Friday, November 05, 2021

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 5 November 2021 - 11 November 2021

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate; happy Another New Marvel day for those who celebrate that.
  • Eternals is the third of six Marvel adaptations coming out in a seven-month window, meaning they're starting to get into the more obscure corners of the universe, with this group a Jack Kirby creation, immortals placed on Earth to protect from an alien threat. It's got a killer cast, with Gemma Chan, Angelina Jolie, Don Lee (aka Ma Dong-Seok), Bryan Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington, Kumail Nanjiani, and Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao in the director's chair. It's at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common (including Imax/Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D),Fenway (including RealD 3D), South Bay (including Imax/Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), Kendall Square, Assembly Row (including Imax/Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), the Embassy, and Chestnut Hill.

    After being delayed a couple months because Paramount was apparently more nervous about the pandemic, Clifford the Big Red Dog opens on Wednesday (plus Tuesday early access shows), with Darby Camp as Emily Elizabeth plus John Cleese, Tony Hale, David Allen Grier and Tovah Feldshuh and others in smaller roles. It plays the Capitol, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Paramount+.

    The week's TCM anniversary screening is High Society, playing Wednesday at Fenway, South Bay, and Arsenal Yards. There's also a special presentation of Rocky IV at Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards on Thursday, with Sylvester Stallone's the new cut adding "Rocky vs. Drago" to its name and forty minutes to its runtime. Veteran's Day on Thursday also brings a few days of screenings of American Sniper at Boston Common.
  • It's also about when when Oscar season usually starts, and given that The Crown evidently ran the table at the Emmys, one of the early contenders has to be Spencer, featuring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana as her marriage to Prince Charles is starting to fall apart. It's at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, The Somerville Theatre, Boston Common, Kendall Square, the Embassy. There's also The Souvenir: Part II, which comes pretty soon on the heels of the first film with Honor Swinton Byrne as a film student, playing The Coolidge, Kendall Square, and Boston Common.

    The Coolidge also has some specials: Abel Ferrara has midnight shows for the weekend, with The Driller Killer playing on 35mm film on Friday and King of New York on Saturday, that one also part of Noirvember. There's also Jennifer's Body Saturday night, with a Haus of Oni horror drag show to kick things off. The Monday Science on Screen show is WarGames, with MIT's Srini Devadas talking about cybersecurity and AI beforehand. Noirvember continues Tuesday with In a Lonely Place on film (one of Bogie's darkest and best), while Thursday's 35mm Rewind! show is Napoleon Dynamite, with after-party at Parlour
  • The Brattle Theatre kicks off the November/December calendar with two new releases. El Planeta is an oddball black-and-white entry with writer/director Amalia Ulman and her mother Ale playing an estranged family reuniting after the death of the daughter's father and getting into hijinks in "post-crisis" Spain; it has the main time slots Friday through Monday and afternoon shows Tuesday and Thursday. The late show is The Spine of Night, an old-school bloody animated fantasy in the tradition of Fire & Ice and Heavy Metal; it also gets a 7:15pm show on Tuesday with co-director Philip Gelatt on hand for a post-film Q&A.

    The DocYard's screening is on Wednesday this week, with director Wang Qiong on hand to discuss her epic-sized but intimate documentary All About My Sisters, which tracks the long process of healing for a family broken apart by China's one-child policy, whether it be official or unofficial. It will be in the The Brattlite next weekend, but for now the online room still has Taiwan's Detention.
  • Apparently the Indian film industries are planning a big re-opening for Diwali. Sooryavanshi comes from Bollywood (Hindi-speaking), starring Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh, and Jackie Shroff in an action flick that spins off director Rohit Shetty's Singham and Simmba movies; it's at Apple Fresh Pond and Boston Common: Fresh Pond also opens Annaatthe, the new Tamil-language film starring Superstar Rajinikanth, in which he plays a man who must rescue his sister who has fallen in with bad people in Kolkata; there's also Tamil-language actioner Enemy. In Telugu, they get romance Manchi Rojulu Vachayi

    My Hero Academia: World Heroes Mission continues with subtitled and English-dubbed showtimes at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row. There's also a special presentation of One Piece: Strong World at Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards (dubbed on Saturday, subtitled Tuesday).
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square picks up another Netflix release, though barely - Brazilian human trafficking drama 7 Prisoners is only scheduled for one mid-afternoon matinee per day, even during the week. Another Netflix premiere, Red Notice with Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot, pops up at Fresh Pond for what looks like one day on Sunday.

    An even shorter run goes to the 2021-2022 New York Dog Film Festival, slated for one screening at the Kendall Wednesday evening.
  • The Boston Jewish Film starts its virtual program on Sunday, including a dozen or features streaming during the two week event, and even more short films. There are also live-streamed conversations on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, as well as a (sold-out) in-person screening of "Space Torah" at the Museum of Science's Omni theater on Thursday
  • This week's Bright Lights at Home feature is Not Going Quietly, which follows activist Ady Barkan as he finds that his ALS diagnosis refocuses his efforts. It's available for 24 hours starting at 7pm Wednesday (with free "seats" limited to 175), followed by a Thursday-night Q&A with director Nicholas Bruckman and activist Liz Jaff.
  • The Regent Theatre has documentary/concert film Learning to Live Together: The Return of Mad Dogs & Englishmen, which features footage of both the original Joe Cocker tour in 1970 and the Tedeschi Trucks Band-led reunion 50 years later, for two shows on Thursday.
  • The ICA has their first film program in a while with the 2021 edition of the touring program of Sundance Film Festival Short FIlm Tour playing the first of three shows Thursday night.
  • The West Newton Cinema adds The Eternals to their program of The French Dispatch, Dune, and No Time to Die. The Lexington Venue has No Time to Die and The French Dispatch Friday through Sunday, apparently sharing a single screen.
  • The Museum of Science has Friday/Saturday night screenings of Dune in the Mugar Omni Theater Dome through the end of November.
  • Cinema Salem has Last Night in Soho, Eternals, and The French Dispatch (all of which have open-caption shows Monday afternoon), plus Noirvember screenings of Out of the Past on Sunday and Thursday. No Night Light screening this Friday, apparently.

    The Luna Theater is doing "A24 Month" this November, with the studio's The Witch on Friday with Saturday featuring a masked matinee of that film, plus The Lobster, Swiss Army Man, and Moonlight. Spike Lee has Sundays this month, with BlacKkKlansman this week. There's a free-to-members "Weirdo Wednesday", and a free screening of Tenet as part of UMass Lowell's Philosophy and Film series (including post-film discussion) on Thursday.
  • More virtual "Devour the Land" show streaming from The Harvard Film Archive this week with Jonathan Perel's Corporate Responsibility (available from Friday to Monday using long shots of corporate headquarters as a background for how large corporations and the government have been complicit in human rights abuses.
  • Joe's Free Films shows a Saturday-morning screening of documentary Damrell's Fire at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum (did you know we had one of those?) with director Bruce Twickler there for Q&A.
  • 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.
Anyone know a good place to eat near the Museum of Science before a long movie like Dune on Friday? I'll be there, also catching The Eternals and The Spine of Night, likely fitting a few other movies in as well.

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