Friday, December 11, 2015

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 11 December 2015 - 17 December 2015

Theory: There is almost nothing coming out in the multiplexes this weekend because it's better to hope for the overflow from Star Wars than to get pushed off screens because you have underperformed by just a little bit. So this is another really quiet

  • So, if you've seen most of what's in theaters this weekend and want something new, you're looking at In the Heart of the Sea, Ron Howard's take on the events which inspired Moby Dick starring Christopher Hemsworth. It's been delayed a while, and I'm guessing part of that was for a 3D conversion that apparently seems extraneous enough that it's being limited even more. It's at Somerville (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond (2D only), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 3D), Fenway (2D & 3D but only on the RPX screen), Boston Common (including 2D & 3D Imax), Assembly Row (including 2D & 3D Imax), Revere (including MX4D), and the SuperLux.

    Oh, and a new Star Wars movie starts running at 7pm on Thursday, with Boston Common and Revere running marathons of the whole seven-movie saga starting in the wee hours.
  • It's a bit busier at Kendall Square, with four new movies opening. The Danish Girl has been promoted a lot, and it's a decent-enough film starring Eddie Redmayne as artist Einar Wegener, one of the first transgendered people to undergo reassignment surgery. Alicia Vikander is pretty good in it, too. Also opening at Boston Common.

    Another one that's had a lot of promotion is Youth, featuring Michael Caine and Havey Keitel as longtime friends taking a vacation together in the Alps and pondering the potential ends of their careers. Less heralded but no less interesting is a new version of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard as Thane and Lady Macbeth, with Paddy Consindine, David Thewlis, and Sean Harris in the cast as well. It's also opening at West Newton.
  • . And, finally, there's a one-week booking of Hitchcock/Truffaut, with filmmakers discussing how Francois Truffaut's famous book on Hitchcock, including footage of the two creating the collaboration.

  • Speaking of the Master of Suspense, The Museum of Fine Arts has more of The Art of Alfred Hitchcock with Rope (Friday/Wednesday), Strangers on a Train (Friday/Saturday/Sunday), Rear Window (Friday/Saturday/Sunday), Vertigo (Wednesday), and North By Northwest, all on 35mm.
  • The All Things Horror crew are having their first presentation in a while in the Somerville Theatre's Micro-Cinema, and it's the Etheria Film Festival, a generally pretty good collection of female-directed genre films, including Australian feature Inner Demon. Shows Friday night and Saturday afternoon, with a panel including different local filmmakers both days. Tickets available online.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre adds Heart of a Dog for a week in the GoldScreen, which means it's hanging around the area a bit longer than expected. Friday at midnight, they get out the 35mm print of The Room for it's monthly appearance, with a print of Silent Night, Deadly Night at midnight Saturday. The monthly German film via the Goethe-Institut is A Godsend on Sunday morning, in which a fired community theater actress teaches improv to other unemployed people.
  • The Brattle Theatre finishes Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road with Wings of Desire (Friday), the Director's cut of Until the End of the World (Saturday), and Buena Vista Social Club (Sunday). Man, I remember when that last one seemed to play at the Brattle every month.

    Monday is a DocYard show, Croccodile Gennadiy, with director Steve Hoover on-hand to discuss his film about a Ukrainian pastor who fights child homelessness by kidnapping street kids and bringing them to his center. Then it's an eclectic selection of Christmas films: I Come in Peace as Tuesday's Trash Night show, a free screening of It's a Wonderful Life for first-timers on Wednesday (RSVP required), and then An Evening with the Boston Yeti including a screening of "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on Thursday (I'm not sure how funny the Boston Yeti is without two feet of snow on the ground, but I'm not asking for that), along with a later show of Edward Scissorhands at 9pm.
  • The Harvard Film Archive continues to screen Guy Maddin's The Forbidden Room, with show son Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday. They also have an Orson Welles program filling the other gaps in December, including the recently-discovered "Too Much Johnson" footage (Friday), Mr. Arkadin (Saturday), the recut Touch of Evil (Sunday), and two anthology segments ("The Immortal Story" and "La Ricotta") on Monday. All the Welles films are 35mm.
  • Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond reduces their continuing Indian films to Tamasha, but there are other things: A special midnight showing of Rocky Horror on Friday night including special holiday stuff. They've also got two special presentations on Saturday (Marathi film Mumbai Pune Mumbai 2 and Rajnikanth starrer Sivaji to raise funds for Chennai flood relief)

I've already seen The Danish Girl (review forthcoming), so it looks like Etheria, In the Heart of the Sea, Macbeth, and maybe some Hitchcock. Oh, and if more tickets for the Star Wars marathon are released, I might be tempted to do that.

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