The Hero

 Mon  Jul 10   4:00 pm
 Wed  Jul 12   7:00 pm
 Thu  Jul 13   4:00 pm
 Sat  Jul 15   7:00 pm
 Mon  Jul 17   7:00 pm
 Wed  Jul 19   7:00 pm
 Thu  Jul 20   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 

The Hero is a drama about a once successful man’s struggle in his waning days to retain relevance in his art and in his life long after the spotlight has left him.

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy. [2017, USA, Runtime: 93, Rated: R]

Katie-Walsh at The Playlist calls Elliot’s performance as an aging has-been his “best performance in a long time…possibly ever.” Come see an iconic actor (and voice) inhabit a character searching for meaning in the shadow of his impending mortality.

 

 

 

The Exception

 Fri  Jul 14    4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
 Sat  Jul 15   4:00 pm
 Sun  Jul 16   4:00 pm
 Mon  Jul 17   4:00 pm
 Tue  Jul 18   4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
 Wed  Jul 19   1:00 pm & 4:00 pm
 Thu  Jul 20   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 Exception is a World War II thriller of desire and intrigue, with a bravura turn by Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm II.

As the German army rampages across Holland, there is fear among Nazi authorities that the Dutch resistance might target the Kaiser for assassination. German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) is sent to mind the exiled monarch, forced after World War I to live out his days in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands. Brandt finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser's maids, and a woman of murky loyalties. When Heinrich Himmler (Eddie Marsan), head of the SS, decides to come for an unexpected visit with a large platoon of Nazis in tow, the manse is soon overcrowded with sub-rosa competing agendas, leading to a finale in which Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart. [2016, USA/UK, Runtime: 1 hour, 47 minutes, Rated: R]

Peter Debarge of Variety recognizes director David Leveaux, a long-time London theater director making his film debut, for his handling of the cast, particularly Plummer, from whom he “coaxes a masterful performance”, and compares the film to former Best Picture winner The King's Speech. A.O. Scott of The New York Times marks the film as a throwback, “the kind of suspenseful, romantic melodrama of awakened conscience that might have been made in Hollywood or Britain in the early years of the war”.

 

 


Maudie

 Fri  Jul 21   4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
 Sat  Jul 22   4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
 Sun  Jul 23   4:00 pm
 Mon  Jul 24   4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
 Tue  Jul 25   4:00 pm
 Wed  Jul 26   1:00 pm, 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
 Thu  Jul 27   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 

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.”

 

 

Landline

Starts Friday, August 4

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