- The expansion I was waiting on was having Spotlight open at The Coolidge Corner Theatre. It, you may recall from last week, is the film about a team of Boston Globe reporters looking into the long-running scandal of the Catholic Church covering up child molestation by local priests. It's also playing at Kendall Square, the Embassy, Boston Common (where it opened last week), and the SuperLux. That's mostly on the main screen; the Coolidge also re-opens their GoldScreen (apparently with greater capacity), which picks up Jafar Panahi's Taxi.
Aside from that, their After Midnite group has such a busy weekend that they spill out of Brookline and into earlier hours. Since it's a Friday the 13th, they will be showing two of those movies - the original Friday the 13th & Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI - and for a special treat, they'll be doing it at the Rocky Woods Reservation in Medfield at 8:30pm on Friday (Saturday in the case of rain). Later on, they'll also be continuing their Lloyd Kaufman series with a 35mm print of Class of Nuke 'Em High while also presenting Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, both on Friday and Saturday at 11:59pm (the latter will also show at Kendall Square on Monday evening). And, on top of that, Saturday night also includes Thousands of Miles Between Us, a feature-length concert film from the band Converge, members of which will be there beforehand.
On top of all that, they'll have a special "Stage & Screen" presentation of Down By Law on 35mm as a tie-in to the Huntington Theater Company's production of A Confederacy of Dunces. There's also Open Screen on Wednesday (not, as in previous months, Tuesday), and a "Rewind!" screening of Rushmore on Thursday.
- In addition to Spotlight, Kendall Square also has Brooklyn on two screens (as does Boston Common); it's a pretty darn great story of a young Irish woman arriving in New York in the early 1950s with an excellent performance by Saoirse Ronan. They also give two screens to By the Sea, the new film written and directed by Angelina Jolie in which she and Brad Pitt play a husband and wife whose marriage is unraveling on vacation in the South of France.
There's also a one-week booking (with a half-slate of shows per day) of The Pearl Button, another from Patricio Guzmán (who did the pretty nifty Nostalgia for the Light) about Chile's turbulent history, this one focusing on how water supplies play into it. In addition to that, there are single shows of Fantasia on Sunday morning and Wednesday night.
- Speaking of Chile, the multiplexes open The 99, a dramatization of the 2010 rescue of a group of Chilean miners trapped underground after a cave-in, with Antonio Banderas as one of the miners. It's at the Capitol, Apple Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere. A similar group of theaters - the Capitol, Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Fenway, Boston Common, Assembly Row, and Revere - has Love the Coopers, one of those ensemble holiday comedies with a great cast, although that title reads weirdly like a command.
Boston Common and Revere also open My All-American, a college football underdog story. Boston Common also opened Last Woman Standing, a cute Chinese romance starring the gorgeous Shu Qi and the pretty good-looking Eddie Peng, on Wednesday. Their next Chinese opening is on Wednesday the 18th, A Journey Through Time with Anthony, a romance with what looks like plenty of flights of fancy. A lot of theaters will have a The Hunger Games: Mockingjay double feature on Wednesday, prior to the regular opening night on Thursday.
- Very fun weekend coming up at The Harvard Film Archive with two guests of note. Friday and Saturday, the visiting filmmaker is Guy Maddin, presenting My Winnipeg (on 35mm with two recent shorts) on Friday night and his new film, The Forbidden Room on Saturday, also with two shorts. After the Five O'Clock Shadow presentation of Angel Face on Sunday, they welcome Japanese cult film director Nobuhiko Obayashi with his 1986 film Bound for the Fields, the Mountain, and the Seacoast (along with short "Complexe") on 16mm, and his infamous House ("Hausu") on Monday (on 35mm, along with another short on 16mm), the latter also part of "Furious and Furiouser".
- The Brattle Theatre's continues their Reel Music Film Festival with a restored A Poem Is a Naked Person on Friday and Saturday, a number of music video programs, including an all-35mm program on Sunday. There's also a Neil Young double feature Sunday night with oddity Human Highway and a 35mm print of Rust Never Sleeps.
Monday is DocYard night, with Toto and His Sisters, which follows three kids whose absent parents leave them at the mercy of their drug-dealing uncles. ; director Alexander Nanau will Skype in for a Q&A afterward. No word on Tuesday's Trash Night screening, but there will be plenty of athletes on-hand for a presentation of Fade to Winter, with giveaways as well. Thursday night is "Grrl Haus 2", a program of short films directed by women.
- The Somerville Theatre also does the ski/snowboarding-movie thing with Warren Miller's Chasing Shadows, playing Wednesday and Thursday.
- The Brattle has two films from the Boston Jewish Film Festival on Saturday night, and it also has screenings at the MFA (Saturday & Sunday), the ICA (Saturday), West Newton (Sunday), and Newbridge on the Charles (Sunday). In interesting scheduling, Once In a Lifetime will play at the MFA Sunday, and then simultaneously at Beverly's Cabot Performance Art Center and AMC Framingham (on two screens) on Monday. How to Win Enemies closes things out at the Regent Theatre on Monday.
- The Museum of Fine Arts also has The Boston Turkish Festival Documentary & Short Compeition programs on Friday and Saturday, and two documentaries on Wednesday: Another screening of Welcome to Leith in the afternoon and Frederick Wiseman's latest jumbo-sized effort, In Jackson Heights, in the evening.
- Bright Lights has three music-oriented programs this week as part of their 4th annual Silversonic Festival - this year's "Sound and Vision" package from the Boston Underground Film Festival on Tuesday, a program from Emerson alum "Jackson Adams" on Wednesday, and a student showcase on Thursday.
- The UMass Boston Film Series presents Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light), with director Jennifer Redfearn on-hand for the free screening of her documentary about three blind women in Havana.
- The Regent Theatre, in addition to closing out the BJFF, will have Moto 7 The Movie, which is an hour or two of crazy motorcycle stunts.
I figure on spending a ton of time at the HFA, checking out both The Forbidden Room and both Nobuhiko Obayashi films, presuming I can get tickets (this is one of those times I wish I'd purchased/renewed membership a month or two ago). On top of that, I figure on The 33 and Spotlight, while also catching up on Spotlight and Room, maybe also going for Ghost in the Shell.