Thursday, November 20, 2014

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 21 November - 25 November 2014

Short week, and a short list of movies to go with it.

  • This weekend, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opens on a metric ton of screens, and not much else does. Fortunately, the series improved markedly in the second outing, and you're generally going to do alright with a cast featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, and more. It's at the Capitol, Embassy, Apple, Boston Common, Fenway (including RPX), Assembly Row, Revere (including "XPLUS"), and the SuperLux.
  • Kendall Square and West Newton Cinema open The Homesman, a Western that Tommy Lee Jones adapted, directed, and stars in the story of a wagon train transporting three women driven mad by pioneer life home.

    Kendall Square also gets Point and Shoot, a documentary on Matt VanDyke, a priveliged American who wound up fighting in and shooting film of the Lybian revolution. VanDyke and director Marshall Curry will be on-hand for the 7:10pm show on Friday.
  • Apple Cinemas keeps The Tale of Princess Kaguya and Awake: The Life of Yogananda and Fenway keeps Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2. They also pick up Happy Ending, a Bollywood romantic comedy. Apple's iMovieCafe also has Rowdy Fellow if you speak Telugu and screening of Kasturi Nivasa on Sunday if you speak Kannada.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre picks up the pretty darn good The Theory of Everything. They also have Tommy Wiseau in person for Friday & Saturday night's 11:30pm screenings of The Room, along with his new film/sitcom pilot The Neighbors. Those nights also have midnight screenings of Lucio Fulci's The Beyond. Both features are on 35mm. There's also a Sunday morning Goethe-Institut screening of Germany's Academy Award submission Two Lives. There's also a 25th Anniversary screening of Roger & Me, with a live Q&A with Michael Moore via Skype afterward.
  • The Brattle gives much of their schedule for the next week to a look back at 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year. It starts with Gone with the Wind on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, but it gets better after that, with a double feature of Gunga Din (in 35mm) & The Hunchback of Notre Dameon Saturday, the 35mm pairing of The Women & Ninotchka on Sunday, The Roaring Twenties on Monday (35mm), Dark Victory on Tuesday afternoon (35mm), a double feature of Mr. Smith goes to Washington & Destry Rides Again, and The Wizard of Oz on Tursday (35mm).

    There are also a couple of single shows in the middle of that: The monthly "Elements of Cinema" on Monday is A Report on the Party and the Guests, with an introduction by Dr. Igor Lukes, and the Tuesday IFFBoston Fall Focus film is Low Down. Director Jeff Preiss will be on-hand to discus his movie about a teenage girl's relation to his heroin-addicted musician father.
  • The Harvard Film Archive begins Once Upon a Song... Jacques Demy on Friday with separate screenings of the delightful The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and wife Agnes Varda's Jacquot de Nantes. Saturday has Model Shop and Parking, Donkey Skin plays Sunday afternoon, and Varda's The World of Jacques Demy plays Monday. All but Parking and World are 35mm. They also have another film featuring last week's visitor Angela Lansbury, the 1947 The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (in 35mm).
  • The Museum of Fine Arts continues to screen National Gallery (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).
  • ArtsEmerson brings the Black Maria Film Festival tour to the Bright Screening Room at the Paramount Theater on Friday.

My plans? Hunger Games, Homesman, and maybe one or two others.

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