Friday, September 07, 2018

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 7 September 2018 - 13 September 2018

The Toronto Film Festival has started, which means it's one of the deadest weeks in the North American film schedule because all the good stuff for the fall is going to premiere there and then roll out over the coming months.

  • So, for now, they fill the screens with iffy stuff. The Nun, for instance, is the latest spin-off from The Conjuring, which apparently explains a villain from one of those movies. That's at Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), the Seaport (including Icon-X), South Bay (including Imax & Dolby CInema), Assembly Row (including Imax & Dolby Cinema), Revere (including Xplus and MX4D), and the SuperLux. If your taste runs more toward action than horror, Jennifer Garner stars in Peppermint from Taken director Pierre Morel featuring Jennifer Garner as a woman looking to avenge her murdered daughter. That plays Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    Smaller opening for God Bless the Broken Road - Boston Common and Revere - which follows a war widow whose path crosses with a stock car driver.

    Revere plays animated Fantasia selection Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms on Sunday afternoon, with Boston Common showing Years 3 & 4 of Harry Potter (Prisoner of Azkaban & Goblet of Fire) that day. Fenway and Revere have a TCM presentation of The Sound of Music on Sunday and Wednesday. Fenway also has a Monday night screening of Slice, in which a group of misfits seek out the possibly-supernatural explanation behind murdered pizza delivery man. Boston Common, Fenway, and Assembly Row also show Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue on Monday.
  • The Captain plays Kendall Square, with filmmaker Robert Schwentke returning to Germany after a decade and a half in Hollywood for this drama shot in black and white about a deserter in the final days of World War II who finds an officer's uniform and relishes the way people start to look at him when he wears it. There's also a free GlobeDocs presentation of Roll Red Roll on Wednesday, with director Nancy Schwartzman on-hand to do Q&A after her true-crime documentary.
  • Operation Finale expands to The Coolidge Corner Theatre, but their other new release, Fantasia selection What Keeps You Alive, is just playing at midnight on Friday and Saturday. It's a pretty neat thriller, in which a woman finds out a lot more than she would have liked about her wife during an anniversary weekend at the family's lake house. The main screen's midnights are blaxploitation milestones: Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song on Friday and Ganja & Hess on Saturday, both new digital restorations. Tuesday brings both a Wide Lens presentation of Fruitvale Station and Open Screen, while Wednesday's Bergman 100 screening is a 35mm print of Through a Glass Darkly. They're also running film on Thursday for a Cinema Jukebox screening of Neil Young: Heart of Gold.
  • There are different Bollywood movies in different places this week, as Fenway opens Paltan, a drama about the 1962 Indo-Sino War, while Apple Fresh Pond gets Stree, a horror-comedy based on a 1990s urban legend. They also have Telugu romantic comedy C/O Kancharapalem and "mystery romantic thriller" Manu in the same language. U Turn opens Wednesday, Sailaja Reddy Alludu & Seema Raja on Thursday.
  • The Brattle Theatre continues their Tribute to Robby Müller with To Live and Die in L.A. in 35mm on Friday; a double feature of Paris, Texas & The American Friend on Saturday; Kings of the Road & Down by Law (the latter on 35mm) Sunday; a 35mm print of Honeysuckle Rose on Tuesday; and a concluding 35mm double feature of When Pigs Fly & Mystery Train on Wednesday. They also have a DocYard screening of Hale County This Morning, This Evening on Monday with director RaMell Ross attending, and Grrl Haus: Boston Edition, Part 1, a collection of short films by women, including four locals who will do Q&A afterward.
  • The Harvard Film Archive is your Bergman 100 headquarters this month, with this week's offerings including Summer with Monika (Friday 7pm), The Magician (Friday 9pm), Hour of the Wolf (Saturday 7pm), Shame (Saturday 9pm), and Sawdust and Tinsel (Sunday 7pm), all but the last on 35mm. They also seem to be stepping their family series up to bi-weekly, with a $5 Saturday afternoon screening of The Breadwinner (free with a Cambridge library card). On Monday, they have a 16mm print of Renate Sami & Petra Seeger's Cesare Pavese. Turin - Santo Stefano Belbo playing as a double feature with From the Cloud to the Resistance, based upon Pavase's work.
  • New month means new "On the Fringe" at The Museum of Fine Arts; this time it's a 35mm print of Slums of Beverly Hills playing Friday. The also continue runs of I, Claude Monet (Friday/Wednesday), The Chronicles of Anna Magdalena Bach (Saturday/Wednesday), Radu Judes Scarred Hearts (Sunday), and Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf (Saturday/Sunday). They wrap the week with a Thursday Sunset Cinema of The Wicker Man, complete with live music and a lesson on making floral crowns.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a "Slaughterhouse Movie Club" special on Friday, with "In Space, No One Can Hear You Strip" before a 35mm screening of They Live. They also host a few Boston Comedy Festival events over the next week, including the premiere of Sweeney Killing Sweeney, with Steve Sweeney as a standup comic who is told to cut the Boston-centric characters from his act, only to find them coming to life and looking to kill him.
  • The Regent Theatre plays four programs of the New York Dog Film Festival: "Second Chances" Friday at 7pm, "Love Changes Everything" Friday at 9pm, "Life with Dogs" Saturday at 2pm, and "Who Rescued Whom?" Saturday at 4pm. There are more good boys and girls on Saturday and Sunday with Life in the Doghouse, about two South Carolina men who have rescued more than ten thousand abused animals and found them forever homes. There's also a return of Yellow Submarine on Wednesday, because they love their sing-alongs in Arlington.
  • The Museum of Science adds Pandas to their mix of films in the Omni Theater.
  • Visitors to The ICA can catch Arthur Jafa's Dreams Are Colder than Death Sunday afternoon to complement their Jara exhibition ("Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death").

So, aside from The Captain, it mostly looks like a good week to catch up with BlacKkKlansman, Juliet, Naked, and Operation Finale, at least where new releases are concerned. I'll probably try and go out to Revere for Maquia, though.

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