Friday, September 10, 2021

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 10 September 2021 - 16 September 2021

Kind of a quiet few days, since nobody's messing with Marvel during something's second week of release - heck, between that being a juggernaut, folks wanting to spread out, and the relative slow pace of releases, there are only 4 different movies playing at the 13-screen Fenway plex this weekend!
  • Check out The Brattle Theatre with Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), an new, independent Nigerian film about two people looking to move to Europe after family difficulties, playing Friday through Sunday on actual 35mm film!

    Around and after that, "Tales of the Muppet Diaspora" continues, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on 35mm Friday & Saturday, Muppet Treasure Island Saturday, Muppets From Space Sunday, The Dark Crystal & Mirrormask Tuesday, and Where the Wild Things Are & The Witches Thursday. Looking at the site and the schedule, it doesn't look like they're back to running single-admission double features yet, so bear that in mind when reserving tickets. There's also a special event on Wednesday, David Byrne's American Utopia, with an introduction by Byrne and a conversation between him and director Spike Lee playing after the film. That one is also at The Coolidge, the Kendall, Boston Common, Fenway, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    Their friends at The DocYard start their fall season with North By Current, in which director Angelo Madsen Minax depicts the process of grieving for his niece. They will be using a hybrid format here: In addition to a Monday night screening at the Brattle with Minax doing Q&A, it is also up on The Brattlite (their online presence) from Friday to Thursday; What We Left Unfinished, Sabaya, and Witches of the Orient are also still on the platform.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre opens the new film by Paul Scrader, The Card Counter, with Oscar Isaac as a former military interrogator who has turned his keen observational skills to gambling while also fighting his own demons. It also plays The Capitol, Kendall Square, Boston Common, Assembly Row. They also pick up Everybody's Talking About Jamie, about a British teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen; it's got a Masked Matinee on Sunday.

    The "Marty After Midnight" movies this weekend are The King of Comedy on Friday and After Hours on 35mm Saturday; there's also a "Big Screen Classics" show of Raging Bull on 35mm Monday evening. They also have what I think is their first screening of The Room since reopening on Friday, with co-star Greg Sestero there at midnight. Sunday also brings the return of Goethe-Institut films, with a matinee of Christian Petzold's Undine; the price has increased to $7 but it's still one of the best moviegoing bargains in the area. The countdown to Wes Anderson's new film begins on Tuesday with the first of five 35mm "Wes World" screenings, kicking the series off with debut feature Bottle Rocket.
  • Shang-Chi continues to take up most of the real estate at the multiplexes, but there are some other new entries, with Malignant the biggest; it's the latest creepy thing from James Wan, this one offering Annibelle Wallis as a woman who has visions of murders, apparently committed by her childhood imaginary friend. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, the Embassy, and on HBOmax.

    Smaller openings include Small Engine Repair, a dark comedy/thriller with Jon Bernthal and Shea Whigham among those being pulled into a revenge plot, at Boston Common and Assembly Row. Documentary The Alpinist also plays Boston Common and Chestnut Hill, following climber Marc-André Leclerc on his harrowing solo ascents.

    If you're not getting enough Jim Henson material at the Brattle, Labyrinth plays Fenway, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards on Sunday, Monday (no Arsenal Yards), and Wednesday. For anime fans, Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars plays Boston Common Monday (subtitled) and Tuesday (dubbed); GKids continues their anime encores with Promare at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Thursday; and the original Ghost in the Shell starts its Imax re-re-release on Thursday at Boston Common. Documentary Free Burma Rangers plays Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Monday, with Eating Our Way to Extinction playing Fenway, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards on Thursday.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square has Language Lessons, with co-writer Mark Duplass playing a man who bonds with his Spanish teacher (director/co-writer Natalie Morales) after the death of his husband. It's crazy; I don't know that Duplass and his brother ever stopped making little movies like this, but they seem to have mostly fallen under in recent years. They also get Mogul Mowgli, with Riz Ahmed as a rapper whose career is suddenly derailed by illness. I've got no idea whether he did this and Sound of Metal back-to-back or if there's just weird scheduling having them come out within a year of each other.

    Landmark's theater in Waltham, The Embassy, re-opens on Friday! It appears to be just open Friday to Sunday for now, but they've stocked it with the past month or so's worth of movies, including Shang-Chi, Malignant, Candyman '21, The Green Knight, Pig, and Free Guy.
  • Apple Fresh Pond has Thalaivii in both Hindi and Tamil, with Kangana Ranaut starring as J. Jayalalithaa, an actress who would later become a politician and serve six terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Intriguingly, IMDB shows that at least one part is played by different actors in the different versions, although I suppose one could be dubbing the other.
  • The West Newton Cinema has times listed through Sunday for Malignant, Shang-Chi, Searching for Mr. Rugoff, On Broadway Respect, Free Guy, Roadrunner (Sunday), Space Jam 2 (Friday/Sunday), Summer of Soul, and In the Heights.

    The Lexington Venue is also open through Sunday with The Green Knight, CODA, and Respect. They are also apparently having a yard sale of sorts with cheap movie posters on Friday (3-7) and Saturday (12:30-4:30), a fair amount of which probably never even got hung up while they were shut down.
  • Cinema Salem has Shang-Chi, Candyman, and Mogul Mowgli Friday to Sunday. The Friday late show is Gregg Akari's Mysterious Skin, and they've got a special early screening of Prisoners of the Ghostland on Thursday; it's Sion Sono's first English-language film and includes Nic Cage, Sofia Boutella, and Tak Sakaguchi in the cast and I don't know if it's otherwise playing Greater Boston until it hits the Brattle later in the month.

    The Luna Theater gets back into semi-regular business with The Green Knight on Friday, Saturday, and Thursday; The Year of the Everlasting Storm (masks required) and All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997) on Saturday, Alien all day on Sunday, and "Weirdo Wednesday". "Secret Satellite Society" membership is required for the last (and gets you discounts on the others), although you can purchase a weekly membership for $5 or a monthly one for $10.
  • Joe's Free Films has one listing for the week, with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker playing on Boston Common Friday night
  • The Somerville Theatre looks like it's just going to deliver on "re-opening later this summer" at the last second, with showtimes listed for the 17th (next Friday). That leaves The Harvard Film Archive as the last place really in limbo unless you count Causeway Street and the Seaport, where I'm sure the developers are trying to find new tenants for the vacated ArcLight and Icon. Theater rentals are available at Kendall Square, The Embassy, West Newton, the Capitol, The Venue, and many of the multiplexes.
I'm looking forward to The Card Counter, Small Engine Repair, Language Lessons, and The Alpinist, and hoping to fit in Eyimofe and Bottle Rocket. As a fan of manga-ka Tsutomu Nihei, I'm curious about the Knights of Sidonia movie, but don't know that I can get through 24 episodes of the anime to catch up by Monday.

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