Films at Amherst Cinema

NR
91 mins
Celebrating the Massachusetts Dance Festival! Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike.
With his unique vision, writer/director Ned Benson ambitiously captures a complete picture of a relationship in the beautifully relatable portrait of love, empathy and truth that is THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY. Once happily married, Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple's story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.
NR
105 mins
Frank Capra's 1934 screwball comedy scored five Academy Awards including best picture!
R
101 mins
Sofia Coppola's second feature traces the brief romantic friendship between a jaded movie star and family man (Bill Murray), who's in Tokyo shooting a whiskey commercial, and a bored young newlywed less than half his age (Scarlett Johansson), who's waiting for her photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi) to return from a trip.
NR
94 mins
Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. 
Eminently inventive auteur Michel Gondry finds inspiration from french novelist Boris Vian's cult novel to provide the foundation for this visionary and romantic love story starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris.
NR
94 mins
One of the landmark "screwball" comedies of the 1930s, MY MAN GODFREY offers the radiant Carole Lombard in her definitive performance as flighty young heiress Irene Bullock, who on a society scavenger hunt stumbles on Godfrey (William Powell), an erudite hobo residing in the city dump.
NR
100 mins
On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 136 years of baseball history, only 276 no-hitters have been recorded. Dock is the only pitcher to ever claim he accomplished his while high on LSD.
R
91 mins
The highly anticipated debut feature from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell, THE ONE I LOVE is an original tale that continues to showcase McDowell's keen observations of human relationships with a distinct and comedic voice.
NR
180 mins
The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live from their London home by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella.
NR
108 mins
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reuinite for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs.
G
120 mins
The Circus is coming to town!  Metamorphosis is a new show for all ages, presented by New York’s Big Apple Circus. This original one-ring circus will, for the first time in its 37 year history, beam a performance into hundreds of movie theaters across the US from Dulles Town Center in Sterling, VT.  
NR
60 mins
BIRDERS: The Central Park Effect reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan's celebrated patch of green and the equally colorful, full-of-attitude New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration.
BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Director Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárittu.  119 mins, Rated R
R
165 mins
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before.
R
100 mins
CALVARY's Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish.
NR
87 mins
MEET THE FILMMAKER SIEGFRIED KÜHN!  This poetic, autobiographical film is based on the director’s wartime and childhood experiences.
NR
107 mins
Directed by Billy Wilder and adapted from the James M. Cain novel by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, DOUBLE INDEMNITY represents the high-water mark of 1940s film noir urban crime dramas in which a hapless and greedy man is trapped in a spider woman's web amidst the dark shadows and Expressionist lighting of modern cities.
G
181 mins
Norman Jewison's adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical is set in the Ukranian ghetto village of Anatevka. Israeli actor Topol repeats his London stage role as Tevye the milkman, whose equilibrium is constantly being challenged by his poverty, the prejudicial attitudes of non-Jews, and the romantic entanglements of his five daughters.
R
95 mins
  Found Footage Festival is an acclaimed touring live video & comedy event showcasing odd and hilarious videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country.
PG
110 mins
Rita Hayworth plays the ultimate femme fatale in this story of a love triangle that involves gambling and a Nazi tungsten cartel. 
NR
114 mins
A film about war without a single scene of combat, Jean Renoir's 1937 masterpiece about French and German officers during World War I suggests that the true divisions of that conflict were of class rather than nationality.
NR
87 mins
MEET THE FILMMAKER HELKE MISSELWITZ!  In the little town of Herzsprung almost nothing has changed since German unification—except a rise in unemployment.
PG
130 mins
James Stewart stars as a small-town nobody, on the brink of suicide, who believes his life is worthless. Guardian angel Henry Travers shows him how wrong he is by letting Stewart see what would have happened had he never been born.
NR
180 mins
Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style.
NR
106 mins
A small-time PI’s brief affair with an attractive hitchiker pulls him into a scheme to recover a valuable radioactive material. 
NR
165 mins
Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova and Maria Alexandrova bring the characters of this romantic ballet about an Indian temple dancer to life.
NR
94 mins
A conniving father and daughter meet up with the heir to a brewery fortune—a wealthy but naïve snake enthusiast—and attempt to bamboozle him at a cruise ship card table.
NR
88 mins
Less a crime film than a study in levels of obsession, Laura is one of those classic works that leave their subject matter behind and live on the strength of their seductive style.
NR
180 mins
Featuring dance movements, sets and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet, which uses pure dance to tell the story, is further enriched by the talent of the Bolshoi troupe.
After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and - victims of the relentless New York City real estate market - temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home.
NR
115 mins
Made in the tradition of such true-life political thrillers as Malcolm X and JFK, Raoul Peck’s award-winning epic dramatizes the rise and fall of legendary African leader Patrice Lumumba.
NR
100 mins
After two previous film versions of Dashiell Hammett's detective classic THE MALTESE FALCON, Warner Bros. finally got it right in 1941--or, rather, John Huston, a long-established screenwriter making his directorial debut, got it right, simply by adhering as closely as possible to the original.
Don't miss the 17th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, featuring 10 great new shorts from around the world - and you help select the winner!
A strange singer with ‘god given talent’ drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows and burning spirituality.
An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life. Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.
G
85 mins
Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who could care less about Christmas and the joy the season brings. 
Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he's shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge.
NR
140 mins
Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil.
NR
150 mins
Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award® nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the hit Broadway production Of Mice And Men, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live.  
Now in her early sixties, former beauty queen Bettie (Catherine Deneuve) finds herself jilted by her lover and left alone to deal with the financial problems facing her family's restaurant.
From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, ONE CHANCE is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts (James Cordon), a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night.
NR
97 mins
Murder, blackmail and double-crossings catch up to a young detective (Robert Mitchum) hiding from his past in rural California. 
R
118 mins
Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Devil's Backbone, Cronos, Hellboy) delivers a unique, richly imagined epic in a gothic fairy tale set against the backdrop of 1944 rural Spain, a time of postwar repression during Franco's fascist regime.
NR
100 mins
Imagine being able to watch as Thomas Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Ben Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. 
NR
150 mins
French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece.
PRIDE is based on the true story of pioneering gay campaigners in London who supported the 1984 mining strikers with the "Pits and Perverts" benefit concerts - and in so doing had to overcome tribal suspicions among both London's gays and the miners of south Wales.
NR
135 mins
William Shakespeare’s timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s much-loved score.
NR
99 mins
Told in one fluid shot, a tale, which floats like a dreamlike journey through the spaces of the majestic Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, engages real and imagined characters from Russian and European history. 
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it's making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai).
NR
88 mins
30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of one of the greatest concert films of all time.  Timeless music from the legendary Talking Heads in a film by Jonathon Demme.
NR
110 mins
Gloria Swanson delivers an unforgettably creepy performance as  a vampiric aging starlett who latches onto a young screenwriter. 
NR
160 mins
With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet.
Starring Eddie Redmayne (“Les Misérables”) and Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time.
PG-13
95 mins
Orson Welles wrote, directed and co-starred in this border thriller involving drug cartels and rampant police corruption.  
Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life.