September/October 2014

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1. Joe (I) (2013)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins

Votes: 44,432 | Gross: $0.37M

Already on DVD, streaming, etc. Excellent film--just saw it, but likely old news by Sept.-- ES

2. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt

Votes: 87,126 | Gross: $1.88M

3. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,693 | Gross: $1.51M

4. Cold in July (2014)

R | 109 min | Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw

Votes: 33,412 | Gross: $0.41M

5. Sabotage (2014)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

41 Metascore

Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams

Votes: 57,689 | Gross: $10.51M

6. In Your Eyes (2014)

Not Rated | 106 min | Fantasy, Romance

Two seemingly unconnected souls from different corners of the United States make a telepathic bond that allows them to see, hear and feel the other's experiences, creating a bond that apparently can't be broken.

Director: Brin Hill | Stars: Michael Stahl-David, Zoe Kazan, Mark Feuerstein, David Gallagher

Votes: 29,704

7. Get on Up (2014)

PG-13 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis

Votes: 19,966 | Gross: $30.51M

8. The Drop (2014)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.

Director: Michaël R. Roskam | Stars: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts

Votes: 138,572 | Gross: $10.72M

9. Misconception (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

The complex subject of population growth is observed via three individuals who are tackling the topic on a personal level.

Director: Jessica Yu

Votes: 35

10. Big Bad Wolves (2013)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

64 Metascore

A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the ... See full summary »

Directors: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, Doval'e Glickman

Votes: 14,930 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Grace of Monaco (2014)

Not Rated | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

21 Metascore

The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, André Penvern, Frank Langella

Votes: 17,796

12. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 14,553 | Gross: $0.81M

13. Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater

Votes: 62,260 | Gross: $10.51M

14. The Trip to Italy (2014)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and ending in Capri.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner, Claire Keelan

Votes: 14,397 | Gross: $2.87M

15. Wish I Was Here (2014)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

43 Metascore

A struggling actor, father and husband finds himself at a major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his family and his career.

Director: Zach Braff | Stars: Zach Braff, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Kate Hudson

Votes: 35,888 | Gross: $3.59M

16. Ballet 422 (2014)

PG | 75 min | Documentary, Music, Sport

74 Metascore

From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as emerging choreographer Justin Peck crafts a new work.

Director: Jody Lee Lipes | Stars: Justin Peck, Tiler Peck, Sterling Hyltin, David Prottas

Votes: 1,086 | Gross: $0.33M

17. Happy Christmas (2014)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham

Votes: 7,507 | Gross: $0.03M

18. Palo Alto (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama

69 Metascore

The life and struggles of a group of adolescents living in Palo Alto.

Director: Gia Coppola | Stars: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Zoe Levin

Votes: 26,587 | Gross: $0.75M

19. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, David Simon, Shanequa Benitez, William Julius Wilson

Votes: 5,105 | Gross: $0.21M

20. Young Ice (2014)

15 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

Young filmmaker, Derek Hallquist travels to Barrow, Alaska on a chance invitation from Dr Paul Shepson to document Atmospheric Chemistry and the melting sea ice. With a background in ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Hallquist | Stars: Derek Hallquist, Paul Shepson

21. We Are the Best! (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne, Johan Liljemark

Votes: 9,743 | Gross: $0.18M

Big crowd-pleaser buzz for this one. Seems like it should be a priority to get. -- ES

22. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

86 Metascore

The story of an autistic youth named Ricky who, after a particularly difficult day at school, escapes into the subways. It's here that he starts his real journey, on a days-long voyage of ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Fleischner | Stars: Jesus Sanchez-Velez, Andrea Suarez Paz, Azul Zorrilla, Tenoch Huerta

Votes: 447

23. Ping Pong Summer (2014)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

52 Metascore

A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong.

Director: Michael Tully | Stars: Marcello Conte, Judah Friedlander, Amy Sedaris, Lea Thompson

Votes: 2,600 | Gross: $0.03M

Maybe we could get local producer Marcus Dean Fuller to talk? Good for early Sept., if the timing worked. And I know the director, though he lives in Austin. -- ES

24. Chinese Puzzle (2013)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A 40-year-old father's life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can't bear them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well.

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France, Kelly Reilly

Votes: 13,008 | Gross: $0.34M

This is the third in the series behind Auberge Espagnole and Russian Dolls from director Cedric Klapisch -- Lisa

25. Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for identity leads us back across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo.

Director: Marc Silver | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Charles Harding, Lorena Ivón Ton Quevedo, Alejandro Solalinde

Votes: 483

My very good friend is the social impact strategist on this film and I'm sure would be willing to come and introduce the film and do a Q&A/presentation after -- Lisa

26. The Cold Lands (2013)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama

66 Metascore

When his self-reliant mother dies unexpectedly, Atticus flees deep into the forests surrounding his Catskills home. Wandering the woods in shock, relying on what meager food and shelter he ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Gilroy | Stars: Lili Taylor, Silas Yelich, Maggie Low, Deb Monteith

Votes: 457

Eric and I recently met a friend of Tom Gilroy, the filmmaker, who thought Tom would be very happy to come and do a Meet the Filmmaker event for this one. It was filmed in Rensselaerville and the boy who starred in it is local as well. Also stars Lili Taylor and Michael Stipe did the soundtrack. -- Lisa

27. Mr. Turner (2014)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey

Votes: 23,741 | Gross: $3.96M

About the artist J.M.W. Turner -- I don't think it's being released until the fall but I wanted to get it on the list -- Lisa

28. Boyhood (I) (2014)

R | 165 min | Drama

100 Metascore

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith

Votes: 328,012 | Gross: $25.38M

New Richard Linklater film -- filmed over the course of 12 years with the same cast including Ethan Hawke -- I think it did well at Sundance -- Lisa

29. Ida (2013)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama

91 Metascore

A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela

Votes: 50,829 | Gross: $3.83M

Polish film - looks amazing -- great reviews so far -- Lisa

30. Words and Pictures (2013)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Davison, Amy Brenneman

Votes: 9,760 | Gross: $2.17M

Before Bowtie this is the type of film that would do very well for us, if it doesn't come to Bowtie it still might -- Lisa

It's currently playing at Bowtie -- ES

31. The Immigrant (2013)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Dagmara Dominczyk

Votes: 28,778 | Gross: $2.01M

Not sure if this was at Bowtie but could potentially do well for us -- Lisa

32. A World Not Ours (2012)

93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

65 Metascore

An intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives,... See full summary »

Director: Mahdi Fleifel | Star: Mahdi Fleifel

Votes: 280

33. Dior and I (2014)

R | 90 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Get inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as its new artistic director.

Director: Frédéric Tcheng | Stars: Christian Dior, Omar Berrada, Raf Simons, Pieter Mulier

Votes: 3,414 | Gross: $1.03M

A documentary about the House of Dior today and chief designer Raf Simons, screened at Tribeca Film Festival. From the same filmmaker who made the Diana Vreeland and Valentino films, both of which were very well done. Bowtie would never show this -- Lisa

34. Frank (II) (2014)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

75 Metascore

Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Moira Brooker

Votes: 73,134 | Gross: $0.64M

Great buzz on this indie music-themed film starring Michael Fassbender. -- ES

35. Elena (II) (2012)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the ... See full summary »

Director: Petra Costa | Stars: Li An, Elena Andrade, Petra Costa

Votes: 1,592

36. American Interior (2014)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

In 1792, John Evans, a farmhand from Snowdonia travelled to America to discover whether there was a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe walking the Great Plains. Over 200 years later, ... See full summary »

Directors: Dylan Goch, Gruff Rhys | Stars: Matthew Batten, Cory Spotted Bear, Keith Bear, Edwin Benson

Votes: 110

Interesting-looking music/history-oriented doc by Gruff Rhys, singer for the cult-favorite band Super Furry Animals. -- ES

37. Alive Inside (2014)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News

67 Metascore

Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett | Stars: Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Nell Hardie, Norman Hardie

Votes: 2,903 | Gross: $0.15M

Looks like a moving doc about how music affects people, especially during the later years of life. -- ES

38. Ivory Tower (2014)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Family, History

65 Metascore

A documentary that questions the cost -- and value -- of higher education in the United States.

Director: Andrew Rossi | Stars: Elizabeth Armstrong, Richard Arum, Jamshed Bharucha, David Boone

Votes: 1,253 | Gross: $0.10M

Good possibility for a ITPI screening? -- ES

39. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn, Gabriella Coleman

Votes: 15,114 | Gross: $0.05M

If we could really aim this one at Skidmore students and young professionals, could be a good turnout. -- ES

40. The Expedition to the End of the World (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

77 Metascore

A grand and adventurous journey of discovery to the last white areas of the world map. But no matter how far we go and how hard we try to find answers, we ultimately meet ourselves and our own transience.

Director: Daniel Dencik | Stars: Per Bak Jensen, Jonas Bergsøe, Bo Elberling, Jens Fog Jensen

Votes: 471 | Gross: $0.04M

A group of explorers travel to uncharted waters that used to be ice near Greenland. Good buzz and interesting climate change, scientific exploration angle. -- ES

41. The Skeleton Twins (2014)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.

Director: Craig Johnson | Stars: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell

Votes: 38,877 | Gross: $5.28M

Looks like a good indie dramedy, with Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Possible crowd pleaser? -- ES

42. To Be Takei (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

66 Metascore

A look at the many roles played by eclectic actor/activist George Takei, whose wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting.

Director: Jennifer M. Kroot | Stars: George Takei, Brad Takei, Walter Koenig, William Shatner

Votes: 1,450 | Gross: $0.05M

Could be fun, especially since he's become such an online icon. -- ES

43. 20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

83 Metascore

Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.

Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard | Stars: Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis, Darian Leader

Votes: 10,616 | Gross: $0.28M

I'm a huge Nick Cave fan, and this looks fascinating. Not sure how it'd play for the non-Cave aficionado, though. -- ES

44. Snowpiercer (2013)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris

Votes: 290,828 | Gross: $4.56M

This has been playing at the Spectrum but didn't make it to Saratoga. Rave reviews and great RT scores. Dystopian thriller with prestige actors. -- ES

45. Of Horses and Men (2013)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences. The fortunes of the people in the country through the horses' perception.

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Charlotte Bøving, Johann Pall Oddson, Kristbjörg Kjeld

Votes: 2,957 | Gross: $0.01M

46. Belle (2013)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3