Friday, October 09, 2015

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 9 October 2015 - 15 October 2015

Long runs where nothing's in 3D, then everything is. Although there's a bunch of other nifty stuff as well.

  • Once again, The Coolidge Corner Theatre opens two movies that will also be hitting some mainstream theaters. First up is He Named Me Malala, a documentary on Malala Yousafzai, a teenager with a Nobel Peace Prize for speaking out for education for women even after being shot by the Taliban for trying to go to school. It's also at the Kendall, West Newton, and Boston Common.

    Their other wide-ish open is Freeheld, co-starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore as a couple who must fight for partner benefits when the latter is diagnosed with cancer. It's in the screening room at the Coolidge, but also at the Kendall and Boston Common.

    As the countdown to Halloween continues, the Coolidge has plenty of midnight action: The main screen has a 35mm print of The Blair Witch Project on Friday and Saturday, while IFFBoston and Fantasia selection Deathgasm plays screen #2 on Friday and the Screening Room on Saturday. Another pretty spiffy Fantasia selection, Experimenter, plays Sunday morning as part of Talk Cinema series. There's also Open Screen on Tuesday, and an NT Live presentation of Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet that is already sold out, although there do appear to be dates in December.
  • Over at the more mainstream places, giant-screen exclusivity ends for The Walk, which now plays in 2D & 3D at the Capitol, Apple Fresh Pond (2D only), Jordan's (Imax), Fenway, Boston Common (including Imax), Assembly Row (including Imax), and Revere. Another big 3D presentation by an interesting but erratic director is the other main attraction, with Joe Wright directing Pan - because Peter Pan really needed an origin story where he and Captain Hook were close friends. Looks beautiful, though. It's at the Capitol, Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere. The Martian also gets upgraded to the RPX screen at Fenway and the main screen at the Somerville (with screen #5 having 3D shows all day).

    With a ton of screens to fill, Boston Common also picks up In My Father's House, a documentary that follows Che "Rhymefest" Smith, a rapper who discovers that his father is still alive and homeless just a couple blocks away after buying the man's childhood home. They also give a couple screenings per day to A Faster Horse, a documentary on redesign of the Ford Mustang from the maker of Jiro Dreams of Sushi (and, admittedly, The Lazarus Effect).

    Revere chooses two different limited releases. Big Stone Gap seems to be coming from a the faith-oriented production company but seems like a pretty conventional romantic comedy featuring Ashley Judd as a small-town "spinster" who, apparently, discovers that she is from a famous family and suddenly attracts attention. Nifty cast, including Jenna Elfman, Patrick Wilson, Chris Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, and more. There's also Ladrones, an aciton-comedy from the Dominican Republic which stars Fernando Colunga and Eduardo Yáñez as heist artists who come out of retirement to thwart a less kind-spirited crew. Colunga & Yáñez are apparently big stars in Latin America.
  • Along with Freeheld and He Named Me Malala, Kendall Square also opens Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon. Filmmaker Douglas Triola appears to have stuck around after showing his film as part of GlobeDocs to do Q&A after the 7:05pm shows on Friday and Saturday and introduce Friday's 9:50pm show. They also have a special screening on Thursday of Heart Like A Hand Grenade, which follows Green Day as they recorded their album American Idiot, which has apparently been sitting on the shelf for six years.
  • The GlobeDocs Film Festival continues through the weekend, with the screenings on Friday and on Saturday afternoon taking place at the Paramount Theater downtown before moving to Fenway Park for closing night film Fastball. Not sure where they're showing it in the park, but the concession stands will be open. There will be one last show on Sunday, with the Audience Award winner playing the Paramount at 1pm.
  • Lost in Hong Kong keeps going at Boston Common, which also opens another Chinese movie, Goodbye Mr. Loser, a comedy in which a middle-aged man winds up back in his high-school years, looking to fix his mistakes.

    Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond has a sort of good news/bad news situation with their main new relese: Jazbaa stars Aishwarya Rai and Irrfan Khan in a thriller about a defense attorney blackmailed into representing a monster, which is a nice cast, but it's Sanjay Gupta ripping off a South Korean movie again (Seven Days, this time), and I'm hoping that very few of you remember how Zinda turned out. There's also Aatagara if you speak Kannada, Ennu Ninte Moideen if you speak Malayalam, with Talvar also sticking around.
  • More Proto-Noir at The Brattle Theatre this week, including plenty of double features: The Mummy & The Invisible Man on Friday, Underworld & Little Caesar Saturday, The Devil Is a Woman & Shanghai Express Sunday, The Thin Man & The Kennel Murder Case on Monday, Sabotage & You and Me on Tuesday, and a single feature of They Drive By Night on Wednesday. All except Shanghai Express and Friday's presentations are 35mm.

    For those who like animation, there are special screenings of Boruto: Naruto the movie on Saturday & Sunday afternoon (which may be pre-sold out, because that manga/anime is crazy popular). The "Real Weird Brattle: Animated Weirdness" screening at 11:30pm on Saturday is French classic Fantastic Planet,presented on 35mm. There's also the Kickstarter Film Festival on Thursday, which pairs What We Do in Shadows with shorts "Afronauts" at 7pm; and T-Rex with animated shorts "Submarine Sandwich" (by PES!) and "Don Hertzfeldt's "The World of Tomorrow" at 9:20pm.
  • At The Harvard Film Archive, Ben Rivers appears in person with his entry in the "A Matter of Life and Death" Movies-About-Movies series, The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers. The series continues at 9:15pm on Saturday with Rapture (preceded by "The Black Tower" in 16mm). The Guy Maddin series continues on Saturday with Careful. The Five O'Clock Shadow comes a half-hour earlier on Sunday with The Lady in the Lake, which I don't contributes any of the five thousand or so clips that make up Thom Andersen's Los Angeles Plays Itself. The weekend's programs finish up with The Conversation part of "Furious & Furiouser". All in 35mm.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has one last screening of Breathe, before they go all-in on "Dutch Paintings: A Cinematic Exploration", with The Mill and the Cross (Friday/Sunday/Thursday), Museum Hours (Saturday), Tim's Vermeer (Saturday/Wednesday), Rembrandt's "J'Accuse" (Sunday/Wednesday/Thursday)
  • Bright Lights has two recent but memorable movies for their free screenings: Amy on Tuesday and Roar on Thursday, both with Emerson faculty leading discussion afterward.
  • The Regent Theatre has two movie presentations next week: A fortieth-anniversary sing-along presentation of Monty Python and the Holy Grain on Wednesday and Reel Rock 10 on Thursday - which, contrary to what you might expect from this venue, is more about climbing than music.
I really want to get out to Reading to see The Walk on the gigantic screen, because otherwise, what's the point of it? Not looking forward to choosing between The Thin Man and The Conversation on Monday, but will be doing The Lady in the Lake and other noir things. Somewhere in there, I may try to get to Revere for Ladrones and Fenway for Fastball, and I'll probably fit Pan in somewhere too. Looks like another weekend of not unpacking.

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