Thursday, October 05, 2017

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 6 October 2017 - 12 October 2017

The Blade Runner situation is weird - the talent got me excited, but then somehow seeing all the previews got me in ho-hum territory, but now the crazy good word from the people I know who've seen it has be excited. Not a bad thing to be excited about now that it looks like the Red Sox' season will end this weekend.

  • Blade Runner 2049 is the big deal, a 30-years-later sequel that brings back Harrison Ford, although Ryan Gosling's younger android hunter takes the forefront initially in what seems like an even more ambitious (and, at 164 minutes, long) story of what happens to humanity when the line with machines is blurred. Denis Villeneuve directs with cinematography by Roger Deakins, although it's not clear how much 3D was kept in mind when shooting. It's at the Somerville (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond (2D only), the Belmont Studio, Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D), the Embassy (2D only), Boston Common (including Imax 2D), Fenway (including RPX 2D/3D), Assembly Row (including Imax 2D/3D), Revered (including MX4D and XPlus), and the SuperLux.

    Heavy stuff, so those wanting something else might want to go for My Little Pony: The Movie, a continuation of the popular Friendship Is Magic! TV series with a ton of fun voices and colorful traditional-style animation. It's at Apple Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere. If you want more traditional animation for the family, Boston Common will be running The Princess and the Frog twice daily.

    Somewhere in between those two is The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba as two survivors of an airplane crash who must work together to walk back to civilization from a remote, snowy peak. It's at the Capitol in Arlington, Apple Fresh Pond, The West Newton Cinema, Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    Revere also brings back Pearl Jam: Let's Play Two! for encore shows on Friday and Saturday. Fenway continues the Regal Halloween series with a Stephen King double feature of The Dead Zone & Pet Semetary on Monday and The Monster Squad on Tuesday.
  • Lucky turned out to be Harry Dean Stanton's final film, directed by another character actor (John Carroll Lynch) and featuring a number more, and it's getting raves. Initially just opening at Kendall Square, although it could potentially open wider in coming weeks. They also open Loving Vincent, described as the first oil-painted animated feature, and as you might guess, it mimics Vincent Van Gogh's style in telling a story about his mysterious death.

    They also open IFFBoston alumnus Dolores, a documentary on Dolores Huerta, an important but oft-overlooked figure in the American labor movement; it's scheduled for one week. Their sister cinema in Waltham, the Embassy, opens another documentary, Architects of Denial, focusing on the Armenian genocide and the echoes of it still felt a century later.
  • Boston Common keeps Chasing the Dragon & Never Say Die around, but mostly for literal matinees, but two more Chinese movies open up. Sky Hunter, is a big-budget fighter-jet movie that looks like it might be roughly as nationalistic as Wolf Warrior 2, but has a neat cast including director Li Chen, Fan Bingbing, Leon Lee, and Guo Mingyu. City of Rock, meanwhile, looks more rebellious; it's writer/director/star Dong "Da Peng" Chengpeng's follow up to the genuinely goofy Jian Bing Man, about a rock & roll loving kid trying to save the local music festival after the town's biggest band self-destructs.

    Apple Fresh Pond similarly continues playing Spyder, Judwaa 2, and Mahanubhavudu, but the only thing opening is Cold Moon, a ghost story based upon a novel by the writer of Beetlejuice and Nightmare Before Christmas, featuring Christopher Lloyd, Frank Whaley, and Candy Clark. Tiny release, just running at between 4:30pm and 4:40pm for a week.
  • The Museum of Science gets a new large-format film for the OMNIMAX screen, with "Dream Big: Engineering Our World" telling stories of engineering feets from the Great Wall of China to underwater cities, with Jeff Bridges narrating. They also will be having Saturday Night Creature Feature late shows in the planetarium every Saturday in October, kicking off this weekend with the original Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman.
  • The Brattle Theatre splits their screen between two films for much of the week: Desert Hearts is a new restoration of a 1986 film by Donna Deitch starring Helen Shaver as a woman coming to Reno for a quickie divorce and catches the eye of a younger woman. It runs Friday to Monday, although it cedes the screen to a 35mm print of Baby Driver for the last show of the day. Baby Driver also plays Wednesday and Thursday, with a special screening of "Human Harvest: China's Illegal Organ Trade" on Tuesday, and a 35mm of Terrence Malick's Badlands with author Jim Shepard on Thursday.
  • Victoria and Abdul expands to The Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Capitol. The Coolidge also has special presentations, starting with a pair of 35mm Fulci films at midnight: The House by the Cemetery on Friday and The Gates of Hell on Saturday. There's Open Screen on Tuesday, and a 35mm print of Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains for Cinema Jukebox on Thursday.

    They also host the first couple nights of the GlobeDocs Film Festival, with Bending the Arc (sold out) on Wednesday and Unrest on Thursday; Wasted! The Story of Food Waste plays at the Kendall on Thursday. All screenings will include special guests and discussion moderated by Boston Globe writers.
  • Though their 70mm film festival is over, The Somerville Theatre maybe could have gotten a print of Blade Runner 2049, but the big room is being used for Halloween shows all month. The festivities kick off on Friday with a "Gorelesque" at 8pm and a 35mm print of Army of Darkness at 9pm. Saturday is claimed by a 35mm Psycho triple-feature featuring the classic and the two more-or-less-forgotten sequels. They go digital for The Monster Club on Sunday, but have a print of Shaun of the Dead on Tuesday. The week finishes out with Scream on Wednesday and Mayon Thursday, both digital.

    CinemaSalem, as you might imagine, is really into Halloween, adding a new short 3D documentary, "The History of Halloween", that alternates with their "The True 1692" in the small room. They also have a repertory series going for at least the next couple of weekends: Get Out & The People Under the Stairs Friday, Tragedy Girls & Friday the 13th Part VIII: The New Blood on Saturday, American Psycho & The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Sunday, The Mist & They Live on Monday, and Adam Green visits on Thursday to present his fourth Hatchet film, Victor Crowley as part of a "Rock & Shock" series.
  • The Harvard Film Archive is all special events, opening the weekend with "The Lyric Lens", a collection of three Stan Brakhage short films on 16mm introduced by Nathaniel Dorsky & Jerome Hiler. Saturday is another special event, with Jerome Hiller doing a presentation called "Cinema Before 1300", and Nathaniel Dorsky introducing his own new 16mm films on Sunday. Rick Prelinger is on-hand to introduce his experimental documentary Lost Landscapes of Los Angeles on Monday, and then gives a lecture ("Effacements in the Repository: Do Physical Objects Have the Right To Exist?") at the Lamont Library on Tuesday afternoon.
  • First Friday of the month, so The Museum of Fine Arts has an "On the Fringe" show, showing a 35mm print of Nicolas Cage in Vampire's Kiss. They'll also be showing Frederick Weisman's Ex Libris: New York Public Library (Friday/Sunday), Swim Team (Saturday/Sunday), this year's Manhattan Short Film Festival program (Saturday), while kicking off a run of new Argentine film Kékszakállú (Bluebeard) (Wednesday/Thursday). This week's "Costa-Gavras: Encounters with History" presentation is Amen. on Thursday, co-presented with the BJFF and followed by a panel discussion.
  • ArtsEmerson's Film Program co-presents Heartstone with Wicked Queer on Friday, screening the Icelandic coming-of-age story in the Paramount's Bright Screening Room. Bright Lights uses the room for Kedi on Tuesday, video-chatting with director Ceyda Torun afterward, and The Black Maria Film Festival on Thursday, followed by a discussion including a few of the filmmakers.
  • The Regent Theatre plays Nepali hit Chhakka Panja 2 on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening, checking back in on Raja and his friends a year later.

My plans involve Blade Runner 2049, City of Rock, Loving Vincent, Shaun of the Dead, and what is likely the last Red Sox game of the year on Sunday, with an exchange of presents with my niece with my birthday in there. I am sorely tempted to get out to Salem for Tragedy Girls, but I don't see how that fits in.

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