Thursday, June 27, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 28 June 2019 - 2 July 2019

Yep, I can see why Marvel decided to try and goose their movie's totals now rather than wait for the traditional pre-Labor Day slot. There ain't much else.

  • Indeed, I think the only major opening this Friday is Yesterday, which teams writer Richard Curtis and director Danny Boyle, with Himesh Patel as the only person on Earth who remembers the Beatles after a global blackout, and as a struggling musician, this is too good an opportunity to miss! It's at the Somerville, the Coolidge, Fresh Pond, West Newton, the Lexington Venue, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport (including Icon-X), South Bay, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux.

    Otherwise, it's kind of holdovers, with Annabelle Comes Home, having opened Wednesday and playing Fresh Pond, Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), the Seaport, South Bay (including Imax & Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax & Dolby CInema), Revere, and the SuperLux (note that it's mostly getting the premium screens at 10pm or later, because Toy Story 4). Marvel is also re-releasing Avengers: Endgame with bonus footage during/after the credits, although it never actually went away in some places. It's at Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, ad Revere.

    The Ghibli-Fest movie for July is Whisper of the Heart, dubbed on Monday and subtitled on Tuesday at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Revere.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, and Boston Common also have Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, a documentary by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders on the seminal novelist. There's also a 30th anniversary re-release of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing at Boston Common and the Coolidge, with the latter having a 35mm print, although both have somewhat limited screening times (The Somerville Theatre also shows it once, on Sunday afternoon).

    The Coolidge also has a new restoration of Lucio Fulci's The New York Ripper upstairs at midnight on Friday and Saturday. The main screen features Patrick Swayze in Road House at midnight Friday, and then Swayze again in Point Break on Saturday, although that's just the start of their Keanu-Thon, which starts with that movie and ends with Speed with four surprises in between by the time you leave the theater at noon Sunday, all on 35mm film.
  • Kendall Square welcomes director Aviva Kemper to the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon shows of The Spy Behind Home Plate, a documentary on baseball player and secret agent Moe Berg that hopefully works out better than the similarly-named The Catcher Was a Spy.

    Their other new non-fiction film is The Proposal, which looks to be Jill Magid turning the camera on herself as she negotiates to make the archive of famed architect Luis Barragan available. They also open Being Frank, which stars Jim Gaffigan as a man with two families and Logan Miller as the son trying to decide whether to reveal this or use it to his advantage. There's also one of those "Deconstructing the Beatles" things, this one focused on Side 1 of Abbey Road, on Monday evening.
  • West Newton will play Ophelia twice daily, with Daisy Ridley playing the title character in a version of Hamlet told from her point of view. Naomi Watts plays Gertrude and Clive Owen plays Claudius.
  • The Brattle Theatre kicks off Just When You Thought It was Safe to Go On Vacation Again with a Jurassic Park on Friday, and then continues the disastrous road trips with a twin bill of Get Out & Us on Saturday, a pairing of L'Avventura & Purple Noon on Sunday; What About Bob? & With a Friend Like Harry on Monday, Always Shine & Spring Breakers on Tuesday, One Crazy Summer & The Return of the Living Dead on Wednesday, and, of course, the traditional Jaws on the Fourth of July. 35mm for most of it, except the newer stuff on Saturday and Tuesday
  • Apple Fresh Pond has Hindi true-crime story Article 15, and three in Telugu: comedy Brochevarevarura, action-comedy Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya, and thriller Kalki (at least I think it's Telugu - that's the picture on their website even if the cast list is from a Malayalam film of the same name coming out in August). Hindi drama Kabir Singh is also hanging around through Monday or Tuesday.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts and The Roxbury International Film Festival wrap that series up with two days of shows on Friday and Saturday, ending with Don't Be Nice.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has more of The Complete Howard Hawks, with Ball of Fire (Friday 7pm on 35mm), Twentieth Century (Friday 9:30pm on DCP), Scarface (Saturday 9:30pm on DCP), and two versions of The Big Sleep - the theatrical version at 7pm on Saturday and Hawks's original cut (before they added more Bogie & Bacall banter) at the same time on Sunday, both on 35mm. They also continue their moon-landing series with a Saturday matinee of Hidden Figures, and their monthly Cinema of Resistance presentation is The War at Home on Monday evening.
  • The Regent Theatre has volume 6 of the International Ocean Film Tour on Friday night and a special 50th anniversary screening of Easy Rider on Saturday. They also have "Return to Earth" on Tuesday, a short feature of biking adventure.
  • Aeronaut Brewery has their quarterly silent film club this Sunday, with Jeff Rapsis accompanying Harold Lloyd's classic Safety Last!.
  • Cinema Salem keeps Amazing Grace and adds The Biggest Little Farm, as well as a Sunday morning screening of The Champions that serves as a fundraiser for Northeast Animal Shelter. The Luna Theater acclaimed Cambodian animated drama Funan on Friday and Saturday nights, Echo in the Canyon Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening, Okko's Inn dubbed on Saturday afternoon, The Lost Boys on Sunday, and short documentary "Flying Fur" on Monday, on top of the free "Magical Mystery Movie Club" on Saturday & Sunday, as always unannounced ahead of time. The AMC at the Liberty Tree Mall has Killers Anonymous, which stars Tommy Flanagan but managed to snag Gary Oldman, Jessica Alba, and MyAnna Buring for smaller roles.
  • Once again, Joe's Free Films only shows outdoor movies on Friday night, with Casablanca at the Boston Harbor Hotel and Zootopia in Medford.

I'm still on vacation, and while seeing Yesterday in London sounds kind of tempting, I probably won't see anything before getting home on Monday, and they we'll see if I'm too wiped from the time-zone change to catch the late Do the Right Thing.

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