Friday, July 26, 2013

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 26 July - 1 August 2013

Again, not in Boston, so let's make this quick-ish. It should be fairly short anyway.

  • Just the one really wide release this week, as The Wolverine hits theaters with Hugh Jackman taking Marvel's most popular mutant out for another spin, this time in Japan in a story partially inspired by the Claremont/Miller miniseries. James Mangold directs, so it's got some potential, and it's had a 3D post-conversion job. It plays Capital (2D only, apparently), Apple, Boston Common, and Fenway.

    There are a couple of limited release movies popping up in Boston multiplexes: Fruitvale Station, much lauded at Sundance for its portrayal of a young man whose decision to turn over a new leaf is tragically cut short at the start of 2009. Single screens at Fenway and Boston Common, two and Kendall Square. And surprise, surprise, Boston Common also picks up Secretly Greatly, which has a seriously split personality but was a huge hit in South Korea. Just two shows a day, though. They've also got a single screening of doumentary American Made Movie on Saturday evening and $3 screenings of Oz The Great and Powerful at 10pm from Monday to Wednesday (not sure whether that's 2D or 3D).

    Oh, and The Smurfs 2 shows up on Wednesday. Fenway, Boston Common, and Apple (at least).
  • In addition to Fruitvale Station, Kendall Square picks up a pair of IFFBoston alums: Blackfish, a documentary on how orcas in captivity have attacked and sometimes killed their trainers, even though they generally give humans a wide berth in the wild, is as expected getting a lot of flack from SeaWorld but a lot of love from everyone else. Computer Chess is the latest from Andrew Bujalski (who will attend the Friday and Saturday evening showings with star/film critic Gerald Peary); it's a highly-mannered faux-documentary about the people who built chess-playing machines in the early 1980s (not a particular fan). They also finish their "Spectacular Classics" series on Tuesday with a screening of The Breakfast Club.
  • The Coolidge's Monday "Big Screen Classic" is Mean Streets, one of the movies that put Martin Scorcese, Robert De Niro, and Harvey Keitel on the map, in 35mm. The weekend midnights are Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy and Cannibal Ferox (Make Them Die Slowly), both in 35mm, and probably only one of them among the nastiest movies ever made. They also open up The Hunt and Museum Hours in the video rooms.
  • If you don't have your tickets to the Sunday screening of the Wright/Pegg/Frost "Cornetto Trilogy" at the Brattle Theatre which includes a preview of The World's End and an appearance by the director, co-writers, and stars... Well, it's not happening. But you can still see a double feature of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead on Friday; an "alternate realtiy" trilogy of inspirations in Dead Alive (35mm), Bad Boys II (35mm), and Invasion of the Body Snatchers on Saturday; and a Sunday matinee of The Big Chill (35mm). Most are DCP.

    Documentary Educational Resources director Alie Apley will be the guest on Monday to screen and discuss the 1978 featurette If It Fits as part of the DocYard series, which once again means the Burt Lancaster Centennial presentation of Gunfight at the OK Corral only plays a matinee that day, though it has an evening show on Tuesday as a double-bill with Seven Days in May, both in 35mm. Wednesday's Recent Rave is Carlos Reygadas's Post Tenebras Lux, and Thursday's Shintoho double feature is Revenge of the Pearl Queen and Vampire Bride, with free popcorn if you wear your Brattle T-shirt.
  • The Harvard Film Archive keeps up the Burt Lancaster Centennial with The Crimson Pirate Friday at 7pm, Ulzana's Raid Saturday at 9pm, and Conversation Piece Monday at 7pm. The rest of the schedule is The Complete Alfred Hitchcock, with Psycho Friday at 9:15pm, The Manxman with live accompaniment by Robert Humphreville Saturday at 7pm, Topaz Sunday at 4pm, a double-feature of the 1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much and The Skin Game at 7pm the same day, and Champagne with Jeff Rapsis on the piano at 7pm on thursday.
  • Cinema Slumber Party at The Somerville Theatre is doubling up again this week, with a 35mm print of The Big Lebowski on the big screen Friday & Saturday nights and Resolution elsewhere in the building on Saturday only. I saw that one at Fantasia last year, and it's pretty slick, a "finding-footage" horror movie that is genuinely jump-worthy. Their final DisneyNature movie, Chimpanzee, is also playing at 11am on Saturday for $2.

    The "Summer Rewind" movies at The Capitol are the same for kids and adults this weekend, with The Goonies playing both Friday & Saturday nights and Saturday & Sunday mornings.

    This week, Apple Cinemas has How to Train Your Dragon on the front page as a free summer movie on the 27th, but doesn't say whether it's all week, 3D, or any other details.
  • The MFA's film program finishes their 18th Annual Boston French Film Festival on Sunday, with Berthe Morisot, You Ain't See Nothin' Yet, Thérèse (sold out), Of Women and Horses, Looking for Hortense, Day of the Crows, the Dandelions, and Fly Me to the Moon (sold out) playing at various times over the weekend. Come Thursday, they start a new calendar, with documentary André Gregory: Before and After Dinner starting a short run (Gregory and director Cindy Kleine will discuss the movie after the August 1st screening); that's also when they will begin a month-long retrospective of The Films of Wong Kar-Wai with As Tears Go By.
  • iMovieCafe opens Bajatey Raho, in which the victims of a con artist plot comedic revenge, in Hindi with English subtitles at Apple Cinemas, splitting a screen with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
  • Free and outside: The Sting at the Boston Harbor Hotel's Music & Movie Fridays, Here Comes the Boom at the Hatch Shell's Free Friday Flicks (also Tuesday at Hyde Park and Wednesday at Cambridge's Glacken Park and Thursday at Dorhester's Pope John Paul II Park), Brave at the Prudential Center on Saturday night, Romancing the Stone at Christopher Columbus Park on Sunday. (All from Joe's Boston Free Films

My plans? Still in Montreal, so sucking movies from Fantasia up with a straw.

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