Friday, September 18, 2020

Next Week in Virtual Tickets: Films sort of playing Boston 18 September 2020 - 24 September 2020

Not seeing any listings for Apple Cinemas at Fresh Pond, so I'm guessing that they got as much as they could from Tenet and didn't think they'd be viable again until November when No Time to Die is scheduled to come out. I feel bad, because I wanted to go see a movie or two there, but I was so busy with Fantasia and NYAFF and then no evening this week seemed to work out. But maybe that was smart? 2020 is a mess.

  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre opens Chuck Berry in their virtual screening room, probably to a bigger audience than when it was four-walled at the Regent earlier this year (after apparently being released internationally in 2018). Filmmaker Jon Brewer got a bunch of interviews to tell the story of "The Granddaddy of Rock & Roll". They also have two new ones tied to their ongoing series, with Killer of Sheep as the Big Small Screen Classic (that also has a Coolidge Education seminar with Robert Daniels on Thursday evening) and the After Midnight crew offering Parasite through Sunday. Note that it is the 1980s monster movie with Demi Moore as opposed to Bong Joon-Ho's Oscar-winner, and they do not appear to be offering it in 3D. They also continue to offer rentals of Sibyl, Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, Beau Travail, From Controversy to Cure, and I Used to Go Here.

    In upcoming-but-selling-out programs, there's a four-week course on "Dictators on Film" whose Tuesday sessions are sold out but there may still be room for the Saturday session; they will also be showing Vertigo as a drive-in show at the Medfield State Hospital next weekend.
  • The Brattle Theatre also has a reissue as their new release this week, with Jan Svankmajer's Faust joining their lineup. To a certain extent, you don't need to say much more than that it is Faust (legendary fable about a man who sells his soul to the devil) as told by Svankmajer (legendary Czech animator and surrealist). They also continue Vinyl Nation, The Hole, Ghost Tropic, Moroni for President, MR. SOUL!, and Son of the White Mare.
  • Infidel appears to be the week's only major new release, with Jim Caviezel starring as a man kidnapped in Cairo and Claudia Karvan as the wife looking to secure his return. It's at Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Arsenal Yards, Chestnut Hill, and Revere. The Secrets We Keep also opens at Arsenal Yards, after having started playing Kendall Square and the Embassy on Wednesday.

    Arsenal Yards has locally-produced Spin the Plate for single shows on Friday and Sunday, along with matinees of The Iron GIant through the week.

    Fenway also re-opens Minions this week, because why not. Revere fills its weekday evenings with the No Game, No Life anime (Monday), P.S. I Love You Tuesday), and A Flea in Her Ear (Thursday afternoon), the last two so random that I wonder if there are newer things with the same names. They've also got Sonic the Hedgehog and Jumanji: The Next Level, but I'm not sure if those are "again" or "still". South Bay has The Breakfast Club on Sunday afternoon.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square and Embassy both have two new releases this weekend (aside from The Secrets We Keep). The Way I See It is a documentary from John Lewis: Good Trouble director Dawn Porter that features Pete Souza, White House photographer for both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, who has become a sharp critic of the latter's successor. The Nest features Jude Law and Carrie Coon as a family relocating from suburban America to the English countryside in the 1980s, exposing the stress points in their marriage. It's from Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin.

    Both The Way I See It and The Secrets We Keep are also at The Lexington Venue, which is open at least through Sunday.
  • The West Newton Cinema brings Jazz On a Summer's Day to their screen after its virtual run at the Brattle and Coolidge, which is in reverse, but, hey, 2020 is weird. Their website only shows times through Sunday, including Citizen Kane, Tenet, 2001: A Space Odyssey (not showing Saturday), The Burnt Orange Heresy, and Casablanca (not showing Saturday) and Sunday. Don't know if that messes with their curbside popcorn pick-up on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  • The Regent Theatre continues to stream The Beatles in India, adding Chet's Last Call (the story of an (in)famous Boston dive bar operator which played the theater earlier this year) on Saturday. The "Red Hot Chilli Pipers" concert is available through Monday, with Moody Blues tribute band "Go Now!" taking the slot on Tuesday. There's a livestream of protest documentary We Are Many on Monday night. It also looks like they will be opening the doors for the first of four screenings of this year's Manhattan Short Film Festival block on Thursday evening, but maybe that page has just been on the site for a while.
  • ArtsEmerson continues to host documentary Our Time Machine through Tuesday, including a conversation with artist Maleonn and filmmakers Yang Sun & S. Leo Chiang on the 19th.

    The Bright Lights at Home show on Thursday is Through The Night, focusing on two mothers and a child care provider who meet at a 24-hour day care center (which is apparently a thing now). It livestreams at 7pm with a conversation with director Loira Limbal afterward. It's a part of the Boston Latino International Film Festival, which is virtual this year and kicks off on Wednesday.
  • The Boston Film Festival will be mostly-virtual this year, but is planning three live screenings: The Girl Who Wore Freedom and Paper Spiders on Thursday evening and Small Town Wisconsin on Friday. A number of other films we be available virtually on Thursday, some including Q&As, though I don't know how that's going to work.
  • Asian imports still playing include Wild Grass at Boston Common, The Eight Hundred at Boston Common and the Seaport, and Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula at Boston Common and Revere.
  • Don't know if anyone is at The Somerville Theatre to update their virtual screening room slate, whch still shows The Fight, Amulet, John Lewis: Good Trouble, the Quarantine Cat Film Fest, Pahokee, and Alice; The Capitol is open for ice cream and snacks, but I don't know if anyone is paying attention to their virtual theater, which still lists the "One Small Step" shorts, the Cat Film Fest, The Surrogate, and Heimat Is a Space in Time.
  • The Brattle, the Coolidge, and West Newton are all offering relatively reasonable rentals for groups of up to 20; search their websites or call them directly get quotes on rates, available slots, and what the rules on concessions and masking are.

Bummed about Fresh Pond apparently closing up before I got a chance to head over, and I hope the two weeks they were open didn't actually hurt them. Write to your representatives via Save Your Cinema so that hopefully all the other places have a chance to survive. Also, Nightstream is about to announce their line-up, the upcoming online festival put on by BUFF and other genre festivals around the country.

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