Friday, November 12, 2021

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 12 November 2021 - 18 November 2021

I used to say that it was astounded that Marvel had built an empire based on Iron Man, of all characters. Now it's reached the point where other studios clear the way after a movie based on The Eternals, whom even lifelong comic fans occasionally have trouble remembering.
  • The big release this week is Belfast, Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical film about growing up in the title city in the late 1960s, when The Troubles were intensifying and the father of Branagh's alter ego is considering a move to the UK for safety and stability. It's at The Coolidge Corner Theatre (including a Sunday Masked Matinee), The Capitol, Kendall Square, Boston Common, Assembly Row.

    The Coolidge has the director's cut of True Romance at midnight on Friday and a 35mm print of The Last Boy Scout at the same time Saturday as part of their Noirvember festivities. Sunday afternoon, Goethe-Institut presents Copilot, the new film from Anne Zohra Berrached which follows a young woman faced with traditional parents, a lover they would disapprove of, and her own desires. Monday's Big Screen Classic is Clue, Tuesday's Noirvember feature is Laura (on 35mm film).

    Jane Campion's latest opens at the Coolidge and Kendall Square on Wednesday, with The Power of the Dog featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as a rancher making life miserable for his brother (Jesse Plemons) and his new family (Kirsten Dunst & Kodi Smit-McPhee).
  • The Brattle Theatre opens Suzanna Andler, the new film from Benoit Jacquot, featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg as a woman who finds herself at a turning point as she visits a potential vacation home. They also have a new restoration of Possession for the late show, with Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill as a couple whose marriage is disintegrating in fairly impressive fashion. They also show No Ordinary Man on Tuesday and Thursday as part of Transgender Awareness Week, which is also available for 24 hours starting at 7pm as part of Bright Lights at Home, with filmmakers Aisling Chin-Yee & Chase Joynt phoning in Thursday evening. The Brattle also has an Archival Screening Night Roadshow program on Thursday.

    The DocYard selection All About My Sisters comes to The Brattlite virtual screening room, joining Detention.
  • Surely one of the biggest movies in Hong Kong this fall is Anita, with Louise Wong Lo-Yiu playing Anita Mui, a legendary Cantopop singer who may be best known in the USA for two movies where she co-starred with Jackie Chan. She's the equivalent of Madonna there and one of Hong Kong's biggest stars ever (for reference, she and Bruce Lee have the two large statues in the city's walk of fame). Longman Leung Lok-Man directs; he's half of the team that made Helios and the Cold War films and his team apparently did an incredible job of recreating 1990s Hong Kong.

    Apple Fresh Pond has more from India, including Kurup, with Dulquer Salmaan as the title character, one of the nation's most notorious criminals; Telugu action flick Raja Vikramarka; and Telugu comedy Pushpaka Vimanam, plus Bangla-language drama Binisutoy: Without Strings playing Saturday and Sunday. Fresh Pond continues Diwali openings Sooryavanshi (as does Boston Common) and Annaatthe.

    My Hero Academia: World Heroes Mission continues with subtitled and English-dubbed showtimes at Boston Common (dubbed), South Bay (subbed/dubbed), and Assembly Row (dubbed).
  • French thriller Only the Animals makes its way to Landmark Theatres Kendall Square, though for limited shows, despite it being a crime film from Dominik Moll, maybe best known for With a Friend Like Harry. They also have documentary Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road on Wednesday evening.

    Meanwhile, you have to go to Waltham and the Embassy Theater for Tick, Tick… Boom!, playing there (through Monday and on Thursday) before it hits Netflix next week; it's Lin-Manuel Miranda's directorial debut, with Andrew Garfield starring in Jonathan Larson's musical about his time on the way to writing Rent, making me wonder if that guy does anything but write musicals about people in the musical-making business.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog opened on Wednesday and continues this week. It plays The Capitol Theatre, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, Chestnut Hill, and Paramount+. American Sniper continues its Veterans' Day run at Boston Common, as does TV Movie CS Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert.

    AMC Boston Common teams with Disney+ for surprise screenings from various imprints Friday through Sunday (no titles are listed, but running times are). The Ghibli fest returns to Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row with Castle in the Sky dubbed on Sunday/Thursday and subtitled on Monday. Another notable animation studio, Laika, has screens on Tuesday with Paranorman playing at Fenway and Assembly Row. Boston Common also has their weekly Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday. Fenway, South Bay, and Arsenal Yards have the anniversary screening of High Society on Sunday.
  • The Boston Jewish Film continues its virtual program, with an animation workshop on Friday, and live Q&As to go with Who Will Remain? (Sunday), The Adventures of Saul Bellow (Sunday), Quarantine Shorts (Tuesday), and Shtetlers (Thursday).
  • The ICA has two more screenings of the Sundance Film Festival Short FIlm Tour program on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
  • The West Newton Cinema has Belfast, Eternals, The French Dispatch, and No Time to Die. The Lexington Venue has Spencer and The French Dispatch Friday through Sunday, still apparently down to one screen.
  • The Museum of Science has Friday/Saturday night screenings of Dune in the Mugar Omni Theater Dome through the end of November, with Thanksgiving weekend the only one still showing tickets available.
  • Cinema Salem has Spencer, Eternals, and The French Dispatch (all of which have open-caption shows Monday afternoon), a Night Light screening of Repo Man on Friday, plus Noirvember screenings of Kiss Me Deadly on Sunday and Thursday.

    The Luna Theater continues "A24 Month", with Heredity on Friday, plus a masked matinee of 20th Century Women, Lady Bird, The Florida Project, and It Comes at Night on Saturday. Spike Lee Sunday is Do the Right Thing. There's a free-to-members shows on "Weirdo Wednesday", and Thursday, when they're showing Zola.
  • More virtual "Devour the Land" show streaming from The Harvard Film Archive this week is 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 (apparently they skipped a week last week).
  • 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 planning to hit Belfast and already have my ticket for Anita, plus I'm sure that this is going to be the time that Possession really clicks for me. I'll probably finally get around to The French Dispatch this week, too.

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