The Skeleton Twins


Now showing
in Rhinebeck
Oct 20 – 23
Mon 6:15 8:10
Tues 6:15 8:10
Wed 6:15 8:10
Thur 6:15 8:10
(US / 2014 / Directed by Craig Johnson)
R / 93 mins
Bi-coastal estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront the reasons their lives went so wrong.  
With nearly perfect pitch these two comedic actors reveal how their father’s suicide and their mother’s abandonment has scarred them nearly to the breaking point. Each acts out their own pain; Maggie, married to the nicest guy (Luke Wilson) finds ways to sabotage herself. And Milo who’s seemingly failed in his quest to become an actor in L.A. moves in with his sister. She brings him home where he stirs things up only to find that his sister is equally damaged in her own right. There are definitely laughs here, including a terrific sequence where the two lip-sync reliving their ’80s love for Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop us Now.” But what makes this film so powerful is the leads’ terrif acting and the strong script. 
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The Blue Room

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
Oct 20 – 23  
Mon 6:30 8:15
Tues 6:30 8:15
Wed 6:30 8:15
Thur 6:30 8:15
(France/ 2014 / dir by Mathieu Almaric)
R / 77 mins
Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller based on a Georges Simenon thriller.
Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Grand Budapest Hotel) directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged farm equipment salesman embroiled in a steamy love affair with a married woman who, after a round of kinky sex, makes a startling suggestion. Suddenly Julien is caught up in a police investigation-but just what exactly happened? Based on a novel by celebrated crime writer Georges Simenon, this beguiling cinematic puzzle unfolds in an elliptical style that circles back time and time again to keep us connected. 
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My Old Lady

Starts Friday
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

Starts Friday
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.

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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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