Thursday, June 26, 2014

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 27 June 2014 - 1 July 2014

Good thing it's a short week, because there's only one major release before next Wednesday. Also a good thing that the big studios aren't quite the only sources of movies.

  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre (as well as the Kendall) have Whitey: United States v. James J. Bulger. It's actually a return, as it was the Sundance presentation in January. Joe Berlinger directs the documentary on Boston's most famous gangster. It's in theater 2, but will move to the screening room in less than a week to make room for Begin Again (which has an early show Tuesday). Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, which had a special preview Thursday night, opens on the GoldScreen; it follows hikers along a 500-mile Spanish pilgrimage.

    At midnight on Friday and Saturday, they've got the new 40th-anniversary restoration of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre at midnight. Then on Saturday night, they have Neil Breen's Fateful Findings, which looks to be a pre-ordained cult "classic". A genuine Big Screen Classic plays Monday, Roman Holiday (probably 35mm; that program generally is).
  • Kendall Square's 7pm screening of Whitey has Joe Berlinger and a panel of experts in attendence. Aside from that, they've got a one-week booking of Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, an interview-based documentary that I think played IFFBoston in 2013. The midnight on Friday & Saturday is Reservoir Dogs.
  • The Somerville Theatre opens a documentary that played during this year's IFFBoston, The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Katz. Katz was a local computer innovator who took his own life at the age of 26 when the pressures of the legal fights he was involved in became too much to bear. They also pick up The Fault in Our Stars second-run from the Capitol, which starts its summer late-night programming with Meatballs at 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday (the first of a Bill-Murr-athon).
  • If you like the Bollywood, Fenway opens The Villain on Friday; it's a Hindi-language thriller starring Sidarth Malhotra as a cop looking for revenge when his girlfriend is the latest victim of a serial killer. Apple Cinemas/iMovieCafe, meanwhile, has Telugu-langauge Autonagar Surya along with scattered screenings of Malayalam-language How Old Are You?; I believe neither is subtitled.
  • The Brattle has the new DCP restoration of Orson Welles's Othello; it's an amazing-looking movie if you can get past the blackface, although I think it was kind of beat up when I saw it. Hopefully the restoration helps it look gorgeous. It plays all day Friday to Sunday, with a late show on Monday.

    Earlier Monday evening, the free monthly Elements of Cinema screening - Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul - plays on 35mm, with post-film discussion led by the Brattle staff. Tuesday, on the other hand, offers crap, but the theater knows it; it's the latest Trash Night screening, this time featuring Judd Nelson in Cybermutt (it's Cyber Summer!). Snark, participation, and alcohol are recommended.
  • The Harvard Film Archive finishes up their Tribute to Alain Resnais with Last Year at Marienbad (Friday 7pm), Wild Grass (Friday 9pm), Muriel, or the Time of Return (Saturday 7pm), their new print of Je t'aime, je t'aime (Saturday 9:30pm & Sunday 5pm), My American Uncle (Sunday 7pm), and Providence (Monday 7pm). All are 35mm.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts continues being the main host of The Roxbury International Film Festival through Sunday, presenting feature, short, and documentary films by and about people of color. There will also be one screening Friday night at the Haley House Bakery CafĂ© in Roxbury, so the name is not a complete misnomer.
  • The Regent Theatre presents a local premiere of Tom Rush: No Regrets, on Saturday night, with the New Hampshire-based filmmakers, the folk musician of the title, and others in attendence to answer questions and maybe play some music too.
  • Okay, fine, I'll say it: Transformers: Age of Extinction opens on a butt-ton of screens, although I've been skipping this series since the first because it's just ugly. They switch up the human cast, but it's still Michael Bay in the director's seat. It's in 3D and 2D at the Capitol, Apple, Embassy, Jordan's (3D Imax only), Boston Common (including 3D Imax), Assembly Row (including 3D Imax), Fenway (including 2D/3D RPX), and the SuperLux.

    The $6 classic at Boston Common is once again The Godfather, but plays Sunday and Tuesday this week; the $3 recent hit at 9:30pm on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
  • Under the stars, Joe's Calendar of free movies has The Postman Always Rings Twice at the Boston Harbor Hotel Friday night, Ice Age: Continental Drift the same night on the beach in Revere (near Kelly's Roast Beef), and Spaceballs at the Bloc 11 Cafe in Somerville on Monday.

My plans? Well, I didn't catch The Grand Seduction last week, and that's still around. Maybe check out The Villain, The Internet's Own Boy, and Othello. The good stuff seems to be coming Wednesday (and next Friday, when Snowpiercer arrives at the Brattle).

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