Friday, October 29, 2021

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 29 October 2021 - 4 November 2021

It's Halloween weekend, which means fun spooky things, horror movies we've been waiting a year for, and, incidentally, another chance to see an anime release make absolute bank without ever seeming to break into mainstream pop-culture conversation.
  • The week's most anticipated release is probably Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho, a time-tripping movie that finds a would-be actress in modern London psychically cast back fifty-odd years to become entangled in a gruesome murder. It stars terrific young actresses Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy and looks like it finds a malevolence in Matt Smith's sharp features that Doctor Who utterly avoided. The Coolidge Corner Theatre has one of only a few 35mm prints in the country (check showtimes for when it's playing on screen #1, including a Sunday Masked Matinee); it also plays The Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Kendall Square, Fenway, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards, the Embassy, and Chestnut Hill.

    35mm Halloween celebrations at the Coolidge include a midnight show of Scream 2 on Friday night; a 12-hour all-film marathon at midnight Saturday, kicking off with composer Alan Howarth playing some of his themes and introducing Halloween III: Season of the Witch, followed by The Bride of Frankenstein and four or five more surprise films; plus a special Sunday-afternoon Big Screen Classic of Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. There's a Sound of Silents presentation of Nosferatu on Monday with Jeff Rapsis on the organ, and then Noirvember begins with Touch of Evil on 35mm Tuesday.
  • The preview for Scott Cooper's Antlers has been playing for a long time as it got caught up in the Twentieth/Disney purchase and then covid, but it finally hits screens with Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons as a schoolteacher and sheriff pulled into a student apparently being stalked by a monster in the Pacific Northwest. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and the Embassy.

    Amanda Seyfried stars in A Mouthful of Air as a children's book author who has to face some deeply-rooted issues when she has a child of her own, with director Amy Koppelman adapting her own novel; it plays Boston Common. Down the hall at Boston Common, Michael Shannon stars as a new crew coach at an Ivy League school in Heart of Champions, released just a week too late to tie into the Head of the Charles regatta; it also plays Arsenal Yards.

    Boston Common has one last surprise "Thrills & Chills" screening on Friday evening. There's the original Ghostbusters at Boston Common all week; The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Boston Common Friday to Sunday; A Quiet Place Part II at Boston Common Monday to Wednesday. This weekend's Universal Monster double feature includes Lon Chaney as The Wolf Man and Claude Rains as The Invisible Man, playing Saturday afternoon at Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row. Potentially less spooky is The Doors: Live at the Bowl '68 Special Edition on Thursday evening at Fenway and Kendall Square.
  • My Hero Academia: World Heroes Mission is the latest installment of a series of popular manga adaptations that have bounced between television and film, with this extra-sized adventure having the young superheroes tracking down a villain who has made superpowers go out of control. It has both subtitled and English-dubbed showtimes at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Kendall Square (dubbed Friday/Saturday/Tuesday/Thursday, subtitled Sunday/Monday/Wednesday).

    Apple Fresh Pond opens two Telugu-language films: Romantic is an action romance with Akash Puri & Ketika Sharma, while Varudu Kaavalenu is a romantic comedy starring Naga Shaurya & Ritu Varma. They also keep Tamil-language Doctor around, and have been pre-selling tickets for the new Superstar Rajinikanth film, known as Annaatthe in Tamil and Peddanna in Telugu, which opens next Thursday.
  • In addition to picking up The French Dispatch downstairs, The Somerville Theatre has The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday and a special 35mm presentation of the classic 1931 Dracula on Sunday with Jeff Rapsis providing a live soundtrack (the film itself is unscored; note that Jeff will be at the Coolidge the next night with Nosferatu). They also have Warren Miller's Winter Starts Now on Wednesday and Thursday. Oddly, none of these special presentations are listed as displacing other movies on their site, and they've got Slaughterhouse Society in the Crystal Ballroom on Saturday night, so I don't know if you should check back before buying a ticket for regular movies (Dispatch, Dune, No Time to Die), or if they can use the 30-seat Microcinema for that now.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square opened Netflix film Passing, Rebecca Hall's film about two Black women (Tessa Thompson & Ruth Negga) in 1920s New York who could pass as white, on Wednesday.
  • The Brattle Theatre continues "Folk Horror Beyond The Wicker Man" series with Ganja & Hess (Friday), the original Candyman (Friday), Hereditary (Saturday), Alison's Birthday (Saturday), The With (Sunday), Kier-La Janisse's series-inspiring documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (Sunday), Pumpkinhead (Sunday on 35mm), Lake of the Dead (Tuesday), Clearcut (Tuesday), Kuroneko (Wednesday on 35mm), Eyes of Fire (Wednesday), Marketa Lazarov√° (Thursday on 35mm), and A Field in England (Thursday). Taiwan's Detention, online at The Brattlite is a fairly modern sort of folk horror itself.

    On Monday, there's a special The DocYard screening with director Courtney Stephens pulling benshi duty and narrating her film Terre Femme live, with a Q&A afterward.
  • The feature portion of the online The Boston Asian-American Film Festival ended last week, but the five short film programs are available through Sunday night, with a pass that includes all of them only $30.
  • The Museum of Science has Friday/Saturday night screenings of Dune in the Mugar Omni Theater Dome through the end of November, although tickets sell out early.
  • Soy Cubana is this week's Bright Lights at Home feature, available for 24 hours starting at 7pm Wednesday (with free "seats" limited to 175). Streaming it also gives access to a Thursday-night Q&A with directors Jeremy Ungar & Ivaylo Getove and producer Robin Miller Ungar.
  • The West Newton Cinema adds at least two screens of The French Dispatch to Dune and No Time to Die. The Lexington Venue has No Time to Die Friday/Saturday and The French Dispatch Friday through Sunday.
  • Cinema Salem goes full-bore into Halloween with Last Night in Soho, Lamb, and Halloween Kills from Friday to Monday. One-offs include Scream and a "Night Light" show of Fulci's The Beyond on Friday plus A Nightmare on Elm Street and Carpenter's Halloween on Saturday and Sunday. They kick off their Noirvember celebration with The Big Sleep on Monday and Thursday. The online programming of The Salem Horror Fest continues through Halloween Sunday.

    The Luna Theater has Lamb Friday and Saturday (including a masked matinee): Let the Right One In on Saturday, Carpenter's Halloween on Sunday, and a free-to-members "Weirdo Wednesday".
  • This week's "Devour the Land" show streaming from The Harvard Film Archive is California Company Town available from Friday to Monday; Lee Anne Schmitt's film explores various abandoned towns that popped up around a specific industry and disappeared once that energy was spent.
  • Joe's Free Films has Field of Dreams screening outdoors at the Temple Emmanuel in Newton on Wednesday.
  • For those still not ready to join random people in a room for two hours, theater rentals are available at Kendall Square, The Embassy, West Newton, the Capitol, The Venue, and many of the multiplexes.
I'll head to the Coolidge for Last Night in Soho on film, might go for Dracula and Nosferatu with Jeff Rapsis, and am eying the piles of discs that threaten to overwhelm the living room.

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