The Bookshop

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed 1978 novel this elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community, is timely and timeless.
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The Wife

Academy Award Nominee – Glenn Close (Best Actress)
Golden Globe nominee – Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama (Glenn Close)

Glenn Close gives a commanding performance as Joan Castleman, a wife contemplating the implications of her devotion after 40 years of marriage.
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On Chesil Beach

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling 2007 novella, the drama centers on a sexually awkward young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962 just months before the youth-quake hit Britain triggering the advent of “free love” for a generation.
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Disobedience

In his first film made outside his native Chile, Sebastián Lelio (A FANTASTIC WOMAN, GLORIA) directs Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in an adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel about a woman who returns home to her orthodox Jewish community in London and rekindles a romance with her cousin’s wife.
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The 37th Annual Black Maria Short Film Festival

The Black Maria Film Festival returns to Upstate Films Friday July 27th! Named after Thomas Edison’s film studio, dubbed the “Black Maria” because of its resemblance to the black-box police paddy wagons of the same name, the program features a collection of award-winning works — including animation, narrative, and documentary films chosen by the festival jury. Immediately following the screening, Festival Director Jane Steuerwald will conduct a Q & A with the audience. The show begins at 8:15pm and will take place at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck.
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Finding your Feet

A married woman living the life of British privilege takes refuge with her bohemian sister after she discovers her husband is having an affair with her best friend.
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Lean on Pete

Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years) directs Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, and newcomer Charlie Plummer in this story about a 15-year-old who hooks up with a pair of itinerant horse trainers and develops a powerful bond with a racehorse on its last legs.
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The Party

In this acid-laced amuse-bouche of a movie from British writer-director Sally Potter, dinner never makes it to the table but the guests still get served, early and often.
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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

“There is a tremendous warmth and tenderness to this sweet, sad love story starring 4 time Oscar nominee Annette Bening and Jamie Bell (BILLY ELLIOT)—a stranger-than-fiction true romance that unfolds in Los Angeles, New York, London and Liverpool…
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London National Theatre: Young Marx

Wednesday, March 21st at 1pm in Rhinebeck
Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.
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Darkest Hour

6 Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Actor, Cinematography, Production Design, Makeup & Hair, Costume Design
Golden Globe winner for Best Actor in a Drama

Set in 1940 before the US entered WWII, Joe Wright’s (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement) Darkest Hour is an exciting, rousing historical drama that depicts the many obstacles Churchill faced in his determination to resist the Nazis — and shows just how close history came to taking a terrifyingly different direction.
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2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

For the 13th 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. This year’s program includes the 5 nominees, plus 3 additional titles. The selections are suitable for young viewers and most would be rated G, except for GARDEN PARTY, which is suitable for children over 8 years old. Click below for information on the program.
(Running time: 83 mins)
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2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

For the 13th 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. This year’s program includes the 5 nominees, plus 3 additional titles. The selections are suitable for young viewers and most would be rated G, except for GARDEN PARTY, which is suitable for children over 8 years old. Click below for information on the program.
(Running time: 83 mins)
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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts? Not if it’s the latest twist on horror by Yorgos Lanthimos starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, and Alicia Silverstone. If you didn’t like The Lobster, this isn’t the film for you. But if you’re interested in genre-exploding, semiotically challenging fare, come take a chance. 
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Goodbye Christopher Robin

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. It is also a dark cautionary tale about the poisonous effects of sudden stardom and the trauma of post-WWI shell-shock.
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Loving Vincent

LOVING VINCENT, the world’s first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history’s most celebrated artists.
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Victoria and Abdul

Academy Award Nominee: Best Costume Design, Makeup & Hair
It’s 1887, the British Empire celebrates Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and among the kings and princes in attendance is Abdul Karim, a young clerk who has traveled from his famine-ravaged India to present the aging monarch with a ceremonial coin, and despite being told “Whatever you do, you must not look at Her Majesty”, Abdul looks at Victoria, gives her a smile, and so begins one of the most unlikeliest friendships in history.
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Trip to Spain

Take a trip, another gastronomic-quip-laden-celeb impressions trip, with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, as they eat their way through sunny Spain while honing their one-upmanship skills.
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London National Theatre: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Wednesday, October 18th at 1:30 in Rhinebeck
Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films); Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers); Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fortitude, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
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The Exception

A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer).
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London National Theatre: Angels in America Part One — Millenium Approaches

Wednesday, August 16th at 1pm in Rhinebeck
Day-of tickets are not available for purchase online but may be purchased at the box office, which opens at noon. Please remember: The box office takes cash and check only. 

Set in America in the 1980s — in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration — New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.
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Joe Cocker: Mad Dog With Soul

Saturday, July 8 at 9pm, the Woodstock Film Festival presents this special screening at Upstate Films Woodstock. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director John Edginton, as well as Michael Lang, the co-creator of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Festival, and Joe Cocker’s manager, plus other surprise guests.
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My Cousin Rachel

Based on on Daphne Du Maurier’s 1951 gothic novel this twisted romance is about a young Englishman who falls blindly in love with his cousin, the enchanting, mysterious, beautiful widow of his beloved guardian who comes to England from Italy.
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I, Daniel Blake

The winner of the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival follows a middle-aged, blue-collar carpenter struggling to navigate the bureaucracy of the British benefits system after an injury leaves him unable to work.
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T2 Trainspotting

21 years ago Danny (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) Boyle burst upon the scene with his no-holds-barred adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel about a group of frenemies, low-life Scot sleazeballs who somehow won our (some of our) hearts. They’re back – older yes, wiser?!
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Their Finest

Lone Scherfig (Italian for Beginners, An Education) directs this witty story about a scriptwriter who finds herself hired to bring a female perspective to the British Ministry’s film division in 1940, when 30 million people a week escaped the war by going to the movies.
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A Quiet Passion

Not at all a typical bio-pic, this film reveals and respects what made Emily Dickinson a poet of her time and for all time.Read More

The Sense of an Ending

Adapted from Julian Barnes’ award winning novel, this new film by Ritesh Batra, the director of THE LUNCHBOX, focuses on a British divorcé’s futile search for closure to a long-ago relationship.
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1984

This winter, George Orwell’s 1984 once again made the best sellers list, 68 years after its initial publication. On April 9th, Upstate will partner with Oblong Books to present the film followed by a book group discussion. The screening will also include a recorded introduction and post-screening discussion with director Michael Radford. 
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London National Theatre: Amadeus

Wednesday March 15th in Rhinebeck. 1pm. 
“Vienna: the music capital of the world. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.”
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