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Foxcatcher

Now showing 
in Woodstock 
Dec 19 – 25
Fri 7:30
Sat-Sun 4:30 7:30
Mon-Tues 7:30
Wed closed
Thur 4:30 7:30 
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Bennett Miller)
R / 133 mins. 
* 3 Golden Globe nominations: Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor
From director Bennett Miller (CAPOTE, MONEYBALL), FOXCATCHER tells the chilling true story of multi-millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carrell) and his relationship with Olympic wrestler brothers Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo).
After winning the Olympic gold medal in 1984, Mark (Tatum) receives an offer to train with “Team Foxcatcher” from patriotic millionaire John du Pont (Carrell). Moving to the du Pont estate, Mark is initially showered with gifts and praise, enveloped in a cocoon of wealth. But there is something disquieting about John’s generosity, and it soon becomes unclear whether he’s more of a friend or a manipulator. The psychodrama thickens when Mark’s older brother David (Ruffalo), a sweetly centered family man who can see through John’s ego, is brought into the compound. With Carrell transforming himself into the pale, ominous du Pont and Tatum acting with stony force, the cast plays off one another brilliantly. A meticulous, chilling depiction of American ambition and the cold-blooded pursuit of success, FOXCATCHER delivers an impact that lingers long after the lights come up.
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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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Mr. Turner

 

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Coming Soon
(UK/2014/Writer/Dir Mike Leigh)
R / 2 hours 29 mins
Mike Leigh who’s given us some amazing films about contemporary life – SECRETS & LIES, NAKED, LIFE IS SWEET - as well as some captivating period dramas (TOPSY TURVY, VERA DRAKE) here, with Dick Pope, his director of photography, takes us back to the nineteenth century and the last twenty five years of the celebrated, groundbreaking, difficult painter JMW Turner (1775-1851). 
Sad and joyful, ‘Mr Turner’ offers a wonderfully rich tapestry of experience and digs deeply into a complicated, contradictory life. Timothy Spall won Best Actor at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for his performance as the great if eccentric British painter. Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.
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Two Days, One Night

 

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Coming Soonish
(France/2014/Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes)
PG-13 / 95 mins
The latest from the celebrated Dardenne brothers (THE KID WITH THE BIKE, ROSETTA, THE CHILD,LA PROMESSE) Luc and Jean-Pierre, stars Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a working-class wife and mother paralyzed by depression who, about to return to her job, learns her colleagues have just voted to get rid of her so that they can divide up her salary for their bonuses. 
twodaysBecause the vote was not quite proper, Sandra is given one weekend to convince her co-workers to keep her on but lose their bonuses. In the course of her surprisingly suspenseful efforts, Sandra finds out who her friends are, while the Dardennes compellingly map the rocky terrain of worker solidarity in contemporary Europe. Over the weekend, urged on by her husband and a friend, Sandra screws up her courage to confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out. The brothers Dardennes have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom. In French with subtitles. 
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Force Majeure

Coming Soon
 
(Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France / 2014 / Directed by Ruben Östlund)
R / 118 mins
* Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film
In this beautiful, audacious film, Ruben Östlund turns a keenly analytic eye on the principles we supposedly live by and explores what happens when our codes of conduct are abruptly stripped away.
On a family skiing vacation in the French Alps, Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke) and Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) are enjoying lunch with their two children when thunderous booms emanating from the mountain above them interrupt their meal. The complacent Tomas initially dismisses the possibility of danger – but when it appears that there may be an avalanche, he grabs his cellphone and bolts, leaving his wife and children to fend for themselves. When nothing catastrophic happens as a result of the avalanche, the film probes the incident’s emotional fallout, as husband and wife debate what actually occurred, and what Tomas’s proper response should have been – a battle that eventually threatens not just Tomas and Ebba’s relationship, but those of the people around them. Psychologically acute and boasting a number of bravura moments that range from terrifying to comic, FORCE MAJEURE is both an insightful probe into gender roles and family dynamics and a clever lampoon of fragile bourgeoisie masculinity. In Swedish with subtitles. 
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Human Capital

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Coming 2015
(Italy/2015/dir by Paolo Virzi)
unrated / 110 mins
Italy’s nominee for best foreign language film is a stylish thriller that fuses a whodunit with a tricky dance of status, avarice, and ambition.
It’s the night before Christmas Eve and a cyclist heading home from work is run off the road by a careening SUV. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family intertwine with the struggling middle-class Rovellis in ways neither could have expected. Dino Rovelli (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino), and uses his teenaged daughter Serena’s (Matilde Gioli) relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi’s playboy son to get a chance to invest money he doesn’t have. Paolo Virzi’s taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from three character’s perspectives adding and layering relevant details and angles. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation. In Italian with subtitles. 
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Leviathan

Coming Soon
(Russia / 2014 / Directed by Andrey Zvyaginstev)
R / 141 mins. 
* Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film
Premiering to unanimous acclaim at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, LEVIATHAN is an eye-opening glimpse into life on the gray-lit Barents sea – with its mordant, vodka-saturated humor, vast skeletons of whales and old fishing boats, and crushing tales of corruption.
Kolia (Alexey Serebriakov) is a car mechanic with a modest property on prime real estate. When a crooked mayor (Roman Madyanov) who wants his land hits Kolia with a compulsory purchase order, Kolia enlists the help of his old friend Dimitri (Vladimir Vzovichenkov), a Moscow lawyer. Dimitri produces an incriminating file that he promises will induce the mayor to back down, but attempting to blackmail Russia’s well-connected gangster class is fraught with danger. With an extraordinary eye for the class-inflected details of intimate small town life, Zvyaginstev has made a film in which the personal and the political are perfectly intertwined. A tragic-drama that dissects the contemporary Russian spirit with immediacy and urgency, LEVIATHAN is visceral, rebellious fare, unraveling with a force that escalates into an annihilating sort of grandeur. In Russian with subtitles. 
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London National Theatre: Skylight

Coming Soon to Rhinebeck
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Stephen Daldry)
Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors / $13 Members
Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly anticipated West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, captured live in London’s West End by National Theatre Live.
On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Bill Nighy, whose extensive film credits include Love Actually, Notes on a Scandal and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and whose stage roles include Pravda and the world premiere of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour on Broadway, plays alongside Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, An Education) who is making her West End stage debut, and Matthew Beard (An Education, One Day, The Look of Love).
Unrated 
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