Friday, November 22, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 22 November 2019 - 26 November 2019

Shorter post (hopefully), what with Thanksgiving coming up and a couple of things seeming like they'd be big enough to dominate screens for the weekend.

  • After all, there are going to be a lot of little girls looking to hit Frozen II, which is pretty darn okay if not nearly as certain of what it's going for as the first. It's at The Capitol Theatre (2D only), Fresh Pond (including 3D), Studio Cinema Belmont (2D only), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D), West Newton, Boston Common (including 3D/Imax 2D), Fenway (including 3D/RPX 2D/RPX 3D), the Seaport (including Icon-X/Icon-X 3D), South Bay (including Imax 2D/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including 3D/Imax 2D/Dolby Cinema), Revere (including 3D/XPlus 2D/XPlus 3D/MX4D), and the SuperLux (2D only). South Bay and Assembly Row have special Dolby Cinema "fan event" shows on Saturday morning.

    The other big-ish opening is A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which features Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, but actually has a story based around a reporter assigned to interview him who has reason to believe nobody is that completely decent. It's at the Somerville Theatre, Fresh Pond, the Lexington Venue, West Newton, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, the Embassy, Revere, and the SuperLux. And let's give a fond farewell to the trailer for 21 Bridges, which didn't quite get old despite being on roughly 70% of the films I've seen in the past six months. Chadwick Boseman will be attempting to track down cop-killers at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    Never Surrender, a documentary about the film Galaxy Quest, plays Fenway and Revere on Tuesday. And while Knives Out technically opens Wednesday, with night-before shows on Tuesday, the are preview shows at Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • There's a surprising but welcome number of movies actually being released on film this awards season, with The Coolidge Corner Theatre getting a 35mm print of Noah Baumbach's latest, Marriage Story, although it's worth checking showtimes to see where it's running - the print is staying up in screen #2 while other shows will be digital (Kendall Square just has a DCP).

    The Coolidge has The Room and a new restoration of Reefer Madness at midnight on Friday, with a restored Dolemite late on Saturday. Sunday has special shows at each end of the day, with the Goethe-Institut presenting System Crasher early and composer Fabio Frizzi live-scoring The Beyond at 9pm, followed by a full "Frizzi 2 Fulci" set afterward.
  • A couple of films that played the IFFBoston Fall Focus open at Kendall Square and Boston Common this weekend: Waves is the new one by Tracy Edward Shults, about a family dealing with loss, and apparently better than its kind of generic previews because they're holding a lot back. Honey Boy has Shia LaBeouf writing and playing a fictionalized version of his own father in a semi-autobiographical story about his sudden rise to fame which took a lot out of him. Kendall Square also plays Mickey and the Bear, with Camila Morrone as a teenage girl who is stuck trying to hold her family together
  • Better Days continues at Boston Common; Apple Fresh Pond continues Bala and shows Malayalam sci-fi comedy Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 on Saturday afternoon.
  • The Brattle Theatre heps get audience's even more in the mood for Knives Out with a week of Hollywood Whodunits, including Gosford Park (Friday night/Saturday afternoon); a 35mm triple-feature of Meet Nero Wolfe, The Kennel Murder Case, and The Thin Man on Saturday; Clue (Saturday night/Wednesday); an Agatha Christie twin-bill of the 1974 Murder on the Orient Express and Murder She Said (35mm) on Sunday; The Last of Sheila in 35mm on Monday; and two films with Michael Caine in Sleuth (35mm) and Deathtrap on Tuesday. There's also a new edition of the Found Footage Film Festival on Friday night.
  • The Harvard Film Archive wraps their B-Movies series this weekend, with Hamlet-in-high-school flick Strange Illusion (Friday 7pm on 35mm), with the double-feature of Daughter of Shanghai (35mm) & Phantom of Chinatown (16mm) at 9pm; a 16mm pairing of The Falcon and the Co-Eds & Nine Girls at 7pm Saturday, with Kid Glove Killer (35mm) at 9:45pm; the William Castle matinee double feature of When Strangers Mary & The Mark of the Whistler is also on 16mm on Sunday; with the series wrapping with a 35mm pairing of Raw Deal & Woman on the Run Monday. There's also the monthly "Cinema of Resistance" show, Pharos of Chaos, on Sunday night.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has screenings from The Boston Turkish Festival's Documentary & Short FIlm Competition on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with Mr. Klein also playing Sunday morning.
  • The Irishman expands to The Somerville Theatre, the Lexington Venue, and The West Newton Cinema this weekend, continuing at the Kendall as well.
  • The Regent Theatre is pairing a screening of The Kids Are Alright with a 45-minute set by "American Who" for what they're calling "The Regent WHOFest" on Friday night. They've also get their annual Sing-Along The Sound of Music thing started early with a matinee Sunday afternoon before giving it more time during Thanksgiving break.
  • The Luna Theater has Thanksgiving horror, uh, "classic" Blood Rage playing Friday and Tuesday nights, with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban getting the screen all day Saturday and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles doing so on Sunday. After that, they jump to "Christmas" stuff early, with a UMass Philosophy and Film show of Die Hard Monday night, plus the usual Saturday Morning Cartoons, Sunday "Magic Mystery Movie Club", and Weirdo Wednesday.

I'm not sure how much else I can fit in around the B-movies and whodunits - I might be pushing a lot until Thanksgiving and the four-day weekend.

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