Belle

Now showing
in Woodstock
June 16 – 19

Mon 7:30
Tue 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30
 
(UK / 2013 / Directed by Amma Asante)
PG / 104 mins.
Told in the sweeping style of a romantic saga by Austen or the Bronte sisters, Belle explores the true story of the first mixed-race woman to be raised as an English aristocrat.
Born to a white British admiral and a black Caribbean slave, Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is taken to England in 1769 to be raised by her great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson). When her father dies at war, Belle remains, growing to maturity alongside her beautiful cousin, Lady Elizabeth Murray (Sarah Gadon). While Elizabeth’s only goal is to find a suitable husband, Belle grows more interested in politics and turns her back on aristocratic suitors in favor of a handsome but penniless vicar’s son despite her uncle’s disapproval. A fascinating period drama, Belle is more than a story of lavish upper-class appointments, refined manners, and graceful language. Beneath the film’s décor lies the heart of a woman whose courage and dedication to justice is strongly credited with influencing the legislation that led to the abolition of the slave trade.
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Under the Skin

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In Rhinebeck 
June 9 – 11
Mon no show
Tues no show
Wed 8:10
(UK / 2013 / Directed by Jonathan Glazer)
R / 108 mins.
Directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth), Under the Skin takes place in the gray, desolate cold of Scotland, where an extraterrestrial (Scarlett Johansson) seduces young men into a black hole and leads them to a peculiar death.
Given her pouty, coral-pink lips, chic black bob, and her alluring friendliness, the alien siren has little difficulty bringing men back to her place. Once there, she walks into the darkness, the men following suit, unaware that the closer they reach her, the more danger they’re in. When the temptress has trouble with the latest victim in her seduction ploys, she employs different strategies to put him at ease. But the man manages to escape, and from that point on, she demonstrates a newfound curiosity about the human world, even attempting to fit in. Undeniably deconstructing female sexuality in relation to masculine power, and drawing on references from 2001: A Space Odyssey to The Man Who Fell to Earth, Glazer’s latest is a visionary odyssey that gets under your skin.
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London National Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

In Rhinebeck 
June 18 
Wed 1:30  
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Marianne Elliott)
Unrated / 180 mins
Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors / $13 Members and kids under 16
Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle’. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.
Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs. Shears’ dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
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Under the Skin

In RhinebeckIn Woodstock 
June 2 – 5June 6 – 7
Fri 9:10
Sat 9:10
Sun 8:10
Mon no show
Tues no show
Wed 8:10 (last show) 
Fri 8:00
Sat 8:00 
(UK / 2013 / Directed by Jonathan Glazer)
R / 108 mins. 

Directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth), Under the Skin takes place in the gray, desolate cold of Scotland, where an extraterrestrial (Scarlett Johansson) seduces young men into a black hole and leads them to a peculiar death.
 Given her pouty, coral-pink lips, chic black bob, and her alluring friendliness, the alien siren has little difficulty bringing men back to her place. Once there, she walks into the darkness, the men following suit, unaware that the closer they reach her, the more danger they’re in. When the temptress has trouble with the latest victim in her seduction ploys, she employs different strategies to put him at ease. But the man manages to escape, and from that point on, she demonstrates a newfound curiosity about the human world, even attempting to fit in. Undeniably deconstructing female sexuality in relation to masculine power, and drawing on references from 2001: A Space Odyssey to The Man Who Fell to Earth, Glazer’s latest is a visionary odyssey that gets under your skin. View TrailerRead a Review

National Theatre Live: King Lear

In Rhinebeck 
May 21 
Wed 1:30  
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Sam Mendes)
Unrated / 223 minutes
Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors / $13 Members
Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (James Bond: Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.
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Le Weekend

Le Weekend Directed by Roger Michell Starring Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent
Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
 
May 12 – 15
 
Mon 5:45
Tues 5:45
Wed 3:30 5:45
Thur 5:45 (last show)

 
(UK/2014/dir by Roger Michell)
R / 93 mins
Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple, decide to celebrate their thirtieth wedding anniversary with a weekend getaway to Paris where they once honeymooned.
As Nick and Meg (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, vets of Mike Leigh films) negotiate how to enjoy the city of Light, they bicker, argue, and soon they’re fighting about their respective faults and revisiting the highs and lows of their marriage and relationship.They seem ready to move on when they run into an old friend of Nick’s (Jeff Goldblum) who acts as a catalyst for them to recapture their youthful fearlessness. This film is the fourth collaboration between British filmmaker Roger Michell and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (Venus, The Mother, and The Buddha of Suburbia) and features some truly remarkable acting.
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Dom Hemingway

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
 
April 20 – 24
 
Mon 8:25
Tues 8:25
Wed 8:25
Thur 8:25
 (last show)
 
 
(UK / 2013 / Directed by Richard Shepard)
R / 93 mins. 
Jude Law plays Dom Hemingway, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous.
After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Birchir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt. — Fox Searchlight

“The most mesmerizing drama of British low lifery since Sexy Beast.” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Now showing
in Woodstock 
 
May 5 – 8
 
Mon 7:30
Tues 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30

 
(UK, Germany / 2014 / Directed by Wes Anderson)
R / 100 mins. 
Wes Anderson’s (Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom) anticipated new film tells the adventurous tale of Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) and Zero Moustafa (Toni Revolori), a legendary hotel concierge and the lobby boy who becomes his protege.
After a one-night stand with the beautiful Madame D. (Tilda Swinton), Gustave finds himself embroiled in a web of dramatic developments – including the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, a murder accusation, and a battle over an enormous family fortune. With a stellar cast (Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, and Jude Law, among others), Anderson’s latest is a showcase for talent. Framed against the backdrop of a dramatically changing 1920s Europe and inspired by the films of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder, Grand Budapest uses different aspect ratios and film styles, making it a visual romp that’s stuffed with mood, wit, and unconventional plot points. A charming, sophisticated gem.
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The Invisible Woman

Invisible Woman coming to Upstate FIlms
Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
 
Feb 3 – 6
 
Mon 5:45 8:15
Tues 5:45 8:15
Wed 3:15 5:45 8:15
Thur 5:45 8:15

*Moves to
Woodstock
Friday Feb 7th

 
(UK/2013/dir by Ralph Fiennes)
R / 111 mins
Academy Award nominee for costume design
That the most celebrated writer of the Victorian era, Charles Dickens, had a long-running affair with a young woman is one of literary history’s best kept secrets.
Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. Dickens – famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success – falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens – himself a brilliant amateur actor – a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of “invisibility”.(c) Sony Classics
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Philomena

Judi Dench & Steve Coogan in Philomena at Upstate Films
Now showing
in Woodstock
*Ends Thursday 
Feb 17 – 20
 
Mon 4:00
Tues 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thurs 7:30
 
(UK / 2013 / dir by Stephen Frears)
PG-13 / 94 mins
JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS wonderful film … Nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay
Based on BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith’s, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, the film shows how this jaded unemployed journalist, while noisily mulling over his next-step at a party, is accosted by a server who suggests he meet her mother and do her story: As a teenager she gave birth to a baby boy while working at a convent, and was forced by the Catholic Church to put her son up for adoption.
Cynical, world-weary Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan, also co-writer/co-producer), meets the mother, the down to earth, warm-hearted Philomena (Judi Dench). Martin agrees to help her track down the son she has never forgotten. Funny, moving, wonderfully acted, their journey leads them to the States, and brings them face-to-face with some long-buried secrets. While pursuing their leads, they bond and the film deepens to deal with questions of faith, morality, and reveals the depth of the bonding possible between two unlikely people.
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In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter

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In Woodstock 
Nov 24
Sun 1:00
(UK/2013/dir by Tomas Leach)
IN PERSON: Filmmaker Tomas Leach… ($10 & $8 members)
According to filmmaker Tomas Leach his subject, Saul Leiter, the octogenarian, limelight-shy New Yorker, helped usher in the use of color photography, and could have been lauded as the great pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success.
Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of beautiful work that is now piled high in his New York apt (a la Bill Cunningham). An intimate and personal film, the filmmaker follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of clearing an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80s, and fending off the pesky filmmaker all the while giving a baker’s dozen in life’s lessons, such as “The important thing in life is not what you get, but what you throw out.” All the while this son of a Talmudic scholar (rarely without a camera round his neck) proclaims, “I aspire to be unimportant.” Leach films Leiter both at home in his cluttered apartment surrounded by boxes of his work, and as he walks around his neighborhood that he’s been photographing for 55 years. Photography, explains this wise man who sees no need to apologize for the pursuit of beauty, “teaches you to look. It teaches you to appreciate all kinds of things.”  (This is a co-presentation with CPW (Center for Photography Woodstock)
unrated / 75 mins
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12 Years a Slave

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Now showing
in Woodstock
 
March 14 – 16 
Fri 5:15
Sat 4:15
Sun 7:30
 
(UK / 2013 / directed by Steve McQueen)
R / 133 mins
Come find out why this powerful, deserving film won this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture! 
Based on a true story about a free black man who was living peacefully with his wife and children in Saratoga Springs in the 1840s when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), is a musician who, hoping to earn some extra money, accepts an offer from some unscrupulous white men to play for a circus in Washington, D.C. Next thing he knows, he’s penned up, shipped south, and sold into slavery. Stripped of his name and much of his dignity, at the hands of sadistic masters and mistresses in antebellum plantation South, Northup suffers the physical and mental horrors of being considered less than human. And yet he refuses to allow this harrowing situation to completely extinguish his spirit holding onto hope that he would see his wife and children again someday. The terrific cast includes Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch as plantation owners, Paul Dano as an overseer, Paul Giamatti as a slave broker, Lupit Nyong’o as a fellow slave, Alfre Woodward as a slave with special privileges, and Brad Pitt as a Canadian abolitionist.
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Closed Circuit

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Sept 16 – 19

Mon 7:30
Tues 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30 (last show) 
 
(UK/2013/dir by John Crowley)
96mins / R
In this British suspense thriller two attorneys, once lovers (Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall), are assigned to a high-profile terrorism case, and quickly see that nothing is as it seems as their lives are placed in jeopardy.
After more than a hundred people lose their lives when a busy London market is decimated by an explosion, only one member of the suspected terrorist cell survives: Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto). He’s quickly arrested, and preparations begin for what promises to be the British trial of the century. But because the government will use classified secret evidence to prosecute Erdogan, the Attorney General (Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent) must appoint a Special Advocate, an additional government-approved defense lawyer (Claudia Simmons-Howe, played by Golden Globe Award nominee Rebecca Hall), one who has clearance to see classified evidence and who can argue for its full disclosure when the trial moves to “closed” session.But just as the case is on the eve of going to trial, Erdogan’s lawyer dies suddenly, and a new defense attorney, Martin Rose (Eric Bana), is selected. Martin is tenacious, driven, brilliant – and an ex-lover of Claudia’s. The two make an uncomfortable pact to keep their former affair hidden. But as Martin and Claudia begin to piece the case together, the outlines of a sinister conspiracy emerge, one that will draw him and Claudia dangerously close again.
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My Father Evgeni

In Rhinebeck
April 21

Sunday Matinee 3:30pm

(Ukraine, US  / 2010 / dir by Andrei Zagdansky)
77 mins/unrated
IN PERSON: Filmmaker Andrei Zagdansky.
Q&A will follow the film screening.
Tickets: $10 Adults / $9 Seniors and Students / $8 Members
Andrei Zagdansky (Interpretation of Dreams) returns to Upstate Films with a film about his father that captures a moment of historical time as it masterfully weaves archival footage of the waning of the Soviet state, imagery of New York, and of Kiev and its now abandoned Popular Science Film Studio where his father was chief. 
All  this Zagdansky blends to create a tale that spans decades and evokes, in the words of one critic, a “reverie-inducing spell.” And, reading letters and “working with the play of textures … juxtaposing and manipulating the various film stocks, the filmmaker creates a dialectic of time: his father always speaking and thinking about the future, the son always dredging up the past – and the hurt of exile, that is both moving and smart.” .
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The Angel’s Share

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(UK / 2012 / Directed by Ken Loach)
Unrated / 101 mins.
There is love, laughter and whisky galore in Ken Loach’s (The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Kes, Bread and Roses) latest film. Winner of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, The Angels’ Share is a comic fable about wasted talent and what happens when we are given a chance in life. 
The story hinges on Robbie, a young Glasgow man caught in a destructive cycle of violence, criminality and long-term unemployment. Soon to become a father, Robbie is sent by a lenient court judge to atone for his latest crimes on a “community payback” scheme. Here he meets a friendly gang of fellow misfits supervised by Harry (John Henshaw), a kindly Englishman and Scotch whisky aficionado. Discovering he has a natural nose as a whisky connoisseur, Robbie spots a chance to turn his life around. As he moves from a world of court cases, dust-ups in stairwells, street chases and knife fights to a different universe of jokey neds in kilts and rarefied folk discussing single malts, he learns that a share of whiskey is lost to evaporation each year, a little fact that makes a rare cask of whiskey the perfect target for a heist. A hilarious story about second chances, The Angel’s Share is ultimately a heart-warming celebration of kindness, friendship and forgiveness. 
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Quartet

Mar 11 – 14
Mon 6:00 8:10
Tues 6:00 8:10
Wed 6:00 8:10
Thur 6:00 8:10 (last show)

(UK / 2012 / Directed by Dustin Hoffman)
PG-13 / 97 mins.
Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. 
For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House’s gala concert? — (C) Weinstein
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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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Trishna

 
Nov 1

Thurs 5:45 (last show)

(UK / 2011 / dir by Michael Winterbottom)
R / 117 mins
Michael Winterbottom sets Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles against the backdrop of contemporary India, exploring the surging social currents of a rapidly changing nation through the narrative of one village woman.
Trishna (Slumdog Millionaire‘s Freida Pinto), an eldest daughter, lives with her family and works in a resort to help pay the bills. When she meets Jay (Riz Ahmed), the wealthy son of a property developer, he finds every opportunity to win her affection. At first, she accepts his efforts with shy curiosity. But as the couple’s fates entwine, Trishna embraces her hopes and moves to the city, where Jay’s deep family bonds threaten her bliss. Shot in the picturesque expanse of Jaipur and the modern bustle of Mumbai, Winterbottom’s (24 Hour Party People, The Trip) atmospheric homage to Hardy is a powerful look at the tension between ancient privilege and modern equality, at the codes of urban and rural life, and ultimately at the glory and tragedy that comes with beauty.
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Marley

in
Rhinebeck
Aug 12

Sun 8:10

(UK / 2011 / dir by Kevin Macdonald)
PG-13 / 144 mins
Academy Award-winning director Kevin (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) Macdonald’s film deals with the life and legend of Bob Marley, a towering figure whose music and message had such an impact on music history and whose role as a prophet still resonates around the world as powerfully today as when he was alive.
Bob Marley’s universal appeal is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


June 25 – 28
Mon 7:30
Tue 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30 (last show)



(UK/2012/dir by John Madden)
PG-13 /120 mins
A group of British retirees get more than they bargained for when they decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India.
John Madden, director of Shakespeare in Love, concocts this heartwarming comedy starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, and Dev Patel. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, their lives are forever altered by their shared experiences as they discover that life and love can only begin again when you let go of the past. .
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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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Shame



Mar 2 – 8
Mon 7:30
Tue 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thu 7:30 *last show*

(UK / 2011 / dir by Steve McQueen)
NC-17. 101 mins.
Directed by the visionary Steve McQueen (Hunger) and driven by ferocious performances from Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a scorching look at a New York office worker whose soulless but efficient day-to-day existence is coupled with a darker, more secretive sex life.
Handsome, immaculately groomed, and outwardly polite, Brandon (Fassbender) has an impulsive side that can only be calmed and held at bay through compulsive, almost self-destructive behavior. Living a carefully compartmentalized life, he returns to his apartment late one night to find Sissy (Mulligan), his bruised sister who refuses to be kept at arms length. While her sudden appearance disrupts his life, the two play out a relationship that is thrilling in its intimacy, and that hints at a deeply buried past neither is entirely ready to deal with. With a pacing that crackles with tension, each moment in McQueen’s film shields a potential explosion as his characters roil on the surface in their searches for composure and meaning.
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


Jan 30 – Feb 2
Mon 7:30
Tue 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thu 7:30 (last show)

(UK / 2011 / Dir by Tomas Alfredson)
R / 128 mins
In this new adaptation of John le Carré’s bestselling novel, beautifully directed by Tomas (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) Alfredson, George Smiley is pulled in from the cold to ferret out a Soviet mole within M16, the Brit’s secret service.
Gary Oldman (long ago the screen incarnation of Sid Vicious) plays the rather sad, unassuming spy who seems quite comfortable operating in an atmosphere of mistrust. Shot in a subdued palette that mimes le Carré’s world of muted treachery, Smiley is haunted by his decades-earlier interaction with a shadowy Russian spy master. In trying to identify the mole, he sees betrayal as “an aesthetic choice as much as a moral one.” The stellar cast includes John Hurt, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Simon McBurney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy.
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Weekend

Nov 21 – 23
Mon 6:00 8:20
Tue 6:00 8:20
Wed 8:20

(UK / 2011 / dir by Andrew Haigh)
UR / 96 min
Winner of the Audience Award at SXSW and the opening night selection of Brooklyn’s acclaimed BAMcinemafest, Weekend is an authentic and contemporary story about two dissimilar gay men who experience an immediate spark after meeting one lonely Friday night at a bar. 
Although Russel (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New) have conflicting ideas of what it is they want from life and how to get it, over the course of two days together they find that singular connection every human being is seeking. Featuring intelligent and startlingly subtle performances from the two lead actors, Weekend is a sharply observed love story that extends beyond the boundaries of identity politics to reach something universal. A definitive example of naturalistic moviemaking, it makes you feel you’re breathing the air that the characters are breathing.
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Attack The Block

In Woodstock
Oct 23 – 27

Sun 6:00 8:00
Mon 6:00
Tue 8:00
Wed 8:00
Thu 8:00

(UK / 2011 / Directed by Joe Cornish)
Rated: R / 88 mins.
A group of tough inner-city kids go toe-to-toe with an invading force of marauding alien creatures.  From the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this action-comedy won over audiences at Sundance last year melding terror, laughs, and a dose of class commentary.
Set in a rough neighborhood in South London, the story takes place during the course of Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Day.  As the fireworks go off all around the city, strange and powerful creatures begin falling from the sky.  The gang manages to kill the first alien that they encounter, but as they take the corpse up to their gang-boss’s hideout, they quickly realize that there are many more creatures descending on London.  Eager to kill more of the invaders, the gang sets out into the night to battle the horde.
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Senna

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Oct 17 – 20

Mon 8:00*
Tues 8:00*
Wed 5:45
Thurs 5:45

Origin: (UK / 2010 / Dir by Asif Kapadia)
PG-13 / 106 mins
*Monday and Tuesday screenings to be followed by discussions with photographer Keith Hudak. Hudak photographed Formula 1 from 1980-1999 and worked as the Team Lotus Press Agent from 1985-1987, during the years when Ayrton Senna drove for Lotus.
A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
Spanning his years as a racing driver from 1984 to his untimely death a decade later, SENNA explores the life and work of the world champion, his physical and spiritual achievements on the track, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained. Far more than a film for Formula One fans, SENNA unfolds a remarkable story in a remarkable manner, eschewing many standard documentary techniques in favor of a more cinematic approach that makes full use of astounding Formula One archival footage, much of which is previously unseen. SENNA is made with the full co-operation of Ayrton Senna’s family, who have given permission for this to be the first documentary feature film about his life.
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The Man Who Fell to Earth

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Oct 10
LAST SHOW

Mon 8:00

(UK / 1976 / dir by Nic Roeg)
R / 139 mins.
Orange-haired, pale-faced David Bowie stars in Nicolas (Performance,
Walkabout, Don’t Look Now) Roeg’s sci-fi cult classic about a visitor from outer space who comes to Earth hoping to find a way to save his parched, dying planet.
To raise the billions he needs to return home with a solution, he starts a high
tech company with help from an attorney (Buck Henry), and a sleazy college
professor (Rip Torn). But soon he meets Mary-Lou (Candy Clark) who falls in
love with him, and all bets are off. An eye-popping assault of fragmented, non-
linear narrative, this cautionary tale features hypnotically striking visuals, and a
groovy 70s soundtrack by John Phillips of The Mamas and Papas.
(Made possible. in part, through the generosity of Susan Fowler-Gallagher)
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France / 2010 / dir by Alain Corneau

The Illusionist

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(UK, France / 2010 / dir by Sylvain Chomet)
PG / 82 mins.
From Sylvain Chomet, the creator of THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, and adapted from a screenplay by the legendary Jacques Tati, THE ILLUSIONIST is a charming, wistful animated tale about the relationship forged between a fading stage magician and the young girl who believes him to have real powers.
Set in 1959, THE ILLUSIONIST follows Tatischeff, a shambling, Monsieur Hulot-like performer, as he tours his creaky magic act from Paris to Scotland. Along the way he is joined by Alice, a young girl who becomes something like a daughter to Tatischeff, and they settle down in an old Edinburgh hotel populated with other antiquated vaudevillians – ventriloquists, acrobats and the like. The sensibilities of Tati and Chomet are a perfect match, and the combination of the beautifully simple, near-wordless plot and the delicately drawn and watercolored images create an unshakable mood of quiet, melancholic sweetness. In French with English subtitles.
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The King’s Speech

Jan. 10 – 13Continues Jan. 14 – 20
Mon 5:50 8:25
Tue 5:50 8:25
Wed 5:50 8:25
Thur 5:50 8:25
Fri 3:10 5:50 8:25
Sat 3:10 5:50 8:25
Sun 3:10 5:50 8:25
Mon 3:10 5:50 8:25
Tue 5:50 8:25
Wed 5:50 8:25
Thur 5:50 8:25

(UK, Australia / 2010 / dir by Tom Hooper)
R / 118 mins.
The true tale of King George VI, a reluctant monarch who avoided public speaking due to a stutter. On the eve of Britain’s entry into WWII, an unorthodox vocal coach helps him rally his subjects into the fight.
George VI (Colin Firth) had never desired the throne, so when his older brother Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry an American divorcee/socialite, George called his mother and wept as he told her the news. He was often sick, suffered chronic ulcers, knock-knees, and had developed a stammer as a child. Once king, and following a particularly embarrassing speech, he enlisted the help of speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) who helped him find the voice he needed to lead Britain through WWII. Both Firth and Rush will be remembered come awards season. Audience Award Winner, Toronto International Film Festival 2010.
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Made In Dagenham

Dec. 20 – 23
Mon 7:30
Tue
7:30
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30 – Last Show

(UK / 2010 / dir by Nigel Cole)
R / 113 mins.
Based on a true story, this well-crafted British period piece centers on the 187 unassuming women, stuck sewing car seat upholstery in sweatshop-like conditions not far from London, who led a momentous strike against the Ford Motor Company in 1968.
Unlike their male counterparts in Ford’s gleaming new main facility, the women of Dagenham, a London suburb, toil in a decrepit old plant with a leaky roof, pigeon poop, and stifling sweatshop conditions. Despite their highly specialized work, the women are classified as unskilled and paid a fraction of the men‘s salary. When they file a grievance, the management’s response is so disrespectful that the workers get angry, organize, and go on strike. Relying on their humor, common sense and bravado, the women of Dagenham stand together to take on their bosses and an increasingly belligerent local community, who feel affronted by the women’s “assault” on the social order. Their triumph changes the rules of the game not only for factory workers but also for the rights and expectations of women everywhere, as their settlement with Ford leads to the introduction of an Equal Pay Act that became law in 1970. The cast of this well-acted, triumphant true tale of “girl power” includes Sally Hawkins, Rupert Graves, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, and Rosamund Pike.
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Never Let Me Go

October 18 – 21
Mon 7:30
Tue 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30 – Last Show
(UK / 2010 / dir by Mark Romanek)
Mark Romanek’s (ONE HOUR PHOTO) handsome distillation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopian sci-fi novel packs a darkly chilling punch.
At Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school, young Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Ruth (Keira Knightley), and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) grow into early adulthood without ever having contact with the outside world. Once eighteen, the trio must leave for The Cottages, a mysterious place outside the safety of their school. Confronted with a secret that threatens to tear their lives apart, they struggle to thwart their fate. Romanek carefully crafts the film’s mood, conveying a delicate balance of science fiction without science, in a dystopia that feels like a real, lived memory.
R / 103 mins.
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The City Of Your Final Destination

The City Of Your Final Destination
May 14 – 16
Fri 4:45
Sat 4:45
Sun 3:45 – Last Show
(UK / 2010 / dir by James Ivory)

James (Remains of the Day, Howard’s End, A Room with a View) Ivory’s latest film is an adaptation by long-time collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala of Peter Cameron’s 2002 novel.
It’s a gently witty tale of a young Iranian-American doctoral student who’s determined to write the authorized biography of Jules Gund, a dead Uruguayan novelist. Both Omar (Omar Metwally) and his girlfriend Deirdre (Alexandra Maria Lara) are academics. Omar has won a grant to write the author’s biography, but when the novelist’s family turns down Omar’s request, his teaching job is in jeopardy. Desperate, Omar travels to the family’s crumbling estate, Ocho Rios, to petition the author’s three executors in person: Gund’s widow Caroline (Laura Linney); his much younger mistress, the waiflike recluse Arden (Charlotte Gainsbourg); and his brother Adam (Anthony Hopkins), a gentleman of leisure who lives on the estate with his much younger lover Pete (Hiroyuki Sanada). Omar is welcomed into the home, but he’s made no promises, and his arrival sets in motion a series of events that upsets the precarious financial and emotional equilibria.
PG-13 / 117 mins.
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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
April 5 – 8
Mon 5:50
Tues 5:50
Wed 8:25
Thurs 8:25- Last Show
(UK, Canada, France / 2009 / dir by Terry Gilliam)
Filled to the brim with director Terry Gilliam’s trademark visual madness, this story of a deal with the Devil also features Heath Ledger’s final performance.
One thousand years ago, upon reaching a pact with the Devil (a whacked-out Tom Waits), crazed circus ringmaster Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) is granted immortality and the ability to guide the imagination of others. Cut to the present day, and the Devil is finally ready to claim his end of the bargain-the soul of Parnassus’ 16-year-old daughter, Valentina (Lily Cole). One last bet is struck to save the girl-Parnassus must deliver five souls into his own phantasmagoric world of imagination. With help from his circus troupe and a mysterious stranger (Heath Ledger, and upon his death ably filled in for by Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell), Parnassus does all he can to lure guests into his psychedelic dreamland. If this all sounds bonkers, that’s because it is-but it’s just the kind of brilliant lunacy we’ve come to expect from the creator of Time Bandits, Brazil, and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
PG-13 / 122 mins.
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The Day After Peace

The Day After Peace
Special Event – Sunday, 9/20, 1:00PM
Free Admittance, guest speaker Fred Nagel
(UK / 2008 / dir. by Jeremy Gilley)
Free Admittance – 1:00pm Sunday, 9/20 – Donations Strongly Encouraged – with special guest speaker Fred Nagel, chairman of the Dutchess Peace Coalition
“The Day After Peace charts the remarkable 10-year journey of award-winning filmmaker Jeremy Gilley to establish an annual Peace Day on 21 September. The camera follows Jeremy as he galvanises the countries of the world to recognise an official day of ceasefire and non-violence.
But even after the member states of the UN unanimously adopt Peace Day, the struggle isn’t over. As the years pass, there’s not a single ceasefire. The voices of the cynics are growing louder – and now Gilley’s non-profit organization, Peace One Day, is in dire financial straits. But he can’t let it fail.

The film’s breathtaking conclusion finds Gilley joined by Jude Law in Afghanistan attempting to spearhead a massive vaccination against polio on Peace Day.

Will peace prevail? Will lives be saved? Or were the cynics right? The Day After Peace is a moving testament to the power of the individual and the perseverance of the human spirit.”

Unrated / 82 mins.
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In the Loop

In The Loop
September 18 – 24
Fri 5:00 9:10
Sat 5:00 9:10
Sun 4:00 6:15
Mon 6:10
Tues 6:10
Wed 8:15
Thurs 8:15
(UK, 2009 dir by Armando Iannucci)
A number of heavy dramas have addressed the wars in the Middle East, but In The Loop takes a different approach: comedy.
The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But, not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller doesn’t think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon. But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, D.C. If Simon can get in with the right DC people, if his entourage of one can sleep with the right intern, and if they can both stop the Prime Minister’s chief spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker rigging the vote at the UN, they can halt the war. If they don’t… well, they can always sack their Director of Communications Judy, who they never liked anyway and who’s back home dealing with voters with blocked drains and a man who’s angry about a collapsing wall.
Unrated/ 106 mins
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Moon

moon
August 7-13
Fri & Sat 9:20
Sun 8:20
Mon & Tues 8:20
Wed & Thurs 5:50
(UK / 2009 / dir by Duncan Jones)
“Moon is a superior example of that threatened genre, hard science-fiction.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
In this directorial debut by Duncan Jones, astronaut Sam Bell is living in isolation on the far side of the moon, where he is about to complete a three-year contract with a mysterious corporation that mines Helium-3, Earth’s primary energy source. With no one but a HAL-like computer named GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey), his interplanetary stay is shaken by the sudden appearance of another astronaut. Sam Rockwell gives an exceptional performance in this sophisticated, intelligent sci-fi thriller.
R/97 mins.
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Easy Virtue

Title Test Again
June 26 – July 2
Fri 4:45 7:00
Sat 2:30 4:45
Sun 3:45 8:15
Mon & Tues 8:10
Wed & Thurs 6:00
(UK / 2008 / dir by Stephan Elliot)
Adapted from a Noel Coward play, EASY VIRTUE is essentially a tale of Old World manners vs. New World freedom.
Adapted from a sly Noel Coward play, this breezy 1920s period piece pits an aristocratic land-poor British family against an American free spirit, a blonde bombshell who has married the prodigal son. After a trip to the south of France, impetuous John Whitaker (Ben Barnes) elopes with Larita (Jessica Biel), a racecar driver with a checkered past. When he brings her home to his family’s ancestral manse for what the feisty new bride expects to be a short visit, his sorely-disappointed mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) has other plans; John’s marriage is a major setback for her scheme to save the estate. Only John’s WWI-weary father (Colin Firth) is sympathetic. A visual treat with Cole Porter tunes.
PG-13 / 93 mins
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Hunger


May 11-14:
Mon-Thurs 5:45 7:45

ENDS THURSDAY!

(UK / 2008 / dir by Steve McQueen)

 

A harrowing look at the last days of Bobby Sands – an Irish Republic Army volunteer who died during a hunger strike while incarcerated in 1981.

The film begins with Sands and his fellow IRA prisoners locked in Ireland’s HM Prison Maze in the midst of a tense “dirty” strike. They refuse to bathe, and their cells and bodies are covered in filth. They want to be recognized as political prisoners, but are met with derision from the guards and prison authorities. So Sands decides to up the ante by engaging in a hunger strike, at which point the film shifts in scope to focus on Sands’ slow physical and mental degradation – leading to his death 66 days later. Video artist and first-time director Steve McQueen tackles this touchy and painful subject with brio, and Michael Fassbender gives an unforgettable performance as Sands. While the subject matter is certainly difficult, the film is an intriguing and heart-wrenching examination of the body as a political weapon.

unrated / 96 mins

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Happy-Go-Lucky


March 12
Thurs 6:00  8:30
Ends Thursday!

(UK, 2008 dir by Mike Leigh)

 

 

 

One of the cinema’s most versatile and talented directors, Mike (SECRETS AND LIES, TOPSY TURVY, LIFE IS SWEET, NAKED, VERA DRAKE) Leigh’s latest is—surprise—a whimsical comedy.

Leigh calls his film about Poppy (Sally Hawkins), a thirty year old London schoolteacher, a “love letter to life.” And yet, between the laughs he works in his patented social commentary. Leigh always discovers plot in character, and here he’s built a film around one indelible performance. Minutely observing Poppy through her relationships with others, whether it’s the kids she teaches at her primary school, her repressed driving instructor (Eddie Marsan), her close friend and flatmate Zoe (Alexis Zegerman) or her older colleague Heather (Sylvestra Le Touzel), Leigh’s film aches with truth.

R. 118 mins.

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