Friday, May 20, 2016

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 20 May 2016 - 26 May 2016

A pretty fun-looking week for movies, I think, loaded enough that I'm glad I caught one of the releases as a preview.

  • The new one that I'm most looking forward to, though, is The Nice Guys, which has writer/director Shane Black teaming Russell Crowe as a goon-for-hire and Ryan Gosling as a private eye on the trail of a killer and a missing woman. It's at the Somerville, Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, Revere, and the SuperLux. Those theaters also open Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, where Seth Rogen's and Rose Byrne's characters must contend with new loud neighbors - this time a sorority looking to be just as independent and potentially raucous as the frats. It should please Ian at the Somerville - he was happy that the first didn't overstay its welcome at 97 minutes, and this one is just 92!

    The Angry Birds Movie aims at a younger audience, although I've got no idea if the game is still a thing with kids (animation takes a while, so it's impossible to strike while the iron's hot). Looks like it could be amusing or disastrous, in 3D and 2D. It's playing at the Capitol (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, Revere, and the SuperLux (including XPlus). Revere also has Saturday & Sunday matinees of something called Shimmer and Shine, a pair of twin genie sisters who grant wishes to their human friend.
  • The one I saw and quite liked is Love & Friendship, which has Whit Stillman adapting Jane Austen's lesser-known novell "Lady Susan", with Kate Beckinsale in the title role. It's at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, The West Newton Cinema, Kendall Square, and Boston Common.

    The Coolidge also has some good special events, with a 35mm print of Demolition Man playing at midnight Friday and Saturday and making me really wish that the MBTA hadn't discontinued late service on the subway and 66 bus. Monday's Big Screen Classic is Funny Face, which is also pretty goofy, with Fred Astaire as a photographer who becomes smitten with Audrey Hepburn's bookstore clerk even if she is far more interested in a Paris psuedo-philosopher. The big one, though, comes on Wednesday, as they screen a 35mm print of Ingmar Bergman's Persona for its 50th anniversary with the film's star Liv Ullmann joinging Boston Globe critic Ty Burr onstage afterward to discuss both the film and her long-time collaboration with Bergman.
  • Kendall Square, in addition to Love & Friendship, will be sharing The Lobster with Boston Common (and the Coolidge next week). It's the English-language debut of Yorgos Lanthimos, whose Greek films have a reputation for strangeness that this one - with Colin Farrell as a man who, if he doesn't find true love within a month and a half of being dumped by his wife, will be turned into an animal of his choice, because that's how things are in his world - will likely do little to change.

    They also get the new one from Terence Davies, Sunset Song, with Agyness Deyn as a young woman living in a small Scottish town in the years before World War I. There's also a single-week booking of A Monster with a Thousand Faces, a Mexican thriller about a woman who decides to take direct action when her insurance company refuses to cover her husband's care.
  • The Brattle Theatre will be playing a double feature of FILM and NOTFILM (both on DCP for those looking to make format-based jokes like myself) from Friday to Monday. The former is a 22-minute chase film from 1965 written by samuel Beckett and starring Buster Keaton; the latter is a 130-minute visual essay about its production and meaning by Ross Lipman. They also have a "Reel Weird Brattle: Through the Looking Glass, Down the Rabbit Hole" screening at 11:30pm Saturday - a 35mm print of Vera Chytilov√°'s Daisies for the fiftieth anniversary of this film about women toying with the men who desire them.
  • The Harvard Film Archive and Brattle both continue Time and Place are Nonsense! The Cinema According to Seijun Suzuki, and it is some fun stuff. This week's films are Carmen from Kawachi (Friday 7pm HFA), The Sleeping Beast Inside (Friday 9pm HFA), Pistol Opera (Saturday 7pm HFA), A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness (Saturday 9:30pm HFA), Gate of Flesh (Sunday 5pm HFA), Capone Cries a Lot (Sunday 7pm HFA), Youth of the Beast (Monday 7pm HFA), Eight Hours of Fear (Tuesday 7:30pm Brattle), Passport to Darkness (Tuesday 9:30pm Brattle), Fighting Elegy (Wednesday 7:30pm Brattle), Smashing the O-Line (Wednesday 9:30pm Brattle), and Zigeunerweisen (Thursday 7:30pm Brattle). All of this week's shows are 35mm.
  • Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond does the "it's on VOD but we've got a spare screen, so what the heck" thing with Manhattan Night, with Adrien Brody as a tabloid reporter seduced by a woman (Yvonne Strahovski) into investigating the murder of her husband (Campbell Scott).

    Two Indian films get full-screen openings. Sarbjit tells the story of a man (Randeep Hooda) who accidentally crosses the India/Pakistan border and is sentenced to death as a spy, leading his sister (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) to spend twenty years fighting to prove his innocence. It's in Hindi and presumably subtitled; Brahmotsavam is Telugu and may not be; that one is a family drama about a man trying to find his roots. There are also matinee screening sof Marathi-language romance Sairat on Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Somerville Theatre and Lexington Venue both add The Meddler, and The Capitol and West Newton pick up The Man Who Knew Infinity.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has their final JewishFilm.2016 screening on Friday with Israeli Academy Award winner Wedding Doll, although it and Carvalho's Journey will also screen Sunday in West Newton (as will Baba Joon, though that one is sold out).

    The rest of their week will feature artists of various types. Hockney is a documentary about artist David Hockney, and plays Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday, as well as into next week. The same goes for By and About Chantal Akerman, which plays the same days and includes two features - No Home Movie, in which the director films her mother, who survived the Holocaust and now seldom leaves her apartment in Brussels; and I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman, a documentary on Ms. Akerman by Marianne Lambert, largely built around a conversation between her and longtime editor Claire Atherton.
  • ArtsEmerson has their monthly "Reel Life Experience" screening at the Paramount Theatre's Bright Screening Room on Saturday night with The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, which is free with RSVP, and will be sandwiched between a reception and a post-film talk with special guests involved in the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative.

My plans? The Nice Guys, The Lobster, Neighbors 2, and a bunch of Seijun Suzuki.

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