Saturday, July 16, 2016

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 15 July 2016 - 21 July 2016

I will probably not do one of these every week while I'm in Montreal, but I've got material I've wanted to use all week, and it will get on the web, darn it!

  • As you may know, I moved to Davis Square just over a year ago. I really like it, but one of the things nobody told me about was the marching band that performs every Sunday. As you might expect, just going from place to place, I've heard the Ghostbusters theme a lot over the past year, and I figured the Somerville Theatre would have to play the remake, what with all that free advertising to take care of - heck, have the band there all weekend, getting folks psyched up. But, no, the new version of Ghostbusters plays the Capitol, Apple Fresh Pond, Jordan's (Imax 3D), the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax 3D), Assembly Row (including Imax 3D), Fenway (including RPX 2D/3D), Revere (including MX4D and XPlus), and the SuperLux.

    I know the Somerville probably wants the big screen for Star Trek next week, but it's a missed opportunity.

    The only other big-ish opener is The Infiltrator, which actually started on Wednesday at Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, and Assembly Row. That one stars Bryan Cranston as an undercover agent who played a key role in busting Pablo Escobar.

    If you've got kids in Revere, that theater is screening Transformers: Rescue Bots: Dinobots! on Saturday and Sunday morning.
  • Another small slate means more Chinese movies at Boston Common. Not only do they keep the pretty darn good Cold War 2 around, but they have another, more romantic sequel in So Young 2. When Larry Met Mary is more of a romantic comedy, following a couple that meets in kindergarten, college, and ten years later.

    Sultan keeps cranking for those going to Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond for Indian cinema, although they also pick up Telugu horror comedy Nayaki and continue Kannada-language Godhi Banna Sadharan, with Bengali film Family Album playing Sunday afternoon. The big deal is on Thursday, when the new Rajnikanth film, Kabali - a gangster thriller - opens in both Tamil (with English subtitles) and Telugu.

    Fresh Pond also has a special screening of American indie Highway to Havasu on Tuesday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre opens Captain Fantastic (along with Kendall Square and the Coolidge), with VIggo Mortensen as a weird father who has been raising his kids in the woods away from society, an thus creates a lot of friction when they return to the city for his wife's funeral. Having seen the trailer, I am totally rooting for Frank Langella as the angry father-in-law here.

    Because it's late and I stink, I didn't get this written in time to mention the first of the weekend's two "Summer of Psychosis" screenings, Don't Look Now on Friday, but there's another Saturday night, Lars von Trier's Antichrist on 35mm. They'll also hae a Big Screen Classic Monday, with Paul Newman in The Hustler, and a Rewind! show of The Sandlot on Thursday.
  • Because it's late and I stink, I also didn't get this up in time for the first screening of Life, Animated at Kendall Square with subjects and filmmakers and family in attendance. That was Friday evening; there will be another Saturday at 11:20am, and the film - an IFFBoston selection about a man unable to speak as a child who made progress via immersion in classic Disney animation - continues for the week. Their other new specialty documentary is Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, which is what it sounds like - a movie about Frank Zappa culled from thirty years of Frank Zappa interview footage. That's the one-week booking

    They also have The Innocents, a Polish film set at the end of World War II where a French doctor is brought into a convent to deal with a crisis - several nuns there are pregnant, further complicated by how an anti-Catholic Communist government is coming to power. It also opens in West Newton.
  • It's a kung fu weekend at The Brattle Theatre, with a double feature of two restored King Hu classics, Dragon Inn and A Touch of Zen. They also start a new "Reel Weird Brattle" series celebrating another guy who changed martial-arts cinema, Jackie Chan, with his directorial debut The Young Master platying in 35mm at 11:30pm Saturday and 12:30pm Sunday.

    On the vertical schedule, Monday & Tuesday have director Robert Siodmak and Burt Lancaster tangling with two great femmes fatales in a double feature of Criss Cross (Yvonne de Carlo) and The Killers (Ava Gardner). Matinees on Tuesday, because Tuesday night is Trash Night, so feel free to mock Kevin Sorbo as Kull the Conqueror. Wednesday brings the start of "Under the Influence", with new films (in this case, Carol) paired with something which clearly helped make it what it is (Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows). Finally, Thursday is the start of "Kids International: A GKids Retrospective", looking at some of the great animated films this offshoot of the New York Children's Film Festival (and my go-to source for getting movies for the nieces) has brought to America, starting with two by Tomm Moore, The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea.
  • They may not be showing Ghostbusters, but The Somerville Theatre did pick up Wiener-Dog second-run, and that's something. They also continue their Saturday Midnight Specials program with a 35mm print of the original Fright Night. A few stops up the 77 line, The Capitol has a second run of Genius and a Throwback Thursday show of Bring It On & Can't Hardly Wait.
  • The Harvard Film Archive began a new series, Eternity and History - The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos, on Friday with Landscape in the Mist, which at 127 minutes compares to the other two Angelopoulos films playing this week, The Traveling Players (Sunday 7pm, 230 minutes) and The Weeping Meadow (Monday 7pm, 163 minutes). That still leaves time for a fair amount of Robert Aldrich, though; 4 for Texas played Friday, while Saturday offers up Hustle and The Killing of Sister George and Sunday has three episodes of Four Star Playhouse he directed, all starring Dick Powell. Those are 16mm, everything else is 35mm.
  • There's more of the Boston French Film Festival at The Museum of Fine Arts, including Bang Bang: A Modern Love Story (Saturday), Two Friends (Saturday), Dark Diamond (Sunday/Thursday), The Measure of a Man (Sunday/Wednesday), Parisienne (Sunday/Thursday), The Great Game (Wednesday), and Our Women (Thursday).
  • The Boston Jewish Film Festival is doing Summer Encores at The West Newton Cinema, and they have two this week - Indignation on Sunday and Soft Vengeance on Wednesday. Apparently, Dough is still showing once a day there (although it looks to be what this bumps most of the time), with free brownies on the weekends.
  • The Regent Theatre has a screening of Lazarus Rising (which apparently has won a few award at smaller action-oriented film festivals) Saturday night, with three of director John Depew's short films thrown in as a bonus.
  • Outdoor moies at Joe's Boston Free Films has a few expected family films showing outdoors - Monsters Inc., Cinderella, The Good Dinosaur - but the oddball outdoor pick of the week is Cinema Somerville showing a 1903 version of Alice in Wonderland along with Fleischer Brothers Superman cartoons on Thursday.
You can see what I'm doing here, and it doesn't leave much time for new releases except on Monday, when I'll probably sneak Ghostbusters in so I can see it in 3D before it's relegated to tiny rooms when I get back.

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