Friday, September 30, 2016

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 30 September 2016 - 6 October 2016

My niece and I have our birthdays this weekend, and it looks like we're getting Chinese movies (among other things)

  • A bunch of what's coming to the multiplexes seems to have been a long time coming, or at least, I feel like I've been seeing previews forever. Deepwater Horizon has been a mainstay of the Imax preview packages, for example, with Mark Wahlberg as a worker on the titular oil rig when disaster strikes. It's at the Somerville, Jordan's Furniture (in Imax), Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax), Assembly Row (including Imax), Fenway, Revere (including MX4D), and the SuperLux. Masterminds, meanwhile, bounced from shelf to shelf over the past year before finally escaping this weekend, with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig (plus two other Ghostbusters), and Jason Sudeikis in a true-life story of an armored car robbery that went off the rails. It's at the Somerville, Apple Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere.

    It seems like they've been advertising Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which on the one hand is a quirky Tim Burton adventure well after that was exciting, but on the other hand has Eva Green as Miss Peregrine and Sam Jackson as the villain. Hopefully he's not quite as indifferent toward the 3D as I've heard he was with Alice in Wonderland. It's at the Capitol (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond (2D only), the Embassy, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway (including RPX 3D), and Revere (including XPlus).

    Revere also has a "Little Screen" presentation of classic children's television on Saturday and Sunday morning, while they and Fenway will be showing Young Frankenstein on Wednesday evening. In addition, Queen of Katwe goes wide, already playing at the Coolidge, Kendall, and Boston Common, it expands to West Newton, Assembly Row, and Revere
  • Kendall Square plans a major turnover next week, but just opens the one thing this Friday: Command and Control, a documentary which lays out the history of how the United States handled nuclear weapons through the Cold War. They also wrap up their presentation of the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy with Rurouni Kenshin Part III: The Legend Ends on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's a bit slow picking up from where Part II left off, but has a great final run of action.
  • There's four screens' worth of Chinese movies playing at Boston Common - they keep SoulMate around, adding another romance with I Belong to You, an ensemble picture featuring Bai Baihe, Yang Yang, Jang Du, and a number of others in an adaptation of Zhang Jiajia's short stories centered around a pair of radio DJs. They also pick up a couple action/adventures, including the new Dante Lam pic, Operation Mekong, with Eddie Peng as the lead of a task force hunting down drug smugglers in the Golden Triangle. They also have a big 3D fantasy, L.O.R.D. - Legend of Ravaging Dynasties, whose cast includes Fan Bingbing, Kris Wu, YangMi, Amber Kuo, and Aarif Rahman.

    Over at Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond adds M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, a biography of the extremely popular cricket player, adding that to the Bollywood lineup of Manju and Pink. There's also Kannada-language Doddmane Hudge.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre mostly keeps the same schedule, but they bring back The Innocents in the Goldscreen; it's a nifty-looking story about pregnant nuns in the aftermath of WWII.

    They also start a new series of midnights leading up to Halloween, beginning with The Omen on Friday and a 35mm print of To the Devil a Daughter on Saturday. Saturday's midnights also include the annual Serenity fundraiser, while the Sunday morning Goethe-Institut German film is Fuushima, Mon Amour. Monday brings a 35mm Science on Screen presentation of A Face in the Crowd, with psychiatrist Dr. Steven Scholzman examining how a manufactured populist can accumulate political power. There's also a special screening of Screenagers, a documentary on teenagers growing up with ubiquitous data, on Wednesday, with discussion afterward
  • The Brattle Theatre begins the weekend as the main venue for the GlobeDocs festival, with screenings all of Friday and Saturday, plus Sunday afternoon, every one of them having guests if not directors (I can vouch for Tower on Saturday being quite good). The festival also has screenings at WGBH's Yawkey Theater on Friday and Saturday nights, and two final shows at the Coolidge Sunday afternoon and evening.

    Sunday night, IFFBoston has a free preview screening of American Honey (pass required), with actress Sasha Lane on hand for a Q&A afterward. They fill the schedule from Monday to Thursday in one of the best ways possible, showing a 35mm print of The Maltese Falcoln for its 75th anniversary.
  • The Harvard Film Archive begins the weekend with an entry in their Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet retrospective, with These Encounters of Theirs playing Friday at 7pm on 35mm (and, because it's only 68 minutes, the short "Proposition in Four Parts" beforehand). That evening continues with a 35mm print of less-known blaxploitation flickk Sheba, Baby as part of "Pam Grier, Superstar!", also on 35mm. They welcome guests for the rest of the week, with Abbas Fahdel presenting his two-part film Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) on Saturday and Sunday nights, and Andrés Di Tella showing his film essay 327 Cuadernos on Monday.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts wraps up their Ronald Reagan series with one last show of The Killerson Friday, also continuig their run of Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil with screenings Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And since they mostly work a monthly calendar, that means new things start on Saturday the 1st, including My King, a drama starring Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel that was very popular at the museum's French Film Festival; it plays Saturday and Sunday. Saturday also has the museum's showing of this year's Manhattan Film Festival shorts program.
  • Bright Lights at Emerson's Paramount Theatre has two films with something to recommend them this week: Tale of Tales on Tuesday is a lush set of adult fairy tales that gets impressively weird, while Thursday's Where to Invade Next is Michael Moore at his most broadly appealing, looking at programs and policies in other countries that could be imported (often re-imported) to make life better in the U.S. Both are free and feature post-film discussions.

    The Boston Latino International Film Festival has two shows at the Paramount's Bright Screening Room on Friday (Playing Lecuona and El Clan), as well as a ull day of programming in Harvard's Tsai Auditorium. Then they move to the Northeastern University campus for two more days on Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Somerville Theatre just finished their 70mm festival, but they are still playing a fair amount of film. They welcome Jeff Rapsis to accompany the last (official) "Silents Please" of the year on Sunday, which features Douglas Fairbanksin The Mask of Zorro. Then, on Wednesday, they have a somewhat random double feature of The Thin Man & Requiem for a Heavyweight ("Thin/Heavy", they're calling it). All are on 35mm. Probably not the case at The Capitol, which continues "Before Vampires Sucked" on Thursday with Wesley Snipes as Blade.

Carving out time for the new releases will be tough - I want to see Sheba, Baby on Friday, I've got my last Red Sox ticket of the regular season on Saturday, and I must exchange presents for cake with my niece on Sunday. Still, I figure to double up on Hammett, check out some things I've missed, and at least check out the Chinese action movies.

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