Friday, May 05, 2017

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 5 May 2017 - 11 May 2017

Is it churlish for me to be upset that we're not getting the new Andy Lau action movie this weekend even though the place that would play it is using three screens on Chinese movies? It is, isn't it? I'm selfish to want that when I've got stuff to catch up on and a great bit fun Marvel movie this weekend.

  • That would be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the follow-up to 2014's very fun superhero space opera which adds Mantis and Ego, The Living Planet to the mix, and, guys, I think that James Gunn might just be open enough to the goofy that we'll see a CGI planet with Kurt Russell's face on it. This is a glorious time we live in, that something like that can not only get all the big, fancy 3D screens, but everything else basically runs from it. It's at the Capitol (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond, the Studio in Belmont, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax), Assembly Row (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), and the SuperLux.

    And, that's close to it. Fenway and Revere will have the (new?) director's cut of Saturday Night Fever on Sunday and Wednesday, while those theaters and Boston Common have added another screening of Boston: An American Running Story on Tuesday.
  • Over at Kendall Square, construction continues, as they try to add The Dinner while still running four screens, which means taking a showtime from everything else. It looks interesting, with Richard Gere, Rebecca Hall, Steve Coogan, and Laura Linney as two couples meeting to figure out how to deal with something their sons have done. It's also at the Capitol, West Newton, and Boston Common. That means it's on their sister cinema in Waltham, the Embassy, to open Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, a documentary on a chef whose mercurial nature has found him more trouble than many people in a profession that attracts many. It's also at Boston Common.

  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre teams up with WGBH Jazz 24/7 to book Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, with musical-doc specialist John Scheinfeld tracking the life of the jazz legend. They also have another new release at midnight on Friday and Saturday, with pretty darn cool BUFF/MonsterFest selection A Dark Song telling the story of a woman who hires an occult expert to help contact her dead son.

    The other big screen is also active at midnight those days, with this weekend featuring the work of Brian De Palma - a new digital restoration of Body Double on Friday, and a 35mm print of Dressed to Kill on Saturday.

    Then, on Sunday morning, the Goethe-Institut film is The Bloom of Yesterday, whose premise sounds like a bad idea - a romantic comedy about the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal and a Holocaust victim - but it's award winning and will feature a post-film discussion as part of Jewishfilm.20. They also have a guest on Monday night, as Balagan welcomes Shireen Seno to present a program of short films from the Philippine Islands. Wednesday's visitor is Robert Milazzo, who will host an "In:Pictures" program featuring conversation with Dr. Henry Louis Gates about films that shaped his thinking. Finally, Thursday morning is the start of a weekly "Family Bonds" class, with Kaj Wilson presenting Ozu's Late Spring along with a lecture and conversation.

  • Out in West Newton, they open In Search of Israeli Cuisine, a documentary on how Israel's broad immigration has resulted in some unique fusion dishes.

    It's a feature that dovetails nicely with The National Center for Jewish Film's 20th Festival, which splits time between West Newton and the Museum of Fine Arts this week, with Body & Soul at the MFA on Friday (with filmmaker Q&A) and West Newton on Sunday, Past Life at the MFA Saturday and West Newton Tuesday, Aida's Secrets and Moon in the 12 House at West Newton Sunday, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue there Tuesday, Paradise at the MFA Wednesday with Q&A, and Fanny's Journey at the MFA with Q&A on Thursday.

  • The Brattle Theatre has two new releases this weekend, one of them a return, as Buster's Mal Heart was the secret screening at BUFF a month or so ago, which and it's at the very least interesting, with Rami Malek as a hotel concierge whose encounters with a paranoid man push him into becoming a mountain man. It plays late shows from Friday to Sunday.

    The main program this week is Harold & Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, a documentary about two people who have worked on iconic movies with very little credit - he as a storyboard artist, her as a researcher. In addition to having one of the greatest movie posters going, it's also an excuse for the Brattle to show some of the films they've worked on: The Birds on Saturday, The History of the World: Pt. I on Sunday and Thursday, a 35mm print of Star Trek: The Motion Picture on Monday, The Birds on Wednesday, and a double feature of Pretty Poison and Rosemary's Baby on Wednesday.

  • Boston Common keeps Love off the Cuff and Battle of Memories around, good news for those who couldn't make it out there because of IFFBoston, and add This Is Not What I Expected, a romantic comedy featuring Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhou Dongyu as a methodical CEO and a free-wheeling chef who eventually come together over their love of food.

    Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond sticks with BaahuBali 2 for their main Indian film, with one screen subtitled Hindi and the other alternating Tamil and Telugu (its native language). They also have Malayalam film The Great Father on Saturday.

  • The Museum of Fine Arts has its monthly "On the Fringe" presentation on Friday night, with a 35mm print of Repo Man. They also serve up cultish material with My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea, a fairly adult-skewing animated flick nevertheless distributed by Gkids. It plays Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday.

    They've also got room for a couple matinees of Bulgarian drama Glory, about a railroad engineer who is pushed as a folk hero when he finds a bag of money in the course of doing his job. And, in between all that, there's a 35mm screening of Frederick Wiseman's Titicut Follies o Saturday afternoon.

  • The Harvard Film Archive has a selection of Želimir Žilnik short films on Friday, though the Serbian director will not be visiting until next weekend. That night also has another shorts program, with Hachimiri Madness! selections "Isolation of 1/880000" and "Tokyo Cabbageman K" playing at 9pm, while feature Hanasareru Gang plays Saturday at the same time. Saturday evening offers a shorts program, featuring 16mm prints of films by Robert Nelson. Then, on Sunday and Monday, they welcome João Pedro Rodrigues, who will be presenting his new feature The Ornithologist on Sunday, and then he is joined by partner João Rui Guerra da Mata for documentary short "Where Do You Stand Now, João Pedro Rodrigues?" on Monday, with the screening following a performance the the feature's composer, Séverine Ballon.

  • The Somerville Theatre adds The Lost City of Z as it gets back to normal after the festival, but their big presentation is Cage Against the Machine, a burlesque show inspired by the films of Nicolas Cage, on Saturday night; it will be followed by a 35mm print of Face/Off. Another special screening with live entertainment happens on Thursday at their sister theater in Arlington, The Capitol, as Jeff Rapsis accompanies silent western The Winning of Barbara Worth, where Ronald Colman and Gary Cooper vie for the affections of Vilma Bankky.

  • White Sun plays the Belmont World Film at the the Studio Cinema, featuring a story of brothers who were on the opposite sites of the Nepalsese Civil War; a lecture from Nepalese native Sarthak Giri, who witnessed both sides first-hand.

  • CinemaSalem not only picks up Colossal this weekend, but they also seem to be the only place in the area showing Tomorrow ("Demain" in the original French), a documentary where actress Mélanie Laurent teams with Cyril Dion to showcase people working to fight climate change.
My plans include heading out to the furniture store to see Guardians 2, My Entire High School…, catching up with the two Chinese films I haven't seen, the silent, Harold & Lillian, and, well, gee, that's a lot, isn't it?

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