Friday, February 04, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 4 February 2021 - 10 February 2022

Hey, there's actually stuff opening in the multiplexes this week!
  • The big new release this week is Moonfall, a Roland Emmerich joint with Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, and John Bradley as the typical Emmerich trio of professional/rebel/nerd, this time facing an alien threat inside the moon. It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon & Dolby Cinema), Fenway, South Bay (including Imax Xenon & Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Xenon & Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), the Embassy, and Chestnut Hill.

    Also opening (after being delayed from last fall) is Jackass Forever, with Johnny Knoxville and company taking part in new stunts and apparently mentoring new morons because they're getting too old for this. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards, the Embassy, and Chestnut Hill.

    Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (Act 1) plays Boston Common, Fenway, and Assembly Row on Thursday. There are also special Wednesday previews of Death on the Nile at Boston Common, South Bay (Imax Xenon), Assembly Row (Imax Xenon), and Arsenal Yards (CWX); plus The Beatles: Get Back - The Rooftop Concert at Boston Common (Imax Xenon)
  • Over at The Coolidge Corner Theatre they get Sundown, a thriller starring Tim Roth and Charlotte Gainsbourg as a family on vacation called home because of an emergency, exposing cracks in their armor. It's also at Landmark Theatre Kendall Square and Boston Common. The Coolidge, Kendall Square, Boston Common, and South Bay also get Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, an IFFBoston documentary that has lawyer Jeffery Robinson examining how America's racial history has led to the present situation.

    The main midnight movie at the Coolidge this weekend is also a new release, with Alone with You playing Friday and Saturday; co-director Emily Bennett stars as a woman waiting for her girlfriend's return but only seeing ghosts. Saturday night also features giallo The Strange Vice of Mr. Wardh, which was snowed out last weekend. Sunday afternoon features a Masked Matinee of Parallel Mothers and Confessions of Felix Krull from the Goethe-Institut. Monday's Big-Screen "Classic" is a new restoration of Polyester in Odorama; the "Love Hurts" selections this week are Some Like It Hot on Tuesday, Moonstruck on Wednesday, and Happy Together on Thursday.
  • The Brattle Theatre opens First and Last Men, a sort of science-fictional visual essay by composer Jóhann Jóhannsson with narration from Tilda Swinton in beautiful black and white, with 5pm and 7pm shows Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday. Those nights also offer 9pm shows of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (with 2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

    The DocYard returns on Monday, with their first show of the spring season being After the Rain, with filmmaker Fan Jian returning to Sichaun to reconnect with subjects of an earlier documentary who lost children in an earthquake and were encouraged to have others to replace them. He and two producers will dial in for a remote Q&A afterward.

    After that, the annual series of Great Romances starts, with many on 35mm, including Wednesday's Love & Basketball and Thursday's My Beautiful Laundrette
  • It looks like Only Fools Rush In is the only Chinese New Year movie opening here for The Year of the Tiger, with Pegasus and Buckweed director Han Han reuniting with Shen Teng for a film about a reunited father and son making a road trip on motorcycles.

    Apple Fresh Pond gets Malayalam romance Hridayam and Tamil action/adventure Veerame Vaagai Soodum this weekend, also keeping Bollywood drama '83 around. I think the latter has English subtitles, but as I discovered last weekend, that's not a given if they don't say so specifically!\
  • Part of the The Somerville Theatre's has the new restoration of The Conversation on their main screen in 4K all week; it's one of the best from both Gene Hackman and Francis Ford Coppola, so good that he saw no need to re-edit it for this re-release.

    The Capitol and Fresh Pond also seem to be the only places opening French-produced-but-English-language The Wolf and the Lion, a family-friendly film about a young woman who finds two orphaned animals at her late uncle's home and raises them.
  • This Thursday's Bright Lights show in the Paramount Theater's Bright Screening Room is The Wolf of Snow Hollow, a horror-comedy about a small-town cop who doesn't believe in werewolves despite the bodies found every full moon. There's post-film Q&A with writer/director/star Jim Cummings and producer Ben Wiessner afterward, with tickets free on the day of the show.
  • The Regent Theatre has the first of two screenings of Music, Money, Madness… Jimi Hendrix in Maui, which presents the Hendrix concert from the end of 1972's Rainbow Bridge (and which has apparently never been available otherwise), with the other playing Friday the 11th. It's also worth noting (because otherwise it might not show up on this blog until the day of) that they'll be screening The Flying Ace, one of the few surviving silence made with a Black cast, on Friday the 18th.
  • The West Newton Cinema keeps the schedule of Parallel Mothers, Sing 2, Licorice Pizza, Spider-Man, West Side Story, and matinees of Encanto (no show Monday); The Lexington Venue has Parallel Mothers (no shows Friday), The Tragedy of Macbeth, and West Side Story this weekend; note that they are unable to sell tickets online at the moment but "have plenty at the box office".
  • The Luna Theater has The Tragedy of Macbeth Friday and Saturday evenings. Flee plays twice Saturday, including a Masked Matinee. Breakfast at Tiffany's has the screen on Sunday, plus there's the Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem is still closed for renovations.
  • 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've already got a ticket for First and Last Men and will probably also hit The Conversation, Moonfall, and Sundown, plus maybe Only Fools Rush In and Wolf of Snow Hollow. Note that Oscar nominations also get announced this week, so we'll see if anything gets moved up or down in priority for that.

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