Thursday, January 01, 2015

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 2 January 2015 - 8 January 2015

Is there a better way to tell large chains that you would like a movie to play near you than tweeting at them? There doesn't seem to be an obvious place on their websites or an email address for that kind of feedback. So, I've just tweeted at Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres that I'd like to see The Taking of Tiger Mountain play Boston, and encourage others who would like to see the new Tsui Hark action movie just a week or two after its Chinese run to do the same. Maybe they'll call Well Go up and we'll have it next week.

  • Not that I really want to prioritize what's not playing over what is, but there are not a lot of new openings. The multiplexes basically get The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, the sequel to the revived Hammer Films' film from three years ago. It takes place forty years later, so nobody in the cast returns (not even as the supernatural title character). It's at Apple Cambridge, Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    Otherwise, you've got the Somerville Theatre opening The Interview for a very limited run - announced as just until the eighth, with daily shows at 4:20pm and 9:45pm shows on Friday & Saturday. It's still playing a full schedule at Apple Cinemas, though.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre has A Girl Walks Home at Night the Goldscreen, also pegged as a one-week booking. It's a Farsi-language vampire western, apparently, in black-and-whie, with female leads. Nothing like it, I imagine. It also plays midnights on Saturday and Sunday on screen #2, which is probably the easier ticket. The other midnight, on the main screen, is Trailer Apocalypse, a ninety-minute compilation of 35mm exploitation trailers. The week's other special presentation is Vanya on 42nd Street Monday night, part of a co-presentation with the Huntington Theatre Company who are staging Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike.
  • The Brattle has some great Japanese cinema playing this week: Friday to Sunday is three single features, starting with matinees of Isao Takahata's farewell film The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, and Sion Sono's fantastic, fast-paced salute to underground filmmaking, Why Don't You Play in Hell?. The first two continue Monday, at different times, with Princess Kaguya switching from English-dubbed to subtitled for that show.

    The rest of the week is Studio Ghibli double features - Spirited Away & Princess Mononoke on Tuesday, My Neighbor Totoro & Kiki's Delivery Service (35mm) on Wednesday - and a single feature of Hayao Miyazaki's final film, The Wind Rises on Thursday. All are in Japanese with English subtitles. That Wednesday double feaure is what I got my nieces for Christmas, so you know it's good stuff.
  • After putting it on hold for the holiday break, the Museum of Fine Arts begins its January film calendar on Wednesday with The Films of Alec Guinness. The program starts with Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Lavender Hill Mob on Wednesday the 7th and The Man in the White Suit and The Ladykillers on Thursday the 8th.

My plans? A Girl Walks Home at Night, Big Eyes, The Interview, Whiplash, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness and Why Don't You Play in Hell?.

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