Friday, May 10, 2013

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 10 May - 16 May 2013

I presume Boston is kind of weird in how movies get distributed to the various theaters, at least compared to other large cities. I mean, it would make sense that the suburbs would only get the most mainstream releases and the more niche things would only play in the city where there's more and more varied people. But, no, it's the other way around here. Weird.

  • Within the city, it's not quite "you'll see The Great Gatsby and like it", but it's fairly close. Baz Luhrmann's attempt to make this story not boring involves having Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, Carey Mulligan as Daisy, Tobey Maguire as Caraway, shooting in 3D, and probably bringing the same sort of contemporary style and soundtrack to a period piece that he did to Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. It plays 2D and 3D at Somerville, the Studio Cinema in Belmont (2D only), Kendall Square, Boston Common, and Fenway. After all, there's also the option of Peeples which is being sold under the Tyler Perry name, but is actually the work of Tina Gordon Chism. It features Craig Robinson as a man who finds girlfriend Kerry Washington's father (David Alan Grier) hostile. It plays Fenway, Boston Common, and Fresh Pond.

    Fresh Pond (now called Apple Cinemas), meanwhile, is apparently the only place in the Boston area playing Aftershock, a Chilean thriller by Nicolas Lopez where an American tourist (played by co-writer/producer/horror movie impresario Eli Roth) and his friends survive a major earthquake only to find humanity can be nastier than nature. Tremendously gory, by all reports. That's the same profile as No One Lives, which is noteworthy for being Ryuhei Kitamura's second English-language movie. It's about a group of modern-day highwaymen who kidnap a wealthy couple only, apparently, to find they're a match for them. It's only playing at the Showcase Cinema in Revere, which I guess is at least closer to Boston than The Midnight Meat Train got.
  • Speaking of potentially gross stuff at Fresh Pond, iMovieCafe gets into the act with Go Goa Gone, a horror comedy where a zombie outbreak occurs near the resort island of Goa. It's in Hindi with English subtitles, with daily shows of Greeku Veerud in Telugu.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a pretty darn cool set of special screenings this week as well. Their first "Silents! Please" screening of the year is Sunday afternoon at 1pm, with Jeff Rapsis accompanying a 35mm print of The Thief of Bagdad on the big screen. On Wednesday, the big screen is also used for the monthly All Things Horror Presents screening, where instead of an under-the-radar indie, they'll be showing a 35mm print of Re-Animator. It's a fun movie, and all proceeds will go toward The 1 Fund for those injured in the Boston Marathon attacks. After that, they'll be screening 2009's Star Trek at 9:30pm before the midnight premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness (which opens Thursday on most screens and Wednesday on IMAX screens at Boston Common and Jordan's Furniture)
  • Gatsby is the first 3D film to play Kendall Square, and they also have two others opening. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is the new one by Mira Nair; it stars Riz Ahmed as a young Pakistani man who embraces America only to be rejected in the aftermath of 9/11. The one-week booking also comes from a notable filmmaker, Olivier Assayas. His Something in the Air is a semi-autobiographical picture of a young filmmaker who is torn between art and revolutionary action in the early 1970s.
  • While we're in the 1970s, The Coolidge Corner Theatre keeps the same films on the main screens, but they open The Source Family, a documentary on a group that apparently evolved from being hippies to a cult which imploded in spectacular fashion, in the screening rooms.

    The midnight movie on Friday and Saturday is the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which isn't nearly as good as the TV series, but has its own sort of charm. On Monday night, they will welcome John Lurie to introduce and discuss three episodes of Fishing with John featuring Tom Waits, Dennis Hopper, and Willem Dafoe.
  • The Boston LGBT Film Festival continues through the 12th, with screening throughout the weekend at the Brattle and MFA, with shows Saturday evening at the Revere Hotel's Theater1 venue and Sunday afternoon at the ICA.
  • After the festival, the Brattle Theatre has a couple special presentations. Sunday night, they celebrate Mother's Day with two screenings of Psycho, because why not? The Monday night Balagan show is "Mirror Stage", an hour of short films where the filmmakers captured and audience. They were going to be closed for the rest of the week, but they scheduled a last-minute Ray Harryhausen tribute double feature for Wednesday and Thursday, with Jason and the Argonauts and the original Clash of the titans.
  • The MFA's film program has more Samurai Cinema - Sanjuro on Friday evening and Saturday morning, Taboo and Rashomon on Wednesday the 15th, and Three Outlaw Samurai on Thursday afternoon. They've also got another Japanese cinema tie-in with their samurai exhibit with a Wednesday matinee of Jiro Dreams of Sushi. And there's also "HDADD+", a cinema performance by multimedia artist Brian Kane on Thursday evening.
  • The Harvard Film Archive starts a new retrospective, "Revelations of a Fallen World - The Cinema of Arturo Ripstein". A Mexican director described as a "maverick contrarian" by the program, he and his frequent screenwriter Paz Alicia Garciadiego will visit in person next weekend, but this weekend is a chance to get familiar with his work ahead of time: Deep Crimson and Life Sentence on Friday, The Castle of Purity and "No One Writes to the Colonel" on Saturday, Time to Die and The Beginning and the End on Sunday, and The Holy Office on Monday.
  • ArtsEmerson's "Bright Lights" series has one last presentation before closing up shop until the new academic year with a set of screenings of grad student thesis projects on Sunday evening.

My plans? Well, I hate missing The Thief of Bagdad, but I've got baseball tickets for Sunday. Still heartily recommend it. So that means I'll try to make it out to Revere for No One Lives on Saturday, and maybe do a horror double feature at Fresh Pond Friday night. That means Gatsby likely happens sometime during the week, as does any other catch-up.

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