Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band

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Focussing on Robbie Robertson this is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of his life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band.
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The Silence of Others

Sunday, August 11th, followed by post-screening discussion with Guillermo Fesser
Filmed over six years, The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. A powerful and poetic cautionary tale about fascism, and the dangers of forgetting the past.
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Stan & Ollie

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star as Laurel & Hardy, leading us on an affectionate tour behind the scenes, and offering a moving portrait of the burdens and blessings of a creative bond.Read More

Colossal

What if Godzilla were a projection of your issues? That’s the question posed by Colossal, a film that fuses comedy with the Japanese kaiju genre to tell the story of an unemployed train wreck (Anne Hathaway) who accidentally unleashes her angst on South Korea in the form of a gigantic quasi-reptilian monster.
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2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of animated shorts – the weekend of February 10th at Upstate Films. This year’s program includes the 5 nominees, plus 3 additional titles. The selections are suitable for young viewers until the very last film, which will be preceded by a parental-guidance title card. Click below for information on the program.
(Running time: 86 mins)
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Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of animated shorts – the weekend of February 10th at Upstate Films. This year’s program includes the 5 nominees, plus 3 additional titles. The selections are suitable for young viewers until the very last film, which will be preceded by a parental-guidance title card. Click below for information on the program.
(Running time: 86 mins)
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Brooklyn

Adapted by Nick Hornby (WILD, AN EDUCATION, ABOUT A BOY) from Colm Toibin’s acclaimed novel, BROOKLYN is an exquisitely crafted period piece about a young Irish immigrant who finds herself poised between two worlds in 1950’s America.
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Mommy

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Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
May 6 – 7
Wed-Thur 8:15
 (Canada/2015/Writer/Director Xavier Dolan)
R / 139 mins
In anticipation of Mother’s Day, here’s an anti-bouquet from 25 year old Xavier Dolan whose latest film, his fifth, won a prize at the Cannes Film Festial. When fifteen year old Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) is booted out of a special-care institution, his mother, single parent 46 year old widow Diana “Die” (Anne Dorval), is forced to tend to her violently hyperactive, often charismatic,  son  whose anarchic instability leads to emotional and physical chaos.
A.O.Scott, NY Times, nails it: “it seethes and howls with unchecked feeling… it is a pocket opera of grandiose self-pity, a wild and uncompromising demand for attention, a cri de coeur from the selfie generation.” 
It sucks us in to root for peace and understanding. Mommy herself is nearly as mercurial as her son, ping-ponging between hurtfully lashing out at her strapping son and smothering him with love. Early on she  loses her job, tries home schooling, and looks for free-lance work. Luckily, Kyla (Suzanne Clement), a stammer-afflicted neighbor from across the street who has her own hidden wounds, comes into their lives. A former teacher on leave, she’s is able to work with Steve once she wins his respect in an amazing scene. The film is shot in a square format as if on a phone, and the ’90s pop soundtrack and the assured filmmaking style in tandem with the performances make it hard to turn away.  

Mommy is an exhilarating 139 minutes of cinema. Xavier Dolan has that enfant-terrible attitude of a young Lars von Trier or Leos Carax, the flair for melodrama of a Northern Almodóvar, and a fearlessness in plumbing the depths of ordinary people that evokes even Cassavetes.”
—  Joumane Chahine, Film Comment

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Watermark

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
June 25
Wed 8:10 (last show)
(Canada / 2013 / Directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky)
PG / 92 mins.
Edward Burtynsky reteams with Manufactured Landscapes director Jennifer Baichwal to co-direct this massively ambitious, visually arresting investigation of the relationships between humanity and one of its most precious resources – water.
Hopscotching the globe, the film carries us from the tannery district of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where leather goods are treated with chemical water baths that outflow into the Buriganga River, to the Greenland Ice Sheet, where scientists analyze ice core samples from the last interglacial period before ours. From the air, the film soars over vast abalone farms in the East China Sea, the Stikine River watershed in northern British Columbia, the 12th-century step-wells of Rajasthan, and the 21st-century Bellagio Fountains of Las Vegas. As in their previous work, Watermark presents awe-inspiring images and ideas while toying with our senses. After seeing a slow motion shot of river rapids, with water jetting up and out in majestic sprays, it is only later that we learn we’re seeing the silt release from the massive Xiaolangdi Dam in China. Disguising disaster as beauty, the film invites us to contemplate how we are not just passive watchers of what nature does – we are responsible. In English, Mandarin, Bengali, Spanish, and Hindi with subtitles.
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Stories We Tell

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June 14 – 20
Fri 5:45
Sat 5:45
Sun 8:00
Mon 8:00
Tues 8:00
Wed 5:45
Thur 5:45

(Canada/2013/dir by Sarah Polley)
PG-13/108 mins
In her inspired, genre-twisting new film, writer/director Sarah (AWAY FROM HER) Polley discovers that the truth, aka the secrets and lies of someone’s life, in this case her mother’s, depends on who’s doing the telling.
Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by her family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions regarding her mother. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. STORIES… also explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture. (c) Roadside Attractions
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Monsieur Lazhar



May 15 – 17
Tue 6:00 8:00
Wed 6:00 8:00
Thu 6:00 8:00 (last show)

(Canada / 2011 / dir by Philippe Falardeau)
PG-13 / 94 mins.
Nominated this year for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this is  a poignant story of a Montreal elementary-school class that is left reeling after its teacher commits suicide, and then is replaced.
A charismatic Algerian immigrant, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), reads of the tragedy, meets the principal and offers his services. With no one else looking for the job, he’s hired, and becomes the substitute teacher for the classroom of traumatized children including Alice and Simon, who seem particularly affected. With gentle humor, compassion and an elegant touch, Monsieur Lazhar tells a story about a man who transcends his own grief and tragedy, as well as a cultural gap, to help his young students process death and loss in their lives. All the while, he must keep his personal life hidden. Wonderful performances from the both the young actors as well as their new teacher make this an unusually rewarding film. In English, French, and Arabic with subtitles
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A Dangerous Method



Jan 16 – 19
Mon 3:10 6:00 8:30
Tue 6:00 8:30
Wed 6:00 8:30
Thu 6:00 8:30 (last show)

(Canada/Germany/UK/Switzerland / 2011 / dir by David Cronenberg)
R / 99 mins.
Precise, lucid, and thrillingly disciplined, David (NAKED LUNCH, EASTERN PROMISES, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) Cronenberg’s story of Jung and Freud in the early days of psychoanalysis is brought to life by outstanding lead performances from Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender.
When the beautiful and profoundly disturbed Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) arrives at Jung’s (Fassbender) clinic, she strikes an untapped well of emotions within the therapist. As his relationship with the young woman deepens, he begins to question the restrictions of his idol, Freud’s (Mortensen) methodologies. Strong supporting turns from Vincent Cassel as radical psychoanalyst Otto Gross and Sarah Gadon as Jung’s morally upright wife complete the web of relationships that surround Spielrein’s treatment in this brooding tale of troubled desire and the complexity that lurks behind genius.
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Cairo Time

October 4 – 7
Mon 7:30
Tues 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30

(Canada, Egypt / 2009 / dir by Ruba Nadda)
CAIRO TIME is both a love letter to a city and a sweeping romantic drama in the tradition of such films as BRIEF ENCOUNTER and LOST IN TRANSLATION.
Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) is a fashion editor who arrives in Cairo for a vacation with her long-time husband (Tom McCamus), a UN official working in Gaza. When he is unavoidably delayed, he sends his friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig), who had been his security officer for many years, to escort her throughout the beautiful, dangerous, and exotic city. Juliette finds herself falling in love not only with the city but also with her guide. From the surprise of men-only cafes, to the aroma of a hookah pipe, to the expanse of the Nile, the film, reminiscent of the restrained, emotional tension in the work of Jane Austen, captures the seductive charm of Cairo as well as the unexpected, unrequited love between an Arab man and a North American woman.
PG / 90 mins.
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Anvil! The Story of Anvil

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May 18-21:
Mon-Thurs 6:00 8:10

ENDS THURSDAY!


(Canada / 2009 / dir by Sacha Gervasi)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil is a timeless tale of survival and the unadulterated passion it takes to follow your dream, year after year.
The story follows Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner and their heavy metal band, Anvil, which released one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982’s Metal on Metal. The album influenced an entire generation of rock bands, including Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, who went on to sell millions of records. Anvil, on the other hand, took a different path — straight to obscurity. A wonderful and often hilarious account of Anvil’s last-ditch quest for elusive fame and fortune, the film features appearances by an array of heavy metal icons, including Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Guns N’ Roses’ Slash, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, and Slayer’s Tom Araya, among others. © Abrorama
unrated / 90 mins
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