Thursday, May 25, 2017

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 26 May 2017 - 1 June 2017

You know, I'm almost tempted to see this weekend's big new release, but I feel like seeing two movies with Johnny Depp in the same calendar year would make me feel dirty.

  • I mean, sure, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is kind of tempting, but I doubt that they'll let Javier Bardem's Captain Salazar kill Jack Sparrow, even if it is the last one. The directors are the Norwegian guys who did the well-regarded Kon-Tikia few years back, though, and 3D swashbuckling should be fun. It's at the Capitol (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond (2D only), Jordan's (Imax), the Studio Cinema (2D only), the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax 2D), Assembly Row (including Imax 3D), Fenway (including RPX 2D/3D), Revere (including MX4D/XPlus), and the SuperLux.

    Or you could come ashore for Baywatch, with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron as lifeguards getting into goofy adventures, with Priyanka Chopra as the villain and Alexandra Daddario as what I hope is Johnson's girlfriend, seeing as she played his daughter in San Andreas a year ago. It actually opened Thursday night, and is playing at the Somerville, Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, Revere, and the SuperLux.
  • Two new movies open at The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Boston Common, squarely hitting the mainstream/boutique crossover. Paris Can Wait (apparently also called "Bonjour, Anne") comes from Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis Ford, making her first feature film at the age of 81; it stars Diane Lane as a vaguely unsatisfied woman who winds up taking the scenic route through France when her husband's friend offers to give her a lift to Paris. It's also at Kendall Square and the Embassy.

    There's also Buena Vista Social Club: Adios, which isn't an official follow-up to the Wim Wenders movie, but does focus on several of the same musicians, twenty years older and with fewer still around. It also plays West Newton.

    This week's midnight cult filmmaker is Guillermo Del Toro, with 35mm prints of two of his great Spanish-language films, with The Devil's Backbone on Friday and Pan's Labyrinth on Saturday. They've also got a print of Apollo 13 on Monday, with MIT Professor Laurence Young doing a Science-on-Screen-style introduction for this JFK100 screening. Tuesday's special screening is Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead, Amir Bar-Lev's jumps sized documentary (nearly four hours) of one of the world's most unconventionally successful bands. On Thursday, there's a tribute to Jonathan Demme with a 35mm print of Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense.
  • Kendall Square is still down to four screens (not sure whether they're the same four screens), but they open Wakefield as well as Paris. That one features Bryan Cranston as a man who has a nervous breakdown and retreats to the attic, observing his wife (Jennifer Garner) unseen for months.
  • Boston Common clears the Chinese films which have been running all month out but brings in 29+1, a story of two 29-year-old women in Hong Kong whose lives intersect as they move in different directions. It stars Chrissie Chau and Joyce Cheng, and is written and directed by Kearen Pang from her own stage play. Pang co-wrote Isabella, which was pretty darn good.

    The Bollywood film opening at Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond this week is Sachin: A Billion Dreams, a biography of "God of Cricket" Sachin Tendulkar directed by a guy who has been doing a bunch of sports films in recent years. They also open Telugu romance Rarandoi and keep around Hindi Medium (early shows only) and the subtitled Hindi version of Baahubali 2.
  • The Brattle Theatre is having a full Reunion Week this year as Harvard alumni back in town after a multiple of 25 years (and the rest of us) can revisit what was playing at the time. The movies on tap are 1942's The Magnificent Ambersons (Friday, 35mm, with an introduction by author Colin Fleming); 1992's Poison Ivy (Friday, 35mm); 1942's The Palm Beach Story & Woman of the Year (double feature Saturday, the latter on 35mm), 1992's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (Saturday, 35mm); 1967's Playtime (Sunday, 35mm); 1942's This Gun for Hire (Monday, 35mm); 1992's Hard Boiled (Monday, 35mm); 1967's In Cold Blood (Tuesday, 35mm); 1967's Branded to Kill (Tuesday); a free Elements of Cinema screening of 1992's Autumn Moon (Wednesday, 35mm); and 1992's Malcolm X (Thursday, 35mm).
  • ArtsEmerson continues Chapter & Verse with Daniel Beaty in the Bright, with shows Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • It's almost all Frederick Wiseman: For the Record at The Museum of Fine Arts, with screenings of Boxing Gym (Friday), State Legislature (Friday), La Danse (35mm Saturday), Domestic Violence 2 (Saturday), At Berkley (Sunday), Domestic Violence (Wednesday), In Jackson Heights (Thursday), and The Last Letter (Thursday). They will also have a matiinee screening of Orchestra of Exiles on Monday as part of their Memorial Day Open House.
  • The Regent Theatre is mostly still booked for a live show, but they will have 8th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival on Wednesday.

That's not a whole lot of new stuff, actually; I'll probably catch 29+1, Baywatch and Wakefield, maybe check out a bunch of the Brattle's anniversary stuff. That choice between Hard Boiled and Apollo 13 on Monday is kind of cruel, though.

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