Friday, March 09, 2018

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 9 March 2018 - 15 March 2018

So, the Oscars are done, Black Panther is starting to leave a little room for other things to breathe, so there's room for some other things to open this weekend.

  • The big one is A Wrinkle in Time, a big 3D adaptation of the beloved young-adult novel directed by Ava DuVernay, who has certainly made a great-looking movie from the previews. I've got to root for her, though, and if the book didn't do a lot for me in middle-school, a lot of folks I knew adored it. It's at the Capitol (2D only), Fresh Pond (2D only), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D),The West Newton Cinema (2D only), Boston Common, Fenway (including RPX), the Seaport (including Icon-X), South Bay (including Imax 2D), Assembly Row, Revere (including XPlus), and the SuperLux.

    The rest seems older-skewing, with Gringo the one that's been getting the most preview action; it stars David Oyelowo as a man tasked by the pharma company he works for to deliver a formula to a Mexican factory only to run into trouble with the cartels; it's also got Charlize Theron, Thandie Newton, and Amanda Seyfried, with one Edgerton brother co-starring and another directing. It's at the Embassy, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Revere. There's also The Strangers: Prey at Night, which appears to share just a general idea of home invasion with the film from 2008, but, hey, it's got Christina Hendricks. It's playing Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Revere. The Hurricane Heist also hits the multiplexes, with Rob Cohen directing an action flick that is pretty much what it says on the tin. That's got screens at Boston Common, South Bay, and Revere.

    There's a preview of Love, Simon at (roughly) 7pm on Saturday in boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere. There's also a Yu-Gi-Oh! movie playing at Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere. Revere also has Hey, Arnold!: the Jungle Movie on Friday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with Concert for George taking its place on Saturday.
  • Also opening fairly wide is Thoroughbreds, pretty well-received at IFFBoston's Fall Focus and featuring Anna Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke as two teenagers detached enough to consider planning to murder one's stepfather. It's at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, the Capitol, Kendall Square, Boston Common, and Fenway. The Coolidge and Kendall Square also open Loveless, the Russian entry for Best Foreign Language Film from the director of Leviathan, the preview for which seems to indicate a kid running from home as his parents' marriage disintegrates.

    The Coolidge also has a new release at midnight Friday & Saturday with The Cured, which stars Ellen Page as a widow in a small town after the zombie virus has been cured; it also plays at CinemaSalem for those who can't stay up late but can get out to Salem. The other screen has George Romero's The Crazies on Friday and a 35mm print of Tom Savini's remake of Night of the Living Dead on Saturday. They do something neat on Monday, as the Big Screen Classic is silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, with different scores for the 7pm and 9pm screenings. There's Open Screen on Tuesday, a 35mm print of Coolidge Award winner Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God on Wednesday, and Quebecois supernatural thriller Wild Run as part of the Francophone Film Festival on Thursday.
  • In addition to those two, Kendall Square has Oh Lucy!, which stars Shinobu Terajima as a Japanese woman taking an English class that involves taking on an English name and persona; she falls for her teacher (Josh Hartnett) and follows him back to America. Producer Han West will visit for a Q&A after the 7:15pm show on Friday. Also from Japan is a Wednesday showing of Free! Take Your Marks, the second film in a series about a college swim team.
  • Apple Fresh Pond has more screenings of Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety and Pari, also picking up Telugu movie Ye Mantram Vesave and playing Marathi film Gulabjaam on Saturday.. Fenway has a presumably-subtitled screening of Kannada-language action flick TagaruSaturday afternoon.

    Fresh Pond also has Bent, a crime thriller starring Karl Urban, Sofia Vergara, and Andy Garcia; there's an extra show or two on Saturday (the website shows two screens at 5pm, which is odd - maybe a filmmaker visit?).
  • The Brattle Theatre gives their screen to a 50th anniversary run of the newly-restored Memories of Underdevelopment, one of the first Cuban films to get international acclaim, from Friday to Sunday. It plays afternoons and evenings, with Have a Nice Day, a dark animated comedy from China that I quite liked when I saw it at Fantasia.

    Sunday afternoon also "Shortfish", a collection of short films from the Stockfish Film Festival, part of the city-wide "Taste of Iceland" event. Monday is a DocYard night, with director Kimi Takesue on-hand to discuss his film about a widower whose memories are becoming confused with the screenplay his granddaughter is writing. There's also a guest on Wednesday, with Emily Hubley on-hand for "Fish & Dreams", a program of her animated films. That's the first entry in a repertory series of women's cinema done for the 25th anniversary of the Boston International Festival of Women's Cinema, with a 35mm double feature of Manny and Lo & The Virgin Suicides on Thursday; the series continues through next Tuesday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has a pretty concentrated run of cool stuff over the next couple weekends, with "Caught in the Net: The Early Internet in the Paranoid Imagination" a solid-looking film series that ties in with an overlapping series at the Institute of Contemporary Art. This weekend's entries include the original animated Ghost in the Shell (Friday), Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Pulse (Friday), Southland Tales (Saturday), Blue Thunder (Sunday), Johnny Mnemonic (Sunday), and WarGames (Saturday & Monday), all on 35mm. The Saturday show of WarGames is a $5 matinee, while the Monday one includes short documentary "From yu to me".
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has shows of David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) as well as another week of Femmes Fatales: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Friday), Under the Skin (Friday), Double Indemnity (35mm Saturday/Sunday/Wednesday), Dishonored (35mm Saturday), Gilda (35mm Sunday), and To Die For (35mm Wednesday).
  • The Somerville Theatre has Brett Dennen on the stage on Saturday, and then two 35mm Sidney Poitier shows for the week - a double feature of A Raisin in the Sun & Pressure Point on Sunday and then The Slender Thread on Thursday.
  • Bright Lights returns from spring break with two programs in the Bright Screening Room of Emerson's Paramount Theater that have connections to the school: Professor Robert Todd shows "Matters of Life and Death", a program of his latest 16mm short films, on Tuesday, and MFA candidate Keely Kernan presents her documentary on rural West Virginia, In the Hills and Hollows, on Thursday.
  • The ICA has their final screenings of the Oscar-nominated live-action and animated short films on Sunday; they also continue in partial schedules at the Coolidge and Kendall.
  • Silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis will be at the Aeronaut Brewery on Sunday with a double feature of Harry Houdini movies from the early 1920s.
  • The Regent Theatre has what they're calling a "Premiere Screening" of Christian Musical Broken & Beautiful on Monday; it apparently played some film festivals back in 2012 but indie films can get stuck in that sort of limbo. Director Erin Dooley will be there for a post-film Q&A.

I will definitely be hitting the HFA on Friday, and figure to use the rest of the weekend catching up on stuff I've let slide and also maybe finally seeing enough at the Seaport to give the place a review.

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