The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
*Ends Thursday 
Mar 20 – 26
Mon – Tues 5:50
Wed 3:00 5:50
Thur 5:50 8:20

*This film will
not move to
Woodstock 
 (UK/2015/John Madden)
PG / 122 mins
It’s been a few years since we last met up with the folks who retired to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, and it’s time to catch up.
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself. (c) Fox Searchlight
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The Wrecking Crew

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Ends Thursday 
in Rhinebeck 
*Moves to Woodstock
Friday March 27 
March 23 – 26
Mon – Tues 8:20
Wed 3:10 8:20
Thur 5:40
(US/2015/dir by Denny Tedesco)
PG / 95 mins
STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN and 20 FEET FROM STARDOM whet our appetites for films that celebrate the unheralded musical talents that made the pop hits the HITS, and this new entry is flat-out fun.
What the Funk Brothers did for Motown…The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings. And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you. THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960’s. It didn’t matter if it was Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as “The Wrecking Crew”. (C) Magnolia
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Wild Tales

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Now showing
in Rhinebeck
Continuing
in Rhinebeck 
Mar 23 – 26 Mar 27 – Apr 2 
Mon-Wed 5:40 8:15
Thur 8:15 
Fri-Sun 3:10 8:00 
Mon-Tue 5:40 8:00
Wed 8:10
Thur 5:30 8:10
(Argentina/2014/dir by Damián Szifron)
R / 2 hours
“Hilarious! Each carefully wrought jewel of story is more delicious and outrageous and hilarious than the last” so says ANNE THOMPSON INDIEWIRE
WINNER: National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film
Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover’s betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control. (C) Sony Classics

 A collection of six vignettes all connected by themes of victimhood and vengeance, and spring-loaded with ironic twist endings worthy of O. Henry, the film feels like Pulp Fiction filtered through the baroque pop sensibility of Pedro Almodóvar.
– Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

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Human Capital

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Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck 
Mar 27 – Apr 2
Fri – Sun 5:40 8:10
Mon – Tues 8:10
Wed 3:00 5:40
Thur 8:10
(Italy / 2015 / dir by Paolo Virzi)
Unrated / 110 mins
Italy’s nominee for best foreign language film is a sexy, stylish thriller that fuses a whodunit with a tricky dance of status, avarice, and ambition.
It’s the night before Christmas Eve and a cyclist heading home from work is run off the road by a careening SUV. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family intertwine with the struggling middle-class Rovellis in ways neither could have expected. Dino Rovelli (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino), and uses his teenaged daughter Serena’s (Matilde Gioli) relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi’s playboy son to get a chance to invest money he doesn’t have. Paolo Virzi’s taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from three character’s perspectives adding and layering relevant details and angles. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation. In Italian with subtitles. 
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Woman in Gold

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in Rhinebeck 
Begins April 3 
(UK/2015/dir by Simon Curtis)
PG-13 / 111 mins
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Based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an upper-class Viennese woman, who escaped from the Nazis, made her way to the States, and over 50 years later decides she’d like to salvage some dignity from her past by making it her mission to reclaim art works the Nazis stole from her family, especially a portrait of her Aunt Adele, the famous Lady In Gold, painted by Gustav Klimt.
Helen Mirren, who can do no wrong as an actress, plays Maria, now an elderly woman living and running her shop in Los Angeles.  As the film moves back and forward in time, we witness Maria as a young woman living a life of cultured privilege in Vienna with her family, friends, her young husband, and her strikingly beautiful aunt Adele. The Nazi takeover of Vienna and Austria catches most Jews unprepared for the barbaric times. Maria narrowly escapes with her husband. Now many decades later, all alone, she enlists an inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her make her case to the Austrian government and reclaim her family’s art, especially the‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer’, the Woman in Gold. At first her lawyer is seduced by the money, the Klimt painting is valued at $100 million, but in part due to his own ancestry and the challenge, he marshals all his skills to champion the restitution. Together, they embark upon a battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and to the U.S. Supreme Court, as they confront difficult truths about the past.
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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

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Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck
Mar 27 – Apr 2
Fri-Sun 3:00 5:30
Mon-Tues 5:30
Wed 3:10 5:40 8:10
Thur 5:40
(Israel 2014 dir by Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz )
Rating / 115 mins
* Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Language Film
Divorce Israeli Style: In this uncompromising, heart-rending powerhouse courtroom drama, an Israeli woman struggles to overcome an unmoving patriarchy so that she can get divorced and live a life of her own design. Just in time for Women’s History Month.
In Israel marriage and divorce is a religious matter; only rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, and this is only possible with the husband’s consent. When Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) after decades of marriage, goes to court seeking to get a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband, she finds herself put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem and her lawyer spend years in this quest thwarted by her husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian) who continually refuses. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity.
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