Thursday, April 24, 2014

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 24 April 2014 - 1 May 2014

Funny: The movie listing apps and sites all put the new AMC 12-plex in Somerville's Assembly Square above (among other theaters), AMC Boston Common and the Somerville Theatre because it is technically closer to my house as the crow flies. However, it looks like it will be difficult to actually get there until the new Orange Line station opens this fall, although I figure I might check it out sometime next weekend.

This weekend, of course, is right out because...

  • Independent Film Festival Boston 2014 continues! It's at the Somerville Theater and the Brattle from Friday through Monday, and then at the Coolidge or Tuesday and Wednesday. It got off to a nice start last night, and while I'm still trying to piece my schedule together - there are a couple of TBA slots that I want to see filled before committing to something else, the closing night film of Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo looks spiffy, as do several others.
  • On the other side of Somerville (and elsewhere around the city), the big film to open the new multiplex appears to be The Other Woman, with Cameron Diaz as a woman who realizes her boyfriend (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married, only to befriend the wife (Leslie Mann) and other mistress (Kate Upton) with an eye on revenge. That's at the Capitol, Apple, Studio Cinema, West Newton, Fenway, Boston Common, and Assembly Square.

    Also getting a few screens are Brick Mansions, the remake of District B13 that also includes that movie's star, David Belle, because, really, what's the point without his crazy stuntwork? This time, Paul Walker plays the cop and RZA the villain. That's at Apple, Boston Common, Fenway, and Assembly Row. All of those theaters but Apple are also opening The Quiet Ones, the latest entry from the resurrected Hammer Films, which features Jared Harris as a professor conducting a rather ill-advised experiment in the paranormal.

    All of those movies also open at the Showcase in Revere, which also fills a couple of screens with smaller releases if you want to make the trip out: Walking with the Enemy tells the story of a young Jew who poses as a Nazi to help rescue others (and find his family) toward the end of World War II, while From the Rough stars Taraji P. Henson, who plays the first woman to coach men's golf at the collegiate level. Both, I gather, have been in the can waiting for release for a while, the latter even featuring the late Michael Clarke Duncan in its cast.

    Also: AMC is showing Gladiator as their weekly classic at Boston Common on Sunday and Wednesday.
  • Along with their IFFBoston screenings, The Coolidge opens Only Lovers Left Alive on Friday (as do Kendall & Embassy). It's the latest by Jim Jarmusch, featuring Tom Hiddleston as a centuries-old vampire musician who reunites with his longtime lover (Tilda Swinton) in modern Detroit, only to have things go a little crazier when her younger sister (Mia Wasikowska) turns up. It's getting some pretty good reviews.

    The thing that seems to be getting people really excited there, though? Midnight screenings of Space Jam in 35mm on Friday and Saturday. Folks get really excited when that pops up in the pre-screening slide shows, and why wouldn't they? They will also be kicking off the "Cinema Jukebox" series on Monday with a 35mm screening of Purple Rain. Folks still remember and love Michael Jordan and Prince, right?
  • Along with Only Lovers Left Alive, Kendall Square will be picking up Alan Partridge, known as "Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa" in the UK where Steve Coogan's radio announcer character is much more well known. They also open On My Way, a pretty darn likable movie with Catherine Deneuve as a former beauty queen who winds up on a road trip that eventually involves her grandson after some bad news causes a minor breakdown.

    The one-week booking is Dancing in Jaffa, which shows world-famous ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returning to his hometown of Jaffa to teach dance to both Israeli and Palestinian children. Kind of surprised it's getting the one-week mark, considering how much they've been showing the preview.
  • Of course, it will probably move over to the West Newton Cinema afterward and play for a while, though. This week, they open The Zigzag Kid, which has been playing a bunch of children's film festivals in recent months. It's about a police inspector's son who, taking the train home for his bar mitzvah, befriends a master burglar and gets into adventures.
  • Apple Cinemas continues to screen 2 States (as does Fenway), but the only other Indian movie iMovieCafe opens this week is Chandamama Kathalu, and interweaving-stories movie that you'll need to understand Telugu to see.
  • The Brattle, as mentioned, is filled with IFFBoston stuff until Monday, but has some interesting events after: On Tuesday, they have "An Evening at The Good Inn", a book launch party that will include co-author Josh Franck and illustrator Steven Appleby along with other guests and short films which tie in with the novel. The other co-author is a member of The Pixies, and Wednesday is also band-related, with the local premiere of Breadcrumb Trail, a documentary on Louisville-based band Slint. And then on Thursday, they begin their "Abracadabra! Magical movies" repertory series with a 35mm print of Penn & Teller Get Killed.
  • The Harvard Film Archive wraps up Jan NÄ›mec and the Cinema of the Golden Sixties with Diamonds of the Night (accompanied by short "A Loaf of Bread") at 7pm Friday, Martyrs of Love at 8:30pm that same night, and Pearls of the Deep at 7pm Saturday. Then they switch from an art-house Czeckoslovakian to Frank Capra with You Can't Take It with You at 9pm on Saturday, Forbidden at 5pm Sunday, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington right after at 7pm, and The Younger Generation at 7pm Monday.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts finishes its runs of When I Saw You (Friday) and In Bloom (Friday & Wednesday). It then starts its May calendar with Jewishfilm.2014, presenting Before the Revolution (including rare short film "Iran Street Scenes, 1950-1951") and For a Woman on Thursday the 1st.
  • The Belmont World Film Seriespresents Rock the Casbah at the Studio Cinema on Monday, with Haim Abbas and Omar Sharif (among others) in a Moroccan film about a mother and her three grown daughters who come together for the traditional three days of mourning.
  • ArtsEmerson has a couple of film presentations at the Paramount Theater this weekend, with an early-evening screening of Cambodian Son (a documentary about Cambodia poet Kosal Khiev) on Friday and screenings of Vanishing Pearls, which documents a battle between Louisiana oyster fishers and British Petroleum, on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
  • The Regent Theatre has one film program this week, the "Laugh Out Loud Short Film Fest", which includes 11 sometimes-raunchy short comedies, with audience voting to help determine which filmmakers get a cash prize. It plays Tuesday at 7:30pm.
  • The ICA will be showing a few more films in May than they have in previous months, with the first screening of Jellyfish Eyes (itself part of a "first feature" program) on Thursday the 1st. It comes from visual artist Takashi Murakammi, and features a boy forced to move to an "experimental city" where he is assigned a remote-control monster.

My plans? Bouncing between theaters for IFFBoston, mostly: Big Significant Things & Palo Alto on Friday; We Are the Best, Wild Canaries, and A For Alex on Saturday; 9-Man, Ayiti Toma, Fort Tilden, and Print the Legend on Sunday. I'm still trying to work out my plans for Monday (there's a TBD on the schedule I'd like to see filled first), and then The Trip to Italy and The Double on Tuesday. I've got a Red Sox ticket for Wednesday, and then I'll probably need Thursday to recover.

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