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Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson plays Aretha Franklin as she navigates a challenging rise, from child star in a famous family, through moments in an uncomfortable spotlight to international superstardom … all the while seeking to find her own voice. Directed by Liesl Tommy, with Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Damon Wayans and Mary J. Blige. (U.S., 2021, 145m)


Wednesday, August 25
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Dash Shaw’s wry yet magical animation for grownups explores the strange discovery of Amber and Matt, who discover first a unicorn, and then a world of cryptids—creatures who we thought only existed in fiction and mythology. And they meet Lauren, who has vowed to protect them. Winner of awards at Sundance and Berlin. (U.S., 2021, 95m)

“A Disneyland-size kingdom of ideas that never cease to astound” –Playlist


Thursday, September 2

Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

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“Brilliant … a loving tribute for a friendship laden with joy, jealousy and a world that only Truman & Tennessee could inhabit, navigate and understand.” –
Two iconic American writers, each of whom wrestled with self-doubt, their sexuality, the whims of creative process and addiction, remained friends over the course of years. Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland uses their writings to explore a relationship that featured tough moments and unforgettable pearls of wisdom. (U.S., 2021, 86m)



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“Michael Sarnoski’s stunningly controlled first feature, is a mournful fable of loss and withdrawal, art and ambition.” -NY Times

“A film of enormous beauty and depth.” -Washington Post

When his beloved foraging partner is kidnapped, a reclusive truffle hunter leaves his home in the Oregon wilderness to find her in the city. Nic Cage gives an unforgettable performance in Michael Sarnoski’s debut, a film that explores the power of love, in whatever form it might take. (U.S., 2021, 92m)


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A dramatic thriller directed by Academy Award® winner Tom McCarthy and starring Matt Damon, Stillwater follows an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter, in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. (US, 2021, 140m)
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The teenage Ruby is a Child of Deaf Adults, or CODA—two parents who are running a struggling fishing business. Ruby’s also a gifted singer. Encouraged to apply to a prestigious medical school, she finds herself pulled by two strong forces: her passion and her beloved family. Sian Heder’s film won an unprecedented four awards at the Sundance Film Festival. (U.S., 2021, 111m)

Reminds us of the comforting, even cathartic, gratifications of a feel-good story well told.” – Hollywood Reporter

All screenings of CODA will be presented in the Open Caption format, with subtitles at the bottom of the screen for both English and ASL dialogue. 


Thursday, September 2

The Green Knight

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An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, THE GREEN KNIGHT tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men.

Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table. (US, 2021, 125m)


Thursday, August 19

Rear Window

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Thursday, August 19, doors open at 6:30, music at 7:00, film at 7:45

Due to weather, this event is postponed to the rain date on Friday, Aug. 20, music at 7:00, film at 7:45

Del’s Roadside, Rhinebeck
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Jimmy Stewart plays a newspaper photographer, who while recuperating, watches his neighbors through his window. When he sees what he thinks is a crime unfolding, he becomes an unlikely detective, drawing himself into danger. (U.S., 1954, 112m)

“One of the master’s greatest stunts. Not only is this a thriller without on-screen violence or a visible (human) corpse, but virtually the entire movie unfolds in a single room.” –Village Voice

Maggie’s Plan

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Saturday, August 14, doors open at 6:15, music at 6:45, film at 8:00
With special guest director Rebecca Miller
Opus 40, Saugerties
Tickets: $15 ($10 Upstate Films members)
With live music by Dolunay

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Rebecca Miller’s sharp-witted film has romance and comedy, but it’s no typical rom-com. Greta Gerwig plays a woman (Greta Gerwig) who, after luring away a married man (Ethan Hawke) from his wife, decides to reunite them. (U.S., 2016, 98m)

“Clear-eyed, generous and funny—tart but not sour, sweet but not too sweet.” –New York Times

Fantastic Fungi

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Saturday, August 14, doors open at 6:15, music at 6:45, film at 8:00
At Opus 40, Saugerties

Tickets: $15 ($10 Upstate Films members)
With live music by Dolunay

This vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of mycelium and its fruit—the mushroom—begins 3.5 billion years ago, with fungi creating the soil that supports life, its mycelial networks connecting vast systems across the planet. Through the eyes of mycologists and scientists including Paul Stamets, Michael Pollen and Andrew Weil, we learn about the power, beauty, and complexity of the fungi kingdom, recognizing that fungi offer food, medicine, and expanding consciousness, bioremediation, neurogenesis, and treating end-of-life anxiety. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

(U.S., 2018 / Directed by Louie Schwartzberg)
Unrated / 1 hr 21 mins.