Friday, January 11, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 11 January 2019 - 17 January 2019

Things that have been sitting on shelves for a while, stuff with uninspiring trailers, and a likely Oscar contender that took a while to get out of New York and Los Angeles. Yeah, that's what mid-January looks like.

  • Replicas for instance, played the Toronto Film Festival in 2017, but this thing with Keanu Reeves as a scientist trying to recreate his dead family as robots seems to have kicked around until the price went down enough for Entertainment Studios to afford it. It's at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Revere. There's also The Upside, which played the same festival, starting out with the Weinstein Company and landed at STX. It stars Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, and Nicole Kidman in a remake of Intouchable, about an unlikely assistant and friend to a paraplegic billionaire. That one's at Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux.

    Supposedly A Dog's Way Home is better than the trailer which has played in front of everything for the last month or so and which seemed to pretty much tell the whole movie's story about a dog who gets lost and crosses hundreds of miles trying to find her person. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    Fenway and Revere have the dubbed version of Modest Heroes on Saturday afternoon. It's pretty good, and one of the three segments is basically dialogue-free; another flavor of Japanese animation plays Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere on Wednesday and Thursday (with Boston Common having it all day rather than just the evening and in Imax on Wednesday). Fenway also has a double feature of two of DC's animated adaptations of comic book arcs, The Death of Superman & Reign of the Supermen on Saturday, and a RealD presentation of the Cousteau family's Wonders of the Sea on Thursday. Revere plays Forrest Gump on Thursday. Theaters still showing Bohemian Rhapsody will have special sing-along shows on the schedule, while Boston Common puts Free Solo and A Star Is Born on the Imax screen and South Bay does the same with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The Somerville Theatre re-opens Burning.
  • Kendall Square and Boston Common get Destroyer, featuring Nicole Kidman as a worn-down cop still feeling the fallout of an undercover assignment she took years ago. Karyn Kusama directs, with Tatiana Maslany and Bradley Whitford in the cast as well.
  • Apple Fresh Pond opens Telugu comedy F2: Fun and Frustration, continuing Petta, Simmba, NTR: Kathanayakudu, Viswasam, with Telugu entry Vinaya Vidheya Rama. They also open English-language The Aspern Papers, featuring Jonathan Rhys-Myers as a researcher looking for a poet's love letters. Boston Common, meanwhile, has another week of Mojin: The Worm Valley.
  • The Brattle Theatre has another week of "(Some of) The Best", with a double feature of Eighth Grade & Madeline's Madeline on Friday, one of Suspiria '18 & Hereditary on Saturday, Monrovia, Indiana on Sunday, the pairing of Night Comes On & You Were Never Really Here on Monday, I Am Not a Witch & The Miseducation of Cameron Post on Wednesday, and Zama & Museo (the latter on 35mm) Thursday. The series also includes matinees of Paddington 2 on Saturday and Sunday, and probably doesn't include Trash Night on Tuesday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre has another pair of "East Meets West" midnights with a 35mm print of Judy Lee in Queen Boxer on Friday and Franco Nero as Django on Saturday. There's also a Goethe-Institut screening of 3 Days in Quiberon Sunday morning and the new restoration of Detour on Monday.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has more screenings of Life and Nothing More (Friday) and Border (Saturday/Sunday), with Museo (35mm Friday) and The Mystery of Picasso (Wednesday/Thursday) also starting runs. There's more Ida Lupino at 100, featuring Not Wanted (Saturday), The Trouble with Angels (Sunday/Thursday), and the Boston Festival of Films from Iran opens Thursday with the country's Oscar submission, No Date, No Signature.
  • It's members' weekend at the The Harvard Film Archive; if you're a member, you know what they're showing. They restart regular screenings again on Monday, with Jacque Becker's Touchez pas au grisbi.
  • The Boston Underground Film Festival and Boston Sci-Fi FIlm Festival team up for a "Dispatches from the Underground" show of five short films from 2018's Sci-Fi Festival on Wednesday night; it's in the Micro, so get tickets early if so inclined.
  • Boston Jewish Film has their first event of the year on Wednesday at Temple Israel, presenting silent film The Ancient Law with live music by Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin.
  • A selection of films from the 2018 Ottawa International Festival of Animation is the first of several short programs The ICA will be running this winter; its run begins Thursday evening.
  • The Lexington Venue has featurette "Including Samuel" on Thursday evening, with a post-film discussion that expands on finding ways to facilitate access for people with disabilities.
  • Cinema Salem plays Shoplifters in their 18-seat screening room.

I will see Destroyer and probably won't be able to help myself with The Upside and Replicas. Other things merit catching-up, whether Hereditary and You Were Never Really Here, or Detour, or more recent things.

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