Balloons, Dreamers and Cats…
Starting Fri 5/29 we have another spectacular line-up: Balloon, The Infiltrators, Sorry We Missed You, Kedi, The Ghost of Peter Sellers (offered at a lower price this week), The Painter and the Thief, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, and Fantastic Fungi. All of these movies are unrated. We regret that the virtual screenings do not come with the option to view the movies with captions, except for movies where the dialogue is in a foreign language.
We will be selling our delicious POPCORN on Sun 5/31 and Mon 6/1 between 5:00 and 7:00 PM. You will need to purchase the popcorn in advance, using an online payment portal. You can have butter (our usual Earth Balance), too, if you like. Large is the only size we’re offering, and the cost will be $5 per bag. Pick-ups will take place in the small parking lot immediately behind the Cinema (near the Addis Ababa restaurant). Order your popcorn online and give us a call 585.217.2539 when you arrive at The Cinema (in the back lot). No need to leave your car, we will deliver the popcorn to you. Mangia! Remember, please place your order in advance, since we will not be taking payments on-site.
We are very excited to launch our latest venture: The Roc on PAWS Film Festival will consist of short videos submitted by you! Capture a video of your pets doing… whatever it is they do best (or worst) and submit it. Feel free to be creative by adding sound effects, voice-overs, and special effects. Proceeds will benefit the Cinema as well as several animal-rescue groups. Details are on our website, and we also have a short video “teaser” that was created by the talented Frances Andreu, one of our staunch supporters. Have fun with the contest! Once the Cinema re-opens for business, we’ll hold a special screening of selected submissions.
As we explained previously, each studio is handling online rentals a little differently, so the process of purchasing and viewing will vary. All virtual cinema titles can be screened online using a computer, cell phone, tablet, or other mobile device. Other options such as Roku, Apple TV, or ChromeCast may be available depending on the platforms being used by each studio. Instructions and technical specifications will be available when you click on the individual links. Any questions, please reach out to us at 585.271.1786 or email us.
Balloon was directed by Michael Herbig and stars Fredrich Mucke, Karoline Schuch and David Kross. In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel familie try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day. You can purchase the movie here for a rental fee of $10. Balloon earned an audience score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Infiltrators was directed by Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra and stars Maynor Alvarado, Chelsea Rendon and Manuel Uriza. The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into a shadowy for-profit detention center — on purpose. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop unjust deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. However, when Marco and Viri attempt a daring reverse ‘prison break,’ things don’t go according to plan. By weaving together documentary footage of the real infiltrators with re-enactments of the events inside the detention center, The Infiltrators tells an incredible and thrilling true story in a genre-defying new cinematic language. The movie is available here for a rental fee of $10.
Sorry We Missed You was directed by Ken Loach and stars Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood and Rhys Stone. Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It’s hard work for Ricky, and his wife’s job as a home health aide is no easier. The family unit is strong, but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to a breaking point. The movie is available here for a rental fee of $12.
Kedi was directed by Ceyda Torun. Kedi (the word means “cat” in Turkish) is a Turkish documentary about the countless cats who have roamed the city of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves. Some cats fend for themselves, scavenging from dumpsters, living in abandoned buildings. Others are cared for by communities of people, pampered with the best cat food and given shelter for the cold months. Cats have been a part of the city for thousands of years, so everyone who lives in Istanbul has a story about a cat. Kedi earned a rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is available for purchase here for a discounted rental fee of just $5.
The Ghost of Peter Sellers (note that we’re offering it at a discount this week) was directed by Peter Medak and stars Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Tony Franciosa. This documentary tells the tale of Sellers’s ill-fated pirate comedy shot in Cyprus, starring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan in 1973. Critic Pete Hammond writes, “Behind the scenes look nearly half a century later of a disastrous movie shoot starring Peter Sellers is fascinating to behold.” This documentary earned a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can order the movie here for a newly-discounted rental fee of $10, down from the original $18. Please note that when you click on that rental link, the original price may appear as $18, but if you enter CINEMA as a coupon code at the time of check-out, you will receive the discounted rate.
The Painter and the Thief is a documentary directed by Benjamin Ree. Desperate for answers about the theft of her two paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls. This documentary earned a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Don’t miss this one! It’s a very interesting, though-provoking movie with some unexpected twists. You will not be bored. You can purchase the movie here for a discounted rental fee of just $3.99.
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes was directed by Alison Reid and stars Anne Innis Dagg, Tatiana Maslany and Victor Garber. In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. Anne (now 85) retraces her steps, and with letters and stunning, original film footage offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. This movie earned a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is available here for $12. You’ll have five days to watch it.
Fantastic Fungi was directed by Louie Schwartzberg and stars Brie Larson and Phil Stamets. This is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges. This documentary received a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can view the movie here for a discounted rental fee of $4.99.
You don’t have to live in the Rochester area to enjoy these movies. Tell your family and friends they can watch a movie and it will benefit Rochester’s oldest theater. Ready, set, watch!
We have suspended our membership program for the time being. But if you wish to support us, please consider purchasing some books of movie passes, or perhaps making an outright gift to the Cinema. There is no expiration date on the movie passes, but we regret that they are not valid for the online “virtual” screenings that we are now offering.
– Audrey Kramer and Alex Chernavsky
Co-owners of the Cinema Theater
The Cinema community has been incredibly supportive, and we thank everyone who has purchased books of movie passes or made an outright donation to us. We love our customers! We fully intend to return to business-as-usual as soon as we can do so safely.