Common Read Series

The UC Common Read, A Deadly Wandering, by Matt Richtel is a required reading for all 2016/17 freshman students. MainStreet Cinema has partnered with First Year Experience & Learning Communities to screen a series of films that academic courses and student organizations may use to prompt thoughtful discussion related to the book's topic. All film screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

October 13 | Seven Pounds

Haunted by a secret, Ben Thomas looks for redemption from his by radically transforming the lives of seven people he doesn't know. Once his plan is set, nothing will be able to stop him. At least that's what he thinks. But Ben hadn't planned on falling in love with one of his redeemers and she's the one who will end up transforming him.


October 10 & November 17 | Amélie

One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy. Amélie, who had a decidedly unusual childhood, is a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a café and has a whimsical, romantic nature. When Princess Diana dies in a car wreck in the summer of 1997, Amélie is reminded that life can be fleeting and she decides it's time for her to intervene in the lives of those around her, hoping to bring a bit of happiness to her neighbors and the regulars at the café.


November 3 | Crash

"Crash" tells interlocking stories of whites, blacks, Latinos, Koreans, Iranians, cops and criminals, the rich and the poor, the powerful and powerless, all defined in one way or another by racism. All are victims of it, and all are guilty it. Sometimes, yes, they rise above it, although it is never that simple. Their negative impulses may be instinctive, their positive impulses may be dangerous, and who knows what the other person is thinking? "Crash" is a movie with free will, and anything can happen. The movie is uncanny in its ability to rope you in and get you involved.

December 8 | Catfish

Love and identity become twisted across the lines of the Internet in this documentary. Nev Schulman is a photographer who one day received a surprising e-mail message -- Abby, an eight-year-old girl in Michigan, had seen his picture in a newspaper and wanted permission to paint a portrait from it. Nev gave his OK and he was shocked at how good it was. He tried to contact the girl's family, and somehow ended up in contact with Megan, Abby's attractive 19-year-old sister. As Nev fell into an increasingly complicated on-line relationship with Megan, he decided it was time to meet her in person, but when he traveled to Michigan and tracked her down, Nev learned that Abby and Megan's family were not at all what he expected them to be.