Friday, June 02, 2017

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 2 June 2017 - 8 June 2017

Lots of superhero stuff, lots of Chinese stuff, classic stuff… It is going to be a busy, busy week.

  • Kick it off with Wonder Woman, one of DC's big three superheroes that is just now getting the big 3D giant-screen treatment for the first time and, speaking of wonders, appears to actually be good despite Warner Brothers' recent track record with making movies out of their comic book characters. It's all over the place - the Somerville (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond (2D only), Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common (including Imax), Assembly Row (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), the Embassy, Revere (including MX4D and XPlus), and the SuperLux.

    Those looking for a more specifically kid-friendly superhero movie can find Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, which is animated in 3D and looks like it captures the young-reader books' art styles. It's at the Capitol (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond (2D only), Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere.

    Boston Common and West Newton also open Churchill, which focuses on the week before D-Day when Sir Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) was not at all comfortable with the all-in nature of Operation Overlord, bumping heads with Eisenhower (John Slattery). Not so great as one might hope, I'm afraid. Over in Revere, they get 3 Idiotas, a Mexican remake of an Indian movie about, well, three idiots trying to solve a mystery and win the hand of the same girl (Martha Higareda).

    Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere will all have TCM screenings of The Godfather on Sunday and Wednesday. Boston Common, meanwhile, will be doing a Roger Moore tribute on Sunday, with a double feature of two of his James Bond movies: The Spy Who Loved Me & For Your Eyes Only.
  • IFFBoston selection Dean opens at Kendall Square, it features writer/director Demetri Martin as a young man who has just lost his mother and moves cross-country to start over, although he panics a bit when his father (Kevin Kline) decides to sell the family home. Also feature Gillian Jacobs and Mary Steenburgen, so I am basically in this for the older couple.
  • Two new movies open at The Coolidge Corner Theatre opens two new ones in the screening room: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a documentary on Jane Jacobs, a writer and architect whose 1960s work stood in sharp contrast to that of Robert Moses. It shares the screen with Graduation, the latest by Romanian master Cristian Mungiu which features a father who will do anything to get his daughter into a good college abroad.

    Friday's midnight screening is a new restoration of Death Line, aka "Raw Meat", and Gary Sherman will be on-hand for a Q&A afterward. That's a 45th anniversary show, while Saturday's The Lost Boys (on 35mm) celebrates its 30th. There's a special screening of The Guys Next Door, which recently played IFFBoston, on Sunday afternoon, followed by a panel discussion about families with LGBT parents. Monday's Big Screen Classic is Top Hat with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers on 35mm, while Thursday offers a combination of a live concert by jazz pianist Kenny Werner and documentary The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith.
  • Three Chinese movies open this weekend, necessitating a split between two different venues! God of War is the action entry, with Sammo Hung choreographing the action for director Gordon Chan and playing a veteran warrior who recruits Vincent Zhao to fight Japanese pirates. Beautiful Accident, meanwhile, is the romantic fantasy, featuring Gwei Lun-mei as a high-powered attorney who, after a fatal car accident, is charged by the afterlife with substituting for a young mother who has died too soon. Those are both at Boston Common, while Fenway has their first Chinese film in a while with Taiwan's Didi's Dream, with Dee Hsu as an actress trying to outshine her superstar sister.

    Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond still has a few showtimes for English-subtitled/Hindi-soundtrack Sachin: A Billion Dreams and Baahubali 2; they also have Telugu comedies Fashion Designer (through Sunday) and Ami Tumi (Tuesday/Wednesday).
  • The Brattle Theatre has a pair of noteworthy restorations this week, with Beat the Devil playing through Sunday, claiming never-before-footage of the movie that made Bogart a cult figure in Cambridge. Donnie Darko plays at 9:30 through Wednesday, and it is the original theatrical cut that has been restored. There are Dance for World Community pictures for the first half of the work week - Pharaohs of Memphis and Black Ballerina on Monday, Prima and Finding Heaven Under our Feet on Tuesday, Rize and one not yet announced on Wednesday. All are single features. There's also a special screening of From the Ashes on Thursday, with the documentary on coal-mining communities trying to find a new start sponsored by the local chapter of the Sierra Club.
  • Frederick Wiseman: For the Record at The Museum of Fine Arts wraps up this weekend with The Last Letter (Friday on 35mm), Crazy Horse (Friday/Sunday), National Gallery (Saturday), and In Jackson Heights (Saturday/Sunday). The start of a new month means an On The Fringe screening on Friday, with June's offering being a 35mm print of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. On Wednesday, they screen Matisse: From MOMA and Tate Modern as a tie-in with their own Henri Matisse exhibition. Thursday is the start of an Arab Film Weekend, with Clash from Egypt and The War Show from Syria.
  • It's Member's Weekend at The Harvard Film Archive, so if you're a member, check your email for what secret screenings they have coming from their vaults!
  • Jeff Rapsis is at Aeronaut Brewery on Sunday evening, accompanying the 1925 silent version of The Wizard of Oz.
  • The Somerville Theatre kicks off their "Summer of Love" repertory program on Wednesday with a 35mm print of Roman Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers. On either side (Tuesday and Wednesday), they will be showing this year's Boston entries for the 48 Hour Film Project, an annual contest where teams try to make a short film given a genre and a prop.

I am down for Wonder Woman, all three Chinese films, Dead, and Beat the Devil. Don't know how I manage it, but I'll try. Be down for Oz, too, but the Aeronaut doesn't serve food and I don't drink.

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