Friday, October 08, 2021

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 8 October 2021 - 14 October 2021

Is the movie coming out this weekend the most-pandemic-delayed or does it just seem that way because of all the delays it had before all that?
  • I speak, of course, of No Time to Die, Daniel Craig's farewell to James Bond and the first time that series has really had a finale (although, to be fair, Casino Royale was its first hard reset). It ties together a lot of threads from previous movies to make for the longest film in the series, a fairly-massive 163 minutes . It is at The Somerville Theatre, Fresh Pond, the Lexington Venue, West Newton, Boston Common (including Imax & Dolby Cinema), Fenway (including 3D), South Bay (including Imax & Dolby Cinema), Kendall Square, Assembly Row (including Imax & Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), the Embassy, and Chestnut Hill.

    The Capitol has a one-off screening of coming-of-age drama Runt on Friday night, while Arsenal Yards has "PinkFong & Baby Shark's Space Adventure" for a matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Scream is having 25th anniversary screenings (ahead of a video re-release) at Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row on Sunday and Monday. Fenway and South Bay also have a 35th anniversary screening of BMX flick Rad on Thursday.

    AMC is apparently doing "Thrills & Chills Surprise Screenings" on Fridays and Wednesdays all month at Boston Common; $5 and you find out what they're showing when . They also give After We Fell a regular booking; I guess those one-offs did all right.
  • Most of A24's weird supernatural stuff has seemingly been homegrown, but Lamb is an Icelandic import, but it looks like the same sort of combination between weird and classy that they go for. It features Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snær Guðnason as a childless couple who discover what is either a baby with the head of a sheep or a lamb that walks on two legs and try to raise it as their own. That is at The Coolidge Corner Theatre (including a Sunday Masked Matinee), the Capitol, Kendall Square, and Boston Common.

    The Coolidge also offers a few one-offs: Hocus Pocus plays at midnight on Friday on 35mm, Bram Stoker's Dracula is on 35mm film at midnight Saturday, Goethe-Institut offers The German Lesson Sunday afternoon, and Moonrise Kingdom is the Wes World 35mm show on Tuesday
  • Over at The Brattle Theatre hosts The Boston Women's Film Festival opening night on Friday with Fanny: The Right to Rock, with director Bobbi Jo Hart and June Millington (the guitarist of the mostly-forgotten all-woman rock group; the rest of the festival will be on-line.

    Saturday and Sunday, they bring back Małni – Towards The Ocean, Towards The Shore, which played virtually and as part of The DocYard's virtual series earlier this year. The DocYard's regular Monday presentation is Writing with Fire, a look at independent local journalism in India; a pre-recorded Q&A follows.

    The late show on Saturday and Sunday is one of my favorite's from last year's Fantasia Festival, Detention, a Taiwanese horror film about students trapped in their seemingly haunted school during a period when Taiwan was as much a dictatorship as the mainland, meaning the ghosts and monsters aren't all there is to fear (it is also available via their online site, The Brattlite). The rest of the week is a Deborah Kerr Centennial Tribute, with Powell & Pressburger's Black Narcissus on Tuesday, An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant on Wednesday, and The Innocents on Thursday
  • The latest flag-waving anthology to hit Chinese screens for National Day is My Country, My Parents, and I must admit to being kind of curious about this; all four listed directors - Shen Teng, Wu Jing, Xu Zheng, and Zhang Ziyi - are better known as actors, and I think this is Zhang's directorial debut.

    Apple Fresh Pond opens Doctor, a Tamil-language action/adventure starring Sivakarthikeyan as a combat medic who finds himself in the middle of a kidnapping and trafficking plot while visiting Chennai. For Telugu speakers (and subtitle readers), there is Konda Polam, "an epic tale of 'becoming'" featuring Panja Vaisshnav Tej as a shepherd in Nallamala who must fight off both tigers and poachers.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square opened Fever Dream, a Peruvian film in which a woman remembers a mystery on her deathbed, this past Wednesday.
  • The Regent Theatre hosts The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay, and Music Festival, which actually kicked off on Wednesday and runs through Sunday with a program that is mostly short films, some in blocks attached to features, along with seminars and musical performances. Smack in the middle on Saturday night, but not part of the program, is New England Ska Summit, a documentary about the genre in New England with directors Dan & Jack Vitale on-hand for Q&A and a live performance from Rikki Rocksteady.
  • The second annual Nightstream virtual fest, co-produced by The Boston Underground Film Festival, adds new entries through Sunday, most of which will be available for a few days after, with the last ones expiring on Wednesday. I can recommend Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist, and especially Mad God (though I wasn't quite so taken with King Car, Stanleyville, and We're All Going to the World's Fair), and have Code Name Nagasaki, LandLocked, After Blue, The Taking, Cosmic Dawn, To The Moon, The Greenhouse, and All My Friends Hate Me lined up to watch myself.
  • Bright Lights at Home offers United States vs Reality Winner for 24 hours starting at 7pm Wednesday, with director Sonia Kennebeck and producer Ines Hofmann Kanna doing a Thursday-night Q&A via Zoom. Slots are free but limited.
  • The West Newton Cinema has a shiny new website, which shows No Time to Die, The Addams Family 2, The Many Saints of Newark, Dear Evan Hansen (Friday/Saturday/Tuesday), Cry Macho (no shows Saturday), Shang-Chi, and Summer of Soul (Monday/Wednesday/Thursday).

    The Lexington Venue is open through Monday (a holiday for some) with No Time to Die and The Card Counter.
  • Cinema Salem has Venom 2 and Titane from Friday to Monday. The Friday "Night Lights" show is The Abominable Dr. Phibes, and Thursday's "Cinema Sounds" show is Psycho. They continue to host The Salem Horror Fest from Friday to Monday, and the festival also includes virtual events and a Night of the Living Dead marathon, along with other Romero oddities.

    The Luna Theater has John Carpenter's Halloween on Friday, Prisoners of the Ghostland twice on Saturday (masks required for the matinee) with Cryptozoo in between and the Teseracte Players later that night (probably doing Rocky Horror. Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street plays four times on Sunday, there's a surprise Weirdo Wednesday show, and Annihilation plays Thursday evening as part of UMass Lowell's Philosophy and Film series (first-come, first-serve, but free).
  • The Harvard Film Archive begins a virtual program to go along with the Harvard Art Museums' "Devour the Land" exhibit, with the first selection, The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant, available from Friday to Monday. There will be some live screenings, but you need a Harvard ID for those.
  • 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'm looking forward to checking out the upgraded main screen at the Somerville with No Time to Die and then maybe catching up with Venom 2, Titane, and maybe I'm Your Man if I can fit them in around the Nightstream stuff.

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