Thursday, June 05, 2014

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 6 June 2014 - 12 June 2014

Mistakes were made last week. Hopefully, I'll be able to avoid getting too confused as I write this one up.

  • Not helping: Changing the name of All You Need Is Kill to Edge of Tomorrow, although to be fair, once you've changed the book's young Japanese hero to Tom Cruise, why not? It still looks like a ton of fun, with Emily Blunt taking the "Bitch of War" part and Doug Liman orchestrating the Starship Troopers-on-repeat action. 2D and 3D at the Capitol, Embassy, Apple, Jordan's (3D Imax only), Boston Common (including 3D Imax), Assembly Row (including 3D Imax), Fenway (including RPX), and the SuperLux.

    In a total counter-programming move, many of those theaters will also be opening The Fault in Our Stars, with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teenagers in love who meet at a cancer support group. He's in remission, she very much isn't. It's at the Capitol, Embassy, Apple, Fenway, Boston Common, and Assembly Row.

    Boston Common, in addition to a couple of smaller openings, also has Saturday Night Fever on Sunday and Wednesday (missing the obvious here, guys!). Fenway counters with a Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome event on Saturday and Sunday mornings, which means that there is apparently a Hot Wheels cartoon series that a movie could be spun off from. It also looks like theaters are going to offer your choice of original/sequel double features, with both 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 playing after their first movies.
  • The one-week booking at Kendall Square has a lot of great advance buzz: Ida, the newest from Pawel Pawlikowski, tells the tale of a novice in 1960s Poland who finds out she has a living relative - and that she's an orphan because her Jewish parents were killed during the German occupation. It looks great, tight, and beautiful in black-and-white from the previews.

    They also open Words and Pictures, a romantic comedy featuring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as English and Art teachers who have both fallen from their previous fame and attempt to provoke their students as they flirt with each other. It also plays at West Newton and Boston Common. It's not one of the movies with late shows at the Kendall, which means that theater may be in use for The Big Lebowski on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • The Coolidge (and Boston Common) open Night Moves, the new one from Kelly Reichardt, which features Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard as three radical environmentalists who come together to destroy a hydroelectric plant. Don't necessarily expect a lot of action from it - this is Kelly Reichardt, after all - but intensity and interesting character examination is not out of the question. Ms. Reichardt will dial into the Coolidge for a live video call following the 7:30pm show on Saturday.

    If you haven't had your fill of Alejandro Jodorowsky in recent weeks, the Coolidge's midnight screenings this weekend feature a new 35mm print of his The Holy Mountain. Also in 35mm in the main auditorium is Monday night's Big Screen Classings show of Boyz N the Hood.
  • Even Apple Cinemas gets into showing something a bit off-beat this week; they open IFFBoston alum Ping Pong Summer, a 1980s coming-of-age comedy with Marcello Conte as "Rad Miracle", a teenager obsessed with ping pong on his summer vacation. As is often the case, there's some pretty great folks playing the adult supporting cast, including Susan Sarandon, Lean Thompson, John Hanna, and Amy Sedaris. They also open a subtitled Hindi film as part of iMovieCafe, Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty, in which a special-forces type played by Akshay Kumar discovers a terrorist plot when he's supposed to be on vacation. Given that it's a big one (2:41), I'm guessing there's songs, too, and that Sonakshi Sinha is playing an understanding girlfriend/fiancee. It's also at Fenway.
  • Somerville Subterranean Cinema & All Things Horror are presenting Desolate in the Somerville's micro-cinema THIS Friday and Saturday, not last week as I thought. It still looks interesting; director Rob Grant shot it during free weekends around production of Mon Ami, and it looks to be another post-apocalyptic drama akin to his Yesterday, which I liked a lot. SSC also has IFFBoston Soft in the Head on Wednesday; it's certainly an interesting micro-indie.

    On Sunday, the Somerville Theatre re-starts their "Silents, Please!" series, and it looks like they're going for a bit of a deeper dive than the last couple of years. This year's series kicks off with Buster Keaton's The Navigator, in which Keaton and the lady who rejected his proposal find themselves alone on a cruise shift adrift at sea (or are they?). As usual, Jeff Rapsis accompanies on the organ, two shorts accompany, and it's in great-looking 35mm on the big screen.
  • The Brattle opens What Is Cinema?, a bit of an inward-looking documentary, for sure, billed as "a new look at the greatest art form of the past 100 years", but one which makes use of a lot of new and archive interviews with great filmmakers. Director Chuck Workman will be on-hand for the 7:30pm show on Friday, and all week it will play in tandem (if not actual double features) with 35mm screenings of movies discussed within: Mulholland Drive (Friday & Monday), Vertigo (Saturday), Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Sunday), Meek's Cutoff (Tuesday), Pickpocket (Wednesday), and Rashomon (Thursday).
  • The Harvard Film Archive continues their Kenji Mizoguchi retrospective, with 35mm prints of Osaka Elegy (Friday & Sunday), The Downfall of Osen (Friday), A Geisha (Saturday), Poppy (Saturday), Portrait of Madame Yuki (Sunday), and The Life of Oharu (Monday).
  • The Museum of Fine Arts continues to present The Limitless Possibilities of Black and White with The Man Who Wasn't There (Friday & Saturday), Manhattan (Friday & Saturday), Much Ado About Nothing (Friday & Sunday), and Ed Wood (Sunday & Thursday). Note that these are all newer films; those possibilities don't just exist in the past! They will also be kicking off their "Enchanting Films from Hong Kong" series on Thursday with last year's Dante Lam-directed hit Unbeatable, featuring Nick Cheung as a former MMA champ who winds up connected to aspiring fighter Eddie Peng
  • The Regent Theatre has two film programs this week: First, When Things Go Wrong gets an encore screening (it played a couple months ago), with the documentary's subject Robin Lane once again appearing in person with director Tim Jackson and a jam session with some of his other musician friends. Tuesday is another return, as Gathrplays The Forgotten Kingdom as part of its "Alive Mind" series.
  • ArtsEmerson is making a little use of their Bright Screening Room at the Paramount Theater this week. There will be screenings of the recent Angela Lansbury/James Earl Jones production of Driving Miss Daisy On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; Kendall Square also has a Sunday morning show. On Wednesday evening, they willl be showing documentary GMO OMG in association with Mass Critical and Lighter Culture, and I'm guessing from the name it's not about how responsible genetic engineering can creat healthier food in much less time than the traditional eugenic means of tailoring plants to our taste does.
  • Joe's Calendar shows just the one free outdoor movie before things start in earnest next weekend, with the Bloc 11 Cafe in Somerville showing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy at 8:30pm on Monday (their kitchen is open until 9pm). The Goethe-Institut, meanwhile, will have a free screening of Lessons of a Dream at 8pm Thursday.

My plans? Well, given that I got off the train at Davis to see it last Friday (oops), Desolate is a given, as are Ida,, Edge of Tomorrow, Night Moves, Unbeatable, and The Navigator. Maybe Ping Pong Summer and Holiday as well. That looks like a full week.

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