney Pollack and Alan Elliot.

“Some Kind of Wonderful” is seen Sept. 19 and 20. A teen vies for the affection of his high school’s popularity queen, seemingly out of some deep-rooted insecurity regarding his social ineptitude. He enlists the help of his tomboy best friend and fellow misfit, unaware that she secretly pines for him. Directed by Howard Deutch. Starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson, Craig Sheffer and John Ashton.

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” is on screen Sept. 26 and 27. Steven Spielberg’s classic sci-fi tale about two ordinary Midwesterners who are transformed by extraordinary chance meetings with visitors from outer space. Vilmos Zsigmond won an Oscar for his cinematography. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Francois Truffaut and Bob Balaban.

“Children of a Lesser God” is seen Oct. 3 and 4. A withdrawn deaf woman enters a stormy relationship with a teacher at a school for the deaf. Directed by Randa Haines. Stars Marlee Matlin, William Hurt, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco and Allison Gompf.

“The Outsiders” is on screen Oct. 10 and 11. Academy Award-winning director Francis Ford Coppola directs an all-star cast in the big-screen adaptation S.E. Hinton’s classic coming-of-age novel “The Outsiders.” Early 1960s. Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city is divided between teen-agers who have grown up with wealth and privilege and the rough-edged “greasers” from the wrong side of the tracks. Stars C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise.

“My Left Foot” is seen Oct. 17 and 18. Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker won Oscars for their performances in this moving biography of Dublin artist Christy Brown, who was afflicted with cerebral palsy. Directed by Jim Sheridan.

“Every Thing Every Where All At Once” is seen Oct. 24 and 25. Grappling with the onset of middle age, a Chinese immigrant discovers that she can traverse across time and space. Teaming up with her alternate lives, the unlikely allies realize that they alone possess the power to protect the world from calamity, plunging them into the midst of an outlandish quest. Directed by Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Dan Kwan. Stars Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis.

“A Quiet Place: Part II” is on screen Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. Directed by John Krasinski and Cillian Murphy. Stars Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Cillian Murphy.

“Little Fish” is seen Nov. 7 and 8. “Little Fish,” the fourth feature film from director Chad Hartigan, is a romance set in a near-future Seattle teetering on the brink of calamity. Starring Olivia Cooke, Jack O’Connell, Soko and Raul Castillo, the film opens in the midst of a global epidemic: Neuroinflammatory Affliction, a severe and rapid Alzheimer’s-like condition in which people’s memories disappear. Couple Jude Williams and Emma Ryerson are grappling with the realities of NIA, interspersed with glimpses from the past as the two meet and their relationship blooms.

“I’m Your Man” is on screen Nov. 14 and 15. In a technologically advanced near-future Berlin, a female archaeologist agrees to live with a newly-engineered male “companion” robot for three weeks to obtain funding for her research. While initially skeptical that a humanoid robot can fulfill her physical and emotional needs, she eventually develops a change of heart. Directed by Maria Schrader. Stars Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller, Hans Löw and Wolfgang Hubsch.

“Belfast” is shown Nov. 28 and 29. It is 1969 and 9-year-old Buddy finds his peaceful life disturbed as a national conflict is starting to brew in Northern Ireland: unionists and loyalists—mostly Protestants—want the country to remain within the United Kingdom, while nationalists and republicans—mostly Catholics—are campaigning for the country to join a united Ireland. As the tension between these two opposing forces escalates, he and his family must decide whether to stay, or move somewhere safe. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Stars Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie, Caitriona Balfe, Ciarán Hinds and Jamie Dornan.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is on screen Dec. 5 and 6. Stop-motion tale about Jack Skellington, the leader of Halloweentown, where the residents’ life work is to scare humans. After getting a glimpse of life in Christmastown, however, he schemes to kidnap Santa Claus and celebrate a very different Christmas. Directed by Tim Burton, Henry Selick. Stars Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman, Glenn Shadix, Danny Elfman and Paul Reuben.