Friday, July 20, 2018

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 20 July 2018 - 26 July 2018

Yeah, I'm in Montreal, but it's still good to keep an eye on what's opening back home, even if it's to try and estimate whether something will still be around by the time I get home or if I should try and hit the Forum or something.

  • Fortunately, the brace of sequels this week doesn't make me feel any sort of obligation. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again reunites the original cast as well as some new faces and gives them more Abba to sing, which I guess makes for a catchy-enough romance. It's at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), West Newton, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax), Revere, and the SuperLux.

    Denzel Washington does his first second movie with The Equalizer 2, which once again looks more like a straight-up revenge flick than what the old TV series did, but I guess that fits a movie series better. It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), the Seaport (including Icon-X), South Bay (including Imax), Assembly Row, Revere (including XPlus), and the SuperLux. In the "sequel-in-name only department, you've got Unfriended: Dark Web, which has a completely new sort of online horror at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere. Supposedly that one has two different endings, shown randomly.

    Expansions continue for some of the platform roll-outs, with Sorry to Bother You adding the Somerville, Fresh Pond, and the Seaport to Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Revere.

    If you want to catch something I wasn't able to make work at Fantasia, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms plays Fenway on Saturday and Tuesday and the Kendall on Wednesday. The July Ghibli anime is Princess Mononoke playing Fenway and Revere Sunday (dubbed), Monday (subtitled), and Wednesday (dubbed). There are also 25th anniversary screenings of The Sandlot at Boston Common and Fenway on Sunday & Tuesday (when it also plays Revere). Forgetting Sarah Marshall plays Revere on Sunday, and the Monday night networking show at the Seaport is The Departed. The Capitol has Trading Places on Thursday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of several places with IFFBoston's opening night film, Eighth Grade, a pretty darn good look at adolescence for those who can handle cringe-inducing awkwardness better than me; it's also at the Kendall and Boston Common. Those three places also open Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, the new one from Gus van Sant starring Joaquin Phoenix as a man who becomes a cartoonist after losing the use of his legs.

    The Coolidge's real-killer midnights this weekend are blockbusters loosely based on the crimes of Ed Gein, with Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho playing Friday night on 35mm and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre playing Saturday night. The Monday Big Screen Classic is Do the Right Thing on 35mm, with seminar tickets available, while Thursday's Cinema Jukebox show is Yellow Submarine (also still kicking around at the Somerville for one show a day).
  • On top of Eighth Grade, Don't Worry, and Maquia, Kendall Square also opens Love, Cecil, a documentary about a beloved theater and film designer. They also have a special screening of IFFBoston alum Maineland with director Miao Wang, Tuesday night only.
  • The Brattle Theatre not only has the new Guy Maddin collaboration, The Green Fog, from Friday to Sunday, but they're playing it as a double feature with the film which inspired in, Vertigo, with Hitchcock's film on 35mm.

    After the weekend, they continue their two vertical series: Rita Hayworth is featured in a 3mm double feature of Who Killed Gail Preston? & Meet Nero Wolfe on Monday, and then a single (DCP) presentation of Only Angels Have Wings on Tuesday. Heroic!: Women Who Inspire has single features of Hidden Figures and Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains on Wednesday and a twin bill of Amelie & Run Lola Run, the latter on 35mm, on Thursday.
  • Yellow Submarine wasn't enough "Beatles without the Beatles", The Somerville Theatre has Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on 35mm at midnight on Friday, with Tommy (digital) as Saturday's late-night rock opera. The Play It Cool II double feature on Wednesday is The Legend of Billie Jean followed by Gator, both on 35mm.
  • Sanju is still at Apple Fresh Pond though it's done at Fenway, but both places will be opening Dhadak, a Hindi-language romance that also involves class differences and honor killings in Rajasthan. Tamil comedy Thamizh Padam 2 sticks around in Cambridge, and they also have Telugu romance Lover, although their website seems to have the information for a different film entirely.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts continues their Boston French Film Festival, including A Paris Education (Friday), See You Up There (Friday/Sunday), Godard Mon Amour (Friday/Saturday), Ava (Saturday), Les Carabiners (Saturday/Sunday), Custody (Saturday), The Royal Exchange (Sunday), Happy End (Thursday), Mr. And Mrs. Adelman (Thursday), and BPM (Thursday).

    Mr. And Mrs. Adelman is also part of The Boston Jewish Film Festival's Summer Cinematheque, which also includes a Wednesday evening screening of Spiral at The West Newton Cinema
  • The Museum of Science has movies in the planetarium on the fourth Thursday of the month all summer, and this week that means The Fifth Element
  • Joe's Free Films has plenty of outdoor movies this week, and while I get the multiple places showing Coco, it seems like the wrong time of year for Elf..

Me? All Fantasia, all the time, and not hugely worried about what I'm missing.

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