Friday, February 28, 2020

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 28 February 2020 - 5 March 2020

After seeing the "Twentieth Century Pictures" logo on The Call of the Wild, I'm kind of hoping we see a "Dark Universe" one this weekend.

  • Not exactly likely, though, although Leigh Whannel's take on The Invisible Man might have been originally planned as part of that series. It stars Elizabeth Moss as a woman whose abusive husband appears to have died but is, in fact, invisible and aiming to drive her insane. It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common (including Imax/Dolby Cinema), Causeway Street (including Wide Screen), Fenway, the Seaport (including Icon-X), South Bay (including Imax/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax/Dolby Cinema), Chestnut Hill, the Embassy, and Revere (including XPlus).

    Anime feature My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising opened on Wednesday continued at Boston Common, the Seaport, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Revere (including MX4D dubbed), while Impractical Jokers adds Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Causeway Street, and Revere to South Bay and The Lodge adds the Somerville to Kendall Square and Boston Common. Guns Akimbo, with Daniel Redcliffe and Samara Weaving as people pulled into a game of death, plays late shows on Causeway Street despite the director's very public online meltdown over the past week at some point making it look like the film would be yanked. Shame, the director's Deathgasm was pretty good.

    Fenway has Egyptian film Baghdad Thief (aka The Thief of Baghdad) on Saturday and Sunday, while Fresh Pond has that country's The Money, and I don't know if we've seen one of those make their way here before (at least, mainstream rather than boutique) before two show up. The Showcases at Chestnut Hill and Revere will have #AnneFrank Parallel Stories on Tuesday, a documentary with five Holocaust survivors who were the same position as Frank. There are also advance screenings of Disney/Pixar's Onward Saturday at Boston Common, Assembly Row, and Revere.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, and Boston Common have EMMA., an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel without the strange capitalization and punctuation. It features Anna Taylor-Joy as the title character - and man, get her out of horror movies and she becomes Amanda Seyfried - along with Bill Nighy and Mia Goth.

    The Coolidge also has a couple of high-school horrors at midnight this weekend, with the 2013 version of Carrie on Friday and the genuinely unnerving We Need to Talk About Kevin on Saturday. They've also got an encore of "CatVideoFest" on Wednesday.
  • Kendall Square and Boston Common open Seberg, featuring Kristen Stewart as actress Jean Seberg, who became famous as an actress in France but back home in America was harassed by the FBI for her support of the civil rights movement. The Kendall also also opens Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, which is a documentary about what you'd guess from the title, and Beanpole, a Russian film about two friends who survived the siege of Leningrad, where one takes advantage of the other after she suffers a serious head injury.

    The Kendall also gets thriller Incitement, an Israeli film about an activist who becomes radicalized and convinced he has the right to assassinate the Prime Minister. Co-writer Ron Leshem will visit for a post-show Q&A at 6:40pm on Friday and 3:30pm on Saturday.
  • The Brattle Theatre has two distinct ghost stories this weekend, with Light From Light building its story around a haunting in Tennessee, featuring Marin Ireland and Jim Gaffigan. It's a new independent film, but the Brattle got a 35mm print nonetheless. The late show is a new restoration of Hideo Nakata's Ringu.

    On Monday, the DocYard welcomes Some Kind of Heaven director Lance Oppenheim and editor Daniel Garber to talk about their film about what is said to be the world's largest retirement community. They'll be showing Color Out of Space after the Harvard Book Store author events on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then on Thursday they kick off their "Eight Perfect (Films About) Murders" series with a 35mm double feature of Dial M for Murder and Strangers on a Train
  • Apple Fresh Pond picks up Thappad, a Hindi drama featuring Taapsee Pannu as a woman who, after being slapped by her husband, must evaluate whether there is something toxic in their relationship. They also open Telugu thriller Hit with Vishwaksen Naidu and Ruhani Sharma on Friday . Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and Bheeshma stick around as well. Malayalam films Forensic and Ayyappanum Koshiyum play Saturday, with the latter also playing Sunday.

    In this week's half-effort four-walling, famed knock-off studio The Asylum has Homeward playing Fresh Pond once a day at 3pm, and, wow, does it look like a cheap copy of Onward Over at Revere, Mexican film Las Pildoras De Mi Novio continues another week.
  • West Newton Cinema picks up Ordinary Love as it leaves Kendall Square and is also the only place opening Olympic Dreams, a romantic comedy from Jeremy Teicher starring Alexi Pappas and Nick Kroll as an athlete and doctor who meet at a training facility. Interestingly, Teicher and Pappas did another comedy with her as a star athlete a few years ago in Tracktown.
  • The Somerville Theatre has some live events to schedule around, which means Onur Tukel's new film The Misogynists doesn't open until Saturday and has limited shows through Thursday, with the 2020 Fly Fishing Film Tour booking a screen on Wednesday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has more screenings of Patricio Guzm├ín's Chile Trilogy, encompassing The Cordillera of Dreams (Friday 7pm), The Pearl Button (Friday 9pm/Saturday 7pm), and Nostalgia for the Light (Saturday 9pm). They hand things over to "Traveling Light: The FIlms of Kelly Reichardt" the next day, with Certain Women playing Sunday at 7pm and a 35mm print of Meek's Cutoff at the same time Monday.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has more screenings of Zombi Child on Friday and Sunday. "Two Films by Terrence Malick continues with Days of Heaven (Friday/Saturday) and Badlands (Saturday). There's another showing of In Search of Beethoven Sunday, and the first screenings of documentary Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait and the newly-restored Cane River on Wednesday.
  • The Regent Theatre has the Women's Adventure Film Tour on Thursday evening.
  • The Luna Theater has an unusually straightforward schedule this weekend, with "CatVideoFest" Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, the free Magical Mystery Movie Sunday morning, Reese Witherspoon in Election for the rest of Sunday and Tuesday evening, and the surprise "Weirdo Wednesday" show.

    Cinema Salem looks like they've gone all-independent this week, with a lineup including Weathering with You, Zombi Child, Tread, CatVideoFest, The Lodge, and Cane River.

Down for The Invisible Man, EMMA., and maybe one or two others, although I need to fit them into one less day, as I head off for vacation on Thursday.

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