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Two kinds of realism: The painter Caravaggio and Apollo astronauts

Two documentaries are on deck next week at the M.V. Film Center. “Apollo 11” opens Friday, March 8, and “Caravaggio: The Soul and the...

Two powerful and grim worldviews

It was called “the war to end all wars.” In “They Shall Not Grow Old,” director Peter Jackson lays out how soldiers experienced World...

Film Center sponsors film talks with Bob Dutton

Bob Dutton, the M.V. Film Center’s theater manager, brings his expertise to movie viewers with a series of talks and films that relate to...

Laurel and Hardy’s gags tiptoe into the past

The biopic “Stan & Ollie” arrived Friday, Feb. 15, at the M.V. Film Center, and what a pleasure to see a film about this...

Oscar-nominated shorts worth seeing

A welcome run-up to the Feb. 24 Academy Awards, the Oscar-nominated shorts open at the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Feb. 8. Viewers will...

Passion runs hot in this ‘Cold War’

Opening Friday, Feb. 1, at the M.V. Film Center is Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War.” This black-and-white Polish film has earned Oscar nominations for best...

The Notorious RBG reigns in ‘On the Basis of Sex’

Round 2 in the well-earned cinematic celebration of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “On the Basis of Sex,” is coming to the M.V. Film Center. Mimi...

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ is a heartrending, tragic love story

“If Beale Street Could Talk” comes to the M.V. Film Center this weekend. Based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name, it...

Queens, cousins, and a rival for power

“Mary Queen of Scots” will screen at Martha’s Vineyard Film Center this week. The 16th century historical drama explores the turbulent life of Queen...

Japanese family finds illegal ways to make ends meet

“Shoplifters” comes appropriately to the M.V. Film Center after some of the busiest shopping days of the season. Written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda...

One, two, three and more of the year’s top 10 films

With 2018 coming to end, it’s time to check out the top 10 films that played on-Island this year. It’s an idiosyncratic selection, based...

Bawdy and outrageous, ‘The Favourite’ offers black comedy

Now playing at the M.V. Film Center, “The Favourite” will set you back on your heels, especially if you have romantic ideas about costume...

Korean thriller and Callas documentary playing at Film Center

Two exceptional and very different films are playing at the M.V. Film Center. “Burning” comes from celebrated South Korean director Lee Chang-dong; Tom Volf...

A story of blacks and whites in ‘Green Book’

“Green Book,” the story of black concert pianist Dr. Don Shirley and his white driver Tony “Lip” Vallelonga, is coming soon to the M.V....

Dehumanizing gay conversion therapy in ‘Boy Erased’

“Boy Erased,” Joel Edgerton’s film about a gay college student, opens Friday, Nov. 30, at the M.V. Film Center. Only 11 states ban conversion...

Melissa McCarthy plays an endearing misanthrope in latest film

Opening this weekend at the M.V. Film Center is “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Despite the film’s cumbersome title, this terrific forgery story stars...

Film: A wildfire ruptures a Montana family’s life

“Wildlife,” the story of a 1960s family’s disintegration, now plays at the M.V. Film Center. Two top-drawer actors star: Carey Mulligan as the wife...

This ‘Beautiful Boy’ is addicted to crystal meth

The tale of an 18-year-old’s descent into addiction, “Beautiful Boy” plays at the Film Center this weekend. It is the harrowing story of Nic...

Alex Honnold climbs to the top in ‘Free Solo’

The National Geographic documentary “Free Solo” opens Friday, Nov. 2, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Prepared to be terrified by this box-office record...

‘The Old Man and the Gun’ is a legend’s bow

In what Robert Redford says will be his final film before retiring, “The Old Man and the Gun” tells the story of Forrest Tucker,...