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Rosewater

Starts Friday
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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Awake – The Life of Yogananda

In Woodstock   
Nov 22
Sat: 1:00
 
(US / 2014 / Directed by Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman)
PG / 86 mins. 
A film by Oscar-nominee Paola di Florio and Sundance winner Lisa Leeman about Hindu mystic Paramahansa Yogananda who brought yoga and meditation to the West in 1920 and wrote the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” a go-to book for seekers from George Harrison to Steve Jobs.
By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient teachings accessible to a modern audience and led millions onto the path of self-realization. – Gathr
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Actress

In Woodstock 
Saturday November 29
5:00
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Robert Greene)
*Saturday November 29th, In Person: Director Robert Greene and actress Brandy Burre
With luxurious slow-motion sequences and staging worthy of a ‘50s melodrama, Robert Greene’s celebrated new film follows Brandy Burre, an actress (HBO’s The Wire) who gave up working to start a family and decided to re-start her career years later.
With glimpses of her stint on The Wire and a funny peek at Burre sifting through paltry royalty checks while her daughter plays nearby, Actress presents a sharp contrast between the allure of the spotlight and the dull rhythms that continue once it recedes. But as she returns to work, the affirmative aspect of her careerism is juxtaposed with conventional expectations about what a woman in her late 30s is supposed to want. Pivoting on an off-screen event that feels as impactful as the drama that takes place on camera, it becomes unclear how much Brandy is sacrificing the feelings and futures of her loved ones on the altar of self-interest. Acting, in the end, is not only Brandy’s profession; it’s something that she does all the time, whether interacting with her restaurateur husband Tim, her children, or Greene’s camera. With a dramatic, affective, and polyvalent ending, Greene’s film is documentary portraiture at its finest, taking on the resonance of a densely packed short story. Unrated / 86 mins. 
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This project is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA’s’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (www.NYSCA.org   www.eARTS.org).
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Theory of Everything

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Coming Nov 28
(US/2014/Writer/Director James Marsh)
PG-13 / 123 mins
Based on the true story of a marriage of minds – between theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, author of the best-selling A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME –  and his ex-wife Jane Wilde who helped him move forward after being diagnosed with a devastating nerve disease when only 21 years old. 
Academy Award winning director James (MAN ON WIRE) Marsh directs this moving romantic drama about the theoretical astrophysicist Stephen Hawking who, as a young man studying at Cambridge University during the 1960s, falls passionately in love with Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) a Cambridge arts student. Just as his brilliant career was beginning, the young Hawking, a healthy, active young man, received an earth-shattering diagnosis that his days were numbered. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. Hawking, 72, father to three with Jane, says he’d be nothing without his ex-wife. Her memoir “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen” inspired the film.
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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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Foxcatcher

Coming Soon
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Bennett Miller)
R / 133 mins. 
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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Pelican Dreams

Coming Soon
(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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Mood Indigo

Coming Soon
(France, Belgium / 2013 / Directed by Michel Gondry)
Unrated / 131 mins. 
A powerful and accomplished film from director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep), Mood Indigo tells the surreal and poetic tale of Colin (Romain Duris), an idealistic and inventive young man, and Chloé (Audrey Tautou), the stunning and quick-witted gal who captures his heart.
In a world where you can travel around on a pink cloud or be swept off an ice-skating rink into an inexplicable hole, Colin, a wealthy young man and inventor of the cocktail-mixing piano wants to fall in love. With the help of his cook Nicolas (Omar Sy) and his best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh), he meets and falls for Chloé. But soon after their wedding, a water lily starts growing in Chloé’s chest and she falls ill. Ruined by medical expenses, Colin resorts to increasingly desperate methods to save his beloved’s life. Spiced by a cascade of surprising visual effects, Gondry’s fertile imagination summons the ghosts of Tex Avery, Jacques Tati, and Rube Golderg in this starry-eyed fantasia, pitched somewhere between the jazzy airiness of the French New Wave and the freewheeling nuttiness of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Delicatessen or Amélie. Unrated / 131 mins. In French with subtitles.
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FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL PRESENTS: The Wonderful World of Boning — Sex Ed With a Sense of Humor

In Woodstock   
Dec 10  
8:00  
 
 
Where did I come from? What’s happening to my body? And why is this script so bad?
In “The Wonderful World of Boning,” writer, sex educator, and funny lady Lux Alptraum teams up with comedian friends to take a tour of classic sex education videos, where some of America’s best community theater actors teach our nation’s youth all about puberty, sexual health, and what’s happening down at the STI clinic. Hosted by Lux Alptraum and Tiara Francis, the show adds comic commentary to clips pulled from videos collected by Alptraum during her former career as a high school sex ed teacher.

Among the films featured in this show:

  • Seriously Fresh, a film that combines hip ‘90s fashion and lingo with lessons about HIV
  • You, Your Body, and Puberty, a guide to the weird experience of adolescence, and the even weirder experience of talking to your dad about boners
  • A Family Talks About Sex, the 1981 classic that finally answers the question, “How many times do I have to have gay sex before I’m considered gay?”
  • What’s Happening to Me?, an animated film about puberty that might just be racist
About the Hosts:
Lux Alptraum
spent four years teaching sex education to teenagers, and six years recommending porn to adults. The former editor/publisher of renowned sex blog Fleshbot.com, she currently works as a writer, consultant, and mocker of vintage sex education videos.
Tiara Francis is an actor, comedian, and writer from New York City. She has studied improvisation and sketch writing at The Upright Citizens Brigade NYC and performs with the all-women-of-color improv group Affirmative Action.
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Wild

Coming Soon
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée)
R / 115 mins.
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.
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Laggies

Coming Soon
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Lynn Shelton)
R / 100 mins. 
This belated coming-of-age comedy from director Lynn Shelton (YOUR SISTER’S SISTER) stars Keira Knightley as a woman who decides to take a vacation from her life when she realizes how far behind she is on fulfilling her potential.
After her ten-year high school reunion, Megan (Knightley) is struck by how little her life has changed since she graduated. When her boyfriend Anthony (Mark Webber) startles her with a marriage proposal, she gets in her car and just drives, winding up in a grocery store parking lot where she meets Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz), with whom she feels immediate kinship. On a whim, Megan tells Anthony she’s leaving town for a seminar but instead spends a weekend at Annika’s, where she hopes to find a revelation about what to do with her life. Moving along at a perky pace despite its title, LAGGIES is warm, perceptive, and a lot of fun, brimming with winsome characterizations from a great cast, including the charmingly ragged Sam Rockwell and the hilariously sarcastic Kaitlyn Dever.
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The Imitation Game

Coming Soon
(2014 / USA, UK / Directed by Morten Tyldum)
PG-13 / 133 mins. 
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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Force Majeure

Coming Soon
 
(Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France / 2014 / Directed by Ruben Östlund)
R / 118 mins
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. 
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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Members Only Screening: It’s a Wonderful Life

In Rhinebeck
December 20
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(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 Member 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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London National Theatre: Frankenstein

Coming Soon to Rhinebeck
(UK / 2011 / Directed by Danny Boyle)
Tickets $12 Adults / $11 Seniors / $10 members
Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave,Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.
The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.
Unrated 
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London National Theatre: Skylight

Coming Soon to Rhinebeck
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Stephen Daldry)
Tickets $12 Adults / $11 Seniors / $10 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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