Thursday, June 28, 2018

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 29 June 2018 - 5 July 2018

This week includes the Fourth, but you don't really seem to see a lot of movies released on that date. Kind of a day-of-week thing, but there's not even that much being released ahead of the holiday this weekend.

  • On the other hand, Kendall Square does have two things that played IFFBoston and which are kind of a big deal. Leave No Trace, aside from being terrific, is the first non-documentary from director Debra Granik since Winter's Bone, and it's not right that we've had to take so long. It's a pretty terrific tale of a veteran and his daughter who have been living on parkland and have trouble adapting to regular society when they're discovered. Producer Linda Reisman will be at the 7pm show on Friday.

    Damsel is the one advertised with a one-week booking; it's an oddball western from the Zellner Brothers with great performances by Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowski. Kind of rough in spots, but enough good parts to be worth one's time. It also plays out in West Newton.
  • At the mainstream multiplexes, the big opening is Sicario: Day of the Soldado, a sequel to the great, intense Sicario, although without Emily Blunt, I worry that it might be missing the moral confusion from which the first derived its power. It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux.

    Much lighter fare is available in the form of Uncle Drew, which I gather is based upon a series of Pepsi commercials but is kind of charming anyway. And, hey, it stars Kyrie Irving of the Celtics, so it's got local appeal! That's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere - bummer the place by the Garden isn't open yet.

    The First Purge opens Wednesday at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Revere; Boston Common, Assembly Row have an Ant-Man double feature on Thursday as part of the early shows for the sequel. There are also special premiere screenings of Fireworks, the new animated film from the producers of Your Name, on Tuesday at Fenway and Revere and Thursday at Fenway.
  • Apple Fresh Pond and Fenway both get Sanju out of Bollywood; it's a biography of actor Sanjay Dutt, who apparently lived life to extremes, from superstardom to ruin. They also have late shows of Telugu comedy E Nagaraniki Emaindi.

    There are two Chinese movies opening at Boston Common this weekend. The Leakers comes from highly prolific Hong Kong director Herman Yau and features Chrissie Chau, Charmaine Sheh, Francis Ng, Sam Lee, and more in a thriller about the police and a secret transparency society getting to the bottom of a supervirus outbreak. There's also Animal World, a Mandarin-language adaptation of a popular manga starring Li Yifeng, with smaller parts for Zhou Dongyu and Michael Douglas as the villain.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre finishes their month of martial arts midnights with two 35mm prints hosted by archivist Dan Halsted: The only known print of Seven Grandmasters on Friday and Gordon Liu's Shaolin vs Wu Tang on Saturday. They've also picked up Hearts Beat Loud in the Goldscreen and extended their run of 2001: A Space Odyssey on 70mm through the Fourth (Wednesday) on screen #1, but that's it (well, at least likely it until the Somerville shows off their new print in September). After that, there's a 35mm "Rewind!" screen of Wet Hot American Summer and a preview of Whitney on Thursday.
  • The Brattle Theatre plays Jaws every Fourth of July, and lately they've been trying to build stuff around that, so this week it's "Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go on Vacation", a week of things doing either comically or horrifically askew away from work, mostly on 35mm. That includes It (DCP) on Friday, a double feature of M. Hulot's Holiday & Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation on Saturday, Hitchcock's second The Man Who Knew Too Much on Sunday, Tucker and Dale vs Evil & Troll 2 on Monday, single screenings of Jeopardy and Burnt Offerings on Tuesday, not just Jaws (film) but its first sequel (digital) on the Fourth, and a twin bill of Westworld & Race with the Devil on Thursday. There are also late shows of Boston Underground Film Festival standout Revenge at 9:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • This weekend's 35mm midnight specials at The Somerville Theatre are Car Wash on Friday and Xanadu on Saturday, the latter featuring a costume contest with prizes from High Energy Vintage and American Laundromat Records. Their sister cinema, The Capitol in Arlington, throws way back on Thursday with 1927 silent The Beloved Rogue, starring John Barrymoreas French poet and adventurer Fran├žois Villon and Conrad Veidt as Louis XI.
  • Roxbury International Film Festival has its last two days at The Museum of Fine Arts on Friday and Saturday, finishing up with a special screening of A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night at Fenway Park on Saturday evening, with director Qasim Basir in attendance.
  • The Harvard Film Archive continues to feature the films of Luchino Visconti with Bellissima on Friday (35mm), a selection of short films on Saturday (mostly 35mm), and Death in Venice on Sunday (DCP, although it will play on film a couple weeks later). The monthly $5 family show is on Sunday afternoon, tying into the World Cup with a 35mm print of Bend It Like Beckham, with free admission to kids wearing their soccer teams' jerseys.
  • The Regent Theatre has likely-adorable short films all weekend, with "The New York Cat Film Festival" on Friday and Sunday and "The New York Dog Film Festival" on Saturday. They also start a post-Fourth weekend run of 1776 on Thursday.
  • The Museum of Science adds "Great Barrier Reef" to their selection of OMNIMAX films starting on Thursday, rotating "Mysteries of China" out and reducing times for "Dream Big" and "National Parks Adventure".
  • Joe's Free Films shows outdoor screenings picking up this week, with Grease at the Harbor Hotel on Friday and Jaws at the Lawn on D that night. Coco plays at the Bremen Street Park on Saturday night, while Thursday features Hocus Pocus at Revere Beach, Back to the Future at Seven Hills Park by Davis Square in Somerville, and Moana at the Lyman Estate in Watertown


I am going to see so many Chinese movies this weekend between Boston Common and the Coolidge - here's hoping the 66 bus will be an option afterward! I've already caught Uncle Drew, Leave No Trace, and Damsel, so there's plenty of time for Soldado and seeing some of the good stuff at the Brattle (and maybe Fireworks, to get a bit ahead of Fantasia).

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