Friday, August 02, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 2 August 2019 - 8 August 2019

Coming home! What's waiting for me?

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, basically, in which Samoan Thor and two members of the crime family spawned by Helen Mirren try to keep some MacGuffin away from a genetically-enhanced soldier played by Idris Elba because, sure, why not? It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common, Fenway (including RPX), the Seaport, South Bay (including Imax), Assembly Row (including Imax), the Embassy, Revere (including XPlus), and the SuperLux.

    Those looking to catch up with It: Chapter One before the conclusion arrives next month, there are screenings at Boston Common, Fenway, and Assembly Row on Sunday and Tuesday. Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, and Revere will have a special 10th anniversary screening of Doctor Who: The End of Time, David Tennant's farewell to the part, on Wednesday. And Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, and Revere will have plentiful showings of Bring the Soul: The Movie starting on Wedesday; it's the latest concert film from Korean sensation BTS (which I honestly thought stood for "Burn the Stage" after their last film, but I guess they're just initials that can stand for anything).
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Kendall Square open Mike Wallace Is Here, a documentary on the famed television journalist who became famous for his ability to "ambush" unprepared people in interviews.

    The Coolidge also has a brief, tiny run of Luz, with midnight shows in their screening room on Friday and Saturday, but it's worth checking out; it's one of the most memorable movies I saw at last year's Fantasia Festival. It's there because Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood is long and the other midnight screenings pay tribute to Sharon Tate, with Valley of the Dolls on Friday and The Fearless Vampire Killers on Saturday, both on 35mm film (as is the Tarantino flick). There's a "Big Screen Classic" screening of Heat on Monday, and a Summer of '69 show of Easy Rider on 35mm Thursday.
  • Kendall Square and West Newton pick up David Crosby: Remember My Name, a documentary on the abrasive musician directed by A.J. Eaton and produced by Cameron Crowe (who also handles interview duties). The Kendall also gets The Mountain featuring Tye Sheridan as a young man who joins a quack (Jeff Goldblum) on a tour to try and re-establish lobotomies after they have been generally debunked. There's also a reissue of Paris Is Burning, the 1980s documentary about the Harlem Drag Ball.
  • The quick weekend release at The Brattle Theatre this week is Leto, a Russian film about the underground rock scene in Leningrad in the early 1980s. The weekend also features late Return of the Grindhouse shows at 9:30pm, and they look to be fun - Michelle Yeoh in Royal Warriors on Friday, Brattle co-founder Bryant Haliday in Horror on Snape Island on Sunday, and Big Guns (aka No Way Out) on Sunday. All three are on 35mm, with secret second features on Friday and Saturday.

    In the mostly-vertical part of the schedule, Monday's Noirversary movie is Laura with Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews, Tuesday offers a free screening of documentary Lobster War with filmmaker David Abel on-hand, Wednesday's Recent Rave is Rafiki, and Thursday's Reel Music show is Heaven Adores You, the latter a special 50th birthday celebration of Elliott Smith with Doug Tuttle, Mary Lou Lord, and more on-hand to play live.
  • Apple Fresh Pond opens Telugu serial killer movie Rakshasudu and Hindi comedy Khandaani Shafakhana this week while keeping Judgementall Hai Kya, Dear Comrade, and Super 30 around. There are also screenings of Marathi drama Smile Please on Saturday and Sunday.

    Boston Common makes one of their occasional forays into Thai cinema this week with Friend Zone with Naphat Siangsomboon and Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul as the inevitable pair of people who have been best friends since high school despite the torch he carries for her.
  • This weeks entries in The Complete Howard Hawks at The Harvard Film Archive are El Dorado on Friday (35mm), Red River on Sunday (DCP), and Man's Favorite Sport? on Monday (35mm). In between that on Saturday, they wrap their Moon Movies series with Fritz Lang's Woman in the Moon on Saturday, with accompaniment by Robert Humphreville on the piano.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has the first of a few showings of Walking on Water on Friday, following artist Christo as he tries to realize a long-gestating project, and also has two screenings of Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mamb├ęty's 1992 film Hyenas, on Friday and Saturday. They start a new rep series, "A Splinter in Your Mind: Films from '99 with The Blair Witch Project (35mm Friday/Thursday), Election (35mm Saturday/Sunday), and Boys Don't Cry (35mm Sunday). They also continue their "Space Exploration on Film" series with a 35mm print of Gravity on Sunday and Thursday.
  • The Somerville Theatre has Saturday lined up so that you can see the regular screening of Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood at 8pm and Tarantino's Pulp Fiction at midnight. There's also a Jack Attack! show of A Few Good Men on Thursday.
  • West Newton hosts the weekly Summer Cinematheque show from Boston Jewish Film for the next couple of week's with this Wednesday's feature being Tel Aviv on Fire.
  • Cinema Salem has The Quiet One joinSword of Trust in their screening room this week. The Luna Theater has the excellent The Last Black Man in San Francisco on Friday, and Saturday evenings, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am on Saturday afternoon, and Fight Club on Sunday, with the "Magical Mystery Movie Club" back to both Saturday and Sunday mornings while Weirdo Wednesday continues to chug along.
  • Joe's Free Films show multiples of The Lego Movie 2 this week, but also has outdoor screenings of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars with the Boston Lightsaber Stage Combat Club, Jaws, and more.


Fantasia is done, but you've got to ease out gently, so I'll be seeing a bit of Hong Kong action while I'm still up in Montreal, and then catching up on Crawl and Once Upon a Time on 35mm before trying to fit Hobbs & Shaw in.

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