First

first
 
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:
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(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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