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F FOR FAKE (the final directorial project the legendary Orson Welles completed during his lifetime)

| 1974 | 85 mins | |
Orson Welles

The final directorial project the legendary Orson Welles completed during his lifetime, F for Fake is less a documentary than an example of cinematic free association on the topic of trickery. Much of the film is in fact drawn from other sources, most notably an unfinished documentary by Francois Reichenbach on the…

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THE HUNT – Academy Award Nominated Best Foreign Language Picture

| 2012 | 111 Mins | |
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

THE HUNT is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Mads Mikkelsen (A ROYAL AFFAIR, CASINO ROYALE) won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival…

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SAY AMEN, SOMEBODY in collaboration with the Vineyard Haven Public Library (FREE SCREENING)

| 1982 | 100 mins | | ,
George T. Nierenberg

The Vineyard Haven Public Library will kick off its six-week long film and lecture series “America’s Music: A History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” with a free screening of the documentary “Say Amen, Somebody” The series will feature showings of six award-winning documentary films about uniquely American…

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THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE

| 1976 | 135 mins | | ,
John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes takes a contemporary film noir turn (which he would return to in Gloria) after exploring domestic melodrama in A Woman Under the Influence with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara plays Cosmo Vitelli, the owner of a sleazy Los Angeles strip joint, who loses $20,000 at a mob…

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MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

, | 2013 | 139 mins | |
Directed by Justin Chadwick

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. Idris Elba (PROMETHEUS) stars as Nelson Mandela with…

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

| 2014 | 105 mins | | ,
Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961 LLEWYN DAVIS (OSCAR ISAAC) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly…

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OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: Documentary

| 2013 | 184 mins | |

    Catch all of this year’s Oscar nominated short films before the 86th Annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, March 2! “Thank the gods of cinema for this annual release of Oscar nominees.” – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle And the winners are … Once again, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society…

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SILENT FILM COMEDY SHORTS

| 1916 | 105 mins | |

SILENT COMEDY SHORTS restored by Serge Bromberg, David Shepard and the renowned Lobster Films in Paris. Chaplin’s THE IMMIGRANT, Keaton’s THE LOVE NEST, and others by Charley Chase, Charlie Bowers, etc. SLAPSTICK — WHAT PRICE GOOFY:Charlie Chase RT:24:37 2. THE IMMIGRANT: Chaplin RT20:01 3. THE LOVE NEST-Keaton: RT:20:15 4. MIGHTY LIKE A…

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National Theatre London: 50 Years On Stage

| 1963-2013 | 120 min. | | ,

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre of Great Britain presents National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage, bringing together the best British actors for a unique evening of unforgettable performances, broadcast live from London to cinemas around the world. A cast of 100 will perform live on stage in this once-in-a-lifetime event, directed…

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NY Film Critics “Sneak Preview” of AT MIDDLETON with live appearances by Vera Farmiga (UP IN THE AIR, THE DEPARTED), Andy Garcia and Director Adam Rogers.

| 2014 | 93 mins | | ,
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with live on screen appearances by Vera Farmiga (UP IN THE AIR, THE DEPARTED), Andy Garcia (OCEAN ELEVEN) and Director Adam Rogers. The movie also stars Taissa Farmiga (AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Vera’s real life sister). The event timeline: 7:30pm ALISON BAILES INTRO LIVE ON SCREEN 8:00pm COUNTDOWN SLATE 8:01 PETER TRAVERS INTRODUCTION OF FILM/SERIES 8:10…

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PHILOMENA

| 2013 | 94 mins | | ,
Stephen Frears

Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock – something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of – and given away for adoption in…

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NEW YEARS EVE BASH — A Special night of film, food, libations, music, and cheer – including live TV coverage of Times Square at midnight on our Big Screen.

| 1936 | 113 min ,
W.S. Van Dyke

A Special night of film, food, libations, music, and cheer – including live TV coverage of Times Square at midnight on our Big Screen. Doors Open at 7:30 pm  8:00 pm – a movie, AFTER THE THIN MAN  10:15-11:30 pm – Live music provided by jazz trio with Eric Johnson on upright…

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A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES with Pre-show holiday music provided by Rob Meyers

| 1987 | 55 min | | ,
Don McBrearty

Pre-show holiday music will be provided by Rob Meyers for this holiday classic. Adapted from Dylan Thomas’ classic poem, the film concerns a traditional Christmas in Wales around the turn of the 20th century. It’s Christmas Eve in Wales. A young boy named Thomas is excited about the holiday, but he’s also…

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THE GREAT BEAUTY

| 2013 | 142 min | | ,
Paolo Sorrentino

Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth…

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CUTIE AND THE BOXER

| 2013 | 82 mins | |
Zachary Heinzerling

Once a rising star in the ’70′s New York art scene, 80-year-old “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara is prepping for his latest show, hoping to reinvigorate his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her “Cutie” illustrations, which depict their chaotic 40-year marriage. CUTIE AND THE BOXER…

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Holiday Classic: THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

| 1942 | 112 mins | |
Directed by William Keighley

Come early and enjoy some complimentary hot apple cider and cookies in our lobby. Live holiday music too in the lobby.  The George S. Kaufman/Moss Hart Broadway hit The Man Who Came to Dinner was inspired by the authors’ mutual friend, waspish critic/author Alexander Woollcott. Generously bearded ex-Yale professor Monty Woolley, no…

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BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

| 2013 | 187 mins | |
Directed by Abdel Kechiche

Abdellatif Kechiche’s newest film, based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, was the sensation of this year’s Cannes Film Festival even before it was awarded the Palme d’Or. Adèle Exarchopoulos is Adèle, a young woman whose longings and ecstasies and losses are charted across a span of several years. Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris)…

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NEBRASKA

| 2013 | 150 mins | | ,
Directed by Alexander Payne

Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) takes the helm for this road trip comic-drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Montana father who’s convinced he’s won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. Shot in black and…

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DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

| 2013 | 117 mins | |
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee

Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus….

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Classic Film Wednesday: IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

| 2000 | 97 mins | | , ,
Directed by Kar Wai Wong

Auteur filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directs this moody period drama about unrequited love that, like his earlier work, swoons with romantic melancholy. Set in a Shanghaiese enclave in Hong Kong in 1962, the film centers on two young couples who rent adjacent rooms in a cramped and crowded tenement. Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) works…

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A PERFECT MAN

| 2013 | 95 mins | | ,
Directed by Kees Van Oostrum

On the cusp of their ninth anniversary, James and Nina seem to have the perfect marriage and ideal lives – an affluent life in Amsterdam, lucrative jobs and adoring friends. Yet when Nina discovers James’s infidelity with a mutual friend of theirs, shattering whatever illusions they’ve created about their relationship and leaving…

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WADJDA

| 2013 | 98 min | | ,
Haifaa Al-Monsour

WADJDA is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, it is the story of a spirited 10-year-old Saudi girl discovering the severe limitations placed on women in the name of custom, Islam and family honor. With impressive agility, “Wadjda” finds room to maneuver between harsh realism…

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Island author Chris Radant introduces HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, a film based on her original story, with Q/A afterwards

| 1995 | 103 mins | |
Directed by Jodie Foster

It’s been said that while most people love their families, they don’t always like them very much, and that emotional dividing line is the heart of this comedy directed by Jodie Foster. Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) usually approaches family reunions with a certain trepidation, but as she prepares to fly from her…

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THE FRUIT HUNTERS in collaboration with Polly Hill Arboretum

| 2013 | 92 min. | |
Directed by Yung Chang

Join us for a discussion afterwards with Tom Clark, Polly Hill curator and Ian Jochems, Polly Hill arborist. You can find them deep in the jungles of Borneo, in the hills of Umbria and perhaps even in your own backyard. They are fruit hunters, the subjects of the dizzying new film from acclaimed…

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Classic Film Wednesday: PICKPOCKET (1959)

| 1959 | 75 min. | | ,
Directed by Robert Bresson

Michel takes up picking pockets as a hobby, and is arrested almost immediately, giving him the chance to reflect on the morality of crime. After his release, though, his mother dies, and he rejects the support of friends Jeanne and Jacques in favour of returning to pickpocketing (after taking lessons from an…

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12 YEARS A SLAVE

| 2013 | 133 mins | |
Directed by Steve McQueen (III)

12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed…

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ALL IS LOST

| 2013 | 106 mins | | , ,
Directed by J.C. Chandor

Academy Award-nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) takes the helm for this tense adventure drama about a man (Robert Redford) who must fight for survival after being lost at sea. Anchored by another tremendous performance in a career full of them, All Is Lost offers a moving, eminently worthwhile testament to Robert…

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Jigokumon (Gate of Hell) (1953)

| 1953 | 89 mins | | , , ,
Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa

Originally released as Jigokumen, Gate of Hell was one of the most popular Japanese imports of the 1954-55 American film season. Set in 12th-century feudal Japan, the film stars Kazuo Hasegawa as Moritoh, a samurai whose courage in defending his ruler is to be rewarded with anything he desires. He desires the…