December 12, 2017

Movies in Genre Drama

HER MAGNUM OPUS

Our annual holiday celebration, free admission for members but PLEASE reserve in advance via the online ticket page! Meet the Filmmaker: director and editor, Marta Renzi. Their teacher was the constant in their lives, her little house a refuge as the seasons changed, her parties legendary. A group … [Read more...]

3 GENERATIONS

Ramona is a teenage girl in the wrong body. On her way to becoming “Ray” she is bullied, and, though her mother is supportive, she’s also full of doubts. Ray’s gay grandmother wonders why she just isn’t a lesbian. When the consent form for Ramona’s transition requires signatures from both parents, … [Read more...]

THE SALESMAN

  Emad and Rana need to evacuate their decrepit apartment in Tehran. Both are actors in a production of Death of a Salesman, which affords them a certain status. When they move into a new apartment, they discover clues about the previous tenants that point to a mystery. Soon the former … [Read more...]

1984: A Special Screening Sponsored by Rivertown Film

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." On that bright cold day, April 4, 1984, Winston Smith began rebelling against his government – by keeping a diary - in George Orwell’s warning of things to come. On this same day in 2017, cinemas, arts groups and … [Read more...]

McCullers Centennial: A TREE. A ROCK. A CLOUD and A DOMESTIC DILEMMA

The reservation list for the Carson McCullers Centennial screening is completely full. There may be cancellations, in which case new reservation will be taken, so check the ordering fields below regularly. An evening in honor of Carson McCullers, a resident of Nyack from 1945 to 1967. After … [Read more...]

WIENER-DOG

The “hero” of this film is a dachshund who goes by several different names and has a variety of owners. This anthology of darkly comic vignettes follows the canine through a dizzying array of experiences, from narrowly escaping being euthanized to being strapped with explosives. His dignity provides … [Read more...]

MIA MADRE

While shooting a difficult film and dealing with an outsized American actor, Margherita learns that her mother is dying. The narrartive shifts between her different states of consciousness— reveries and reminiscences. Her life, her mother and her movie may be falling apart, but Margherita holds on, … [Read more...]

LITTLE MEN

Meet the Filmmaker, via Skype: director Ira Sachs Jake and Tony are two middle school boys from very different backgrounds whose paths cross in Brooklyn: Jake, is from an upscale family, and Tony, a working class Latino who is being raised mostly by his mother, Leonor. Leonor runs a dress shop in … [Read more...]

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, at the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern

  Meet the Filmmakers: Executive Producers Nimitt Mankad and Declan Baldwin. In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six children with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the modern world, challenging … [Read more...]

PIONEERS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CINEMA

SPECIAL EVENT HELL-BOUND TRAIN (1930, 60 min.) HEAVEN-BOUND TRAVELER (1932, 15 min.) VERDICT: NOT GUILTY (1933, 8 min.) Directed by James and Eloyce Gist ONLINE TICKET SALES HAVE ENDED, BUT TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR STARTING AT 7:30. Silent films with new scores written by … [Read more...]

THE NEW GIRLFRIEND

  This serio-comic exploration of cross-dressing, gender fluidity and desire is by turns mischievous, sentimental and silly. Claire’s best friend Laura dies, leaving behind a baby and grieving husband, David. Soon after, Claire discovers David’s secret: that he cross-dresses in Laura’s … [Read more...]

KRISHA

This family drama—alternately hilarious and appalling—centers on Krisha, who has arrived in Texas for Thankgiving. The house becomes the site of her undoing, as she furtively swallows pills and contends with the yelling, yammering relations who swarm through the McMansion. The director’s impressive … [Read more...]

CHI-RAQ

The war in this film is waged by black men upon other black men. Set in present day Chicago, with a nod to the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata,” the combatants are rival gangs who violently run their respective ‘hoods. Their women decide to end the bloodshed by refusing to have sex, leaving the men … [Read more...]

45 YEARS

A sensitive and devastating portrait of a long, happy marriage in sudden crisis. Retirees Kate and Geoff live a comfortable life until the past intrudes in an unnerving manner, forcing them to reassess how well they really know each other. When the body of Geoff’s old girlfriend is discovered, the … [Read more...]

YOUTH

In an Alpine resort, two aging male artists - and best friends - confront their twilight years. Fred, a prominent composer, is being wooed out of retirement by the British royal family, while Mick, a filmmaker, is working on what he hopes will be his final masterpiece. A poignant meditation on the … [Read more...]

PHOENIX

At the end of WWII, a German nightclub singer named Nelly, recently liberated from a concentration camp, searches for her husband Johnny, a piano player. Johnny fails to recognize her, due to the facial reconstruction she’s undergone after suffering a gunshot wound. Nevertheless, they team up and … [Read more...]

THE END OF THE TOUR

SORRY! THIS FILM HAS BEEN CANCELED. Starting Time: 8:15. Meet the Filmmaker: David Lipsky, upon whose experience this film is based. A tale of two writers, both named David. In 1996, David Lipsky, whose first novel failed to garner notice, accompanied the acclaimed author David Foster Wallace … [Read more...]

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

Greg, a gangly, sarcastic teenager, and his best friend Earl share a fondness for movies. They remake classic films using stop motion animation and wacky costumes. At the urging of Greg’s mom, the guys befriend Rachel, a classmate with cancer. In unsentimental fashion, the three embark on a journey … [Read more...]

MACISTE ALL’INFERNO with live score by SEXMOB, presented by Edward Hopper House Art Center and Rivertown Film

The devil takes Maciste the Strongman down to hell in an attempt to corrupt and ruin his morality. Maciste was the hero of 13 early Italian films. This was the last made in the silent era, and is the most famous. “I’m sure that I remember it well because the image has remained so deeply impressed … [Read more...]

TIMBUKTU

A quietly furious exploration of life under Islamist rule, this film explores day to day existence in the desert city of Timbuktu, Mali. The members of the militia who exert their control are shown to be bullying, sadistic hypocrites, indifferent to local customs and language. But the beauty in this … [Read more...]