Friday, March 06, 2020

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 6 March 2020 - 12 March 2020

Hey, it looks like a new theater at least soft-opened earlier this week - The Majestic at Arsenal Yards!in Watertown. I used to ride past that location on the bus to and from work every day, with the 70 bus going straight from my house to this place if it had been open five years ago.

I'll be very far away, and at least one of the big releases won't open there, but I"m sure I'll have plenty else to do.

  • Hopefully Onward still has some 3D screenings happening when I get back; the new one from Pixar takes place in a fantasy world that eventually found science and engineering more useful than magic, though two elf teenagers discover they may be able to resurrect their father for a day before something goes wrong, spurring them to go on a quest/road trip. It's at the Capitol (2D), Fresh Pond (2D), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D), West Newton (2D), Boston Common (2D/3D/Imax 2D/Dolby Cinema), Causeway Street (2D Wide Screen), Fenway (2D/3D), the Seaport (2D/3D/Icon-X 2D), South Bay (2D/3D/Imax 2D/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (2D/3D/Imax 2D/Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (2D/CWX), Chestnut Hill (2D), and Revere (2D/3D/XPlus/4DX).

    Also opening is The Way Back, with Ben Affleck as an alcoholic on a downswing who is convinced to coach his old high school team. Guy seems to be capturing my brother's energy in the game action, but maybe high school basketball coaches tend to fit a template. That plays the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Causeway Street, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, the Embassy, Chestnut Hill, and Revere.

    After opening at the Coolidge, the Kendall, and Boston Common last week, Emma. expands to the Capitol, West Newton, Causeway Street, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Chestnut Hill, and Revere. Revere also opens indie horror film Beneath Us.

    Fenway is back to showing Russian movies this weekend, with romantic comedy sequel Ice 2 playing Sunday afternoon. Revere has Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Monday evening. A restoration of Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers plays Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Revere on Monday and Wednesday, and for more recent animation Boston Common either has previews of Trolls: World Tour in 3D on Tuesday and Wednesday or there's a glitch in Fandango (probably the latter); the same may be true for the matinees of Just Mercy listed for South Bay on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • The film named after the young lady at the center opening at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, and Boston Common this week is Wendy, a modern take on Peter Pan by the maker of Beasts of the Southern Wild. The Coolidge also has The Times of Bill Cunningham, apparently not to be confused with Bill Cunningham New York. Director Mark Bozek and other special guests will be on-hand for the 2pm screening on Sunday.

    The midnights at the Coolidge this month are superhero movies, with a 35mm print of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm on Friday and Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Saturday. There's also a midnight screening of Cats on Saturday, with Somerville also having rowdy late show on the weekend. The Wizard of Oz plays as part of "Science on Screen Jr." Sunday, with the chance for kids to learn about real tornados from Harvard Professor John Huth. There's Open Screen on Tuesday, a special screening of #AnneFrank Parallel Stories on Wednesday, and a Cinema Jukebox show of Inside Llewyn Davis on Thursday.
  • Steve Coogan stars in Michael Winterbottom's Greed, with the film about an eccentric fashion billionaire trying to look human playing Kendall Square, Boston Common, and the Embassy. The Kendall and Boston Common also share Burden which follows a black preacher trying to come to the aid of a repentant Klansman.

    Kendall Square also gets And Then We Danced, a story about a young dancer trying to succeed in the apparently quite homophobic country of Georgia. The Kendall also has an encore screening of Violet Evergarden on Tuesday and concert film Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets on Wednesday.
  • Apple Fresh Pond opens Tiger Shroff's new Bollywood action movie Baaghi 3, Tamil romantic thriller Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadit, and Malayalam film Trance on Friday, with Thappad and Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan hanging around. Malayalam film Forensic screens on Sunday. They also have Escape From Pretoria with Daniel Radcliffe for a couple shows a day.
  • West Newton Cinema is the only place showing The Banker, with Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as black businessmen in the 1960s who hire a white guy (Nicholas Hoult) to be the face of their business. Sounds a little too interesting to be relegated to the outskirts of town, but places don't like to book streaming movies, even if nobody has Apple+.
  • Two fun programs at The Brattle Theatre this week, with "Eight Perfect (Films About) Murders" covering the weekend with a 35mm double feature of Double Indemnity (introduced by mystery writer Peter Swanson) & Diabolique on Friday, a reprise of Strangers on a Train before the twin bill of Blood Simple & Body Heat (the latter on 35mm) on Saturday, and an Agatha Christie pairing of Murder Most Foul (35mm) & Death on the Nile on Sunday.

    During the working week, they host Harvard's Space Film Festival, with Hidden Figures Monday, Ad Astra Tuesday, Arrival on Wednesday, and Armageddon on Thursday. There will be post-film discussion at the 7pm shows on every day but Tuesday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive is mostly "Traveling Light: The FIlms of Kelly Reichardt" this week, with River of Grass (Friday 7pm), Night Moves (Friday 8:45pm), Old Joy (Saturday/Sunday 7pm on 35mm), Certain Women (Saturday 9pm), Meek's Cutoff (Sunday 4pm on 35mm) all playing before she arrives for a preview screening of First Cow on Monday and a screening of Wendy and Lucy on 35mm Tuesday. The exception is The Place Promised in Our Early Days, the first feature of Makoto Shinkai, which starts a weekend matinee series of his work at 4pm on Saturday
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has screenings of The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (Friday/Wednesday), the newly-restored Cane River (Friday/Sunday/Wednesday), and Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait (Saturday/Sunday/Thursday). There's also Four Films by Stanley Kubrick: 2001: A Space Odyssey (Friday), Lolita (Saturday). International Women's Day will be celebrated on Sunday with Soviet classic Tiger Girl, featuring a Q&A with UMass Boston professor David Patterson and Anna Winestein from the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, and Thursday's "On the Fringe" screening is a 35mm print of Fantastic Planet (preceded by short "Les Escargots").
  • ArtsEmerson and the Boston Asian-American Film Festival will be screening the documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin? in the Paramount Theater's Bright Screening Room on Sunday afternoon, followed by a preview of the PBS series Asian Americans.

    The room's regular tenant Bright Lights returns this week after spring break with Crescendo on Tuesday and The Lighthouse on Thursday, both free to the public and followed by discussions led by Emerson faculty.
  • The Omni Theatre at The Museum of Science is still closed down, but there's a free-with-registration preview of The ReelAbilities Film Festival with Picture of His Life in the Planetarium on Thursday, withe festival beginning in earnest on the 22nd.
  • The Luna Theater has Obvious Child on Friday evening, Life After Beth Saturday afternoon, Ex Machina on Satruday afternoon and Tuesday evening, and Room on Saturday evening. After the Magical Mystery Movie Club on Sunday, the've got four shows of The Wizard of Oz, plus the surprise "Weirdo Wednesday" show.

    Cinema Salem has Onward, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Weathering with You, The Lodge, and CatVideoFest.

I'm on vacation in New Zealand for the next couple of weeks (I'm posting this from the air), so I don't know if I'll see anything (though I'll almost certainly do some movie-related things).

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