Saturday, July 11th – 3:30 PM
Special screening – co-sponsored by the Woodstock Film Festival  – with Director Max Mayer
(US / 2009 / dir. by Max Mayer)
* IN-PERSON: post-screening Q&A with Director Max Mayer
Romance can be risky, perplexing and filled with the perils of miscommunication – and that’s if you aren’t ADAM, for whom life itself is this way.
In this heartfelt romantic comedy, Hugh Dancy (THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB, CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC) stars as Adam, a handsome and intriguing young man who has led a sheltered existence – until he meets his new neighbor, Beth (Rose Byrne, “Damages”, 28 WEEKS LATER, KNOWING), a beautiful, cosmopolitan young woman who pulls him into the outside world, with funny, touching and entirely unexpected results.  Their implausible and enigmatic relationship reveals just how far two people from different realities can stretch in search of an extraordinary connection.
PG-13 / 99 mins.
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The Cake Eaters

Sun March 22, 2:00

IN PERSON: Mary Stuart Masterson
(co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Programmers Group)

(US / 2008 / dir by Mary Stuart Masterson)

For her directorial debut, actress Mary Stuart Masterson (BENNY & JOON) has created a subtle, textured film.

TWILIGHT’s Kristen Stewart stars as Georgia, a 15-year-old girl with a rare, debilitating neurological disorder. Sheltered by her artist mother, she’s eager to pack in as much living as possible in the little time she has left. She begins a romance with 20-something Beagle (Aaron Stanford), while her grandmother (Elizabeth Ashley) continues a decades-long affair with Beagle’s father Easy (Bruce Dern). Things get more complex when Easy’s prodigal son Guy (Jayce Bartok) returns from pursuing rock-star fantasies, having conveniently missed his mother’s slow, agonizing death from cancer while Beagle never left her side. Unpretentious and nuanced with excellent performances. Filmed locally in the Catskills with music by Duncan Sheik.

unrated / 95 mins

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April 18
Sat 1:45

(France /1967 / dir by Jacques Tati)





* SAT. APRIL 18th @ 1:45pm – IN PERSON: Tati-obsessed Upstate staffer Carl Hoyt

** SPECIAL MEMBER BONUS! The film is open to all, but any member coming to see PLAYTIME will receive a free small popcorn and be entered in a raffle to win a dvd copy of Tati’s MON ONCLE! Upstate loves our members!

Made in 1967, PLAYTIME is the much-appreciated but rarely-shown masterpiece by Jacques Tati, who won several international awards for his films featuring Monsieur Hulot.

Hulot, one of the few modern comic characters in the mold of Chaplin and Keaton, is a bridge between the silent and sound eras’ approach to film comedy. Ostensibly documenting a group of American tourists and Hulot as they wander aimlessly through a simulacrum of Paris, PLAYTIME is (to quote Roger Ebert) “one of a kind, complete in itself, a species already extinct at the moment of its birth…Instead of plot it has a cascade of incidents, instead of central characters it has a cast of hundreds, instead of being a comedy it is a wondrous act of observation. It occupies no genre and does not create a new one.” In French with subtitles.

unrated / 124 mins

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Sunshine Cleaning

April 20-23
Mon-Thurs 5:50 7:50*


(US / 2009 / dir by Christine Jeffs)

*IN PERSON: THURS. APRIL 23rd @ 7:50pm – RAQUEL STEINLAGE-PALLACK of Ulster Bio-Recovery will speak about the real business of biohazard cleaning.

In the spirit of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, SUNSHINE CLEANING is a quirky drama/comedy starring Amy Adams as a down-on-her-luck housekeeper who starts a new career—as a crime scene cleaner.

A former high school cheerleader, Rose (Adams) now struggles to make ends meet as a housekeeper. Upon the advice of her lover, former high school quarterback turned local detective Mack (Steve Zahn), Rose tries her hand at the messy business of mopping up the icky aftermath of violent altercations and suicides. She ropes her sister Norah (Emily Blunt)  into the trade, while her father (Alan Arkin) cares for her young son. The sight of the duo dealing with unpleasant messes is played for laughs, but the nature of the work awakens painful, and long dormant, memories for the family.

R / 102 mins

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May 2
*Saturday 2:00, all tix $10
*IN PERSON: filmmakers
(US/2008/dir by Eve Waltermaurer & Hazel Gurland)
FIRST, a documentary exploring the various first sexual experiences of women spanning different backgrounds and ages, was released by local filmmakers Eve Waltermaurer and Hazel Gurland in 2008 and has since been screened across the United States. These Hudson Valley filmmakers are now sharing the film at home for the first time as a fund raiser for the local chapter of Planned Parenthood. 
FIRST is a compilation of 10 women’s personal histories of their developing sexuality. The women of First welcome us into their bedrooms and their private past sharing ‘first’ stories. We learn about the sexual path from first kiss to first orgasm that is so unique but in many ways so similar across women. The women in First come from a variety of geographic backgrounds: urban, suburban and rural, a variety of racial/ethnic backgrounds, and a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. In addition, the women in First span four generations revealing the change in sexual attitudes from the 1920’s through today.
unrated / 40 mins