Friday, July 30, 2021

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 30 July 2021 - 6 August 2021

All right! Fantasia opens this coming Thursday aaaaaand the border's not open yet and there's only an average of one in-person event a day and I don't want to be in a bus for 8 hours to get there.

Ah, well. Some stuff that's been on the shelf a year opens and may be fun!
  • The best will probably be The Green Knight, with Dev Patel as King Arthur's nephew Sir Gawain on a rash quest to confront the knight of the title. David Lowery directs, and by all accounts the guy behind Pete's Dragon, A Ghost Story, and The Old Man and the Gun hits the spot again. It's at The Coolidge Corner Theatre (including a Sunday afternoon Masked Matinee), Fresh Pond, Kendall Square, Boston Common, Fenway, and South Bay.

    The Coolidge also picks up Pig to (mostly) play on the GoldScreen, although it gets the big room on Friday and Saturday night for those who would like to pair it with the last of the month's midnight alien invasions, Attack the Block on 35mm. Monday's Big Screen Classic, Mulholland Drive, is also on 35mm, and if you want a slightly different version of Camelot, Monty Python and the Holy Grail plays on film Thursday.
  • If I recall correctly, Disney's Jungle Cruise was one of the first movies to get kicked forward an entire year last summer, and it finally arrives, with Jaume Collet-Serra directing Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson as mismatched partners seeking the Tree of Life in the middle of the Amazon. It's at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common (including Imax & Dolby Cinema), Fenway (including 3D at 11:30am), South Bay (including Imax & Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax & Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    Landmark Theatres Kendall Square, the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Lexington, West Newton, Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Chestnut Hill get Stillwater, with Matt Damon as a blue-collar American who comes to France to visit his estranged daughter, accused of murder.

    Documentary All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip-Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997) plays Arsenal Yards on Wednesday evening. Wonder what it's about.
  • Boston Common has import Chinese Doctors with Andrew Lau reteaming with star Zhang Hanyu as another local hero, this time as one of the first physicians dealing with Covid-19 in Wuhan.

    Telugu-language movie Thimmarusu: Assignment Vali gets one screening a day at Arsenal Yards through Wednesday. Also opening in Telugu at Apple Fresh Pond is Ishq: Not Another Love Story, starring Sajja Teja and Priya Prakash Varrier.

    There's also a Wednesday night screening of Blackpink: The Movie, looking at five years of the K-Pop sensation, at Boston Common and Fenway.
  • The Brattle Theatre has yet more of "Some of the Best of 2020", including Sound of Metal (Friday/Saturday), Son of the White Mare (Friday/Saturday), In the Mood for Love (Saturday/Sunday), Ham on Rye (Sunday), Ghost Tropic (Monday), Vitalina Varela (Wednesday), and Fire Will Come (Thursday). The Tuesday "Movie Movies" show is The Spirit of the Beehive.

    Their virtual space (The Brattlite) picks up the latest offering from Grrl Haus Cinema, giving folks at least a week to see their latest group of shorts, this one focusing on Berlin-area filmmakers, rather than just the usual one slot. It plays alongside Summertime, Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters, Witches of the Orient, Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over, and Sweet Thing.
  • Boston Jewish Film continues their "Summer Cinematheque" series, with Love It Was Not available online through Tuesday (with pre-recorded Q&A). There's also a special outdoor screening of The Band's Visit at the Lyman Estate in Waltham on Wednesday, with live music to kick the evening off.
  • The West Newton Cinema is open all week with Jungle Cruise, Stillwater, Roadrunner, Space Jam 2, Summer of Soul, and In the Heights. The Lexington Venue is open Friday to Sunday with Roadrunner and Summer of Soul, and Stillwater.
  • Cinema Salem turns all three screens over for their Friday to Monday schedule, picking up Jungle Cruise, The Green Knight, and Summer of Soul. The Friday late show is Czech cult classic Daisies.
  • The Somerville Theatre, The Harvard Film Archive, and Embassy Cinema are still waiting for new opening dates, and I kind of wonder what the hold-up is for the latter - is Waltham super-locked down, does Landmark figure the audience isn't there, or are they trying to sell the building? Theater rentals are available at Kendall Square, West Newton, the Capitol, The Venue, and many of the multiplexes.
  • This week's outdoor SomerMovieFest show is at the East Somerville School, with Coco playing. The Joe's Free Films calendar remains otherwise barren.
I'm finally catching Sound of Metal Friday night, will go for the 3D matinee of Jungle Cruise Saturday morning, and will probably go for The Green Knight at the Coolidge. There's some catch-up around that, but I've also got a 70-line spreadsheet of Fantasia screeners to get started with!

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