Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 2 July - 10 July 2014

New movies opening Wednesday, listings not quite up for Friday, but what the multiplexes start then doesn't matter because Snowpiercer Snowpiercer Snowpiercer Snowpiercer Snowpiercer!

  • Before getting to that movie, the Brattle has what I believe is the first screenings of Jaws for the summer. There will likely be more, but this is the one closest to the fourth of July. DCP, if that matters.

    Starting Friday, though, they've got Bong Joon-ho's first English language film, Snowpiercer, and it's pretty great. I saw it in Paris last December on the off-chance that it wouldn't get an uncut release in America, but sometimes things work out. It stars Chris Evans as a refugee in the rear car of a train that continuously circumnavigates a frozen Earth. The rich live up front, the poor in the back, and after seventeen years, the time for a revolution has come, so he fights his way to the front alongside Jamie Bell, Song Kang-ho, John Hurt, and Octavia Spencer, with Tilda Swinton, Allison Pill, and a great guest star at the end. It's American distributor has tried to bury it at least partially out of spite, so send a message in favor of good movies with money.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre will also have Snowpiercer, including for a midnight show on Saturday in the big room and mostly in #2 otherwise (but bouncing around all four screens). Their other main new release is Begin Again, the new one from the director of Once, which features Mark Ruffalo as a fired record exec who discovers a singer/songwriter played by Keira Knightley. If you've seen the trailer, she seems to laugh a lot, despite having been dumped by her rock-star boyfriend (Adam Driver). It's also at the Kendall and Boston Common.

    On Monday, they've got a Cinema Jukebox screening of A Hard Days Night, a highly entertaining movie that spins the Beatles performing a bunch of songs and Paul's weird (fictional) grandfather - and not much else - into an extremely entertaining hour and a half. There's also a New York Film Critics Series preview - Rob Reiner's And So It Goes with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton - on Wednesday that will be followed by a live-in-New York Q&A by Peter Travers.
  • The multiplexes pick up a bunch of stuff to get a jump on the holidays. The most exciting one looks to be Deliver Us From Evil, with writer/director Scott Derrickson telling the story of a NYPD detective (Eric Bana) whose cases lead him into supernatural territory, including teaming with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez) on exorcisms. It's at the Somerville, Apple, Boston Common, Assembly Row, and Fenway.

    Looking less auspicious: Tammy, featuring Melissa McCarthy as a woman who flips out after her life falls apart and hits the road with her grandmother (Susan Sarandon). It's at Somerville, Apple, Embassy Square, Fenway, Boston Common, Assembly Row, and the SuperLux. A level below that, found-footage E.T. Earth to Echo clone which had initially interesting trailers but which has sat on the shelf for a couple of years and changed hands on its way to finally opening. It's at the Capitol, Apple, Boston Common, Assembly Row, and Fenway. Several levels below that: America: Imagine the World Without Her, a "documentary" that speculates on what the world would be like if America had lost the Revolution. Boston Common is the only place on the T giving Dinesh D'Souza's latest polemic a screen.

    The $6 classic at Boston Common on Sunday and Wednesday the 9th is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with Non-Stop playing for $3 at 9:30pm next Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire finishes its rotation on the 2nd). There will also be a double feature of both Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes next Thursday, at least at Boston Common and Assembly Row. Fenway has a "Rifftrax" screening of Sharknado on Thursday; is there any point to mocking something deliberately campy?
  • If you like the Bollywood, they're playing different shows depending on the side of the river you're on. Apple Cinemas/iMovieCafe in Cambridge opens Bobby Jasoos on Wednesday evening (with full-day screenings starting Thursday); it features Vidya Balan as a would-be detective who happens to be a master of disguise (well, what passes for one in comedies). They also get Telugu-language Ra Ra Krishnayya opens Friday, but without subtitles. Fenway, on the other hand, gets Lekar Hum Deewana Dil on Friday; it stars Armaan Jain and Deeksha Seth as young lovers who elope to escape their family's plans for them only to, well, repent at leisure.
  • Kendall Square not only gets Begin Again on Wednesday, but Third Person. That's the new Paul Haggis "many characters with intersecting stories" picture, with the cast including Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, Kim Basinger, James Franco, Maria Bello, and many others.

    Then on Friday, they pick up two documentaries: Life Itself is a biography of famed and beloved film critic Roger Ebert, with Steve James building the picture from his memoir. Then they've got the one-week booking of Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case; described as picking up where Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry leaves off, focusing much more on his politics and persecution than his art. An even shorter run - one showing - is in store for A Brony Tale, which follows voice artist Ashleigh Ball as she meets the "Bronies", the male fans of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. No midnights this weekend.
  • The Somerville Theatre kicks off their weekly "Affordable Family Flicks" series on Saturday, when $3 gets you into The Muppets Take Manhattan on their big screen at 11:30. Their sister cinema, the Capitol, also has a "Summer Children's Movies" series starting this weekend, with Mary Poppins playing every day at noon from Friday the 4th to Thursday the 10th. The Fourth means no late-night show on Friday, but the Bill Murrathon continues on Saturday with Meatballs playing at 10:30pm.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts's film program is off for the holiday weekend, but restarts on Thursday the 10th with the start of their 19th Annual French Film Festival. The opening night film is Love is the Perfect Crime, which stars Mathieu Amalric in a thriller about a professor whose student (and lover) mysteriously disappears. The festival continues through July.
  • The Regent Theatre is also quiet over the weekend, but has two presentations next week. Class of '92 plays on World Cup Fever to tell the story of the stacked Manchester United teams of the 1990s, most famously including David Beckham. It plays Tuesday the 8th. The next night, Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist is another sporting documentary, this one about Marco Pantani, who won both the Tour de France and Grio d'Italia, and died from his addiction to cocaine six years later.
  • Under the stars, Joe's Calendar of free movies has Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at the Boston Harbor Hotel Friday night, Frozen at the Prudential Center on Saturday, Men In Black 3 at Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester Monday, Monsters University at the Martini Shell in Hyde Park Tuesday, Home Alone on Revere Beach (by Kelly's) on Thursday, and Willy Wonka in Somerville's Seven Hills Park in Davis Square the same night (they seem to be doing food movies this summe).

My plans? Snowpiercer! Also Begin Again, Deliver Us From Evil, and probably Life Itself, Bobby Jasoos, and Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case.

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