- That would be Mission: Impossible - Fallout, once again directed by Christopher McQuarrie and featuring Tom Cruise performing amazing stunts in a labyrinthine plot involving face masks, going rogue, all that good stuff. I think it's the first in the series to get a 3D conversion, too. It's at the Somerville (2D only), Fresh Pond (2D only), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D), the Embassy (2D only), Boston Common (including Imax 2D), Fenway (including RPX), the Seaport (including Icon-X), South Bay (including Imax 2D and Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax 2D), Revere (including MX4D and XPlus), and the SuperLux (2D only). And, if you don't mind a drive, the Leicester Drive-In is allegedly one of seven places in the United States to have a 35mm print. Open two days a week (Friday and Saturday), but Paramount, the studio that has abandoned film most completely, ships a print there. I just don't get it.
The week's other big opening is another TV show making the jump the theaters, with Teen Titans Go! To The Movies featuring Robin and the other members of the slapstick, self-referential Cartoon Network take on DC's youthful super-team angling for a movie of their own. It's apparently goofy enough that Nic Cage finally gets to play Superman in it! That's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.
Eighth Grade expands, adding the Somerville and Embassy to the Coolidge, Kendall, and Boston Common.
Fenway will be showing Sailor Moon R & S to lead up to next week's Super S showing, with a dub on Saturday and subtitles on Monday (also at Revere). There are also screenings of Across the Universe at Boston Common and Fenway on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (also at Revere the latter two dates).
- Another week, another IFFBoston selection opening at The Coolidge Corner Theatre and around town, with Blindspotting opening there and at the Kendall, Boston Common, Fenway, and Revere. It's the story of a parolee re-evaluating his relationship with his volatile best friend against the backdrop of rapidly-gentrifying Oakland, CA. Co-stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal also wrote the film together.
The Coolidge also wraps up "Truly Killer" midnights with The Boston Strangler on Friday and a 35mm print of Zodiac on Saturday (starting at 11:30, which is still probably not early enough to catch the last 66 bus). Sunday features a special screening of Junun, Paul Thomas Anderson's documentary of Johnny Greenwood, Shye Ben Tzur, and the Rajasthan Express in concert in India, with a 35mm print of PTA's video for Radiohead's "Daydreaming" thrown in as a bonus. The Big Screen Classic on Monday is Spirited Away, with a dub at 7pm and subtitles at 9:45pm; there's also a special 35mm screening of Persepolis on Tuesday with live discussion afterward in collaboration with Brookline Booksmith. The "Early Hitchcock" course in the screening room starts on Wednesday evening.
- Kendall Square also picks up Custody, a French thriller built around a bitter custody battle.
- The big Chinese movie opening at Boston Common is Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings, with Mark Chao You-ting returning as Dee Renjie for a second go-round (director Tsui Hark and co-star Carina Lau are on their third), with more courtroom intrigue and supernatural chaos on tap. They also open Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days on Wednesday, the second part of a Korean two-parter about a fireman proving his worth in the afterlife. The first did not play Boston, so we've got a bit of catching up to do.
Apple Fresh Pond has Dhadak continuing and Hindi crime entry Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 the biggest release of the new Indian movies. There's also drama Happy Wedding (through Sunday) and actioner Saakshyam in Telugu.
- The Brattle Theatre opens On the Seventh Day, following an immigrant who finds his job and soccer team (and community) in conflict when he reaches the championships of a local league. It plays Friday through Monday, with director Jim McKay on-hand for a Q&A on that last day.
No late shows for that over the weekend, though, as the Brattle has a Return of the Grindhouse series featuring 35mm prints of One-Armed Boxer (Friday), Demons (Saturday), and The Creeper (Sunday), each of which will be followed by a secret second feature. There's a free 35mm "Elements of Cinema" screening of King Vidor's The Crowd at 6pm on Monday, Rita Hayworth in Blood and Sand on Tuesday, The Oslo Diaries as part of The Boston Jewish Film Festival's Summer Cinematheque on Wednesday, and a double feature of Girlhood and Girls Town (the latter on 35mm) on Thursday.
- The Somerville Theatre continues both its summer programs, starting with Midnight Specials of Thelma & Louise (Friday) and Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (Sunday). The Wednesday "Play It Cool II" double features is The Outsiders and Foxes.
- The Museum of Fine Arts runs out the July schedule with the end of their Boston French Film Festival, the last weekend featuring Jealous (Friday), Let the Sunshine In (Friday/Saturday), Happy End (Friday), Speak Up (Saturday), Ismael's Ghosts (Saturday), C'est a Vie! (Saturday/Sunday), Mr. And Mrs. Adelman (Sunday) and closing night film Return of the Hero (Sunday). Thursday has them starting their August calendar with Dangerous Liaisons, the first of a "Casanova's Europe" series, and Ava, Sadaf Foroughi's story of coming of age in Tehran.
- The Regent Theatre is the latest stop for Yellow Submarine on its 50th anniversary tour, with Friday night's show including a pre-screening sing-along and post-film discussion. They also show Nepalese movie Kanchhi on Monday, with star and producer Shweta Khadka there in person.
- Cinema Salem splits the shows in their 18-seat screening room between The Catcher Was a Spy and horror movie The Devil's Doorway.
- Plenty of outdoor movies for free, with Joe's Free Films showing that Cars 3 is the most popular this year.
I am still at Fantasia, but I'll be seeing Detective Dee 3 at the festival (which means it won't open here until next week).