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
14    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl   (2015, USA, d. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon         
When Greg befriends a high school girl who's dying of brain cancer, making movies with his co-worker Earl just doesn't seem all that important anymore. Based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl pairs comedy legends Nick Offerman and Molly Shannon alongside a trio of young heavyweights to create a film that is quirky and compelling. Premiering to a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was called "one of the best films of 2015" by Richard Roeper of The Chicago Sun-Times. (105 min; PG-13; sexual content, drug material, language, some thematic elements)
 
21    Pathar Panchali  (1958 [digital restoration, 2015], India, d. Satyajit Ray)
Treasured for 60 years for the richness of its images of rural India and the intimacy of its story, Satyajit Ray’s “Song of the Road,” now digitally restored, revolutionized the Indian film industry in the 1950s and won the top prize at Cannes. Roger Ebert spoke for generations of viewers when he noted, “It is about a time, place and culture far removed from our own, and yet it connects directly and deeply with our human feelings. It is like a prayer, affirming that this is what the cinema can be, no matter how far in our cynicism we may stray.” Young Apu and his family inhabit a world that combines extraordinary beauty with striking realism. Akira Kurosawa, a contemporary of Ray, observed, “I can never forget the excitement in my mind after seeing it. I have had several more opportunities to see the film since then, and each time I feel more overwhelmed. It is the kind of cinema that flows with the serenity and nobility of a big river.” 
(119 min; NR; smoking, small amount of violence)
 


28    Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story  (2014, USA, d. Grant Baldwin)  ***GARDENSHARE PANEL FOLLOWS THE MOVIE***
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story once again sees Cinema 10 join hands with GardenShare. Filmmakers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin are horrified to learn that billions of dollars a year are spent on food that is thrown away before it even hits a plate. When they decide to live only on food foraged from the trash for six months, their perspective is forever changed. Variety called the film a "hugely entertaining study of America's culture of excess." Our friends in GardenShare will lead a panel discussion moderated by NCPR’s David Sommerstein following the screening.
(75 min; NR)

October
5    Leviathan/Levifan   (2014, Russia, d. Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Kolya has worked hard to carve out his share of land and keep a happy family on the outskirts of a small Russian town. A corrupt mayor is trying to take all of that away by demolishing his home and stripping him of his business. Koyla's only hope is entrusting a lawyer friend to take the case, but he may bring more trouble than he's worth. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says Leviathan "puts contemporary Russia, as up-to-the-minute as Putin and Pussy Riot, under the microscope…a stupendous piece of work that transcends language and borders, while Peter Debruge of Variety notes “how funny the film is…darkly satirical.”
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140 min; R; language, some sexuality and nudity) 

19   Mr. Turner   (2014, UK/France/Germany, d. Mike Leigh) 
Hailed by critics as an ecstatically beautiful and exquisitely detailed portrait of the artist as a cantankerous middle-aged man, Mr. Turner offers us a commanding view of a city—London—and a country at the dawn of the modern age and of J.M.W. Turner as a man awed by the new technologies of photography and the railways. Following the groundbreaking landscape artist through a quarter century, director Mike Leigh “succeeds gloriously in finding a way to suggest the numinous quality of Turner’s work, his unique use of light and other elements to suggest the ways in which everything in nature is connected,” according to Leslie Felperin of Hollywood Review. “Mr. Turner addresses the big questions with small moments. It's an extraordinary film, all at once strange, entertaining, thoughtful and exciting,” Dave Calhoun of Time Out concludes.
(144 min; R; some sexual content)

26   Hausu/House, presented by the Andrew Alden Ensemble (live music) (1977, Japan, d. Nobuhiko Ôbayashi)
Performing live at the Roxy, the Andrew Alden Ensemble will combine traditional instrumentation with the techniques of live circuit bending and analog tape looping to create experimental sound effects in their score for this hallucinatory cult favorite. House tells the wacky story of a Japanese schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home, only to come face to face with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, attacking futons and a demonic housecat. “At times it feels as if Mr. Ôbayashi threw everything—every movie he had ever seen, every idea he had ever entertained—at the screen, using the horror genre as a big box into which he could combine the bits and pieces he wanted to sample from avant-garde cinema, Looney Tunes cartoons, schlock Italian horror and martial arts movies,” Manohla Dargis of The New York Times observes of the movie she termed “must-see-now.” 
(88 min; NR; nudity, violence, generally fake looking gore) 
 

November

2    Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort  (2012, USA, d. Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg
***ONLINE Q&A WITH DIRECTORS AFTER THE FILM*** 
Offering a long parting glance at Kutsher’s, the last of the Jewish family-owned resorts in the once resplendent Catskills Borscht Belt, “the film is a witty look at the history and sociology that made the Jewish hotels and resorts of the region rise and, more recently, vanish,” writes George Robinson in The Jewish Week. One element that set Kutsher’s apart from its neighbors was its sports orientation: Wilt Chamberlain was a bellboy (he’s shown playing basketball in a Kutsher’s jersey and also seen handing suitcases to people through second-floor windows while standing on the lawn). Comedians like Andy Kaufman, Alan King, Billy Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld, and Joan Rivers performed there; Leon Spinks, Muhammad Ali, Ray Charles and Rocky Marciano were celebrity visitors. Jordana Horn of The Jewish Daily comments that the film “lovingly lays out a grand smorgasbord of history, photos and film footage, and an appropriate dollop of nostalgic schmaltz.”

(72 min; NR)


9    Wild Tales/Relatos Salvajes  (2014, Argentina/Spain, d. Damián Szifrón)
Szifrón’s portmanteau film comprises six short films linked by the theme of revenge. A strange coincidence on a plane, a plot to murder a loan shark, an argument on the road, revenge against a towing company, the death of a pregnant woman and a cheating newlywed drive these episodes of dark comedy. John Anderson of Newsday calls it “entertaining, over-the-top and more than a little anxiety-inducing.”
(122 min; R; violence, language, brief nudity)

16    Dope   (2015, USA, d. Rick Famuyiwa)
This coming of age comedy/drama focuses on Malcolm, a geeky high school senior with Harvard aspirations, who gets invited to an underground party in his tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA. The ensuing events lead to drug dealing, seduction and blackmail as Malcolm struggles to get what he wants, in “a comedy of social expectation that plays like an exhilarating gift” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).
(103 min; R; language, drug content, sexuality/nudity, some violence, all involving teens)

30    The Farewell Party/Mita Tova  (2014, Israel/Germany, d. Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon
Critic Al Alexander says The Farewell Party “is hands down the best euthanasia comedy ever made.” Set in a Jerusalem retirement home, the film addresses issues of aging, suffering and death and the morality of mercy killing. Tom Long of The Detroit News says it is “alternately comic and somber, confrontational and frightening, silly and sweet . . . a rare film that can smile while studying suffering.”
 
(95 min; NR; mature subject matter, nudity)



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