My Old Lady

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
Oct 24 – 30
Fri 4:20 6:50 9:10
Sat 4:20 6:50 9:10
Sun 3:20 5:50 8:10
Mon 5:50 8:10
Tues 5:50 8:10
Wed 5:50 8:10
Thur 5:50 8:10
(US/2014/Israel Horovitz)
PG-13 / 107 mins
Mathias Gold inherits an apartment in Paris: What good luck! But the “old lady” who’s been there for years refuses to vacate: What bad luck!
Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline), a down-on-his-luck New Yorker, inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile and cash in, he’s unprepared to deal with the live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. The apartment is a viager – a domicile that’s part of an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale – and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) for many years, is eligible to collect monthly payments from Mathias until her death. 
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Kill the Messenger

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
Oct 24 – 30
Fri 4:30 7:00 9:20
Sat 4:30 7:00 9:20
Sun 3:30 6:00 8:20
Mon 6:00 8:20
Tue 6:00 8:20
Wed 1:45 6:00 8:20
Thur 6:00 8:20
(US/2014/dir by Michael Cuesta)
R / 112 mins
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner produced and leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb who connected the origins of the crack cocaine epidemic on U.S. streets with the arming of the Contras against the elected government in Nicaragua.
Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S. and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

A 1988 Senate subcommittee report noted that certain CIA-backed contras did smuggle drugs to make money. Ten years later in 1998, Frederick P. Hitz, the CIA inspector general, testified before the House Intelligence Committee that following a thorough review of the matter, he believed that the CIA in the least acted as a bystander with regard to the war on drugs.

“Let me be frank about what we are finding,” Hitz said. “There are instances where CIA did not, in an expeditious or consistent fashion, cut off relationships with individuals supporting the contra program who were alleged to have engaged in drug-trafficking activity, or take action to resolve the allegations.” The media, then consumed by the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, largely ignored the findings. -NYTimes.com

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London National Theatre: A Streetcar Named Desire

In Rhinebeck 
Oct 29
Wed 1:30 
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Benedict Andrews)
Unrated / Length tba
Tickets $15 Adults / $14 Seniors / $13 Members 
The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast from their London home by National Theatre Live… with Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley, and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella.
As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. Visionary director Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic following his Critics’ Circle Award-winning Three Sisters.
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