Friday, May 04, 2018

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 4 May 2018 - 10 May 2018

Okay, IFFBoston in the books, Avengers 3 seen… what does this weekend hold?

  • Well, it's a bit odd, as the big Marvel thing moving up a week means that the "counterprogramming" that had been scheduled to open at spots like
    The Coolidge Corner Theatre winds up actually being the major releases this week. So you get Tully, the latest from the team of director Jason Reitman & writer Diablo Cody, starring Charlize Theron as an overwhelmed mother who forms a bond with her new nanny, playing the Coolidge, the Somerville, the Kendall, the Embassy, Boston Common, the Seaport, Assembly Row, and Revere. There's also a maybe wider-than-expected opening for RBG, a documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with it playing the Coolidge, Kendall Square, and Boston Common.

    At midnight, the Coolidge is offering up literal cult films, with a 35mm print of Race with the Devil on Friday featuring Peter Fonda and Warren Oates on the run from satanists, while Saturday pairs classic The Wicker Man with new short "Death Has No Season". Saturday morning offers a "Science on Screen Jr." show of Ponyo (dubbed) with Dr. Lisa Lobel talking about trash polluting the sea, while Sunday morning's Goethe-Institut film The Invisibles is the first of the Coolidge's screenings as part of the National Center for Jewish Film's 2018 program (more on that later). Sunday afternoon features a screening of The Judge with director Erika Cohn discussing her look at Palestine's first female jurist. There's 35mm print of Almodovar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown filling the "Big Screen Classic" slot on Monday, and Open Screen on Tuesday.
  • Disobedience is the first IFFBoston alum to hit theaters in the area post-festival this year, opening at Kendall Square, The West Newton Cinema, and Boston Common. It's pretty good, featuring Rachel Weisz as the prodigal daughter returning home to her Orthodox Jewish community upon the death of her father, only to find that the woman she was spurned for loving has married her father's most devoted student. It's pretty good. They also open Little Pink House, about a woman who fought to keep her home after a corporation tried to get rid of it via eminent domain abuse, and the real-life woman who inspired the story, Susette Kelo, will be there to answer questions after the 7:20pm show on Friday.
  • The multiplexes mostly go with lots of Avengers: Infinity War, but they do refresh a couple of screens as well. There's the remake of Overboard, for instance, which inverts the sexes of the main characters by having Anna Faris playing the woman who finds the amnesiac lout who fired her (Eugenio Derbez) and convinces him that he is her husband. It's at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere. There's also Bad Samaritan, with Robert Sheehan as a burglar who finds a woman being held captive while casing a joint owned by David Tennant's nut case. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Revere.

    Fenway has Bungo Stray Dogs: Bad Apple for anime fans on Saturday and Sunday, while younger anime fans (or those who have been into a certain series for a long time) can catch Digimon Adventure Tri.: Coexistence on Thursday at Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere. Russian comedy I'm Losing It plays Sunday and Monday at Fenway, while Revere has an animated The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island on Tuesday and Titanic on Thursday
  • Apple Fresh Pond has Hindi-language comedy 102 Not Out, with Amitabh Bachchan playing India's oldest man aiming to be the world's oldest, with Rishi Kapoor as his grumpy 79-year-old son. Friday also brings them Telugu thriller Naa Peru Surya, while Mahanathi, a biography of mid-20th-century actress Savitri which may be in either Telugu or Tamil opens on Tuesday.

    Chinese film fans get two choices at Boston Common. A or B comes from the Mainland, and stars Xu Zheng as a former money launderer trapped in a room where he must answer a series of two-choice questions in order to earn his way out. The Trough, meanwhile, comes from Hong Kong and features writer/director/star Nick Cheung Ka-fai in a triad crime story.
  • The Brattle Theatre brings back Phantom Thread for a weekend of shows, although Sunday afternoon their doors will be open for a free MayFair Cartoon Program. Monday's DocYard season finale is Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, with filmmaker Travis Wilkerson visiting to discuss his film - in which he digs up the ugly part of his family history - with the audience. The rest of the week is A Tribute to Takahata, featuring Isao Takahata's swan song The Tale of the Princess Kaguya on Tuesday, Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness on Wednesday, and a double feature of My Neighbors the Yamadas & Only Yesterday on Thursday, all subtitled.
  • It's the first weekend of a new month, so The Museum of Fine Arts has an "On the Fringe" show on Friday, this week presenting a 35mm print of Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant. That day and Wednesday both feature screenings of Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing. Wednesday also features the museum's first screening of local documentary Circle Up.

    They also serve as the main hub of the National Center for Jewish Film's Annual Film Festival, with screenings Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday, with the Coolidge also showing films on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Directors Judy Kreith & Robin Truesdale will be at the Coolidge on Wednesday with Cuba's Forgotten Jewels, and many other films will have guests as well.
  • The Harvard Film Archive spends the weekend with Umetsugu Inoue, Japan's Music Man, with screenings of musicals The Stormy Man (Friday/Sunday 7pm), The Winner (Friday 9pm/Sunday 4pm), a $5 family matinee (on 35mm) of The Green Music Box (Saturday 3pm), The Eagle and the Hawk (Saturday 7pm), and Hong Kong Nocturne (Saturday 9:15pm), from his period with the Shaw Brothers studio. On Monday, they welcome Phillip Warnell to show and discuss two of his shorts made with French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, "Outlandish: Strange Foreign Bodies" and "The Flying Proletarian", the latter of which is an "augmented cinema" presentation with scents pumped into the room.
  • The Somerville Theatre has the Slaughterhouse Movie Club on Friday, with a vampire-themed "Fang Bang" burlesque pre-show at 8pm provides the introduction for The Lost Boys on 35mm film.
  • Belmont World Film brings IFFBoston selection Under the Tree back for a screening at Studio Cinema on Monday evening.
  • CinemaSalem uses its screening room for Ismael's Ghosts, starring Mathieu Amalric as a filmmaker who flees from his set and second wife (Charlotte Gainsbourg) when his first (Marion Cotillard) appears to return from the dead.

Hong Kong Triad action in theaters? Heck, yeah! I'll probably give serious thought to checking out Tully and RBG, but I'm more likely to slum it in Bad Samaritan and catch up on other stuff, to be honest. Curious about the Japanese musicals, Russian comedy, and Hindi cranky-old-guy movies.

No comments: