A United Kingdom

While studying in England in 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker, and they soon fell in love but their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their respective families but also by the British and South African governments.
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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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Brazil

Staff pick! Sunday at 8:00, join us in Rhinebeck for a special presentation of BRAZIL, presented by staff member Joel Griffith. (Also showing without discussion on Friday January 20th at 11:30am). 
33 years ago Terry (Monty Python, Time Bandits, Fisher King) Gilliam organized private screenings for critics and powerful movie folks to get his dystopian vision released, and it’s proven to be one of the most trenchant looks at a fascistic society overwhelmed by bureaucratic control mechanisms.
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The Light Between Oceans

Tom (Michael Fassbender) is a World War I veteran who maintains a lighthouse off the shore of Australia with his wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander), a woman desperate to have a baby. Her prayers are answered when an infant washes up on shore in a rowboat.
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American Honey

Andrea (Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights) Arnold’s bold new feature dramatizes the troubles of the sub-working-class poor in a way few others have attempted. Fueled by electric performances from Shia LaBeouf and newcomer Sasha Lane, it portrays a lost generation as they stumble from one hollowed-out town to the next in pursuit of something to hold onto.
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Dancer

Ukrainian-born “bad boy of ballet” Sergei Polunin, blessed with astonishing power and poise, took the dance world by storm becoming the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later — at the height of his success — he walked away from it all, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom – his talent more a burden than a gift. DANCER follows Polunin over four years as he travels between London, Russia and Los Angeles while he works out what he wants to do. It includes never-before-seen footage shot by his family and fellow Royal Ballet School pupils.
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Florence Foster Jenkins

*Academy Award Nominee – Best Actress, Costume Design
Based on the true story of a notoriously talentless singer in early 20th century Manhattan, Meryl Streep plays a delusional diva with a uniquely awful voice in this bright, bubbly and suitably ear-bursting biopic from director Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen, Dirty Pretty Things, High Fidelity).
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Genius

From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage in his feature film debut, comes this stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe. .
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Dancer

IN PERSON: Sergei Polunin, Choreographer Jade Hale-Christofi, Producer Gabrielle Tana, Executive producer Carolyn Marks Blackwood. All attend this special show – a benefit for Upstate Films’ Fund for the Future. Tickets: $20/Upstate Members $15. Thank you to Carolyn Marks Blackwood & Gabrielle Tana from Magnolia Mae Films and to IFC Entertainment!
Ukrainian-born “bad boy of ballet” Sergei Polunin, blessed with astonishing power and poise, took the dance world by storm becoming the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later — at the height of his success — he walked away from it all, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom – his talent more a burden than a gift. DANCER follows Polunin over four years as he travels between London, Russia and Los Angeles while he works out what he wants to do. It includes never-before-seen footage shot by his family and fellow Royal Ballet School pupils.
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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

A prime-time sitcom that rolled its eyes at family values and reveled in the joys of middle-aged, unattached women behaving badly, “Absolutely Fabulous” was a rare bird when it tumbled into U.K. living rooms in 1992. Nearly a quarter of a century later, as Patsy (Joanna Lumley) and Edina (Jennifer Saunders) take their glorious mess of champagne and Chanel to the big screen, it feels like they never left us. They’re back, sweetie darlings!
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Dark Horse

Set in a former mining village in Wales forced back on its heels by the pit closures of the 1980s, DARK HORSE is the inspirational true story of a group of friends who decide to take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed themselves a racehorse.
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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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The Man Who Fell To Earth

The late great David Bowie stars in Nicolas (Performance,Walkabout, Don’t Look Now) Roeg’s sci-fi cult classic playing an orange-haired, pale-faced  ET, a visitor from outer space who comes to Earth hoping to find water to save his parched, dying planet.

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Eye in the Sky

EYE IN THE SKY puts a face, actually faces, on the eerie remoteness of drone warfare; it stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation, who finally, after six years, has tracked three of the West’s most wanted enemies to a safe house in Kenya.
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The Lady in the Van

Based on Alan (BEYOND THE FRINGE, MADNESS OF GEORGE THE THIRD) Bennett’s memoir and smash West End play, this is the ‘mostly true’ story about an unlikely friendship between a writer and the elderly eccentric bag lady (Maggie Smith) living in a decrepit van who commandeers the driveway of his London home for fifteen years!
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45 Years

This moving portrait of a long-term marriage tells the story of a retired couple (Geoff & Kate Mercer) living quietly in the countryside near a small English village whose plans for their impending 45th wedding anniversary party are thrown asunder when a letter arrives out of the blue notifying Geoff that the dead body of his first love has been discovered, perfectly preserved in a glacier in the Swiss Alps where she fell on their hiking trip nearly fifty years earlier.
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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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Suffragette

Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of this powerful drama which seems ripped from the headlines about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain.
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The Third Man

“Of all the movies I have seen, this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies.” – Roger Ebert, in 2000
Sir Carol Reed’s post-WWII film (along with Rossellini’s OPEN CITY) captures the physical and psychological devastation of Europe not through a neo-realist lens but through a film-noir mix of oblique camera angles, shadows, zither music courtesy of a musician who was discovered playing at a restaurant, plus stylized acting pitting the shadowy Orson Welles’ Harry Lime versus the opportunistic Joseph Cotten.
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Bring Your Own Baby Screenings: AMY & DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL

UPSTATE PRESENTS TWO BYOB SCREENINGS… Parents, bring your little ones! We’ll leave the lights up half-way for you. 

AMY
Six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse, with a voice described as a combination of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, was a pop star/jazz artist who wrote and sung from her heart until her untimely death at 27.
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London National Theatre: The Audience

In Rhinebeck 
August 5
Wed 2:00 
(UK / 2015 / Directed by Stephen Daldry)
Nominated for three Tony Awards®, The Audience sees Helen Mirren reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, following her Academy Award® win for the same role The Queen. Encore screenings of the original West End production of The Audience, captured live in London in 2013, feature an exclusive Q&A with Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren. Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors / $13 Members
For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.
From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. The Audience has received three 2015 Tony Award® nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Helen Mirren), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Richard McCabe) and Best Costume Design (Bob Crowley). The production has also been nominated for 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Outstanding New Broadway Play), 4 Drama League Awards (including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play) and 2 Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Actress in a Play).
Unrated / 3 hours
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Amy

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Now showing
in Woodstock 
Moves to 
Rhinebeck 
July 27 – 30Fri July 31 
Mon-Thur 7:30
(UK / 2015 / Directed by Asif Kapadia)
R / 128 mins
Six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse, with a voice described as a combination of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, was a pop star/jazz artist who wrote and sung from her heart until her untimely death at 27.
Despite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse’s appeal crossed cultural and psycho-demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a huge star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense – her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with her troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

 It’s a perceptive examination of the singer’s need for love — from her friends, family, colleagues, husband and public — and the ways in which that need went unmet, or was exploited, at the times it ached in her the most.
– Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

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Testament of Youth

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
Moves to
Woodstock 
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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London National Theatre: The Hard Problem

In Rhinebeck 
July 8
Wed 2:00 
(UK / 2015 / Directed by Nicholas Hytner)
Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors & Students / $13 Members
Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).
Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one. – National Theatre Live
Unrated / 3 hours
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Jimmy’s Hall

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Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
Aug 3 – 6
Mon-Thur 6:00
(UK/2015/dir by Ken Loach)
PG-13 / 106 mins
Ken Loach’s latest film, set in 1921, takes us to an Ireland on the brink of Civil War where Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build the Pearse-Connolly Hall, a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream…but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and powerful conservative politicians who forced Jimmy to flee.
A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns to County Leitrim from the US to look after his mother and vows to live the quiet life. The hall stands abandoned and empty, and despite the pleas of the local youngsters, remains shut. However as Jimmy reintegrates into the community and sees the poverty, and growing cultural oppression, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He makes the decision to reopen the hall in the face of what they may do to him.
“Loach, whose THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY won the Palme D’Or at Cannes, is a pure spirit in the world of directing, for nearly 50 years sticking to his vision of the betrayal of the working class: in movies for the BBC, in docs, in features — though this may be his last film. He and his longtime scriptwriter Paul Laverty combed Irish history to find a figure you might see as Loach’s intellectual double… Cinematographer Robbie Ryan offers a more realistic mix of green and brown than the standard verdant Gaelic hues, sudden close-up views of black sods of earth being worked, and spontaneous-seeming outdoor dance leap-ups as kids joyously move.”

 Stephen Holden, NY Times: “One of the pleasures of “Jimmy’s Hall,” a likable period piece directed by the social-realist British filmmaker Ken Loach, is its unswerving belief in old-fashioned populist heroes.”

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National Theatre Live: A View From the Bridge

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In Rhinebeck 
April 29
Wed 2:30
 (UK/2015/play by Arthur Miller/directed by Ivo van Hove)
 2 hours
 $15/$14 seniors/$13 members & under 16
Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (familiar from movie roles in THE IMITATION GAME, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY) in London’s Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge.
The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale that he wrote in the mid-1950s. Set in Red Hook Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone (Strong) welcomes his Sicilian cousins, two brothers, to the land of freedom. The story revolves around Carbone’s unhealthy, possessive love for Catherine (Phoebe Fox) his 17-year-old niece, who has lived with him and his wife since the death of her mother years earlier. As young, innocent Catherine falls in love with the younger of the two brothers, Eddie seethes with anger and resentment. Freedom comes at a price as Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal. This revival recently won three Laurence Olivier Awards in April 2015, for Best Actor (Mark Strong), Best Revival and Best Director (Ivo van Hove).

Charles Spencer in The Telegraph wrote, “This staging of A View from the Bridge (1956) is one of the most powerful productions of a Miller play I have ever seen. It breaks the surly bonds of naturalism and the conventions …  to create a work of seething intensity and savage beauty that grips the audience throughout its interval-free two-hour playing time… I left The Young Vic in no doubt that I had seen a great, fresh-minted production of a modern classic…The acting is superb. Eddie Carbone is one of the greatest roles in modern drama, a truly tragic hero…”

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Far From the Madding Crowd

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
June 8 – 11
Mon-Tue 5:30 8:00
Wed 2:45 5:30 8:00
Thur 5:30 8:00
(UK, US / 2015 / Directed by Thomas Vinterberg)
PG-13 / 119 mins. 
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a resilient young woman who comes into property in Victorian England’s West Country.
Desiring to maintain her independence in a patriarchal world, Bathsheba sees no reason to settle down with a man she doesn’t truly love. Yet her willfulness is fetching, and Bathsheba captivates the hearts of three suitors — Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a neighboring sheep farmer; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (THE CELEBRATION, THE HUNT), the film is a calm and stately rendition of Hardy’s timeless story. Relying mostly on natural light and spacious widescreen frames to capture Dorset in all its rugged, forbidding beauty, Vinterberg evokes the sense of a hard-working society where function trumps lavishness and where human passions must often be bottled-up to protect social order.
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Woman in Gold

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Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
April 27 – 30
Mon-Tue 5:40 8:00
Wed 3:10 5:40 8:00
Thur 5:40 8:00
* Ends Thursday
(UK/2015/dir by Simon Curtis)
PG-13 / 111 mins
Based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an upper-class Viennese woman, who escaped from the Nazis, made her way to the States, and over 50 years later decides she’d like to salvage some dignity from her past and makes it her mission to reclaim art works the Nazis stole from her family, especially a portrait of her Aunt Adele, the famous Lady In Gold, painted by Gustav Klimt.
Helen Mirren, who can do no wrong as an actress, plays Maria, now an elderly woman living and running her shop in Los Angeles.  As the film moves back and forward in time, we witness Maria as a young woman living a life of cultured privilege in Vienna with her family, friends, her young husband, and her strikingly beautiful aunt Adele. The Nazi takeover of Vienna and Austria catches most Jews unprepared for the barbaric times. Maria narrowly escapes with her husband. Now many decades later, all alone, she enlists an inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her make her case to the Austrian government and reclaim her family’s art, especially the‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer’, the Woman in Gold. At first her lawyer is seduced by the money, the Klimt painting is valued at $100 million, but in part due to his own ancestry and the challenge, he marshals all his skills to champion the restitution. Together, they embark upon a battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and to the U.S. Supreme Court, as they confront difficult truths about the past.
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The 2015 Animated Oscar Nominated Short Films

In Woodstock 
Feb 14 15 16
See below for times
Watch the Oscar-nominated shorts before the Academy Awards on February 22nd! Upstate will screen the Live Action and the Documentary shorts this Saturday through Monday (Feb 14-15-16). The distributor of the Oscar shorts sent us basic ratings guidelines which we’ve included per category.
LIVE ACTION SHORTS PROGRAM: (118 mins)
(PG-13?) no violence or tragedy, some cursing, one of the strongest live action programs in a long time!
Rhinebeck: Wed (Feb 11) 8:10/Sat (Feb14) 8:15
Woodstock: Sat (Feb 14) 1:00
 

LIVE ACTION SHORTS

  • PARVANEH (Switzerland / Directed by Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger)
  • BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM (UK / Directed by Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney) 
  • AYA (Israel and France / Directed by Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis) 
  • THE PHONE CALL (UK / Directed by Mat Kirkby and James Lucas) 
  • BUTTER LAMP (France and China / Directed by Hu Wei and Julien Féret)
DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM A: (81 mins):
(R?) A tough collection this year with films about cancer, slaughterhouse workers, and an infant with a rare respoiratory disorder. There are some tough to watch scenes in some that may be difficult for some. 
Rhinebeck Sun (Feb 15) 3:30/
Woodstock: Sun(Feb15) 1:30

documentary SHORTS

  • JOANNA (Poland / Directed by Aneta Kopacz)
  • CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1 (USA / Directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry)
DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM B: (79 mins):
(R?) There are some tough to watch scenes in THE REAPER and OUR CURSE that may be difficult for some.

Rhinebeck Mon (Feb 16) 3:30/
Woodstock Mon (Feb 16)4:30

  • OUR CURSE (Poland / Directed by Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki)
  • WHITE EARTH (USA / Directed by J. Christian Jensen)
  • THE REAPER (Mexico / Directed by Gabriel Serra Arguello)
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London National Theatre: Frankenstein

In Rhinebeck
Wed Dec 10 1:30
(UK / 2011 / Directed by Danny Boyle)
Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors / $13 members
Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony), Upstate’s screening of Frankenstein features Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) as Victor Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave,Star Trek: Into Darkness) as his creature creation. 
The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.
Unrated, approximately 2 hours
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The 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films

Coming Feb 13 – 19
Check showtimes 
Watch the Oscar-nominated shorts before the Academy Awards on February 22nd! Upstate will screen two of the shorts programs beginning Sat Feb 14. The distibutor of the Oscar shorts sent us basic ratings guidelines which we’ve included per category.
ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM: (82 mins)
(has shown already – twice in Rhinebeck/ once in Woodstock.
LIVE ACTION SHORTS PROGRAM: (118 mins)
(PG-13?) no violence or tragedy, some cursing, one of the strongest live action programs in a long time says Neal Block of Magnolia Films!
Rhinebeck: Sat (Feb14) 8:15
Woodstock: Sat (Feb 14) 1:00
 

LIVE ACTION SHORTS

  • PARVANEH (Switzerland / Directed by Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger)
  • BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM (UK / Directed by Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney) 
  • AYA (Israel and France / Directed by Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis) 
  • THE PHONE CALL (UK / Directed by Mat Kirkby and James Lucas) 
  • BUTTER LAMP (France and China / Directed by Hu Wei and Julien Féret)
DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM A: (81 mins):
(R?) A tough collection this year with films about cancer, slaughterhouse workers, and an infant with a rare respoiratory disorder. There are some tough to watch scenes in some that may be difficult for some.
Rhinebeck Sun (Feb 15) 3:30/ Woodstock: Sun(Feb15) 1:30

documentary SHORTS

  • JOANNA (Poland / Directed by Aneta Kopacz)
  • CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1 (USA / Directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry)
DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM B: (79 mins):
(R?) There are some tough to watch scenes in THE REAPER and OUR CURSE that may be difficult for some.
Rhinebeck Mon (Feb 16) 3:30/Woodstock Mon (Feb 16)4:30

  • OUR CURSE (Poland / Directed by Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki)
  • WHITE EARTH (USA / Directed by J. Christian Jensen)
  • THE REAPER (Mexico / Directed by Gabriel Serra Arguello)
View Oscar Shorts Website 

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
*Ends Thursday 
Mar 20 – 26
Mon – Tues 5:50
Wed 3:00 5:50
Thur 5:50 8:20

*This film will
not move to
Woodstock 
 (UK/2015/John Madden)
PG / 122 mins
It’s been a few years since we last met up with the folks who retired to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, and it’s time to catch up.
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself. (c) Fox Searchlight
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Mr. Turner

 

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Now showing
in Rhinebeck
 
Mar 16 – 19
Mon 7:45
Tues 4:45
Weds 6:30

Thurs 4:45
*Ends Thursday
(UK/2014/Writer/Dir Mike Leigh)
R / 2 hours 29 mins
* Four Academy Award Nominations: Best Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Original Score 
Mike Leigh who’s given us some amazing films about contemporary life – SECRETS & LIES, NAKED, LIFE IS SWEET – as well as some captivating period dramas (TOPSY TURVY, VERA DRAKE) here, with Dick Pope, his director of photography, takes us back to the nineteenth century and the last twenty five years of the celebrated, groundbreaking, difficult painter JMW Turner (1775-1851). 
Sad and joyful, ‘Mr Turner’ offers a wonderfully rich tapestry of experience and digs deeply into a complicated, contradictory life. Timothy Spall won Best Actor at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for his performance as the great if eccentric British painter. Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.
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London National Theatre: Skylight

In Rhinebeck
Wed Jan 14 at 2:30
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Stephen Daldry)
Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors / $13 Members
Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly anticipated West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, captured live in London’s West End by National Theatre Live.
On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Bill Nighy, whose extensive film credits include Love Actually, Notes on a Scandal and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and whose stage roles include Pravda and the world premiere of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour on Broadway, plays alongside Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, An Education) who is making her West End stage debut, and Matthew Beard (An Education, One Day, The Look of Love).
Unrated / 158 mins.
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Pride

Now showing
in Woodstock
Oct 27 – 30
Mon – Thur 7:30 (last show)
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Matthew Warchus)
R / 120 mins.
Dynamic, motivating, and based on a true story, Pride depicts the formation of an unlikely alliance in 1980’s Britain, between a small group of London-based lesbians and gays and striking coal miners tin South Wales.
In 1984, with Margaret Thatcher’s government in full battle with mining unions, a young gay-rights activist in London (Ben Schnetzer) persuades his group of friends to make common cause with striking miners. Arguing that the miners, like the LGBTQ population, are being beaten by police and hated by conservatives, “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners” raises money for the strike and drives to the South Wales town of Onllwyn to deliver their funds. Once there, however, it is unclear whether their support is welcome. Greeted with varying degrees of warmth and hostility, the groups’ differences obstruct their efforts to stand in solidarity until they slowly begin to learn from, and lean on, each other. A transformational story with an infectious New Wave soundtrack and a cast of characters that would melt the most cynical heart, Pride makes you laugh while earning your respect.

“Some stories are worth getting misty-eyed about, and some crowd-pleasers really please.”  — A. A. Dowd, The Onion A.V. Club

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London National Theatre: A Streetcar Named Desire

In Rhinebeck 
Oct 29
Wed 1:30 
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Benedict Andrews)
Unrated / 3 hrs 22 mins (with intermission)
Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors / $13 Members 
The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast from their London home by National Theatre Live… with Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley, and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella.
As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics’ Circle Award-winning Three Sisters.
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London National Theatre: MEDEA

In Rhinebeck 
Oct 5
Sun 3:30 
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Carrie Cracknell)
Unrated / 105 mins.
Terrible things breed in broken hearts. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace.
It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.
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Third Person

Coming Soon
Days: Times
(UK, USA, Germany, Belgium / 2013 / Directed by Paul Haggis)
R / 137 mins. 
From director Paul Haggis (Crash, In the Valley of Elah), Third Person moves between Paris, Rome, and New York to tell three multi-stranded stories of love, passion, trust, and betrayal.
Having left his wife (Kim Basinger), a Pulitzer Prize-winning author (Liam Neeson) holes himself up in a hotel suite to finish his latest book while having a tempestuous affair with a young woman named Anna (Olivia Wilde). At the same time, a shady American businessman (Adrien Brody) in Italy meets a beautiful Roma woman and decides to help her find her estranged daughter. And in New York, a woman (Mila Kunis) is caught in a custody battle for her 6 year-old son with her ex-husband (James Franco), a famous artist. While the three couples appear to be unrelated at first, each of them is impacted at some point by an outsider, or third person. A mystery in which truth is revealed in glimpses and clues are caught by the corner of the eye, the stories in Third Person come together like an open-ended puzzle. In English and Italian with subtitles.
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Frank

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
Oct 6 – 9
Mon – Tues 6:00
Wed – Thur 8:15 (last show)
(UK, Ireland /  2014 / Directed by Lenny Abrahamson)
R / 95 mins.
Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) receives a stroke of luck when he’s invited to play a show with an avant-garde band fronted by the musical genius Frank (Michael Fassbender), an eccentric performer who wears a giant expressionless fake head.
After a rocky start, Jon ingratiates himself with the band, and the crew retreats to record an album in the woods. There, the passive-aggressive percussionist (Carla Azar), the aloof French bassist (Francois Civil), and the ice-cold theremin player (Maggie Gyllenhaal) unite around Frank’s creative energy. But as Jon tries to fit into the mix, creative tensions mount and the band’s entire raison d’être is called into question. While film parodies the tortured process of trying to reinvent music from the ground up, it simultaneously critiques those who seek mainstream success while contributing little to the culture at large. Featuring a performance by Fassbender (Hunger, Shame, 12 Years a Slave) as you’ve never seen him before, Frank’s wit, audacity, and thought-provoking observations make it a true original.
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The Trip to Italy

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
Sept 29 – Oct 2
 
Mon 6:00 8:15Tues 6:00 8:15Wed 6:00 8:15Thur 6:00 (last show)
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Michael Winterbottom)
Unrated / 108 mins.
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return for another highly entertaining round of sumptuous travel in The Trip to Italy, a most welcome sequel to 2010’s The Trip that follows our intrepid armchair gastronomes on a tour of Italy from northern Piemonte to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast.
Enlisted to chronicle a tour of high-end restaurants and historical sights along the Italian peninsula, Coogan and Brydon find themselves following in the footsteps British poets Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. Much of the pleasure of this latest “Trip” comes from the way Coogan and Brydon interact with their surroundings. And throughout, director Michael Winterbottom nods lovingly to Italy’s rich history as cinematic locale, setting scenes in the street where Humphrey Bogart shot parts of Beat the Devil, the Napoli catacombs visited by Ingrid Bergman in Voyage to Italy, and the cliff-side mansion immortalized by Godard in Contempt. Whetting our palates, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings amid much sparkling banter, riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels.
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Pride

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
Moves
to Woodstock  
October 15Oct 20 – 23 
Wed 6:00 8:20 (last show)
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Matthew Warchus)
R / 120 mins.
Dynamic, motivating, and based on a true story, Pride depicts the formation of an unlikely alliance in 1980’s Britain, between a small group of London-based lesbians and gays and striking coal miners tin South Wales.
In 1984, with Margaret Thatcher’s government in full battle with mining unions, a young gay-rights activist in London (Ben Schnetzer) persuades his group of friends to make common cause with striking miners. Arguing that the miners, like the LGBTQ population, are being beaten by police and hated by conservatives, “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners” raises money for the strike and drives to the South Wales town of Onllwyn to deliver their funds. Once there, however, it is unclear whether their support is welcome. Greeted with varying degrees of warmth and hostility, the groups’ differences obstruct their efforts to stand in solidarity until they slowly begin to learn from, and lean on, each other. A transformational story with an infectious New Wave soundtrack and a cast of characters that would melt the most cynical heart, Pride makes you laugh while earning your respect.

Every few years, our cheeky friends across the Atlantic uncork a rollicking crowd-pleaser of a film that compels even the most hardened of cynics to grin from ear-to-ear. The Full Monty. Billy Elliot. Love Actually. The King’s Speech… This year, that movie is Pride.” – The Daily Beast

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The Trip to Italy

Now showing
in Woodstock
Moves to
Rhinebeck

Sept 15 – 18
September 19 
Mon 7:30
Tues 5:30
Wed 7:30
Thurs 7:30
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Michael Winterbottom)
Unrated / 108 mins.
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return for another highly entertaining round of sumptuous travel in The Trip to Italy, a most welcome sequel to 2010’s The Trip that follows our intrepid armchair gastronomes on a tour of Italy from northern Piemonte to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast.
Enlisted to chronicle a tour of high-end restaurants and historical sights along the Italian peninsula, Coogan and Brydon find themselves following in the footsteps British poets Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. Much of the pleasure of this latest “Trip” comes from the way Coogan and Brydon interact with their surroundings. And throughout, director Michael Winterbottom nods lovingly to Italy’s rich history as cinematic locale, setting scenes in the street where Humphrey Bogart shot parts of Beat the Devil, the Napoli catacombs visited by Ingrid Bergman in Voyage to Italy, and the cliff-side mansion immortalized by Godard in Contempt. Whetting our palates, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings amid much sparkling banter, riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels.
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A Hard Day’s Night

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Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
July 28 – 31
Mon & Tues 6:00
Wed 3:15 8:20
Thur 8:20 (last show)
(UK/1964/dir by Richard Lester)
G / 87 mins
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night by enjoying the new digital restoration of one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time!
Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play wily, exuberant versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever.
Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which re-conceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is a deliriously entertaining film.
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