Film Society sets winter lineup

— The Champlain Valley Film Society (CVFS) announced five movies for their Winter 2013 schedule.

“We are very excited about the new Winter season,” CVFS president David Reuther said. “It features two Oscar-contenders for Best Picture, plus another that’s a leader for the Best Foreign Film. And we’re also showing the Oscar Shorts – the nominees for Best Animated and Best Live-Action short films – which have always been among our most popular shows.”

All films will be shown on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall at 1610 NYS Route 22. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for those under 18. For the most up-to-date schedule, please visit the CVFS website at cvfilms.org.

The series starts Saturday, Jan. 19 with “Ruby Sparks.” The creators of Little Miss Sunshine are back with a romantic comedy. Calvin is a struggling novelist who makes a breakthrough when he creates a character named Ruby. A week later Calvin finds Ruby sitting on his couch, a living, breathing person.

“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” will be shown on Feb. 2. The film is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay nominee at the Academy Awards. Winner of the Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. This astonishing, life-affirming story follows a fearless six-year-old girl who must find a way to save her ailing father and rescue her Louisiana bayou home from an epic hurricane.

“Robot & Frank,” will be shown Feb. 16. A hilarious story about finding friends in the most unexpected places. Set in the near future, a retired cat burglar named Frank has two grown children who think he can no longer live alone. So they hire a walking, talking robot to take care of their father.

“Argo,” on March 2, is nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay. This is a real-life thriller about an ingenious, wildly daring CIA plan to rescue six Americans from the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Both thrilling and funny, this story is stranger-than-fiction.

The annual Oscar Shorts show will conclude the series March 16. One of the most popular shows last year was Oscar Shorts, the 10 short films that were nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Animated- and Live-Action Shorts. These are the cream of the crop from around the world. The audience can vote for your favorite. The animated shorts will begin at 6 p.m., followed by snacks and drinks at 7:30 p.m., while the live-action shorts start at 8 p.m.

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