Our Kind of Traitor

This adaptation of a John LeCarre has us on holiday in Marrakech with an English couple, Perry and Gail, who befriend Dima, a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia.
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Brie Larson won an Oscar as Best Actress this year; so in case you missed it, here’s another chance. Based on the Booker-shortlisted best-seller by Emma Donaghue, ROOM is a tale of survival and endurance that is by turns harrowing, suspenseful, and wondrous. Recounting the story of a mother and child escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for several years, this visionary drama explores the trauma of being stolen from the world — and the marvel of discovering it for the first time.
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Todd Haynes’ remarkable filmmaking career has ranged from the experimental – KAREN CARPENTER: SUPERSTAR – to risky and risque homages – I’M NOT THERE… VELVET GOLDMINE – to re-imagining 1950s melodrama – FAR FROM HEAVEN, to the dystopian SAFE. Now he revisits the socially constricted 1950s in his latest beautifully realized film, an adaptation of  a novel written under a pseudonym by Patricia Highsmith (best known for Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr. Ripley) that stars the resplendent Cate Blanchett as the titular Carol, a wealthy suburban wife and mother, and Rooney Mara as an aspiring photographer who catches her eye.
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Written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman (the writer behind BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, ADAPTATION, and SYNECHDOCHE, NEW YORK), this singularly stunning stop-motion animation tells the tale of a lonely business man who finds a moment of connection with an “anomalous” woman named Lisa.
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Testament of Youth

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
Moves to
June 22 – 25Friday June 26 
Mon-Tue 5:40 8:15
Wed 3:00 5:40 8:15
Thur 5:40 8:15
(UK / 2014 / Directed by James Kent)
PG-13 / 129 mins.
A powerful story of love, war, and remembrance, Vera Brittain’s classic testimony of war from a woman’s point of view is exquisitely realized in this moving and timely adaptation.
Intelligent and free-spirited, Vera overcomes the narrow-mindedness of her conservative parents and wins a scholarship to Oxford. Entranced by her brother’s dashing friend Roland, who shares her literary aspirations, she plunges into an intoxicating romance. In love and on the cusp of fulfilling her ambitions, Vera’s dreams are brutally shattered by the onset of war. When Roland and her brother ship out to the front, she abandons the cloistered environs of university life and volunteers as a nurse. Immediately confronted with the reality of the war’s victims, her life is irrevocably changed as she loses, one-by-one, the young men she held so dear. Mingling innocent charm with dogged persistence, Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair) is marvelous as the sharply perceptive Vera. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.
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Gemma Bovery

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
June 15 – 18
Mon-Tues 8:15
Wed 6:10 8:15
Thur 6:10 
(France, UK / 2014 / Directed by Anne Fontaine)
R / 99 mins. 
Director Anne (COCO BEFORE CHANEL) Fontaine’s clever adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel is at once a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, a witty feminist commentary and a heady celebration of French provincial life.
In this vibrant re-imagining of Madame Bovary, life imitates art in uncanny ways when earthy British beauty Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her husband Charles (Jason Flemyng) move to a charming ramshackle old farmhouse in the very same Norman village where the novel was written a century earlier.  Their welcoming neighbor, Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini), becomes entranced with Gemma and sets out to guide her through her new surroundings. It doesn’t take long before he is drawing parallels between the literary and real life woman, while he insinuates himself into her life. As reality sets in on the fantasy of rural French domesticity, the Boverys’ marriage begins to fray and Gemma finds herself at loose ends. She soon catches the eye of a handsome young playboy and when her magnetic ex suddenly reappears, she finds herself at a crossroads and seems to be fulfilling Joubert’s worst fears that her destiny is linked to that of Flaubert’s doomed heroine. In French and English with subtitles. 
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The Saragossa Manuscript

In Rhinebeck 
Oct 8
Wed 2:15
(Poland / 1965 / Directed by Wojciech J. Has)
Unrated / 184 mins (Part 1: 81 mins, Part 2: 103 mins.)
A favorite film of Jerry Garcia and Luis Buñuel, The Saragossa Manuscript is a brilliant adaptation of one of the greatest works of world literature.
It is a Chinese box tale — a travel story about the supernatural and mystical opposed to the humanist materialism. It is 1739 as Alphonse van Worden crosses the wild range of the Sierra Morena, a land said to be inhabited only by demons — evil spirits and invisible hands that push travellers into chasms. Although he refuses to listen to those tales, his journey will be a sequence of supernatural and frightful events. But maybe they’re only illusions. 1971 Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain – Special Award – winner. 1965 IFF Edinburg – special mention. 1965 IFF San Sebastian – CIDALC prize, Award of the International Journalist’s Club.
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Anna Karenina

Dec 26 – 27
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30 (last show)

(UK / 2012 / Directed by Joe Wright)
R / 130 mins.
With a script by Academy Award-winning writer Tom Stoppard and a provocative performance by Keira Knightley, director Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina is both a faithful rendering of Leo Tolstoy’s novel and an intelligent, ornate piece of showmanship.
Anna is an exemplary wife and mother who breaks the rules of propriety by abandoning her husband Alexei Karenin (Jude Law) in favor of the young Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Shunned by society, disowned by her family, barred from seeing her child, and tortured by the fear that Vronsky will abandon her for a younger woman, Anna begins to unravel as she realizes the full ramifications of her choice. Magnifying the story’s drama, director Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, Hannah) sets his film almost entirely within the confines of an old, majestic theater. The result is a feeling that life is a show, complete with sumptuous costumes, ecstatic choreography, intriguing set changes, and fateful plot twists. Literally closing the walls in on its characters, Wright’s Anna Karenina becomes a rendition to get lost in as it accesses the deep, overwhelming emotions that lurk beneath civil society.
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Oct 17

Wed  8:30
$12 (adults)
$11 (seniors/students)
$10 (members/under 16)
unrated/94 mins
F.W.’s Murnau’s German expressionist horror film, shot in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania during the early days of film, with Max Schreck as the grotesque Count Orlock, is revered as one of the scariest Dracula adaptations ever made.
LIVE MUSIC BY THE 5 piece ANDREW ALDEN ENSEMBLE brings an exciting new score to this iconic film.
The new score by the Andrew Alden Ensemble compliments the horror of the film and the classic story of Dracula, with the sensibilities of classical chamber music and the distinct edge of rock. The music – featuring piano, strings, synthesizers, percussion and electric guitars – will be performed in person during the showing of the film, giving us a new experience of this memorable classic.
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

May 15-17
Tue 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thu 7:30 (last show)

(UK / 2011 / Directed by Lasse Hallstrom)
PG-13 / 112 mins
An unlikely premise – bringing salmon fly-fishing to the arid wadis of Yemen to create a spiritual connection between people and nature – is beautifully realized and acted in this adaptation of a best-selling novel by prize winning screenwriter Simon (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) Beaufoy and director Lasse (Chocolate, My Life as a Dog) Hallstrom.
Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor), a dour and nearly loveless married British fisheries scientist finds himself forced to take seriously the idea of introducing salmon fishing to the Highlands of Yemen. Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt), represents a wealthy and benevolent sheikh (Amr Waked), who makes frequent trips to his estate in the rugged Scottish highlands to pursue his love of fishing. The sheik believes that bringing the sport to his coun­try would benefit the people. Fred (McGregor) tries to laugh this off, but once the British prime minister’s spokesperson, Bridget Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas), decides to use the sheikh’s dream to promote a heart­felt story of British goodwill in the Middle East, he must take it seriously. Fred’s skepticism is matched only by the sheikh’s boundless optimism, and trumped by Harriet’s charm. Hallström’s delightful adventure, one in which theories and doubts are swept aside by a belief in the unattainable, is an extremely pleasing adventure.
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