Here's what's playing at Cinema 10 this fall. We'll see you at the Roxy Theater (20 Main Street, Potsdam; 315-265-9630) on Mondays at 7:15 pm.

September

8  A Hard Day's Night (1964, 2014 restoration, UK, d. Richard Lester) 87 min G
                                     50th Anniversary digital restoration!

The plot involves the difficulties of getting the Fab Four to a live performance. Shot in black and white, the film has a cinema verite feel, with the zaniness of the situations in full bloom. Mark Cerulli comments, “It’s all innocent, upbeat [ . . .] fun. Are there plot holes you could drive a double-decker bus through? Sure. But who cares? For a brief shining moment, the Beatles are together again and all is well with the world.”  (a little language, smoking)

15  Obvious Child (2014, USA, d. Gillian Robespierre) 84 min R

SNL alumnus Jenny Slate plays twenty-something comedian Donna Stern, who uses her own life as material for her raunchy stage humor. When she loses her job and her boyfriend, and finds herself pregnant, she is forced to come to terms with adulthood in a new way. Reviewer Tirdad Derakhshani calls the film “a hilarious, thoughtful, painfully sentient indie comedy” that is “a cross between a Woody Allen farce and a one-woman show by Sarah Silverman.” (language, sexual content)

22   Fed Up (2014, USA. d. Stephanie Soechtig) 92 min PG
             Gardenshare/Local Living Venture post-film panel discussion

This “eye-opening” documentary “pulls no punches in its informed outrage against the food industry,” writes Sheri Linden for the Los Angeles Times. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig and narrated by Katie Couric, the film examines the food industry’s role in America’s obesity epidemic with a focus on the harmful effects of sugar on the human body. Entertainment Weekly’s Melissa Maerz says the documentary “makes a strong case that junk food should be regulated like Big Tobacco.” (thematic elements including smoking images, brief mild language)

29   Ida (2013, Poland/Denmark, d. Pawel Pawlikowski) 82 min PG-13

Set in Poland in 1961 during the communist era, the film follows the story of Anna, an orphan raised in a convent. As a novice ready to take her vows, she is told she must first visit her only living relative, Wanda. The two undertake a journey together to unearth their family’s story. Describing the film’s style as “minimal realism,” David Denby says, “again and again, ‘Ida’ asks the question, what do you do with the past once you’ve rediscovered it? [ . . .] The answers are startling.” (thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking)

October

6  The Hungry Heart (2013, USA, d. Bess O'Brian) 85 min NR
                                    Director Bess O'Brien will join us

In 2013's The Hungry Heart, director Bess O'Brien delves deep into the world of prescription drug addiction that has been ravaging the state of Vermont. Seen through the eyes of pediatrician Fred Holmes, his patients, and the affected family members, the documentary explores the struggles of treatment and the every day sufferers of addiction who might appear normal to the naked eye.  (prescription drug addiction)

20  Cesar Chavez (2014, USA/Mexico, d. Diego Luna) 102 min PG-13

Cesar Chavez tells the story of the Mexican-American civil rights leader and labor organizer, who is torn between his family responsibilities and his dedication to securing a fair wage for farm workers. Claudia Puig of USA Today writes that the film is powered by a strong cast, with Michael Peña embodying “the determination, idealism and gentle spirit of Chavez in an appealingly subtle performance.” This first predominately English-language film by Diego Luna weaves Chavez’s personal life into the storytelling for a “truly interesting” biopic, says Bill Zweker of the Chicago Sun-Times. (some violence and language) 

27  Only Lovers Left Alive (2013, UK/Germany/Greece, d. Jim Jarmusch) 123 min R

Although vampires are old hat for major studio productions, director Jim Jarmusch's romp into the supernatural brings a "a wry, jaded sense of humour" (exclaim.ca) to the genre in Only Lovers Left Alive. Hailed as his "most poetic film since Dead Man" (Hollywood Reporter), Lovers follows Adam, a reclusive artist who has spent centuries influencing the world's most respected artists, now alone in his apartment and working on albums using dilapidated equipment. When his wife returns to Detroit to prevent his suicide, the two enjoy their rekindled union by traveling the city under cover of night and enjoying the finest Type-O popsicles. But their quiet unravels in a hurry when Eve's unpredictable sister takes a liking to their lifestyle.  Tom Hiddelston and Tilda Swinton are “both impossibly magnetic” (Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News) (language, brief nudity, vampires, blood)

November

3    The Great Beauty /  La grande bellezza (2013, Italy/France, d. Paolo Sorrentino) 142 min NR

This winner of the 2014 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film is “a swooning love letter to Roman decadence,” writes the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw. The movie opens on the 65th birthday party of Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), who begins to grieve the lost innocence of his youth after receiving shocking news from his past. Ella Taylor of NPR declares the film “a fantastic journey around contemporary Rome and a riot of lush imagery juggling past and present, sacred and profane, gorgeous and grotesque.”  (language, some nudity and drug use)

10  Ernest & Celestine / Ernest et Célestine (2012, France/Belgium/Luxembourg, d. Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and Benjamin Renner) 80 min PG

Although Celestine's friends tell her that a bear and a mouse can never be friends, she's on a course to prove them wrong.  Their unlikely pairing sends them both on the run from the law and cast out from their own homes in an adventure that Indiewire calls "Delightful! An unforgettable piece of animation.”  The lovable bear and mouse are sure to delight filmgoers of all ages, and the film “advances the art of animation without seeming to try” (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal.) (some scary moments)

17 Life Itself (2014, USA, d. Steve James) 120 min R

Borrowing its title from Roger Ebert’s 2011 autobiography, Life Itself is a celebration of the world’s most famous and influential film critic. The documentary is “a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived – right up to the very last moment,” writes Bruce Ingram for the Chicago Sun-Times, the same publication Ebert wrote for from 1967 until his death in 2013. Ebert insisted on working on the film even as his health deteriorated, continuing his collaboration with director Steve James until his final days. (brief sexual images/nudity, language)

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