Infinitely Polar Bear

Now showing
in Woodstock 
Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck 
July 6 – 9
Mon-Thur 7:30 
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Maya Forbes)
R / 90 mins.
Based on a true story about director Maya Forbes’ own father, INFINITELY POLAR BEAR is a funny and heartbreaking portrait of a man who suffers from bipolar disorder and a testimony to the many unexpected ways parents and children can save each other.
After a breakdown that forced him to leave his family and move into a halfway house, Cameron (Mark Ruffalo) attempts to rebuild his relationship with his two daughters and win back the trust of his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana). When she is accepted to business school, Maggie gives Cam a shot and asks him to become the primary caregiver for the girls while she completes her degree. But the girls are not interested in making things easy for him. Realizing that he’s in over his head, he learns, through trial and error, how to take care of his precocious daughters as well as himself. Ruffalo finds his signature role here, deftly easing into the role of the blue-blooded slacker who aches when the world won’t hug him back. A sincere man trying to make good, his story is a generous and redemptive one, lending a rare dignity to Forbes’ affecting film.
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Amy

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Starts Friday
in Woodstock 
July 10 – 16
Fri-Sun 5:00 8:00
Mon-Thur 7:30 
(UK/2015/Directed by: Asif Kapadia)
R / 128 mins
Six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse, with a voice described as a combination of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, was a pop star/jazz artist who wrote and sung from her heart until her untimely death at 27.
Despite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse’s appeal crossed cultural and psycho-demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a huge star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense – her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with her troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

 It’s a perceptive examination of the singer’s need for love — from her friends, family, colleagues, husband and public — and the ways in which that need went unmet, or was exploited, at the times it ached in her the most.
– Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

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