July 25 - Aug 7
Daily: 3:30 & 7

The newest film from writer/director Richard Linklater (Bernie; Before Midnight) is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. A lovely look at childhood, filmed across 12 years as the actors grew and aged, it has no precedent. A unique work in American cinema, shot in 39 days over the course of the 12 years, it’s an epic about the ordinary: growing up, the banality of family life, and forging an identity. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette are featured as Mason's parents with newcomer Lorelei Linklater (the filmmaker’s daughter) as his sister Samantha in a story that charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. Proving itself as a richly greatly rewarding experience, the film is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. (R, 166 mins.)


Words and Pictures

July 31
Thu: 2, 4:30 & 7

This film is playing at the Screening Room, an intimate venue located in the Cape Cod Museum of Art, adjacent to the Cape Cinema.

The newest film from venerable director Fred Schepisi (Roxanne; The Eye of the Storm) which takes place in an upscale New England prep school is a literate romantic comedy featuring middle-aged academics engaging in conflicting ideologies and clashing personalities that eventually leads to an affair of the heart. Pen and paintbrush vie for supremacy in a grown-up love story that incorporates a sense of intellectualism, artistry and Hepburn/Tracy-inspired sparring. Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche star as Jack, the private high school's beloved English teacher, and Dina, a new art teacher whose meeting leads to a school-sanctioned showdown that will allow them to argue whether words or pictures are more important. The two film veterans create screen magic every time the camera finds their handsome faces; they bring a palpable, moving truth to the material and make it feel real and honest. (PG-13, 111 mins.)


The Wizard of Oz

Aug 11
Mon: 7 PM
Online tickets: $10
Box office: $12

The Cape Cinema presents a special screening of The Wizard of Oz to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the film’s world premiere in Dennis. The now-classic film premiered at the Cape Cinema on August 11, 1939, four days before its openings in New York and Los Angeles, continuing for a one-week run on Cape Cod. The event was advertised in local newspapers and featured an after-party at the Playhouse Restaurant which was attended by many Broadway and Hollywood notables.

Notable for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score and unusual characters, over the years it has become one of the best known of all films and part of American popular culture. It also featured what may be the most elaborate use of character make-ups and special effects in a film up to that time. At the Cape Cinema, the anniversary screening will be show in the film’s original 35mm format with a special aspect ratio lens used for the opening Kansas Sequence. (PG, 102 mins.)