Friday, December 29, 2017

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 29 December 2017 - 4 January 2018

If you've already seen everything you want to and are waiting for some new releases… Well, I hope you like Chinese and/or are up for rep stuff instead. The mainstream multiplexes are shuffling screens a little, but mostly letting the big Christmas openers ride.

  • So, aside from Molly's Game opening at Fenway, Darkest Hour and The Shape of Water expanding to the Capitol, I, Tonya playing The West Newton Cinema, and the Somerville (mostly) getting back up to full-capacity now that the burlesque only has a New Year's Eve show left, the new stuff is Boston Common opening The Liquidator, an action film starring Deng Chao and Cecilia Liu Shishi as cops hunting a serial killer (Ethan Juan Jing-tien) who targets those acquitted of a crime, though that only for evening shows. China Lion also claims that Ex Files 3: Return of the Exes will open there, although it's not showing up on the theater's website. That's in addition to Youth continuing for a third week.
  • The Brattle Theatre concludes their The Queen of Seam: Edith Head in Hollywood this weekend, with a double feature of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance & The Sting on Friday (both 35mm) and one of Roman Holiday and Sabrina on Saturday. The series also includes Head's last film, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, before winding up in grand style with a 35mm Head & Hitchcock triple feature on Sunday, featuring Vertigo, Notorious, and To Catch a Thief.

    Monday is New Year's Day, and that means it's time for the annual Marx Brothers Marathon, with A Day at the Races, Go West, Room Service (featuring a young Lucille Ball!), and A Night at the Opera lined up back to back on 35mm film. After that, they've got a Refreshed, Renewed, Restored series of films that got new, cleaned-up DCP files recently, with double features of The Awful Truth & Twentieth Century (Tuesday) and the odd pairing of James Whale's The Old Dark House & George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (Wednesday & Thursday), with the series continuing into next weekend.
  • The end of the December calendar means the end of The Museum of Fine Arts's Harry Dean Stanton: Say Something True, but it concludes with a nice weekend of One From the Heart (Friday on 35mm), Alien (Friday/Sunday on 35mm), Christine (Saturday on 35mm), Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (Saturday), Lucky (Saturday), and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (Sunday).

    They start their January 2018 program on Wednesday with Ruben Ostlund's art-world satire The Square, as well as the first of several "Exhibition on Screen" shows of Canaletto and the Art of Venice (which also plays Thursday). Thursday is also the first night of their Festival of Films From Iran, which opens with Abed Abest's art-house thriller Simulation.
  • The Boston Underground Film Festival has their monthly "Dispatches from the Underground" show in the The Somerville Theatre's micro-cinema on Thursday the 4th, when they'll welcome Guaranteed Video for a night of their short films (including a new one) and other surprises.
  • The Regent Theatre has their final vacation sing-along-shows of Mary Poppins Friday morning and White Christmas that afternoon, and also has encore screenings of two "Kid Flix" short packages from the New York Children's Film Festival on Saturday morning.
  • CinemaSalem is getting good stuff in their screening room even before it hits metro Boston, with Thelma, Joachim Trier's pretty darn good coming-of-age horror film playing there from Friday the 29th to Thursday the 4th.

  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre not only sticks with last week's schedule, they're not even having midnights this weekend. The only special presentation is a preview of Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread on 70mm film Saturday night, and that may already be sold out.

So, The Liquidators, catching up with Lady Bird, Molly's Game, and All the Money in the World, and probably at least two Hitchcock/Heads.

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