Friday, July 09, 2021

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 9 July 2021 - 15 July 2021

Heads up, folks - the AMC app, at least, is no longer enforcing spaces around seats, timed for what could be the summer movie season's main event, so get used to circa-2019 crowds.
  • That main event is Black Widow, originally intended for Marvel's May 2020 release slot and flashing back to between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War to give Natasha Romanov (Scarlett Johansson) one last big adventure with her old team of Russian spies (Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, and Florence Pugh). The Capitol, Apple Fresh Pond, West Newton, Kendall Square, Boston Common (including Imax/Dolby Cinema/3D/Mandarin subtitled shows), Fenway (including 3D), South Bay (including Imax/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax/Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), Chestnut Hill, and premium Disney+.

    There's also anime Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish, about a student and diver who takes a job looking after a disabled girl, with opposites starting to attract. It plays Kendall, Boston Common, Fenway, subtitled Monday and Wednesday, and dubbed Tuesday.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square picks up The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52, about the team looking for a whale whose song is at the frequency of 52Hz, which is unmatched in the rest of the world. There's also Summer of 85, the new one from director Fran├žois Ozon about a young man who falls for the guy who rescues him after his boat capsizes. It seemed like Ozon was everywhere twenty years ago and faded away, but he's been cranking films out ever since.

    They've also got the big UFC fight on Saturday night.
  • The Brattle Theatre continues their belated and elongated "Some of the Best of 2020" series with the restorated Jazz on a Summer's Day (Friday), Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods (Friday/Saturday), Lucky Grandma (Sunday), Bacurau (Monday/Wednesday). They also start a vertical "Movie Movies" series on Tuesday, kicking things off with Singin' in the Rain.

    Several of those films were in virtual cinema, which pares down to Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over, Sweet Thing, The American Sector, and Take Me Somewhere Nice.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre keeps their same lineup of Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), Zola (which also expands to the Capitol), In the Heights, and Werewolves Within, but lines up plenty of special presentations. The midnight alien invasion this weekend is Spielberg's War of the Worlds on 35mm Friday and Saturday, while they will also be running The Shining at Medfield State Hospital on Saturday and Sunday. During the work week, they've got Hitchcock Big Screen Classics - North by Northwest on 35mm Monday, Rear Window on Tuesday, Strangers on a Train on 35mm Wednesday, and The Birds on Thursday.
  • South Bay keeps Vietnamese film Lat Mat: 48H, and Demon Slayer keeps going at Boston Common.
  • The West Newton Cinema is open through Sunday with Black Widow, Summer of Soul, In the Heights, Cruella, Nomadland (Saturday/Sunday), Raya and the Last Dragon, and Tom & Jerry.
  • Cinema Salem is open Friday to Monday with a fairly straight-ahead lineup (Black Widow, Boss Baby 2, and Zola), but is also beginning a weekly series of 10pm shows with Eraserhead on Friday.
  • The Lexington Venue, The Somerville Theatre, and The Harvard Film Archive, and Belmont Studio are all still in limbo for various reasons. Theater rentals are available at the Brattle, Kendall Square, West Newton, the Capitol, The Lexington Venue, and many of the multiplexes.
  • Looks like Somerville is doing outdoor SomerMovieFest screenings again this summer, oddly enough all from various Disney labels, with the animated Mulan playing in Nathan Tufts Park on Thursday. So far, it's the only series Joe's Free Films
  • is listing, but hopefully more get added.

Black Widow time, and let's be honest, probably both on Imax and 3D a la Godzilla vs Kong. I've also already reserved a seat for Da 5 Bloods (because you don't let Spike Lee be confined to Netflix) and really do intend to catch up with Werewolves Within, In the Heights, and Zola.

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