Friday, December 31, 2021

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 31 December 2021 - 6 January 2022

We know how this goes - Hollywood keeps the Christmas launches going for the first week of the new year, but sometimes folks from abroad fill the empty space.
  • The fifth entry in director David Lam's franchise about Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption, G Storm opens on New Year's Eve with Louis Koo reprising his role as William Luk, this time facing a terrorist attack on his own agency with connections to human trafficking in Thailand. It plays Boston Common and Fenway.

    For those looking for Indian cinema, Apple Fresh Pond opens Arjuna Phalguna, a thriller/caper about five friends trying to get the money to prevent one from losing his home to the banks. '83 continues at Boston Common and Fresh Pond with Fresh Pond also keeping Shyam Singha Roy and Pushpa Part 1.

    The big opening from India comes Thursday, when Telegu action epic RRR - Rise Roar Revolt, from the director of the Bahubali movies, hits Fresh Pond, Fenway, and Boston Common, getting the Imax Xenon screen at the latter for at least one night. Fenway and Fresh Pond will also have it in Hindi, and Fresh Pond in Tamil.
  • The Brattle Theatre finishes and starts the year in traditional fashion: The Thin Man & After the Thin Man play as a 35mm double feature on Friday, while Saturday features a somewhat abbreviated Marx Brothers marathon, with two showtimes for a double feature of Duck Soup & A Night at the Opera, the latter on 35mm.

    After that, they kick off the new calendar with a series of "Refreshed, Renewed, Restored" features, with North by Northwest on Sunday and Monday, Possession Sunday through Tuesday, The Apartment on Wednesday, and The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love on Thursday, and another week on tap after that!
  • Sunday's Masked Matinee at The Coolidge Corner Theatre is The Tragedy of MacBeth.
  • The West Newton Cinema sticks with Sing 2, Licorice Pizza on Friday, Spider-Man, West Side Story, and Encanto. The Lexington Venue is back to just being open Thursday through Sunday but is also back to two screens, with Licorice Pizza downstairs and Sing 2 upstairs.
  • Cinema Salem The Matrix Resurrections, Spider-Man and Nightmare Alley playing Friday to Monday (with open-caption showsMonday afternoon). The original Wilder/Bogart/Hepburn Sabrina plays Sunday morning and Thursday evening.

    The Luna Theater offers Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road and The Souvenir: Part II, and C'mon C'mon on Friday and Saturday, The Shining on Sunday (the first of three classic Steven King adaptations), and a Weirdo Wednesday show on the 5th.
  • The Museum of Science will start playing The Matrix Resurrections on the Omni screen starting on Friday the 7th (once on Friday, twice on Saturday), and if Dune is any indication, seats will sell out early. Note that starting on the 15th, proof of vaccination will be required to enter the museum. They're also switching up what's in the 4-D room, with "Planet Earth: Ice Worlds", "Splash and Bubbles", and "Shark" experiences.
  • 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 definitely in for G Storm, and since I got nailed with a terribly-timed positive test last week, I'm still looking to catch up on The King's Man, Licorice Pizza, MacBeth, The Tender Bar, and maybe Red Rocket and and '83, plus the good stuff at the Brattle.

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