Friday, June 19, 2020

Next Week in Virtual Tickets: Films sort of playing Boston 19 June 2020 - 25 June 2020

Hopefully, this year being strange and tumultuous leads us to a point where movies tying in with Juneteenth isn't any stranger than any other holiday.

  • The film in question is Miss Juneteenth, starring Nicole Behaire as a single mother who was given the title in a beauty pageant years ago and is trying to position her daughter to follow in her footsteps, though that is not the younger's girl's thing. It plays in the virtual screening room of The Coolidge Corner Theatre, which also opens My Darling Vivian, a documentary featuring the first wife on Johnny Cash, who is the mother of his four daughters. They also continue the "Pioneers of Queer Ciema" triple feature (Mädchen in Uniform, Michael, and Victor and Victoria), Sometimes Always Never, You Don't Nomi, Shirley, The Painter and the Thief, Picture a Scientist, and the BLM programming including Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, I Am Not Your Negro, and Whose Streets?, and Parkland Rising.

    Once again, the Goethe-Insitut film scheduled for one weekend, I Was I Am I Will Be, proves popular enough for a second, with an introduction from director Ilker Çatak on the website. They also adapt their "Big Screen Classics" series to the small screen, with Jules Dassin's classic heist movie Rififi in the virtual screening room. That film also pulls double-duty as the Coolidge Education selection of the week, with Boston Globe critic Ty Burr providing an introduction and hosting a Zoom Q&A on Thursday for those who register. They're also offering Curbside Concessions, where you can pre-order packages of popcorn, candy, and drinks for pickup at the back entrance.
  • The The Brattle Theatre also has a new re-release, of somewhat more recent vintage, with Bill Duke's The Killing Floor opening and featuring Damien Leake as a Black man who came to Chicago in 1919, found work in a slaughterhouse, and would thus be at the epicenter of a major clash at the intersection of race and labor They also continue the Pioneers of Queer cinema group (Mädchen in Uniform, Michael, and Victor and Victoria), Shirley, and Joan of Arc.

    On Monday, they open In My Blood It Runs, a documentary about a 10-year-old Australian aboriginal who is seen as full of potential and a possible leader by his community but ill-served by the colonial educational system. The film is also this weekend's selection for GlobeDocs; RSVP for a screening link and a Monday-evening discussion with director Maya Newell.
  • The Capitol has shifted the hours for their curbside pickup back a bit (from 2pm to 9pm) and is now offering walk-up orders for ice cream and cinema snacks at the box office. They and sister cinema The Somerville Theatre are both adding a Quarantine Cat Film Fest to their virtual cinemas, alongside Magnolia docs (I Am Not Your Negro, Whose Streets, and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, Hail Satan?, Blackfish, RBG and Life Itself), The Whistlers, and Once Were Brothers. The Capitol's virtual cinema also feature The Surrogate, The Cordillera of Dreams, The Painter and the Thief, Heimat Is a Space in Time, Spaceship Earth, Dying for Gold, and Slay the Dragon. The Somerville's virtual cinema includes Shirley, Military Wives, Alice, and Pahokee.
  • The Regent Theatre's virtual offerings pick up What Doesn't Kill Us, a mockumentary which presupposes that a zombie outbreak occurred in 2003, but was contained to Texas, while a cure was found (obviously a fantasy), with the film documenting how the recovered "necro sapiens" face difficulties in non-undead society. They also keep Parkland Rising, Reggae Boyz, WBCN and the American Revolution, Dosed and Fantastic Fungi while continuing their GoFundMe campaign.
  • The West Newton Cinema continues their GoFundMe campaign, ticket pre-purchase program, and links to Blackfish, Life Itself, RBG, Military Wives, Once Were Brothers, Slay the Dragon, and The Whistlers.
  • The Lexington Venue is the first local theater to set a date for re-opening, with plans to show Once Were Brothers and Emma starting 3 July, although I imagine that is very much subject to change. They also have a GoFundMe campaign.
  • Showcase Cinemas has created a dedicated Showcase Now selection on their website which, in addition to a surprisingly interesting set of documentaries and the expected dip into corporate cousin Paramount's library, also includes a number of museum tours. The Friday night drive-in show at their Foxboro location is Sonic the Hedgehog, with tickets and snacks on sale via their smartphone app..

Would I happily bring some sort of folding chair to, say, Apple Fresh pond for a drive-in type deal if they'd let me? Yes, absolutely.

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