Friday, August 08, 2014

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 8 August - 14 August 2014

Back home Sunday. What've you got for me, Boston movies?

  • I honestly thought three movies were being released in 3D today, since Into the Storm was presented by the glasses company at Fantasia. Apparently it's not, just a mostly-found-footage movie of tornado chasers during a hypothetical superstorm. It's at the Capitol, Apple, Embassy, Fenway (including RPX), Boston Common, Assembly Row, and the SuperLux.

    The two that are getting 3D releases are the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Step Up: All In. TMNT is from Michael Bay's production company and has Megan Fox playing April O'Neil, so it's nice that they're getting along again, I guess. It's at the Capitol, Apple, Boston Common, Assembly Row, and Fenway (including RPX). I've got no idea how connected the Step Up movies are, but they at least put something visually cool on-screen. That's at Apple, Fenway, Boston Common, and Assembly Row.

    Also getting a fairly wide release is The One Hundred Foot Journey, in which a family of Indian immigrants opens a restaurant across the street from renowned chef Helen Mirren's traditional French establishment, which she fights until discovering that the son is brilliant beyond his specialty. It's at the Somerville, West Newton, Kendall Square, Boston Common, Fenway, and the SuperLux.

    Boston Common's special screenings this week are Beverly Hills Cop for $6 on Sunday and Wednesday, and Monday-Wednesday encores of Ride Along for $3. And apparently more funny-cop shenanigans start on Wednesday, with Let's Be Cops getting an extra jump on the weekend at Apple, Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row (and probably others).
  • A couple of other movies opening at the Common are also opening at Kendall Square. Calvary has Brendan Gleeson reuniting with the writer/director of The Guard in a story of a priest threatened during confession (likely involving another crime). It's at Kendall, West Newton, and Boston Common, and will come to the Coolidge next week. Also kind of wide is What If (which, from the posters I saw at the theater yesterday, is called "The F Word" in Canada); it has Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as new friends who may actually be perfect for each other.

    They've also got IFFBoston closing film Mood Indigo, the latest surreal concoction by Michel Gondry which features Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou as new lovers, although she is soon beset with a bizarre illness. And, finally, there's one more screening of the Monty Python show on Saturday morning.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre continues the "Zombie Postmortem" series at midnight Friday & Saturday by screening Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later... on 35mm. Monday's Big Screen Classic if Thelma & Louise, there's the monthly "Open Screen" on Tuesday, and a special "Deaf and Hard of Hearing" screening of Sound and Fury presented by the HLAA Boston chapter on Thursday night. That's a terrific documentary about Deafness as a culture as well as an aliment; it really should have won an Oscar. They also continue screening A Most Wanted Man, Boyhood, Snowpiercer, and Magic in the Moonlight.
  • The Brattle has the last couple days of the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival on Friday and Saturday afternoon, with each ticket generally getting a feature and a couple of shorts; check the website for details. The weekend also has screenings of the new digital restoration of Sorcerer (Friday 9:30pm, Saturday 8pm, and all day Sunday), as well as a "Reel Weird Brattle" screening of Satoshi Kon's Paprika on 35mm at 11:30pm Saturday night.

    On the repertory side, Monday & Tuesday's Robert Wise tribute is West Side Story, while the "Girls Rule" shows on Wednesday are 35mm single features of Stick It and Hanna. Thursday's Recent Raves are a double feature and both IFFBoston alums - Locke and The Double.
  • Apple Cinemas has a bunch of Indian iMovieCafe movies playing this week, with It's Entertainment is a Hindi-language comedy starring Akshay Kumar as (if I have this right) a man set to inherit a huge fortune, only to find out that he's second in line to a dog, who resists the man's schemes to put him down. So that's an actual thing.
  • The Somerville Theatrepicks up Boyhood, and also has three special 35mm shows this weekend: National Lampoon's Vacation plays midnight on Friday and Saturday from what is apparently a pristine studio archive print, while Oliver! plays Saturday morning for $3, apparently the conclusion of the summer's "Affordable Family Flicks" series. Sunday afternoon's "Silents Please!" entry is four Charlie Chaplin shorts: "Shoulder Arms", "A Dog's Life", "Sunnyside",and "A Day's Pleasure", with Jeff Rapsis on the organ as per usual. They move Begin Again up Mass Ave to The Capitol, which has The Lego Movie playing at noon all week and Clerks as part of the Summer Rewind at 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday.
  • More Fritz Lang at the Harvard Film Archive! This week it's You and Me, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, You Only Live Once, The Woman in the Window, Moonfleet, Fury, and Clash By Night.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has two final screenings of ER documentary Code Black on Friday and Saturday, and also continues The Films of Mohammad Rasoulof with screenings of Head Wind (Friday), and Goodbye (Sunday). They've also got a mini-run of Eric Rohmer's A Summer's Tale, with screenings on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Thursday also has a special screening of Closed Curtain, the latest instance of Iran's Jafar Panahi finding ways to ignore being banned from making movies, as a screenwriter with an illegal pet dog (really, Iran?) encounters a mysterious woman who may be a spy.
  • The Regent Theatre has another Gathr "Alive Mind" presentation of Yangsi on Tuesday, or I messed up the listing last week. Gathr's screening of Next Goal Wins at Fenway on the 28th still needs 36 tickets sold by the end of Wednesday.
  • The ICA willl be screening Jim Hodges's Untitled film, a portrait of fellow artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres, at 1pm Sunday (and every Sunday through the rest of August), as part of their summer exhibition of Hodges's work.
  • From Joe's Calendar, noteworthy free outdoor films this week are a festival of local animation in Arlington Friday night, and East Somerville Bad Movie night with live heckling of Street Fighter by local comedians on Saturday, Star Wars at Christopher Columbus Park on Sunday, Jurassic Park at Bloc 11 on Monday, Raiders of the Lost Ark at North Point Park in Cambridge on Wednesday (and in East Cambridge on Thursday), with The Lego Movie popping up in a couple of places too. That's a pretty good week of outdoor moviegoing; I hope it doesn't rain.

Since I'm coming back from Montreal early Sunday morning, I should be able to catch the Chaplin shorts and catch up on Lucy, A Most Wanted Man, Boyhood. I am almost tempted to catch an earlier bus home for Paprika. Almost.

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