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The Films of Christine Vachon

The current landscape of independent cinema would be a lot less colorful were it not for Christine Vachon. Over the last 15 years, Vachon has served as producer or executive producer on dozens of little films that became big films, and helped bring a number of gay- and lesbian-themed films to the masses. A sample of her handiwork: director Larry Clark’s infamous 1995 film Kids; director Todd Solondz’ equally infamous Happiness (1998); the excellent film adaptation of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001); and 1999’s Boys Dont Cry, for which Hilary Swank took home the Oscar for Best Actress. (Her current film is Infamous, another examination of the Truman Capote story.) This week, the New York State Writers Institute will screen two of Vachon’s most important films—Boys Don’t Cry and Poison, her first major film, from 1991—and welcome Vachon for a question-and-answer session on Friday night.

Poison will be screened at 7:30 PM tonight (Thursday, Oct. 26) at UAlbany’s Page Hall (135 Western Ave., Albany). The film is rated NC-17. Boys Don’t Cry screens at 7 PM tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 27), also at Page Hall. That film is rated R. Following the screening, Christine Vachon will speak and answer questions from the audience. Both events are free and open to the public. For more info, call 442-5620.

Film Openings

Catch a Fire Derek Luke and Tim Robbins star in this political thriller, based on a true story from apartheid-era South Africa. (PG-13)

Infamous The other Capote movie, starring Toby Jones and Sandra Bullock. From most accounts, it was worth the wait. (R)

Running With Scissors A dysfunctional-family comedy based on the memoir by Augusten Burroughs. With Annette Bening, Joseph Cross, Brian Cox and Alec Baldwin. (R)

Saw III Jigsaw is back for another round of mutilation and murder. Woo-hoo. (R)

Film Specials


Castleton Public Library
, 85 S. Main St., Castleton-on-Hudson. 10/28, 6:30 PM: Over the Hedge. Family movie night. Free. 732-0879.

Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown, Mass. 10/29, 2 PM: The Eiger Sanction. Clint Eastwood’s film of the Trevanian spy-novel spoof. 11/2, 7:30 PM: News From Home. Rare screening of one of Chantal Akerman’s early works. Free with museum admission. (413) 458-2303.

Images Cinema, 50 Spring St., Williamstown, Mass. 10/26-29: Williamstown Film Festival. 10/26, 8 PM: Wide Awake. A journey into insomnia. $10. 10/27, 2 PM: Off the Black. Family drama, with Nick Nolte. $10. 10/28, 10 AM: The All-Shorts Slot. $10. 10/28, 3:15 PM: The Treatment. Romantic comedy-drama with Famke Jannsen and Ian Holm. $10. 10/29, 11 AM: Shut Up and Sing. $15. (413) 458-1039.

Madison Theater, 1036 Madison Ave., Albany. 10/31, 7 and 10 PM: Blood, Fangs and Claws Film Festival. Two locally made horror films. $5. 438-0040.

MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass. 10/27, 8 PM: Stephanie Daley. Part of the Williamstown Film Festival. With Tilda Swinton. $11. (413) 664-4481.

New York State Museum, Museum Theater, Albany. 10/28, 10 AM-late evening: Local Independent Film Festival. Films by Jeff Burns, the Masucci Brothers, Katharine Leis, Bruce and Rosa Hallenbeck, Jeff Kirkendall and more. Free-will donations accepted. 474-5877.

Pagliacci Ristorante, 44 S. Pearl St., Albany. 10/30, 6 PM: Iraq for Sale. Dinner and movie, sponsored by the RFK Democratic Club. $5 nonmembers. 462-0213.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave., Troy. 10/26, 7 PM: Getting Out. George Stoney will introduce his film. $10 suggested donation. 207-6264.

Saratoga Film Forum, Arts Center Theatre, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 10/26-27, 8 PM; 10/29, 3 PM: A Scanner Darkly. Richard Linklater’s live action/animated adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel. Disturbing and very funny. With Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. and Winona Ryder. $6, $4. 584-FILM.

Sidney Albert Jewish Community Center, 340 Whitehall Road, Albany. 10/29, 1:30 PM: Escape to the Rising Sun. The story of the thousands of Jews who escaped the Holocaust by moving to Shanghai. $7, $5 members. 438-6651.

University at Albany, Page Hall, 135 Western Ave., Albany. 10/26, 7:30 PM: Poison. 10/27, 7 PM: Boys Don’t Cry. Free. 442-5620.

Walker House, 64 Walker St., Lenox, Mass. 10/31, 7:30 PM: The Last House on the Left. Wes Craven’s grizzly revenge drama. $8. (413) 698-2801.

Movie Schedule

Showtimes effective Friday (Oct. 27) through Thursday (Nov. 2) unless otherwise noted.

IMAGES CINEMA (Williamstown, Mass., 413-458-5612) Call theater for shows and times.

LITTLE CINEMA AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM (Pittsfield, 413-443-7171) The Science of Sleep (R) Daily at 8 PM; Mon also at 2 PM, Tue also at 10 AM.

LOEWS ROTTERDAM SQUARE MALL 6 (374-2403) Call theater for shows and times.

MADISON THEATER (1036 Madison Ave., Albany, 438-0040) Saw III (R) Daily at 7, 9:35 PM; Fri also at 4:35 PM. Sat-Sun also at 12:15, 2:25, 4:35 PM. Fri-Sat also at midnight. Open Season (PG) Daily at 7:20, 9:20 PM; Fri also at 4:20 PM. Sat-Sun also at 12:20, 2:20, 4:20 PM. Fri-Sat also at midnight. Jackass: Number Two (R) Fri-Mon, Wed-Thu at 7:15, 9:30 PM; Fri also at 4:30 PM. Sat-Sun also at 12:10, 2:20, 4:30 PM. Fri-Sat also at midnight. The Grudge 2 (PG-13) Daily at 7:05, 9:35 PM; Fri also at 4:25 PM. Sat-Sun also at 12:05, 2:15 PM. Fri-Sat also at midnight. Employee of the Month (PG-13) Daily at 7:10, 9:25 PM; Fri also at 4:25 PM; Sat-Sun also at 12:05, 2:15, 4:25 PM. Fri-Sat also at midnight. The Marine (PG-13) Daily at 7, 9:30 PM; Fri also at 4 PM; Sat-Sun also at noon, 2, 4 PM. Fri-Sat also at midnight. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (R) Daily at 7:15, 9:25 PM. Fri also at 4:20 PM. Sat-Sun also at noon, 2:10, 4:20 PM. Fri-Sat also at midnight. Blood, Fangs & Claws Film Festival Tue at 7, 10 PM.

REEL MEALS DINNER AND A MOVIE (86 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 583-8883) Monster House (PG) Fri at 5:30 PM; Sat-Sun at noon; Sun also at 4:30 PM; Mon-Thu at 5:30 PM. Barnyard (PG) Sat at 1:30 PM; Sun at 2 PM. The Guardian (PG-13) Fri-at 7:30 PM; Sat at 7:45 PM; Sun at 7 PM; Mon-Thu at 7:30 PM. Everyone’s Hero (G) Sat-Sun at 11:30 AM. Little Miss Sunshine (R) Fri at 5:45, 8:30 PM; Sat at 2:30, 4:30, 7 PM; Sun at 2:30, 5:45, 8:30 PM; Mon-Thu at 5:45, 8:15 PM. The Illusionist (PG-13) Fri at 8 PM; Sat at 2 PM; Sun-Thu at 7:45 PM. Boynton Beach Club (NR) Daily at 5 PM. Warren Miller’s Off The Grid (NR) Sat at 6, 9:15 PM; Sun at 1:15 PM.

REGAL AVIATION CINEMA 7 (Queensbury, 793-3332) The Departed (R) Daily at 4, 7:45 PM; Sat-Sun also at 12:45 PM. Saw III (R) Daily at 4:25, 7:30, 10:15 PM; Sat-Sun also at 1:20 PM; Sun also at 7:20, 9:45 PM. The Grudge 2 (PG-13) Fri at 4:35, 7:20, 10:10 PM; Sat at 1:25, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10 PM; Sun at 1:25, 4:35, 7:05, 9:40 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:35, 7:05, 9:40 PM. Flags Of Our Fathers (R) Fri-Sun at 4:40, 7:40 PM; Sat-Sun at 1:40 PM; Mon-Thu at 4, 7 PM. Open Season (PG) Daily at 4:45 PM; Fri-Sat also at 7:40, 10:05 PM; Sun-Thu also at 7:30, 9:40 PM; Sat-Sun also at 1:20 PM. The Prestige (PG-13) Fri-Sun at 4:50, 7:45 PM; Sat-Sun also at 1:30 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:05, 7:10 PM. Flicka (PG) Fri-Sun at at 4:30, 7:35, 9:55 PM; Sat-Sun also at 1:30 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:30, 7:15, 9:35 PM. The Guardian (PG-13) Fri-Sat at 9:50 PM; Sun at 9:20 PM; Mon-Thu at 9:20 PM.

REGAL BERKSHIRE MALL 10 (Lanesboro, Mass., 413-499-2558) Marie Antoinette (PG-13) Daily at 1:25, 4:20, 7, 9:55 PM. The Departed (R) Daily at 1, 4, 7:10, 10:15 PM. Open Season (PG) Daily at 1:35, 3:45, 6:50 PM. Catch A Fire (PG-13) Daily at 1:45, 4:15, 7:35, 9:50 PM. Saw III (R) Daily at 1:40, 4:25, 7:30, 10:05 PM. The Prestige (PG-13) Daily at 1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 10:10 PM. Flicka (PG) Daily at 1:30, 3:40, 7:25, 9:45 PM. Flags Of Our Fathers (R) Daily at 1:10, 4:05, 7:05, 10 PM. Man Of The Year (PG-13) Daily at 1:20, 3:50, 7:20, 10:05 PM. The Marine (PG-13) Daily at 9:40 PM. The Grudge 2 (R) Daily at 1:05, 3:35, 6:55, 9:35 PM.

REGAL CLIFTON PARK CENTER CINEMA 8 (Clifton Park, 371-2001) Saw III (R) Fri-Sun at 4, 7:30, 10:15 PM; Mon-Thu at 4, 7:10, 9:50 PM; Sat-Sun also at 12:40 PM. The Prestige (PG-13) Fri-Sun at 3:50, 7:20, 10:20 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:20, 7:50 PM; Sat-Sun also at 12:20 PM. Flags Of Our Fathers (R) Fri-Sun at 3:40, 7:10, 10:15 PM; Sat-Sun also at 12:10 PM. Man of the Year (PG-13) Fri-Sun at 4:10, 7, 10 PM; Sat-Sun also at 12:30 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:10, 7, 9:45 PM. The Marine (PG-13) Fri-Sun at 4:20, 7:40, 10:10 PM; Sat-Sun also at 12:30 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:20, 7:30, 9:50 PM. The Departed (R) Fri-Sun at 3:30, 7, 10:10 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:30, 8 PM; Sat-Sun also at noon. Flicka (PG) Fri-Sun at 5, 7:40, 10:05 PM; Mon-Thu at 4, 7, 9:35 PM; Sat-Sun also at noon, 2:30 PM. Open Season (PG) Fri-Sun at 4:50, 7:10, 10 PM; Sat-Sun at 12:10, 2:30 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 PM.

REGAL CROSSGATES STADIUM 18 (Guilderland, 456-0775) Marie Antoinette (PG-13) Daily at 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 PM. The Departed (R) Daily at 12:50, 4:10, 7:30, 9:50 PM; Fri-Sat also at 11 PM. Running With Scissors (R) Daily at 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 PM. The Guardian (PG-13) Daily at 3:15, 9:45 PM. Catch a Fire (PG-13) Daily at 1:10, 3:40, 7, 9:40 PM; Fri-Sat also at 12:20 AM. Open Season (PG) Daily at noon, 2:25, 5, 7:25 PM. Man of the Year (PG-13) Daily at 1, 4, 6:45, 9:35 PM; Fri-Sat also at 12:15 AM. The Marine (PG-13) Daily at 11:30 AM, 2:30, 5:10 PM; Fri-Sun, Wed also at 7:40, 10:10 PM; Fri-Sat also at 12:30 AM. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (R) Daily at 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8:10 PM; Fri-Sat also at 10:40 PM; Mon-Thu also at 10:30 PM. The Grudge 2 (PG-13) Daily at 11:35 AM, 2:15, 5, 7:45 PM; Fri-Sat also at 10:30 PM; Mon-Thu also at 10:25 PM. The Prestige (PG-13) Daily at 12:30, 3:30, 7, 10 PM. Saw III (R) Daily at 12:10, 2, 3, 3:50, 4:50, 5:50, 7:50, 8:40, 9:30, 10:30 PM; Fri-Sat also at 11:20, 12:10 AM; Fri-Wed also at 11:20 AM. Flicka (PG) Fri-Sun at 1:50, 4:20, 6:50 PM; Fri-Sat also at 1:50, 11:50 PM; Sat also at 11:20 AM; Mon at 1:50, 4:20, 9:20 PM; Tue-Thu at 11:20, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20 PM. Flags Of Our Fathers (R) Fri-Mon at noon, 1:30, 4:40, 6:30 PM; Fri-Sat also at 8, 11:10 PM; Sun-Mon also at 8:10 PM; Tue-Thu at 1:30, 4:40, 8:10 PM. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D (PG) Daily at 11:40 AM, 2:10, 4:30, 7:10, 9:20 PM; Fri-Sat also at 10:20 PM. One Night With the King (PG) Daily at 12:40 PM; Fri-Sun also at 6:40 PM. Facing the Giants (PG) Daily at 11:50, 2:40, 5:20, 8:10 PM; Fri-Sat also at 10:50 PM; Mon-Thu also at 10:30 PM. Flicka (PG-13) Open Captioned. Fri at 11:20 AM; Sat at 4:20 PM; Sun at 11:20 AM, 9:20 PM; Mon at 11:20, 6:50 PM.

REGAL EAST GREENBUSH CINEMA 8 (283-8990) The Departed (R) Fri-Sun at 4:45, 7:50 PM; Mon-Thu at 4, 7:05 PM; Sat-Sun also at 1:35 PM. Saw III (R) Fri-Sun at 4:30, 7 PM; Fri-Sat also at 9:40 PM; Sat-Sun also at 1:55 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:10, 7:20 PM. Man of the Year (PG-13) Fri-Sun at 4:25, 7:10 PM; Fri-Sat also at 9:45 PM; Sat-Sun also at 1:45 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:05, 7:15 PM. Flags Of Our Fathers (R) Fri-Sun at 4:40, 7:40 PM; Sat-Sun also at 1:40 PM; Mon-Thu at 4, 7 PM. The Prestige (PG-13) Fri-Sun at 4:50, 7:45 PM; Sat-Sun also at 1:30 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:05, 7:10 PM. The Marine (PG-13) Fri-Sat at 9:35 PM; Sun at 7:05 PM; Mon-Thu at 7:30 PM. The Grudge 2 (PG-13) Fri-Sun at 4:15, 7:15 PM; Fri-Sat also at 9:45 PM; Sat-Sun also at 1:50 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:10, 7:25 PM. Open Season (PG) Fri at 4:20, 7:05 PM; Sat at 2:05, 4:20, 7:05 PM; Sun at 2:05, 4:20 PM; Mon-Thu at 4:15 PM..

REGAL LATHAM CIRCLE MALL CINEMA 10 (786-6949) Marie Antoinette (PG-13) Daily at 1, 4:05, 7:35, 10:40 PM. Flags Of Our Fathers (R) Fri-Sun at 12:30, 3:50, 7:20, 10:30 PM; Mon-Thu at 1:05, 4:05, 7:20, 10:30 PM. Flicka (PG) Daily at 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50 PM; Sat also at 10:15 AM. The Departed (R) Fri-Sun at 12:20, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25 PM; Mon-Thu at 1, 4:20, 7:55 PM. The Grudge 2 (PG-13) Daily at 1:15, 4, 7:15, 9:55 PM. Saw III (R) Daily at 1:45, 4:30, 7:45, 10:35 PM; Sat also at 10:30 AM. The Prestige (PG-13) Fri-Sun at 12:40, 3:45, 7:25, 10:35 PM; Mon-Thu at 1:05, 4:10, 7:25, 10:35 PM. Open Season (PG) Daily at 1:35, 4:15, 6:50, 9:45 PM; Sat also at 10:40 AM. Man of the Year (PG-13) Fri-Sun at 1:25, 4:10, 7, 10:05 PM; Sat also at 10:20 AM; Mon-Thu at 1:25, 4:15, 7, 10:05 PM. The Guardian (PG-13) Daily at 1:10, 6:55 PM. The Marine (PG-13) Daily at 4:25, 10:15 PM.

REGAL WILTON MALL CINEMA 8 (Saratoga Springs, 587-0400) The Departed (R) Daily at 12:40, 4, 8 PM. Flags Of Our Fathers (R) Daily at 12:50, 3:50, 7 PM; Fri-Sun also at 10 PM; Mon-Thu also at 9:50 PM. The Grudge 2 (PG-13) Daily at 1:50, 5, 7:50 PM; Fri-Sat also at 10:30 PM; Sun-Mon also at 10:20 PM. Man of the Year (PG-13) Daily at 1, 3:40, 7:40 PM; Fri-Sat also at 10:30 PM; Sun-Thu also at 10:20 PM. Open Season (PG) Daily at 1:20, 4:30, 7 PM; Fri-Wed also at 9:20 PM. The Prestige (PG-13) Daily at 1, 4:10, 7:10, 10 PM. Flicka (PG) Daily at 1:30, 4:40, 7:30 PM; Fri-Sat also at 10 PM; Sun-Thu also at 9:50 PM.

SCOTIA CINEMAS (346-5055) Call theater for shows and times.

SPECTRUM 8 THEATRES (Albany, 449-8995) Marie Antoinette (PG-13) Daily at 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:45 PM. Running With Scissors (R) Daily at 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40 PM. Flags Of Our Fathers (R) Daily at 12:30, 3:35, 6:35, 9:30 PM. The Departed (R) Daily at 12:15, 3:25, 6:30, 9:35 PM. Infamous (R) Daily at 12:50, 3:50, 6:55, 9:35 PM. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (NR) Daily at 1:05 PM. The Science of Sleep (R) Daily at 9:20 PM. Catch a Fire (PG-13) Daily at 12:55, 3:55, 7, 9:25 PM. The Illusionist (PG-13) Daily at 4, 6:45 PM; Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu also at 9:25 PM. Little Miss Sunshine (R) Daily at 4:05, 6:50 PM. Keeping Mum (R) Daily at 1 PM. The Wicker Man (R) Fri at midnight; Sun at 9:30 PM.

TRIPLEX CINEMA (Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-8885) Flags Of Our Fathers (R) Fri-Sat at 2:45, 6, 9:10 PM; Sun at 11:45 AM, 2:45, 7:10 PM; Mon-Thu at 3:10, 7:10 PM; Sat also at 11:45 AM. The Departed (R) Fri-Sat at 2:30, 5:45, 9 PM; Sun at 11:30 AM, 2:30, 7 PM; Sat-Sun also at 11:30 AM; Mon-Thu at 3, 7 PM. Death Of A President (R) Fri-Sat at 3:20, 6:30, 8:50 PM; Sun-Thu at 3:20, 7:20 PM; Sat-Sun also at 12:20 PM.


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