Far From the Madding Crowd

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
in Rhinebeck 
May 25 – 28 May 29 – June 4
Mon 5:30 8:00
Tues 5:30 8:00
Wed 2:45 5:30 8:00
Thur 5:30 8:00
Fri 3:45 6:30 9:00
Sat 3:45 6:30 9:00
Sun 2:45 5:30 8:00
Mon-Tue 5:30 8:00
Wed 2:45 5:30 8:00
Thur 5:30 8:00 
(UK, US / 2015 / Directed by Thomas Vinterberg)
PG-13 / 119 mins. 
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a resilient young woman who comes into property in Victorian England’s West Country.
Desiring to maintain her independence in a patriarchal world, Bathsheba sees no reason to settle down with a man she doesn’t truly love. Yet her willfulness is fetching, and Bathsheba captivates the hearts of three suitors — Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a neighboring sheep farmer; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (THE CELEBRATION, THE HUNT), the film is a calm and stately rendition of Hardy’s timeless story. Relying mostly on natural light and spacious widescreen frames to capture Dorset in all its rugged, forbidding beauty, Vinterberg evokes the sense of a hard-working society where function trumps lavishness and where human passions must often be bottled-up to protect social order.
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Dior and I

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
May 25 – 28
Mon-Tue 5:45
Wed 3:00 8:10
Thur 8:10 
(France / 2014 / Written and Directed by Frédéric Tcheng)
Unrated / 90 mins. 
Frédéric Tcheng’s solo directorial debut brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director-a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators.
Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision. (C) Official Site.
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Merchants of Doubt

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
May 25 – 28
Mon-Tue 8:10
Wed-Thu 5:45 
(US / 2014 / Directed by Robert Kenner)
PG-13/ 96 mins.
Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin.
It’s rare these days for someone to say something like “there’s no evidence pesticides are harming us” as they once did, and that’s where the concept of “merchanting doubt” comes in. Today, it’s more common to say “the jury is out” or “we need more study.” By seeding public discourse in such ways, pundits-for-hire can help stall government action due to “lack of consensus.” In Merchants of Doubt, filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver tongued pundits, who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities, yet who have the contrary aim of spreading confusion about well-studied public threats — ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. What the film makes clearest is that these issues shouldn’t be political, but the strategy works with almost maddening perfection in America’s hyper-partisan, spin-addicted 24-7 news cycle.
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Saint Laurent

In Rhinebeck
May 29 – June 4
Fri-Sat 5:30 8:30
Sun 3:00
Mon-Tue 5:20
Wed 2:30 7:45
Thur 7:45 
(France & Blegium / 2014 / Directed by Bertrand Bonello)
R / 150 mins.
A look at the life of French designer Yves Saint Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge.
“Featuring an amazing cast of French actors including Gaspard Ulliel, Lea Seydoux and Jeremie Renier, SAINT LAURENT beckons with the promise of an inside look at the hectic and mysterious world of fashion. Shepherding you past security with a flash of a V.I.P. all-access pass, it confers instant insider status made even more alluring by the element of time travel. It’s giddy, intoxicating, decidedly decadent feeling, but SAINT LAURENT is more than merely seductive. YSL’s commitment to elegance was all-consuming, and also represented a kind of transcendental consumerism. His life, or at least this movie’s idea of it, was both sumptuous and empty, hedonistic and sad. He was a creator and, even more, a collector, of attractive people, intense experiences and beautiful things.”—From A.O. Scott’s, New York Times review. In French with English subtitles. 
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Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck 
May 29 – June 4
Fri-Sat 3:30
Sun 6:00
Mon-Tue 8:15
Wed-Thur 5:40
(Estonia, Georgia / 2013 / Directed by Zaza Urushadze)
Unrated/ 87 mins. 
TANGERINES is a story of awakening humanity in the midst of violence, told with intimacy and elegance by writer/director Zaza Urushadze.
Nominated for an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015, TANGERINES is the spare yet haunting tale of an older Estonian man who cares for two wounded soldiers from opposite sides of the 1990s-era war in Georgia. The film reveals compassion to be the ultimate response to centuries of political, cultural and ethnic conflict, a compelling and relevant message for contemporary audiences. (c) Samuel Goldwyn
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The Hunting Ground

Woodstock May 30 Rhinebeck May 31
Sat 1:30 Sunday 8:00
 (US/2014/dir by Kirby Dick)
PG-13 / 90 mins
IN PERSON: Tara Sanders, Exhale to Inhale’s program director for Upstate New York. Exhale to Inhale’s mission is to empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to heal and reclaim their lives through the grounding practice of yoga. Tickets: $11 Adults / $9 Seniors and Students / $7 Members and Kids under 16. 
A documentary exposé about the huge yet hidden problem of sexual assault on college campuses nationwide. 
From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, a vital and frank investigation of sexual assault in the U.S. military, comes another startling exposé – about rape on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice – despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level. (C) Radius-TWCi.

 A must-watch work of cine-activism, one that should be seen by anyone headed to college and by those already on campus. – Manhola Dargis, NY Times

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