Friday, May 12, 2017

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

Second week of the summer movie season, and there's kind of a lull as the studios want to grab a weekend but don't really want to get chewed up by Guardians. So there's a lot of stuff but not necessarily a lot of great stuff.

  • Like, the big 3D King Arthur: Legend of the Sword that has Guy Ritchie re-imagining Arthur Pendragon as a working-class brawler played by Charlie Hunnam, because that's what Richie does. I guess there's giant elephants and Jude Law, too. That's at the Somerville (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond (2D only), the Embassy (2D only), Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, Revere, and the SuperLux. Or Snatched, with Amy Schumer as a young woman who gets kidnapped while on a South American vacation with her mother, played by Goldie Hawn, who apparently hasn't had a movie role in fifteen years. That's nuts. Anyway, it's playing at the Somerville, Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere.

    A smaller release comes for a smaller movie, The Wall which has Doug Liman directing Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena pretty much solo as two soldiers pinned down by a sniper in Iraq. Sub-90 minutes, which is the compact sort of movie that often gets sent straight to VOD,but it's at Boston Common, Fenway, and Revere.

    There are also 20th Anniversary screenings of The Fifth Element at Boston Common, Fenway, and Revere on Sunday and Wednesday, with an early look at director Luc Besson's Valerian movie.
  • Meanwhile, there's nearly as much turnover at The Coolidge Corner Theatre despite only having a few screens to play with. They and Boston Common pick up the first IFFBoston alumnus to hit theaters this year as Chuck opens, featuring Liev Schreiber as the real-life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. They also get The Lovers along with Kendall Square, with Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as an unhappily-married couple who suddenly feel a renewed spark, which makes things awkward with their long-time lovers. They also give a showtime or two daily to Risk, mostly in the GoldScreen, although it moves to the main room on Sunday afternoon as director Laura Poitras visits to discuss her all-access documentary following Julian Assange over six years.

    To make room, they end their run of Colossal, though it has two last shows at midnight on Friday and Saturday. The other midnights those days are the films of John Carpenter, with Assault on Precinct 13 playing Friday night and They Live on Saturday, both on 35mm film. They also use the film for Monday night's Big Screen Classic, Bonnie and Clyde.
  • The Brattle Theatre is doing the "movie about filmmakers with associated films in the off-hours" thing again, this time with David Lynch: The Art Life playing Friday through Wednesday with a number of companion films: Eraserhead (with early shorts on Friday night and on its own Saturday afternoon), Mulholland Drive on Saturday night, a 16mm print of inspiration Dreams that Money Can Buy Sunday night, and a "Twin Peaks Social" to get psyched for the new season on Wednesday.

    There are a number of special screenings in the gaps. An English dub of My Neighbor Totoro runs on Saturday morning as a fundraiser for the MLK school, while Sunday is the traditional Mother's Day screening of Psycho. Director Allison Anders stops by tuesday evening to introduce a 25th Anniversary screening of Gas Food Lodging on Tuesday, while novelist Colm Toibin is on-hand to introduce Thursday's screening of Brooklyn.
  • Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond adds Malayalam screenings of BaahuBali 2 to the subtitled Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu ones. There's also a new full opening of Meri Pyaari Bindu, in which a writer returns to his hometown but gets hung up on his old girlfriend, playing in subtitled Hindi. They also have Telugu action-comedy Radha

    English-language selections include one from last year's IFFBoston, Folk Hero and Funny Guy, featuring Alex Karpovsky and Wyatt Russell as old friends whose performing careers have gone in opposite directions in recent years going on tour together. There's also Tracktown, with co-writer/director Alexi Pappas starring as a top cross-country runner having to take a break from her obsessive training after twisting her ankle. And, Friday at midnight, there's the monthly screening of Rocky Horror, which as always also screens at Boston Common with a different cast on Saturday.
  • The National Center for Jewish Film's 20th Festival spends most of its time at the The Museum of Fine Arts this week with Hummus! The Movie (Friday with samples), The Wedding Plan (Sunday), The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev (Wednesday), and The Exception (Thursday). They're at the Cooldige on Tuesday, with an afternoon encore of Hummus! and a 35mm print of To Be or Not to Be for its 75th anniversary.

    There are also more screenings of Bulgarian drama Glory (Friday/Saturday/Wednesday) and My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (Saturday/Sunday). Thursday afternoon, they have their annual animation show of short films made by MassArt seniors as part of their graduation projects.
  • The Harvard Film Archive welcomes Serbian filmmaker Želimir Žilnik, who will introduce 35mm prints of his 1969 film Early Works on Friday and The Old School of Capitalism (from 40 years later) on Saturday. In between, on Saturday afternoon, they will close out their family-friendly Saturday matinee series (at least, for this calendar) with a hand-tinted and toned print of The Adventures of Prince Achmed, with Robert Humphreville accompanying this groundbreaking animated film.

    Sunday night is the end of the Jem Cohen series, with Gravity Hill Newsreels: 12 Short Observations about Occupy Wall Street preceded by his latest short, "Birth of a Nation". Houghton Library administrator Dennis Marnon introduces a 35mm print of Billy Budd on Monday, and there's a free program of 16mm bicycle shorts on Wednesday.
  • This month's "Silents,Please" screening at The Somerville Theatre plays on Sunday, with Jeff Rapsis accompanying a 35mm print of Erich von Stroheim's Greed. There's also a special screening of Israeli sci-fi comedy Tomorrow Ever After, in which a historian from the utopian 27th century finds herself stranded in 2015, with director Ela Thier there for a Q&A. Their friends at The Capitol, meanwhile, pick up Their Finest, and it's cool to see that fun film sticking around the area.
  • Belmont World Film closes out their annual series the Studio Cinema on Monday with The Olive Tree, with a family traveling from Spain to Germany to recover a tree that had been growing on their property for two thousand years. As usual, there's a speaker to go with it, but a separate ticket also includes a special dinner with Spanish cuisine.
  • CinemaSalem continues to look like the coolest screen on the shore by using their itty-bitty screen to show Hounds of Love, a great, nasty crime thriller from Australia that was one of the standouts at this year's Boston Underground Film Festival.
I'm looking at The Wall, Prince Achmed, Greed, and Tomorrow Ever After. And, fine, I'll probably see King Arthur in 3D. I'm not proud.

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