Saturday, January 28, 2023

Films

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Space exploration rovers come to life in ‘Good Night Oppy’

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“Good Night Oppy,” the story of the Mars Exploration Rover, comes to the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Nov. 25. This 2022 documentary follows the amazing story of what started as a 90-day exploration...

A powerful Cate Blanchett in “Tár”

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Arriving on Friday, Nov. 18, at the M.V. Film Center is “Tár.” Cate Blanchett, who won Venice’s Best Actress award, stars as Lydia Tár, a world-famous composer/conductor who gradually becomes unhinged. Blanchett transforms the...

‘The Banshees of Inisherin,’ a haunting tale of broken friendship

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“The Banshees of Inisherin'' continues to play at the M.V. Film Center this weekend, Nov. 11 and 12, and next, Nov. 16 and 17. Set on an island off the West Coast of Ireland,...

‘Triangle of Sadness’ satirizes the not-so-beautiful people

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“Triangle of Sadness” comes to the M.V. Film Center on Thursday, Nov. 3. Directed by Ruben Öslund, this Cannes Palme d’Or winner is a black comedy about the filthy rich. “Triangle of sadness” refers...

Louis Armstrong was one of the greats

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“Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues” plays at the M.V. Film Center on Friday, Oct. 28. Most viewers know Armstrong as a famous cornet player, but not likely in terms of his other highly celebrated...

Their own voice

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As Len Morris reminds us, it’s a sobering fact that of the 2.5 billion children in the world, one out of two lacks the basic fundamentals of a decent life — whether it’s food,...

Sidney Poitier: Hero and icon

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“Sidney,” a film about the legendary Sidney Poitier, plays at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center on Thursday, Oct. 13, and will return after the Women in Film series that runs from Oct. 14 to...

Small festival, big films

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Circuit Arts and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival presents a Mini Film Festival over Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend and the weekend following at the Grange Hall. The festival will offer a number of intriguing...

‘The quality of being thankful’

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“Gratitude Revealed” continues playing at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center on Thursday, Oct. 6. A good place to start with this unusual documentary is the dictionary definition of gratitude: “The quality of being thankful;...