Friday, June 04, 2021

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 4 June 2021 - 10 June 2021

Took my mask off in a movie theater the other day, which felt nice, although it still feels sort of impolite to do so until the lights are down. The staff still has to, and it would be rude to lord it over them, you know?
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square is back to being closed Monday and Tuesday after the holiday weekend with the big openers, but the new release, Undine, is one I remember being sort of neat from when it played the IFFBoston Fall Focus online last November. It's a thriller with Paula Beer as a historian who meets a nice diver but is still dangerously obsessed with her previous boyfriend. A giant catfish is involved.
  • At the multiplexes, it's sequel time, with The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It offering another case from the files of paranormal investigators Ed & Lorraine Warren, this one a murder case where people claim demonic possession was involved. It's at The Capitol, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Fenway, South Bay (including Imax), Assembly Row (including Imax), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill, as well as on HBOmax.

    For the younger set, there's Spirit Untamed, which is apparently an adaptation of the CGI sequel TV series to Dreamworks's traditionally-animated girl-and-her-horse movie from almost twenty years ago. It plays The Capitol (which also opens Dream Horse for an obvious double feature), Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    The F9 count-up is up to Fast & Furious 6 on Friday night at Boston Common (also Monday), Fenway (for reward program members), and Arsenal Yards. Boston Common, Fenwayk, and South Bay have Raiders of the Lost Ark shows for $5 (mostly matinees); Bridesmaids has 10th anniversary shows at Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards on Sunday/Wednesday/Thursday.
  • Top-grossing Vietnamese film Bo Gia (Dad, I'm Sorry) continues in South Bay; top-grossing Japanese film Demon Slayer continues at Boston Common and Assembly Row.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre has one last weekend of Big Screen Classics, with In the Mood for Love and Blue Velvet on Friday, Batman '89 and Prince: Sign o' the Times (on 35mm) on Saturday, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Y tu mamá también on Sunday, and a finale with Akira on Monday. As of Thursday, they're back to full capacity and masks-optional with In the Heights, also getting early-for-Thursday shows at the Kendall, South Bay, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    The Virtual Coolidge picks up Ahead of the Curve, a documentary about Franco Stevens and the lesbian-focused magazine she founded with money from a good run betting on horses. It joins Us Kids, Duty Free, About Endlessness, and In Silico.
  • Nature is healing - The West Newton Cinema is still only open Friday to Sunday, but they give a full screen to Shiva Baby even after it's closed elsewhere, because they serve the local Jewish community well. It joins Cruella, Together Together, Raya and the Last Dragon, Nomadland, Tom & Jerry, and Godzilla vs Kong.
  • The Belmont World Film virtual World Refugee Month program has Antigone through Monday, with a discussion that evening. The entry that starts Tuesday has local interest, as The Jump tells the story of a Lithuanian sailor who literally lept from a Soviet vessel to an American one near Martha's Vineyard in 1970, only to be returned and sent to Siberia. It will have a discussion including director Giedre Zickyte on Monday the 14th.
  • ArtsEmerson and The Boston Asian-American Film Festival partner to return Suk Suk (Twilight's Kiss) to local virtual screens starting Wednesday. It's a Hong Kong Film Award-winning story of two closeted gay seniors who meet and ponder a future together, and includes a pre-recorded Q&A with director Raymond Yeung.
  • I could have sworn The Brattle Theatre had a new virtual presentation this weekend, but apparently not, paring their offerings down to Two Lottery Tickets, The Paper Tigers, RK/RKAY, Punk the Capital, and The Story of a Three Day Pass.
  • Construction is still going on at The Somerville Theatre, and since I may have to go to Fresh Pond to hit Staples over the weekend, I may as well scope that out to see if Apple Cinemas is still in business.
  • Theater rentals are available at the Coolidge, the Brattle, Kendall Square, West Newton, the Capitol, The Lexington Venue, and many of the multiplexes. The Coolidge has slots available to reserve the screening room and the GoldScreen online through the end of June, including private shows of the films they have playing in the larger screens.
I'm shocked by how little I remember of Undine, so I may catch back up with that, as well as catch Demon Hunter before it leaves. Maybe Raiders, because when you can watch that on the big screen, you do it.


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