Film Series


July Films


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Ezra

Wednesday, July 3
Friday, July 5
2 and 7:30 p.m.

Rated R, 100 min.
Directed by Tony Goldwyn, 2024, United States

Ezra follows Max Bernal (Bobby Cannavale), a stand-up comedian living with his father (Robert De Niro), while struggling to co-parent his autistic son Ezra (introducing William Fitzgerald) with his ex-wife (Rose Byrne). When forced to confront difficult decisions about their son's future, Max and Ezra embark on a cross-country road trip that has a transcendent impact on both their lives. Directed by Tony Goldwyn, who also appears in the film alongside additional cast members Vera Farmiga, Rainn Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg, Ezra is an endearing and often funny exploration of a family determined to find their way through life’s complexities with humor, compassion, and heart.

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Evil Does Not Exist

Wednesday, July 10
Friday, July 12
2 and 7:30 p.m.

Not Rated, 106 minutes
Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2024, Japan, subtitled

In the rural alpine hamlet of Mizubiki, not far from Tokyo, Takumi and his daughter, Hana, lead a modest life gathering water, wood, and wild wasabi for the local udon restaurant. Increasingly, the townsfolk become aware of a talent agency's plan to build an opulent glamping site nearby, offering city residents a comfortable "escape" to the snowy wilderness. When two company representatives arrive and ask for local guidance, Takumi becomes conflicted in his involvement, as it becomes clear that the project will have a pernicious impact on the community. Ryusuke Hamaguchi's follow up to his Academy Award®-winning DRIVE MY CAR is a foreboding fable on humanity's mysterious, mystical relationship with nature. As sinister gunshots echo from the forest, both the locals and representatives confront their life choices and the haunting consequences they have.

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Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time

Arts Festival Free Film
Tuesday, July 16
2 and 7:30 p.m.

Not Rated, 90 min.
Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer, 2003, United States

Andy Goldsworthy's art is supposed to fall apart. He creates large-scale outdoor sculptures and artworks out of natural materials like mud, wood, ice and stone in an attempt to imbue the physical world with a spiritual, ephemeral element. Director Thomas Riedelsheimer follows Goldsworthy as he constructs his art everywhere from upstate New York to his home village in Scotland, and questions the solitary artist about his inspirations, frustrations, and artistic goals.

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Eighth Annual Bernie Uebelhoer Memorial Hitchcock Film Rope

Arts Festival Free Film
Thursday, July 18
2 and 7:30 p.m.

Rated PG, 80 minutes
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1948, United States

Bernie Uebelhoer enjoyed and supported the Munson Film Series. His family and friends have generously established a memorial fund to continue that support and keep Bernie’s memory alive through the medium he loved most. Please join us during our annual Arts Festival as we honor Bernie’s memory with this special free screening of a classic film by his favorite director.

Just before hosting a dinner party, Philip Morgan (Farley Granger) and Brandon Shaw (John Dall) strangle a mutual friend to death with a piece of rope, purely as a Nietzsche-inspired philosophical exercise. Hiding the body in a chest upon which they then arrange a buffet dinner, the pair welcome their guests, including the victim's oblivious fiancée (Joan Chandler) and the college professor (James Stewart) whose lectures inadvertently inspired the killing. This is the first of Hitchcock's Technicolor films, and is notable for taking place in real time and being edited so as to appear as four long shots through the use of stitched-together long takes. Based on the 1929 play of the same name by Patrick Hamilton, the film was adapted by Hume Cronyn with a screenplay by Arthur Laurents. The original play was said to be inspired by the real-life murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924 by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb.

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Thelma

Wednesday, July 17
Friday, July 19
2 and 7:30 p.m.

Rated PG-13, 97 minutes
Directed by Josh Margolin, 2024, United States

Inspired by a real-life experience of director Josh Margolin's own grandmother, Thelma puts a clever spin on movies like Mission: Impossible, shining the spotlight on an elderly grandmother as an unlikely action hero. With infectious humor, Margolin employs the familiar tropes of the action genre in hilarious, age-appropriate ways to tackle aging with agency. In the first leading film role of her 70-year career, Squibb portrays the strong-willed Thelma with grit and determination, demonstrating that she is more than capable of taking care of business – despite what her daughter Gail (Parker Posey), son-in-law Alan (Clark Gregg), or grandson Danny might believe.

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Remembering Gene Wilder

Wednesday, July 24
Friday, July 26
2 and 7:30 p.m.

Not Rated, 96 minutes
Directed by Ron Frank, 2024, United States

This loving tribute to Gene Wilder celebrates his life and legacy as the comic genius behind an extraordinary string of film roles, from his first collaboration with Mel Brooks in The Producers, to the enigmatic title role in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, to his inspired on-screen partnership with Richard Pryor in movies like Silver Streak. It is illustrated by a bevy of touching and hilarious clips and outtakes, never-before-seen home movies, narration from Wilder's audiobook memoir, and interviews with a roster of brilliant friends and collaborators like Mel Brooks, Alan Alda, and Carol Kane. Remembering Gene Wilder shines a light on an essential performer, writer, director, and all-around mensch.

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Tuesday

Wednesday, July 31
Friday, August 2
2 and 7:30 p.m.

Rated R, 110 minutes
Directed by Daina O. Pusić, 2024, United States

A mother (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in a profoundly moving performance) and her teenage daughter (Lola Petticrew) must confront Death when it arrives in the form of an astonishing talking bird. From debut filmmaker Daina O. Pusić, Tuesday is a heart-rending fairy tale about the echoes of loss and finding resilience in the unexpected.


Munson Film Series is sponsored by M&T Bank and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.