Film Archives

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WILD CANARIES

| 2015 | 102 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Lawrence Michael Levine

Barri (Sophia Takal) and Noah (writer-director Lawrence Michael Levine), a newly engaged Brooklyn couple, are disheartened by the death of their elderly downstairs neighbor, Sylvia. Though Noah sees nothing unusual about the old woman’s death, Barri suspects foul play and sets out to investigate, enlisting her roommate Jean (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT’S Alia Shawkat)…

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Classic Film Night: CADDYSHACK

1980 | 98 minutes | |
Directed by Harold Ramis

The smash success CADDYSHACK became a prototype for countless other wacky T&A-tinged teen comedies of the early 1980s. At an exclusive country club for WASPish snobs, an ambitious young caddy (Michael O’Keefe) from an overpopulated home eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job…

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Classic Film Night: XALA

| 1975 | 123 minutes | |
Directed by Ousmane Sembène

Impotence (XALA) is a Sengalese social comedy, filmed in the Wolof language. A rich, corrupt business executive marries for the third time for the express purpose of getting his name in the papers. After a disappointing wedding night, the businessman discovers that he’s impotent. As he goes through a series of “cures”…

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Classic Film Night: ERASERHEAD

1977 | 89 minutes | | ,
Directed by David Lynch

Henry (John Nance) resides alone in a bleak apartment surrounded by industrial gloom. When he discovers that an earlier fling with Mary X (Charlotte Stewart) left her pregnant, he marries the expectant mother and has her move in with him. Things take a decidedly strange turn when the couple’s baby turns out…

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Classic Film Night: JACKIE BROWN

1997 | 154 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1995 Rum Punch, switching the action from Miami to LA, and altering the central character from white to black. Ruthless arms dealer Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), who lives with perpetually stoned beach-babe Melanie (Bridget Fonda), teams with his old buddy Louis…

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WILD TALES

| 2015 | 115 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Damián Szifron

Spanish with English Subtitles Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of WILD TALES…

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Classic Film Night: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG

| 1964 | 90 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Jacques Demy

Jacques Demy’s 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director’s own description, a film in song. This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (a luminous Catherine Deneuve), an employee in her widowed…

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NY Film Critics Premiere: THE WATER DIVINER, featuring a simulcast Q&A with Russell Crowe afterwards

2014 | 111 minutes | |
Directed by: Russell Crowe

Starring Russell Crowe and Olga Kurylenko, THE WATER DIVINER is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship…

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THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

2015 | 122 minutes | | ,
Directed by John Madden

Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy)…

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THE BABADOOK

| 2014 | 94 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Jennifer Kent

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When…

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THE LAST FIVE YEARS

2015 | 94 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Richard LaGravenese

In this adaptation of the hit musical, THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a musical chronicling a love affair and marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein (Jeremy Jordan) is a young, talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt (Anna Kendrick), a struggling actress. Their…

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MR. TURNER

2014 | 149 minutes | |
Directed by Mike Leigh

MR. TURNER explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito…

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HIPPOCRATES/ HIPPOCRATE

| 2014 | 102 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Thomas Lilti

French with English subtitles Novice doctor Benjamin (Vincent Lacoste), interning in his father’s ward, makes a rookie mistake that costs a patient his life. The administration quickly covers up his wrongdoing, but the dead man’s wife begins asking questions and Benjamin’s overworked colleagues resent his nepotism. Lilti’s biting dramedy posits that “Hippocratic” and…

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EAT YOUR BONES/ MANGE TES MORTS

| 2014 | 94 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Jean-Charles Hue

French with English subtitles Eighteen-year-old Jason (Jason François), on the verge of baptism, finds his values tested when half-brother Fred (Frédéric Dorkel) returns from a 15-year prison stint anything but rehabilitated. The two, along with a third brother and a cousin, team up to steal a truckload of copper, but they prove…

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GABY BABY DOLL

| 2014 | 88 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Sophie Letourneur

French with English subtitles As the awkward, insecure bubbly Gaby, Lolita Chammah suggests a Gallic Greta Gerwig in one of her not-quite-formed-adult roles. Upon arriving in the country, she’s promptly discarded by her boyfriend, and as solitude is not an option, the companionship-starved Gaby seeks out a replacement. She finds it in…

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IN THE COURTYARD/ DANS LA COUR

| 2014 | 97 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Pierre Salvadori

French with English subtitles National treasure Catherine Deneuve sinks her teeth into the role of Mathilde, a former social worker inhabiting an upscale apartment with her husband Serge (Féodor Atkine). When slovenly musician Antoine (Gustave Kervern) applies by chance for a caretaker job in their building, Mathilde insists Serge hire him, despite…

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STUBBORN/ UNE HISTOIRE AMÉRICAINE

, | 2015 | 85 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Armel Hostiou

French and English with English subtitles Artist Barbara (Kate Moran) tires of her (very) brief relationship with Vincent (Vincent Macaigne) and leaves him behind in Paris. But the resolute Vincent follows her to America, determined to win back her affections. Shot in New York in wintertime and featuring daytime soap veteran and…

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LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT/LES COMBATTANTS

| 2014 | 98 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Thomas Cailley

French with English subtitles A triple winner at last year’s Cannes, where it played in the Directors’ Fortnight, Love at First Fight offers a warm and refreshing coming-of-age story. Easygoing and naïve Arnaud (Kévin Azaïs) plans to spend the summer helping his brother in the family carpentry business. But when he meets Madeleine (Adèle…

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TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT

, , , | 2014 | 95 minutes | | ,
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

For the first time, Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne team up with a major international star, Marion Cotillard, to create a universal story about working-class people living on the edges of society. Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from a serious bout with depression. Realizing that the company…

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Classic Film Night: SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

| 1957 | 96 minutes | | ,
Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick

Rediscovered Noir New Yorker cartoonist, Paul Karasik has chosen three great examples of Film Noir that are even better shown on the BIG screen at the MV Film Center– DOUBLE INDEMNITY, IN A LONELY PLACE, and  SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS features the fast-talking Tony Curtis as a hungry…

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Classic Film Night: IN A LONELY PLACE

| 1950 | 93 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Nicholas Ray

Rediscovered Noir New Yorker cartoonist, Paul Karasik has chosen three great examples of Film Noir that are even better shown on the BIG screen at the MV Film Center– DOUBLE INDEMNITY, IN A LONELY PLACE, and SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. IN A LONELY PLACE may feature Humphrey Bogart’s greatest performance. If you…

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Classic Film Night: DOUBLE INDEMNITY

| 1944 | 107 minutes | |
Directed by Billy Wilder

Rediscovered Noir New Yorker cartoonist, Paul Karasik has chosen three great examples of Film Noir that are even better shown on the BIG screen at the MV Film Center– DOUBLE INDEMNITY, IN A LONELY PLACE, and SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. DOUBLE INDEMNITY seethes with lust and vengeance, featuring Fred MacMurray and the sultry…

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STILL ALICE

| 2014 | 99 minutes | |
Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

Elevated by a gripping performance from Julianne Moore, STILL ALICE is a heartfelt drama that honors its delicate themes with bravery and sensitivity. Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her…

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Classic Film Night: CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2001)

| 2001 | 120 mins | | , , ,
Directed by Ang Lee

Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee took a break from making Western period dramas to fashion this wild and woolly martial arts spectacular featuring special effects and action sequences courtesy of the choreographer of The Matrix (1999), Yuen Woo Ping. In the early 19th century, martial arts master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) is…

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AMIRA & SAM

| 2014 | 88 mins | | ,
Directed and Written by Sean Mullin

The only place they belong is together. Rousing, smart, and sweet, Amira & Sam is a confident feature debut from writer-director Sean Mullin, and follows Sam (Martin Starr, “Freaks & Geeks”, “Silicon Valley”), an army veteran adapting back to civilian life after a lengthy tour overseas. Upon reuniting with his unit’s former…

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PATRICK’S DAY– Feature Film Project Screening — Only One Showing!

| 2014 | 102 minutes | | ,
Directed by Terry McMahon

Patrick is a warm, open, twenty-six year old virgin schizophrenic. Pills and his mother’s protection mean he is no threat to himself or anyone else. Until he falls in love. The object of his desire, Karen, a suicidal flight attendant, has no idea the intimacy she shares with Patrick might reintroduce her…

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NY Film Critics Premiere: BLUEBIRD, featuring a simulcast Q&A with John Slattery (from Mad Men) afterwards

| 2015 | 90 mins | |
Directed by Lance Edmands

John Slattery (from MAD MEN) is the featured guest for February’s NY Film Critics Show, BLUEBIRD.  Presented by the NY Film Credits National Series be a part of the LIVE National Simulcast Audience.  In the northern reaches of Maine, a local school bus driver becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, and fails to…

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2014 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: ANIMATION

| 2014 | 82 mins | | ,

Catch all of this year’s Oscar nominated short films before the 87th Annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, February 22! And the winners are?… Once again, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to present this nationally-touring program highlighting all of the Live Action, Animated, and Documentary Short Films that received Academy…

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SELMA

| 2015 | 127 mins | |
Directed by Ava DuVernay

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (4 PM) SHOW IS A YOUTH SCREENING – FREE ADMISSION TO ANYONE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE. SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting…

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THE SHOOTING (1967)

| 1967 | 82 mins | | , ,
Directed by Monte Hellman

In the 1960s and 1970s, producer Roger Corman attracted talented young filmmakers with a simple promise: If they were willing to make commercial pictures, and could stay within his minuscule budgets, they’d gain hands-on experience and might even be able to experiment a little. Few directors took as much advantage of the…