Friday, August 01, 2014

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 1 August - 7 August 2014

Huh, looks like I may have to see if certain movies from last week are playing here in Montreal because they'll be gone before I get back. Oh well. In the meantime, Boston, enjoy!

  • Specifically, enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest from Marvel which goes all space opera with a fun cast including a talking racoon and a walking tree. The comics are fun, it's directed by James Gunn of Slither fame, and folks seemed really psyched coming out of it at the Fantasia preview Tuesday. It's in 3D and 2D at the Capitol, Apple, the Embassy, Jordan's, Boston Common, Assembly Row (IMAX 3D at those last three), Fenway (including RPX), and the SuperLux.

    Also opening: James Brown biography Get On Up, with Chadwick Boseman in the lead role. It's at Somerville, Apple, Fenway, Boston Common, and Assembly Row. Boston Common will also be offering The Big Lebowski for $6 on Sunday and Wednesday and Need for Speed for $3 on the late-ish show Monday through Wednesday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of several theaters getting Magic in the Moonlight (it also plays Kendall Square, the Embassy, and Boston Common); it's the new Woody Allen film that features Colin Firth as an illusionist with a sideline in debunking psychics who may have met his match (in more ways than one!) in medium Emma Stone.

    They also kick off a "Zombie Postmortem" series with the midnight screenings this month, with Lucio Fulci's Zombie on 35mm Friday & Saturday night. Other special events include a Saturday morning remembrence of film critic Jay Carr and Cool Hand Luke as Monday's Big Screen Classic.
  • Aside from the new Woody, Kendall Square has Alive Inside, which follows a social worker who uses music to fight memory loss in dementia and Alzheimer's patients. It's likely a one-week booking. They've also got an encore of the Monty Python show on Wednesday night (as does ArtsEmerson).
  • The Brattle presents the somewhat delayed Me and You, the latest film by Bernando Bertolucci (after ten years of retirement). It features a pair of half-siblings who each intend to hide out in a tight space, and as a result grow closer. It plays from Friday to Sunday. Saturday also features an afternoon show of anime spinoff K Missing Kings and a late-night 35mm screening of Dreamscape.

    There's a little reshuffling to the Robert Wise repatory series, with I Want to Live unavailable, which means Monday's 35mm double feature is Executive Suite & Blood on the Moon. The latter plays matinees on Tuesday, although the evening show is a Trash Night with Cyber Ninja. "Girls Rule!" selections on Wednesday are single screenings of Our Song and Times Square (both 35mm), while the Recent Raves on Thursday are Teenage and Palo Alto.
  • Apple Cinemas is keeping Kick around for a second week (as is Fenway), and is also opening Tamil-language Jigarthanda as part of their iMovieCafe offerings, but their also active with English-language indies this week, picking up Snowpiercer and opening 4 Minute Mile, with Richard Jenkins as a former track coach who decides to work with a naturally-talented but troubled kid.
  • No midnights at the Somerville Theatre, but they do have a 35mm print of Jaws playing on the main screen Friday and Saturday evenings as well as Saturday afternoon. Supposedly, one of the best prints Dave has seen. The affordable family film is the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at 11:30am on Saturday. The Capitol offers noontime showings of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids all week, and a Summer Rewind of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure at 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday.
  • Missing the Fritz Lang series at the Harvard Film Archive is the only real downside to being at Fantasia; this week's offerings are Destiny (aka The Weary Death) with live accompaniment (Friday 7pm), Scarlet Street (Friday 9pm), Rancho Notorious (Saturday 7pm), The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Saturday 9pm), a Die Niebelungen double feature at 5pm Sunday (with live music), and House by the River (Monday 7pm).
  • New month, new film program at The Museum of Fine Arts. This one features screenings of physician-turned-filmmaker Ryan McGarry's Code Black, a documentary that takes place inside hospital emergency rooms, with one show a day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They also start a month-log series of The Films of Mohammad Rasoulof with screenings of Iron Island (Friday & Saturday), The Twilight (Friday & Saturday), Head Wind (Sunday), and White Meadows (Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday).
  • The Regent Theatre has a Gathr "Alive Mind" presentation of Yangsi on Thursday, with lama Ugyen Tenzin Jigme Lhundrup narrating his own story of how he must assume the responsibilities of the revered master that he is believed to be a reincarnation of. Gathr also has a tentative screening of Next Goal Wins at Fenway on the 28th if they sell another 48 tickets. Tugg has a booking of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret planned for Kendall Square on the 14th if nine more tickets are sold by Sunday night.
  • From Joe's Calendar, noteworthy free outdoor films this week are Vertigo at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Friday, Men in Black 3 at several places over the course of the week, and Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo in Central Square on Thursday.

Still at Fantasia, so don't spoil Guardians for me, OK?

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