Friday, October 12, 2018

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 12 October 2018 - 18 October 2018

You know what would be awesome? If the Aquarium were still running full-length features in the Simons Imax theater. I don't know whether it's because Boston Common can claim exclusivity or if they just don't think it's worth doing, but while it would be great in general, it would be huge this week.

  • That's because part of First Man was shot using genuine horizontally-fed 65mm IMAX, and the scenes where it maximizes that stuff is supposed to be even more amazing when projected on film compared to the digital Imax. Still, I suspect that Damien Chazelle's story of NASA's question to put a man on the moon, with Ryan Gosling playing Neil Armstrong and Corey Stoll as Buzz Aldrin, will look amazing no matter what. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), West Newton, Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay (including Imax), Assembly Row (including Imax), Revere, and the SuperLux.

    It doesn't leave much room for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween to have fancy screens like the first did, and it doesn't seem to have many people who worked on both, and even Jack Black seems to be barely in it. Still looks like fun in the same way the first looked like fun, and can be found at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere. For a somewhat older audience, there's The Hate U Give, an adaptation of the acclaimed young-adult novel about an African-American teenager at a mostly white school reacting to a police shooting in her area. It's at Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row (West Newton and Fenway next week).

    There's also Bad Times at the El Royale, the new film from Drew Goddard which serves as an entry in the "seven strangers meet in an out-of-the-way location but aren't what they seem genre", with the requisite all-star cast. It plays the Capitol, Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere. A number of places also pick up Free Solo in wider release - the mountain-climbing documentary opened at the Coolidge last week, and expands to West Newton, Boston Common, the Seaport, and Revere. Boston Common also has Bigger, which stars Tyler Hoechlin as Joe Weider, who was one of the fathers of modern fitness and bodybuilding.

    The last presentation of the Disney "Dream Big, Princess" series is the recent live-action Cinderella, playing twice a day at Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row. There's a TCM presentation of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at Fenway and Assembly Row on Sunday & Tuesday. A 12-episode binge of anime series Yur!!! On Ice plays Fenway Saturday, and Franco-Japanese animated sci-fi action movie MFKZ plays Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere on Tuesday.
  • Kendall Square has a busy week, opening three movies. All About Nina is the fictional feature, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a stand-up comic trying to keep her life from falling apart. They also have two documentaries about artists in different media: Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable, as you might expect, tells the story of a groundbreaking street photographer, while Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. profiles the refugee-turned-pop star. There's also a third, with The Public Image Is Rotten playing one show on Wednesday evening. Their sister cinema in Waltham, the Embassy, is actually keeping Netflix movies Private Life and 22 July around for a second week.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre keeps the same mix of films but shuffles them around screens some. They also have a busy "midnight" schedule, kicking off with an outdoor presentation of the 1990 miniseries of It at the Rocky Woods Resort at 8pm on Friday before The Exorcist plays the main screen that midnight and the screening room on Saturday, shifted there by a 35mm "Queen of Halloween" show of Scream and star Greg Sestero hosting Best F(r)iends Vol. 2. "Science on Screen" keeps things spooky with Shaun of the Dead on Monday, featuring a lecture by Professor Colin Adams of Williams College on how calculus can help one survive the apocalypse.
  • Boston Common continues both Chinese Memorial Day movies from last week but flips the frequency, with Chow Yun-fat thriller Project Gutenberg getting full days and comedy Hello, Mrs. Money splitting a screen with Lost, Found, which features Yao Chen as a divorcing lawyer and Ma Yili as the babysitter looking after the kids caught in the custody battle.

    Apple Fresh Pond continues Aravindha Sametha Veera Raghava, 96, also opening Tamil serial-killer thriller Raatchasan. Malayalam-language adventure Kayamkulam Kochunni plays once on Saturday afternoon, and Tamil crime movie Vada Chennai opens on Tuesday.
  • GlobeDocs mostly moves over to the The Brattle Theatre for the weekend, with a full slate from Friday to Sunday, though they do close out with two at the Coolidge for closing night, including Lobster War.

    They fill the week out with a number of special presentations: Free screenings of documentary Jews Step Forward with filmmakers in person on Monday, Trash Night on Tuesday, The Eyeslicer Halloween Special on Wednesday (a limited theatrical release before a limited VHS release), and then a special opening night Boston Asian-American Film Festival presentation, The Joy Luck Club with star Rosalind Chao in attendance.
  • The Harvard Film Archive (note the new, faster address, although the website looks pretty much the way it did before) wraps up their Documentary Educational Resource, 50 Years Later series on Friday with two presentations: "Living at Risk: The Story of a Nicaraguan Family" & "The Phans of Jersey City" (16mm) at 7pm and Sailing a Sinking Sea (shown with 16mm short "Blue, A Tlingit Odyssey") at 9:15pm. $5 gets you a 35mm matinee of Jurassic Park on Saturday, and they wrap up the quick Alice Rohracher retrospective with her debut feature, Corpo Celeste, on 35mm that evening. They also finish Bergman 100 with a 35mm print of From the Life of Marionettes on Sunday afternoon, and start an Albertina Carri series at 7pm with GĂ©minis on 35mm film. They have a free screening of Xu Bing's Dragonfly Eyes on Monday evening, with Xu delivering a lecture at Radcliffe the next afternoon.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts is almost all about Let the Devil In: 50 Years of British Horror this week, screening Don't Look Now (Friday/Saturday), The Omen (Friday/Wednesday), Symptoms (Saturday), Peeping Tom (Sunday), and The Innocents (Sunday/Wednesday). They also have an 11am show of 306 Hollywood on Saturday
  • This week's Emerson Bright Lights presentations (in the Bright Screening room at the Paramount) are documentary Recovery Boys with director Elaine McMillion Sheldon on Tuesday and the terrific First Reformed (with faculty discussion) on Thursday. Free and open to the public as always.
  • The Regent Theatre welcomes Victoria Price to talk about her father on Sunday afternoon, with her presentation "Vincent Price: Master of Menace, Lover of Life" including a screening of The Abominable Dr. Phibes. They also serve as a stop for the Women's Adventure Film Tour on Thursday.
  • The Capitol plays the Lon Chaney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame on Thursday, accompanied by Jeff Rapsis on the organ.
  • Cinema Salem continues "The History of Halloween" and Mandy while also continuing to host Salem Horror Fest through Sunday (it's "Weekend of the Witch"), though if you want more, animator Ben Wickey hosts two of his shorts at The House of the Seven Gables (including one by that name) on Tuesday

Busy weekend - a niece's birthday party, important baseball, and an annoying detour to Texas for work - so I don't know how much I'll get to. Probably Bad Times at the El Royale and maybe The Hate U Give, Free Solo, and/or All About Nina. Plus, I should probably watch the original Halloween before the new one comes out next week.

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