Thursday, May 17, 2018

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 18 May 2018 - 24 May 2018

Three whole weeks since a movie based on a Marvel comic co-starring Josh Brolin came out? Time for another!

  • Not that Avengers: Infinity War is going anywhere, even though Deadpool 2 is going to grab some of the premium screens. Picking up on the promise of the bit after the first's credits, it has Cable coming back in time to prevent his own dark future, with Deadpool, Domino, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, et al getting drawn into the mess. David Leitch of John Wick fame directs, so the action should be terrific. It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Jordan's (Imax), the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), the Seaport (including Icon-X), South Bay (including Imax & Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax), and Revere (including XPlus and MX4D).

    If superheroes aren't your thing, there are alternatives. Book Club has Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen as a group of friends reading 50 Shades of Grey together. That plays the Capitol, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux. There's also Show Dogs (which I'd seen no posters/trailers/anything for before yesterday), with Will Arnett as a cop accompanying his police dog (voice of Ludacris) undercover at a Las Vegas dog show. That can be found at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    Fenway and Revere have the next leg of this year's Studio Ghibli series in Porco Rosso, in English on Sunday and Wednesday and subtitled Japanese on Monday. Fenway also has Godspeed: The Race Across America on Tuesday, a documentary that follows an unlikely pair on a cross-country endurance race. Some places are also showing the royal wedding on Saturday, but we're Americans - we had a revolution to be rid of that. Several places are also advertising "Fan Events" for their early Thursday shows of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
  • Beast arrives at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, West Newton, and Kendall Square just a couple of weeks after playing IFFBoston, and it's got a pretty nifty performance by Jessie Buckley as a young woman on Jersey looking to escape her domineering mother, though there may be danger in her new boyfriend. The Coolidge also has matinees of The Test and the Art of Thinking, a documentary about college entry exams, their biases, and the industry around them. The Sunday screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

    The theme of the midnight shows this weekend is suspicion of Satanism: A 35mm print of The Masque of the Red Death plays Friday night, while recent entry in the genre The Witch plays Saturday. There's a "Stage & Screen" presentation of The Misfits on Monday, with folks from the Huntington Theatre Company talking about screenwriter Arthur Miller, the subject of their new production Fall. There's another discussion after Wednesday's "Wide Lens" screening of She's Beautiful When She's Angry, and then something lighter on Thursday with a 35mm "Cinema Jukebox" show of Jailhouse Rock.
  • Kendall Square has Bye Bye Germany for a week; that offers Moritz Bleibtreu as one of a number of Holocaust survivors trying to earn enough money to emigrate to America after World War II in a dry-looking comedy. They also have Pope Francis: A Man of HIs Word, a documentary by Wim Wenders that follows the pontiff around the globe. That one also plays the Somerville, Boston Common, Fenway, and Revere.
  • The Brattle Theatre gets a head start on reunion weekend with a 50th anniversary booking of the newly-restored spaghetti western The Great Silence, a duel between Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski with a score by Ennio Morricone. That's got the screen to itself from Friday to Monday.

    After that, they play host to the film program of the Boston Calling Festival, curated by Natalie Portman and dedicated to the theme of "The Female Gaze" this year. Tuesday's films are Lolita (35mm), The Holy Girl (35mm), and The Diary of a Teenage Girl; Wednesday's are Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels and Belle de Jour; with I Am Not a Witch and The Exorcist wrapping things on Thursday.
  • Apple Fresh Pond, continues Hindi films 102 Not Out, Mahanathi, and Raazi (also at Fenway) and also screens Malayalam comedy Panchavarnathatha on Saturday & Sunday.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts continues "Math, Mind, and Memory: The Films of Christopher Nolan" with 35mm prints of The Prestige (Friday/Saturday), Memento (Friday/Sunday), Following (Saturday), Interstellar (Sunday), "Quay" (with three Quay Brothers shorts on Wednesday), Inception (Thursday), and Dunkirk. They also have a screening of Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing on Wednesday evening.
  • The Somerville Theatre is a week away from their summer programming starting in earnest, but The Capitol has a Throwback Thursday screening of Wayne's World on Thursday.
  • The West Newton Cinema and The Lexington Venue open Always at The Carlyle, a documentary about a hotel in New York City beloved by locals and travelers alike. Fitting to see it booked in independent holes in the wall, I guess.
  • The Regent Theatre has a one-off showing of Scream for Me Sarajevo on Thursday, the story of a 1994 heavy-metal concert taking place in the middle of a war zone.
  • CinemaSalem opens The Escape, starring Gemma Arterton as a woman who walks out on her old life to rediscover herself in Paris.

It is tempting to a trip to Salem for that last one, but it is on Amazon. I will catch Deadpool and The Great Silence, and there's plenty of other catch-up to do (both in theaters, on disc, and on the DVR).

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