Wild

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
Dec 19 – 25
Fri 4:00 6:40 9:15
Sat 1:15 4:00 6:40 9:15
Sun 3:00 5:40 8:15
Mon-Tue 5:40 8:15 
Wed closed
Thur 3:10 5:50 8:30
(US/ 2014 / Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée)
R / 115 mins.
* Golden Globe nominee for Best Actress
Reese Witherspoon delivers one of the year’s best performances in WILD. Adapted by writer Nick Hornby (HIGH FIDELITY, ABOUT A BOY, AN EDUCATION) from Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling 2012 memoir, director Jean-Marc Vallee’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning DALLAS BUYERS CLUB is an odyssey of loss and self-discovery.
The Pacific Coast Trail, which runs up the entire Western spine of the USA from the Mexican to the Canadian border, is a backpacking challenge of fabled difficulty and rugged beauty. In 2005, at age 22, Strayed walked it to clear her head after a grim decade of loss and personal meltdown. WILD tells the story of that journey, alternating remarkable moments from the novice hiker’s unaccompanied trek with powerful flashbacks of the traumas that triggered her adventure. At once an epic cinematic experience and an intimate personal narrative, the film retains the compelling blend of humor and pathos that won Strayed’s book such acclaim. Bolstered by strong performances from Laura Dern and Gaby Hoffman, Vallée’s rendering is as rich and enveloping as this true story deserves.

What makes its heroine worth caring about – what makes her a rare and exciting presence in present-day American film – is not that she’s tidy or sensible or even especially nice. It’s that she’s free. – A.O.Scott NY Times

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Pelican Dreams

Fri – Sun
in Rhinebeck 
Dec 19 – 21
Fri 4:10
Sat 4:10
Sun 5:50 
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Judy Irving)
G / 80 mins.
In a story of friendship, survival and the spirit of flight, filmmaker Judy Irving (THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL) follows a wayward, starving California brown pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans’ nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration and survival challenges.
The film is about wildness: How close can we get to a wild animal without taming or harming it? Why do we need wildness in our lives, and how can we protect it? PELICAN DREAMS stars “Gigi” (for Golden Gate) and Morro (a backyard pelican with an injured wing). Like THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL, Irving’s study of brown pelicans is affectionate, at times humorous and reveals a sense of wonder and awe at the birds’ simple beauty. — Shadow Distribution
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Free Members Only Screening: It’s a Wonderful Life

In Rhinebeck
December 20
Sat 1:00
FREE MEMBERS-ONLY SHOW!
(USA / 1946 / Directed by Frank Capra)
To say THANK YOU to our members this holiday season, Upstate presents one of the most loved films in American cinema, Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, as a Free Members-Only Screening…
“As a young man, George (James Stewart) dreams of shaking the dust from his shoes and traveling to far-off lands, but one thing and then another keeps him at home – especially his responsibility to the family savings and loan association, which is the only thing standing between Bedford Falls and the greed of Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore), the avaricious local banker. George marries his high school sweetheart (Donna Reed, in her first starring role), settles down to raise a family, and helps half the poor folks in town buy homes where they can raise their own. Then, when George’s absentminded uncle (Thomas Mitchell) misplaces some bank funds during the Christmas season, it looks as if the evil Potter will have his way after all. George loses hope and despairs, and is standing on a bridge contemplating suicide when an Angel 2nd Class named Clarence (Henry Travers) saves him and shows him what life in Bedford Falls would have been like without him.” – Roger Ebert
Unrated / 130 mins. 
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Citizenfour


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Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
Dec 19 – 23
Fri 6:50 9:20
Sat 6:50 9:20
Sun 3:10 8:20
Mon-Tue 5:50 8:20
*Ends Tuesday
(US/2014/Writer/Director Laura Poitras)
R / 114 mins
Laura Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance and national security issues in the post-9/11 era when she began receiving encrypted emails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. 
In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden.The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema:  a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. CITIZENFOUR is a major work on multiple levels, and a deeply unsettling experience.

 “In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”  
-  George Orwell

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Coming Next...

The Imitation Game

Starts Thursday
in Rhinebeck 
*Continues Friday Dec 26 
Dec 25
Thur 3:00 5:40 8:20
(2014 / USA, UK / Directed by Morten Tyldum)
PG-13 / 114 mins. 
* 5 Golden Globe nominations: Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score
Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a sensitive and cerebral performance as Alan Turing, a Cambridge mathematician whose work developing a machine to break the Nazi’s enigma code didn’t only shorten World War II; it pushed technology to the point where computers could be imagined.
When war between Britain and Germany is declared, Turing passes a test to become a member of a top-secret group of code-breakers. Much to the surprise of her commanding officers, so does a woman, Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley). Once at Bletchley Park, Turing proposes that the German code can be most effectively analyzed by building a giant electrical computing machine, and Clarke helps him win over the approval of his colleagues. A compatible duo, the two become engaged to be married. But Turing is gay, struggling with his identity at a time when it is illegal and subject to draconian punishment. Though Winston Churchill famously praised Turing for making the biggest single contribution to defeat the Axis powers in World War II, he was prosecuted for his homosexuality after the war. Featuring a stunning performance from Cumberbatch, who is unafraid of Turing’s quirks and brashly proud of his intellect, THE IMITATION GAME is a powerful story chronicling the work of a brilliant man.
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