Cinema Art Theater: THIS WEEK

Film at CAT - Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

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"Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind,” is an intimate documentary that explores the career, music, and influence of a legendary Canadian musical icon.

The film follows singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star. It is an emotional examination of the artist’s profound relationship to his music and his Canadian roots. Featuring interviews from many notable voices in the music industry including Lightfoot peers and fans including Alec Baldwin, Anne Murray and Sarah McLachlan; as well as behind the scenes stories from members of his longtime band. [2020, US, 90 min, Rated: NR].

Tim Appelo of “AARP Movies for Grownups” says, “Immortal folkie Lightfoot, 81, the author of classics such as ‘Carefree Highway’ and ‘Sundown,’ shows the wisdom of age in this must-see documentary.” Ken Eisner of “Georgia Straight” writes, “This brisk new doc on Canada's singer laureate doesn't really get you any closer to Gordon Lightfoot than his songs will take you. But the performer has put himself and whatever meaning he has into his work, and that really is enough.”

Gordon Lightfoot is 80. Yeah, let that sink in for a minute. Better yet, sit back (close your eyes, if you want to) and revel for 90 minutes in the mellow magic of Lightfoot’s musky vocals, the feather-light picking of his guitar, and the memories of where you were the first time you heard “Sundown,” or “Early Morning Rain,” or “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”…or, of course, the title track. Directors Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni provide some biographical data, and there are lots of tributes from the requisite talking heads (including fellow Canadians Sarah McLachlan and Randy Bachman and, for some reason, Alec Baldwin) — but it’s the music we came for, and there’s a blessed abundance of that.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other screening dates/times or film title.

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

Admission

  • $8.00 RBFS Members
  • $11.00 General

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Film at CAT - Summerland

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“Summerland” is a British war drama that follows the story of a fiercely independent folklore investigative writer.

Alice is a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War II rages across the channel. Consumed by her work, but also profoundly lonely, she is haunted by a love affair from her past. When she opens her front door one day to find she's to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, she's resistant. It's not long, however, before the two realize they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed. Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Courtenay star in this intensely emotional story of love's endurance in trying times. [2020, UK, 100 min, Rated: PG].

Alex Purnell of “Battle Royale With Cheese” remarks, “Summerland has come at the perfect time, feeling refreshing like a breath of summer countryside air, it's a story of companionship and responsibilities being thrust upon you during difficult times.” Ariel Klinghoffer of “Little White Lies” states, “The film is a surprising gem that delivers a light-hearted compromise between fairy tales and war stories to posit that there could be a happy ending among the rubble.”

Celebrated British stage writer/director Jessica Swale’s first feature film unfolds atop the majestic White Cliffs of Dover, where an antisocial World War II-era writer (The Girl With All the Gifts’ Gemma Arterton) suddenly finds herself appointed guardian to a young London lad (Lucas Bond). Of course things start out rocky, and of course the two become grudgingly fond of each other as their personal histories unfold— but Swale shows a natural gift for guiding her actors through their metamorphoses, and her cast becomes more appealing with each passing frame.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other screening dates/times or film title.

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

Admission

  • $8.00 RBFS Members
  • $11.00 General

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Film at CAT - Phoenix

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“Phoenix” is a spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception that unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany. 

Nelly (played by Nina Hoss), is a German-Jewish nightclub singer, who has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. The film weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. [2015, Germany, 98 min, Rated: PG-13].

Zhuo-Ning Su of “Film International” writes, “This is a delicate, incisive, spellbinding movie from a filmmaking team with no reason to stop anytime soon.” Joe Bendel of Epoch Times” exclaims, “There is no need to mince words here - ‘Phoenix’ is an absolutely terrific film.”

If Alfred Hitchcock had tackled the Holocaust, this is the film he might have made. Concentration camp survivor Nelly Lenz (spellbinding Nina Hoss) barely survived being shot in the face, and reconstructive surgery has left her looking only vaguely like her old self. Suspecting her husband Johnny (inscrutable Ronald Zehrfeld) may have betrayed her to the Nazis, she seeks him out and pretends to be a woman who just happens to look like his “late” wife. There are more twists than a Bavarian pretzel, but the steely performances drive the drama while writer/director Christian Petzold cleverly dissects many of the same themes of German guilt and repentance that illuminated his splendid drama Transit.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other screening dates/times or film title.

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

Admission

  • $8.00 RBFS Members
  • $11.00 General

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Film at CAT - The Truth

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“The Truth,” is a bold drama that offers a relatable look at human relationships and features exquisite performances from its all-star cast.

Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is an aging French movie star who, despite her momentary lapses in memory, remains a venerable force to be reckoned with. Upon the publication of her memoirs, her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) returns to Paris from New York with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and their young daughter to commemorate its release. A sharp and funny battle of wits ensues between the mother-daughter duo, as Lumir takes issue with Fabienne's rose-colored version of the past and their strained relationship takes a poignant journey toward possible reconciliation. [2019, France, 106 min, Rated: PG].

Armond White of “National Review” states, “We're unlikely to witness such brutal honesty about the clash of art and politics in any other movie this year.” Wendy Shreve of “Featuring Film” writes, “The viewer will never weary of the intelligence, emotional resonance that radiate from this story.”

As dark as a comedy gets, and possibly as profound, this account of the frantic repositioning that accompanied the death of Russia's brutal dictator is mercilessly co-written and directed by Armando Iannucci (Veep). His superb cast, including Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi and Michael Palin, bring performances that drip with deadpan doom. The scariest/funniest thing about this film is that even a cursory reading of the era's history indicates that the actual events happened much as depicted here — and that these very same lines could be uttered in a play-it-straight docudrama. The characters don’t really say anything funny, but Innucci has assembled a cast that ingeniously mines every phrase for its ironically hilarious subtext. I usually don’t have much patience for films about how hard it is to be a movie star — hey, I hear Starbucks is hiring — but there’s no denying the thrill of seeing the great Catherine Deneuve as a fading screen goddess coming to terms with movie mortality. She plays Fabienne Dangeville, a bygone screen siren who has written her memoirs — a selective account at best. Now her daughter (Juliette Binoche) has come to Paris with her hubby (Ethan Hawke) in tow, fuming because mom’s book totally sugar coats her miserable childhood. To make matters worse, Fabienne is currently filming a cheesy sci-fi flick in which she plays the elderly daughter of a beautiful young mother who never grows old. Welcome relief from all this drama is provided by Hawke, whose character cheerfully endures all — largely because he doesn’t speak a word of French. .

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other screening dates/times or film title.

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

Admission

  • $8.00 RBFS Members
  • $11.00 General

Click on the desired screening times for tickets


Streaming Film - Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

“Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind,” is an intimate documentary that explores the career, music, and influence of a legendary Canadian musical icon.
The film follows singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star. It is an emotional examination of the artist’s profound relationship to his music and his Canadian roots. Featuring interviews from many notable voices in the music industry including Lightfoot peers and fans including Alec Baldwin, Anne Murray and Sarah McLachlan; as well as behind the scenes stories from members of his longtime band. [2020, US, 90 min, Rated: NR].
Tim Appelo of “AARP Movies for Grownups” says, “Immortal folkie Lightfoot, 81, the author of classics such as ‘Carefree Highway’ and ‘Sundown,’ shows the wisdom of age in this must-see documentary.” Ken Eisner of “Georgia Straight” writes, “This brisk new doc on Canada's singer laureate doesn't really get you any closer to Gordon Lightfoot than his songs will take you. But the performer has put himself and whatever meaning he has into his work, and that really is enough.”

Gordon Lightfoot is 80. Yeah, let that sink in for a minute. Better yet, sit back (close your eyes, if you want to) and revel for 90 minutes in the mellow magic of Lightfoot’s musky vocals, the feather-light picking of his guitar, and the memories of where you were the first time you heard “Sundown,” or “Early Morning Rain,” or “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”…or, of course, the title track. Directors Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni provide some biographical data, and there are lots of tributes from the requisite talking heads (including fellow Canadians Sarah McLachlan and Randy Bachman and, for some reason, Alec Baldwin) — but it’s the music we came for, and there’s a blessed abundance of that.

Click this link to register to see film:
https://watch.eventive.org/gordonlightfoot/play/5f21bec09fb2070062525871


Streaming Film - Rebuilding Paradise

“Rebuilding Paradise,” is a poignant documentary about an idyllic mountain town's recovery from a destructive California wildfire.

Filmmaker Ron Howard profiles the first responders and the families affected by the substantial wildfire that swept through the town of Paradise in 2018. Open, honest, and emotional interviews unite with sobering newsreel footage to examine the human side of natural disaster. [2020, US, 95 min, Rated: PG-13].

Leslie Felperin of “Hollywood Reporter” remarks, “A sincere and skillfully assembled tribute to a community's fortitude.” Victor Stiff of “That Shelf” writes, “The brilliance of Howard's film is that it forces us to consider the intangible pieces of our souls that we lose in the rebuilding process.”

Click this link to register to see film:
https://watch.eventive.org/rebuildingparadisefilm/play/5f20958a22823d0037ded6bf


Streaming Film - The Fight

“The Fight,” is an intriguing documentary that follows a dedicated team of heroic ACLU lawyers in an electrifying battle over abortion rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights and voting rights. Only days after the 2017 inauguration of Donald Trump, furious Americans gathered at airports across the country in protest of the Muslim ban. But it was the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union waging the fight in federal court that turned the tide, staying Trump’s executive order on grounds of unconstitutionality. The ACLU has never granted access to its offices, even as its battles have become more timely and momentous than ever. This access has finally been granted to the filmmaking team of Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, makers of 2016’s award-winning “Weiner.” You will be inspired by this story of front-line warriors in the battle for the American soul. [2020, US, 96 min, Rated: PG-13].

Immediately following the film, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Kerry Washington and the four ACLU lawyers featured in the film (Brigitte Amiri, Lee Gelernt, Dale Ho, and Chase Strangio). This conversation is exclusive to virtual cinema and in-theater engagements. Additionally, patrons will have free access to a live Q&A on Sun., Aug 2 with the filmmakers and lawyers, moderated by Ann Hornaday of the “Washington Post.” This will also be archived and available beyond Aug 2.

Katie Walsh of “Tribune News Services” says, “Although ‘The Fight’ is swift and jam-packed with ups, downs, wins, losses, injunctions, stays, hearings and Trump speeches, the film is remarkably detailed and careful.” Pat Brown of “Slant Magazine” writes, “The film justly draws attention to the perpetual work that must go into preserving democratic institutions.”

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https://watch.eventive.org/thefight/play/5f2097f253c54c0062b02914


Streaming Film - Lucky Grandma

Lucky Grandma is a rollicking follow-the-money caper about a Chinese-American woman in New York City who is spurred into action after receiving good news.

In the heart of Chinatown, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck... suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war. The film also features a new song by Akwafina. [2019, USA, 100 min., Rating: Not Rated].

Hoai-Tran Bui of SlashFilm writes, “An outrageously funny, unquestionably cool black comedy.” Lorry Kilkta of Film Threat remarks, “If you're a fan of comedy, Asian cinema or both, you will almost definitely love this movie. It's a unique fast-paced film that'll be sure to entertain even the most persnickety of audiences.”

A caper film unlike any you’ve ever seen, first-time director Sasie Sealy has built a raucous, twisty and consistently hilarious yarn around a pitch-perfect performance by Tsai Chin (The Joy Luck Club, Memoirs of a Geisha). She plays a recently widowed New York Chinatown matron who, assured by her fortune teller that she’s about to enjoy the luckiest day of her life, heads for a casino to cash in. But there’s good luck and there’s bad luck — and soon Grandma is knee-deep in the latter, dodging bullets in a Chinatown gang war. Of course, Lucky Grandma has more than fun thrills in mind: It’s also an unvarnished critique of the marginalization of older people in America — whatever their cultural outpost.

 

 

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https://kinonow.com/lucky-grandma-rehoboth-beach-film-society


Streaming Film - Quarantine Cat Film Festival

“Quarantine Cat Film Festival” is a compilation reel that brings together the cutest, funniest, bravest, and most loving cat videos from more than 1,200 amateur filmmakers. The submissions were filmed during the COVID-19 quarantines. This 70-minute compilation consists of the most purr-fect, a-meow-zing, and totally fur-tastic cat videos anyone has ever seen! This film is family-friendly.

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https://catfest.vhx.tv/products/quarantine-cat-film-festival-rehoboth-film


FILM AT CAT - The Burnt Orange Heresy

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Opening August 7! “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” is a thrilling drama about a man whose greed and ambition will cause him to do anything to further his career.

Charming and ambitious art critic, James Figueras (played by Claes Bang), has fallen from grace. He spends his days in Milan lecturing witless tourists about art history. His only glimmer of hope is a new-found love interest, the enigmatic American, Berenice Hollis (played by Elizabeth Debicki). An opportunity strikes when he is contacted by wealthy art dealer Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger) who summons James to his villa on Lake Como and asks him to steal a painting from the legendary reclusive artist, Jerome Debney (played by Donald Sutherland). Soon, James’ finds himself caught in a web of his own making. [2020, Italy, 98 min, Rated: R].

Nell Minow of “Movie Mom” says, “The glamorous world of art museums and collectors, the provocative questions it raises, and sharp, witty performances from Sutherland and Jagger make it enticingly watchable.” Jeffrey M. Anderson of the “San Francisco Examiner” writes, “An uncommonly sophisticated crime film, wherein the things that are stolen may not necessarily be objects d'art.”

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

Admission

  • $8.00 RBFS Members
  • $11.00 General

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Film at CAT - Ella Fitzgerald - Just One Of Those Things

Coming Soon!!

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

Admission

  • $8.00 RBFS Members
  • $11.00 General

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