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“On Chesil Beach” is on the screen Sept. 3 and 4.

“On Chesil Beach” is on the screen Sept. 3 and 4.

Arts Array film series announces fall season

August 29, 2018

Virginia Highlands Community College kicks off the Fall 2018 Arts Array Film Series. Show times are Monday and Tuesday evenings at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Abingdon Cinemall. Admission is free for all students and staff members of Virginia Highlands Community College, Emory & Henry College, King University, East Tennessee State University and Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, including participants in the College of Older Adults who purchase an Arts Array pass. Community admission is $7.75.

September’s lineup includes the following.

“On Chesil Beach” is on the screen Sept. 3 and 4. Adapted by Booker-Prize-winning author Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama features a young couple from different backgrounds as they experience an idyllic courtship but struggle with the reality of the wedding night and the physical implications of marriage. With a backdrop of the summer of 1962, the film explores the societal pressure that can accompany sexual intimacy and consent. Directed by Dominic Cooke. Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson and Samuel West star.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
is shown Sept. 10 and 11. An exploration of the life and legacy of iconic children’s television host Fred Rogers, the film traces the development of Rogers’ approach to the world around him and features the insights of a host of the people who knew him best, including his wife, Joanne Rogers. Directed by Malcom Neville.

“Don’t Talk to Irene”
is on screen Sept. 17 and 18. When a socially awkward teen with a goal gets suspended from school, she must endure two weeks of community service at a retirement home. While there, she secretly signs up the residents for a dance-themed reality show to prove that people don’t have to be perfect to be great. Directed by Pat Mills. Michelle McLeod, Geena Davis and Scott Thompson star.

“I, Tonya” is shown Sept. 24 and 25. In 1991, talented figure skater Tonya Harding becomes the first American woman to complete a triple axel during a competition. In 1994, her world comes crashing down when her ex-husband conspires to injure Nancy Kerrigan, a fellow Olympic hopeful, in a poorly conceived attack that forces Kerrigan to withdraw from the national championship. Harding’s life and legacy instantly become tarnished as she is forever associated with one of the most infamous scandals in sports history. Directed by Craig Gillespie. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan and Allison Janny star.

Other films in the series include “I Kill Giants” Oct. 1 and 2; “Marshall” Oct. 8 and 9; “Lean on Pete” Oct. 15 and 16; “School Life” Oct. 22 and 23; “A Quiet Place” Oct. 29 and 30; “Black Panther” Nov. 5 and 6; “Leave No Trace” Nov. 12 and 13 and “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” Nov. 19 and 20.