Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
Nov 21 – 27
Fri 4:00 6:45 9:20
Sat 4:00 6:45 9:20
Sun 2:45 5:30 8:00
Mon 5:30 8:00
Tues 5:30 8:00
Wed 5:30 8:00
Thur closed
 (US/2014/Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
R / 119 mins
A black comedy – the hit of Venice Film Festival & now here in the States – tells the story of a washed up actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and a fellow actor as he attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Peter Debruge, VARIETY: “A quarter-century after “Batman” ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles — hollow comic-book pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch — a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star’s attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway. In a year overloaded with self-aware showbiz satires, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s fifth and best feature provides the delirious coup de grace — a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution, that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.”
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Rosewater

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
Nov 21 – 27
Fri 4:15 7:00 9:25
Sat 4:15 7:00 9:25
Sun 3:00 5:45 8:10
Mon – Wed 5:45 8:10
Thur closed 
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Jon Stewart)
Unrated / 103 mins.
In his directorial debut, Jon Stewart brings the story of Maziar Bahari, a journalist imprisoned in Iran for 118 days on charges of espionage, to the screen with tact and intelligence.
Played with elegant modesty by Gael Garcia Bernal, Bahari is a London-based journalist who travels to Iran to cover the 2009 presidential election. After interviewing everyone from conservative zealots to voters protesting Ahmadinejad’s victory, he finds himself plucked from his home and landed in prison. Convinced he is not only a reporter but a spy, Bahari’s interrogator is obsessed with making him confess and dangles the fear of torture in the air. But since Bahari has nothing to confess, the situation is an absurd one. To keep his sanity while awaiting a release that may never come, he deploys his wit like a banana peel, letting his interrogators slip on their own ignorance. Both subtle and heartfelt, ROSEWATER illuminates the precarious and often brave position of journalists in today’s world. 
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