Friday, March 11, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 11 March 2021 - 17 March 2022

Nope, no-one at the multiplex seems to wanna mess with Batman.

  • Even with a few screens given to that, Kendall Square.has room for a couple new entries. First up is Compartment No. 6, a Cannes-winning film that has a Finnish woman on a train back to her homeland after breaking up with her lover in Moscow, sharing a small compartment with a Russian miner.

    There's also All My Friends Hate Me, which I rather liked when it played Nightstream this fall. It's a funny, weird little story of a man reuniting with university friends (including an old flame) only to find the situation growing stranger by the minute.
  • It's narrow openings elsewhere. Boston Common opens I Am Here, a documentary about Ella Blumenthal, a 98-year-old Holocaust survivor living in South Africa. Tyson's Run opens at Arsenal Yards; it's the story of an unathletic boy with autism training for a marathon. Fresh Pond gets Gold, starring Zac Efron as a future prospector fighting off those who would take the massive nugget he has found.

    Boston Common has a "Thrills & Chills" surprise screening on Friday evening, while Arsenal Yards has matinees of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania from Saturday to Thursday and Twilight on Monday. Saturday features the latest BTS concert, a live stream from their "Permission to Dance" tour in Seoul at 4:30pm with encores at 8:30pm. It's at Kendall Square, Fenway, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards. Fenway and South Bay also have anniversary screenings of The Quiet Man on Sunday and Thursday.
  • Telugu romance Radhe Shyam opens at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, and Fenway; it stars Prabhas and Pooja Hegde and is set against the backdrop of 1970s Europe; all three locations also have Hindi-language screenings, with Fresh Pond also having it in Tamil. Apple Fresh Pond also opens Bheeshma Parvan, a Malayalam-language revenge thriller starring Mammootty, Hindi-language drama The Kashmir Files, and action/adventure Etharkum Thunindhavan, whose language is not clear from the theater's site, on Friday. Gangubai Kathiawadi continues at Boston Common and Fresh Pond, Jhund at Fresh Pond. Anime Jujutsu Kaisen: 0 opens in a number of places next Friday (Boston Common, Kendall Square, Assembly Row), including Thursday night shows, with Boston Common having it on the Imax Xenon screen.
  • The Brattle Theatre has a weekend-plus of "The FIlms of Márta Mészáros", including The Girl (Friday/Saturday), Don't Cry, Pretty Girls! (Friday/Sunday), Diary for my Children (Saturday/Sunday), Diary for My Lovers (Saturday), Diary for My Father and My Mother (Saturday), Binding Sentiments (Sunday), Riddance (Sunday), Adoption (Monday), Nine Months (Monday), The Two of Them (Tuesday), and The Heiresses (Tuesday).

    The second leg of a Tribute to Sidney Poitier kicks off Wednesday with a 35mm print of A Raisin in the Sun, with Paris Blues following on Thursday and more shows continuing through the following Tuesday.

    That brings the schedule up to The Boston Underground Film Festival, which has announced an impressively stacked schedule, with tickets and a limited number of passes on sale.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre mostly keeps the same lineup aside from the Oscar shorts switching up, but also have a 35mm print of The Holy Mountain at midnight Friday, a kids' show of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Saturday morning, a new restoration of Blue Sunshine at midnight that day, a masked matinee of The Batman on Sunday, a 35mm "Big Screen Classics" show of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives on Monday, a special 35mm screening of Willow on Wednesday, and another Big Screen Classic on 35mm, Trainspotting, on Wednesday.
  • The Somerville Theatre has their first "Slaughterhouse Movie Club" presentation in a couple years on Friday, with an 8pm burlesque preshow before Mars Attacks! at 9:15pm. The "Face/Off: Travolta vs Cage" double feature at on Tuesday is Grease & Peggy Sue Got Married, and they also will show David Lean epic Ryan's Daughter on Thursday, which is kind of an odd St. Patrick's Day selection. All of these special presentations are on 35mm film.
  • The Oscar Nominated Shorts continue on-screen with the Live-Action and Animated Selections playing Kendall Square, Boston Common, and the Embassy all week, with rotating offerings of Documentary, Animation, and Live Action at the Coolidge (all week), CinemaSalem (Friday to Sunday), and the Luna (Friday and Saturday).
  • ArtsEmerson will be streaming documentary Try Harder! as part of its Shared Stories series (in association with The Boston Asian-American Film Festival) from Friday night until noon on Monday (although ticket sales cut off Sunday night), with director Debbie Lum taking part in a pre-recorded panel to discuss her documentary about students at San Francisco's top school stressing out about college applications.

    The Bright Lights program returns to the Paramount Theater (after a week off for spring break) on Thursday with Tahara, a teen drama about best friends who are thrown after a classmate's suicide. Director Olivia Peace will take part in a discussion afterward; as usual, the film is free and open to the public with tickets able to be reserved on the afternoon of the show.
  • The Museum of Science adds "Penguins 4-D" to their rotation of short films in their 4-D theater starting Saturday.
  • The West Newton Cinema continues The Batman, Cyrano, Uncharted, Drive My Car, Parallel Mothers (Saturday to Wednesday), Sing 2 (Saturday/Sunday), West Side Story, and Encanto (no show Sunday); The Lexington Venue has The Batman, Drive My Car, and West Side Story this weekend.
  • The Luna Theater has the Live-Action Oscar shorts on Friday and Saturday, with the Documentary and Live-Action programs Saturday. Featurette "Jack Kerouac's Road: A Franco-American Odyssey" plays early Sunday afternoon while Pulp Fiction has the later two shows that day, plus a Weirdo Wednesday.

    Cinema Salem has The Batman, The Worst Person in the World, and rotating Oscar shorts this weekend. They also have a special screening of Ukranian film The Guide on Sunday afternoon, with director Oles Sanin dialing in from Kyiv before the screening. Free tickets must be reserved, and donations will be solicited for Ukranian relief.
  • 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.
Still haven't seen The Batman, Cyrano, The Worst Person in the World, two of the Oscar short programs, and Licorice Pizza; should probably get on that before BUFF swallows all my time.

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