Friday, May 01, 2020

Next Week in Virtual Tickets: Films sort of playing Boston 1 May 2020 - 7 May 2020

Normally, we'd be kicking off the summer movie season with something from Marvel on Free Comic Book Day Weekend, but… Well, you know.

  • The Brattle Theatre opens the latest from two noteworthy filmmakers in their virtual screening room: Deerskin comes from French nonsense auteur Quentin Dupieux, with a cast that includes Jean Dujardin and Adèle Haene, in a story of a most bizarre midlife crises. Patricio Guzman's The Cordillera of Dreams is his third documentary about his native Chile, this one telling its story via the Andes mountains.

    Though there is not a repertory series of recommendations this week, the theater is partnering with the Cambridge City Council for "Dinner and a Movie Night" tonight (Friday), with Ned & Ivy offering an introduction to the event at 6pm, with donations to the theater and take-out from local restaurants encouraged. Recommendations do continue, with "Y'Know, For the Kids!" most recently suggesting Steamboat Bill, Jr. and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and #BreakYourAlgorithm having recommended The Wrong Arm of the Law and Double Happiness in its most recent Wednesday & Thursday picks.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre also opens Deerskin in its virtual screening room, the first After Midnight selection there since Bacurau. Also opening virtually are documentary Capital in the Twenty-First Century and Brian Cox & Rosanna Arquette in The Etruscan Smile, with Corpus Christi, Beyond the Visible: Hilma Af Klint, Beanpole, The Booksellers, and Fantastic Fungi sticking around. Their "Documentary Films of Lee Grant" series also continues, adding a twin-bill of "Down and Out in America" & "What Sex Am I"? to A Father… A Son… Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    Previous Geothe-Institut selection Lara returns for a three-day run, benefitting the Coolidge through Sunday, while there's a special premiere with MUBI of Ema on Friday only. This weekend's After Midnite instagram chat is with Mister Reusch, who has been designing the series artwork for twenty years, while series programmer Mark Anastasio leads this week's Coolidge Education seminar on Night of the Living Dead.
  • The Capitol has a Popcorn Pop-Up on Sunday, with popcorn, candy, and ice cream available for those who call ahead, ideally for snacking on while watching their virtual cinema offerings of Dying for Gold, The Whistlers, Once Were Brothers, and Slay the Dragon. Their friends at The Somerville Theatre will almost certainly not be running Mars Attacks on 35mm with a burlesque pre-show tonight despite what their website still says, but their virtual cinema still offers Pahokee, The Whistlers, Once Were Brothers, and The Roads Not Taken.
  • The virtual room at The Regent Theatre continues The Mindfulness Movement playing through 5 May.
  • West Newton Cinema has their own curbside popcorn pickup on Saturday - call or email ahead and they will have a large popcorn waiting for you at from noon to 2pm, with a box in which to deposit your five bucks. They also continue their virtual screening room programs of Earth, The Roads Not Taken, Best of CatVideoFest, Once Were Brothers, Slay the Dragon, and The Whistlers; their GoFundMe campaign; and their offer to buy an advance ticket for when they open with a second going to staff at the Newton Wellesley Hospital.

I'm planning on checking out Deerskin, Capital, and The Etruscan Smile, but plans don't necessarily mean much. I will also be looking to try out the shorts program that LA 3-D Space will be streaming on their YouTube channel at 5pm EDT on Sunday.

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