The Secret Garden

This summer, you can read the book, watch the film, and see a live performance of The Secret Garden! The live production is currently running at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck (click here for details). And on Sunday, July 14th at 12:30pm, Upstate Films and Oblong Books will co-present a special screening of the 1993 film adaptation starring Maggie Smith, followed by an informal book group discussion. Click here to purchase film screening tickets in advance. Click here to purchase the book online through Oblong Books.
Following a silent film version in 1919 and a dramatic rendition in 1949, Agnieszka Holland’s The Secret Garden became the third, and to date the most definitive, adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel for the big screen. Both a critical and a commercial success at the time of its release, Maggie Smith received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in the film, and the British Film Institute today includes it in their list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.
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Coraline

Sold Out… Sunday, May 5th at 12:30 in Rhinebeck, join Upstate Films and Oblong Books for a special screening and discussion with author Neil Gaiman. Tickets $18 Adults / $15 Seniors and Students / $12 Members and Kids under 16.
When Coraline moves to a new home in this stop-motion animated tale, she feels neglected by her stressed-out parents but soon finds a magic portal leading to a parallel world where everything seems perfect.
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If Beale Street Could Talk

Academy Award Nominee – Regina King (Best Supporting Actress), Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay
Golden Globe Nominee – Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Screenplay, & Golden Globe Winner – Regina King (Best Actress)

From Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk brings a colorful, romantic eye to James Baldwin’s novel about a young couple tragically separated by a false arrest.
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The Exorcist

Online ticket sales ended this morning, but tickets are available day-of at the box office (cash and check only)
Happy Halloween from Upstate Films and Oblong Books! Inspired by the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States, William Peter Blatty’s best-selling book and William Friedkin’s award-winning film follow the demonic possession of a 12 year-old girl and her mother’s attempts to win her back.
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Matilda

Read the book & watch the movie! Presented in collaboration with Oblong Books, this screening will be followed by an optional post-screening discussion led by Oblong’s Nicole Brinkley. Matilda may contain the stuff of traditional children’s stories — a wicked step-aunt, a true friend with a pure heart, and more than a little magic — but “traditional” isn’t a word that comes to mind when describing this film. Before 1996, Danny DeVito’s directorial credits included Throw Momma From the Train, War of the Roses, and Hoffa. With a taste for exaggerated characters and extraordinary situations, his sense of quirk is a fine match here for Roald Dahl’s novel about neglectful parents, cruel teachers, and the revenge of a brave little girl.
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Upstate Films and Oblong Books Present: Witness for the Prosecution

Read the story, then watch the movie! Upstate Films and Oblong Books co-present this screening, followed by a book group discussion — Sunday, November 12th at 1pm in Rhinebeck. To purchase tickets to the screening online in advance, click here.
Based on a short story and play by Agatha Christie, Billy Wilder’s WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION stars Charles Laughton as a British lawyer who gets caught up in a couple’s tangled affairs when he defends the husband for murder.
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