THE MOVIE "Big Night"
THE DEAL The star of this 1996 gem about a struggling Italian restaurant (co-written and co-directed by Stanley Tucci) will appear at a screening with restaurateur Martin Butera, who will bring dishes inspired by the film. Wine will be provided by Huntington's Bottles & Cases. The event is a fundraiser to help Huntington's Cinema Arts Centre buy digital projection equipment, an increasing necessity given the movie industry's rapid transition away from old-fashioned celluloid.
INFO Sunday at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $125. 800-838-3006; cinemaartscentre.org.
THE MOVIE "Come on Eileen"
THE DEAL This Irish film doesn't appear to be related to the 1982 single from Dexy's Midnight Runners, but it has become a sleeper hit in the U.K. over the past year, despite being relegated to the DVD bins. A comedy-drama about a single mother (Jackie Howe) who begins hitting the bottle a bit too hard, it's drawn rave reviews from the few who have seen it. The Guardian praised it as "the hit that never was," while author Nick Hornby described it as "dark, funny and real." It's playing as part of this season's Furman Film Festival.
INFO Thursday night at 7:30 at Clearview Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. Tickets are $15-$20. 516-829-2570; greatneckarts.org.
THE MOVIE "They Come to America"
THE DEAL Subtitled "The Cost of Immigration," this documentary from East Hampton director Dennis Michael Lynch looks at the national and local problem of illegal immigration from both sides of the border. It's a marked shift from Lynch's 2010 film, "King of the Hamptons," a first-person documentary spurred by a midlife crisis. The director says he hopes his new film will prompt Congress to take action but promises that it has "no political agenda." He will appear in person at this weekend's premiere screening.