The LIttle Hours

 Fri  Aug 18   4:00 pm
 Sat  Aug 19   7:00 pm
 Sun  Aug 20   4:00 pm
 Mon  Aug 21   7:00 pm
 Tue  Aug 22   4:00 pm
 Wed  Aug 23   1:00 & 7:00 pm
 Thu  Aug 24   7:00 pm

Admission: $8 for RBFS member; $10 for future members. Purchase admission only at the door, starting 30 minutes before screening. You must show your Film Society membership card to receive RBFS discount tickets. Please note: tickets are not refundable.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map

The Little Hours is a risqué comedy set within a 14th-century Italian convent.

Based on two tales from Boccaccio’s Decameron, the film follows the humorously sinful adventures of a group of nuns in the countryside of late medieval Tuscany. When Massetto (Dave Franco) flees from the brutal lord (Nick Offerman) he has cuckolded, he is offered refuge as a handyman by the drunkard Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly). To resist tempting the nuns, he is instructed to pose as a deaf-mute. This ruse does not last long as the sisters are immediately attracted to the handsome new face. The outstanding cast is led by Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci as sisters seeking release from the strictures of their austere existences. [2017, USA, Runtime: 90 minutes, Rated: R].

Michael Phillips of The Chicago Tribune praises The Little Hours for its, “blithely raunchy tone.” Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com calls it, “hysterically funny, especially when allowing its talented cast to play up to their individual strengths.” Beneath the humor is a frank depiction of the liberation of female desire rarely shown on screen in such an entertaining way. 

 

 

 

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

 Fri  Aug 18   7:00 pm
 Sat  Aug 19   4:00 pm
 Mon  Aug 21   4:00 pm
 Tue  Aug 22   7:00 pm
 Wed  Aug 23   4:00 pm
 Thu  Aug 24   4:00 pm

Admission: $8 for RBFS member; $10 for future members. Purchase admission only at the door, starting 30 minutes before screening. You must show your Film Society membership card to receive RBFS discount tickets. Please note: tickets are not refundable.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail a documentary about the nation’s 2,651st largest bank, and the only to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

Acclaimed documentarian Steve James (Hoop, Dreams, Life Itself) chronicles the case against Abacus Federal Savings, which for decades served the marginalized immigrants of New York’s Chinatown. Its founder, Thomas Sung, a first-generation immigrant himself, was inspired by the character of George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life to open a bank to serve his community. When the criminal activities of one of the bank’s loan officers is discovered and self-reported to regulators, the entire organization is indicted by New York’s District Attorney’s office. Adamant that they are nothing more than scapegoats for the larger sins of the financial industry, Thomas, his wife Hwei Lin, and their three daughters prepare to fight back to save their freedom. [2017, USA, Runtime: 98 minutes, Rated: NR].

Tom Long of The Detroit Free News calls Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, “a gripping, slow revelation at the same time that it’s also both a portrait of a tight community with its own set of norms and a study of the high-achieving Sung family.” Matt Zoller Seitz of RogerEbert.com says, simply, “Everyone needs to see it.”

 

 

 

Like Crazy

 Fri  Aug 25   4:00 pm
 Sat  Aug 26   7:00 pm
 Sun  Aug 27   4:00 pm
 Mon  Aug 28   4:00 pm
 Tue  Aug 29   4:00 pm
 Wed  Aug 30   1:00 & 7:00 pm
 Thu  Aug 31   7:00 pm

Admission: $8 for RBFS member; $10 for future members. Purchase admission only at the door, starting 30 minutes before screening. You must show your Film Society membership card to receive RBFS discount tickets. Please note: tickets are not refundable.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

Like Crazy is a drama about two mismatched travel partners on the lam from an Italian psychiatric hospital.

Beatrice, played by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse – the world of sane people. [2016, Italy, Runtime: 1 hour, 58 minutes, Not Rated].

Like Crazy brings a surprising depth and freshness to well-trod narrative ground. Gary Goldstein of The Los Angeles Times describes it thusly: “Cross One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Thelma and Louise, set it Under the Tuscan Sun, and you’d have something akin to Like Crazy.Without making light of mental illness, Like Crazy presents its characters with sympathy as they make their way through the world seeking normalcy.

 

 

SCORE: A Film Music Documentary

 Fri  Aug 25   7:00 pm
 Sat  Aug 26   4:00 pm
 Mon  Aug 28   7:00 pm
 Wed  Aug 30   4:00 pm
 Thu  Aug 31   4:00 pm

Admission: $8 for RBFS member; $10 for future members. Purchase admission only at the door, starting 30 minutes before screening. You must show your Film Society membership card to receive RBFS discount tickets. Please note: tickets are not refundable.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map