Friday, May 31, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 31 May 2019 - 6 June 2019

It's not like there's not enough coming out to fill the weekend, but no screen for the new De Palma, which is basically going straight to VOD, which is a sign of the times, I guess, especially when the movie is evidently not very good. But, it's not like I'll necessarily have time to get to it this weekend anyway.

  • The biggest release this week (in multiple ways) is Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which brings in pretty much all the kaiju from the original Toho series and has them go nuts, with Big G being released from ice to hopefully deter them. Sounds an awful lot like Final Wars without the Ryuhei Kitamura insanity but with a big-studio effects budget (although, sadly for those of us that like such things, none of the giant screens have 3D showtimes). It can be found at the Somerville (2D only), Fresh Pond (2D only), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D), Boston Common (including Imax 2D), Fenway (including RPX), the Seaport, South Bay (including Imax 2D & Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax 2D), the Embassy (2D only), Revere (including MX4D & XPlus), and the SuperLux (2D only).

    Also opening wide and on some premium screens is Rocketman, based on the life and music of Elton John, with Taron Egerton as the former Reg Dwight, the guy who did the reshoots for Bohemian Rhapsody directing, and the songs blending into flights of fantasy. That plays the Somerville, the Coolidge, Fresh Pond, West Newton Cinema, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport (including Icon-X), South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Revere (including XPlus), and the SuperLux.

    Meanwhile, Ma isn't looking to be a blockbuster but will probably make twice its small budget back and hang around for a while with Octavia Spencer as a woman who buys beer for some teenagers and then gets a little too involved. It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    Saving Private Ryan plays Sunday afternoon and Wednesday evening at Fenway, the Seaport, and South Bay, with Revere also joining in on Wednesday. There's also a special premiere presentation of Pavarotti at Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere on Tuesday; The Dead Don't Die previews at Boston Common on Wednesday.
  • Kendall Square brings in a few things this week. The Tomorrow Man, featuring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner as a pair of seniors who have decidedly opposite views on the world - he, as the title suggests, obsessed with a dystopian future, her unable to let go. They also have French thriller My Son, and Halston, yet another documentary about a fashion designer, this time Roy Halston Frowick.
  • Apple Fresh Pond has Tamil and Telugu shows of NGK, a biography of politician Nandha Gopalan Kumaran, and also opens Bharat with Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Disha Patani in a film that covers the past sixty years of Indian history.

    Boston Common gets Mayday Life, a 3D concert film that covers a two-year tour of Chinese band Mayday, which looks from its posters and cast of guest stars has scripted bits as well.
  • The Brattle Theatre has a pair of tributes this week. First up, the Boston Society of Film Critics honors Debra Granik, whose filmography has been excellent enough that you can't help but wish there was more of it (though it leaves plenty of room during the weekend for her to picks some favorites). Granik's Down to the Bone plays Friday; Nashville, Granik's Winter's Bone, and a 35mm print of Cockfighter play Saturday; The Other Side of Hope (35mm), Heroes for Sale (35mm), Granik's Stray Dog, and her Leave No Trace wrap things up on Sunday.

    After that, the work week is for Jim Jarmusch, with three 35mm double features: Stranger Than Paradise & Down by Law on Monday, Night on Earth & Only Lovers Left Alive on Tuesday, and Broken Flowers & The Limits of Control on Wednesday. That series wraps up with a free preview of his new one, The Dead Don't Die, on Thursday night with co-star Chloƫ Sevigny in person for a Q&A.
  • Aside from opening Rocketman, The Coolidge Corner Theatre wraps up their Satanic Panic midnights with a 16mm print of All the Colors of the Dark on Friday and a 35mm print of Mario Bava's Black Sabbath on Saturday. They also show Skip Shea's Trinity, which played BUFF last year and was probably cathartic to make but kind of rough for an audience. They also have a Sounds of Silents presentation of The Passion of Joan of Arc with the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts finishes its May calendar with the final screenings of Babylon and 3 Faces on Friday. The June schedule includes irregular screenings of a documentary about General Franco's victims, The Silence of Others (Saturday/Sunday); Before Stonewall (Sunday); the "Van Gogh in Japan" Exhibition-on-Screen (Wednesday/Thursday); and IFFBoston alum Eat Up (Wednesday/Thursday), with Wednesday's show followed by a panel including director Fiona Turner, subject Jill Shah, and others involved in making school lunch programs better and more accessible. Wicked Queer presents a special screening of The Garden Left Behind on Saturday.
  • Just one "Jack Attack" show at The Somerville Theatre has a special opening night show of Godzilla with a burlesque mini-show before the film on Friday, and there's also a more traditional film/live performance hybrid on Sunday afternoon when "Silents, Please" features Jeff Rapsis accompanying Zaza. Jack Attack! Continues on Wednesday with a 35mm print of The Border
  • The Regent Theatre shows Satan & Adam, a documentary about an unlikely pair of blues musicians - a young Jewish harmonica player and an older Mississippi bluesman - who met in Harlem in 1986, with the film shot off and on over the entire period since.
  • Cinema Salem has Meeting Gorbachev in their miniature theater. The Luna Theater has Amazing Grace on Friday and Saturday, The Biggest Little Farm on Saturday, The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Teseracte Players on Saturday night and just the film all day Sunday, and Rafiki on Tuesday. They've also made their early Saturday/Sunday kids' shows free surprise screenings, much like Weirdo Wednesdays .

I am looking at Godzilla, Rocketman, The Son, and probably catching up on things I should have seen already (Booksmart, Long Shot, and maybe Brightburn).

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