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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