- Given that we’re Boston, Live By Night is likely the big opening, as it’s the latest from Ben Affleck, once again adapting a novel by Dennis Lehane. Nice cast with spiffy production, although it’s apparently not quite so good as his previous films, which is a shame if true. That’s at the Somerville, Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, Revere, and the SuperLux.
More crime is on the offing in Sleepless, with Jamie Foxx as a cop being blackmailed by a gangster who has his son, and Michelle Monaghan as the Internal Affairs detective working with/against him. If this sounds familiar, maybe you spotted the original French version, Sleepless Night, a few years ago; it was pretty darn good. The new one is at Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere.
Then there’s the more-or-less straight dumps. The Bye Bye Man is the horror film, with the title character one of those guys that appears and does violence when one says its name. It’s at Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere. The 3D kids’ movie is Monster Trucks, with MacGyver’s Lucas TIll as a “teenager” who discovers an unknown species that takes up residence in his truck. It’s also got Jane Levy, a bunch of neat supporting players, and direction by animator Chris Wedge. Looks dumb, but maybe kids will dig it. It’s at Apple Fresh Pond (2D only), Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere.
There’s also some expansion, with Silence adding the Somerville and Fenway; Patriot’s Day the Capitol and Embassy (while grabbing the RPX screen at Fenway). La La Land moves to the Imax screen at Boston Common and opens at the Venue, while Jackie from Somerville to the Capitol.
For one-offs, there’s a Disney Junior show at Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere on Saturday; Singin’ in the Rain Sunday and Wednesday at Assembly Row, Fenway, Revere, and Boston Common (Sunday only); plus the Sherlock finale on Monday and Wednesday at Boston Common, Fenway, and Revere.
- The Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of several places to get 20th Century Women, which comes from the maker of Beginners and features Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, ad Greta Gerwig as three women with interconnected stories in 1970s California. It’s also at Kendall Square and Boston Common.
I suppose it has happened, but I honestly can’t remember the last Friday the 13th that came without one of the movies playing at the Coolidge. Instead, the weekend’s Friday/Saturday midnight movie is The Running Man, which is notable for placing its futuristic reality-television-dominated dystopia in 2017. Saturday morning’s Kids’ Show is Fantastic Mr. Fox, while Sunday morning offers of a Goethe-Institut German film, with 24 Weeks following the difficult decisions a couple faces stemming from the discovery that their unborn child has severe Down Syndrome, at least.
- The new film from Pedro Almodovar opens at Kendall Square: Julieta features Emma Suarez as a middle-aged woman who, before remarrying, returns to her previous home in an effort to reconnect with her daughter. They also have two more screenings of One Piece: Gold in English, Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evenings.
- This week’s Chinese film at Boston Common is Some Like It Hot, which is not a Mandarin remake of the Marilyn Monroe classic, but a different sort of zany comedy about a guy who, with his friends going on a wacky journey after the death of a close friend.
For Indian films, OK Jaanu features opens at both Fenway and Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond, and follows a young couple who have a passionate but not exaclty committed relationship, which may well be threatened by their careers. Apple also picks up Telugu picture Shatamanam Bhavati; not sure about subtitles on that one.
They also pick up British drama 100 Streets, starring Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton as a former rugby star and his wife whose lives intersect with both street dealers and the wealthy.
- The Brattle Theatre has more of (Some of) The Best of 2016 series: 10 Cloverfield Lane & Green Room on Friday, American Honey & Certain Women Saturday, a double feature of Kubo and the Two Strings & Pete’s Dragon Sunday (with Train to Busan a separate show at 9:15), My Golden Days on Monday, Cameraperson & Kate Plays Christine Tuesday, an as-yet-unannounced selection on Wednesday, and Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden on Thursday.
- The Brattle will, for the first time this year, be one of the venues for Belmont World Film’s Family Film Festival, this year combining “When Books Come Alive” with special visitors from Aardman Animation, who will present Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit at the Arlington Regent on Friday and two (already sold out) model-making workshops at the Belmont Media Center on Saturday. Saturday and Sunday have afternoon features and shorts programs at the Belmont Studio, before closing day at the Brattle on Monday, including a Martin Luther King program on the school holiday honoring the man.
- There’s yet more Busby Berkely Babylon at The Harvard Film Archive this weekend, with Friday night’s 7pm show pairing “Night World”, a featurette reuinting Boris Karloff and Mae Clark a year after Frankenstein with Fast and Furious, a Thin Man-style comic mystery that has nothing to do with fast cars. Also showing are Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Friday 9:30pm), Strike Up the Band (Saturday 7pm), Call Me Mister (Saturday 9:30pm), Million Dollar Mermaid (Sunday 4:30pm), Hollywood Hotel (Sunday 7pm), and In Caliente (Monday 7pm). All are from 35mm prints aside from Mermaid, which is 16mm.
- The Museum of Fine Arts has more showings of The Battle of Algiers, with screenings Friday. Friday also has the the latest to screen Nick Cave music/concert documentary One More Time With Feeling. The Pierre Étaix retrospective continues with As Long as You’re Healthy (Saturday), The Land of Milk and Honey (Sunday), Yoyo (Wednesday), all in 35mm and all but Milk and Honey preceded by one of the director’s short films. They have the “Exhibition on Screen” presentation The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch screening on Saturday and Sunday, and begin the annual Festival of Films From Iran on Wednesday with a 35mm print of A Taste of Cherry.
- The ICA screens selections from the Ottowa International Festival of Animation twice on Sunday afternoon.
- In addition to the Children’s Film Festival, The Regent Theatre will be hosting a special screening of Sunset Boulevard on Thursday to help raise funds for a local drama company that will be presenting the musical based upon the film later this year.
My plans: Yikes, is A Monster Calls almost gone already? Guess that, some other catch-up, Live By Night, Sleepless, and Silence.