Friday, July 12, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 12 July 2019 - 18 July 2019

I'm already binging crazy movies in Montreal, but it can't hurt to keep an eye on the rest of what's playing.

  • It's kind of a quiet week in between big things, so what's opening at the multiplexes is sort of like what used to be regular summer fare. Stuber, for instance, is a buddy movie with Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani as a renegade cop and the ride-share driver he has running him around tow getting into trouble - though it should be noted that there's a pretty interesting cast below the line, with Mira Sorvino, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, and Karen Gillan. That's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux. Crawl, meanwhile, is your basic "alligators loose in the middle of a hurricane" thriller, with Alexandre Aja directing and Sam Raimi producing, thus making one wish he was directing (because he doesn't seem to be busy otherwise). That plays Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere. With a few extra screens to fill, Boston Common and Revere also open Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, a documentary about the famed one-armed.

    There are 50th Anniversary screenings of Easy Rider at Fenway on Sunday and Wednesday, while Revere screens Top Gun Wednesday afternoon. Anime fans have another chance to check out Sound! Euphonium: The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day on Monday, listed subbed at Fenway, subbed at Revere, and unknown presentations at the Seaport and South Bay (at least on Fandango). Fenway and Kendall Square also have a screenings of documentary Between Me and My Mind, following Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, on Wednesday evening.
  • Kendall Square and West Newton open Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, which tells the story of Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, his lifelong friend and muse, with director Nick Broomfield able to draw on footage shot by D.A. Pennebaker as well as his own. The Kendall also opens The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, in which a Palenstinian and an Israeli trying to cover their affair make authorities believe that something more sinister is afoot.
  • The Brattle Theatre gives most of the week's screen time to Too Late to Die Young (which should not be confused with Nicholas Winding Refn's new Amazon miniseries). It comes from Chilean filmmaker Dominga Sotomayor, a semi-autobiographical tale of teens and pre-teens growing up in the early 1990s. They also have Trash Night on Tuesday and their annual Trailer Treats party on Thursday night, with a few music videos added to the 35mm mix.
  • Apple Fresh Pond and Fenway both open Super 30, a biography of mathematician and teacher Anand Kumar, with Hrithik Roshan in the leading role. Fresh Pond also has Oh Baby…, a Telugu-language remake of Miss Granny with Samantha Ruth Prabhu as the suddenly-youthful grandmother. Article 15 is either back or still around.

    Those looking for action from the other side of Asia get The White Storm 2: Drug Lords out of Hong Kong. I gather that it's a sequel in name only - only Louis Koo returns from the original, and he's playing a new character - but it's directed by workaholic Herman Yau and may be Andy Lau's first time in front of the camera since his 2017 injury
  • The Regent Theatre has something close to a regular run this week with Firecrackers - a Canadian drama about two would-be teen runaways - playing from Friday through Thursday. It's in the main theater Friday, Tuesday, and Thursday and the Underground Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, with Sunday & Monday only having matinees.
  • West Newton is the only place opening Shelter, a German/Israeli thriller with Neta Riskin as a Mossad agent protecting a Lebanese informant recovering from plastic surgery.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Embassy pick up Wild Rose in its second week of release. The Coolidge also continues "They're Coming to Get You" midnights with Night of the Creeps on Friday and a new digital restoration of Evil Dead 2 on Saturday night.They also have a Cinema Jukebox screening of The Man Who Fell to Earth on Thursday.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a full schedule but still has a few extra slots with which to run film, with Pink Floyd: The Wall Saturday's Midnight Special, The Bad and the Beautiful & The Big Knife Wednesday's "Play it Cool" double feature, and The Two Jakes the Jack Attack on Thursday. They also have a The Boston Underground Film Festival "Dispatches from the Underground" on Wednesday, with a "Melody & Mayhem" selection of music videos playing in the Micro on Wednesday night.
  • The Harvard Film Archive still has more of The Complete Howard Hawks to go! This week's shows are The Criminal Code (Friday/Sunday), Land of the Pharaohs (Friday), The Thing from Another World (Saturday), The Dawn Patrol (Saturday), Air Force (Sunday), and a silent double feature of The Cradle Snatchers & Paid to Love, with musical accompaniment by Robert Humphreville, on Monday. All shows this week are on 35mm film.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts continues their annual French Film Festival with The Competition (Friday/Saturday), Amanda (Friday), Climax (Friday), Sink or Swim (Saturday), The Trouble with You (Saturday), An Impossible Love (Sunday), One Nation, One King (Sunday), Invisibles (Sunday), The Freshman (Thursday), Wild (Thursday), and Sophia Antipolis (Thursday).
  • Boston Jewish Film continues their Summer Cinematheque series on Wednesday with Skin in the Bright Screening Room at Emerson's Paramount Theater.

  • Cinema Salem picks up the pretty great The Last Black Man in San Francisco and puts hybrid documentary Framing John DeLorean on their mini-screen this weekend. The Luna Theater has Bill Wyman documentary The Quiet One on Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday, with Echo in the Canyon and Funan on Saturday afternoon. The "Magical Mystery Movie Club" has been cut back to just Sunday mornings for July (at least), while this Sunday's main feature is The People Under the Stairs, while Wednesday has a free weird surprise. AMC's Liberty Tree Mall location splits a screen between indies Miss Arizona and Desolate.
  • Joe's Free Films continues to fill out the outdoor movie schedule, with the most notable being the Coolidge bringing Bullitt on 35mm to the Greenway on Tuesday.

I think there might be time to slip into The White Storm 2 on Tuesday morning, but otherwise it's all Fantasia, all the time (and, truth be told, the follow-up to a movie I saw in Montreal practically.counts as Fantasia itself),

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