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~~~~~~~ Upstairs ~~~~~~~

45 Years

Academy Award nominee: Best Actress

6:30 & 8:30 each evening
1:30 & 4:00 matinees Sat & Sun

Rated R; 95 minutes


Lou Lumenick, New York Post (excerpted)

Comfortably retired in the English countryside, a childless couple (Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling) is shaken by a letter that arrives the week they are preparing to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with a party. He is being asked to identify the body of his long-ago German sweetheart, which has been found perfectly preserved in a Swiss glacier after she fell to her death in a hiking accident.

The husband warily informs his wife that the request has come because he was listed in the official record of the accident as her next of kin, though they were never actually married. The shaken wife extracts more disturbing secrets from her increasingly distraught husband, who debates whether his health is up to the trip after heart-bypass surgery.

Then, when he leaves one day before she wakes up for a trip to the travel agency, she heads up into the attic and unearths another secret more overwhelming than the rest. They go ahead with the party, with a shaken Rampling delivering what’s possibly the best scene of her entire career. The actress has never received an Oscar nomination, but she deserves one for this performance. Courtenay, who has two Oscar nods under his belt, rates another one for helping Rampling reach this peak.

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~~~~~~~ Downstairs ~~~~~~~

Janis: Little Girl Blue

6:00 & 8:00 each evening
1:00 & 3:30 matinees Sat & Sun

Not Rated; 104 minutes


Richard Mowe, Eye for Film (excerpted)

This fascinating documentary attempts to pin down the life, times and true personality of the legendary Sixties singer Janis Joplin - partly through her own letters, voiced beautifully by Cat Power. Despite her brief sojourn on the planet (she self-destructed at the age of 27 after seemingly getting her life back on her course) there is a wealth of accumulated material for the filmmaker to draw on.

Director Amy Berg had the full co-operation of the singer’s estate, who provide revealing insights straight to camera but it is Power’s narrative voice that binds it all together. Janis is revealed as a product of the counter-culture of those heady times of Monterey and Woodstock, determined to follow her own liberal values despite her conservative upbringing in Port Arthur, Texas.

The director has uncovered a wealth of archive material including TV show interviews, San Francisco in the Haight-Ashbury era, on tour around the world including London’s normally sedate Albert Hall erupting with dancing in the aisles. The documentary has been deftly put together by Berg and her editors and while it may break no new ground in terms of delivery it lets its subject speak for herself.

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