Friday, January 16, 2015

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 16 January 2015 - 22 January 2015

Oscar announcements today! I'm doing pretty well in having seen most of them, except the ones that didn't come out until today.

  • The big one there is American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most effective sniper during the Iraq war. Not getting great reviews, despite the nominations, and it also seems to be getting a last-minute Imax conversion. It's at the Arlington Capitol, Apple, West Newton, Jordan's (Imax), Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), Assembly Row (including Imax), Revere, and the SuperLux.

    The wide release getting the best reviews? Paddington, which adapts the popular series of English children's books about a young bear found in his namesake underground station. It's at the Capitol, Apple, Fenway, Boston Common, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    More mixed bags include Blackhat, Michael Mann's new film about cyber-crime starring Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, and Viola Davis. It's at Apple, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere. There's also The Wedding Ringer, starring Kevin Hart as a professional best man hired by a friend-deficient fellow played by Josh Gad. It's at the Capitol, Apple, Fenway, Boston Common, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    On many fewer screens: Spare Parts, featuring George Lopez as a teacher who starts a robotics team at his new school. It's at Boston Common and Revere.
  • As it got surprisingly shut out in nominations, A Most Violent Year is only opening on a couple screens - Kendall Square and Boston Common. It stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as a family in the shipping business in 1981 New York, when crime was at its worst. Kendall Square & Embassy also reopen Boyhood after its nominations.
  • Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond is keeping Predestination around, although only for literal matinees (11:10am). Worth it. For iMovieCafe, they're also continuing to show i, the big new Tamil/Telugu movie about a hunchbacked former model seeking revenge on the one who maimed him. English subtitles on both versions.

    Fenway goes with Chinese this week, opening 20 Once Again (aka Back to 20) a week after Beijing. It appears to be a remake of last year's Korean hit Miss Granny, which saw a 70-year-old woman suddenly becoming fifty years younger. Fast, but that was a genuinely funny movie when I saw it at Fantasia last year.
  • The Brattle continues to present (Some of) The Best of 2014: A double feature of The Dance of Reality & Jodorowsky's Dune on Friday, another with The Congress & Snowpiercer on Saturday, and single features of Norte, the End of History & The Raid 2: Berendal (in 35mm) on Sunday. The twin bills pick up again on Monday with The Lego Movie & Guardians of the Galaxy (both 35mm), followed by Abuse of Weakness & Rocks in My Pockets on Tuesday, Love Is Strange & Land Ho! on Wednesday, and Force Majeure & Exhibition on Thursday.

    The 35mm "Reel Weird Brattle: Mad Romance" late show on Saturday is the 1982 Cat People, starring Nastassja Kinski & Malcolm McDowell. Unfortunately, part of the reason that they are showing that is that the movie on the calendar, Possession, fell through.
  • No new movies at the Coolidge Corner Theatre this week, although their midnights include a colorized 35mm print of Plan 9 from Outer Space on Friday & Saturday. There's also a midnight screening of micro-indie horror flick The Phoenix Project in the Screening Room on Friday. There's also a Goethe-Institut film on Sunday morning - Keep Rollin', about a paralyzed snowboarder who winds up in a theater program with the mentally disabled - and a special Martin Luther King Day presentation on Monday afternoon.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has one last Alec Guinness film, The Ladykillers at 5pm on Friday before beginning their Boson Festival of Films from Iran, which starts Friday night and continues Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • With the Studio Cinema in Belmont closed for "technical issues" (per their website), Belmont World Film's Family Film Festival will open Friday night at The Regent Theatre with Norway's Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama, before moving to West Newton for full programs on Saturday and Sunday. It's back at the Regent on Monday, including a MLK Day program..

My plans? Blackhat, Paddington, Mr. Turner, 20 Once Again, American Sniper, maybe Cat People, i, A Most Deadly Year (although maybe I'll wait for it to come to the Coolidge next week), Rocks in My Pockets. That Monday double feature at the Brattle is awful tempting as well.

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