Friday, March 1, 2024

Movies & TV

A vacation gone awry in ‘Golden Years’

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"Golden Years" arrives at the M.V. Film Center on Friday, March 1. This comedy with the ironic title concerns a retired couple who go on a Mediterranean cruise, a gift from their children. Directed...

‘Perfect Days’ celebrates beauty in everyday life

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In a run-up to the Oscars, "Perfect Days" arrives at the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Feb. 23. The film was directed by Wim Wenders, who won an Oscar nomination for it, as did...

Don’t miss the thought-provoking ‘American Fiction’

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“American Fiction,” one of this year’s 96th Academy Award nominees, is a comedy-drama that seamlessly veers from one genre to the other. The film opens this weekend at the M.V. Film Center, Friday, Feb....

What Are You Watching? ‘Fly Away Home’

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars I’m a member of Women in Aviation International and its local chapter, Nor’easters of Cape Cod Bay, based out of Plymouth Airport. We’re men and women with a passion...

A great filmmaker joins a great artist

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Coming to the M.V. Film Center this weekend is Wim Wenders’ 2023 documentary, “Anselm.” This is not a documentary in any ordinary sense, but Wenders’s use of his  considerable talent in exploration of the art...

‘The Zone of Interest’ and the banality of evil

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“The Zone of Interest,” about an apparently ordinary Nazi family living next to Auschwitz concentration camp, comes to the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Feb. 2. It has earned five Oscar nominations as well...

What Are You Watching? Instagram reels

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars As the sun sets and my day wraps up, I typically watch a show or movie on Netflix. Lately my attention span has been incredibly short — shorter than...

A doorway to healing

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“Trauma is not the bad things that happened to you, but what happens inside you as a result of what happened to you.” —Dr. Gabor Maté When you look up the documentary “The Wisdom of...

Yorgos Lanthimos’s odd and imaginative new film

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“Poor Things” arrives at the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 pm. Directed by Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, this film is a bizarre and ingenious remake of the Frankenstein myth, based...

A grouchy cab driver is won over in ‘Driving Madeleine’

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“Driving Madeleine” opens at the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Jan. 19. This film is a delightful story of two characters confined in the space of a car, much like Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat” and many...

What Are You Watching? NFL Playoffs

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars It's the NFL playoffs! The prime time of the season, when all the best teams in the NFL square off against each other in a bracketed tournament to reach...

Filmmaker Kaurismäki’s ‘Fallen Leaves’

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“Fallen Leaves” plays at the M.V. Film Center starting on Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 pm. Directed by Oscar nominee Aki Kaurismäki, this comedy relies on low-key humor in a story about a middle-aged...

What Are You Watching? ‘Jeopardy’

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Today I will be writing about the influences TV game shows can have over lives. Not all shows, certainly, but one in particular, a long-running, internationally copied, and extremely...

Tour de force: Jon Batiste’s ‘American Symphony’

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“American Symphony” comes to the M.V. Film Center on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 pm. This documentary follows the career of the tour de force pianist Jon Batiste, providing a history of his performances....

Top 10 films of the year

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Here they come: the top 10 films of the year. Of course, you, the viewers, may have your own ideas of what’s best. Let me know, and I’ll see that they show up, published...

A boy and his mother in a Japanese film

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“Monster” will play at the M.V. Film Center on Jan. 5. A challenging drama set in Japan, the director and editor Kore-eda Hirokazu was nominated for the Cannes Palme d’Or, writer Yuji Sakamoto won...

The fastest racing car

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“Ferrari” plays at the M.V. Film Center on Thursday, Dec. 21. No racing car has had the success of Ferrari, the Italian sports car developed in 1929, when Enzo Ferrari formed the Scuderia Ferrari...

A boy searches for his mother

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“The Boy and the Heron” opens at the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Dec. 22. This animated film is by the Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, considered one of the greatest filmmakers of animation. Making “The...

Life while it’s happening

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“American Symphony” layers a story about love, creativity, and the human spirit around the creation of a musical extravaganza by multi-instrumentalist Jon Batiste, who touches on jazz, classical, R and B, and funk. He...

The world-famous conductor and his wife in ‘Maestro’

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“Maestro” comes to the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Dec. 15. It tells the story of the tour-de-force conductor Leonard Bernstein, played by Bradley Cooper, and his relationship with Felicia Montealegre, played by two-time...