Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Movies & TV

The story of a 600-pound man

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“The Whale” plays at the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Feb. 3. It is the fictional story about the life of a morbidly obese man named Charlie, played by Brendan Fraser. More than that,...

What Are You Watching? ‘The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker’

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Who remembers the homeless hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who won the hearts of many millions when his outwardly charismatic (and hilarious) speech on a local news channel in Fresno, Calif., went viral? The man’s name is Kai...

Bill Nighy’s stiff upper lip in ‘Living’

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“Living” plays at the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Jan. 27. Bill Nighy stars as the frigid, long-time employee of the government’s Public Works Department. He plays Mr. Williams, who never smiles and always...

What are you watching? ‘Kangaroo Valley’

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars If you’ve never had the opportunity to get a close and personal look at Australia’s unique marsupials, then Netflix’s “Kangaroo Valley” may be the documentary for you. Follow the...

Two men looking to sell a baby in ‘Broker’

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“Broker,” a South Korean film, plays at the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Jan. 20. Director Japanese Hirokazu Kore-eda has explored this theme before in, for instance, 2018’s Oscar-nominated “Shoplifters.” This drama has won...

What Are You Watching? NFL playoffs

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars I realize not everyone is a sports fan, or specifically a football fan, but this year’s NFL playoffs have everything equal to any television drama you might choose. The...

Find a romantic adventure in ‘Decision to Leave’

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“Decision to Leave” (“Resolution to Break Up” in South Korea) plays at the M.V. Film Center the week of Jan. 12. As long as viewers can handle the captions in this 2022 South Korean...

What Are You Watching? ‘Chronicle’

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars I have been watching “Chronicle” news magazine on WCVB-TV Boston for about 40 years now. And what’s amazing is how strong the Vineyard connection is with this highly successful...

The Metropolitan Opera at the M.V. Film Center

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The M.V. Film Center has brought the Metropolitan Opera to the screen for years now, and the 2022–23 season still packs plenty of punch, with Giordano’s drama “Fedora” returning to the Met for the...

An empress trapped by her own beauty

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“Corsage,” coming to the M.V. Film Center on Jan. 6, welcomes the New Year. Don’t be put off by the title, which doesn’t refer to the cluster of flowers worn on a woman’s wrist,...

Personal best of viewing in 2022

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My best films of the year have been selected for a number of reasons. In some cases it's because of their unusual subjects. In others, it's because of the unique cinematography. It may be...

What happens after a sexual assault

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“Every Day” plays at the M.V. Film Center on Thursday, Dec. 22. It is a subtle and gripping story about the aftermath on a high school student after she experiences a sexual assault. Directed...

What Are You Watching? ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

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“All Quiet on the Western Front” is a story I heard described as a brutal, honest, and depressing depiction of World War I through the eyes of young German soldiers. Among the several film...

Christmas comes to Cape Cod

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“A Cape Cod Christmas” brings a brief bit of holiday cheer to the M.V. Film Center on Sunday, Dec. 18. It’s a cinematic romance filmed in Falmouth and Woods Hole, and writer and director...

A story of freedom

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A new film with Island ties, “Emancipation” starring Will Smith, attempts to piece together the true story of Peter, a slave who escaped his captors and found freedom. The powerful production premiered at the Martha’s...

What Are You Watching? ‘Happy Valley’

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4 out of 5 stars My fascination with British television continues with “Happy Valley,” a crime drama filmed in Northern England starring Sarah Lancashire, who was also in “Last Tango in Halifax” and “Julia” —...

What Are You Watching? ‘Snack vs. Chef’

4 stars What’s better than snacks and Netflix? Watching a series on professionally trained chefs making processed snacks from scratch. Some episodes focus on recreating the iconic snack the judges pull from the show’s on-set...

Growing up with the Fabelmans

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“The Fabelmans” plays at the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Dec. 16. Written and produced by Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg, it’s Spielberg’s tribute to his family, as well as to the movies.  This People’s...

Books and romance come together in new film

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“The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” comes to the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Dec. 2. Based on the bestselling 2014 novel of the same name by Gabrielle Zevin, it is adapted and directed...

What Are You Watching? ‘Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time’

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Four out of 5 stars By Connie Berry When I was in college eons ago, I didn’t know anyone who hadn’t read Kurt Vonnegut. I loved his plainspeak way of writing. And when I tuned into...