Friday, November 06, 2020

Next Week in [Virtual] Tickets: Films sort of playing Boston 6 November 2020 - 12 November 2020

It kind of feels like everybody figured on folks just wanting to lie down and rest after this week. If that's the case, they aren't exactly wrong.
  • And if you want to just lie around for a while, The Coolidge Corner Theatre has you covered, with Frederick Wiseman's newest, City Hall running four and a half hours to give viewers a deep dive into the goings-on within Boston's City government. Wiseman himself will be on-hand for a live streaming Q&A Sunday afternoon, and two of the previous films from the "Wednesdays with Wiseman" series, Sinai Field Mission and Hospital, are also available, including chats between Wiseman and other noteworthy documentary filmmakers.

    Frida Kahlo is a more manageably-scaled film at 90 minutes, although Ali Ray's "Exhibition on Screen" presentation is apparently more than just an overview. Those films join Coming Home Again, La Strada, Martin Eden, and Oliver Sacks: His Own Life in the virtual screening room.

    After taking a week off, the Coolidge Education series is back on Thursday with "Filmspotting" co-host Josh Larsen talking The Royal Tenenbaums on Thursday. Find a copy or stream, watch the introduction, and then join Thursday's Zoom call. After that, it's Friday the 13th, which means they head to the Rocky Woods for a double feature of The Final Chapter & Jason Lives on the 13th and 14th. A week later, the Coolidge crew will be at Medfield State Hospital with Knives Out on the 20th and 21st. A bit further down the road, there's a "Roger Corman, Producer" class planned for Mondays starting the 30th.
  • The Brattle Theatre is the local home for Kino's Wild Wednesdays: Euro Horror series, with new titles announced Wednesdays at 10:30am. The selections available as of the 4th are The Blood Beast Terror and The Man Who Haunted Himself, with one or two more weeks on tap; that's in addition to the Dusk-Til-Dawn Drive-In Marathon, where $20 gets you 4 restored horror/exploitation classics in The Nude Vampire, A Virgin Among the Living Dead, Lisa and the Devil, and House of Whipcord. They also continue to feature Nationland, Sweetgrass, Ham on Rye, and White Riot in the virtual screening room. Check back on their site and follow them on social media, because occasionally new series like this have just popped up mid-week.
  • Boston Jewish Film continues online this week, with the whole program online but several live Q&As, obviously, taking place at specific times, so get lined up that way. It continues through the 15th.

    Not a local festival, but still worth noting: DC's AFI Silver theater has had a number of online festivals, and the films in the Noir City International series likely would have been the lineup for Noir City Boston had that happened this year. Maybe it will be pushed to next year, maybe not, and I kind of wish this was like other programs where you could support your local theater, but it's an awfully great slate.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square opens Netflix's The Life Ahead, starring Sophia Loren as a Holocaust survivor who takes in a 12-year-old who tried to rob her, on Friday, and Hillbilly Elegy on Wednesday, the latter being Ron Howard's adaptation of the controversial recent sensation, with Amy Adams and Glenn Close. The latter also plays Watertown, and its Wednesday opening means that the the Kendall is only closed Monday and Tuesday this coming week
  • At the multiplexes, the main opening is Let Him Go, starring Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as parents who, having lost their son, are determined to get their grandson back from the other half of his family, who are apparently loonies in a fortified compound. Interesting how Lane is pretty consistently billed above Costner in the advertising for this even though the synopsis generally starts by talking about his character, eh? It's at Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Kendall Square, Chestnut Hill, and Revere.

    As near as I can tell, True to the Game didn't get a theatrical release here, but True to the Game 2 does, with Erica Peeples as a woman who has left her boyfriend's violent life behind but who nevertheless crosses paths with old associates. It's at Boston Common and Revere. The Majestic in Watertown goes with underground-boxing movie Jungleland and Joel Kinnaman thriller The Informer, which has been kicking around various markets for a year or so before finally landing here.

    The first hook for this week's reissues is Veteran's Day, with 1917 playing Boston Common, American Sniper at Boston Comm and South Bay (including Imax), and They Shall Not Grow Old playing Revere (in 2D); the second is the late Sean Connery, with Goldfinger and The Hunt for Red October at Boston Common. Get Out also returns to Boston Common and South Bay, Happy Death Day returns to South Bay ahead of the director's Freaky, while Revere gets Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Departed, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service for the weekly James Bond selection, the latter also at Chestnut Hill. Toy Story gets a 25th Anniversary run close to the actual week of its original release at Boston Common, South Bay, and Revere.

    One-offs include the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at South Bay and Watertown Friday & Saturday; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Watertown, Chestnut Hill, and Revere on Sunday and Monday; war movies Recon at South Bay, Watertown, and Revere on Tuesday and Rod Lurie's The Outpost at South Bay, Watertown, and Revere on Wednesday & Thursday (apparently a "director's cut"); and Crazy Rich Asians at Chestnut Hill and Revere on Wednesday. South Bay has something named "Purgatory" on Thursday, which may be a Filipino horror movie from 2016, a preview of a forthcoming TV series, or something else.
  • The Lexington Venue is otherwise closed, but they will host a few screenings for Caleidoscope: Indian Film Festival Boston this weekend, with Barunbabur Bondhu Friday, Achcham Madam Naanam Parirppu and Hellaro Saturday, and The Parcel Sunday. Six other features and seven shorts are available to stream.
  • The West Newton Cinema has times listed for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday this week. The continue to show the 1940 Pride and Prejudice, A Rainy Day in New York (Friday-Sunday), Honest Thief, The Keeper, Tenet, and 2001: A Space Odyssey (Saturday/Sunday/Wednesday), and bring back Casablanca (Saturday) and The Maltese Falcon (Friday-Sunday).
  • The Regent Theatre has extended Herb Alpert Is… through November, and also has both live streams and in-person attendance for Friday's "Lyrically Speaking" cabaret show and Saturday's Hugh Hanley kids' show. The streaming "Together Tuesday" show finishes up with both Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra to Mojo & The Bayou Gypsies concerts available as an inexpensive double feature.
  • This week's Bright Lights at Home show is A Woman's Work, telling the story of two former NFL cheerleaders who filed a class-action lawsuit for rampant wage theft and illegal hiring practices. Free registration opens at noon on Thursday, with the stream starting at 7pm and followed by a discussion with director Yu Gu.
  • The Capitol still has the concession stand and ice cream stand open; sister cinema The Somerville Theatre does not, but still has live links on their virtual cinema page including The Fight, Amulet, John Lewis: Good Trouble, Pahokee, and Alice, though the latter two no longer seem to be sharing with the theater.
  • Screens at the Brattle, the Coolidge, the Capitol, The Lexington Venue, West Newton, Kendall Square, and Apple Fresh Pond (I think?) are available for private rentals, with the Coolidge showing slots available to reserve online through November 22nd, while the last email from the Brattle had everything taken. Call whoever's closest up if you've got a group and something you'd like to see on the big screen
I'm three festivals behind on writing up reviews, so maybe I'll concentrate on that and try to chip away at the shelves. If you're planning to go out, note that Boston and other cities are stepping up stricter restrictions starting this weekend in response to rising infection rates and in anticipation of flu season, although it doesn't seem to have impacted things much beyond moving showtimes up a little so that they mostly appear to let out before 9:30pm.

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