The Vernon Film Society presents Their Finest as the first film of the fall season Sept. 11 at the Vernon Towne Cinema.(STX Entertainment image)

Film society launches fall season

The Vernon Film Society is presenting the first film of the fall season Sept. 11

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The Vernon Film Society is presenting the first film of the fall season Sept. 11 at the Vernon Towne Cinema.

The film chosen to lead off the varied season ahead is Their Finest, a dramatic comedy that takes place in 1940 in the midst of the Blitz in London.

Based on Lissa Evans novel, Their Finest Hour and a Half, the film follows Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton – An Education) who takes a job making propaganda films.

Essentially hired to give a woman’s perspective, Cole soon finds herself writing scripts for a movie about two sisters who supposedly went to Dunkirk to rescue the men left stranded on the beach. While on location in Devon, Cole begins to come into her own and earn the respect of her peers, especially when she becomes the only crewperson that Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy – Pride, Notes on a Scandal) — a past his prime, yet nonetheless pompous actor — will talk to and take direction from.

The film pops with witty banter and flows with lovely period detail. The characters are uniformly textured and the performances nuanced. Nighy and Arterton give stellar performances and Jeremy Irons has a cameo.

Their Finest is the sort of crowd pleaser that knows the difference between satisfying its viewers and flattering them, all the while showcasing surprising performances from Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin (the Riot Club, United), and an entirely unsurprisingly one from Bill Nighy – a master scene stealer pulling off yet another brazen heist,” said Andrew Barker of Variety.

Their Finest shows at the Vernon Towne Cinema Sept. 11 at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tickets available for $7 one week ahead at theatre and the Bean Scene Coffee House. All tickets are cash only. Rated 14-A.