Friday, May 17, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 17 May 2019 - 23 May 2019

Huh, things got changed up at one theater last minute, which makes me feel a little less ridiculous about last week's trip to catch something in New York.

  • Big movie this week is John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, which is more of the high-quality action and clever world-building of the first couple. It's starting to get a bit stretched, but still does the action stuff very well indeed. That can be found at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), the Seaport, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Revere (including XPlus), and the SuperLux.

    Another sequel to a movie built around dogs dying is far more family-friendly, with A Dog's Journey following its reincarnating pooch to a new owner, the granddaughter of the guy in the first film. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere. There's also The Sun Is Also a Star, a romance with Yara Shahidi as a teenager who may just have met the right guy on the day she's about to be deported despite not knowing anyplace but New York. It's at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    There are a couple of early-access screenings this weekend, with Olivia Wilde's Booksmart at Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, Assembly Row, and Revere on Friday night and Fandango presenting Rocketman at Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere on Saturday. There are 30th anniversary screenings of Steel Magnolias at Fenway & Assembly Row on Sunday and Tuesday, with Revere joining them on Wednesday. This month's Ghibli film is NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Revere, dubbed on Monday and subtitled on Tuesday. Boston Common and Kendall Square have Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock & Roll on Wednesday, and there's also a screening of WWII documentary The Cold Blue at Fenway, the Seaport, and South Bay on Thursday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, and Boston Common all get IFFBoston alum Photograph, in which a street photographer and a stranger pose as an engaged couple to mollify the former's grandmother. They both also get The Biggest Little Farm, a documentary which follows a well-meaning couple trying to rebuild a smallish farm into a sustainable enterprise.

    Aside from Friday's screening of The Room, the Coolidge's Satanic Panic midnights include 1986's Trick or Treat and Friday and Evilspeak on Saturday, both on 35mm. Sunday's monthly Goethe-Institut film, The Tobacconist, is also part of the National Center for Jewish Film festival, while Monday's screening of Stormy Weather will be hosted by writer (and star Lena Horne's granddaughter) Jenny Lumet.
  • Kendall Square shares Trial by Fire with Boston Common; it stars Laura Dern as a woman trying to help free a death-row inmate (Jack O'Connell) she believes to be wrongfully convicted. The Kendall has a one-week booking of Aniara, a Swedish science fiction film in which people retreat from reality when their transport to Mars goes off course.
  • Apple Fresh Pond gets a couple more Indian movies, with Bollywood comedy De De Pyaar De featuring Ajay Devgn as a 50-year-old man scandalizing the community by getting into a relationship with a woman half his age, as well as Tamil drama Mr. Local and Malayalam comedy ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi. They also hold over Hindi comedy Student of the Year 2 and Telugu action drama Maharshi and Malayalam film Uyare on Sunday evening.
  • West Newton Cinema picks up A Tuba to Cuba for a limited run, featuring a member of New Orleans's Preservation Hall Jazz Band learning about his roots, musical and otherwise. Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is around another week, with director Daniel A. Miller on hand for Q&As and giveaways on Saturday and Sunday.

    They will also be hostingBelmont World Film's annual "Czech That Film" series, this year featuring Jan Hrebejk's "Garden Store Trilogy", with Hrebejk on hand for screenings of Family Friend & Deserter on Sunday and Suitor on Monday.
  • The Brattle Theatre plays the new restoration of Boston-based drama Between the Lines from Friday to Monday. Sunday also features a special "Afternoon with Salvador Dali and the Marx Brothers" show, with author Josh Frank showing off his graphic novel about their group's never-realized collaboration, including a screening of Animal Crackers. It's Trash Night on Tuesday, and then the Reunion Week shows start, with Pulp Fiction playing Wednesday and Thursday, paired with Murder, My Sweet the first day and The Wild Bunch the second, all three on 35mm
  • The Somerville Theatre has moved their 70mm & Widescreen Festival up to May this year, and as such are mostly playing the 70mm hits: West Side Story on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, The Dark Crystal Saturday evening, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World on Sunday afternoon, the 1967 Casino Royale (on 35mm) Sunday evening, Poltergeist on Monday, Remains of the Day & Dunkirk on Tuesday, and their print of 2001: A Space Odyssey on Wednesday. There's a "Reel Films, Fake Bands" double feature of A Mighty Wind (on 35mm) & The Commitments on Thursday, as well.
  • Aside from that show at the Coolidge Sunday morning, The National Center For Jewish Film's 2019 Festival wraps by spending the whole weekend at The Museum of Fine Arts, though many of its shows will be in the smaller Alfond room. The MFA also resumes "She Makes a Universe" with Ferrante Fever (Friday) and starts a couple of runs: 3 Faces plays Wednesday and has banned-but-prolific filmmaker Jafar Panahi inserting himself into an apparent suicide, while the re-release of Babylon plays Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday also sees the start of "New Wave Now: Georgia's Independent Voice", with Honorary Consul Jarred Guthrie introducing My Happy Family
  • The Harvard Film Archive continues Rumanian Cinema Now with Alice T. (Friday 7pm), One Floor Below (Friday 9pm), The Treasure (Saturday 7pm), Touch Me Not (Saturday 9pm), Infinite Football (Sunday 5pm), Pororoca (Sunday 7pm), and "I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians" (Monday 7pm).
  • ArtsEmerson and the Boston Asian American Film Festival support Cambodian play See You Yesterday with a special Asian-Pacific Heritage Month screening series: Surviving Bokator on Friday and Building Towards the Golden Spike on Saturday are the two features, with Saturday also featuring two shorts programs (one documentary, one narrative)

  • Cinema Salem keeps Hail Satan? around for another week, while The Luna Theater in Lowell also holds some things over: Her Smell on Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday, as well as Polaroid documentary Instant Dreams and Claire Denis's High Life on Saturday; there are also matinees of the 1973 Charlotte's Web on Saturday and Sunday with Cry-Baby the week's Jon Waters flick on Sunday. Weirdo Wednesday goes without saying.
I saw John Wick 3 last night, which should leave plenty of time for 70mm films at the Somerville, Aniara, and maybe a couple others.

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