Friday, October 04, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 4 October 2019 - 10 October 2019

Basically only one thing of any note opening this weekend, and I'm not sure why everyone else is running so scared.

  • I mean, I'm as excited to see the new Takashi Miike movie playing local theaters, I don't know why the big studios wouldn't take the chance to open something else. But that just means everyone has no reason not to see First Love, which has a boxer and a prostitute falling in love over the course of a crazy night involving yakuza, assassins, ghosts, and more. It's at Kendall Square, which also opens Swedish comedy Britt-Marie Was Here and documentary Where's My Roy Cohn?, with the latter also playing at The West Newton Cinema.
  • The only thing that the studios counter it with is Joker, which Warner Brothers is dumping in hope that nobody will pay much attention to a movie that gives an origin story to a Batman villain famed for having a completely unknown history. To see that one, you will have to go to the Somerville (including 70mm), the Coolidge, Fresh Pond, Kendall Square, Jordan's Furniture (in Imax), West Newton, 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 XPlus), or the SuperLux.

    Repertory screenings this week include Monty Python and the Holy Grail at Fenway on Saturday and 35th anniversary shows of Ghostbusters at Fenway and Boston Common on Sunday and Thursday. Fantasia selection Little Monsters with Lupita Nyong'o plays South Bay and Assembly Row (it looks like the Fenway show has been dropped) on Tuesday before hitting Hulu for the weekend. There's also Mister America at Fenway and the Kendall on Wednesday night (possibly as a preview, possible as a one-off), which some places have mislabeled as a documentary because Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington play characters with their own names in this comedy about a man acquitted of murder who runs for district attorney despite being deeply unquaulified. Roger Waters: Us + Them plays Sunday afternoon at Boston Common, the Seaport (in Icon-X), and Revere, while S&M2, a concert film of Metallica playing with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, plays Wednesday at Boston Common, Kendall Square, and Revere.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre also opens Becoming Nobody, a documentary on Ram Dass, with most of its screenings in the Goldscreen, so order ahead if that interests you. .

    Larry Fessenden's Depraved gets a midnight slot on both Friday and Saturday, with the other screen going to the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Friday and a 35mm Universal Monsters double feature of The Wolf Man & The Creature from the Black Lagoon on Saturday, the latter in red/blue anaglyph 3D. On Sunday morning, the Goethe-Institut presents All About Me, a cinematic biography of German comedian Hape Kerkeling directed by Caroline Link.
  • The 70mm shows of Joker at The Somerville Theatre push this month's Slaughterhouse Movie Club late on Friday, with the 35mm presentation of Beetlejuice starting at 11pm (and the pre-show burlesque starting at 10pm). The Weekend's Jack Attack! shows - About Schmidt, Something's Gotta Give, and The Departed on Saturday/The Bucket List and How Do You Know? on Sunday will mostly be in 35mm (The Bucket List being the exception) but not on the main screen.
  • Apple Fresh Pond continue Syeraa and War after their Wednesday openings (and Dream Girl & Chhichhore from earlier), while also opening Tamil action/adventure Asuran and Tamil thriller Chanakya (through Monday) and having a single show of Rato Tika Nidhaar Maa on Wednesday. They also appear to be splitting one screen between three English-language indies: Semper Fi, which features Jai Courtney as a by-the-book cop (before serving overseas) who intends to break his brother out of prison; Dilli in Paris, the latest by Azur & Asmar director Michel Ocelot which follows an amateur detective and her deliveryman sidekick tracking down kidnapped girls in the Belle Epoque; and The Parts You Lose, with Aaron Paul as a fugitive hiding out in North Dakota (and also featuring Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

    Chinese National Day releases The Climbers and My Country, My People continue at Boston Common, with crazy Japanese animated adventure Promare also showing some nice legs (Ne Zha finally leaves Boston Common, but shows as matinees at the Lexington Venue on Saturday and Sunday). Dominican comedy El Equipito and Brazilian biopic Nothing to Lose 2 continue at Revere.
  • The GlobeDocs Film Festival settles into the Brattle for most of the weekend, with a Friday Night spotlight of The Apollo and movies all day Saturday and Sunday - though they move over to the Coolidge to close with Circus of Books and Six Locked Doors on Sunday evening. The Brattle Theatre continues with docs with a DocYard show of The Hottest August on Monday, with filmmaker Brett Story on-hand for Q&A. Tuesday is listed as TBA, but they've got a 35mm print of Bong Joon-ho's Mother on Wednesday to prep for an IFFBoston preview of Bong's Parasite on Thursday (pass required).
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, finishes their run of Aga on Friday, with I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians on Wednesday and Hyman Bloom: The Beauty of All Things on Wednesday and Thursday. Director Angélica Allende Brisk and editor Xandra deGonzalez will be on-hand Wednesday, and Friday's "On the Fringe: Adventures in Cult Cinema" screening of The Cell, which will be shown on 35mm film, is also the start of an "Exquisite Corpse: The Spirit of Hyman Bloom" series. They also start a New Cinema from Portugal series, with Soldado Milhões (Saturday) and Sunburn (Sunday) this week's selections. There are also Manhattan Short Film Festival screenings on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Roxbury Film Festival-presented show of #Truth on Thursday with actor Elimu Nelson .
  • The Harvard Film Archive has this year's McMillan-Stewart Fellow, Dieudo Hamadi on-hand for Kinshasa Makambo on Friday and Mama Colonel on Saturday. The 35mm weekend matinee on Saturday is Goodbye, Lenin!, a bit less kid-friendly than usual but a terrifically entertaining movie. Sunday's 35mm B-Movies include musical Babes on Swing Street (5pm) and a double-feature of The Man They Could Not Hang and The Crime of Dr. Crespi (7pm). They welcome another guest on Monday, as Pedro Costa visits with his new film Vitalina Varela, which takes its name and subject from a figure in his previous film Horse Money.
  • The Regent Theatre will be showing a sing-along version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Friday night, and also has "guerilla music" documentary Desolation Center on Thursday.
  • This week's Bright Lights upstairs at the Paramount are "Taking Back Our Democracy" with director Hedrick Smith and Susan Gray on hand Tuesday and the 20th Animation Show of Shows on Thursday, both free and open to the public (so there's no point in me seeing if that Kickstarter I backed entitles me to a free ticket).
  • Cinema Salem breaks their "History of Halloween" short doc out for October, although it looks like they're not showing it or their "True 1692" shows in 3D anymore. They also play host to the well-booked Salem Horror Fest this weekend with Attack the Block and The Blob on Friday; VFW, In Fabric, The Thing, and Under the Skin on Saturday; plus Daniel Isn't Real and 25th Anniversary screenings of Ed Wood and Serial Mom on Sunday. The festival also has live appearances elsewhere and screenings at the Peabody Essex Museum including Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (Saturday), Nevrland (Sunday), and John Waters live on Wednesday.
  • The Luna Theater ALSO shows Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with shows on Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday evenings. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool plays Saturday afternoon, with peculiar documentary Wrinkles the Clown playing later that afternoon. The Saturday Morning Cartoons, Sunday's "Magic Mystery Movie Club", and Weirdo Wednesday are all on this week, while Carrie plays all day Sunday.
  • One show for Boston University's annual Tournées Film Festival in the Photonics Center this week, with Thursday's The Wild Boys featuring five cruel young men marooned on an island that changes them into girls.

Obviously, I'm down for the first available show of First Love, as well as Little Monsters and maybe catching Parasite early. I could also spend some time at Fresh Pond for War, Dilli in Paris, and The Parts You Lose. Maybe I'll fit that comic-book thing in.

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