Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 3 July 2019 - 11 July 2019

With the holiday on Thursday, the distributors are stretching the releases out to try and take best advantage of the weekend.

  • Sony, for instance, actually released Spider-Man: Far From Home on Tuesday, with everybody from the first coming back for a big Spidey adventure that also gives fans their first look at what the Marvel Cinematic Universe is like after Endgame. It's playing the Capitol (2D only), Fresh Pond (2D only), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D/3D), Boston Common (including Imax 2D/3D), Fenway (including RPX 2D), the Seaport (including Icon-X 2D/3D), South Bay (including Imax 2D & Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax 2D & Dolby Cinema), Revere (including XPlus & MX4D), and the SuperLux (2D only).

    Wednesday, then, is the opening day for Midsommar, the new one from Hereditary director Ari Aster which is apparently another intense horror movie, albeit one that has a more comedic start making light of Scaninavian folk festivals. Nifty cast, including Florence Pugh, William Jackson Harper, and Will Poulter. It's at the Coolidge, the Somerville, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    Anime fans get Sound! Euphonium: The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day (that's a lot of punctuation) subtitled on Thursday the 11th at Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, and Revere, with Revere having Top Gun on another screen; Boston Common and Kendall Square play The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park London the same night.
  • Friday brings Maiden to The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, and Boston Common after a few preview showings; the documentary on an unlikely all-female crew of racing sailors has gotten some great reviews.

    The Coolidge's midnights start a month under the banner "They're Coming to Get You" with Night of the Living Dead on Friday and Dawn of the Dead on Saturday - but the first Friday of the month is also "Martial Art House" night, this month featuring a 35mm print of Gordon Liu in The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter. Monday's Big-Screen Classic is Casablanca on 35mm (with optional seminar), and a Rewind! show of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure on Thursday night, also on 35mm film. They also have the first show of Boston Jewish Film's Summer Cinematheque on Wednesday with music documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.
  • Kendall Square and Boston Common also open IFFBoston alum Wild Rose, with Jessie Buckley a Glaswegian ex-con with dreams of making it big in country music; Landmark will get you a download of the soundtrack if you order tickets to Kendall Square online. The Kendall gets The Third Wife, a Vietnamese film about a very young bride who finds herself attracted to her new husband's second wife.
  • The Brattle Theatre wraps up Just When You Thought It was Safe to Go On Vacation Again with One Crazy Summer & The Return of the Living Dead on Wednesday and Jaws on the Fourth of July, with all three on 35mm. After that, Under the Silver Lake gets a release here roughly a year after I saw it at Fantasia, after many delays and what was a tiny regular release and fast-track to video. It's worth checking out with a crowd, even for the air of disbelief. It runs Friday the 5th through Thursday the 11th, although there's a reading early Monday night and a "TBA" listing on Wednesday.
  • The Regent Theatre celebrates Independence Day with screenings of 1776 on Wednesday evening and noon matinees on Friday and Saturday
  • The Somerville Theatre ramps up their summer programming this week, with Sunset Boulevard as the Wednesday "Play it Cool" show on the 3rd, and a double feature of Get Shorty & Tropic Thunder on the 10th, a special presentation of local rock doc Chet's Last Call: A Story of Rock & Redemption on Friday, a Mad Max: Fury Road Midnight Special on Saturday, a "Silents Please!" show of The Freshman with music by Jeff Rapsis on Sunday, and finally Broadcast News for Jack Attack! On Thursday the 11th. Most are on 35mm, with Chet's Last Call and Broadcast News the exceptions.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts starts their July schedule of at a leisurely pace, with the weekend just featuring a 35mm print of Wet Hot American Summer as their monthly "On the Fringe: Adventures in Cult Cinema" series. After that, they open their annual French Film Festival with an outdoor screening of The Trouble with You on Thursday, with Adèle Haenel as a recently-widowed police officer trying to secretly make up for the sins of her late husband.
  • The Harvard Film Archive rolls on with The Complete Howard Hawks, playing Hatari! on Friday & Sunday, To Have and Have Not and I Was a Male War Bride on Saturday, and A Girl in Every Port with live music by Robert Humphreville on Monday. That's all on 35mm, with a DCP screening of Hawks's Scarface with its alternate ending on Sunday afternoon
  • Cinema Salem keeps The Biggest Little Farm going through Tuesday, also picking up Echo in the Canyon and Ophelia on Friday. The Luna Theater plays Stop Making Sense on Friday and Saturday evenings, with more screenings of Echo in the Canyon (Saturday afternoon) and Funan (Saturday and Tuesday evenings), and Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes most of Sunday, with "Magical Mystery Movie Club" on Saturday & Sunday and Weirdo Wednesdays. The AMC at the Liberty Tree Mall gives three which couldn't get bigger releases a couple shows a day: Human trafficking drama Skin in the Game, Greg Kinnear's dark comedy Phil, and French actioner Cold Blood with Jean Reno.
  • Joe's Free Films shows a lot more outdoor screenings this week, mostly (as expected) family movies, although Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters screens at Fort Point on Friday.

I'll definitely catch Spider-Man and hopefully catch up on some other stuff, but it's another short week, with a trip to see the family over the weekend and a bus to Montreal for Fantasia on Thursday, so who knows what can actually be fit in.

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