Thursday, July 06, 2017

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 7 July 2017 - 13 July 2017

You know, for as much as the week's big movie sure seem like going to the same well once too often, it sure looks like nobody's going to mess with Marvel until they actually have a flop, giving this week's release a pretty impressively wide berth.

  • That makes it Spider-Man: Homecoming weekend, with Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Michael Keaton as the Vulture, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man because, as we saw in Captain America: Civil War, this is the Spider-Man from Earth-199999, the one we've been following since Iron Man. No repeat of the origin, just jumping straight into an adventure directed by Jon Watts of Cop Car fame. It's everywhere - the Capitol (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax 3D), the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax 3D), Fenway (including RPX 3D), Assembly Row (including Imax 3D), Revere (including XPlus 3D & MX4D), and the SuperLux. For all that, if you want to catch it on the biggest screens; watch it this weekend; War for the Planet of the Apes comes out next week with Apple Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere doing a Rise/Dawn/War trilogy feature on Wednesday.
  • Heck, the next-most prominent opening is at The Brattle Theatre, which has one of my favorites from this year's Independent Film Festival Boston, The Little Hours. It's a flat-out hilarious comedy featuring Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate Micucci as foul-mouthed nuns in pre-Renaissance Italy, with James Franco as the fugitive hiding out in their convent.

    But, don't forget that it's summer and the Brattle's vertical schedule starts up soon, so Hours will be limited to late shows on Monday and Tuesday as the Robert Mitchum Centennial series starts with a double feature of Out of the Past & Angel Face (or see a different one at 7:30pm each day if you can't make a 5:30 show). That's two 35mm prints of all-time great films noirs. They also don't have anything listed for Thursday evening, which is usually a good reminder to for members of the theater and/or IFFBoston to watch their emails (or they've got a private booking; one of the two).
  • This week's Chinese opening has a pretty nice pedigree, with Ann Hui directing Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Deannie Yip, Eddie Peng, and Wallace Huo in Our Time Will Come, a wartime drama. It's Hong Kong-set but in Mandarin, which is a bit worrisome, but Hui did A Simple Life and The Golden Era, so she gets a heck of a lot of benefit of the doubt.

    Apple Fresh Pond has enough Spider-screenings that the two Indian openings are sharing a screen (or effectively doing so). Mom is in Hindi with English subtitles, a thriller about the title character (Sridevi) apparently going great lengths to protect her children, although it does not appear to be a remake of Mother. That gives Telugu romance Ninnu Kori the off-hours, and while Apple doesn't list English subtitles, it's also playing late shows at Fenway, which is a pretty good indicator.

    They also get one of their occasional indie comedy half-timers, with Austin Found starring Linda Cardellini as a single mother looking to become famous by having her ex boyfriend pretend to kidnap her daughter. Things obviously go wrong, but there's a fun cast, with Skeet Ulrich, Patrick Warburton, Craig Robinson, Jaime Pressly, and Kristen Schaal.
  • The West Newton Cinema opens Boston Jewish Film Festival alum The Women's Balcony which, even for a BJFF movie at West Newton, looks super-Jewish but also like a really offbeat comedy, which start with the aforementioned balcony collapsing during a bar mitzvah, putting the rabbi's wife into a coma, which leads to the rabbi hallucinating and a young, hyper-pious rabbi taking over and secret romances abounding. The BJFF also kicks off their "Summer Cinematheque" series on Wednesday with a special screening of Harmonia, a modern take on the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre keeps their schedule pretty much stable, although they've got some quality special presentations to lure you out there anyway. The weekend's midnights, for instance, are early creepy Cronenberg on 35mm, with The Brood on Friday and Videodrome on Saturday. Monday's Big Screen Classic is also on film, and they should get a packed house for The Princess Bride, and I hope like heck there are Antiope cosplayers there to imply that's who Princess Buttercup grew up to be. They also have a GlobeDocs screening of IFFBoston alum Step on Wednesday, with director Amanda Lipitz there to answer questions about her documentary following a Baltimore high school's girls' step-dance team.
  • The Harvard Film Archive keeps the good work up, with That Certain Feeling… The Touch of Ernst Lubitsch and The Complete Jean Renoir continuing. The Lubitsch films are Design for Living (Friday 7pm), One Hour with You (Saturday 9:30pm), So This Is Paris (Sunday 7pm with Jeff Rapsis accompanying), and featurettes "When I Was Dead" and "The Pride of the Firm" (Monday 7pm with Robert Humphreville accompanying). Renoir is represented by The Southerner (Friday 9pm), Grand Illusion (Saturday 7pm), and The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir. All of those are in 35mm. They also start a special summer series, "The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun: Psychedelic Surf Films, 1966-1979" on Thursday, with Morning of the Earth playing on 16mm film. Music and snacks at 7pm, movie at 9pm.
  • The Somerville Theatre sometimes goes for relatively deep cuts with their "Silents Please" series, but Sunday afternoon's show is one of the well-known classics, Harold Lloyd's Safety Last. You know, the one where he hangs off the clock face. As usual, it's on 35mm film with Jeff Rapsis supplying a soundtrack on the organ, although this time he'll be joined by Sammy D and the Late Risers, a local Dixieland band, which should make for a unique sound. They will also be bringing back some of the best entries from last month's 48-Hour Film Project on Tuesday evening,
  • The Regent Theatre screens what the marquee bills as a Director's Cut of 1776, with evening shows on Friday & Saturday and matinees on Saturday and Sunday. They also screen 2016 election documentary Democracy Through the Looking Glass on Wednesday and "Under an Arctic Sky" on Thursday, a featurette on surfing off Iceland during their biggest storm in 25 years with director Chris Burkard on hand for a slideshow before the movie and a Q&A afterward.
  • CinemaSalem has a decidedly odd one this week with Manifesto, which features Cate Blanchett playing a variety of characters orating their manifestos in various locations. It apparently started as an art installation at Australian Center for the Moving Image in Melbourne.
  • the New England Aquarium adds short documentary "Saving Sea Turtles" to the rotation in the Simons Imax Theatre, although it should be noted that it's not an Imax film, but it is local, telling the story of a group of turtles found "cold-stunned" on Cape Cod in 2014 and brought to the Aquarium's Animal Care Center in Quincy.
  • No movies at The Museum of Fine Arts this weekend, but they open the annual French Film Festival with a "Sunset Screening" of Divorce French Style on Thursday evening, with the fun kicking off at 6:30 with a DJ and live sketching.

    Other movies on the Joe's Free Films calendar include (but are not limited to) multiple screenings of The Secret Life of Pets and Somerville's SomerMovie series continuing its animal-oriented series with Best of Show.

I'll be at Spider-Man and Our Time Will Come for newcomers, and will probably try to catch up with The Beguiled and Maudie before catching the bug for Montreal and Fantasia on Thursday. So, yes, get ready for that flood soon.

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