While We’re Young

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Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
April 17 – 23
Fri-Sun 3:15 5:45 8:10
Mon-Tue 5:45 8:10
Wed 3:15 8:10
Thur 5:45 8:10
 (US/2015/Writer/Director Noah Baumbach)
R / 94 mins
Noah (Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, Frances Ha) Baumbach’s latest foray into modern manners and relationships explores what it means to feel authentic amidst the quest for recognition and success. 
It stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a couple in their mid-forties who meet a disarming couple in their twenties, Jamie and Darby, (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) and quickly fall under their spell. Josh is a serious documentary filmmaker, who’s stuck in a rut ten years into the making of his “new” film. His father-in-law (Charles Grodin), the doyen of non-fiction filmmakers, tries to be encouraging, but in this mordant social satire, he’s pushed away by Josh just as Cornelia is. Josh soon dons a pork-pie hipster hat while basking in this new found fawning adoration of Jamie, a wanna-be filmmaker. Meanwhile the childless Cornelia and Josh begin to distance themselves from their peers, many of whom have added a baby to their lives of urban privilege. Cornelia (Watts) is terrific as his supportive yet misunderstood wife who’s willing to go along for the ride. But soon Josh begins to suspect that his young follower’s admiration may mask some serious manipulation to move on up the ladder.
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Woman in Gold

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Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
April 17 – 23 
Fri-Sun 3:10 5:40 8:00
Mon-Tue 5:40 8:00
Wed 3:10 5:40 8:00
Thur 5:40 8:00
 
(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 and makes 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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Coming Next...

Planetary

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In Rhinebeck   
April 22
Wed 5:45 
 
(US/2015/dir by Guy Reid)
ur / 78 mins
 
PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call – a cross continental cinematic journey that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species, and that reminds us of the undeniable truth that every living thing is connected.
 
“The planet is suffering form a series of crises: crises in the environment, society, economics, and ecology. There is also a crisis of perspective: how to place oneself in the context of life on earth; how to see our home in a larger worldview; how to justify our lifestyle choices in relation to our fragile planet. What is required is a shift in culture, a new way to see our planet and each other and PLANETARY shows us how. Some of the greatest thinkers of our time – including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison(the first African American woman in space), celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, anthropologist Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey, and His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Head of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu school  – offer insights on how to achieve a sustaining global society. Stunning cinematography and a remarkable soundtrack lends heft to challenge us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that we are PLANETARY.”
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