Thursday, November 09, 2017

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 10 November 2017 - 16 November 2017

Still on vacation well out of town, but that means there's some catch-up to do when I get home and maybe a chance to catch something here in the evening.

  • Plus, I'd kind of like to know how long Murder on the Orient Express is playing on 70mm film in New York, although I hope it's at least in the local place's plans for next year's big-screen festival. It's a lavish take on one of the classic Agatha Christie mysteries with an all-star cast, with director Kenneth Branagh playing Hercule Poirot. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    The other main opening is Daddy's Home 2, in which the mismatched father/stepfather pair of Mark Wahlberg & Will Ferrell are joined by their fathers, played by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow. It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux.

    There are a few more showings of Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! on Saturday and Tuesday at Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere (Saturday only) for those who have not yet seen how Ash and Pikachu met. The monthly TCM classic is a biggie - Casablanca, playing Sunday and Wednesday at Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere. And somehow there's a Lazer Team 2, playing Revere Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Greta Gerwig's directorial debut, Lady Bird, is a coming-of-age story starring Saoirse Ronan (whose character has a complicated relationship with a mom played by Laurie Metcalf), and it sold out at the IFFBoston Fall Focus. This week, it opens at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, and Boston Common; the Somerville is advertising it as coming in a couple of weeks.

    The Coolidge goes for musical midnights this weekend, with Brian De Palma's nutso Phantom of the Paradise playing Friday and This Is Spinal Tap getting the late-late show on Saturday. They also have a "Stage and Screen" presentation of Trouble in Paradise on Monday (including guests from the Huntington Theatre's production of Tartuffe), and a restored "Rewind!" screening of Donnie Darko on Thursday.
  • Kendall Square and West Newton open Novitate, with Margaret Qualley as the title character, who finds that being a nun is not all that she expected, especially as she clashes with Melissa Leo's strict Reverend Mother. Kendall Square also has a one-week booking of IFFBoston alum Dina, a documentary about an unconventional woman navigating a new relationship.
  • Apple Fresh Pond keeps PSV Garuda Vega 126 and Secret Superstar while adding Bollywood romance Qarib Qarib Singlle (with Irrfan Khan and Parvathy) and Tamil drama Aramm. There's also Kannada-language Dayavittu Gamanisi (Saturday/Sunday) and Marathi-language Faster Fene (Sunday).
  • The Boston Jewish FIlm Festival spends time at the Coolidge, the Brattle, the Somerville, the Arlington Capitol, West Newton, the MFA, Foxboro Patriot Place, the JCC Riemer-Goldstein Theater, The Center for the Arts in Natick, and Maynard Fine Arts. The Biggest event this week is Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story at the Coolidge on Wednesday, presented with GlobeDocs, but it's an expansive, well-programmed festival.
  • The Brattle Theatre opens the weekend with a special 35mm screening of The Earrings of Madame De… on Friday, introduced by Man Men creator and novelist Matthew Weiner. They've also got matinee showings of the newly-restored Steamboat Bill, Jr., one of Buster Keaton's best, on Saturday and Sunday. The Boston Jewish Film Festival claims evenings on Saturday and Thursday.

    In between, their film noir "series-of-series" ends (for 2017, at least) with a set of New Chinese Noir films, presented with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard, interesting in part because it doesn't seem to be drawing from the usual Hong Kong-based suspects, but rather the Mainland. Films include Black Coal, Thin Ice (Sunday 5pm), The Dead End (Sunday 8pm), Lethal Hostage from The Wasted Times director Cheng Er (Monday 8:30pm), The Coffin in the Mountain (Tuesday 8:30pm), and Free + Easy (Wednesday 8:30pm). I saw the latter at Fantasia, and if it's representative, this is a really interesting series.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has a couple from its William Wellman retrospective this weekend - Wings, the great silent war movie which won the first Best Picture Oscar (Friday 7pm), and Other Men's Women on 35mm (Sunday 5pm). Mark McElhatten will be on hand Saturday to introduce two Stan Barkhage programs of 16mm and 35mm shorts: "The Book of Wonders" (7pm) combines Barkhage's work with that of Georges Méliès; "Luminosity Ecstasy Trauma" is all his own. The weekend finishes with two from Shuji Terayama on 35mm: The Boxer on Sunday night and Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets on Monday.
  • In addition to the BJFF, The Museum of Fine Arts shows Dawson City: Frozen Time (Friday/Thursday), Slovak film The Teacher (Friday), and Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (Wednesday Thursday). They also conclude their events with the Boston Turkish Festival for the year on Saturday, with the finalists in the short film competition and an encore showing of The Turkish Way
  • The Regent Theatre has a busy week, with films on three days: Unrest, on Sunday afternoon, is a documentary by and about Jennifer Brea, suddenly stricken with Myaligic Encephalomyelitis (aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome); "Festival!", on Wednesday, is a 50th Anniversary restoration of Murray Lerner's document of the 1963-1966 Newport Folk Festivals; and The Truth About Lies, which stars Fran Kranz as a guy trying to impress a girl (Odette Annabelle nee Yustman) with increasingly outlandish lies, on Thursday.
  • .ArtsEmerson's Film Program has a "Reel Life Experience" presentation of Justin Tiping's inner-city drama Kicks on Friday, with reception and performances before the movie and a panel discussion after. $15 in the Paramount Theater's Bright Screening Room.

    The free Bright Lights series returns to the location on Tuesday with The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson; both director David France and producer L.A. Teodisio will be there to discuss their documentary on the New York City trans rights activist. Thursday is the annual "Silversonic" show, featuring music videos directed by Emerson students and alumni.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a number of live events and BJFF shows taking up one of their screens on any given day, but also has room for Warren Miller's Line of Descent, the prolific action-sports filmmaker's latest ski & snowboarding film, on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Tragedy Girls only had a week at Fenway, but moves over to the 18-seat screening room at CinemaSalem for a second week in the area.

I've been doing pretty good about not spending a whole lot of vacation watching movies when there's cool stuff to see, but I'll probably catch The Third Man while I'm in Vienna. Once I'm back home, I'll probably try and catch some Chinese noir or just drop because I'll finally have fully acclimated to European time by the time I get home.

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