Friday, May 27, 2016

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 27 May 2016 - 2 June 2016

Man, Memorial Day weekend used to be a bigger deal, but now Star Wars has left it for Christmas and Marvel schedules their releases for Free Comic Book Day, so now we've got a couple of movies that look like they should be big deals but don't feel like it.

  • Of course, one of the week's two 3D releases is Marvel-descended as well, as X-Men: Apocalypse brings the "First Class" series of movies back around to where the veteran X-Men of the first film (back in 2000!) are just arriving at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, just in time to fight an ancient mutant played by Oscar Isaac. It's at the Somerville (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway (including RPX), Revere (including MX4D). The other is Alice Through the Looking Glass, a Tim Burton-less sequel to his Alice in Wonderland that adds Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. Absurdly great cast, including Alan Rickman's final (voice) role. That one plays at the Capitol (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond, Jordan's (Imax 3D), Boston Common (including Imax 3D), Assembly Row (including Imax 3D), Revere (including XPlus), and the SuperLux.
  • Kendall Square consolidates quite a bit, with two movies playing on two screens (Love & Friendship and The Lobster) and all the ones hanging around for one or two shows dailly clearing out. They've got guests coming with two of their three new films this week, though: IFFBoston selecction Weiner, which followed a disgraced New York politician on an ill-advised mayoral campaign, has director Josh Kriegman on-hand for the 7:05pm show on Friday. Sunday is when director Athina Rachel Tsangari will host a screening of her film Chevalier, which comes from Greece and has the people on a luxury yacht competing to be "the best" with some sort of points system.

    They (and The West Newton Cinema) also have Dark Horse, a documentary about a group of working-class people in a Welsh mining town who invest in a race horse, despite that usually being an upper-class thing.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre also picks up The Lobster (as does the Embassy), with the Coolidge playing it on the main screen. That's also where they'll play Alien 3 at midnight Friday & Saturday on a 35mm print.
  • It's Harvard's Reunion Weekend, and since The Brattle Theatre is the local theater, they'll be doing anniversary screenigs: Friday offers single features of Citizen Kane and Night on Earth, both on 35mm, with Kane also playing Saturday at noon. After that, Saturday offers a double feature of Suspicion (35mm) & Silence of the Lambs, followed by an 11:30pm "Reel Weird Brattle" screening of Drop Dead Fred. Sunday's double feature is Persona & Seconds, both celebrating their 50th, while Monday offers a 75th anniversary double feature of Sullivan's Travels and the less-famous Barbara Stanwyck vehile Ball of Fire (35mm).
  • Sadly, it's the last week for Time and Place are Nonsense! The Cinema According to Seijun Suzuki at The Harvard Film Archive and Brattle, which is sad because it has been a ton of fun. This week's cinematic insanity are Kagero-za (Friday 7pm HFA), Story of a Prostitute (Saturday 7pm HFA), Carmen from Kawachi (Saturday 9pm HFA), Fighting Elegy (Sunday 5pm HFA), Yumeji (Sunday 7pm HFA), Kanto Wanderer (Monday 7pm HFA), Tattooed Life (Tuesday 8:30pm Brattle), Princess Raccoon (Wednesday 7pm Brattle), A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness (Wednesday 9:30pm Brattle), Branded to Kill (Thursday 7:30pm Brattle), and Pistol Opera (Thursday 9:30pm Brattle). All but Branded to Kill are 35mm.
  • Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond gives indie A Remarkable Life a couple showtimes a day; it reunites the director and star of Last of the Romantics with a story about a guy struggling to find his footing after his wife leaves him for another woman by working in his father's pawn shop. It splits a screen Tamil-language romantic comedy Idhu Namma Aalu, which is playing with English subtitles. There's also matinee screenings of Kannada-language thriller U-Turn from Saturday to Monday; Telugu-language A Aa plays on Tuesday & Thursday.
  • The Meddler moves from The Somerville Theatre to The Capitol and West Newton pick up The Man Who Knew Infinity.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts continues artist documentary Hockney; it plays Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. By and About Chantal Akerman, pairing I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman with her last film, No Home Movie, also plays those days. They will also start an "Arab Film Weekend" series on Thursday with Theeb.
  • The Regent Theatre
  • will host The 7th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival on Wednesday, featuring 80-odd minutes of shorts about seeing the world on bicycles.

My plans include a lot of Seijun Suzuki, and then probably trying to fit X-Men, The Lobster, and Neighbors 2 around that.

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