Thursday, April 07, 2016

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 8 April 2016 - 14 April 2016

Not going to lie, I thought very hard about heading to NYC for the Old School Kung Fu Festival this weekend, but I'm kind of feeling like staying put. There's some good stuff for that.

  • I think the thing I'm most looking forward to is April and the Extraordinary World at the Kendall Square for a week; it's a steampunky sci-fi adventure based upon a graphic novel by Jacques Tardi from the producers of Persepolis. Most screenings are subtitled French, although the 1:30pm screening daily is dubbed into English. Also coming from France is My Golden Days, with Matheiu Amalric as a man reflecting upon three formative periods in his life.

    There are two movies about legendary jazz trumpters coming out in April, with Born to Be Blue featuring Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker trying to rebound from his 1960s lows.

    The Kendall also is one of the theaters opening Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenaal as a man struggling to cope after his wife dies in an accident. Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper also star, and it plays at the Somerville, Kendall Square, the Embassy, Boston Common, Fenway, and Revere.
  • Also at the multiplexes: The Boss, which features Melissa McCarthy as a brash CEO who gets busted for insider trading and winds up crashing with her former assistant (Kristin Bell) and applying her cuthtroat tactics the said assistant's daughter's Girl-Scout-Analog fundraising. It's at the Capitol, Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, Revere, and the SuperLux.

    Those looking for something action-oriented, meanwhile, have Hardcore Henry, which is a first-person shooter come to live action life. Sharlto Copely plays the co-op buddy. It's at Apple Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway(including RPX), and Revere.

    Fenway and Revere also pick up Midnight Special as it expands; those two theaters also have a one-night screening of Bill, a comedy about the early career of William Shakespeare, on Monday night.
  • The Brattle Theatre, meanwhile, gets The Invitation, a new thriller from director Karyn Kusama that has Logan Marshall-Green as a man invited to his ex-wife's house for a dinner party that soon becomes an exercise in paranoia. I liked it at Fantasia, but everyone else loved it. It plays Monday to Thursday, although it's bumped by a live show on Wednesday and skips showtimes due to other special events during the week.

    Those include Saturday Wicked Queer shows; the newly-renamed Boston LGBT Film Festival, also has screenings at the MFA, the Paramount Theater, Harvard Law School's Wasserman Hall, and the Fenway Health Center through Sunday. Monday night has a DocYard presentation of Counting, with director Jem Cohen calling in afterward to discuss his fifteen inked shorts about street life. Tuesday is Trash Night.
  • Irony: After the special preview on the 7th, The Coolidge Corner Theatre will be playing The Dying of the Light - a documentary on the vanishing art of actual film projection, in the small GoldScreen room (I was going to say it may not even have an actual projection booth, but I think upgrading it to DCP means there is one, but likely a tiny carved-out space). It will be there at least through Thursday, though.

    Their 35mm projectionists will have some chance to do their thing, though, as Alexandre Aja's High Tension plays off a print at midnight on Friday and Saturday. Film will also be used for Monday's "Cinema Jukebox" screening of West Side Story. There's also a Talk Cinema presentation Sunday morning and Open Screen on Tuesday.
  • The Indian movies continue, with Ki and Ka sticking around both Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond and Fenway while Apple also holds over Kapoor & Sons. They add a screen for Sardaar Gabbar Singh, a Telugu-language action-comedy, and a matinee screening of of Malayalam thriller Kali on Saturday. Subtitled Tamil action film Theri opens Wednesday evening.

    At midnight on Friday, they have the Teseracte Players expanding their repertaoire of "shadow cast" performances to include The Princess Bride, which I guess is a different way to watch the movie. Their other regular cult-y series, "Rotten to the Core", offers Hackers on Thursday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has multimedia artist Phil Collins programming the screen on Friday with two shorts programs at 7pm and 9pm. On Saturday they present a retrospective of animated films by the late Karen Aqua, introduced by her husband Ken Field and Janeann Dill. Sunday afternoon has Guy Maddin presenting a 35mm print of Wicked Woman, with the evening another short program, this one featuring the works of Alfred Guzzetti. Monday has another guest, Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Fellow Hassen Ferhani, presenting his debut film Roundabout in My Head.
  • In addition to hosting Wicked Queer, The Museum of Fine Arts has a pair of screenings for the ReelAbilities Boston Film Festival on Sunday; it's been going on since the previous week and also has screenings at the Museum of Science, Somerville Theatre, and other places.

    On Wednesday, they open a sporadic run of Cemetary of Splendour, the new film from Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul that involves a mysterious sleeping sickness, a haunted former school, and psychics; it also plays Thursday and through the next week. They also start their annual "Hollywood Scriptures" series on Thursday with a good one from outside of Hollywood, Sweden's Force Majeure; a panel discussion follows the screening.
  • The Somerville Theatre also visits Thailand on Wedesday, with more "Music & Movies Around the Corner" on Wednesday with Y/Our Music, following nine Thai musicians who span the gamut between traditional labor songs to contemporary pop. They also play host to the UMass Boston Film Series on Thursday, when director Nicolas Steiner will host a free screening of his documentary Above and Below, which follows five people living in what most would consider something akin to post-apocalyptic environments.
  • The Belmont World Film Series is actually at The West Newton Cinema on Monday, which isn't surprising giving that this week's selection, Mountain, is from Israel and Jewish film does very well there. It follows a woman whose home is actually inside a Jerusalem cemetary. There will still be world film at the Belmont Studio Cinema, though, as they host The Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston from Saturday to Monday.

My plans include April, Hardcore Henry, The Boss, and whatever needs catching up with. Plus, Red Sox home opener Monday!

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