Friday, September 23, 2016

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 23 September 2016 - 29 September 2016

Toronto is done and the 70mm festival at the Somerville is also wrapping up, which means it's time for theaters to start getting the bigger-name stuff again in the drive to Oscar season, with South Korea grabbing some of the attention.

  • But first, catch the end of the 70mm and Widescreen Festival at The Somerville Theatre, twelve years in the making and finishing up with an impressive second weekend: 2001 and Star Trek IV Friday night; a 35 Technirama Print of The Vikings at noon on Saturday, followed by It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World on 70mm at 3pm (note the schedule changes after some shipping issues), and Spartacus on 70mm at 7:30pm; and IB Technicolor prints of The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur on Sunday.

    Up the 77 line, their sister theater in Arlington, The Capitol, gets a head start on Halloween by inaugurating a "Before Vampires Sucked" series with the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Thursday.
  • Queen of Katwe has a limited opening this week, but still a fair number of Boston-area screens. The Coolidge Corner Theatre is one, and it's also playing at the Kendall and Boston Common. Directed by Mira Nair, it has newcomer Madina Nalwanga as a Ugandan chess prodigy, with Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo also in the cast.

    A much smaller opening is Goat, playing at 9:15pm daily in the GoldScreen, a thriller from directer Andrew Neel focused on fraternity hazing, notable for having David Gordon Green. A bit later, there are two classic midnight movies, with Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! on Friday and Eraserhead, both on 35mm. Saturday is also Art House Theater Day, and they celebrate that with a morning screening of two A Town Called Panic shorts ("The Christmas Log" and "Return to School"). They also have a 35mm print of Rocky as a Big Screen Classic Monday.
  • Kendall Square will also be opening The Dressmaker which features Kate Winslet in the title role as a woman who returns to her Australian hometown after a long stay in Paris, leading me to wonder if it's her first time in Australia since Heavenly Creatures. Neat cast, including Sarah Snook and Hugo Weaving. It's also at Boston Common.

    They also have a one-week booking of one of my favorites from IFFBoston, The Lovers & the Despot. It's a documentary about a subject everybody who loves movies has heard about - North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il kidnapping a South Korean director and his movie-star wife and forcing them to make movies north of the border - and fleshes it out as more than a joke, with quite the sweet, understated romance underneath.
  • The big thing at the multiplexes, meanwhile, is a new remake of The Magnificent Seven, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, and more as a band of outlaws brought in to defend a small town against a cruel industrialist. It opens all over the place, at the Somerville, Apple Fresh Pond, the Belmont Studio, Jordan's (in Imax), the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax), Assembly Row (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), Revere (including MX4D and XPlus), and the SuperLux.

    There's also Storks, a 3D animated movie which presupposes that storks really did deliver babies but have moved to package delivery, though there's one newborn left, and an orphan raised by the storks teams up with one in line for a promotion. It's at the Capitol (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, Revere, and the SuperLux.

    There's also The Hurt Business, a documentary on the world of mixed martial arts that, given the dollar signs used instead of esses in the posters, likely aims to be a little critical. It plays Thursday night at Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere.
  • Boston Common also gets The Age of Shadows, the new one from director Kim Jee-woon, who has made some great stuff (The Good, the Bad, the Weird, A Bittersweet Life, I Saw the Devil, etc.) and considering that this thriller set during the Japanese occupation of Korea has been selected as South Korea's submission to the Oscars, I'm giddy to see what he's come up with. They also have two Chinese films, keeping Cock and Bull and bringing in SoulMate, in which a woman's life is upended when a high school friend publishes a novel based upon their youth.

    Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond sticks with Manju, Pink, and Thodari for Indian films, also picking up Tamil comedy Aandavan Kattalai. They also keeps Mr. Church around for another week - really unusual for the indies they book - having it share a screen with Total Frat Movie, a throwback college comedy that has Tom Green as the college's dean, in case you want to feel old.
  • The Brattle Theatre builds an Only at the Art House week around Saturday's Art House Theater Day, kicking things off on Friday with author Emma Donoghue introducing Room. The main event on Saturday includes separate showings of the newly-remastered Time Bandits and Phantasm, with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night in between. Sunday starts with a benefit screening of Guardians of the Galaxy and then continues with a 35mm print of Rear Window and then the chaging-of-the-guard double feature of The Dying of the Light & Out of Print. Monday's DocYard presentation is What Tomorrow Brings, a documentary about the first girls' school in an Afghan village, and director Beth Murphy will be on hand with a surprise guest. Tuesday has a 6pm screening of Matilda to make up for the one that failed when Mara Wilson was there as a guest, followed by Under the Sun, a documentary shot in North Korea where nobody involved realized the cameras were always rolling. On Wednesday they've got a 35mm print of Minority Report, and Thursday is one of my favorite annual oddball film events, the International Pancake Film Festival. It's got a nautical theme this year!
  • The Harvard Film Archive starts a short "Pam Grier, Superstar!" series with a 35mm print of Coffy, one of the great blaxploitation movies, on Friday night. Ms. Grier will be visiting mid-October, so why not catch up with some of her best work? They also continue their Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet retrospective with History Lessons (Friday 9pm), eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times, or, Perhaps One Day Rome Will Permit Herself to Choose in Her Turn (Saturday 7pm), The Death of Empedocles (Saturday 9pm in 35mm), a selection of short films (Sunday 4pm), Moses and Aaron (Sunday 7pm in 16mm), and Workers, Peasants (Monday 7pm), with Sunday's screening also having a discussion and a viewing of an exhibit on the team's works.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has more Reagan In Hollywood: The Origins of a Conservative Icon with Law and Order (Friday/Sunday/Wednesday) and The Killers (Friday/Saturday). They also begin a short run of Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil for the 500th anniversary of the macabre artist's death. It's got screenings on Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday. There's also a screening on Thursday, documentary From This Day Forward, with filmmaker Sharon Shattuck examining the continued marriage of her transgendered father and heterosexual mother.
  • Bright Lights at Emerson's Paramount Theatre has a BOSCPUG get-together on Tuesday, and then co-presents Rosa Chumbe with the Boston Latino International Film Festival on Thursday, with director Jonathan Relayze and star Liliana Trujillo discussing this film about a gruff policewoman whose daughter runs off, leaving her own son behind, afterward via Skype from Peru. BLIFF will also be presenting a shorts program, La Buena Vida, and Amir at Harvard's Tsai auditorium that day.
  • GlobeDocs begins their annual Hub Week film festival on Tuesday with a 6-minute short ("The Dogist") at the Boylston Street AT&T store before moving to Fenway Park on Wednesday for two NESN docs on David Ortiz. On Thursday, it's back to the phone shop for ESPN's Ortiz docs, while the Yawkey Theater at WGBH hosts Command and Control with the executive producer on-hand for a Q&A.
  • The Regent Theatre has two film events this week: Tech venture capitalist documentary Silicon Cowboys on Wednesday - hosted by one of those folks who is using it as a fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation - and the 19th Manhattan Short Film Festival on Thursday, in which viewers across the country will be able to vote on which film gets an audience award.
  • There's also the bulk of the Boston Film Festival, which is at the Revere Hotel's Theatre One near the Boylston T stop on Friday with Finding Oscar and First Girl I Loved, The Boston Public Library Saturday afternoon with Bang! The Bert Berns Story and Midsummer in Newtown, AMC Boston Common Saturday evening with Delinquent and Interior Night, back at Theatre one for Sunday afternoon shorts programs, with AMC Boston Common also hosting two fighting movies on Sunday (Unforgotten: The Paul Pender Story and American Wrestler: The Wizard). The two Closing Night films (SEARCHDOG and Kepler's Dream) are actually at the Patriot Cinema in Hingham on Sunday night
I'll catch the Friday and Saturday shows at the Somerville, although Sunday's iffy (brilliant print or no, three-plus-hour biblical epics are not my thing). Age of Shadows, The Dressmaker, and The Magnificent Seven are also on the docket, and I'm ashamed to say I haven't seen Rocky yet.

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