Friday, January 25, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 25 January 2019 - 31 January 2019

If a movie got nominated for an Oscar or three, there's a good chance that it's found a few new screens or is coming back to theaters, even if it's already out on disc. Might as well catch up if there's things you want to catch up on.

  • But if you're like me and you've already seen most of what you care to see, it's still a pretty interesting weekend. The Kid Who Would Be King comes out, and while a movie about a London kid who finds Excalibur in a construction yard may not seem like something with broad appeal, it's the new film from Joe Cornish, whose debut Attack the Block was pitched to a different audience but was awfully clever with solid-as-a-rock action. The new one is at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    There's also Serenity, which is not a re-release of the movie that followed up TV series Firefly, but what looks like a film blanc starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway but which the reviews are indicating is actually much crazier than that. It plays Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere. Stan & Ollie also has its official wide release, adding the Capitol and Boston Common to the Kendall and West Newton.

    Dragon Ball Super: Broly chugs along at least through Wednesday at Boston Common, Fenway (Friday/Tuesday), South Bay (Friday-Sunday), and Assembly Row (Friday-Saturday/Tuesday), Revere (Saturday), with the AMC theaters giving it full slates the days it's playing. Speaking of imports that do rather well in those screenings, a new Burn The Stage concert film, "Love Yourself in Seoul", plays Boston Common, Fenway, and Revere on Saturday, with Boston Common giving it more shows than the major-studio releases that day; Saturday also has 2pm preview screenings of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part at Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, and Revere. Going from not-yet-released to 80-years-old, The Wizard of Oz has Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday anniversary screenings at Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere (Wednesday only). Animated teen drama A Silent Voice makes another swing through theaters, subtitled on Monday and dubbed Thursday at Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere. The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story, is being called a "sneak peek" on Thursday at Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere, but whether that's the start of a run or just one night is unclear.
  • Kendall Square opens Capernaum, the Lebanese nominee for best foreign-language film that tells the story of a hardened 12-year-old, already in jail for a violent crime, suing his parents for "giving him life".
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre extends their 70mm run of Roma, but only through Sunday. At midnight, they conclude their East-meets-West series with 35mm prints of Sammo Hung's Eastern Condors on Friday and Kill The All and Come Back Alone on Saturday (and The Room on Friday if you're into picking on the slow kid). There's a Science On Screen presentation of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou on Monday, with Dr. Katy Croft Bell introducing the 35mm print. On Wednesday morning, they start their five-week "Coolidge Education" series on Jonathan Demme.
  • The Brattle Theatre continues "Dead of Winter: Tales of the Beast", with a program that is mostly but not entirely werewolf-related: The Werewolf vs The Vampire Woman (35mm) & Wolf Guy on Friday; weekend matinees of Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit; The Curse of the Werewolf & An American Werewolf in London (35mm) on Saturday, both versions of The Fly on Sunday (the Cronenberg on 35mm); the 1982 Cat People on 35mm Tuesday, with the 1942 original paired with a 35mm print of Island of Lost Souls on Wednesday; wrapping up with a 35mm twin bill of Altered States & Night of the Bloody Apes on Thursday. They also bring back Oscar-nominated documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening for a couple shows on Monday and have a free, 35mm "Elements of Cinema" screening of 42nd Street on Tuesday evening.
  • Apple Fresh Pond keeps F2: Fun and Frustration and Petta, but also picks up a bunch of other Indian films. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi stars Kangana Ranaut as the title character, who was a major part of the 1857 India Rebellion; I believe it is playing in Hindi. Telugu romance Mr Majnu also opens, starring Akhil Akkineni & Nidhhi Agerwal, as does Thackeray (which may be in Hindi or Marathi) and Tamil-language comedy Charlie Chaplin 2, which is apparently a sequel to something from 2002; I'm not sure how much connection it has to the silent film star. Fenway has another week of Uri: The Surgical Strike, while Boston Common has The Gandhi Murder on Wednesday.

    If one's tastes run more to Spanish films, Dominican romantic comedy Qué León plays Revere.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has more of their Festival of Films from Iran, including A Man of Integrity (Friday), Feast of Sorrow (Friday with director Pourya Azarbayjani & Saturday), The Graveless (Saturday/Sunday), and The Charmer (Sunday). They also continue runs of Museo (35mm Wednesday) and The Mystery of Picasso (Saturday/Sunday/Wednesday/Thursday), ending the month by welcoming director Aaron Kopp and producer Sakheni Dlamini to discuss Liyana, the animated opener to last year's Roxbury International Film Festival,.on Thursday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has the bulk of their "Poets of Pandemonium" series this weekend, pairing films by Humphrey Jennings and Derek Jarman this weekend, including Jarman's Blue & Jennings's "Listen to Britain" (35mm) as part of "Cinema of Resistance" at 7pm Friday, Jarman's The Last of England & Jennings's "The Dim Little Island" (both 35mm) that night at 9pm, Jarman's The Angelic Conversation & Jennings's "Words for Battle" (35mm) at 7pm Saturday, Jarman's Sebastiane & Jennings's "The Silent Village" (35mm) at 9pm Saturday, and Jarman's Jubilee & Jennings's Fires Were Started (35mm) on Monday. They also have a $5 Saturday family matinee of Mamoru Hosoda's terrific debut feature, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, on subtitled 35mm, while also wrapping up the Jacques Becker series with The Hole on Sunday evening.
  • Last week's snow postponed some parts ofBelmont World Film's annual Family Film Festival last weekend, but the live "Circle Round" podcast recording will now be at the Regent Saturday afternoon while Ballad for Tibet and The Witch Hunters will play The West Newton Cinema on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Lexington Venue screens short film "Well Water" on Saturday morning, with local filmmaker Sharisse Zeroonian in attendance.
  • The Regent Theatre has documentary Who Will Write Our History? in the Underground Theatre on Sunday, followed by a discussion live-streamed from UNESCO headquarters in paris
  • Cinema Salem has Vox Lux in their 18-seat screening room; it also has Friday/Saturday shows at The Luna Theater in Lowell. They also have weekend matinees of Muppets From Space, Shoplifters (Saturday), Never Ending Man (Saturday/Tuesday), John Carpenter's The Thing (Sunday), Get Out (Monday), and whatever they decide on for "Weirdo Wednesday".

I will absolutely do The Kid Who Would Be King and Serenity, probably catching up with Vice and Can You Ever Forgive Me? as well. Manikarnika and some more "Dead of Winter" presentations are also tempting, and, sure, I'll try to do Eastern Condors.

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