Cinema Art Theater: THIS WEEK

Spencer

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Spencer is a fascinating biographical and psychological drama that captures the spirit of Buckingham Palace’s most rebellious daughter-in-law.

The marriage of Princess Diana (Kristen Stewart) and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There's eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be a whole lot different. Spencer is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days. [2021, UK, 111 min, Rated: R]

Sara Stewart of Book & Film Globe says, “You mostly can't look away from Stewart, or help yourself rooting for Di to live happily ever after. Personally, I hope Oscar takes the bait.” EJ Morena of EJ Morena pens, “The most haunting film of the year. Spencer is how you make a terrifying and unnerving film but remain arthouse and posh.”

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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  • $11.00 General

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Benedetta

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Bendetta is an intriguing biographical drama about a 17th century novice nun who has a forbidden love affair.

Benedetta is based on historian Judith C. Brown's 1986 book, Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy which covers the controversy surrounding the life of Benedetta Carlini, an Italian nun who allegedly experienced intense spiritual visions and stigmata. Virginie Efirastars as the titular nun, who blurs the line between saint and sinner in her religious fervor, pushing both religious and sexual boundaries, and raising questions within her convent. Charlotte Rampling and Lambert Wilson also star as two figures within the church attempting to uncover the truth behind Benedetta's shocking religious visions and the motives behind them that threaten to shake the Church to its core. [2021, France, 131 min, Rated: NR, in French with English subtitles]

Robert Kojder of Flickering Myth writes, “Benedetta functions beyond its ‘sacrilegious’ concept into a moving tale of romance, diabolical oppression, twisted comedy, frenzied plague fear, and transfixing visions that shock and penetrate the mind.” Barry Hertz of Glove and Mail says, “While Benedetta the woman may have been touched by Heaven or cursed from Hell or neither, Benedetta the film is undoubtedly a miracle.”

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road

Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road is an entertaining documentary about a legendary musical genius.

Join The Beach Boys’ co-founder Brian Wilson on an intimate journey through his famous career as he reminisces with Rolling Stone editor and longtime friend, Jason Fine. The duo cruise around the city of L.A., which Wilson knows so well, to visit old haunts and give him the opportunity to reflect on his life and music. The documentary features a new song “Right Where I Belong” written specifically for this film and performed by Wilson. Weighing in are admirers and those close to him including interviews with Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, and Nick Jonas among others. This enjoyable, informative, and at times heart-tugging road trip provides both a first-hand, intimate look into Wilson’s storied life and further inspiration to anyone who has been touched by his music. [2021, US, 93 min, Rated: NR]

Sheri Linden of the Hollywood Reporter writes, “In his interactions with his band, with Fine, with his family, the documentary is a portrait of friendship and love as much as it's about music.” Christopher Bourne of In Review Online says, “The intended effect isn't to feel sorry for Wilson; instead, it's to marvel at the strength it took to survive, persevere, and emerge on the other side, damaged but still intact.”

In the annals of 20th Century popular music, there is perhaps no story more tragic and triumphant than that of Brian Wilson—the unreasonably ingenious songwriter/producer/performer who powered the Beach Boys, a California surf rock group, to the peak of creativity while battling debilitating mental illness. In Brent Wilson’s tuneful and touching documentary, Rolling Stone editor/writer Jason Fine—a longtime friend of the musician—does little more than drive around Los Angeles with Wilson. As Fine prompts the shy and visibly nervous Wilson with gentle questions, the pair revisit landmarks from Wilson’s life and career: The site of his now-demolished childhood home; the several mansions he lived in; the studio where, as he nears age 80, he continues to create innovative and, frankly, rockin’ music. Strapped into Fine’s passenger seat, his eyes occasionally snapping closed as if to shut down the demons gnawing at his psyche, Wilson inspires as a man whose mountaintop experiences have come with the price of a lifelong uphill battle.

 

 

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Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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  • $8.00 RBFS Members
  • $11.00 General

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The Power of the Dog

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The Power of the Dog is a mesmerizing western drama about a charismatic rancher who wages a war of intimidation on his brother’s new family when they come to live on their isolated farm in 1920s Montana.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Jane Campion (The Piano) and adapted from Thomas Savage’s cult novel of the same name, The Power of the Dog is a story of domestic tyranny, thrilling defiance, and masculinity gone awry. The Burbank brothers are wealthy and successful ranchers, yet their personalities could not be more disparate. George (Jesse Plemons) is suited, shy, and sensitive while Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain) is crude, contemptuous, and calculatingly cruel. During their travels, they meet Rose (Kirsten Dunst), a fragile, widowed proprietress of a hotel, and her impressionable, artistic son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee). As their lives become entangled, a psychological power struggle threatens to ignite a powder keg of jealousy, resentment, desire, and long-hidden secrets. Winner of Best Director at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. [2021, UK/Australia/US/Canada/New Zealand, 127 min, Rated: R]

Stephanie Archer of Film Inquiry writes, “A contender for one of the year’s best films, The Power of the Dog is sure to retain its strength come awards season.” David Sims of the Atlantic pens, “Campion understands the genre she's working in, setting the roiling emotions of her characters against the striking landscapes; Cumberbatch's performance is as immense as the peaks and valleys around him.”

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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Julia

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Julia is a delicious documentary about America’s first female food icon.

From Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West (RBG, My Name is Pauli Murray), Julia brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child's 12-year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and charts her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star. It’s the empowering story of a woman who found her purpose – and her fame – at 50, and took America along on the whole delicious journey. [2021, US, 95 min, Rated: PG-13]

Glenn Kenny of The New York Times writes, “Julia is an apt tribute to a life well-lived and well-fed.” Andy Crump of Paste Magazine remarks, “Thoroughly enjoyable, brimming with things to say, constructed in a manner that ducks pretense for relatability.”

 

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time

Starts Friday, November 26

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time is a compelling documentary that examines the life and work of the beloved American author and his long friendship with the filmmaker who documents it.

This film, the first of its kind on Vonnegut, is a deep, immersive dive into the author's upbringing and his creative output. The film began 39 years ago when young, struggling filmmaker Robert Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth) wrote a letter to his literary idol proposing a documentary on Vonnegut's life and work. Shooting began in 1988 and the resulting film reflects the relationship and bond that Weide and Vonnegut formed over the decades. Past, present, and future cease to become linear as Weide strives to get an overview of his subject's life and his own role in it, which extends far beyond the printed page. [2021, US, 127 min, Rated: NR]

Angie Han of Hollywood Reporter writes, “It's an opportunity to bask in Vonnegut's wit and intelligence - to admire the crackerjack delivery of his jokes, savor the offbeat perfection of his prose, drink in the playfulness of his smile.” Andy Klein of FilmWeek exclaims, “Vonnegut comes across extremely likable...An excellent documentary.”

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy is a moving romantic drama about three women who must deal with the problems of modern relationships in varying situations.

An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap, and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets. Propelled by coincidence and imagination, and guided by love’s gentle current, acclaimed director Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Happy Hour, Asako I & II) returns with an enchanting triptych that spins mundane encounters into a world of infinite possibilities. [2021, Japan, 121 min, Rated: NR, in Japanese with English subtitles]

Randy Myers of the San Jose Mercury News writes, “This is a film you surrender to, appreciating every move as it reminds you of past loves and regrets.” Jenny Nulf of the Austin Chronicle says, “Hamaguchi has a beautiful outlook on mistakes and the complex emotions that make up humanity, and his tenderness toward each character he brings to life makes him one of the best storytellers working today.”

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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Advance Sales are now closed. Tickets may be purchased at the door starting 30 minutes before screening time.


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