- A couple big multiplex openings, though. The big, star-driven one is Money Monster, with George Clooney as TV host who is more bluster than expertise about finance, Julia Roberts as his producer, and Jack O'Connell as the guy who derails the show by waving a gun around. Jodie Foster directs, and it's at the Somerville, Apple Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, Revere, and the SuperLux.
There's also The Darkness, with Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell as the heads of a family that comes back from a family vacation with a ghost or demon or some such. It's at Apple Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere. Boston Common and Revere have a single screening of The Abolitionists, a documentary about the fight to stop human trafficking, while Fenway and Revere will show Ferris Beuller's Day Off on Sunday and Wednesday.
- The big thing in the boutique houses is A Bigger Splash, at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, and Boston Common. It's the new one from director Luca Guadagnino, with Tilda Swinton as a rock legend, Matthias Scheonaerts as her partner, Ralph Fiennes as an old flame, and Dakota Johnson as his daughter. Tuesday evening's screening at the Coolidge is an "Off The Couch" show, with members of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society talking about what can be learned from it afterward.
The Coolidge's big After Midnite show this weekend is technically neither after midnight nor at the Coolidge, but it's Friday the 13th, and they'll be at the Rocky Woods Reservation with Friday the 13th Part 3D & The Final Chapter. No idea whether they'll be handing out glasses for the first, and the second is, shall we say, inaccurately named. Then, on Saturday, they do their other usual thing, with The Room on 35mm.
Sunday morning, they team up with Jewishfilm.2016 and Goethe-Institut for A Life for Football, which tells the tale of the Jewish owner of Munich's soccer team and his return after World War II, and another Jewishfilm selection, The Demon, plays Tuesday. The Big Screen Classic on Monday is a new restoration of Chimes at Midnight, where Orson Welles wove the various times Falstaff appeared in Shakespeare's plays into a single narrative. Finally, on Thursday, they're the latest home of Balagan, which presents a set of films by Will Hindle on 16mm film.
- On top of A Bigger Splash, Kendall Square has High-Rise, the newest from Ben Wheatley. It adapts a famous J.G. Ballard novel about a class war taking place in a retro-futuristic skyscraper. They also have special screenings of the anime adaptation of Project Itoh's Harmony on Tuesday and Wednesday, and unlike last month, the Tuesday show is subtitled, while Wednesday's is dubbed.
- The West Newton Cinema, off all places, will be showing The Trust, the latest Nicolas Cage nearly-straight-to-VOD action flick, where he co-stars with Elijah Wood as uniformed cops who discover a secret vault. Apparently, the director(s) will be on-hand Sunday, although there's nothing to say whether it's at the 1:15 or 9pm show.
- The Harvard Film Archive kicks off Time and Place are Nonsense! The Cinema According to Seijun Suzuki, which tracks the director's career from his early Nikkatsu Action! films to the present day, and it's a wild ride, with many films screening on 35mm prints specially imported from Japan. The first weekend includes Tokyo Drifter (Friday 7pm on DCP), Passport to Darkness (Friday 9pm), Gate of Flesh (Saturday 7pm), The Call of Blood (Saturday 9pm), Branded to Kill (Sunday 7pm), and Smashing the O-Line (Monday 7pm). They also have a pair of short films at 5pm Sunday, "Basil Bunting" (digital) edited by Philip Trevelyan and "Lambing" (16mm) directed by him.
- The Brattle Theatre has two films playing a quick run from Friday to Monday, with Mountains May Depart playing most of the day and Belladonna of Sadness playing late in the evening. The former is the new one by Jia Zhangke, and follows a group of people through the past, present, and future. The latter was the opening night film at the Boston Underground Film Festival, a recently-restored classic of Japanese adult animation that has a starklly different style than much of the anime produced in the 40 years since.
There's a secret screening for members only on Tuesday, and my best guess at what it could be doesn't see like it would necessarily be a secret. Then, on Wednesday, they start sharing the Seijun Suzuki series with the HFA, with Youth of the Beast that day and a double feature of Kanto Wanderer and Tokyo Drifter on Thursday.
- Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond has Azhar as the new Bollywood opening, telling the story of popular cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin. They're also keeping Tamil and Telugu screenings of 24, and will screen Bengali-language drama Rupkotha Noy on Saturday & Sunday afternoons, with Malayalam-language comedy King Liar also playing Sunday. There's also a Friday midnight screening of Rocky Horror with shadow-cast.
A different shadow-cast accompanies that show at Boston Common's Saturday midnight show, and I wonder if there's a rivalry between them. Boston Common will also be showing Sha Po Lang 2, aka Kill Zone 2, during the evening, and if you didn't see the first, don't worry, it's only vaguely connected, with the important thing being that Wu Jing, Tony Jaa, Zhang Jin, Kouis Koo, and more will be beating the living crap out of each other. They're also keeping Finding Mr. Right 2 around for an extra week.
- The Somerville Theatre has their second documentary on Market Basket in roughly as many months, although Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket will only play for three shows on Saturday. Their monthly "Silents, Please!" screening is on Sunday afternoon, with the Library of Congress supplying a 35mm print of Paths to Paradise and Jeff Rapsis supplying music for the story of two con artists (Betty Compson & raymond Griffith) trying to get one up on each other; Rapsis will also be playing a ways down the road in Somerville that evening, with "Sherlock Jr." & Three Ages at the Aeronaut Brewing Company. Over in Arlington , Sing Street expands to The Capitol.
- The Museum of Fine Arts continues JewishFilm.2016 on Friday (Tango Glories and Demon), Saturday (Rabin, the Last Day with director Amos Gitai and Baba Joon), Wednesday (The Law), and Thursday (Arabic Movie, Drawing Against Oblivion, and Summer Solstice); many will have post-film Q&As with local academics.
- The Belmont World Film Series concludes on Sunday, with Casa Grande playing at Belmont Studio Cinema. Like many of the films in this year's series, it's from Brazil, and looks at the class system there as a teenager rebels against parents who are going bankrupt. It will be preceded by a separate-admission reception featuring Brazilian cuisine.
- GlobeDocs presents Love Between the Covers at Theater 1 in the Revere Hotel in downtown Boston (it used to be the Stuart Street Cinema); director Laurie Kahn will be on-hand to discuss her documentary about romance novelists and their business afterward.
Sure, I could see Sha Po Lang 2 and High-Rise at home, but why do that? I'll probably also try and check out some Seijin Suzuki, Chimes at Midnight, and Harmony, and I still haven't seen Green Room.