Friday, May 10, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 10 May 2019 - 16 May 2019

A fair amount coming out this week, with studios probably thinking people were going to be done with Avengers.

  • Despite that assumption, the 3D family movie with "see it Imax" trailers isn't getting that screen, by and large. Still, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is also based on a huge popular thing, and Ryan Reynolds seems to be having fun voicing the title character. One can catch it at the Capitol (2D only), Fresh Pond (2D only), Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay (including Dolby CInema matinees), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema matinees), Revere, and the SuperLux (2D only).

    For those a bit older, there's The Hustle, a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, because that's something MGM hasn't cannibalized yet. It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere. Another group of women - including Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Rhea Perlman, and Pam Grier - start a cheerleading team as seniors in Poms, playing at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    There's also a wider-than-usual release for Tolkein, which stars Nicholas Hoult as J.R.R. Tolkien in the years before he wrote his famous fantasy novels, equally fascinated by mythology and language. It's at the Somerville, West Newton, the Lexington Venue, Kendall Square, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, and Revere.

    Revere has the two Joel Schumacher-directed Batmovies as part of the 80th anniversary series, with Batman Forever on Sunday afternoon and Batman & Robin on Tuesday evening. Somewhat surprisingly, Kickstarted documentary What We Leave Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space 9 gets a night in theaters, playing Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, and Revere on Monday night. Those places will also play big-screen anime tie-in Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie on Thursday. There's also a free GlobeDocs preview screening of Ron Howard's Pavarotti documentary at 7pm Wednesday, at the Seaport.
  • Less than a week after a documentary on Rudolph Nureyev played at The Coolidge Corner Theatre and West Newton, those two places (and the Kendall) open The White Crow, a dramatization of Nureyev's defection from the Soviet Union directed by Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes plays Alexander Pushkin, while dancer Oleg Ivenko plays Nureyev. The Coolidge also picks up Wild Nights with Emily in the small rooms, part of a "Spotlight on Women" program.

    The Coolidge's 35mm Midnight Satanic Panic screenings for this weekend are House of the Devil on Friday night and The 'burbs on Saturday. The first has an introduction and post-film Q&A from actor Tom Noonan, who is also on hand for a Saturday night screening of Synecdoche, New York. There's a Mother's Day screening of Woman at War on Sunday afternoon, followed by a panel discussion led by Mothers Out Front. Monday's Big Screen Classic is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on 35mm, with Emerson College professor Yu-jin Chang doing a seminar before or after. There's Open Screen on Tuesday and a "Wide Lens" screening of Support the Girls on Wednesday.
  • Zhang Yimou's Shadow, which opened in China way back on Chinese Memorial Day in September, finally hits local theaters this weekend, and as befits a martial-arts action movie directed by a renowned filmmaker, it's opens both at Boston Common and Kendall Square, while Savage sticks around the Common.

    Bollywood comedy Student of the Year 2, which appears to have the same basic premise as its predecessor but a mostly new cast, including Tiger Shroff, opens at Apple Fresh Pond, with Telugu action drama Maharshi continuing from Wednesday, with Malayalam film Uyare playing Saturday afternoon. They also have stand-up show David Cross: Oh, Come On twice a day.
  • Kendall Square also has Working Woman on top of all that, an Israeli film with Liron Ben-Shlush as a woman who fears retribution should she push back against the sexual harassment at work because she is her family's main breadwinner.
  • The Brattle Theatre brings back one of the movies that played IFFBoston's Fall Focus back for a week, with colorful Kenyan romance Rafiki playing all week, with a "Cinema in Context" screening on Monday with MIT African Studies assistant professor Amah Edoh. They also have their annual Mother's Day screening of Psycho Sunday afternoon.
  • West Newton Cinema brings back Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel, with director Daniel A. Miller there to answer questions after Friday's shows. They also open The Samuel Project, with Ryan Ochoa as a teenager connecting with his grandfather for the first time, and the actor playing said grandfather, Hal Linden, skyping in for a Q&A after the 6pm show on Saturday.
  • The Somerville Theatre continues Jack Attack! with a 35mm double feature of The Fortune & One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on Friday, The Missouri Breaks on 35mm & The Last Tycoon Saturday, and Goin' South & The Shining (both on 35mm) Sunday. They have 48 Hour Film Project screenings on Monday & Tuesday, a live comedy show with Bobcat Goldthwait and Dana Could on Wednesday, and a "Reel Film, Fake Band" pairing of High Fidelity on 35mm and Frank on Thursday.
  • After a Friday matinee of A Fortunate Man, The National Center For Jewish Film's 2019 Festival spends the week at the The Museum of Fine Arts, with screenings Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has more of their Rumanian Cinema Now with Touch Me Not (Friday 7pm), Infinite Football (Friday 9:30pm), Sieranevada (Saturday 7pm), Cinema of Resistence selection The Dead Nation (Sunday 5pm), One Floor Below (Sunday 7pm), and Dogs (Monday 7pm)..
  • The Boston Pops is going to be performing John Williams's score to Star Wars for four shows Friday, Saturday (including a matinee with half-price tickets for kids), and Tuesday, with the movie projected while they play. Probably the Special Edition, but, hey, it's Star Wars!
  • ArtsEmerson features the Cambodian play See You Yesterday over the coming days, with a behind-the-scenes documentary on Tuesday
  • Cinema Salem gets documentary Hail Satan? about their neighbors in the Satanic Temple, and it's kind of surprising it took that long. The Luna Theater has a bunch of stuff this week, with High Life on Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday; Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face on Saturday and Sunday; Polaroid documentary Instant Dreams and Her Smell on Saturday; John Waters's Serial Mom on Sunday; and Weirdo Wednesday. And if you want to go all the way to Methuen, that multiplex has Student of the Year 2 and Dominican comedy Casi Fiel.

On top of Shadow, I will probably see both Detective Pikachu and The Hustle, maybe even Student of the Year 2, and maybe try to fit either the DS9 doc or Crouching Tiger in on Monday before Star Wars on Tuesday. On top of that, Friday's plan is to criss-cross New York City to ideally catch Be Natural, Long Day's Journey Into NIght, Fugue, and JT Leroy, because it doesn't look like anybody is bringing them to me.

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