Friday, February 21, 2020

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 21 February 2020 - 27 February 2020

What are awards ceremonies like the Oscars for? Boosting the business of great movies, like how Parasite is getting showtimes at the Imax theater at Boston Common and the Wide Screen at Causeway Street even though it's already out on disc.

  • The furniture stores are putting Frozen 2 back on their Imax screens, and I'm kind of surprised that The Call of the Wild isn't playing there. It's a weird-looking one - the previews show a wonderfully weary Harrison Ford and a CGI dog that doesn't quite convince. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Causeway Street, Fenway, the Seaport (Icon-X), South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Chestnut Hill, and Revere.

    Also opening is Brahms: The Boy II, in which the doll some family treated as their son in the last movie is still around and, I guess, possessed and kills people; I didn't see the first so I don't know. Katie Holmes is in this one, and it's at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere. There's also Impractical Jokers: The Movie, which is based on an unscripted hidden-camera show of some kind, playing at South Bay.

    Anime feature My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising opens on Wednesday with subbed and dubbed shows at Boston Common, South Bay, and Revere (including MX4D dubbed), with it being a one-day thing at Fenway, the Seaport, and Assembly Row . Among the other one-offs, Showcase in Revere finishes their vacation Harry Potter matinees with Half-Blood Prince on Friday and a Deathly Hallows double-feature on Saturday. There are anniversary screenings of The Color Purple at Fenway and Assembly Row on Sunday. Fenway has the documentary Free Burma Rangers on Monday and Tuesday, and Russian sci-fi comedy (Not) Perfect Man on Wednesday.
  • Kendall Square, CinemaSalem, and Boston Common pick up one of my favorites from last year's Fantasia Film Festival, The Lodge, featuring Riley Keough as an escaped cult member not just snowed in with her fiancé's children, but seemingly cut off from the world in some mystical way. They share The Traitor with West Newton; that one is Marco Bellocchio's film about the man who broke the vows of omerta and took down the Sicilian mob in the 1980s.

    For themselves, they have Ordinary Love, with Leslie Manville and Liam Neeson as a couple trying to get by after the wife is diagnosed with cancer. The one-week booking is What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael, Rob Garver's documentary about the famed film critic.
  • The Brattle Theatre welcomes director Paul Solet - who has previously mostly done horror movies - on Friday night to answer questions about his film Tread, a documentary about a man who built himself a homemade tank and smashed through a small town in 2004, with the film also playing evenings on Saturday and Sunday. A new set of 35mm Looney Tunes plays the Bugs Bunny Film Festival matinees those afternoons.

    Monday's DocYard presentation looks to be an odd sort of hybrid, with director Zia Anger there to perform and answer questions for her "Live Cinema" presentation My First Film. After that, it's an impromptu Kirk Douglas tribute, with a 35mm print of Out of the Past Tuesday, Lonely Are the Brave on Wednesday, and Paths of Glory on Thursday. Wednesday also features a free "Elements of Cinema" screening of The Haunting.
  • Apple Fresh Pond opens two Indian movies billing themselves as possibly the start of something bigger this weekend - Mafia: Chapter 1 is a Tamil crime flick starring Arun Vijay, while Vicky Kaushal stars in Hindi-language horror movie Bhoot: Part One - The Haunted Ship. The bigger release would appear to be romantic comedy sequel Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, in which the family of one of the two men in love tries to match him up with a girl. Telegu romantic comedy Bheeshma also plays, with Love Aaj Kal and Oh My Kadavule sticking around. Someone also really cheaped out on the four-wall booking of 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up, which stars Christina Ricci and Hamish Linklater as a pair who conceive during a one-night stand, but only gets one show a day, and that at 5:45pm.

    Mexican film Las Pildoras De Mi Novio plays in Revere, with the English-language title "My Boyfriend's Meds" describing how it involves a woman discovering that her seemingly-perfect lover takes a huge variety of prescription psychiatric pills when he forgets them on a working vacation.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre mostly maintains their current mix of films, although some of the special presentations are interesting. It starts on midnight on Friday, when local filmmakers Jess Barnthouse & Stacy Buchanan show off their film The Man in the Mask, a look at an actor, Kip Weeks, whose career peaked as a masked slasher-movie villain before moving to Portland, ME and starting a small business but still wanting to get back into film (or I suppose you could see The Room). The midnight show on Saturday is a 35mm print of the original Pet Semetary, and they have already sold out of a Sunday afternoon screening of "CatVideoFest". The Big Screen Classic on Monday is Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust, with an optional pre-screening seminar.
  • The Harvard Film Archive welcomes Japanese filmmaker Tetsuya Mariko this weekend for a program of "Self-Destruction Cinema", with Destruction Babies playing Friday, Miyamoto on Saturday, and a selection of short films on Monday. The Saturday matinee is aimed more at teens than younger viewers this weekend, though Boyz N the Hood still plays on 35mm for $5. They also begin a series of Patricio Guzmán's Chile Trilogy on Sunday, with Nostalgia for the Light at 4pm and his latest film The Cordillera of Dreams at 7pm, the latter also part of the Cinema of Resistance series.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts starts a run of Zombi Child this week, with shows on Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday. The Boston Festival of Films from Japan has what seems like a tie-in but is actually a very different film in We Are Little Zombies! Friday and Sunday, with the last show of the series The Journalist, also on Sunday. There's also a Saturday-morning matinee of documentary In Search of Beethoven, and one of "Two Films by Terrence Malick", The Badlands, on Wednesday evening.
  • Bright Lights has co-director Jiliann Spitzmiller over to present Meow Wolf: Origin Story on Tuesday, while Thursday's screening of The Green Lie will feature a panel discussion with Emerson faculty. As always, these screenings are targeted toward students but anyone can show up at the Paramount theater's Bright Screening room for them.
  • School vacation's not over, so The Regent Theatre has sing-along matinees, playing The Wizard of Oz through Sunday. Later in the day, they will be showing documentary Chuck Berry (subtitled "The Original King of Rock 'n' Roll" on the poster), with shows on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday. There's also a free screening of Glory on Wednesday.
  • The Luna Theater has Clemency on Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday Evenings. WBCN and the American Revolution and Parasite both play Saturday afternoon, while Monty Python's Life of Brian has the place on Sunday Free shows include the Magical Mystery Movie Sunday morning, a UMass Lowell Philosophy and Film presentation of Jet Li in Fearless on Monday, and the surprise "Weirdo Wednesday" show.

    Cinema Salem picks up Makoto Shinkai's Weathering with You and has Goldie in the 18-seat screen.

I… kind of don't know what I'll hit this weekend. Probably Tread, but it could be all catch-up and impulse viewings after that.

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