Words and Pictures

Showing
in Woodstock
 
July 21 - 22
Mon 7:30
Tues 7:30
(Ends Tuesday)
 
(USA / 2013 / Directed by Fred Schepisi)
PG-13 / 111 mins.
A witty romantic drama, Words and Pictures stars Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen as two prep school teachers who flirt and provoke each other with equal relish.
At school, Jack Marcus (Owen) laments that his students are more obsessed with social media and good grades than engagement with the written word. At home, however, Jack prefers the bottle to the pen. A one-time literary star, he has not published in years. When he meets his match in Dina Delsanto (Binoche), an abstract painter and new teacher on campus, Jack’s inspiration is sparked, and a high-spirited and rivalrous courtship begins. Bringing their contentious relationship into the classroom, the two engage their students in trying to prove which is more powerful – the word or the picture. But as both come to terms with their imperfections in the midst of their struggle for connection, the true war the two are fighting is against their own demons.
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Obvious Child

Showing
in Woodstock
 
July 23 & 24
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30
(Ends Thursday)
(USA / 2014 / Written and Directed by Gillian Robespierre)
R / 83 mins.
Jenny Slate (SNL) shines in this oddball comedy about a 28-year old comic who tries to get her life back on track after learning that she is pregnant.
Donna Stern (Slate) is a stand-up regular at a small New York club. After using her relationship as part of her act, her boyfriend uses it as the fuse and dumps her. Her parents are supportive while her friend, Nellie (Gaby Hoffmann), helps her through her binge sleeping and sweatpants phase. After an emotional breakdown on stage, she meets Max (The Office‘s Jake Lacy), a handsome but square business-school grad who makes a fine rebound but isn’t at all her type. When Max comes courting a few days later, Donna has no idea what to do — and even less of a clue when a pregnancy test comes up positive. A candid comedy that moves from profane to poignant in the blink of an eye and that doesn’t shy away from difficult issues, Obvious Child plumbs each and every awkward moment to its full potential.
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A Most Wanted Man

big-05
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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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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