Friday, January 26, 2018

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 26 January 2018 - 1 February 2018

Oscar nominations came out this week, which sometimes means a lot of things moving around as things open wider or get shuffled off or suddenly grab a screen after not being on the radar, but Boston is in pretty good shape, so there's not a lot of changes.

  • The main opening, then, is Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the finale to a series of young adult adventures that apparently still has Patricia Clarkson along with a bunch of young actors who haven't done much else, plus Walton Goggins. It's at Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (in Imax), the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), South Bay (including Imax and Dolby), the Seaport (in Icon-X), Assembly Row (including Imax), and Revere (including XPlus).

    Folks were likely expecting Hostiles to garner some awards nominations, but it didn't, which is kind of a bummer for them. It's pretty good, though. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common (still), South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere. Also expanding are The Shape of Water (adding South Bay) and Phantom Thread (adding Fenway), while Dunkirk and The Florida Project re-open at the Embassy.

    Fenway shows '85: The Greatest Team in Football History, documenting the time when the Pats lost Super Bowls. Revere has a subtitled screen of Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card on Wednesday and a dubbed one of Digimon Adventure tri.: Loss on Thursday (the latter also at Fenway and Assembly Row).
  • Apple Fresh Pond has two movies in small rooms that are also getting VOD releases, but why not catch them on the biggish screen, especially if you've got MoviePass or hit one of their many discounted shows? The Clapper stars Ed Helms as a paid studio-audience member who is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, co-starring Amanda Seyfriend and Tracy Morgan. American Folk, meanwhile, stars folk musicians Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth as a pair of singers stranded in California after 9/11.

    Their big opening is the Hindi film Padmaavat, which has star Deepika Padukone reuniting with writer/director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, with Deepika starring as a queen whose legendary beauty attracts the attention of a brutal tyrant (Ranveer Singh). It's a big deal in a lot of ways - it was pushed back a month or two, came under attack during production and after for being disrespectful to historical or religious figures, but it's also the first film to Indian film presented in Imax 3D. Not here - it plays in 3D at Fenway and 2D in Fresh Pond. Fresh Pond also gets Telugu film Bhaagmathie, which stars Anushka Shetty as a woman interrogated in a haunted house to help solve a case of political corruption.

    If Spanish-language film is more your thing, Colao plays in Revere. It hails from the Dominican Republic, starring Manny Perez as a middle-aged coffee farmer who goes to the city to find love.
  • The Brattle Theatre's repartory series for the week is "Who's That Cutting My Film?", focusing on female editors. Editing was considered women's work at the dawn of cinema (folks figured they were good with scissors), but was, like much of the industry, taken over by men when they recognized it was important, although this series shows filmmakers doing work in the 1970s. Fittingly, it's mostly on 35mm, including a double feature of Who's That Knocking at My Door? & The Sugarland Express (Friday), another of Bonnie and Clyde & Night Moves (Saturday), The Hustler (format tbd) & Raging Bull on DCP (Sunday), single shows of Slaughterhouse-Five on Tuesday, the pair of What's Up Doc? and Paper Moon on Wednesday, and a print of Jaws on Thursday. The hole on Monday is filled by a DocYard presentation of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, a documentary on the playwright who wrote A Raisin in the Sun, with director Tracy Heather Strain there in person.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre wraps up their winter-based midnight movies with the Universal Monsters version of The Invisible Man on Friday and The Shining on Saturday, both on 35mm. They also use 35mm for the Monday "Stage & Screen" presentation of Mildred Pierce, with Michael Curitz's noir followed by cast and crew of the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Bad Dates. Tuesday's screening of Last of the Mohicans - part of the "Daniel Day-Lewis: I'm Finished" series - is digital.
  • The Harvard Film Archive opens the weekend with their monthly "Cinema of Resistance" film, screening The Gleaners and I on Friday with post-film discussion. It's also part of a mostly-35mm Agnès Varda retrospective that also includes Cleo From 5 to 7 (Saturday 7pm), La Pointe Courte (Saturday 9pm), and Daguerréotypes (Sunday 5pm on 16mm). They also continue their Frederick Wiseman series with Boxing Gym (Sunday 7pm on DCP) and Titicut Follies (Monday 7pm on 16mm). Wiseman will also give a lecture in the Sander Theatre on Monday afternoon.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has more of the UCLA Festival of Preservation, featuring The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean (Friday/Sunday), Good References (Friday/Saturday with live accompaniment by Kevin Madison), Trouble in Paradise (Saturday/Wednesday), Los Tallos Amargos (Saturday/Sunday), Sons of the Desert (Sunday), and The Lost Moment (Wednesday), all in 35mm. On Thursday, they start their February calendar, with a free dubbed screening of Your Name kicking off their Boston Festival of Films From Japan.
  • The Regent Theatre will screen the original silent version of The Wizard of Oz on Friday, with Jeff Rapsis providing the music for the main feature and Paul Bielatowicz accompanying the Georges Méliès shorts playing beforehand.
  • Bright Lights starts up again in the Bright Screening Room at the Paramount theater, with free screenings of mother! on Tuesday and documentary One of Us on Thursday, both followed by discussion
  • CinemaSalem has Vazante in their small room, with Adriano Carvalho as a slave trader in 1821 Brazil and Luana Nastas has his child bride.

After doing the double feature at the Brattle on Friday night, I will stupidly be taking an overnight bus to New York City for Grady Hendrix's Hong-Kong-a-Thon, and then another overnight back. Hopefully I won't be too wiped for Padmaavat and some catch-up after that.

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