Friday, March 12, 2021

Next Week in [Virtual] Tickets: Films sort of playing Boston 12 March 2021 - 18 March 2021

I'd make a joke about a movie coming out where I've been seeing the trailer for four months and how it's about time, but everyone else has been more sensible than me. Quiet otherwise, though.
  • The Brattle Theatre gets The Inheritance, which ran as part of the DocYard's fall series even though the description this time positions it as a scripted drama about young men forming an artists' collective with documentary elements. It joins Keep an Eye Out, Truth or Consequences, F.T.A., Sin, Un Film Dramatique, Twilight's Kiss, Demonlover, and Lapsis in the Brattlite virtual theater.

    Speaking of The DocYard, the second entry of their Spring program is So Late So Soon, which looks at artists Jackie and Don Seiden, married for fifty years and running down after a long run in a colorful Chicago house. It's available through Thursday, with director Daniel Hymanson and editor Isidore Bethel doing a Zoom Q&A on Monday afternoon. The Brattle also goes back to their first schedule under current management twenty years ago for Agens Varda's The Gleaners and I, the film that in many ways started Varda's late-career revival. It's not available to rent anywhere else right now, and joins schedule-mate The Mystery of Picasso. They also celebrate the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg's birthday with a quick pay-what-you-can run of RBG on Monday and Tuesday, with an introduction from Cambridge mayor Sumbul Siddiqui. There's also take-out concessions through Sunday' order ahead and choose a pick-up time.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre also picks up a new documentary, Still Life in Lodz, telling the story of life in the Lodz, Poland's jewish quarter, building its story around a painting that hung in the same apartment for 75 years. It's in the virtual screening room with Stray, Night of the Kings, Days of the Bagnold Summer, Test Pattern, Two of Us, M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity, and City Hall.

    Still Life in Lodz director Slawomir Grunberg and subjects Lilka Elbaum & Paul Celler will join a live Q&A on Monday evening, while Wednesday has the latest "Shakespeare Reimagined" talk, with critic Devika Girish, director Tanuj Chopra, and folks from the Commonwealth Shakespeare company discussing Chopra's Maqbool, which transplants MacBeth to the Mumbai underworld.
  • The Regent Theatre has three online events this week, two on Saturday. The morning show that day is Margot Fox and Friends, a family-oriented folk-rock, while blues legend Taj Mahal has the first of three weekly concerts from the UC Theater in Berkeley at 9pm; this week's show features Phantom Blues Band and Jon Cleary. Then, on Thursday night, there's the 12th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival, a program of short real-life adventure films on two wheels.
  • Belmont World Film starts their spring series on Tuesday with Bhutan's Oscar submission Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, following a teacher who, when his dreams of emigrating interfere with his work, gets exiled to a tiny village. It will be available through the 22nd, when director Pawo Choyning Dorji will join a live discussion.

    On the 17th (Saint Patrick's Day), The Irish Film Festival kicks off a virtual edition on St. Patrick's Day, with Cumar - A Galway Rhapsody and Arracht becoming available on Wednesday, with Thursday adding a group of shorts, The Hunger: The Story of the Irish Famine, and Breakthrough Feature A Bump Along the Way.
  • Bright Lights at Home makes Morgana, a documentary about a 50-year-old housewife who reinvents herself as a feminist porn star, available from noon Wednesday until 8pm Thursday, with at which point filmmakers Josie Hess and Isabel Peppard will do a Zoom Q&A.
  • The Father is the film that I've been seeing trailers for since sometime in the fall, but it looks worth the weight, with Anthony Hopkins as an octogenarian starting to lose his grip and Olivia Colman as his daughter. What looks impressive is that, despite that almost certainly being the set-up, the trailer gets enough inside the man's head that one starts to wonder if maybe something sinister is going on. It plays Landmark Theatres Kendall Square, Boston Common, and South Bay.

    The Kendall (open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week) also opens a couple foreign-language films this week, covering the full spectrum of how they get to America. The traditional manner is represented by Quo Vadis, Aida?, the Oscar submission from Bosnia & Herzegovina, featuring Jasna Djuricic as a UN translator seeking safety when the Serbian army arrives. In the "hitting America the same time as its home territory" category, there's Jathi Ratnalu, a Telegu-language comedy about three ex-cons who come to Hyderabad after being released and find new kinds of trouble.

    They also get Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which is apparently getting an awards-season rerelease.
  • It's a quiet week at the mainstream plexes, rearranging when the two movies sharing the deluxe screens get them. The big opening is Long Weekend, with Finn Wittrock as an out-of-work writer who falls in love with the new girl in town (Zoe Chao), although she may not be there for long. It's at Boston Common and South Bay.

    South Bay also has religious comedy Church People on Saturday and Sunday. Chestnut Hill is keeping its slate from last week, and is open Friday to Sunday.
  • The West Newton Cinema is open through Sunday, adding Raya and the Last Dragon and Nomadland to Tom & Jerry; they're also open for private rentals.
  • The Somerville Theatre is closed for a while, the website giving directions to a film version of regular Christmas presentation The Slutcracker. The Capitol has ice cream and snacks Wednesday through Sunday.
  • Theater rentals are available at the Coolidge, the Brattle, Kendall Square, West Newton, the Capitol, The Lexington Venue, and the AMC & Showcase multiplexes. The Coolidge has extended the slots available to reserve online through the end of April now offers early and late evening chances to rent Moviehouse II, the screening room, and the GoldScreen, with "Premium Programming" including Minari, In the Mood for Love, Sound of Metal, and Wolfwalkers, with Nomadland available starting on the 19th; the AMC app lists some "sold out" showtimes that are probably just meant to show the movies are available as part of rentals. The independent theaters also have other fund-raising offers worth checking out.
I may head to Kendall square for The Father, maybe pairing it with My Salinger Year. The shelf's also starting to get a little bit out of control - box of all region Blus of American films somehow only available in Australia arrived, and I'm starting to think it may be time for another order or two from Hong Kong and Korea - and, honestly, I really thought that I'd come out of this having watched more than I purchased. And Happy Pi Day! Have something sweet (or savory) on Sunday!

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