Upcoming In-Person

New 4K restoration. Previously impossible to see in the U.S., MAHJONG, the penultimate film from Edward Yang (YI YI, A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY), is an acerbic, sprawling tragicomedy, a poison love letter to Taipei as a rising cosmopolis of big money, big dreams, and big cons.
Tue, 2/27
Shot at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, this remarkable collection of Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and avant-garde artists of the early 20th century reveals the rise of the modern garden in popular culture.
Wed, 2/28
Sat, 3/9
Director Penny Lane’s decision to become a “Good Samaritan” by giving one of her kidneys to a stranger launches her on an unexpectedly funny, intimate, and provocative quest to understand why everyone seems to think she’s crazy. Director Penny Lane joins us in person. Free to Members!
Thu, 2/29
Opening 3/1. A perennial favorite at Amherst Cinema, come experience the complete roster of short films nominated at the 96th Academy Awards. These are the Documentary Short Films.
Coming soon. In a bustling Mexican household, seven-year-old Sol is swept up in a whirlwind of preparations for the birthday party for her father, Tona, led by her mother, aunts and other relatives. As the day goes on, building to an event both anticipated and dreaded, Sol begins to understand the gravity of the celebration this year and watches as her family does the same. A New York Times Critic's Pick.
In Jakarta, a S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. More than a decade on from its original release, THE RAID: REDEMPTION has emerged as one of the great action films of the 21st century.
Fri, 3/1
New 4K restoration. In 1968, Peace Corps veteran David Schickele enlisted his friend Paul Eyam Nzie Okpokam to star in a comedy about a well-educated Nigerian immigrant in San Francisco, resulting in a vibrant snapshot of place and time. But BUSHMAN morphs into documentary when Okpokam is arrested for a crime he did not commit. A New York Times Critic's Pick!
Sun, 3/3
Tue, 3/12
In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis can obtain its awesome powers. Introduction by Victoria Reed, Sadler Curator for Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Mon, 3/4
Professional spy Mark (Sam Neill) returns to his West Berlin home to find his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani) insistent on a divorce. As Anna’s frenzied behavior becomes ever more alarming, Mark discovers a truth far more sinister than his wildest suspicions.
Fri, 3/8
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet where highly intelligent apes are dominant and humans are enslaved. Introduction by Tara Mandalaywala, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst.
Wed, 3/13
When a mysterious crypt is opened, a group of tourists and church staff find themselves possessed by unleashed demonic forces. Co-written and produced by Dario Argento. New 4k restoration.
Fri, 3/15
Andrew Scott (BBC's Fleabag, Sherlock) brings multiple characters to life in Simon Stephens’ (NT Live: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME) radical new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.
Sat, 3/16
This electrifying brand-new play directed by Sam Mendes brings Richard Burton and John Gielgud’s infamous Hamlet rehearsals to the big screen, starring Johnny Flynn and Mark Gatiss.
Thu, 3/21
Sat, 4/6
Three rascal children run afoul of an enigmatic, gun-toting coven in this whimsical neo-fairytale. Evoking a menagerie of esoteric genres, this selection of TIFF and Fantastic Fest was gorgeously shot on 16mm.
Fri, 3/22
In this gentle adaptation of the children’s book, a young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.
Sat, 3/23
New 4K restoration. This passionate epic follows two young stars of the Beijing Opera House (Leslie Cheung and Fengyi Zhang) and their turbulent relationship, opening in 1924 and intertwining with half a century of Chinese history.
Sun, 3/24
Tue, 4/2
This drama tells the story of a young boy growing up in a shaky, post-Soviet Ukraine, who, looking for a mentor, befriends an Afghan war veteran. After the film, filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk and Ivan Kozlenko, visiting researcher at Amherst College, discuss working across modes of documentary, feature film, and animation, and adapting literature for the screen. Free to the general public.
Wed, 3/27
7:00 pm
What does the U.S. Democratic Party share with observational documentary? The promise and the problem of transparency. In a live performance from the forthcoming audio series "Trust Issues," Jason Fox explores the sixty-year long relationship between Direct Cinema and Democratic Party politics. Free to Members!
Thu, 3/28
Teenager Megan (Natasha Lyonne), whose suburban existence filled with friends, cheerleading, and all-American fun is upended when her straight-laced parents suspect she may be a lesbian.
Fri, 3/29
Sara (Seret Scott), a philosophy professor, and her husband, Victor (Bill Gunn), an ecstatic painter, spend a summer away from the city, straining their already rocky relationship. Ahead of the film, Smith College professor Anaiis Cisco presents "Breakthroughs in Black Cinema," exploring the aesthetics of LOSING GROUND and its nuanced depiction of the interiority of Black womanhood, while also illuminating alternate routes for independent filmmaking.
Wed, 4/3
A young woman searching for her missing father visits a strange California seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult. New 4k restoration.
Fri, 4/5
New 2K restoration. Sensationally modern, G.W. Pabst’s lurid masterpiece of silent cinema follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu (Jazz Age icon Louise Brooks), whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone she comes in contact with.
Sun, 4/7
Tue, 4/16
In this unclassifiable work of outsider cinema, two Death Valley worm farmers are kidnapped by an all-female cult of gun runners who plan to steal a suitcase full of platinum from the mafia.
Fri, 4/12
Filmed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Tate Britain, London, step into the glittering world of fashion, scandal and shameless self-promotion that made John Singer Sargent the painter who defined an era.
Wed, 4/17
Sat, 5/4
From understanding the director’s vision to identifying the right talent, film casting is an art form. In "From Beale Street to Batman: Casting a Major Motion Picture," award-winning casting director Cindy Tolan shares stories from her career in casting for major Hollywood films. Following the seminar, join us for Steven Spielberg’s WEST SIDE STORY, one of Tolan’s celebrated recent films with a huge ensemble cast.
Sat, 4/20
Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, FLEABAG is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Don't miss the one-woman show that inspired the BBC's hit TV series.
Thu, 4/25
Sat, 5/11
Needing dough to marry his sweetheart, lowly salesclerk Harold Lloyd cooks up a million dollar “human fly” publicity stunt. Shot on rooftop sets over a real downtown L.A., this slapstick classic is a hilarious, accessible introduction to silent film.
Sat, 4/27
A senses-ravishing odyssey through the halls of time and memory, Andrei Tarkovsky’s sublime MIRROR is as much a film as it is a poem composed in images. Writer Polina Barskova joins us to discuss her relationship with the film.
Thu, 5/2
New 4K restoration. Nancy Savoca’s star-studded indie gem is a chronicle of three generations of a spirited Italian-American New York family across the latter half of the 20th century. Starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Tracey Ullman, Illeana Douglas, Michael Imperioli, and more.
Sun, 5/12
Tue, 5/21
In MAKING WAVES, Midge Costin reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema through film clips and insight from visionary directors and sound designers. Following the film, Costin joins us in person to share highlights from her career as a Hollywood sound editor and passionate teacher and advocate for the creative use of sound in the cinematic arts.
Tue, 5/14
Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state.
Thu, 5/23
Sat, 6/8
A Colombian teenage girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers. This sing-along version of ENCANTO features on-screen lyrics, and audiences are encouraged to sing along with their favorite songs.
Sat, 5/25