While We’re Young

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Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
April 24 – 30
Fri-Sat 5:45 8:10
Sun 3:15 8:10
Mon-Tue 5:45 8:10
Wed 8:10
Thur 5:45 8:10
 (US/2015/Writer/Director Noah Baumbach)
R / 94 mins
Noah (Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, Frances Ha) Baumbach’s latest foray into modern manners and relationships explores what it means to feel authentic amidst the quest for recognition and success. 
It stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a couple in their mid-forties who meet a disarming couple in their twenties, Jamie and Darby, (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) and quickly fall under their spell. Josh is a serious documentary filmmaker, who’s stuck in a rut ten years into the making of his “new” film. His father-in-law (Charles Grodin), the doyen of non-fiction filmmakers, tries to be encouraging, but in this mordant social satire, he’s pushed away by Josh just as Cornelia is. Josh soon dons a pork-pie hipster hat while basking in this new found fawning adoration of Jamie, a wanna-be filmmaker. Meanwhile the childless Cornelia and Josh begin to distance themselves from their peers, many of whom have added a baby to their lives of urban privilege. Cornelia (Watts) is terrific as his supportive yet misunderstood wife who’s willing to go along for the ride. But soon Josh begins to suspect that his young follower’s admiration may mask some serious manipulation to move on up the ladder.
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Woman in Gold

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Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
April 24 – 30
Fri-Sun 3:10 5:40 8:00 
Mon-Tue 5:40 8:00
Wed 3:10 5:40 8:00
Thur 5:40 8:00
(UK/2015/dir by Simon Curtis)
PG-13 / 111 mins
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Based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an upper-class Viennese woman, who escaped from the Nazis, made her way to the States, and over 50 years later decides she’d like to salvage some dignity from her past and makes it her mission to reclaim art works the Nazis stole from her family, especially a portrait of her Aunt Adele, the famous Lady In Gold, painted by Gustav Klimt.
Helen Mirren, who can do no wrong as an actress, plays Maria, now an elderly woman living and running her shop in Los Angeles.  As the film moves back and forward in time, we witness Maria as a young woman living a life of cultured privilege in Vienna with her family, friends, her young husband, and her strikingly beautiful aunt Adele. The Nazi takeover of Vienna and Austria catches most Jews unprepared for the barbaric times. Maria narrowly escapes with her husband. Now many decades later, all alone, she enlists an inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her make her case to the Austrian government and reclaim her family’s art, especially the‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer’, the Woman in Gold. At first her lawyer is seduced by the money, the Klimt painting is valued at $100 million, but in part due to his own ancestry and the challenge, he marshals all his skills to champion the restitution. Together, they embark upon a battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and to the U.S. Supreme Court, as they confront difficult truths about the past.
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National Theatre Live: A View From the Bridge

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In Rhinebeck 
April 29
Wed 2:30
 (UK/2015/play by Arthur Miller/directed by Ivo van Hove)
 2 hours
 $15/$14 seniors/$13 members & under 16
Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (familiar from movie roles in THE IMITATION GAME, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY) in London’s Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge.
The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale that he wrote in the mid-1950s. Set in Red Hook Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone (Strong) welcomes his Sicilian cousins, two brothers, to the land of freedom. The story revolves around Carbone’s unhealthy, possessive love for Catherine (Phoebe Fox) his 17-year-old niece, who has lived with him and his wife since the death of her mother years earlier. As young, innocent Catherine falls in love with the younger of the two brothers, Eddie seethes with anger and resentment. Freedom comes at a price as Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal. This revival recently won three Laurence Olivier Awards in April 2015, for Best Actor (Mark Strong), Best Revival and Best Director (Ivo van Hove).

Charles Spencer in The Telegraph wrote, “This staging of A View from the Bridge (1956) is one of the most powerful productions of a Miller play I have ever seen. It breaks the surly bonds of naturalism and the conventions …  to create a work of seething intensity and savage beauty that grips the audience throughout its interval-free two-hour playing time… I left The Young Vic in no doubt that I had seen a great, fresh-minted production of a modern classic…The acting is superb. Eddie Carbone is one of the greatest roles in modern drama, a truly tragic hero…”

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White God

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In Rhinebeck 
April 24 – 29
Fri-Sat 3:15
Sun 5:45
Mon-Tue no show
Wed 5:45
 (Hungary/2014-5/dir by Kornél Mundruczó)
R / 117 mins
When 13-year old Lili, a pawn in her parent’s divorce, is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen because it’s mixed-breed heritage is deemed unfit by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other in this cunning, nimble Hungarian thriller.
After her father abandons Hagen on the streets, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him. Meanwhile, Hagen struggles to survive and searches desperately to return home to Lili, but soon Hagen learns that not everyone is a dog’s best friend. Wandering the streets, the former housepet (played by brothers Bodie and Luke, a mix of Shar-Pei, Labrador, and hound) is befriended by a cute mutt and a pack of dogs and survives a series of dangerous situations. But barely. He must flee dogcatchers; he is exploited by a crafty beggar who sells him and he becomes the prisoner of a dog fighting trainer. Unable to find him, Lili begins to accept the fact that she may never be reunited with Hagen, and though bitterly disappointed, she tries to focus on her orchestra’s annual concert, she plays trumpet, and enjoy the life of a normal teenager. Meanwhile, captured and sent to the pound, Hagen’s future seems more dismal than ever until he and the other dogs escape and revolt against mankind. Their revenge is merciless. Courageous Lili may be the only person who can halt this unexpected war between man and dog. Featuring a cast that includes 280 real-live not computer-generated dogs. Warning: Not for the squeamish…

 “A REVENGE FANTASY THAT’S LIKE NOTHING YOU’VE SEEN ON SCREEN BEFORE. FIERCE AND BEAUTIFUL A series of soaring, astonishingly choreographed scenes.
– Manohla Dargis, NY Times
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