- It's sequels for the fourth of July, starting with Magic Mike XXL. Channing Tatum returns in the title role, a stripper looking to jump-start his furniture business, this time going on a road trip with his buddies to do their thing up and down the southeast coast. No Matthew McCconaughey this time around, and Steven Soderberg is no longer directing (though he does cut and shoot under aliases), but a lot of what made the first a surprisingly good time is apparently still there. It's at the Somerville, Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Fenway, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux.
There's also the latest Terminator sequel no-one wanted, this time resetting the timeline but still building out of the same sort of story. On the one hand, Old Arnold has been a treat, but he's got to have better things to do than this. It's the first movie of the series in 3D and plays the Capitol (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Jordan's Furniture (Imax 3D), Fenway (including RPX), Boston Common (including Imax 3D), Assembly Row (including Imax 3D), Revere, and the SuperLux.
Boston Common will also be showing cheap shows of Fifty Shades of Grey this week.
- The Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of two places opening Infinitely Polar Bear (Kendall Square is the other), featuring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana star as separated parents who may be drawn back together as he watches the kids while she goes to grad school.
They'll also be showing Independence Day at midnight on Friday the third, and only then, because who wants to compete with Boston's Fourth of July fireworks? Nobody, that's who. They also have a Cinema Jukebox show on Monday with a double feature of The Decline of Western Civilization & The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years,
- Along with Infiniely Polar Bear, Kendall Square also has Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World for a week. It looks to be what it says on the box, a documentary about Giger and his often grotesque but almost always memorable works, both in the film and art worlds.
- Two Indian movies at Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond this week, although I think only Hindi comedy Second Hand Husband has English subtitles. That one features a couple wanting to marry but feeling the need to find a husband for the man's ex-wife (and thus free themselves from alimony) first. There's also the Tamil thriller Papanasam, which has a pretty cheerful poster for something about a man defending his family from overzealous law enforcement.
- It's The Brattle Theatre's turn to show Jaws this weekend, nabbing the actual Fourth of July holiday (I imagine that there's a meeting every spring where the theater programmers decide who shows it which weekend through games of chance or vicious blackmail and politicking). It plays as a double feature with Jaws 2 on Friday & Saturday, both on 35mm, and that kicks off Roy Scheider Revisited, a weeklong celebration of the actor. Sorcerer (DCP) & The French Connection (35mm) play as a double feature Sunday and Tuesday, Marathon Man (DCP) & Klute (35mm) on Monday, 2010 on 35mm Wednesday, and All That Jazz (DCP) on Thursday.
- No midnight at The Somerville Theatre this Saturday (fireworks), but they wil have a "Silents, Please!" screening on Sunday afternoon, The Big Parade. It's odd to watch now, but was an impressive war movie in its day. Because I didn't write this earlier in the week, I missed talking about the first films in their "Summer of Sam Peckinpah" and "Paul Thomas Anderson Thursdays" series, so we'll skip right to the second - Major Dundee on Wednesday and Boogie Nights on Thursday. All three are on 35mm, naturally. Thursday also featuers a musical double feature of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-1990), a docoumentary whose unweildy title tells you what it's about, and The Family Jams, this doc featuring a band on the cusp of stardom on the road.
Their sister cinema The Capitol in Arlington, meanwhile, starts their "Throwback Thursdays" double feature series. This week's selection: Better off Dead & Say Anything.
- Lateness also made me miss The Harvard Film Archive also programming Thursdays during the summer, but they are. They continue their three retrospectives four nights a week: The Robert Altman presentations are Brewster McCloud (Friday 7pm, including a seldom-seen short), Secret Honor (Friday 9:30pm), Countdown (Sunday 5pm), and Prêt-à-porter (Monday 7pm, also including a short). Sam Fuller is represented by Underworld U.S.A. at 7pm on Sunday, while the Titanus Studios presentation is The White Angel on Thursday. All (except the shorts) are in 35mm.
- The West Newton Cinema: picks up The Overnight, and also has the second week of their "Boston Jewish Film Festival Summer Encore Series" on Wednesday night with Audience Award winner Run Boy Run.
- The Museum of Fine Arts will begin their annual French Film Festival with The Chef's Wife on Thursday the 9th. If you want to shell out for a pricey ticket, there will be an opening-night reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres before the film.
- Free outdoor screenings listed on Joe's Calendar include Rocky (Boston Harbor Hotel, Friday); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Bloc 11, Monday), The Goonies (The Sinclair, Wednesday), and Ice Age (Seven Hills Park, Thursday).
I've got a cluster of baseball tickets this week, and I do like fireworks, so I'll probably stick to Jurassic World and Major Dundee; maybe Terminator 5 (what, it's got Lee Byung-hun in it!). Maybe sneak something else in, but I got stuff to put away before the annual trip to Montreal, too!