500 Days of Summer

500 Days of Summer
August 28 – September 3
Fri 7:00 9:10
Sat 7:00 9:10
Sun 3:45 6:00
Mon-Tues 6:00
Wed-Thurs 8:10
(US / 2009 / dir by Marc Webb)
This is a story of boy meets girl, begins the wry narrator of 500 Days of Summer, and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a funny, true-to-life and unique dissection of the unruly and unpredictable year-and-a-half of one young man’s no-holds-barred love affair.
Tom, the boy, still believes, even in this cynical modern world, in the notion of a transforming, cosmically destined, lightning-strikes-once kind of love. Summer, the girl, doesn’t. Not at all. But that doesn’t stop Tom from going after her, again and again, like a modern Don Quixote, with all his might and courage. Suddenly, Tom is in love not just with a lovely, witty, intelligent woman – not that he minds any of that — but with the very idea of Summer, the very idea of a love that still has the power to shock the heart and stop the world.
PG13/95 mins.
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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

August 9
One show only – 3PM – special event with Director Gini Reticker

(US / 2008 / dir by Gini Reticker)

* IN-PERSON: Director Gini Reticker, Sunday, August 9th, 3:00pm, Tickets at regular price

An uplifting and engaging political documentary about Liberia’s women protestors and their struggle to depose a corrupt dictator.

In 1997, the former warlord Charles Taylor became president of Liberia. His ruling strategy was to keep the nation in a state of upheaval via constant, bloody civil war. Liberia’s women, having had enough, gathered together despite their religious differences and used whatever means they could think of to get the men of the country to stop fighting, including demonstrations in the marketplace, ancient curses, and a sex strike. Best Documentary award at 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.

unrated / 72 mins

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Earth Days

Earth Days
August 14 – 20
Fri 4:45 7:00 9:15
Sat 2:30 4:35 6:45 9:30
Sun 3:45 6:00
Mon-Thurs 6:00 8:15
(US / 2009 / Robert Stone)

Visually stunning and entertaining, this incisive film brings to life the revolutionary achievements of the environmental movement of the early 1970s, as well as our missed opportunities.
Visually stunning and entertaining, this incisive film brings to life the revolutionary achievements of the environmental movement of the early 1970s, as well as our missed opportunities. Acclaimed director Robert Stone’s (Oswald’s Ghost; Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst) new film focuses on nine Americans who made the movement into a major political force before ideology trumped science. Among those highlighted are former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, biologist/Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich, Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and renewable-energy pioneer Hunter Lovins.
Unrated / 102 mins.
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Enlighten Up!

Enlighten Up
June 26 – July 2
Fri 9:10
Sat 7:00 9:10
Sun 5:45 – with Shyamdas
Mon & Tues 6:00
Wed & Thurs 8:10
(US / 2008 / dir by Kate Churchill)
Filmmaker Kate Churchill is a dedicated yoga practitioner who insists that yoga can transform anyone.
Her plan: select a subject, immerse him in yoga and follow him to see what happens. Intrigued by the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of a 5.7 billion dollar industry, Nick signs on to investigate yoga for 6 months. The pair work with and question yoga luminaries such as Alan Finger, Sharon Gannon, David Life, B.K.S. Iyengar, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and Dharma Mittra. But the deeper Nick goes, the more contradictions he discovers, leading him to question whether yoga is anything more than a workout. Eventually, Kate and Nick find themselves lost in Northern India, embroiled in a struggle between her expectations and his overt rejection of “spirituality.” Ultimately, both end up in places they never could have imagined.
unrated / 82 mins
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Blue Gold

Blue Gold
Free Show
Saturday, July 25th 11:30 AM
(US / 2008 / dir. by Sam Bozzo)
* IN-PERSON: Guest Speaker Skip Backus of the Omega Institute
This shocking documentary sheds light on the world’s rapidly approaching water crisis.
The world’s fresh water is disappearing. As we pollute and waste away our very limited supply, corporate giants are working to make the building block of our globe a commodity, privatizing developing countries’ fresh water. In the midst of this, military control of water is rising, setting the stage for world water wars. This bracing and far-reaching film, based on a book of the same name, follows various examples of people fighting back against the powers that be – from grade school protests to court cases to revolutions. As the specters of drought and death loom, the film finds people willing to risk everything for their right to water.
Unrated / 90 mins.
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Under Our Skin

Under Our Skin
July 24 – 30
Fri 4:30 6:45 9:00
Sat 2:15 4:30 6:45 9:00
Sun 3:30 5:45  8:00
Mon through Thurs 5:45  8:00
(US / 2008 / dir. by Andy Abrahams Wilson)
This eye-opening film about medicine and money investigates the untold story of a local tick-borne nemesis, Lyme disease, one of the most misunderstood and controversial illnesses of our time.
While much of the medical establishment holds that the disease is easy to detect and treat, thousands of patients go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed every year, some requiring long-term care amid dismal symptoms. This powerful film follows the stories of patients and physicians battling for their lives and livelihoods and offers an often frightening look at the controversy surrounding the politics of the disease.
Unrated / 104 mins.
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Food, Inc.

Food, Inc.

July 31-Aug 6
Fri 7:00 9:15
Sat 7:00 9:15
Sun 8:15
Mon & Tues 6:00
Wed & Thurs 8:15


(US / 2009 / dir. by Robert Kenner)
A riveting cautionary tale that connects the dots with an upbeat style, this film skillfully untangles the twisted knot of farm policy, lobbying, engineering, and corporate greed that has drastically altered the landscape of American farming and the food we so readily consume.
We begin to glimpse the horrors of the modern food chain of which we are a part, meeting a woman whose son died of E.coli poisoning, a chicken farmer dragged into debt by the giant Purdue, and a small-town seed saver being sued by corporate giant Monsanto. But we also meet radical pioneers who are actively bucking the system: farmer Joel Salatin champions sustainable agricultural practices, while Gary Hirshberg, founder of Stonyfield Yogurt, proves that a successful business can be earth-friendly. Featuring authors Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation).
PG / 94 mins.
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Throw Down Your Heart

July 14th
Two Shows Only – 5:00 and 8:30 PM – SOLD OUT

(US / 2008 / dir by Sascha Paladino)

* IN-PERSON: Béla Fleck, July 14th, Two Shows – 5:00 & 8:30 PM.  BOTH shows are now SOLD OUT.  Tickets will include the screening of the film, a post-screening Q&A, and a mini set by Bela Fleck.

American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck traces the roots of his instrument across centuries and continents in this documentary, showcasing the universality of great music.

Fleck is a true master of the banjo, but he is also one of its most passionate students, and in THROW DOWN YOUR HEART he travels to Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia, and Mali to reconnect with the African history of the instrument and to learn from various local virtuosi – as well as to cut a new record. On his travels we are shown a glimpse of the beauty and complexities of the continent, and we see the true unifying power of music – breaking through the boundaries of language and culture to communicate clearly and deeply.

unrated / 97 mins

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Whatever Works

Whatever Works
July 24 – 30
Fri 4:45
Sat 2:30 7:00
Sun 8:15
Mon & Tues 8:15
Wed & Thurs 6:00

(US / 2009 / dir by Woody Allen)
After making four films abroad, Woody Allen returns home to New York with this offbeat comedy about a misanthropic genius (Larry David) and a naive, impressionable young runaway from the south (Evan Rachel Wood).
Boris Yellnikoff is an almost-Nobel Prize-winning physicist who fancies himself the only one who fully comprehends the meaninglessness of all human aspirations amidst the chaos of the universe. Boris rejects everything about his cushy uptown life in search of a more bohemian existence. Before long he takes in-and is smitten with-Melody (Evan Rachel Wood), a runaway young woman who manages to entrance Boris in spite of himself. When first her mother (Patricia Clarkson), and later her father (Ed Begley, Jr.) arrive to rescue her, they are quickly drawn into wildly unexpected romantic upheavals. This is Allen’s 39th feature film.
PG-13 / 92 mins.
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My Favorite Year

My Favorite Year
Saturday, June 20 at 2 pm
In Person: Mark Linn-Baker
(US / 1982 / Richard Benjamin)
Fundraising Event for the Dutchess County Arts Council
A screening of this Oscar nominated film, followed by a Q&A, wine and cheese reception with actor Mark Linn-Baker. Tickets may also be purchased to enter a drawing for this original poster, signed by the artist.
This is the last event of the Dutchess County Arts Council 2009 Arts Fund Out of the Box event series, benefiting the 2009 Arts Fund of the Dutchess County Arts Council. Attendees will be expected to make a contribution to the Dutchess Arts Fund at the event. Space is limited, reservations are required – via telephone at 845-454-3222 or email at info@artsmidhudson.

Admission: Suggested Donation

RSVP by Friday, June 19 845- 454-3222 or info@artsmidhudson.org

Proceeds from the event series go directly to the Dutchess Arts Fund, a community-wide partnership which brings together members from all generations, cultures, business sectors and walks of life to build the resources needed to encourage and fortify one of the region’s most valuable and dynamic resource – the arts. Since its founding in 1979, the Arts Fund has distributed almost $10 million to Upstate Films and 11 other local organizations, and has provided countless opportunities for residents to enjoy and transform their lives through the arts.

Also on view during the reception at Rhinebeck Savings Bank will be a selection of original movie posters designed by the late John Alvin, preeminent designer and illustrator of cinema art.

Hosts: Carol L. Gordon, Robert and Sarah Levine, and Benjamin Krevolin

Unrated / 92 mins
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Away We Go

Away We Go
July 21 – 23
Tues 8:15
Wed-Thurs 6:00 (ends Thurs)
(US / 2009 / dir by Sam Mendes)
Following on the heels of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, Sam Mendes directs this lighthearted yet thoughtful road movie about a young couple trying to decide where to raise their family.
Burt (John Krasinski, THE OFFICE) and Verona (Maya Rudolph, SNL) are expecting their first child in rural Colorado, a locale they’ve chosen for its proximity to Burt’s parents. But Jerry and Gloria (Jeff Daniels and Catherine O’Hara) plan to move to Belgium. In an attempt to find the perfect setting to raise their bundle of joy, the parents-to-be visit friends and family across the continent, including a crassly funny mom in Phoenix (Allison Janney) and a hippie with a principled aversion to strollers in Madison (Maggie Gyllenhaal). But the more they see and hear, the more they become fearful of what it will be like to be parents. With a script co-written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, AWAY WE GO is a clever delight.
R / 97 mins.
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Adam

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

May 29 – June 4:
Fri 7:00 9:00
Sat 4:45
Sun 6:00
Mon & Tues 6:00
Wed & Thur 8:00

(US / 2009 /dir by Monte Miranda)

Three friends and a bank teller have their lives turned upside down when one of them realizes that larceny may be his greatest skill.

Max Solomon (Spencer Berger) knows he’s not going to make it as a writer when his latest play flops on opening night, and in a desperate attempt to find his next artistic endeavor, he improvises an idiosyncratic bank robbery. Amazed by his audacity, Max’s friend Tommy (Brian D. Phelan) decides to take a few chances of his own and, in a humorous side-plot, goes on a series of impossible job interviews with little more in his briefcase than a license plate and an orange. Meanwhile their friend Dave (Gabriel Tigerman), already employed at a monumentally boring mid-level job, takes some time off, acquires an unfinished tattoo, and obsesses over writing the perfect apology letter for Max’s crimes. When Max falls for Lucy (Kerry Knuppe), a bank teller with a keen sense of morality, she questions his newfound skills and forces him to reconsider his resolve. The characters emerge as a likeable crew of anti-heroes in this refreshingly sweet comedy about the lengths to which the disaffected will go to experience a little joy and autonomy.

unrated / 88 mins

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Tyson

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May 29 – June 4:
Fri 4:45
Sat 7:00 9:00
Sun 3:45 8:00
Mon & Tues 8:00
Wed & Thur 6:00
(US/2009/dir by James Toback)
An intimate study of the ferocious and fascinating former heavyweight champ, Mike Tyson.
To most, Mike Tyson is known for his short stint as boxing’s scariest champion, his history of sexual assault, and for biting off the ear of Evander Holyfield. But in James Toback’s documentary, another side of Tyson is shown – calm, contemplative, deeply troubled, and deeply alone. Toback is a longtime friend of Tyson, and his camera offers unprecedented access to the boxer’s inner life. Tyson tells his own story – of his abusive upbringing, his volatile relationships, his brief, brilliant career apex, and his long and painful descent. Sequences of the film are dreamlike, as Tyson’s quiet, lisping voice is overlayed with video of him decimating opponents in the ring. A captivating look at one troubled soul, TYSON sheds light on the tortured mind of one of popular culture’s most enigmatic and complicated figures.
R / 90 mins
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Wayne’s World

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Friday   MAY 29th   9:15pm
Staff pick! One show only!
Origin: (US/1992/dir by Penelope Spheeris)
An instant classic upon its release in 1992, WAYNE’S WORLD is now widely recognized as the greatest film ever made.
Just kidding. WAYNE’S WORLD is, however, the beloved comedic tale of two hard rock-loving, goofy, totally awesome would-be TV stars, Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey), trying to make a career out of the cable access show they host from Wayne’s basement. A spinoff of a popular Saturday Night Live sketch, WAYNE’S WORLD takes the two friends out of Wayne’s mom’s house and into the wild world of Aurora, Illinois, as they try to protect the interests of their show, and Wayne’s hot rocker girlfriend Cassandra (Tia Carrera), from the advances of unscrupulous TV producer Benjamin Kane (Rob Lowe). A mix of slapstick, absurdist humor, and bitchin’ rock music, WAYNE’S WORLD is, in a word, excellent.
PG-13 / 94 mins
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Valentino: The Last Emperor

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May 11-14
Mon & Tues 6:00
Wed & Thurs 8:00
  

ENDS THURSDAY!


(US/2009/dir by Matt Tyrnauer)
 
An intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the 77-year-old king of Haute Couture.
 
THE LAST EMPEROR takes the viewer on an opulent cruise through the world of Valentino Garavani, one of the world’s most celebrated and successful fashion designers. For decades, Valentino has dressed everyone from Jackie Onassis to Jennifer Lopez, and his dresses continue to be the standard of high fashion. This intimate documentary follows Valentino and his lifelong personal and business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, through the last two years of their illustrious professional careers, as they struggle to keep their place atop the rapidly changing landscape of fashion. While the use of Nino Rota’s music is a wink to the Fellini-esque quality of Valentino’s decadent world (he is consistently trailed by a fleet of six pugs), the film also offers a sympathetic and reverent portrait of the man and his work.
 
unrated / 96 mins / in English, Italian and French with subtitles
 
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Goodbye Solo

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May 11-14
Mon & Tues 8:00
Wed & Thurs 6:00
 

ENDS THURSDAY!

 
(US/2009/dir by Ramin Bahrani)
 
The latest film from emerging American auteur Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Chop Shop) tells the moving story of the unlikely friendship that develops between Solo (Souléymane Sy Savané), a kindhearted Senegalese taxi driver, and his passenger, a tough old southerner (Red West) whose destination request is difficult to honor yet impossible to ignore.
 
Beautifully shot and set in Bahrani’s home town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Goodbye Solo is a geographical departure from his recent New York dramas but continues his fascination with immigrant lives and fringe characters too rarely explored on film. ©Roadside Attractions
 
unrated / 91 mins
 
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Every Little Step


May 15-21:
Fri 4:30 6:45 9:00
Sat 4:30 6:45 9:00
Sun 3:30 5:45 8:00
Mon-Thurs 5:45 8:00

(US / 2009 / dir by Adam Del Deo & James D. Stern)

Recalling Donn Pennebaker’s MOON OVER BROADWAY, EVERY LITTLE STEP travels behind the scenes of the auditions for the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line.

Through 15 years of continuous performances and a revival beginning last year, A Chorus Line has touched generations around the world with stories so poignant they could only have come from truth. Actual dead-of-night conversations that inspired the show, locked away for decades, re-emerge here to resurrect old ghosts. As thousands of performers audition for 19 spots in the revival, their lives are interwoven with one of the world’s greatest musicals, their hopes and dreams hanging in the balance. But ultimately, in the story of A Chorus Line, just as in life itself, only a few can prevail.

PG-13 / 96 mins

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The Garden

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June 5 – 11:
Fri & Sat 7:00 9:10
Sun 3:45 6:00
Mon & Tues 6:00
Wed & Thurs 8:10
(US / 2008 / dir by Scott Hamilton Kennedy)
This Academy Award nominated documentary, that has the narrative pull of fiction, is the story of the rise and fall of a 14 acre community garden that was started as a form of healing after the devastating 1992 L.A. riots.
In our new Obama era, this powerful and moving film explores and exposes fault lines in American society and raises crucial questions about backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. The South Central Farmers created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. But with bulldozers poised to level their 14-acre oasis, THE GARDEN follows the plight of the farmers, mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out. They organize, fight back, seek legal redress, and demand answers: Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fair-market value? Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the L.A. City Council? Why has it never been made public? And the powers-that-be have the same response: “The garden is wonderful, but there is nothing more we can do.” If everyone told you nothing more could be done, would you give up?
unrated / 80 mins
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The Cake Eaters


ONE SHOW ONLY!
Sun March 22, 2:00

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

(US / 2008 / dir by Mary Stuart Masterson)

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

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

unrated / 95 mins

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Che: Parts one and two

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April 7-9
These films are for separate admission. See both on same night, get 2nd ticket at member price.

PART ONE: THE ARGENTINE
Tues 5:45
Wed-Thurs 8:20

PART TWO: THE GUERRILLA
Tues 8:20
Wed-Thurs 5:45

ENDS THURS!

(US/2008/Steven Soderbergh)
Steven Soderbergh’s two-part film CHE, starring Benicio Del Toro (USUAL SUSPECTS, TRAFFIC) aspires to be the definitive epic on the controversial revolutionary figure.
Spanning 4 1/2 hours over two films, CHE: PART ONE – THE ARGENTINE is devoted to Guevara’s experience as a revolutionary soldier and guerrilla leader in the Cuban Revolution. CHE: PART TWO – THE GUERRILLA begins with Castro discussing Guevara’s disappearance and focuses on his eventual murder in Bolivia. Based on his memoir, Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War, the films explore Guevara’s life – from his education as a revolutionary to his development as a leader.  Some scenes are deeply moving, and the film is not entirely concerned with gritty warfare. Rather, impressionistic sequences — the open and vulnerable faces of campesinos, the devotion of young warriors or the deprivation of children — are poignantly presented, augmented by Alfredo Iglesias’ gorgeously simple and melodic score. There’s a romanticism to these guerrillas in Eden, even if they are carrying guns.
R / 130 mins each film
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Sunshine Cleaning


April 20-23
Mon-Thurs 5:50 7:50*

ENDS THURSDAY!

(US / 2009 / dir by Christine Jeffs)

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

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

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

R / 102 mins

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Sugar


May 4-7
Mon & Tues 8:10
Wed & Thurs 6:10

ENDS THURSDAY!

(US / 2008 / dir by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck)

 

With an observant eye for cultural detail, SUGAR opens the curtain on the seldom considered world of Dominican baseball players trying to make it in the United States.

Miguel Santos, a.k.a Sugar, is a pitcher from San Pedro De Macoris hoping to get into the big leagues. At his baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, with his girlfriend and family around him, he is loose and confident. When he is called up for Spring Training, Sugar’s sharp stuff earns him a trip to a Single-A team in Bridgetown, Iowa, where his season starts with a bang as he racks up a dizzying number of strikeouts. But over time a sense of isolation and cultural dislocation begins to weigh on the young player. When he sustains a minor injury that puts him on the sidelines for a spell, he begins to question the single-mindedness of his life’s ambition. Deftly directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (HALF NELSON), the film leans toward the sweet rather than the gritty while skillfully steering away from a Hollywood ending.

R / 120 mins

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First

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

 

Synecdoche, New York


Starts Nov 21: Check for showtimes

(US, 2008 wr/dir by Charlie Kaufman)

 

 

 

 

Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ADAPTATION, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) Kaufman makes his directorial debut with this ambitious film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Hope Davis, and Michelle Williams.

Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a theater director living in Schenectady, NY, is undergoing a major physical and personal crisis. He has begun to suffer from a litany of gross physical maladies, as well as coming to the realization that directing others’ plays doesn’t allow much room for his own artistic expression. When his wife Adele (Catherine Keener) uninvites him from attending her gallery opening in Berlin, Caden is left with his deteriorating body and the cadre of other women in his life. Arguably the most ambitious, multi-layered, and serious of Kaufman’s scripts, this bizarre post-modern, fractured, self-conscious, and self-reflexive feature demonstrates his commitment to meta-narrative and personal expression. R. 124 mins.

“To say that Charlie Kaufman’s SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK is one of the best films of the year is such a pathetic response to its soaring ambition that I might as well pack it in right now.” 
-Manohla Dargis, the New York Times

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Rachel Getting Married


Nov 14–20:
Fri & Sat 4:30 7:00 9:20
Sun 3:30 6:00 8:20
Mon-Thurs 6:00 8:20

(US, 2008 dir by Jonathan Demme)

 

 

Jonathan Demme’s latest film is a contemporary drama exploring the compexities of family dynamics that’s generating early Oscar buzz for Anne Hathaway.

Kym (Hathaway), an ex-model who’s been in the rehab revolving door for the past 10 years, returns to her family home for the Indian-themed wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie Dewitt), dragging along her baggage of personal crisis and family conflict. The wedding party has gathered for an idyllic weekend of feasting, music and love; but Kym, with her black-comic one-liners and knack for bombshell drama, soon has the sense of unity hanging by a thread as she tests the boundaries of “unconditional” love. Cast includes Debra Winger and Bill Irwin. R. 114 mins.

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Religulous


Nov 14–20:
Fri & Sat 4:20 6:45 9:15
Sun 3:10 5:15
Mon-Thurs 5:45 8:15

(US, 2008 dir by Larry Charles)

Bill Maher, comedian/HBO talkshow host/non-believer, is an equal opportunity skeptic who gladly takes on Christians, Jews, and Muslims as he skewers organized religion around the world.

In Larry (BORAT) Charles’ incendiary film, Maher questions the religious faithful and finds them severely wanting. George Carlin, Maher’s mentor, would have loved this aggressive conversation on the legitimacy of religion. Standing in Israel at the spot where believers say Armageddon will be waged, Maher opens his case with a warning that those who believe in a so-called “end of days” may be making a self-fulfilling prophecy. As the globe-trotting film moves from heartland America to Amsterdam to the Holy Land to the Vatican, Maher asks questions that raise more questions, in the form of a Socratic dialogue that is both thought-provoking and a bit disarming. While he primarily examines the Big Three, Maher even gets in some choice stabs at Mormonism and Scientology before wrapping up the film with some serious preaching of his own. R. 101mins

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The Exiles


Sept 19–25:
Check for showtimes

(US 1961, dir by Kent MacKenzie)

 

 

 

Selected for the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival, this rediscovery of a legendary documentary chronicles a day in the life of a group of young Native Americans who left reservation life in the 1950s to live in the run-down Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles, California.

Like Charles Burnett’s legendary Killer of Sheep, THE EXILES is a gritty, no-frills depiction of a marginalized community made by a young filmmaker who has been compared to John Cassavetes and Vittorio De Sica. It follows an ensemble of characters through one night of drinking, carousing and hanging out, and stands as a vivid slice of a vanished era. The film features Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish, and Tommy Reynolds.

unrated. 72 mins.

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Burn After Reading


Sept 12-18:
Fri & Sat 4:45 7:00 9:10
Sun-Thurs 6:00 8:10

(US 2008, wr/dir by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)

 

 

The Coen brothers’ follow-up to their Oscar-winning Best Picture NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is a goofy crime caper fronted by a stellar cast of stars and award winners including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, and John Malkovich.

At the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Arlington, Va., analyst Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) arrives for a top-secret meeting to find that he’s being ousted. His wife Katie (Tilda Swinton) is dismayed, though not particularly surprised or concerned. She is already well into an illicit affair with Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney), a married federal marshal, and sets about making plans to leave Osborne for Harry. When a computer disc containing material for Osborne’s memoirs accidentally falls into the hands of two scheming gym employees (Pitt and Frances McDormand), events spiral out of everyone’s and anyone’s control, in a cascading series of darkly hilarious encounters.

R. 95 mins.

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The Class


March 12
Thurs 5:45  8:20
Ends Thurs!

(US 2008, dir by Laurent Cantet)

 

 

 

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

PG-13. 128 mins.

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