Cinema Art Theater: THIS WEEK

Vortex

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Opening Friday, May 20

Vortex is an intimate drama filmed entirely in split screen about a couple who shared their final journey together.

An elderly husband (Italian film director, producer and actor, Dario Argento) and wife (French director and actor, Françoise Lebrun) face their mortality as illnesses threatened their quiet Parisian existence. Helped by their recovering drug-addict son (Alex Lutz), the pair drift through their difficult challenges as they succumb to fragility and failing health. [2021, France, 140 min, Rated: NR, in French with English subtitles]

Peter Bradshaw of Guardian writes, “This is a work of wintry maturity, and real compassion.” Maxwell Raub of the Chicago Reader pens, “Vortex is a grim and touching depiction of how a family deals with death.”

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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  • $8.00 RBFS Members
  • $11.00 General

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The Duke

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Opening Friday, May 20

The Duke is a moving British comedy caper based on a true story about a working-class Englishman who steals a famous painting.

The Duke, set in 1961, tells the tale of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, that stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge – a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and in so doing saved his son and his marriage. The film stars Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner, Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!, Bridget Jones, Harry Potter, Iron Lady and Iris) and Oscar, Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner, Dame Helen Mirren. [2021, UK, 96 min, Rated: R]

Rex Reed of Observer says, “A charming, understated and completely enjoyable frolic about how ordinary people can do extraordinary things that seems doubly startling because, while seeming implausible, it also happens to be absolutely true.” Michael Calleri of Niagara Gazette exclaims, “Jim Broadbent delivers a performance that is exactly how we want to see a quirky chap behave. His comic timing is flawless. Helen Mirren has less to do, but she does it brilliantly.”

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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  • $8.00 RBFS Members
  • $11.00 General

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Hit The Road

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Opening Friday, May 27

Hit the Road is a charming comedy-drama that follows a chaotic, tender family along the unexpected twists and turns of a road trip. With ten nominations and eight wins from U.S. and International film festivals, Hit the Road stars Pantea Panahiha, Hasan Majuni and Rayan Sarlak.

A middle-aged couple and their two sons embark on an existential voyage across the Iranian countryside. Over the course of their journey, they bond over memories of the past while grappling with fears of the unknown. Whether fussing over their sick dog or the mystery surrounding the quiet older brother, it all adds to  the unspoken tensions that arise surrounding the real purpose for their journey. [2021, Iran, 93 min, Rated: NR, in Persian with English subtitles]

Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times says, “To be a passenger alongside these nervous voyagers, as they clash, tease and cherish each other on the way to this strange and terrible fork in their lives, is to be a very fortunate moviegoer indeed.” Rachel Wagner of the rachelreviews.net exclaims, “It's as close to a masterpiece as I've seen in a long time.”

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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  • $8.00 RBFS Members
  • $11.00 General

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  • Friday May 27 12:00 AM    Cinema Art Theater (Tickets Coming Soon)

Happening

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Happening is a powerful and acutely timely award-winning drama about a woman who, in choosing to live her life, takes the chance of becoming a criminal.

In this clear-eyed, urgent tale, set in 1960s France, Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she becomes pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she must confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so. [2021, France, 105 min, Rated: NR, in French with English subtitles]

Danny Leigh of Financial Times remarks, “A timely, unflinching masterpiece.” David Harris of Spectrum Culture says, “Shot by Diwan in unflinching realism, the horror of Happening is specific to Anne, but also serves as a universal warning if abortion once again becomes illegal.”

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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  • $8.00 RBFS Members
  • $11.00 General

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Petite Maman

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Petite Maman is a unique and emotional drama from French filmmaker Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) which is a fairytale for all ages.

Following the death of her beloved grandmother, 8-year-old Nelly accompanies her parents to her mother’s childhood home to begin the difficult process of cleaning out its contents. As Nelly explores the house and nearby woods, she is immediately drawn to a neighbor her own age building a treehouse. What follows is a tender tale of childhood grief, memory and connection. [2021, France, 72 min, Rated: PG, in French with English subtitles]

Mark Kermode of the Observer (UK) writes, “Goes straight into my list of the greatest films ever made for children of all ages.” Helen O’Hara of Empire Magazine says, “A story even more delicate and moving than Sciamma's last effort, this takes an unusual and thoughtful look at girlhood, motherhood and friendship. It's enchanting."

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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  • $11.00 General

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Firebird

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Firebird is a romantic war drama directed, co-written, and co-produced by Peeter Rebane based on Sergey Fetisov's memoir The Story of Roman.

Firebird is a passionate love story set against the backdrop of a Russian air force base during late 1970's Communist rule. It follows a handsome, soulful young soldier who embarks on a dangerous and forbidden love triangle with a charismatic fighter pilot and his female comrade. As their friendship grows into love, the men risk their freedom and their lives to be together in the face of an all-seeing Soviet regime. [2021, UK, 107 min, Rated: R]

Randy Myers of the San Jose Mercury News says, “A glossy and classy melodrama that soars with passion and is elevated by strong production values, heartfelt performances and a story arc that journeys to unexpected destinations.”

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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  • $8.00 RBFS Members
  • $11.00 General

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Peace by Chocolate

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Peace by Chocolate is an inspiring and witty drama based on the internationally recognized true story about the Hadhads, an immigrant family who succeeded through a major life change with hard work.

After the bombing of his father's chocolate factory, a charming young Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between following his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family's chocolate-making legacy. [2021, Canada, 96 min, Rated: PG-13, In English and Arabic with English subtitles]

Richard Propes of TheIndependentCritic.com writes, “A wonderfully made, beautifully acted, and completely engaging film.” Laura Clifford of Reeling Reviews.com says “Jonathan Keijser makes his feature debut with a true story from his native Nova Scotia which illustrates both the struggles and the triumphs, the foes and friends, of refugees forced to build a new life after losing everything."

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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  • $11.00 General

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The Outfit

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The Outfit is a gripping crime drama, from the Academy Award-winning screenwriter Grahman Moore (The Imitation Game), which tells the story of a man that must outsmart a dangerous group of criminals.

Leonard (Mark Rylance), a master English tailor who's ended up in Chicago, operates a corner shop with his assistant (Zoey Deutch) where he makes beautiful clothes for the local people around who can afford them: a family of vicious gangsters. One night, two killers knock on his door in need of a favor and Leonard is thrust into a deadly game of deception and murder. [2021, USA, 105 min, Rated: R]

Danny Leigh of Financial Times remarks, “Rylance can hang another immaculate screen performance in the wardrobe.” Eddie Harrison of film-authority.com exclaims “The Outfit has the requisite plot twists and bursts of action to keep an audience riveted the result is a beautifully-fashioned thriller that grips like a vice.”

Location: Cinema Art Theater   

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