Friday, January 18, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 18 January 2019 - 24 January 2019

It could be a pretty great weekend, although who knows - the big release could be terrific or a disaster.

  • After all, who knows what to expect from M. Night Shyamalan sometimes? Glass follows up both an early triumph in Unbreakable and the more uneven Split, with Bruce Willis & Samuel L. Jackson from the first and James McAvoy & Anna Taylor-Joy from the second. Could be a blast, could be a disaster, and it'll probably wind up nuts either way. It's at The Somerville Theatre, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), the Embassy, Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), the Seaport (Icon-X), South Bay (including Imax/Dolby CInema), Assembly Row (including Imax/Dolby Cinema), Revere (including XPlus/MX4D), and the SuperLux.

    Dragon Ball Super: Broly is technically a "special screening", but it's playing a full schedule Friday through Wednesday at Boston Common, and anything from one to five shows a day at Fenway (Saturday/Monday-Thursday), South Bay (Saturday/Monday-Thursday), Assembly Row (Monday-Thursday), Revere (Friday-Thursday). They Shall Not Grow Old returns for a full day of shows on Monday at Boston Common (3D), Fenway (2D/3D), the Seaport, South Bay (3D), Revere, and the SuperLux. Fenway and Revere also have The Final Wish, a horror movie with the likes of Lin Shaye and Tony Todd in the cast.
  • Kendall Square and The West Newton Cinema get Stan & Ollie, with Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Laurel and Hardy on a late-career tour of the UK, facing health issues, fear that they're has-beens, and issues with previous attempts to go out on their own.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre, the Kendall, and Boston Common all get Cold War, the new film from Pawel Pawlikowski based upon the story of how his parents met, a story of doomed love set against the 1950s and 1960s, with fantastic black-and-white photography.

    Speaking of fantastic black-and-white photography the Coolidge also starts a quick one-week run of Roma in 70mm, which should look kind of amazing. Check times and book early. They also continue their East-Meets-West midnights with Enter the Dragon on Friday night and Sabata Saturday, both on 35mm; Saturday also offers Parts Unknown, a locally-produced wrestling-based horror film. Sunday morning offers Kid Flicks One, a selection of shorts from the New York Children's International Film Festival, while a Wide Lens presentation of The Florida Project plays Wednesday, including a new 35mm print and a post-film panel discussion.
  • Oscar-shortlisted documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening plays The Brattle Theatre from Friday to Monday, the first feature from RaMell Ross, looking at the "Black Belt" of the American south. It splits the screen with Mandy, which plays in the 9:30pm slot.

    They briefly return to the "(Some of) The Best of 2018" program on Tuesday, showing a double feature of BlacKkKlansman & Sorry to Bother You that had previously been postponed. Then on Wednesday, they start the annual "Dead of Winter" series, this one focusing on "Tales of the Beast", with a double feature of Werewolf of London & The Wolf Man that day and The Company of Wolves & Ginger Snaps on Thursday; the series runs through the end of the month.
  • Apple Fresh Pond continues their runs of F2: Fun and Frustration, Petta, Simmba, NTR: Kathanayakudu, and Viswasam; Malayalam drama Ente Ummante Peru plays Saturday. The big Bollywood opening is actually yat Fenway, with Uri: The Surgical Strike chronicling a 2016 counterattack on a terrorist base.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts continues the Festival of Films from Iran with Oscar submission,No Date, No Signature (Friday), Pig (Friday), 3 Faces (Saturday), Invasion (Sunday/Wednesday), and Sly (Sunday), The Charmer (Thursday), and A Man of Integrity (Thursday). They also continue runs of Museo (35mm Saturday/Wednesday) and The Mystery of Picasso (Wednesday).
  • The Harvard Film Archive continues Rediscovering Jacques Becker with Paris Frills (Friday/Saturday), Rue de l'Estrapade (35mm Friday), Montparnasse 19 (Saturday), The Adventures of Arsène Lupin (Sunday), Touchez pas au grisbi (Sunday), and The Hole (Monday). In the middle of that, they have a $5 family matinee on Saturday, Fatih Akin's teen road-trip movie Goodbye Berlin.
  • Belmont World Film has their annual Family Film Festival from Friday to Monday, with a George Méliès Cine-Concert at the Regent in Arlington on Friday evening, and "It's Only Natural" program at the Belmont Studio Cinema on Saturday (including the annual Weston Woods Studios show and Tito and the Birds), "Brave and Amazing Kids" back at the Regent on Sunday (including Serbian fantasy The Witch Hunters), and "Dreaming of Dr. King" at the Brattle on Monday.
  • Bright Lights won't be back for another week or two, but ArtsEmerson shows Theatre of War, a documentary about Argentine and British veterans discussing and recreating the Falklands War in collaboration with writer/director Lola Arias on Friday evening; it's free with an RSVP and Arias will be present for a post-film Q&A.
  • The ICA has 1pm & 3pm screenings of films from the 2018 Ottawa International Festival of Animation on Saturday and Sunday.
  • In addition to the festival, The Regent Theatre will show the silent 1924 version of Peter Pan at 3pm on Monday, with organist Peter Krasinski providing the music and actress Lindsay Crouse serving as the benshi (so even kids who can't read intertitles should be able to follow the movie).
  • Cinema Salem holds Shoplifters over for another week in their 18-seat screening room; that also plays at The Luna Theater in Lowell on Saturday and Tuesday. They also have Never Ending Man on Saturday, The Neverending Story Saturday through Monday, Beautiful Boy on Saturday, Misery on Sunday, Martin Luther King day screenings of Selma on Monday, and the weekly, free "Weirdo Wednesdays" mystery show.

Looking hard at Glass, Stan & Ollie, and Roma on the big film, maybe trying to get to some werewolf movies by the end of the week, and catch up on other things in between. Ginger Snaps and Touchez pas au grisbi seem like major holes in what I've seen, after all.

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