Film Group is a series of films that encompasses the broad variety of movies that are generally not mainstream releases. Other terms used to describe this genre of film product are: independent, art, international.

Both O'Brien Theatres, Renfrew and Arnprior, have film groups. Working in concert, each location offers fourteen different films between late September and April on alternate Wednesday nights. Memberships are sold in each theatre at the beginning of the series; these memberships offer a discounted rate. In is not necessary to be a member to attend. Newsletters are published in September and December covering the early and later portions of the season. An extensive mailing list is maintained, and the information is delivered by post or e-mail.

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Arnprior Program

Renfrew Program
Pride
Rating A14
Showtimes Wednesday, January 14 7:30 PM  
Running Time 120 mins
Actors Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West
Director Matthew Warchus

In 1984 20 year old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin's Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley and through their sincere fund raising and Jonathan's nifty disco moves persuade most of the community that they are on the same side. When a bigot tries to sabotage the partnership with a tabloid smear Mark turns it back on her with a hugely successful benefit concert to which most of the villagers, now thoroughly in tune with their gay friends, turn up.
 
Force Majeure
Rating A14
Showtimes Wednesday, January 28 7:30 PM  
Running Time 118 mins
Actors Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren
Director Ruben Östlund

A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life... The anticipated disaster failed to occur, and yet the family's world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. Tomas and Ebba's marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch.
 
Whiplash
Rating A14
Showtimes Wednesday, February 11 7:30 PM  
Running Time 106 mins
Actors Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist
Director Damien Chazelle

A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who does not hold back on abuse towards his students. The two form an odd relationship as the student tries to achieve greatness, and the professor tries to stop him.
 
Mr. Turner
Rating PG
Showtimes Wednesday, February 25 7:30 PM  
Running Time 150 mins
Actors Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson
Director Mike Leigh

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.
 
Mommy
Rating A14
Showtimes Wednesday, March 11 7:30 PM  
Running Time 139 mins
Actors Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément
Director Xavier Dolan

Forty-six year old Diane Després - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Després, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her husband's death due to Steve's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his violent outbursts. He was just kicked out of the latest in a long line of facilities for setting fire to the cafeteria, in turn injuring another boy. She made this decision to deinstitutionalize him as she didn't like the alternative, sending him into more restrictive juvenile detention from which he would probably never be rehabilitated.
 
Red Army
Rating PG
Showtimes Wednesday, March 25 7:30 PM  
Running Time 76 mins
Actors Scotty Bowman, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Anatoli Karpov
Director Gabe Polsky

Red Army is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. From the USSR to Russia, the film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union.
 
Living Is Easy (with Eyes Closed)
Rating A14
Showtimes Wednesday, April 8 7:30 PM  
Running Time 108 mins
Actors Javier Cámara, Natalia de Molina, Francesc Colomer
Director David Trueba

Spain, 1966, a high-school English/Latin teacher, Antonio, drives to Almeria in hopes of meeting his hero, John Lennon. Along the way, Antonio picks up two runaways. The movie title, Living is Easy With Eyes Closed, comes from a line in Lennon's song Strawberry Fields Forever which he wrote while filming How I Won the War in Almeria.
 
Two Days, One Night
Rating PG
Showtimes Wednesday, April 22 7:30 PM  
Running Time 92 mins
Actors Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne
Director Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
 
Big News from Grand Rock
Rating PG
Showtimes Wednesday, May 6 7:30 PM  
Running Time 87 mins
Actors Kristin Booth, Aaron Ashmore, Gordon Pinsent
Director Daniel Perlmutter

Big News from Grand Rock is the story of Leonard Crane, the editor of a small town newspaper facing bankruptcy. In an attempt to attract advertisers and readership Leonard begins inventing stories based on old movies. The plan pays off until one of the stories attracts the attention of Lucy, an ambitious reporter from the big city. She exposes Leonard’s hoax. But then Leonard discovers that one of his stories may be true. With a great scoop but no one to believe him, Leonard and Lucy must team up to try to save the town, the newspaper and his reputation.
 

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