Friday, August 27, 2021

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 27 August 2021 - 2 September 2021

(Unhooks laptop from living room TV to which it was streaming Fantasia screeners for three weeks) So, are there still movies being released the usual way? Apparently there are! Of course, folks are kind of skittish about opening big movies in late August the week before a Marvel release.
  • The only major mainstream opening is Candyman 2021, which revisits the story a generation later, when the housing projects where the original took place have been gentrified but the dark history remains. It's at the Coolidge (including a "Masked Matinee" on Sunday afternoon), Fresh Pond, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Fenway, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    12 Mighty Orphans returns to Boston Common for a show or two a day, while Arsenal Yards gets the re-release of Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (including about 15 minutes of bonus material). The Halsey video album, If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, plays again in Imax at Boston Common on Saturday. GKids continues their monthly anime shows with Lupin III: The First at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards on Sunday (in English) and Tuesday (in Japanese and not at Arsenal Yards). There are also anniversary shows of Stripes at Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Sunday, Wednesday (South Bay only), and Thursday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre also opens The Lost Leonardo in the smaller rooms, with the documentary looking at the "Salvator Mundi", a painting initially thought to be by an anonymous Renaissance painter but attributed to Da Vinci once later touch-ups were stripped away, eventually selling for $450 Million though its provenance is disputed, with the auction serving as a look inside the political and criminal strangeness in the highest echelon of the art world. It also plays Kendall Square.

    The Coolidge also has a super-limited release of Rushed, with Sioban Fallon Hogan as a mother investigating and avenging her son's death in a hazing incident, with 9pm and midnight shows on Friday and Saturday and 9pm shows Monday and Wednesday; the actress will dial in for a remote Q&A after the 9pm Saturday show. The After Midnite crew also offers up Blood Diner on 35mm, both Friday and Sunday; they also head out to Medfield State Hospital for drive-in shows of The Goonies on those days. Samurai Summer wraps with a 35mm print of The Sword of Doom on Monday.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square picks up Together, a comedy with James McAvoy and Sharon Hogan as a couple who find out a lot about themselves and their relationship during a year of staying in because of Covid. It also plays The Capitol, West Newton, and Boston Common.

    They also get Ma Belle, My Beauty, in which a marriage on the rocks is potentially thrown into even further into chaos when the third member of their old throuple arrives at their doorstep There's also White As Snow, which re-imagines Snow White in contemporary France with Lou de Laâge as the young ingenue and Isabelle Huppert as the jealous stepmother who exiles her, only to have the stepdaughter to have a sexual awakening.
  • The Brattle Theatre will finally be done with "Some of the Best of 2020" next weekend, but in the meantime they have Tenet (Friday/Saturday), Nomadland (Sunday), and Swallow (Monday). The last "Movie Movie" of the summer is Goodbye, Dragon Inn on Tuesday, and there's a two-day run of Summer of Soul Wednesday and Thursday, not part of the other series since it's a 2021 release.

    The Brattlite pares their online offerings to What We Left Unfinished, Sabaya, and Witches of the Orient.
  • Apple Fresh Pond opens two Telugu movies this week, with Sridevi Soda Center looking like a comedy and Ichata Vahanumulu Niluparadu more a drama. They're also back to saying "sure, why not?" to mostly-VOD movies with comedy Defining Moments on the shelf so long that it has Burt Reynolds listed as the star (he died in 2018), while Megalodon Rising comes from The Asylum and has Tom Sizemore listed as the star on the poster even though he's not on the IMDB page.

    From China, Confetti and Raging Fire continue at Boston Common.
  • The West Newton Cinema is open at least through Sunday with Together, Respect, Free Guy, Stillwater, Reminiscence, Roadrunner, Space Jam 2, Summer of Soul, and In the Heights.

    The Lexington Venue is also on the weekend schedule with CODA and Respect.
  • Cinema Salem goes with Candyman, The Night House, and Free Guy Friday to Sunday, with a Friday late show of Tetsuo, The Iron Man.
  • The Somerville Theatre looks to be close to re-opening, what with a concert scheduled for 7 October, although you can look in and see they've still got the lobby in pieces. The Harvard Film Archive and Embassy Cinema are still closed for now (I'm trying not to read too much into both the Embassy and Causeway Street popping back up in Fandango listings as "temporarily closed"), but The Luna Theater in Lowell has a post on their site stating that they are re-opening in September. Theater rentals are available at Kendall Square, West Newton, the Capitol, The Venue, and many of the multiplexes.
  • Joe's Free Films has Toy Story 4 at the Iacono Playground in Hyde Park on Monday and The Croods: A New Age at Doherty Playground in Charlestown on Tuesday.
  • New York Asian Film Festival's Taiwan Ghost Month runs through Wednesday.
I've actually still got some Fantasia backlog (last year, I think I got sent one screener a month after the end of the festival, so who knows if more will come trickling in?), but I'll probably go for The Night House, Reminiscence, The Lost Leonardo, and The Sword of Doom at some point. It's also my nephew's first birthday, so I will trade toys for cake on Sunday.

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