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500 Days of Summer 

Rated PG-13/ runs 95 min./Directed byMarc Webb/USA//in English

Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg, Minka Kelly, Matthew Gray Gubler 

A hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, this is a funny, true-to-life and unique story of an unpredictable year-and-a-half love affair of one man's life. Tom still believes, even in this cynical modern world, in the notion of a transforming, cosmically destined,lightning-strikes-once kind of love. His girlfriend doesn't.That doesn't stop Tom from pushing his dream, again and again, like a modern Don Quixote. He is in love with a witty, intelligent woman and with the very idea of a love that still has the power to rock the heart and stop the world.

"A delightful, witty, well-acted and inventive comedy."- USA Today

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Away We Go 

Rated R/ runs 98 min./Directed bySam Mendes/

USA/in English

Starring: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal,  Allison Janney

Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes ('American Beauty') and starring John Krasinski (The Office) and Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live), this funny and heartfelt film follows the journey of an expectant couple as they travel the U.S. in search of the perfect place to put down roots and raise their family. Along the way, they have comic misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who help them discover the meaning of "home" for themselves.

"Krasinski and Rudolph are a marriage made in comedy heaven."-- The New York Times

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Chéri

Rated R/ runs 92 min./Directed byStephen Frears

UK, France & Germany /in English

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend

Stephen Frears, the director of 'The Queen', returns with this melodrama starring the still gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer, the dashing Rupert Friend and the always entertaining Kathy Bates. An adaptation of Colette's 1920 novel, the story is set in late 19th century Paris -- La Belle Époque -- where numerous courtesans have worked their way up through the ranks of high society. Cheri, a young man in need of tutoring in the art of love, becomes more than a pet project to an experienced older woman.

"A decadent comedy of manners." -- - USA Today

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Coco Before Chanel (Coco avant Chanel)

Rated PG-13/ runs110 min./Directed byAnne Fontaine

France,
French with subtitles

Starring: Audrey Tautou

With special thanks to Sony Pictures Classics, we are proud to offer this film for one show only on opening night prior to its New York theatrical premiere. Audrey Tautou stars as legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel in this engrossing, romantic drama, which focuses on a young creative woman seeking her place in life and French society in the early 1920s. It is beautifully photographed in the region around Paris and in Normandy. This is the story of Gabrielle Chanel who begins her life as an orphan and through an extraordinary journey becomes world famous. She embodied the modern woman and became the timeless symbol of success, freedom and style.


The Dietrich is honored to be featuring this one- time showing on Gala Night, (reservations required-- call 996-1500)a
s it is the East Coast Premiere of this film!! Not to be missed!!

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Departures (Okuribito)

Rated PG-13/ runs 131 min./Directed byYôjirô Takita/Japan

Japanese with subtitles

Starring: Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki,Kimiko Yo

Winner of this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 'Departures' presents the moving and sometimes humorous story about a young musician changing careers. A Tokyo symphony orchestra shuts down and an out-of-work cellist accepts a job which starts him on a journey of self-discovery and understanding of the meaning of life. Photographed in present day rural Japan, the film depicts life in a small town and the lessons to be learned from family, friends and the community when confronting life's biggest mystery and challenge. This is a unique film worthy of its award.



"It leaves one under a spell." - Washington Post


Every Little Step

Rated PG-13/runs 96 min/Directed by Adam Del Deo & James D. Stern

USA, in English


'Every Little Step' is the story of the creation of Broadway's most beloved musical, 'A Chorus Line,' from ambitious idea to international phenomenon. Through 15 years of continuous performances from the 70's to 90's and a revival beginning last year, 'A Chorus Line' has touched generations around the world with stories so poignant, they could only have come from truth. The film goes behind the scenes with exclusive interviews and footage of New York's recent revival audition process. Out of the thousands of performers who audition, only 19 are chosen. This is a film about the hardships and triumphs of Broadway performers and will move and entertain all lovers of musical theater.

"A thrilling dazzler."- Rolling Stone


Food, Inc.

Rated PG/ runs 93 min./Directed byRobert Kenner

USA, in English 


Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner uses reports by 'Fast Food Nation' author Eric Schlosser and 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' author Michael Pollan as a springboard to explore where the food we purchase really comes from, and what it means for our health. By exposing the chummy relationship between business and government, the film shines light on the dark underbelly of the American food industry. Kenner unflinchingly asks why are government regulatory agencies complicit in allowing corporations to put profit ahead of consumer health, the American farmer, worker safety, and even the environment. You will be startled and maybe outraged.

"One of the scariest movies of the year…an informative, often infuriating activist documentary."-- The New York Times

****SPECIAL DISCUSSION!***After the Saturday, September 19th 4:50 pm showing of Food Inc., Janie Quinn of Essential Eating will conduct a discussion about the film.  Janie Quinn is the Founder of Essential Eating, a family of green companies including Essential Eating Lifestyle and Cooking School, Essential Eating Sprouted Foods and Essential Environments. She is the author of the award-winning books, Essential Eating, A Cookbook, Essential Eating The Digestible Diet, Essential Eating Sprouted Baking and Essential Environments. As an author, a real food educator, organic chef, and an environmental consultant, her passion is sharing the benefits of eating digestible food that yields improved health. Her expertise in common-sense eating and non-toxic living makes her a frequent radio and television guest. She is also an instructor at the Essential Eating Lifestyle & Cooking School.

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Gotta Dance

NOT RATED/ runs 93 min/ Directed by Dori Berinstein

USA, in English

A critic and audience crowd-pleaser when it premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, 'Gotta Dance', captures the adventures of the NBA's first-ever, seniors hip-hop dance team. The film follows 12 women and one man, all dance beginners, from auditions to center court stardom! Despite swollen ankles, challenges from their 20-something Nets Dancer coaches, exhausting rehearsals, fashion crises, radical personality transformations and seemingly impossible dance steps, the sensational seniors spread joy, inspiration and cool dance moves as they hip-hop their way into your hearts.



"A high-energy, fun-loving audience pleaser." --- Boxoffice Magazine


The Hurt Locker

Rated R/ runs131 min./Directed byKathryn Bigelow

USA,,in English

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce,Ralph Fiennes

This film is considered the best made film of the year so far by most top film critics. Three members of the Army's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad battle insurgents and one another as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad. Their mission is clear--protect and save--but it's anything but easy, as the margin of error when defusing a war-zone bomb is zero. This thrilling and heart-pounding look at the psychology of bomb technicians and the effects of risk and danger on the human psyche is a fictional tale inspired by real events.

"The best action movie of the summer." - The New York Times

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In the Loop

NOT RATED/ runs106 min./Directed byArmando Iannucci

UK, in English,

Starring: Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander, David Rasche

A hit at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, this is the funniest British comedy in years. The British Foreign office interacts with the American State Department to squelch a negative news story about war being "unforeseeable". This is a knowing and intelligent deconstruction of how bungling foreign policy "experts" handle a supposed international crisis.

"Line by filthy line, scene by chaotic scene, by far the funniest big-screen satire in recent memory."---The New York Times

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Lemon Tree (Etz Limon)

NOT RATED/ runs107 min/ Directed byEran Riklis

Israel, Germany,& France/ in Hebrew with subtitles

Starring: Hiam Abbass, Ali Suliman, Rona Lipaz-Michael

A Palestinian widow earns her living tending to her late father's lemon grove. When an Israeli government minister moves next door and declares the grove a potential security threat, she struggles to defend her peaceful livelihood. Personal drama gives way to political controversies as the widow forms an unexpected bond with the minister's lovely wife and takes her protest all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court. 'Lemon Tree' is a moving and engaging human drama of one woman's struggle to preserve her way of life.


"Well worth seeing as a first-class artistic achievement bridging two civilizations." - New York Observer


O' Horten

RATED PG-13/ runs 90 min/ Directed by Bent Hamer

Norway,Germany,& France/in Norwegian with subtitles

Starring: Baard Owe, Espen Skjønberg, Ghita Nørby, Bjørn Floberg

A soon-to-retire engineer on an ultra-modern express train is about to take his last trip from Oslo to Bergen. Horten finds that sometimes things don't turn out as expected when he misses the train's departure for the first time in 40 years. His orderly existence gives way to unexpected adventures. We don't have to be Norwegian to identify, laugh with and embrace the film's slightly absurdist vision made with warmth and universal appeal.


"A precise, deadpan drama of slapstick existentialism." ---- Boston Globe


Séraphine

NOT RATED/ runs 125 min./Directed byMartin Provost

France & Belgium

in German with subtitles

Starring: Yolande Moreau

French housekeeper Séraphine lives in rural France at the turn of the century. Though her chief duties involve cooking, cleaning, and ironing, in her off-hours Séraphine joyously turns to the natural outdoor world with which she feels an emotional and spiritual communion. She expresses these passions through painting using the scantest natural materials at hand. With crude and raw tools, she creates unique works of art. Her life takes a most fantastic turn when an art critic notices the young woman's creations for the first time.

"One of the most evocative films about an artist I've ever seen." --- - New York Magazine

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Summer Hours (L'heure d'été)

NOT RATED/ runs 103 min./Directed by Olivier Assayas

France/ in French & English 

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jérémie Renier, Edith Scob

Juliette Binoche stars in this warm family drama about three siblings who must come to terms with their mother's advancing years as they decide what to do with her valuable belongings. Hélène is about to turn 75, and her children are gathering at her home in the French countryside for a party. The siblings must confront the end of childhood, their shared memories and desires for the future.

"Extraordinary…a masterpiece." - The New York Time

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Summer Hours (L'heure d'été)

NOT RATED/runs103 min./Directed byOlivier Assaya  

France/ in French & EnglishStarring: Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jérémie Renier, Edith ScobJuliette Binoche stars in this warm family drama about three siblings who must come to terms with their mother's advancing years as they decide what to do with her valuable belongings. Hélène is about to turn 75, and her children are gathering at her home in the French countryside for a party. The siblings must confront the end of childhood, their shared memories and desires for the future.

"Extraordinary…a masterpiece." - The New York Times


Whatever Works

RATED PG-13/ runs 92 min./ Directed by Woody Allen

USA & France/ in English

Starring: Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Begley, Jr., Patricia Clarkson

Woody Allen writes and directs this comedy about an eccentric New Yorker, played by HBO's Larry David, who falls in love with a young woman from the South who has come to New York seeking a new life. Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley Jr. play the young woman's traumatized conservative parents who come to New York to save her. Everyone's unexpressed Bohemian nature

bubbles to the surface as can only happen in this wild and romantic New York fantasy.

"This is the feel-good movie of the year."- Time Magazine


 

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