Thursday, May 10, 2018

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 11 May 2018 - 17 May 2018

It's Mother's Day this weekend, and since distributors probably figure Mom isn't terribly interested in The Avengers, they'll be offering the animated films of Masaaki Yuasa as counterprogramming.

  • I kid - both films opening in the multiplexes (and more besides) are focused on moms and being advertised as such. In Breaking In, the mother in question is played by Gabrielle Union, who has been locked outside the house she inherited while her kids are taken hostage and that will not stand. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux. Those looking for something more comedic might opt for Life of the Party, with Melissa McCarthy playing a mother who goes back to college to finish her degree - naturally, the same one her daughter attends. That plays the Capitol, Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux.

    There are TCM classic screenings of Sunset Boulevard at Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere on Sunday and Wednesday, with Revere also screening Titanic Sunday afternoon. Fenway and Revere have documentary American Dream: Detroit on Tuesday (presented by Michael Bolton, which is surely a draw). A Wrinkle in Time returns to a number of screens this weekend, and come Thursday, many of the places opening Deadpool 2 will have a double feature of both it and its predecessor.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Kendall Square will be opening Let the Sunshine In, a new romantic comedy featuring Juliette Binoche as a divorcee looking for love but finding few men up to her fairly reasonable standards.

    Mother's Day is cheekily celebrated with the weekend's midnights - a 35mm print of Larry Cohen's It's Alive on Friday night and one of Rosemary's Baby on Saturday. They also warm up the 35mm projector for Tuesday's "Off the Couch" screening of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, which is doubly neat - that series is usually tied to a new release, but going with a repertory film means it can be free for Coolidge members.
  • Kendall Square also has a one-week booking of Racer and the Jailbird, which reunites Matthias Schoenaerts with his Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam for a romance between a gangster and a driver which apparently features some great automotive action.

    Also opening is one of the two Masaaki Yuasa films that played Fantasia last year, the family-friendly but still kind of trippy Lu Over the Wall, in which a mermaid joins the new kid's band after their music gives her feet with which to dance. In a break from the usual practice, the subtitled shows get the good early-afternoon and evening slots, with dubbed shows at 4:15pm and 9:40pm. Those that like their music heavy metal and played in a war zone may instead opt to catch Scream for Me Sarajevo, which plays one show Tuesday night.
  • The Brattle Theatre mixes a little bit of all those things together this weekend, with the main attraction being Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc, which runs through Monday and presents Sainte Jeanne's story as a rock & roll musical that starts when she is eight years old. It doesn't get 9:30pm shows, though, as Masaaki Yuasa's breakout film, Mind Game, returns to their screen for late shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

    Sunday also features the theater's traditional Mother's Day screening of Psycho (on 35mm), and the rest of the week features some different one-offs: Trash Night on Tuesday, Abbas Kiarostami's final film 24 Frames on Wednesday, and Saint Snow Presents LoveLive! Sunshine!! Hakodate Unit Carnival - which I'm sure means something to the anime fans, on Thursday.
  • It's a busy weekend for Indian film at Apple Fresh Pond, which continues Hindi comedy 102 Not Out and biography Mahanathi while opening a couple more: Irumbu Thirai is a computer-crime film from the Tamil-speaking region, while Hindi-language thriller Raazi (which also opens at Fenway) features Alia Bhatt as an Indian spy married to a Pakistani man during the Indo-Pakistan war.

    Over at Boston Common, Chinese film fans can celebrate Mother's Day with I Am Your Mom, which features Yan Ni as the eccentric mother whose daughter (Zou Yuanqing) soon misses her after going off to art college.
  • The Harvard Film Archive wraps their spring program with some one-offs, although Friday night's La Terra Trema - presented as part of their ongoing "Cinema of Resistance" program with an introduction by Hugh Mayo - seems to also function as a preview of a summer Luchino Visconti retrospective, as does the Sunday and Monday evening screenings of Sandra. In between, there's a free screening of Wim Wenders's 5-hour Until the End of the World to wrap up his retrospective on Saturday afternoon and an encore screening of Japanese musical The Eagle and the Hawk at 4pm on Sunday.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts is the last stop for National Center for Jewish Film's Annual Film Festival, with Friday's screenings already sold out but tickets still available for Sunday's "Mother's Day Event Grand Slam" with filmmaker Seth Kramer there to support Heading Home, a documentary about Israel's World Baseball Classic team.

    Saturday features a screening of Partners, a documentary by Henry Horenstein that complements his "(un)expected families" exhibit at the museum. Documentary Circle Up plays Saturday and Sunday, with Saturday's show featuring a post-film panel discussion including the filmmaker and two of the films subjects. Another documentary, In the Intense Now, plays Wednesday and Thursday, and is cut together from amateur footage of tumultuous moments around the globe in the late 1960s. Wednesday also marks the start of a Christopher Nolan series, with a 35mm print of his debut Following.
  • Little Pink House slides from the Kendall to The Somerville Theatre this weekend, but they also kick off their 2018 "Silents, Please!" schedule on Sunday with a 35mm print of Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr., with Jeff Rapsis on the organ. Jeff then brings his keyboard up Mass Ave to accompany The Black Pirate, a silent Technicolor adventure starring Douglas Fairbanks, at The Capitol on Thursday. In between, the Somerville has four presentations of films made during the recent 48 Hour Film Project on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Belmont World Film wraps their spring series at Studio Cinema on Monday evening with Djam, in which a pair of young women, one French and one Greek, must follow a refugee trail through Turkey. Like the first film of the series, the finale has a dinner attached (featuring Greek cuisine), although reservations must be made by the end of the day Friday.
  • I figured Nothing to Lose would be done after a one-off show at Fresh Pond, but that was apparently just a preview. The self-financed biography of a Brazilian evangelist opens at Fresh Pond, The West Newton Cinema, and Revere this weekend.
  • CinemaSalem has the new one by L'Auberge Espagnole trilogy director Cedric Klapisch, Back to Burgundy; it features a scattered set of siblings trying to save the family vineyard after their father dies and leaves them with major inheritance tax to pay.

I'm looking at Racer and the Jailbird, Breaking In, some catch-up, and maybe checking the Yuasa films out on the big screen again. Bummer they weren't scheduled in a way that's really conducive to a cross-town double feature.

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