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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck
Aug 7 – 13
Fri-Sat 4:10
Sun 3:10
Mon-Tue 6:00
Wed 3:15
Thur 8:20 
(Sweden, Russia, France, UK, Spain / 2013 / Written and Directed by Felix Herngren)
R / 114 mins. 
Powered by the antics of a mischievous centenarian on the run, comic fable The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared abounds with irreverent charm.
After a long and colorful life working in munitions and getting entangled in the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project, and other definitive events of the 20th century, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. Determined to escape on his 100th birthday, he leaps out of a window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected journey involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some wicked criminals, and an elephant named Sonya. Like an unruly Nordic cousin of Forrest Gump, Allan’s youthful escapades and current adventures weave together into an offbeat treat for anyone who’s young at heart.  Starring beloved comedian Robert Gustafsson, this fanciful spin on world history is based on a best-selling novel and also the highest-grossing Swedish film of all time. – Music Box Films   In Swedish, Russian, French, Spanish, and English with subtitles. 
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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

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(US / 2015 / Directed by Brett Morgen)
Experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the first fully authorized portrait of the famed rock music icon. Director Brett Morgen expertly blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music, and never-before-seen home movies with animation and revelatory interviews with his family and closest confidants.
Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen, Washington, through the height of his fame, a visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist at odds with his surroundings emerges. While Cobain craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame, his epic arc depicts a man who stayed true to his earliest punk rock convictions, always identifying with the “outsider” and ensuring the music came first. Fans and those of the Nirvana generation will learn things about Cobain they never knew while those who have recently discovered the man and his music will know what makes him the lasting icon that he is. —H.C. for Sundance Film Festival.
Unrated / 145 mins. 
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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

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(USA / 2015 / Written & Directed by Marielle Heller)
R / 102 mins. 
Based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s acclaimed novel of the same name, Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård and Kristen Wiig star in this gutsy, intimate and assured film about a teenager who sleeps with her mom’s boyfriend.
Set in 1976 San Fransisco, THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL begins at the crossroads of the fading hippie movement and the dawn of punk rock. Left rudderless by her hard-partying mother (Wiig) and her absent father, Minnie (Powley) finds solace in her mother’s boyfriend’s (Skarsgård) seductive smile. When she begins an affair with him, Minnie emerges defiant — taking command of her sexuality and drawing on her creative talents to reveal truths in the kind of intimate and vivid detail that can only be found in the pages of a teenage girl’s diary. Writer/director Marielle Heller unlocks Gloeckner’s book (hailed by Salon as “one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender and beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America”) with a richly comedic and deeply personal vision. In her directorial debut, Heller brings her story to life with fearless performances, a stirring score, inventive graphic novel-like animation sequences, imagination, humor and heart. DIARY is a coming of age story that is as poignant as it is unsettling.
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Grandma

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(USA / 2015 / Written & Directed by Paul Weitz)
R / 79 mins.
In a role that was made for her, Lily Tomlin stars as Elle Reid, an ill-tempered lesbian who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend (Judy Greer) when she finds herself on an all-day odyssey to raise the money her granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) needs for an abortion.
Temporarily broke, Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the $600 Sage needs, but their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. As their trail of frustration continues against a ticking clock, it becomes clear that taking the dilemma to Sage’s mother, Judy (Marcia Gay Harden), is their best option. A powerful lawyer, Judy is a fire-breathing chip off the old block, and the marvelous Harden nails her every brilliant barb, as well as the whole frazzled history with her mother. Though Tomlin shines at its center, GRANDMA is truly movie about three generations of women, the forces that shape and scar them, the thorny histories and divergent life choices that distance them, the lessons they absorb or ignore and the ties among them that weaken but seldom break.
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The End of the Tour

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(USA / 2015 / Directed by James Ponsoldt)
R / 106 mins. 
A love song to the art of conversation, THE END OF THE TOUR tells the true story of Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) who, infatuated with the postmodern novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), begs for an opportunity to profile the author following the 1996 publication of his groundbreaking novel, Infinite Jest.
Over the course of a five-day interview, Wallace — played as a shambling, acutely self-aware, and rigorously honest soul — immediately impresses Lipsky with his utter lack of pretense, his fondness for dogs, and his appreciation for junk food. Lipsky serves as a sounding board and a friend, yet Wallace is suspicious of his interlocutor’s motives. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between the two. The men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties. But it’s never clear how truthful they are being. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. Based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, the film is directed with humor and tenderness, with both Eisenberg and Segel rendering performances of great emotional depth.
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99 Homes

Coming Soon
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Ramin Bahrani)
R / 112 mins.
From acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo), 99 HOMES tells the story of an unemployed construction worker (Andrew Garfield) who joins an unscrupulous realtor (Michael Shannon) in the dirty business of foreclosing on the disenfranchised.
With employment opportunities drying up as a result of the US economy’s implosion, construction worker Dennis Nash (Garfield) has fallen disastrously behind in his mortgage payments. Along with his mother (Laura Dern), he is evicted from his family house by local realtor Rick Carver (Shannon) — a slick, hard-nosed operator who has found a lucrative calling in these lean times as an axeman for the banks. Finding temporary housing in a motel, Dennis desperately scrambles to keep even this roof over his family’s heads. But soon he finds Carver on his doorstep once again — this time with an offer of a job, and a promise to help Dennis reclaim his family home. Unable to resist, Dennis enters a world of shady transactions and charged moral ambiguity, where the losses of the many are the gains of a few. Garfield shines in his nuanced portrayal of a moral man in an immoral world, while Shannon vividly illustrates the visceral need underlying Carver’s manic drive to succeed, giving dimension and depth to a cold and calculating man. Enthralling, provocative, and timely, 99 HOMES is not to be missed.
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Stray Dog

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Aug 22 – 23
Sat Woodstock
Sun Rhinebeck
(US/2014/dir by Debra Granik)
unrated / 98 mins
IN PERSON: Filmmaker Debra Granik Sat Aug 22 Woodstock & Sun Aug 23 Rhinebeck
After the success of WINTER’S BONE which was nominated for four Academy Awards and launched Jennifer Lawrence, Debra Granik could have seemingly written her own ticket, but that’s naive.
Instead, for her follow-up, 
Granik created a documentary portrait of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall (who played meth-man Thump Milton in the 2010 film).
This burly, sixty-something biker and Vietnam vet is a moonshine-sippin’, gun-totin’, small dog-lovin’ Missourian, an emblem of America’s Heartland— who did two tours of duty in Vietnam and is still haunted by nightmares. After seven years of solitude, he rejoins society, attending military funerals and counseling sessions with vets, serving as the benevolent manager of an RV park, and learning Spanish to bond with his Mexican wife, Alicia, whose two teenage sons are attempting to immigrate to the U.S. It’s a celebration of the extraordinary in the “ordinary,” providing a captivating, humanist account of a decent American man who has come to terms with himself and acquired a rare wisdom and patience in the process. This is a moving film about community and the bonds that hold it together; also a vivid snapshot of a changing America.

 “I realized there was a lot of American history in this one man’s body and psyche—coming of age in Southeast Asia, feeling like a lost and adrift person, coming from a generation of stoic Vietnam veterans who didn’t realize they had PTSD despite retaining all their limbs,” says Debra Granik.

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