We are lucky in so many diverse ways here in the Upper Valley, and there are a surprising number of avenues to take in order to enjoy our cultural richness. This weekend and indeed this month our plan is to take advantage of the varied films being shown around the area. The Dartmouth Film Society Winter Series, "Hear Me Roar", showcasing films that champion strong females who break the rules, begins Sunday, January 11 with Gone Girl. The Australian film Tracks and the classic The Lion in Winter will also be on my schedule. Woodstock's Pentangle Arts Council's "Throwback Thursday" film series will kick off 2015 with a film I can't wait to see on the big screen: Robert Altman's classic from 1975, Nashville. And finally, Billings Farm is in the middle of the 5th annual Woodstock Film Series with three films this month that look terrific: Dinosaur 13 this Saturday; Sundance grand jury prize-winner A River Changes Course, about Cambodia, on the 17th; and the ground-breaking Saudi film Wadjda, the first by a female director, on January 31.