Friday, September 06, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 6 September 2019 - 12 September 2019

Really just one movie opening this weekend. That's… It.

  • It Chapter Two to be precise, with the cast of the first returning plus Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, and more as the adult versions of the kids from the pretty-decent first. It's all over the place: Somerville, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (in Imax), Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway (including RPX), the Seaport (including Icon-X), South Bay (including Imax & Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax & Dolby Cinema), the Embassy, Revere (including MX4D & XPlus), and the SuperLux.

    AMC Theaters return to what seems like an annual thing with their "Dream Big Princess" shows of four Disney animated films, each for a week apiece. First up is The Little Mermaid, playing a couple shows a day at Boston Commonand Assembly Row. Why they can do this but theaters will soon not be able to book the Fox catalog they've purchased, I dunno.

    Iris: A Space Opera by Justice plays Revere on Tuesday, looking like one of the more elaborate concert films you'll see. Fenway plays Russian animated autobiographical documentary Rezo on Tuesday evening, with Georgian animator Rezo Gabriadze's son Leo directing from his father's script. Another documentary, You Are Here: A Come From Away Story, plays Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere on Wednesday, telling the story of the people on the 38 airliners that landed in Gardner, Newfoundland after being diverted following the 9/11 attacks and the town that welcomed them. Another 2001-based documentary, Blink of an Eye, focuses on that year's Daytona 500, where top racer Dale Earnhardt Jr. was killed; it plays Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row. Revere has the first of a couple special screenings of The Breakfast Club on Thursday. There is also a special "fan event" week-early preview screening of the Downton Abbey movie on Thursday, at the Coolidge, the Somerville, West Newton, Kendall Square, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, Assembly Row, Revere, and the SuperLux.
  • The opening which spans The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, and Boston Common this week is Official Secrets, an IFFBoston centerpiece selection starring Keira Knightley as an intelligence officer who leaks documents showing that the rush to war with Iraq is happening under false pretenses; Ralph Fiennes and Matt Smith also star in the movie by Gavin Hood, who has made a couple other films about related events (Rendition and Eye in the Sky).

    Midnights at the Coolidge this weekend feature John Waters "classics", with Pink Flamingos on Friday and Polyester on Saturday, both on 35mm film. Sunday morning's Goethe-Institut German film is Balloon, in which two East German families plot to escape to the west via homemade hot-air balloon - it's one I was tempted by when it played Canada this summer, although I was too busy to get to it. Monday's Science on Screen show has Harvard professor Avi Loeb talking about interstellar travel and SETI before Denis Villeneuve's Arrival. Tuesday features both Open Screen and a Stage & Screen presentation of Shakespeare in Love with guests from the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.
  • Kendall Square opens up two others, with Vita & Virginia is the one-week "calendar" booking, featuring Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki as authors Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, whose affair inspired the novel Orlando. They also get festival favorite Honeyland, a Macedonian film about a lonely beekeeper whose new neighbors want to make honey but often ignore her traditional knowledge. They also have a special presentation of the "New York Cat Film Festival" on Tuesday.
  • The major Bollywood film opening at Apple Fresh Pond this week is Chhichhore, which follows a group of college friends into middle age. In more limited showtimes, Tamil crime films Magamuni and Sivappu Manjal Pachai and Malayalam action-comedy Brother's Day also open (the latter through Sunday). Malayalam martial-arts comedy Ittymaani: Made in China plays matinees on Saturday and Sunday, while Sunday also features what looks to be film festival of sorts, with Marathi romance Sir, Marathi odd-couple road movie Namdev Bhau: In Search of Silence, and Nepali romance A Mero Hajur 3. Tamil thriller Enai Noki Paayum Thota opens Wednesday. Saaho and Mission Mangal hang around with reduced showtimes.

    Chinese hit Nezha is no longer playing in Imax 3D at Boston Common, but continues in 2D and also opens at Fenway. Mexico's Tad@s Caen continues in Revere.
  • The Brattle Theatre continues their run of Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes throughout the week, with separate-but-related "Accompaniment" screenings of Inside Man (35mm Friday with a soundtrack by Terence Blanchard), Blow-Up (35mm Saturday with a score by Herbie Hancock), and Miles Ahead (Sunday with Don Cheadle as Miles Davis).

    Monday also features their first DocYard presentation of the year, with Midnight Traveler following Afghan filmmaker Hassan Fazili as he flees the Taliban. Fazili will not be present, but producer/writer/editor Emelie Mahdavian will Skype in to answer questions. There's also a free, but first-come-first-serve, preview screening of The Goldfinch on Tuesday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has a flashy new website to go with their fall schedule, with this week featuring the films of Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty, with Hyenas playing Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, with Touki Bouki, the film to which it is considered a "spiritual sequel", on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday afternoon also features a $5 matinee of two 45-minute featurettes, "Le Franc", and "The Girl Who Sold the Sun", part of what would have been a "Tales of Little People" trilogy if not for Mambéty's death.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts continues their runs of A Bigger Splash (Friday/Sunday/Wednesday) and Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (Sunday/Wednesday), but also has some repertory programs this week: The monthly "On the Fringe: Adventures in Cult Cinema" show is Paris Is Burning, playing Friday night. They also start a "Festival Buzz" series, with The Souvenir (Saturday/Sunday), Her Smell (Saturday), and The Farewell (Wednesday). There's also an outdoor "Sunset Cinema" screening of Us on Thursday, complete with paper-doll making.
  • I swear the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival was not on the schedule at The Regent Theatre this time last week, but it started Thursday, and will be there through Sunday, booked incredibly tight to get as many films as they can in. Somehow I screwed up and listed documentary Shattered: The Story of Kevin Stevens for last week, when it has its U.S. premiere relatively early in the evening on Tuesday with its hockey-player subject on hand to introduce the film about his recovering from a horrific 1993 injury. VIP tickets get you into a reception afterward, and all proceeds go to benefit the "Power Forward" drug prevention program.
  • Cinema Salem opens oddball romantic comedy Ode To Joy in their small room, with Martin Freeman as a cataplexic librarian who cannot feel too many emotional highs and lows less he pass out, but how do you reconcile that with a lady played by Monica Baccarin enters your life and seems to like you? They also get otherwise-VOD-exclusive Satanic Panic, which I had a blast with at Fantasia.

    The Luna Theater has The Farewell on Friday and Saturday evenings, Honeyland Saturday afternoon, and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am on Saturday and Tuesday evenings. Sunday's feature is They Live, and they reconfigure their free shows again with Saturday Morning Cartoons displacing "Magic Mystery Movie Club" (which is now only on Sundays), and Weirdo Wednesday (I think) starting a bit later at 7:35pm.

    The AMC at the Liberty Tree Mall splits a screen between Strange But True, in which a woman tells her five-years-dead boyfriend's family that she is pregnant with his child, and Next Level, about kids in a summer performing arts program.
  • Joe's Free Films has most outdoor series ending this year, but one at the Charleston Naval Yard is just starting with There's Something About Mary on Friday night, while Glory plays on the Boston Common Parade Ground on Monday, with remarks from Byron Rushing; Emerson College will show it again on Wednesday evening, still for free, but inside the Bright Screening Room, with more guests and Q&A.

I suppose I'll see It, but I'm also curious about Official Secrets, Balloon, Rezo, Vita & Virginia, and Honeyland, so things could get busy.

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