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Alive Inside

Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck 
July 25 – 31
Fri 4:30 7:00
Sat 7:00 9:20
Sun 6:00
Mon 8:20
Tues 8:20
Wed 3:30 6:00
Thur 6:00
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennet)
Unrated / 73 mins. 
Following the work of social worker Dan Cohen, Alive Inside reveals how music can awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years, sometimes decades.
In an effort to bring music to the lives of nursing home residents, Dan Cohen visits John, a quiet Army vet who served at Los Alamos, who perks up at the sound of the Andrews Sisters. Denise, a Schubert fan, pushes away the walking frame she’s been using every day for two years and begins to dance. Inert and depressed, the Cab Calloway-loving Henry is fully rejuvenated, swaying his arms and crooning in perfect pitch. Demonstrating how connecting the elderly to the music they love not only combats memory loss but also supplements a broken health care system often indifferent to interpersonal connections, Alive Inside is moving, inspiring, and worthy of attention.
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A Hard Day’s Night

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Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck 
July 25 – 31
Fri 9:20
Sat 4:30
Sun 8:20
Mon & Tues 6:00
Wed 3:15 8:20
Thur 8:20
(UK/1964/dir by Richard Lester)
G / 87 mins
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night by enjoying the new digital restoration of one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time!
Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play wily, exuberant versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever.
Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which re-conceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is a deliriously entertaining film.
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A Most Wanted Man

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Starts Friday
in Woodstock 
July 25 – 31
Fri 5:30 8:15
Sat 5:30 8:15
Sun 5:30 8:15
Mon 7:30
Tues 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30
(US/2014/dir by Anton Corbijn)
R / 121 mins
Based on John le Carré’s novel, A Most Wanted Man is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension, and stars the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as a bedraggled German spy-master who’s trying to protect his turf from the encroaching CIA.
When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity – oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? 
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A Short History of Decay

July 27
Sunday 3:00
(USA / 2013 / Directed by Michael Maren)
In Person: Writer/Director Michael Maren
Generational differences provide both insight and humor in this unusual story about a failed Brooklyn writer who visits his ailing parents in Florida.
Soon after Nathan’s (Bryan Greenberg) girlfriend dumps him, he learns that his father has had a stroke. Flying home to his parents’ spacious home in Florida, where his dad is recovering and his mom is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, Nathan brings with him a New York City ennui. While he spends most of his time sitting around feeling sorry for himself, to spice things up he chats up a French girl at a bar, has lunch with his mother’s sunny manicurist, and bickers with his visiting older brother. As Nathan gradually begins to question the emptiness of his idleness, director Michael Maren’s story subtly transcends its particulars to become a resonant and revelatory film.
R / 94 mins.
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Cold in July

In Woodstock 
July 26
Saturday 2:00
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Jim Mickle)
Filmed locally in the Hudson Valley! A special presentation by the Hudson Valley Programmers Group, this screening will be followed by Q&A with director Jim Mickle.
How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems.
Shortly after Dane kills the home intruder, his life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Twists and turns continue to pile up as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end. Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled “badasses” portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action films; one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Cold in July is hard to shake as an east Texas summer. — Hudson Valley Programmers Group
R / 109 mins. 
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Brasslands

Coming Soon
(US, Serbia, and Montenegro / 2013 / Directed by the Meerkat Media Collective)
Unrated / 88 mins.
As half a million people descend upon a tiny Serbian village for the 50th anniversary of the world’s largest trumpet festival, every competitor seeks to win. Brasslands chronicles the personal journeys of three competitors participating in the festival for very different reasons.
As 25-year-old master trumpeter Dejan Petrovic – the reigning champion – returns to defend his title, Demiran Ćerimović – a world-class Roma Gypsy trumpeter – struggles against deeply ingrained racism for the opportunity to make money for his family. Through it all, an unlikely American band must also win over an audience that still resents America’s role in the NATO bombings of Serbia two decades earlier. As tensions simmer below the festival’s carnivalesque, alcohol-fueled surface, Brasslands bears witness to deeper resonances. From the staccato snares to the euphoric brass chorales and electrifying trumpet solos, the film attests to the fact that even amidst fractured ethnic and political divides, there remains in Serbia a universal human desire for identity, joy, and belonging that – if only momentarily – can be heard.
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Boyhood

Coming Soon
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Richard Linklater)
R / 163 mins.
Rare is the opportuntity to see a cast age naturally over the span of a single film. Ambitiously, Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Waking Life, Slacker) filmed this intimate domestic epic on and off since 2002, following Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from first grade through his first year of college.
The result is a deeply moving story made up of unlikely moments. Structured like a series of short films, each covering one of those 12 years, we watch as the characters grapple with life’s joys, compromises, and discoveries. Watching Coltrane age in real time along with co-stars Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and scene-stealing Lorelei Linklater, we see deeper into their characters. For instance, Olivia (Arquette) is shown early on reading the first Harry Potter novel to her children, and in due time we watch as they eagerly line up at midnight to purchase the sixth volume. Like the best fiction, Boyhood conveys greater truth about coming to terms with the world at large, and the cumulative impact of seeing something resembling a life unfold over the course of one film is overwhelming. A humanist heartwarmer, the film celebrates getting through life’s muddles as a heroic achievement. In English and Spanish with subtitles.
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Celebrate 100 Years of Charlie Chaplin’s “Tramp” … with live music by David Arner

August 3
Time TBA
(USA)
Unrated 
* With live musical accompaniment by David Arner. 
In 1914, a funny looking man wearing a funky bowler hat and carrying a cane wandered into The Kid Auto Races in Venice, California and ended up delighting the confused crowd with his antics.
An early version of guerilla filmmaking (no permits were issued, no one knew who he was), Chaplin’s performance was recorded on film and exhibited in theaters for the first time as the beloved character “the Tramp.” In celebration of the character’s 100th anniversary, we’re bringing a selection of newly restored Tramp shorts to Upstate Films, with live accompaniment provided by David Arner. Selected titles forthcoming.
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Magic in the Moonlight

Coming Soon
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Woody Allen)
PG-13 / Running time unknown
Fresh off of an Oscar nomination for Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen returns with a sun-soaked romance set in 1920s France, about a beguiling spiritualist and the man hired to debunk her.
Against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, gorgeous Mediterranean vistas, and fashionable jazz joints, Sophie (Emma Stone) works as a medium for a rich family. When an Englishman (Colin Firth) is brought in to convince her employers of her fraudulent nature, he becomes increasingly puzzled by the accuracy of her soothsaying and impressed by her trickery. As his cynicism is challenged, he gradually falls for the young woman and a series of personal and professional complications ensue. With a stellar cast including Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, and Jacki Weaver, Magic in the Moonlight is a terrific ensemble comedy from one of the true masters of cinema.
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The Trip to Italy

Coming Soon
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Michael Winterbottom)
Unrated / 108 mins.
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return for another highly entertaining round of sumptuous travel in The Trip to Italy, a most welcome sequel to 2010’s The Trip that follows our intrepid armchair gastronomes on a tour of Italy from northern Piemonte to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast.
Enlisted to chronicle a tour of high-end restaurants and historical sights along the Italian peninsula, Coogan and Brydon find themselves following in the footsteps British poets Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. Much of the pleasure of this latest “Trip” comes from the way Coogan and Brydon interact with their surroundings. And throughout, director Michael Winterbottom nods lovingly to Italy’s rich history as cinematic locale, setting scenes in the street where Humphrey Bogart shot parts of Beat the Devil, the Napoli catacombs visited by Ingrid Bergman in Voyage to Italy, and the cliff-side mansion immortalized by Godard in Contempt. Whetting our palates, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings amid much sparkling banter, riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels.
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Martin Scorsese presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

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Series begins Sunday Aug 10 with ASHES AND DIAMONDS
(Poland/1950s into the 1980s)
“In 2011, I had the opportunity to visit the Polish National Film School in Łódź, Poland, at the invitation of the great director, Andrzej Wajda. It was a trip I had wanted to make for years as I had long been drawn to the school and to Polish cinema from the time I was a film student at NYU, studying under my teacher and mentor, Haig Manoogian. It was at NYU—a school modeled after the legendary film program at Łódź – that I learned not just how films are made, but why.The school nurtured in me an unshakable belief in artistic expression grounded in Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, the surreptitious poetry of the old Hollywood masters, and Polish cinema: the great, sweeping, humanistic, intimate and profound movies that were an integral part of what, looking back, seems more and more like a golden age of international cinema.”
“… This is a cinema of personal vision, social commitment and poetic responsibility from which we’ve all learned and which sets a high standard that, as a filmmaker, I strive to achieve with every film, every time out. Each of the films in this special series embodies what Wajda called “the ‘impertinent freedom of creativity in the cinema” These are films that have great emotional and visual power—they’re “serious” films that, with their depth, stand up to repeated viewings. The subtext of great conflict and cultural identity is universal, even if you don’t know the history of Poland, the themes in these films will resonate, as they did profoundly for me. There are many revelations in the “Masterpieces of Polish Cinema” series and whether you’re familiar with some of these films or not, it’s an incredible opportunity to discover for yourself the great power of Polish cinema, on the big screen in brilliantly restored digital masters. I hope you will enjoy these great films as much I do.Thanks to The Film Foundation and Milestone Films in the United States, and Propaganda Foundation, DI Factory and KinoRP in Poland for making this magnificent series possible.”

 When I first saw ASHES AND DIAMONDS one of the many highlights in this series and arguably one of the greatest films ever made – Polish or otherwise, I was overwhelmed by the film: the masterful direction, the powerful story, the striking visual imagery, and the shocking performance by Zbigniew Cybulski, considered the “Polish James Dean” with his electrifying presence. I was so struck by the film, it affected me so deeply, that I paid small homage by giving Charlie a pair of similar sunglasses in MEAN STREETS. – Martin Scorsese

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A Will for the Woods

August 24
Sunday, Time TBA
(USA / 2013 / Directed by Amy Browne, Tony Hale, Jeremy Kaplan, and Brian Wilson)
In Person: co-directors Jeremy Kaplan, Amy Browne, Tony Hale, and Brian Wilson
In A Will for the Woods, a man’s passionate wish for a green burial inspires a profoundly affecting and optimistic portrait of people finding meaning in death.
Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang battles lymphoma while facing a potentially imminent need for funeral plans. Determined that his last act will not harm the environment and may even help protect it, Clark discovers the movement to further sustainable funerals and helps move a local cemetarian to establish the first natural burial ground in North Carolina. As Clark and his family play out their lives, we watch like a fly on the wall – from their home movies, through Clark’s medical tests and treatments, his final visits with family in Ann Arbor, and his funeral. The result is an undeniably moving documentary with a compassionate, personal approach.
Unrated / 93 mins.
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