Friday, January 24, 2020

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 24 January 2020 - 30 January 2020

Well, this was going to lead off with Chinese New Year, but then some coronavirus shows up in Wuhan and suddenly all seven movies that were set to open in China for the holiday are just yanked from the schedule and a city larger than New York is basically quarantined. So we're mostly stuck with English-language stuff this week.

  • I'm not sure whether The Gentlemen has been in development so long that Miramax was a thing when it started or if the Qatari group that owns the library is actually making new movies. It's a return to gritty-but-witty gangster material for Guy Ritchie, with Matthew McConnaughey, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Colin Farrell, and more, and plays at Kendall Square, the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Causeway Street, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere.

    Kendall Square and The West Newton Cinema also have The Song of Names, featuring Tim Roth and Clive Owen as a pair of foster brothers who met when one was rescued from the Holocaust as a child and separated when he (a talented violinist) disappeared before a performance. The Kendall is alone in picking up Color Out of Space, with Richard Stanley directing Nicolas Cage in an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft for a regular run. They also host the "Sundance Film Festival Live" presentation of The Climb, including the introduction and Q&A.
  • The other big-ish release this week is The Turning, which updates Henry James's The Turning of the Screw to the 1990s and stars Mackenzie Davis. It's at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere. There's also The Last Full Measure, detailing the thirty-year campaign for a war hero to be recognized for his bravery, featuring a heck of a list of character actors. That's at Boston Common, Assembly Row, and Revere. 1917 takes over the Imax screens at Jordan's furniture (and probably Boston Common, which was going to have Chinese movies playing).

    Fenway has Kholop ("Peasant"), a Russian comedy about the child of a rich family (Milos Bikovic) who wakes up as a 19th-century peasant, on Wednesday evening.
  • Apple Fresh Pond gets a new slate of Indian movies this week, starting with Hindi-language Panga, starring Kangana Ranaut as a champion Kabbadi player. It looks like they're playing Hindi-language Street Dancer 3 in 2D despite the title having a "D" after its name elsewhere (it actually follows the ABCD movies, but apparently another studio owns that trademark), while Telugu-language Disco Raja is actually more a sci-fi action thing than dance. To further confuse things, Tamil-language Psycho looks to have nothing to do with the better-known film by that name aside from involving a serial killer. There's another killer in Malayalam thriller Ancham Pathira, which plays Saturday through Tuesday. They also have English-language film John Henry, starring Terry Crews as a big ex-gangster with a hammer, once a night.

    Dominican comedy Los Leones (retitled "Que Leones" for the USA) opens in Revere, while Japanese animated fantasy Weathering with You picks up a screen at Fenway which will mostly be showing it dubbed into English, with Boston Common showing it subtitled.
  • The Brattle Theatre starts a year of science fiction programming with "Things to Come: The Birth of Sci-Fi Cinema", which includes some early and overlooked entries in the genre. Friday pairs namesake film Things to Come (made with H.G. Wells's involvement) with Georges Méliès "A Trip to the Moon", while Saturday has a silent-film double feature of Metropolis & Aelita: The Queen of Mars. Sunday is a "mad scientist marathon" featuring Frankenstein '31, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde '32, Island of Lost Souls, The Invisible Man, and Bride of Frankenstein. Monday is Boris Karloff on 35mm day with The Man They Could Not Hang & The Boogie Man Will Get You, while Tuesday has a free "Elements of Cinema" show of The Day the Earth Stood Still and a 35mm print of musical Just Imagine, set 50 years in the future (from 1930). French silent L'Inhumaine is paired with short "Paris Qui Dort" on Wednesday, and it wraps with more 35mm mad scientists on Thursday as Mad Love and Dr. Cyclops play a double feature.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre brings back Pain and Glory for a couple shows a day on the GoldScreen, splitting that 14-seater with Les Miserables and Uncut Gems

    The 1988 remake of The Blob has Friday night's "midnight 35mm alien invasion" slot, with The Room on the other screen while The Thing has its last midnight show for a while on Saturday. There's a Soul Witness screening event on Monday evening and a Panorama presentation of No Small Matter on Wednesday, both of which will be followed with panel discussion.
  • The Harvard Film Archive continues "Find Without Seeking: The Films of Angela Schanelec", with "I Stayed in Berlin All Summer" (Friday 7pm with shorts), Afternoon (Friday 9pm), Passing Summer (Saturday 9:30pm), and Places in Cities (Sunday 7pm), all on 35mm film. There's a Weekend Matinee of Tito and the Birds on Saturday, before the first of two 35mm Silent Hitchcock restorations, The Farmer's Wife (Saturday 7pm) and The Pleasure Garden (Sunday 4:30pm). Monday evening, Benjamin Buchloch introduces the first of four programs feature The Films and Videos of Richard Serra, in this case shorts screening on 16mm film.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts ends the January calendar with more of the Festival of Films from Iran, including Untimely (Friday/Saturday), Orange Days (Friday), Just 6.5 (Saturday), and Old Men Never Die (Sunday). On Thursday, they get a head start on February's Boston Festival of Films from Japan with a free screening of Okko's Inn, including a DJ and koi kite making. Tickets must be reserved starting at 10am on the day of the screening.
  • The Regent Theatre has a number of film programs this week, starting on Friday night with Long Strange Trip, a four-hour beast of a documentary on the Grateful Dead. They've got independent horror Crypsis on Sunday afternoon and a screening of Fantastic Fungi with exhibits and post-show Q&A for those looking to learn more. It's back to music docs on Thursday, with the first of their three screenings of Rolling Stone: The Life and Death of Brian Jones.
  • Bright Lights starts its spring schedule on Thursday with a good one, Knives Out. As always, it's free to the public in the Paramount Theater's Bright Screening Room with post-film discussion from Emerson faculty.
  • The ICA appears to be getting a jump-start on the other places playing the Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts, with their first show on Thursday evening, and a schedule that implies we won't get to see the docs until just before the awards.
  • The Luna Theater has several shows of Parasite - one Friday, two Saturday, and one Tuesday, and one more of Uncut Gems on Saturday. Kubrick Sundays continue with a full-day slate of A Clockwork Orange, and there's a UMass Lowell Philosophy & Film show of The Outsiders on Monday. Plus, of course, the Sunday morning Magical Mystery Movie Club and Weirdo Wednesday.

I will mostly be living at the Brattle for the 1930s sci-fi, and haven't really started to figure out what I'll be doing with the time I was going to spend watching Chinese movies in Imax.

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