The Dinner

 Wed  May 17   4:00 pm
 Thu  May 18   4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
 Fri  May 19   7:00 pm
 Sat  May 20   4:00 pm
 Wed  May 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 Dinner is a psychological thriller based on Herman Koch’s international bestselling novel of the same name.

When Stan Lohman (Richard Gere), a popular congressman running for governor, invites his troubled younger brother Paul (Steve Coogan) and his wife Claire (Laura Linney) to join him and his wife Katelyn (Rebecca Hall) for dinner at one of the town’s most fashionable restaurants, the stage is set for a tense night. While Stan and Paul have been estranged since childhood, their 16-year old sons are friends, and the two of them have committed a horrible crime that has shocked the country. While their sons’ identities have not yet been discovered and may never be, their parents must now decide what action to take. As the night proceeds, beliefs about the true natures of the four people at the table are upended, relationships shatter, and each person reveals just how far they are willing to go to protect those they love.

A riveting story filled with many shocking twists and turns, The Dinner is a chilling parable about the savage reality hidden beneath the surface of middle class lives. Lauren Humphries-Brooks from We Got This Covered describes The Dinner as “an imperfect but fascinating film...a stellar cast delivers a deeply troubling and psychologically complex treatment of class and family.” [2017, USA, Runtime: 120 min., Rated R]

 


Colossal

 Fri  May 19   4:00 pm
 Sat  May 20   7:00 pm
 Sun  May 21   4:00 pm
 Wed  May 24   4:00 pm
 Thu  May 25   4:00 pm & 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 

Colossal is an action drama with cunningly presented humor.

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. [2017, Canada/Spain, Runtime: 109 minutes, Rated: R]

John Serba of MLive.com asserts “You can sense the vigor and vision in the final work, a desire to tell a familiar story in an unusual fashion, and it’s sneakily funny, poignant, provocative and surreal.” Colossal also stars Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, and Tim Blake Nelson with performances that will ensure you have a good time watching this film.

 

 

 


NOrman: The Moderate Rise and
tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

 Fri  May 26   4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
 Sat  May 27   4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
 Sun  May 28   4:00 pm
 Wed  May 31   4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
 Thu  Jun 1     4:00 pm & 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 

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer is a comic and compassionate drama of a little-known man whose downfall is rooted in a human frailty all too easy to forgive—a need to matter.

Always on the lookout for someone willing to pay attention to him, Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere), a would-be operator on the outside looking in on New York City’s power and money elite, forges an opportunistic bond with Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi), a charismatic Israeli politician alone in New York at a low point in his career. When Eshel becomes Prime Minister three years later, Norman uses his new connection to leverage his biggest deal yet. Soon his kaleidoscopic plans go awry, threatening an international catastrophe he must struggle to prevent. [2016, USA, Runtime: 118 minutes, Rated: R].

Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times calls Norman “a character study full of small pleasures… and one fine central performance.” Gere’s Norman is “both infuriating and endearing… he’s constantly watching, waiting, trying to judge just the right moment to slip a word in.” Charlotte Gainsbourg, Josh Charles, Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Hank Azaria round out a strong supporting cast in Academy Award® nominated director Joseph Cedar’s story of a distinctly American archetype: the hapless wheeler-and-dealer looking for that one big score.

 

 


Paris Can Wait

Starts June 16

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 

Eleanor Coppola's feature film directorial and screenwriting debut (at the age of 81!) Paris Can Wait is the lightly comedic story of a middle-aged woman’s journey through the south of France with an unexpected partner.

Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane stars as a Hollywood producer's wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, reawakening her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Director Eleanor Coppola (wife of Francis, mother of Sofia) fictionalized the film from a personal experience during the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with her husband’s business associate (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving fine food and wine, humor, wisdom, and picturesque sights. [2016, USA, Runtime: 92, Rated: PG].

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone puts it succinctly, “If you’re longing for a delicious romantic romp to take your mind off the world going to hell in hand basket, Paris Can Wait is it.” Take a visual vacation “that shimmers with so many enticing temptations,” you’ll want to catch the next flight to Cannes.

 

 


Maudie

Starts July 21

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 

Maudie is based on a true story; the drama charts the unlikely relationship that blossoms between two people living at the margins of their small Nova Scotia town.

The reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. Maudie follows Everett's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter. [2016, Ireland, Runtime: 115 minutes, Rated: PG-13].

Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail lauds the film for its “strong sense of what art-making means to the outsider artist, of the way in which painting relaxed and comforted Maud, allowing her to escape both social ostracization and daily cares”. Peter Howell of The Toronto Star takes special note of the film’s stars, calling Sally Hawkins’s portrayal of Maud Lewis “award-worthy”. Hawkins “finds the dignity and determination inside the soft-spoken woman who overcame poverty, family abandonment and crippling rheumatoid arthritis to become a world-renowned painter of colourful rural scenes,” while co-star Ethan Hawke “strongly depicts [Everett] as a man both brutish and adoring.”