Friday, November 03, 2017

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 3 November 2017 - 9 November 2017

I won't be here for any of this, but might as well do something while waiting to change flights in the Dublin airport, and there is some stuff anyone in Boston (or America, generally) should see.

  • No need to bury the lede, of course - the new Marvel 3D movie comes out this weekend, it's Thor: Ragnarok, and they've brought in Taika Waititi to give what has been one of the toughest Marvel characters to get a handle on for film some zing, and grafted a good chunk of Planet Hulk onto the movie, which brings in a fun "guest cast" including Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Karl Urban, Tessa Thompson, and Jeff Goldblum on top of the usual Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins. It's at the Capitol (2D only), Apple Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D/3D), the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax 2D), Assembly Row (including Imax 3D), Fenway (including RPX), Revere (including MX4D/XPlus), and the SuperLux.

    A Bad Moms Christmas opened on Wednesday, playing at the Capitol, Apple Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux, and that's mostly it at the big multiplexes, although in an interesting twist, it's Fenway that pokes a toe out of the mainstream and opens Tragedy Girls, in which two teenage girls with a true-crime web show start boosting their hit count by making sure that there's plenty of crime in their town. It was a hit at Fantasia, and I believe the Boston Underground Film Festival folks will be giving it a special premiere on Friday night.

    Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is the latest in the long-running series, and goes back to the beginning to show how Ash and Pikachu met; it plays Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening. There's a one-night presentation of The Price of Fame: The Story of Ted "Million Dollar Man" DiBiase at Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere on Tuesday (apparently the classic WWE heel became a preacher), while The Notorious: Conor McGregor plays Revere Wednesday night and tells the rags-to-riches tale of the UFC fighter. Fenway also plays A Silent Voice on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, although it's not clear whether that's the start of a more open-ended engagement or not (it continues to play at Boston Common).
  • Most Beautiful Island opens at Apple Fresh Pond for a couple shows a day - the normal deal when it's something also hitting VOD - but give it a look. It took me by surprise at BUFF and was a big hit at Fantasia, making two really excellent turns. Sure, you can see it at home, but this theater's got the comfy seats, accepts MoviePass and has $5 Tuesdays and Sundays.

    They also keep a decent amount of Indian cinema going, adding Telugu spy comedy PSV Garuda Vega 126, subtitled Hindi new-parent drama Ribbon, and Malayalam thriller Villain (the latter through Sunday) to holdovers Secret Superstar and Golmaal Again. Kannada-language comedy Dayavittu Gamanisi plays Saturday & Sunday, while Marathi-language action-comedy Faster Fene plas Sunday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Kendall Square open The Square, the new one from Force Majeure director Ruben Östlund which sees a contemporary art museum curator's envelope-pushing conceptual program go completely off the rails. The Coolidge also gives some GoldScreen shows to Faces Places, a collaboration between French cinema legend Agnes Varda and muralist JR as they travel their country, document the people, and create massive images.

    There's no rest for the After Midnite crew at the Coolidge, as they run a 35mm print of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 on Friday and then welcome Joe Bob Briggs on Saturday for a midnight lecture on the History of the Redneck in Film. On Sunday, the theater teams with Goethe-Institut to present LOMO: The Language of Many Others with Q&A from director Julia Langhof. Monday's Science on Screen show is Office Space with an introduction by "Soonish" podcaster Wade Roush, and there's Open Screen on Tuesday.

    Wednesday is the opening night of THe Boston Jewish Film Festival featuring a remote Q&A with Bye Bye Germany director Sam Garbarski and a passholder party after the film. Holy Air and Let Yourself Go play the Coolidge on Thursday, with a short competition at the Somerville and 1945 in West Newton, and ten more days after that.
  • I'm not sure the "Takashi Miike's 100th Movie" claim really adds up for Blade of the Immortal, but who cares? Miike adapts the hit manga into a pretty great fantasy samurai bloodbath, his best pure action film since 13 Assassins. It's at Kendall Square and CinemaSalem. The Kendall also has a one-week booking for Jane, pulling together hours of unseen footage of Jane Goodall and putting it to a Philip Glass score.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a little room after the TerrorThon, and they use it to open LBJ, Rob Reiner's biography of President Johnson with Woody Harrelson as the Lyndon Baines and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird. It also plays West Newton. They also pick up The Killing of a Sacred Deer and give a one-week booking to Mansfield 66/67 a documentary about the last two years of Jayne Mansfield's life that bills itself as "a true story based on rumour and hearsay".

    They also play host to the Boston International Kids Film Festival, which offers short films, features (including IFFBoston selection Step), and workshops, from Friday to Sunday; they also play "Reel Rock 12", a selection of five new rock-climbing films on Tuesday.

    West Newton also goes kind of off-brand with Bad Match, which looks like a sleazy thriller from Cheap Thrills co-writer David Chirchirillo
  • The Brattle Theatre has a new restoration of classic Mexican Western Time to Die from Friday to Sunday, although the late show goes to Okja, as Netflix is finally letting all the theaters that wanted to play Bong Joon-ho's dark fantasy adventure do a few screenings this month. It plays through Wednesday. Weekdays include a number of special screenings and guests: The DocYard welcomes Quest producer Sabrina Schmidt Gordon to discuss Jon Olshefski's decade-in-the-making look at a musical family in Philadelphia on Monday, while Tuesday is a special screening of Grey Gardens to celebrate LIttle Edie's 100th birthday. Okja gets an early show on Wednesday, while another sci-fi cautionary tale, Ex Machina plays on Thursday with post-film discussion led by "The Technoskeptic"'s Mo Lotman.
  • The Harvard Film Archive starts November with a few from its Shuji Terayama, Emperor of the Underground retrospective, with short programs on Friday and Saturday and three features: Pastoral Hide and Seek (Friday 8:30pm), Fruits of Passion (Saturday 7pm), and Farewell to the Ark (Monday 7pm). Sunday is William Wellman day, with Carole Lombard comedy Nothing Sacred at 5pm and Gary Cooper adventure Beau Geste on Sunday. Features are on 35mm, shorts a mix of 35mm and 16mm.
  • First Friday of a new month means weirdness on film at the The Museum of Fine Arts, with this month's 35mm treat being Jacob's Ladder. Much of the rest of the week is given to the Turkish Festival's Documentary & Short Film competition, with short packages on Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday. Thursday is a special Evening with Bill Morrison and Guy Maddin, with Maddin taking questions after showing My Winnipeg on 35mm and also talking with Morrison after his film, Dawson City: Frozen Time. The latter also plays Sunday afternoon, as does "Chartres: Light Reborn", although that particular screening (in the Alfond Auditorium) is sold out.
  • The Regent Theatre has added two screenings of meditation documentary Walk with Me for Saturday afternoon and evening (it must have done well last week) and screens I Am Another You, in which filmmaker Nanfu Wang joins a drifter who is homeless by choice, on Monday evening..
  • .ArtsEmerson's Film Program hosts the "Wicked Queer Cinema Club" in the Paramount's Bright Screening Room on Friday as they screen Apricot Groves, in which an Armenian trans-man who has lived in the US since youth returns to his home country to meet his girlfriend's conservative family, connection with his brother along the way.

    Bright Lights uses that room for two documentaries this week: The Witness, on Tuesday, is presented with subject Bill Genovese and director James Solomon in attendance; Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive plays Thursday with director Adam Strange there. As always, Bright Lights is free to the public.

I'll see, like, none of this, as I'm out of town, although I'm about to go on a walking tour following the trail of The Third Man. Okay, at some point I'll probably see Thor with German subtitles.

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