Movies

SHOWTIMES:
Feature Films: SAT: 5:00 (open caption when available) & 7:30, SUN: 1:30 & 7:30, MON & TUE: 7:30, WED: 5:30. Check individual listings for dates or call our event line at 603-869-3422
Special Film events: 7:30 unless otherwise indicated.
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A Fantastic Woman

Sat-Wed, May 12-16 • Tickets: $8, $6 members

Written & Directed by Sebastian Lelio; 100 min., Rated R (for nudity and a disturbing assault); Winner Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; Spanish with English subtitles
Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. A woman detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando’s ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando’s son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando’s family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now – a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman. “The title of Sebastián Lelio’s new film might seem a bit on the nose. It’s a fantastic movie. Daniela Vega, the star, is fantastic in it. Quote me in the ads, with exclamation points if you must. My work here is done.” —A.O. Scott, New York Times

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Arts Docs: Faces Places

Thur, May 17 • Tickets: $10, $8 members

Directed by JR & Agnes Varda; 90 min. NR; Academy Award Nominee: Best Documentary Feature; French with English subtitles
We passed on this last year when it came out. There is never enough room for everything. Then we saw it, and made room! Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open air photography galleries. When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, to shoot a film in France, far from cities in a trip in JR’s photographic truck. Through chance encounters and prepared projects, they reached out to others, listening to them, photographing them, and sometimes putting them on posters. This film also tells the story of Agnès and JR’s friendship, which grew stronger throughout the film shoot. “Faces Places” is a film of sheer joy, its exuberance surpassed only by its tenderness and purity of purpose.” —Anne Hornaday, Washington Post

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REEL Outdoors: Mountain

RESCHEDULED UNTIL JULY 13

Tickets: $10, $8 members

Directed by Jennifer Peedom; 74 min., Narrated by Willem Dafoe; Soundtrack by Australian Chamber Orchestra
Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives? From Tibet to Australia, Alaska to Norway armed with drones, Go-Pros and helicopters, director Jennifer Peedom has fashioned an astonishing symphony of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers. Willem Dafoe provides a narration sampled from British mountaineer Robert Macfarlane’s acclaimed memoir Mountains of the Mind , and a classical score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra accompanies this majestic cinematic experience. “A visual and musical spectacle that showcases the majesty of nature and man’s helplessness to it.” —Gayle MacDonald, Globe and Mail.

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Isle of Dogs

Sun-Wed, May 20-23 • Tickets: $8, $6 members

Written & Directed by Wes Anderson; 101 min.; PG-13
In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been exiled. His quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a government conspiracy. The voice cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono. “Seriously, if I had a tail, I’d be wagging it.” —Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic.

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Made in NH: Shadows Fall North

Thur, May 24 • Showtime: 6:30 • FREE. 

Filmmakers Nancy and Brian Vawter will introduce their film and answer questions. 118 min., NR
How does a state with the motto “Live Free or Die” and a celebrated history of abolitionism confront and understand its participation in slavery, segregation, and neglect? Shadows Fall North explores the question: What happens when we move toward a fuller understanding of our history by including all voices? Shadows Fall North is a collaboration between the UNH Center for the Humanities and Atlantic Media Productions, with support from New Hampshire Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Lean On Pete

Sat-Wed, May 26-30 • Tickets: $10, $8 members

Written & Directed by Andrew Haigh; 121 min., R; cast: Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, and Travis Fimmel
Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray, both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery and his seasoned jockey Bonnie help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence-until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier. “What reads on the surface like an archetypal tale of a boy and his horse becomes an affecting snapshot of the contemporary American underclass in Andrew Haigh’s lovely, slow-burning drama.” —David Roony, Hollywood Reporter.

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One-Off Feature: King of Hearts

Thur, May 31 • Tickets: $10, $8 members

Directed by Phillipe De Broca (1966); 142 min, NR; Cast: Alan Bates, Genevieve Bujold; French with English subtitles
One of the most popular foreign films of all time, now newly restored, it played continuously at the Central Square Cinema in Cambridge for over five years. King of Hearts is a bright, lilting, whimsical, lyrical comedy that cleverly satirizes the absurdity of war with a “message [that is] meaningful and entertaining” (Boxoffice). Bumbling Scottish Private Plumpick (Alan Bates) is sent to a village in the beautiful French countryside during World War I on a suicide mission to detonate explosives set by the retreating German army. The village, soon to be blown sky-high, has been abandoned by its inhabitants and replaced with escapees from the local insane asylum. Now, with the mentally challenged running the town, Plumpick is crowned King! But his new title brings him his first horrible decision: to carry out his deadly mission or join the ranks of the blissfully ignorant. King of Hearts is subtle, visually striking and, in short, the “ultimate display of madness.” “A surrealistic jewel of a comedy which you realize, when you can catch your breath between laughs, has made the case for the sanity of the lunatics and the madness of the war-waging sane.” —Charles Champin, LA Times.

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Festival Friday: 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts (double feature)

Fri, June 1 • Tickets: $10, $8 members
Come for the early show and see them both for the same price!

Animated Shorts Showtime: 6:0083 mins., PG
The reality of life’s joys, laughter and adventure told through the lens of the world’s best OSCAR animated short films: Dear Basketball (USA), Garden Party (France), Lou (USA), Negative Space (France), Revolting Rhymes (UK).

Live Action Shorts Showtime: 8:00 • 99 mins., R
Art and humanity collide with compelling stories from the world’s best OSCAR short live action films: DeKalb Elementary (USA), The Eleven O’Clock (Australia), My Nephew Emmett (USA), The Silent Child (UK), Watu Wote/All of Us (Germany, Kenya).

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