Friday, April 19, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 19 April 2019 - 25 April 2019

Man, so much nothing coming out this weekend, you'd think Lionsgate would have actually given Under the Silver Lake an actual release rather than the bare minimum in NYC/LA before it hits VOD on Tuesday.

  • But, hey, it's Independent Film Festival Boston time! It kicks off Wednesday with Luce at The Somerville Theatre, expanding to a full six-screen slate on Thursday, with the five at the Somerville including Shadow, Monos, and Them That Follow while Running with Beto and The Death of Dick Long at the Brattle.

    That means the Somerville is shuffling some stuff off screens and playing down a screen at times, which they fill with a few more from their Jack Attack retrospective: Five Easy Pieces plays Friday night and a double feature of A Safe Place (on 35mm) & King of Marvin Gardens on Sunday.
  • Some stuff actually came out on Wednesday: Disney's annual Earth Day documentary for 2019 is Penguins plays at the Capitol, West Newton, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay (including Imax), Assembly Row (including Imax), and Revere. We've also seen the last preview for Breakthrough, now playing at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere (why the movie about having to beg a supernatural entity for the life of your child played mostly in front of family films rather than horror movies, I don't know).

    The big release for Friday, apparently, is The Curse of La Llorona, which is apparently a new spinoff of The Conjuring that pulls a Mexican folktale into that universe. That's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), the Seaport, South Bay (including Imax and Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax and Dolby Cinema), and Revere (including XPlus). There's also Teen Spirit, which stars Elle Fanning as a teenager with a great singing voice looking to become a star. It plays the Capitol, the Lexington Venue, Kendall Square, Boston Common, and Revere.

    This week's new Japanese animation is Okko's Inn, in which an orphaned girl comes to live with her grandmother and discovers she can see spirits; it gets a two-day run at Boston Common, Fenway, and Revere, with Tuesday's shows subtitled and Monday's dubbed at Fenway and possible the Common. Revere will also show Mission of Honor (aka Hurricane), featuring Milo Gibson (who looks unnervingly like his dad) as part of a squadron of Polish pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain. And while everybody is getting early shows of Avengers: Endgame on Thursday, only Revere is booking a Marvel Marathon, which starts at 11:30am on Tuesday and runs roughly 60 hours to finish with the big climactic 22nd movie. They will be providing shower stalls, spots to nap, and the like.
  • Kendall Square turns over a fair amount, and I wonder if they're picking up a lot of female-led films to counter-program the big superhero thing next week. Aside from Teen Spirit, they get three more. Wild Nights With Emily stars Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson, portraying her not as a bitter spinster but a funny, playful romantic.

    Also playing there is Little Woods, starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James as sisters whose already precarious condition in a tapped-out North Dakota town is thrown into even more chaos after their mother dies. They also have matinees of Girls of the Sun, the story of an all-female battalion in Kurdistan.
  • The Brattle Theatre has a pair of new restorations this weekend, with Icelandic fairy tale The Juniper Tree playing Friday to Sunday and Audition at 9pm Friday and Saturday, as well as a presumably-archival print Wednesday at 8pm.

    The Cambridge Science Festival has a pair of events there Sunday afternoon, and fills the time before IFFBoston settles in Thursday with a couple programs: The DocYard presenting Turkish/Kurdish film Meteor Monday night, with director Gürcan Keltek skyping in afterward, and then a Trash Night presentation of Solarbabies on Tuesday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre picks up High Life, but also spends some time on Coolidge Award winner Julianne Moore, with a midnight 35mm screening of Hannibal on Friday, an evening show of Far From Home on Tuesday, and a special show of Gloria Bell on Thursday afternoon before the special award presentation that evening (with the other screens dark for the day),

    Regular midnights include 35mm prints of two seminal Japanese movies - Takashi Miike's Audition on Friday (possibly the same print the Brattle has), and Takashi Shimizu's The Grudge on Saturday - and Super Troopers on Saturday. There's also a special screening of Holocaust documentary Who Will Write Our History? with director Roberta Grossman on Sunday afternoon. There's also an Earth Day/Big Screen Classics screening of Princess Mononoke on Monday, including the short film "Plantae".
  • Apple Fresh Pond opens Kalank, a Bollywood drama set during the 1940s partition of India, and Telugu sports film Jersey, with Nani as a cricketer reaching the end of the line. There's also more scattered showings of two thrillers, Kavaludaari in Kannada (Friday/Saturday/Wednesday), and Malayalam film Athiran (Friday/Sunday/Monday), as well as Tamil-language horror-comedy Kanchana 3 (Saturday).

    P Storm continues at Boston Common, while Finding Julia opens in Revere; that one tells the story of a hapa acting student in New York having nightmares about the Vietnamese mother she never knew.
  • After his talk on Thursday, The Harvard Film Archive presents Amar Kanwar's film Such a Morning on Friday evening, with the director in attendance. Much of the rest of the weekend is given to Japan, with Miyazaki's breakthrough film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind playing as a $5, 35mm family matinee on Saturday and then several from The Other Japanese New Wave - The Samurai Vagabonds on Saturday, and two screenings of The End of Love, one Saturday night and one Sunday afternoon; both on 35mm. A Richard P. Rogers retrospective starts Sunday evening with a 16mm print of A Midwife's Tale, and a program of post-Bauhaus experimental films plays Monday evening.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts continues their run of The Wild Pear Tree with screenings Friday and Sunday, as well as their New Cinema From Mexico program, presenting Roma on Friday and Our Time on Saturday. "Gender Bending Fashion on Film" also continues, with Colette (Saturday), A Simple Favor (Sunday), Black Panther (Wednesday) following a lecture by fashion designer Walé Oyéjidé, and Orlando (Thursday). They also have their annual program of short films by the students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts on Wednesday evening.
  • "Month of Sundays" continues at The ICA with McQueen, playing at 1pm and free with admission to the museum.
  • Belmont World Film presents Hendi and Hormoz, an Iranian film built around the custom on the island of Hormuz about arranged marriages for teenagers, at The Belmont Studio (which seems to have gotten a recent seating upgrade) on Monday.
  • Emerson's Bright Lights has Seder-Masochism, the newest by Nina Paley of Sita Sings the Blues fame, on Tuesday night, with Paley on hand for a Q&A afterward. The program of free screenings at the upstairs screening room in the Paramount Theater also includes If Beale Street Could Talk on Thursday.
  • Cinema Salem keeps The Heiresses around for a second week in their screening room, while The Luna Theater has Apollo 11 (Friday/Saturday/Tuesday), The Wiz (Saturday/Sunday), Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church (Saturday), Purple Rain (Sunday), The Fountain (Monday), and Weirdo Wednesday.

There will be camping out at IFFBoston, of course, and I've got a poorly-timed Red Sox ticket the night before that (Seder-Masochism is otherwise very tempting), but I'll also try and hit Little Woods, Wild Nights with Emily, Nausicaä, and Hellboy as well.

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