Friday, May 24, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 24 May 2019 - 30 May 2019

This week's big release is one of the most pointless blockbusters, but what else are you going to see on the long weekend?

  • For whatever reason, Disney has made a big 3D live-action version of Aladdin with Will Smith as the Genie and Guy Ritchie directing, and a half hour added to what was a pretty much perfect animated film. It's got a whole bunch of screens at the Capitol (2D only), Fresh Pond (2D only), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D/3D), the Studio Cinema Belmont (2D only), West Newton (2D only), Boston Common (including Imax 2D/3D), Fenway (including 2D/3D RPX), the Seaport (including Icon-X), South Bay (including Imax 2D/3D & Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax 2D/3D & Dolby Cinema), Revere (including XPlus & MX4D), and the Superlux (3D only).

    One alternative is Brightburn, in which a baby from another planet lands in America and, when his powers manifest, apparently uses them to murder everyone who ever slighted him, because "evil Superboy" isn't completely played out at all. That's at Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay (late shows in Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (late shows in Dolby Cinema), and Revere. Another is Booksmart, Olivia Wilde's first feature as a director, with Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as high-achieving teens realizing they should have had more fun in high school on the eve of graduation. That's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, the Embassy, and Revere.

    There's a Fandango preview of The Secret Lives of Pets 2 at Boston Common, Fenway (3D), the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux on Saturday afternoon. Fenway also has a preview of Late Night on Wednesday. Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock & Roll plays the Kendall on Tuesday and Boston Common on Wednesday.
  • Souvenir plays at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, and Boston Common, with Honor Swinton Byrne falling for a less-than-impressive fellow, and Tilda Swinton as her mother.

    The Satanic Panic midnights at the Coolidge are John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness on Friday and Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions on Saturday, both on 35mm. There's also a special screening of Faces Places on Thursday to celebrate Agn├Ęs Varda's birthday.
  • All Is True, with Kenneth Branagh as William Shakespeare, plays Kendall Square, West Newton Cinema, and Boston Common; I didn't love it, but maybe I was just fried on my fourth movie of the day. The Kendall also has Werner Herzog's new documentary, Meeting Gorbachev.
  • Apple Fresh Pond picks up Hindi-language thriller India's Most Wanted, and Telugu romance Sita, also holding over De De Pyaar De.
  • It's Reunion Week at The Brattle Theatre, celebrating stuff that has been around for multiples of 25 years. It's getting very close to the point where they can have something hitting the century mark, but I don't think that's happened yet. The roster is Go Fish and A Very Curious Girl on Friday, Meet Me in St. Louis in 35mm on Saturday and Sunday, with a double feature of Arsenic and Old Lace (on 35mm) & Four Wedding and a Funeral on Saturday and one of The Learning Tree & Crooklyn (both on 35mm) Sunday, a pairing of On Her Majesty's Secret Service & the original The Italian Job on Monday, The Color of Pomegranates on Tuesday, and a 35mm print of Gaslight on Wednesday.

    Boston Jewish Film has a special screening of featurette "The Good Nazi" on Thursday, followed by a conversation with Samuel Bak and Dr. Michael Good afterward.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has more screenings of Babylon (Friday/Wednesday/Thursday) and 3 Faces (Sunday/Thursday). They also continue New Wave Now: Georgia's Independent Voice with The Confession (Friday), Khibula (Saturday), Our Blood Is Wine (Saturday), and The Chair (Sunday). There's also another "On the Fringe: Adventures in Cult Cinema/Gender-Bending Fashion on Film" screening on Thursday, with Price's Purple Rain.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has a short holiday weekend, wrapping Rumanian Cinema Now with two encores: Sieranevada on Friday evening and Scarred Hearts on Saturday night. They also have a family show on Saturday afternoon, Miyazaki's The Castle of Cagliostro.
  • The Boston Underground Film Festival curates a program of dark sci-fi shorts that play The ICA on Monday as part of Free Museum Day.
  • Just one "Jack Attack" show at The Somerville Theatre this weekend, with Reds playing on 35mm Wednesday. Thursday has the last night of "Reel FIlms, Fake Bands", a double feature of Singles and Ladies & Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains on 35mm film. Their sister cinema in Arlington, The Capitol, has Being John Malkovich for Throwback Thursday.
  • Cinema Salem has Rafiki in their small room; it's pretty nifty. The Luna Theater has Amazing Grace on Friday, Saturday, and Monday evenings; morning shows of Fantastic Mr. Fox Saturday, Sunday, and Monday; Hail Satan? on Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday; Loving Vincent: The Impossible Dream on Saturday and Monday; and three screenings of Clue on Sunday (no idea whether that's all three endings). Plus, of course, Weirdo Wednesday. The AMC at the Liberty Tree Mall also has Filipino film Between Maybes and The Poison Rose, which stars John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Brendan Fraser, and Famke Janssen but also has three credited directors, which can't be a good sign.

Yeah, I'll see Aladdin and Brightburn, and probably before Booksmart. Some of the Brattle's anniversary screenings are on tap, too. And, heck, there was a brief moment where I considered heading out to Danvers when the IMDB entry for The Poison Rose had it looking like it was Fraser & Janssen with Travolta & Freeman supporting rather than the other way around.

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