Reel Picks: Movies playing on Martha’s Vineyard


The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13)

Peter Parker/Spider-Man, everyone’s hero, in an over-the-top action packed feature that easily keeps pace with its early incarnations. Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13)

Seven elderly Britons, separately, decide to retire to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Jaipur, India. They discovered the place on the Internet, but they find they were misled. It isn’t as grand or exotic as they expected. They deal with the situation in a wide range of ways, some of which are funny and all entertaining. A sweet story about the senior set that has received good reviews. Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith.

Brave (PG)

A Disney-Pixar, animated, comic, Scottish, medieval film with modern sensibilities that features the king’s independent and highly skilled daughter Merida who charts her own course through life. Her journey creates a whirlwind of trouble for the king and the kingdom. It has been well received by most critics. Starring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, and Emma Thompson.

Footnote (PG)

A witty, dramatic comedy about a strained, relationship and rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Their relationship reaches new levels of complexity when the father wins an award the son would like to have. In Hebrew with subtitles. Reviewers have given it top marks.

Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG)

A documentary that chronicles singer Katy Perry’s life on and off-stage in this diary of her California Dreams Tour. If you like Katy Perry the chances are good you will like this film. Starring Katy Perry, Shannon Woodward, and Lucas Kerr.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG)

In this animated adventure comedy from Dreamworks, Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman join a European traveling circus in an attempt to make it back to their home, New York. Their influence on the circus is unpredictably entertaining. Starring the voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Chris Rock.

Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13)

Director Wes Anderson’s latest takes place on an Island off of New England (sound familiar?) and stars some of his usual crew: Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, along with Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Jared Gilman, and Kara Hayward. While at camp, two 12-year-olds (Gilman and Hayward) fall in love and run away, and the quiet Island community is turned upside down.

Prometheus (R)

A quasi-prequel to director Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie “Alien.” A team of scientists journey through the universe to investigate alien life forms. Discovering a clue to the origins of life on Earth results in a high-tech but no less terrifying struggle for the survival of Earth. Starring Noomi Rapace (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (R)

A bittersweet comedy, of sorts, about living with the knowledge that an asteroid will soon destroy the Earth. A man sets out to find his high school sweetheart and takes along a neighbor. They encounter a wide variety of people who deal with the here and now in a variety of ways. Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, and Melanie Lynskey. Reviewers are mixed but audiences generally seem to like it.

Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13)

Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her in this epic-scaled action-adventure. Snow White, in a Joan of Arc like assault on the queen, is aided by the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), who had been dispatched to kill her. Well received by reviewers and audiences.

Ted (R)

An adult-oriented comedy that follows the exploits of John (Mark Wahlberg), and his constant companion, Ted, a childhood teddy bear who has come to life as the result of a childhood wish. Written and directed by Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), starring Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and MacFarlane. This movie has been well received by most all reviewers.