Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 27 November 2019 - 5 December 2019

Hey, the ArcLight opened on Causeway Street! Mostly; it's a 10-plex with Fandango only showing 7 screens worth of movies right now, and I don't see the big screen listed. We'll give it a little more of a look when it's ready. But, in the meantime, Thanksgiving means a big long movie weekend!

Which raises the question of what we want to call it - "The ArcLight", "Causeway Street", or "North Station"? I'm going with the first for now, but am leaning toward the second for the future.

  • So get yourself to Knives Out, already! It's a fun murder mystery directed by Rian Johnson with Daniel Craig as the detective, Christopher Plummer as the victim, and Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Toni Colette, Michael Shannon, and more as suspects. It looks great, takes place in the Boston area, and even takes place here! It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common, the ArcLight, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, the Embassy, Revere, and the SuperLux.

    The other wide opening this week is Queen & Slim, with Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith as a couple on their first date who wind up folk heroes on the run after a harassing traffic stop turns deadly. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, the ArcLight, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    Dark Waters opens semi-wide, with Todd Haynes's film starring Mark Ruffalo as a corporate attorney who starts digging into a case about pollution in his hometown opening at Kendall Square, Boston Common, and the ArcLight before presumably going wider in December. Boston Common also opens Lauren Greenfield's Imelda Marcos (and family) documentary The Kingmaker on Friday.

    Fenway has one of their occasional Russian movies, with Another Woman playing one show tonight (Wednesday the 27th), starring Anna Mikhalkova as a woman whose husband leaves her who "resorts to supernatural forces" to get him back. Fenway also starts a month of Saturday Christmas matinees with Elf. There are 30th anniversary screenings of When Harry Met Sally… at Fenway and Assembly Row on Sunday and Monday, and a 40th anniversary celebration of Mobile Suit Gundam with the new movie Char's Counter Attack at Fenway, South Bay, and Revere on Thursday. Apparently Faustina: Love and Mercy did well enough a month ago to have encores at Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Monday, while Revere has an encore of Everybody's Everything tonight.
  • In addition to Dark Waters on Wednesday, Kendall Square also opens White Snake on Friday, an animated Chinese film that is a pretty nifty take on this fantasy tale that I liked well enough at Fantasia this summer, though I'm kind of surprised to see it get a U.S. release. Most shows are subtitled, but it looks like at least the first show of the afternoon will be dubbed.
  • Apple Fresh Pond opens Tamil action flick Enai Noki Paayum Thota for late shows starting on Thursday (Thanksgiving), while Bala continues to chug along.

    Boston Common opens Chinese dark comedy Two Tigers, starring Ge You as a kidnapped businessman who turns the tables on his captors, on Friday, knocking Better Days down to a show or two per day.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre looks to be keeping its same schedule for the week, but still has some fun repertory stuff. The new, re-gore-ified restoration of Tammy and the T-Rex plays at midnight on Friday, while a 35mm print of Alex Winter's Freaked plays at that time on Saturday. Switching gears, An American Tail plays as a Sunday morning kids show. Monday's "Science on Screen" presentation of Bong Joon-Ho's The Host plays on 35mm, with microbiologist Silvia Caballero introducing it, and while Wednesday-the-4th's special screenings of Fantastic Fungi are not technically part of that series, subject Michael Pollan will be around for a Q&A of the (sold-out) 7pm show while executive producer Stephen Apkon will be there for the 7pm and 9:45pm shows
  • The Brattle Theatre wraps "Hollywood Whodunits" tonight with Clue before "Giving Thanks for Bogie" with a 35mm double feature of The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca from Thursday to Sunday. IFFBoston alumnus Greener Grass plays at 9:30pm those days, as well as a full day of screenings on Tuesday.

    There's also a DocYard screening of Irish "Troubles" documentary The Image You Missed on Monday, with director Dónal Foreman there in person. They also have the latest Grrl Haus Cinema program on Wednesday and a free Elements of Cinema show of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover on Thursday, presented on 35mm and with David R. Gammons leading discussion.
  • With fewer students around, The Harvard Film Archive has a somewhat shorter schedule, wrapping "Make My" day up on Saturday with 35mm prints of Back to the Future and Blue Velvet. Sunday is a one-off screening of Wolf-Eckart Bühler's The Shipwrecker, while Monday gets December's "Cinema of Resistance" screening in early with a 16mm print of Yama - Attack to Attack. There's also a special screening of The Black Godfather including Q&A with director Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Nicole Avant at 6pm Tuesday; RSVP for a free seat.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts finishes their November calendar with their last couple of screenings of Mr. Klein on Friday and Saturday, and gets a slight early start on the December one by starting Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project on Friday, with Matt Wolf's documentary on a woman who obsessively recorded TV news 24/7 for over thirty years also playing Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday (the 4th), and Thursday (the 5th). That gives way on Thursday the 5th to the first show in their month-long Coen Brothers series, Blood Simple.
  • The Museum of Science brings back IMAX film "Rocky Mountain Express" to go with their "All Aboard! Trains at Science Park" and "Thomas & Friends" exhibits.
  • The Lexington Venue picks up Harriet for one show a day, and also has a special free screening of short film "Watch Room" on Saturday morning with director and Lexington native on-hand to talk afterward.
  • The Regent Theatre has their annual Sing-Along The Sound of Music show from Thursday to Sunday. Sadly, they do not seem to be doing the same for Anna and the Apocalypse later this month.
  • The ICA has another screening of short film program "A Wall Is a Wall" on Sunday, with tickets free with museum admission and ready to reserve starting Friday.
  • The Luna Theater gets into the Christmas spirit with full days of Elf on Friday and Saturday and White Christmas on Sunday. They take a slight break from that for a screening of Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace on Tuesday, but who knows how holiday-themed Weirdo Wednesday(s), the Saturday Morning Cartoons, and Sunday "Magic Mystery Movie Club" will be?

Having already seen a few of these, I am down for Queen & Slim, the Bogie, Greener Grass, Two Tigers, and whatever else is already on the way out that I haven't gotten around to.

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