Thursday, November 16, 2017

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 17 November 2017 - 21 November 2017

Thanksgiving next week, so movies open Wednesday, so it's kind of a short week.

  • There may be some films getting more advertising, but is anything more highly-anticipated than IFFBoston Fall Focus finale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri? Starring Frances McDormand as a grieving mother who buys the advertising in question to put pressure on the sheriff investigating the murder of her daughter. Dark, dark comedy from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh with a great cast; it's at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, and Boston Common.

    In a couple weeks, the Coolidge's After Midnite guys will present an award to Adrienne Barbeau,and they're getting the tribute started this weekend, with a double feature of Swamp Thing & The Return of Swamp Thing (the latter on 35mm) at 11;30pm on Friday and a print of Creepshow (preceded by short film "Alice Jacobs Is Dead") on Saturday. They also have a 35mm print of The Room late on Friday.
  • If you told me even five years ago that I'd have only the vaguest interest in a Justice League movie, maybe I wouldn't have been completely unbelieving,but, wow, it's been kind of a slog getting to this big 3D action/adventure movie which has them battling one of the less well-known New Gods, presumably saving Darkseid for the sequel. This time around, it's at the Somerville (2D only), Fresh Pond, the Belmont Studio (2D only), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D), the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax 2D), Fenway (including RPX 2D/3D), Assembly Row (including Imax 2D), Revere (including MX4D/XPlus), and the SuperLux.

    For those looking for something less bombastic, Perks of Being a Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky delivers Wonder, featuring Room star Jacob Tremblay as a kid with facial discolorations attending school for the first time, with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as his parents. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux. Also family-friendly is The Star, a digitally-animated film about the nativity told from the perspective of the animals, primarily a donkey voiced by Steven Yeun. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere.
  • Another IFFBoston Fall Focus selection, Last Flag Flying, opens at Kendall Square and Boston Common; it's the latest from director Richard Linklater and features Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne, and Bryan Cranston as old army buddies hitting the road to bury the son of Carell's character in Arlington. The Kendall also gets God's Own Country, featuring Josh O'Connor as a young farmer who finds his life changing when a handsome Romanian worker arrives on the farm. You'll have to go to their sister cinema in Waltham, The Embassy, to see Mudbound, Dee Rees's film starring Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell as two men - one black, one white - working on a southern farm after World War II. Rave reviews, but as a Netflix film, it's lucky to get that screen.
  • Apple Fresh Pond gets Tumhari Sulu, with Vidya Balan as a Mumbai housewife who gets the job of overnight disk jockey at a local radio station. They also pick up Telugu film Khakee for a late-night shows.

    They also have matinees of Angelica with Jena Malone and Ed Stoppard as a couple in Victorian London whose house seems to be haunted after the birth of their daughter. It's been on the shelf for a couple of years, which isn't a good sign, but it's directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein of Teeth, which makes it interesting.
  • The Boston Jewish FIlm Festival wraps up this weekend, with shows Saturday to Monday at the Brattle, JCC Riemer-Goldstein Theater, MFA, Somerville, ICA, Orchard Cove, West Newton, the Boston Public Library, and Center for the Arts in Natick. Sunday features Marlee Matlin presenting Dirty Dancing at the MFA at noon, while Keep the Change at the BPL.
  • The Brattle Theatre put a second show of Don't Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker Friday night after the first sold out; it documents a band, and member Blake Schwarenbach will be on-hand for both shows. They've got a screening of anime film Fate/Stay Night [Heaven's Feel] on Saturday afternoon, and then spend the rest of Saturday and Sunday playing host to the BJFF. Monday's DocYard presentation is "Acts and Intermissions: Emma Goldman in America", with filmmaker Abigail Child, and then it's Trash Night on Tuesday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has more from William Wellman , with Nothing Sacred (Friday 7pm); Good-bye, My Lady (Saturday 3pm), Safe in Hell (Sunday 5pm), Heroes for Sale (Sunday 7pm); and a double feature of Wild Boys of the Road & The Star Witness on Monday, all on 35mm except Good-bye, My Lady, which is on 16mm but is also Saturday's $5 family show. There are two Shuji Terayama short programs in between on 16mm, with Julian Ross & Chizuru Usui introducing one Friday at 7pm and Henrikku Morisaki doing a special presentation and performance at 7pm on Saturday.
  • Like the Brattle, The Museum of Fine Arts uses its screen for the BJFF on Saturday and Sunday, but has screenings of Slovak film The Teacher on Friday & Saturday, with screenings of George T. Nierenberg's short documentaries "No Maps on My Taps" & "About Tap" on Friday evening.
  • The Regent Theatre screens documentary The Last Dalai Lama? on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and then hosts the premiere of short film "Flower Girl" on Sunday afternoon, with performances by Session 450 and Watch City along with other special guests. Then, on Monday evening, they welcome Dweezil Zappa for a Q&A session for a special screening of a documentary on a disastrous concert put on by his father Frank in Summer '82 - When Zappa Came to Sicily.

I'm a fool, but I'll see Justice League, and I'm planning an extremely ill-advised trip to New York to see the Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image and Murder on the Orient Express on 70mm film. Then, Three Billboards, and it's almost time for Coco and Darkest Hour.

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