Friday, December 30, 2011

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 30 December 2011 - 5 January 2012

There is so little opening/expanding into Boston this coming week that you might as well just read last week's entry. Only the repertory venues have any notable changes:

  • The Brattle Theatre finishes up their "Backwards & in High Heels: A Tribute to Ginger Rogers" series today with a double feature of The Gay Divorcee and Swing Time, two of her more famous collaborations with Fred Astaire. Saturday, they celebrate New Year's Eve with the Kathryn Bigelow/James Cameron collaboration Strange Days, and then on Sunday they open the new year with the annual Marx Brothers Marathon, featuring A Night at the Opera, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, and Duck Soup.

    On Monday the 2nd, the current CineCaché cycle comes to an end with Kassandra with a K. It's a locally made film about a guy who attempts to deal with a breakup by becoming homeless and making a movie about it. Co-directors/co-stars Ahmed Khawaja and Andre Puca will be there to explain themselves afterward.

    After that, there's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, playing Tuesday the 3rd as a tribute to John Neville, who passed away last month. The week closes out with a new print of The Wages of Fear, which starts playing on Wednesday the 4th and continues through the 8th.

  • The Regent Theatre in Arlington actually has a fair amount of film this week. They finish of the Sing-Along Sound of Music for another year today at 3pm, and then on Saturday, their annual New Year's Eve visit from local humorist Jimmy Tingle includes a screening of his film Jimmy Tingle's American Dream. Then, on Wednesday January 4th the short documentary Children of the Streets screens alone, while on the 5th it plays as a double feature with dark comedy The Dinner Party; Children director Rick Stavros will be there for a Q&A between the films that day.

  • If you hurry, you can still catch the last screenings of the MFA's Film for Foodies series, with El Bulli: Cooking in Progress playing this afternoon (the 30th) at 5:30pm and Three Stars playing at 8pm. On New Year's Eve, they will be participating in Boston's First Night program with an hour of family-friendly short films playing at 10:30am, noon, 1:30pm, and 3pm. After taking New Year's Day off, they'll start showing film again on Wednesday the 4th with scattered screenings of Paul Goodman Changed My Life, which looks at the "poet, teacher, social critic, and political activist" via interviews and archive footage. It plays once daily through the 8th, although the showtime is different every day.

  • Otherwise, it's more or less the same as last week, albeit with some showtimes moved around - most notably, Tintin loses one of its two Imax-branded screenings a day at Boston Common, so you'll have to get up early to catch it.

My plans? Catch-up; I still haven't seen a bunch of stuff and I've got a four-day weekend.

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