The Velvet Underground

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Innovative and transgressive director, Todd Haynes, explores the history and mythology of The Velvet Underground. Archival footage and new insightful interviews, stylishly coalesce to form a definitive portrait of a seminal band, whose music and cultural impact continue to echo through the decades.

“Making ingenious use of split-screen, experimental montage and densely layered images and sound over two fabulously entertaining hours, Haynes puts his distinctive stamp on the material while crafting a work that could almost have come from the same artistic explosion it celebrates.”  – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Co-presented by Upstate Films at the Bardavon (Poughkeepsie) for one night only, Friday, October 15; opening at our Rhinebeck theater the same night and continuing for an open-ended run.

Language Lessons

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In her directorial debut, Natalie Morales, and co-writer/co-star Mark Duplass, shine in this platonic Romcom for the zoom era. Adam (Duplass), a neurotic, middle-aged, Californian, develops an improbable friendship with his online Spanish teacher, Cariño (Morales). Begrudgingly accepting his husband’s gift of two years of paid Spanish lessons, Adam, suddenly a widower, finds an unlikely ally in Cariño as he navigates grief and loneliness. Through a series of online conversations and bi-lingual video messages between California and Costa Rica, we experience two human beings form a deep relationship well beyond the scope of their webcams. 

“Touching, important, and surprisingly inspiring, this movie is a testament to the power of dialect and how it shapes our worldview and fuses and unites us.” – Kalyn Corrigan, Slash Film

Starts September 24

The Outsiders

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A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers are perpetually at odds with the Socials, a rival group. When Greasers Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell) and Johnny (Ralph Macchio) get into a brawl that ends in the death of a Social member, the boys are forced to go into hiding. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with the intense Dallas (Matt Dillon) and their other Greaser buddies, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives. While some Greasers try to achieve redemption, others meet tragic ends. (US., 1983, 136m.)

 

The Card Counter

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Tell (Oscar Isaac) just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk (Tye Sheridan), a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel (Willem Dafoe). Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past. THE CARD COUNTER is the latest from FIRST REFORMED writer/director Paul Schrader, whose other writing credits include TAXI DRIVER and RAGING BULL. (USA, 2021, 112m.)

With spectacularly haunting original songs by Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club accompanying the journey, Schrader expertly captures the equal parts exciting and depressing worlds of casinos, where the slots are always jangling and the bar is always open.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times 

 

 

Wife of a Spy

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It’s 1940, and the population of Japan is divided over its entry into World War II. Satoko, the wife of a fabric merchant, is devoted to her husband, but is beginning to suspect he’s up to something. Soon she allows herself to be drawn into a game in which she enigmatically conceals her intentions. Originally made for Japanese television by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (TOKYO SONATA, CURE), WIFE OF A SPY was re-cut for theatrical release, and was selected for Venice, where it won the Silver Lion for best direction. (Japan, 2020, 115m)

An absorbing, exotic, well-paced thriller with moments of disconcerting realism and horror.” – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

Lamb

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A childless couple in rural Iceland make an alarming discovery one day in their sheep barn. They soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature, in this dark and atmospheric folktale, the striking debut feature from director Valdimar Jóhannsson. The film stars Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, who also co-produced the film with famed Hungarian auteur Bella Tarr. Distributed by A24. (Iceland/Sweden/Poland, 2021, 106m.)

Lamb is a disturbing experience but also a highly original take on the anxieties of being a parent, a tale in which nature plus nurture yields a nightmare.” -David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter