- Consider 10 Cloverfield Lane, a sort of cousin the Cloverfield that sneaked onto the schedule with little fanfare before the teaser came out just a couple of months ago, and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a woman who wakes up in the locked bunker of a man (John Goodman) who says the world has ended outside. Maybe the title gives a hint how, maybe it doesn't. It's at the Somerville, Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Jordan's (in Imax), Boston Common (including Imax), Assembly Row (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), Revere (including XPlus), and the SuperLux.
Then there's The Brothers Grimsby, with Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong playing brothers separated as children, one a good-natured idiot and the other basically James Bond, who reunite at a fairly inconvenient time for the latter. It's got a fun cast but that 82-minute runtime sort of screams "cut down to fit extra showtimes in before word-of-mouth kills it", though that seems a little less common these days. It's at the Somerville, Apple Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, Revere, and the SuperLux. The week's other mainstream comedy is The Perfect Match, a player-gets-played romantic comedy featuring Terrence Jenkins and Cassie Ventura. It's at Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere.
There's also The Young Messiah, a movie about Jesus as a seven-year-old... Wait, is that really based on a novel by Anne Rice? Huh. That's at Boston Common, Assembly Row, and Revere; those locations, Apple Fresh Pond, and Fenway (at least) will also open Miracles from Heaven on Wednesday.
- Kendall Square, meanwhile, is the only place opening Knight of Cups this week, a much more urban art-house movie from Terrence Malick than his usual pastorals. This one stars Christian Bale as a Hollywood writer and includes Cate Blanchet, Natalie Portman, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, and Natalie Portman as the women in his life.
They also get Embrace of the Serpent, Columbia's Oscar-nominated film about a pair of western scientists and their lifelong friendship with an Amazonian who is the last of his people. That's the thing on the official one-week calendar, although I suspect Trapped, a documentary about the fight against the attempt to crush abortion access through regulation, may have the more limited run. And speaking of limitedd runs, they will be screening Psycho-Pass: The Movie one Tuesday & Wednesday evenings; it's a follow-up movie to a popular anime series about a future where criminal intent is analyzed and squelched before it can be acted upon.
- The Coolidge Corner Theatre's new release will mostly be in the screening room, because Rams, an Icelandic film about estranged brothers fighting to save their prize-winning sheep from a disease-mandated cull, is probably kind of a specialty thing. It does have some times in the GoldScreen and even Theater #2, though. They also book The Revenant for a one-week run (mostly) on their main screen, including an "Off the Couch" screening on Tuesday.
Midnight on Friday & Saturday has Lady Snowblood, a classic revenge film about a woman in feudal Japan trained from birth to avenge her mother. Period revenge seems to be the theme Sunday morning as well, as this month's Goethe-Institut German film is The Dark Valley, in which a mysterious stranger is offered shelter in a secluded town for the winter, only to have the patriarch's children be murdered. That's Sunday morning; Monday night they have a 35mm presentation of Killer of Sheep that ties into the Huntington Theatre's production of How I Learned What I Learned. On Thursday, there's a "Francophonie Film Festival" presentation of Les Conquérants, a French film about two half-brothers who go in search of a relic that their father stole in order to return it to its rightful place.
- The Brattle Theatre spends most of the week celebrating film noir's 75th anniversary with Prime Noir of the 1940s, and can you blame them? It's a week full of great stuff, mostly in 35mm. Note that some of this has moved around since the schedule was printed, starting with Friday's They Live by Night, pushed up so that it can be introduced by critic A.O. Scott. The series continues with Ministry of Fear & The Big Clock on Saturday, Bogie & Bacall double feature Key Largo & To Have and Have Not on Sunday, Act of Violence & Crack-Up on Monday, Kiss of Death (DCP, moved from Friday) on Wednesday, and Thieves' Highway (DCP) & They Live By Night (replacing Force of Evil) on Thursday. There's also a Trash Night on Tuesday, although the VHS crud of the month has not been announced.
- The folks at The Harvard Film Archive are letting a Visiting Lecturer program much of their schedule for the next couple of months, and considering how iconoclastic that guy is, Guy Maddin Presents... should be a kick. This week's selections include Something Wild (Friday 7pm), Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Friday 9:15pm), On Dangerous Ground (Saturday 7pm), Hell Drivers (Saturday 9pm), and The Wind (Monday 7pm with live accompaniment by Martin Marks), all in 35mm. On Sunday, they have a different visitor, as John Gianvito visits with a massive Filipino documentary, Wake, starting at 3pm and running for about four and a half hours.
- The Museum of Fine Arts has more screenings of Theory of Obscurity: A Film about the Residents(Friday) and In the Shadow of Women (Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Wednesday/Thursday), and also starts a run of Talent Has Hunger, a documentary shot over seven years at the New England Conservatory, focusing on master cellist Paul Katz, whom the description makes sound like the opposite of JK Simmons in Whiplash. Friday night's premiere has filmmaker Josh Aronson, Katz, and a number of special guests; it also plays Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
There's also a screening of Speed Sisters, a documentary on the first all-woman car racing team in the Middle East, on Sunday with director Amber Fares on-hand. Filmmakers and others will also visit on Wednesday for "Dreaming Against the World: Mu Xin in Focus", a documentary on the oft-overlooked but courageous Chinese artist. Director Tolga Karaçelik will be on hand Thursday with Ivy, where a cargo ship's crew descends into anarchy when the owner goes bankrupt. That's opening night for the Boston Turkish Film Festival.
- Spring break has finished, so Bright Lights is back at Emerson's Paramount Theatre. This week's two free screenings are highly-awarded films: Room on Tuesday with the school's director of Violence Prevention and Response leading a discussion afterward and Tangerine with star Mya Taylor on Thursday.
- Given how well Neerja seems to be holding on at Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond, I almost feel like I should check it out; maybe if it gets week five. In the meantime, they have a few other, mostly-unsubtitled (as far as I can tell) movies: Tamil romantic comedy Kadhalum Kadanthu, Tamil horror(?) anthology Aviyal, Telugu romance Kalyana Vaibhogame, Malayalam comedy Maheshinte Prathikaa.
They're also doing a little more cult material, with a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday (it appears Boston Common does not have their usual Saturday screening this week) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch at 7:30pm on Thursday.
- The Somerville Theatre has the last three nights of Irish Film Festival Boston, which includes new films and retrospectives, including Michael Collins and Garage, directed by Lenny Abrahamson of Room. Between the festival and live events, they're down to three or four screens most of the week, but have one more 70mm screening of The Hateful Eight on Thursday.
My plans? A bunch of noir, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and who knows what else.