Friday, December 13, 2019

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 13 December 2019 - 19 December 2019

After tons of nothing last week, it's apparently time to dive all the way into the holiday movie season.

  • The first big release is Jumanji: The Next Level, bringing back the cast and premise of the previous Jumanji sequel but using its videogame avatar gimmick to mix up who the cast members are playing, and apparently adding Awkwafina as a player character (maybe). It's at the Capitol (2D only), Fresh Pond (2D only), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D), Boston Common (including 3D/Imax 2D), Causeway Street (2D only including their newly-opened "Wide Screen"), Fenway (including 3D/RPX/RPX 3D), the Seaport (including 3D/Icon-X), South Bay (including 3D/Imax 2D/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including 3D/Imax 2D/Dolby Cinema), the Embassy (2D only), Revere (including XPlus/MX4D), and the SuperLux (2D only).

    The first big release that really has the shape of an awards contender is Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell, retelling the story of the security guard who found a bomb at the Atlanta Olympics and was initially the prime suspect, and is at the Arlington Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Causeway Street, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, the Embassy, and Revere. There's also a new remake of Black Christmas, and on the one hand it's Sophia Takal making a movie that plays multiplexes and which a lot of people get to see, and on the other, it's not really that great. It plays Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    Regal's Saturday Christmas matinee at Fenway is The Polar Express (presumably 2D), while Causeway Street has Love Actually on Monday and It's a Wonderful Life on Tuesday . This year's Ghibli series ends, naturally enough, with The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, with Sunday's shows at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Revere in English, and the same places on Tuesday in Japanese. Music documentation Gorillaz: Reject False Icons plays Boston Common and Fenway on Monday. The re-release of They Shall Not Grow Old finishes up with 3D shows at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Tuesday and Wednesday. Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, and Revere have special opening night fan events for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Thursday afternoon.
  • In addition to Richard Jewell, Kendall Square gets 63 Up, the latest in the 56-years-running series of documentaries checking in on a number of Brits who were seven when the first was produced in 1963. Director Michael Apted will be doing a Q&A on Sunday afternoon, although as you might imagine, that's already sold out.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre refreshes their schedule by picking up screenings of Honey Boy and The Two Popes (which also expands to The West Newton Cinema). Friday is the 13th, which means a 35mm print from that franchise at midnight, in this case Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, while Home Alone plays that time on Saturday. Sunday's Science on Screen Jr. show is an encore showing of Sherlock Jr., with Museum of Science educator Jeannine Madrid talking about optical illusions. Monday's Big Screen Classic is a digital restoration of The Apartment. They also show The Nightmare Before Christmas on 35mm on Thursday, a "Rewind!" show with an after-party at Osaka.
  • The Brattle Theatre has their annual 35mm shows of It's a Wonderful Life this weekend, with some time being sold out online but with a few walk-up tickets at the door. After that, there's a DocYard show of Present.Perfect with director Shengze Zhu on hand to talk about how she stitched together a bunch of Chinese live-streaming footage into a feature. Tuesday is Trash Night, and then Wednesday and Thursday have a double feature of Wings of Desire & The Umbrella of Cherbourg.
  • Man, the poster for The Final Level: Escaping Rancala at Apple Fresh Pond just openly admits that its ripping off the Jumanji on the next screen over. They also have the new one from indie favorite Xavier Dolan, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan with Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Jacob Tremblay, Thandie Newton, and more. Their Indian films include Mardaani 2, with Rani Mukerji reprising her role as Shivani Shivaji Roy in a Bollywood police-action sequel, and Telugu action comedy Venky Mama.

    For those more interested in Chinese films, Boston Common has The Whistleblower for a second week.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has the last two shows in their mini-run of Duet for Cannibals on Friday. There's a one-off show of a 35mm print of Amadeus on Saturday, and then two special holiday shows on Sunday: The $5 matinee is Three Wishes for Cinderella, apparently known as the Czech It's a Wonderful Life, and then there's a free 35mm screening of Edward Scissorhands in the evening. After that, school's out, and they're dark until mid-January, barring a member's weekend.
  • This week's Coen Brothers movies at The Museum of Fine Arts include The Hudsucker Proxy (Friday/Saturday), Fargo (Saturday), The Man Who Wasn't There (Thursday), and No Country for Old Men (Thursday). Say Amen, Somebody has two more shows on Friday and Sunday, with Sunday also having a 35mm show of Soviet classic The Cranes Are Flying, including a Q&A with UMass Professor David Patterson and Ballet Russes Art Initiative director Anna Winestein.
  • The Lexington Venue not only picks up Ford v Ferrari, but will be running anime hit Promare over the weekend.
  • The Regent Theatre will be showing documentary The Golden Dream as part of a "Gift of Solidarity" fundraiser for the Association for Leadership in Guatemala on Tuesday evening.
  • The Luna Theater has The Lighthouse on Friday evening, the original 1974 Black Christmas all day Saturday and Tuesday evening, and A Christmas Story on Sunday. On top of that, there are Saturday Morning Cartoons, Sunday "Magic Mystery Movie Club", and Weirdo Wednesday if you like surprises.

    Cinema Salem seems to have their screening room back open, with Francois Ozon's By the Grace of God there this week.

I've already done Black Christmas and have my ticket for Jumanji 4 (ish), which leaves time to finally catch stuff like Jojo Rabbit and Pain and Glory. Not a lot, but year four of The Expanse also drops this weekend, and that could take up a lot of time!

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