Friday, November 18, 2016

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 18 November 2016 - 22 November 2016

Short week coming up, with new movies opening the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and I've got an even shorter wee than that to see what comes out, since I'm literally losing a day to travel.

  • I know I like 3D more than most people, but I'm kind of surprised about a couple of the bookings this weekend. Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, for instance, is opening in 3D, but Imax screens will be 2D. I actually think this prequel, starring Eddie Redmayne and set in 1926 New York, looks like it may be more fun that the original series. It is at the Capitol (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond, the Belmont Sudio (2D only), Jordan's (Imax), the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax), Assembly Row (including Imax), Fenway (RPX), Revere (including XPlus and MX4D), and the SuperLux.

    Similarly, Ang Lee shot Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk in native 120fps 3D, but as near as I can tell no theater around here is showing in in 3D. It has a 19-year-old soldier being used in the media and flashing back to the events that made him a hero. It's at Boston Common (including high-frame-rate shows), Assembly Row, Fenway, Revere, and the SuperLux.

    In smaller-scale stuff, there's Bleed for This, with Miles Teller as a severely injured boxer who opts for a rehab that will potentially let him fight again rather than a far safer surgery. It's at the Embassy, Boston Common, Fenway, and Revere. There's also coming-of-age comedy The Edge of Seventeen, featuring Hailee Steinfeld as a teenager who finds her life getting awkward when her brother and fest fiend start dating. It's at Apple Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere.
  • There's also a decent-sized release for Nocturnal Animals, the second film by former fashion designer Tom Ford, which features Amy Adams as a woman reading her ex-husband's pulp novel, with the fun casting of Jake Gyllenhaal as both the ex and the story's hero. It's at the Coolidge Kendall Square, Boston Common. The Coolidge Corner Theatre also opens Marathon: The Patriot's Day Bombing, a look at the 2013 attack mostly from footage shot at the time. Though mostly playing in the GoldScreen, it will get the big screen as filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg visit on Sunday afternoon to introduce their film.

    The Coolidge also continues their 1980s comic book series over the weekend, with Flash Gordon playing midnight Friday and Heavy Metal the same time Friday, both on 35mm. The weekend's Talk Cinema program, featuring Ken Loach's Palme d'Or winner I, Daniel Blanke, will be Saturday rather than the usual Sunday, though still followed by a discussion. Monday night's Science on Screen show is the original Planet of the Apes, with Dr. Daniel Lieberman talking about the film's fanciful take on evolution.
  • I Am Not Madame Bovary plays Boston Common after a weird delay that came as a result of China delaying its release, apparently to give cover to not submitting it as their Oscar selection. It's from Feng Xiaogang, one of the country's most popular filmmakers, and stars Fan Bingbing as a woman looking to hire a killer after a bureaucratic snafu around her divorce. It's apparently satiric and unusual in that the picture is a circle for most of the film.

    Indian films at Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond include an action/adventure titledAchcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada in Tamil and Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo in Telugu, both subtitled, Tamil comedy Kadavul Irukaan KumaruSantu Straight Forward, and Ekkadiki Pothavu Chi (no language listed for the latter two).
  • The Brattle Theatre begins The Bard Unbound: Shakespeare on Screen, looking at decades of Shakespeare's plays being adapted for film. It starts with Branagh's Henry V on Friday; the same play adapted by Olivier as part of a double feature with his Richard III on Saturday, another twin bill with the newly restored Chimes at Midnight and a 35mm print of My Own Private Idaho on Sunday, and the rarities All Night Long & Joe MacBeth on Tuesday.

    In between, there's a dubbed screening of Girls und Panzer der Film Sunday afternoon, based on a popular manga/anime based on a parallel world where restoring and driving tanks is a popular club activity for teenage girls. There's also a DocYard screening of Fraud on Monday, with director Dean Fleischer-Camp in person.
  • Their also one of the venues for the last weekend of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, running from Saturday to Monday, including a now-revealed surprise screening of The Settlers and . That festival will be at the Brattle, the JCC Riemer-Goldstein Theater in Newton, the Somerville, the Museum of Fine Arts, West Newton, and NewBridge on the Charles
  • The Harvard Film Archive has more of Say It Loud! The Black Cinema Revolution this weekend, with The Mack (Friday 7pm), Cleopatra Jones (Friday 9:15pm), The Harder They Come (Saturday 7pm), Space Is the Place (Saturday 9:30pm), and Nina Simone- Live in Montreux (Monday 7pm), all but the last on 35mm. Sunday, meanwhile, is what looks like a separate-admission double feature of their Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet retrospective, with Sicilia! at 7pm and From Today Until Tomorrow at 8:15pm (both are short). Note that the latter replaces Wehre Does Your HIdden Smile Lie?, which will screen at some later date.
  • In addition to the BJFF, The Museum of Fine Arts has screenings of As I Open My Eyes (Friday/Saturday) and Do Not Resist on Saturday. There's also a special presentation of Edgar Arceneaux's Until, Until, Until with him on hand Friday evening, in conjunction with Tufts and the MIT Museum.
  • The Somerville Theatre picks up the excellent Moonlight, and finishes their fall repatory series with a 35mm double feature of Diamonds Are Forever & Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery on Friday. That night also has a screening of Dreamland, an indie May-December romance with a nifty cast, in the Micro-Cinema on Friday. Documentary Asperger's Are Us on Tuesday.
  • The Regent Theatre presents Shangri-La Suite, an indie film about two lovers come to L.A. in 1974 to kill Elvis (played by Ron Livingston, part of a nifty cast). They also have National Bird on Monday, a documentary about the use of surveillance drones in America.

I will probably go for Fantastic Beasts and Long Halftime Walk, and then on Monday I get on a plane for a looooong flight to an Australian film festival... Well, vacation, really, but the festival will be part of it.

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