Friday, May 20, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 20 May 2021 - 26 May 2022

There's a part of me that wants more things like this weekend's big opening to get all the blockbuster accouterments it does - the multiple screens, the special previews, etc. - but I kind of also wonder if the big hit for grownups could be something less nostalgic for the British aristocracy-y.
  • That would be Downton Abbey: A New Era, in which the gentry and servants on the one hand rent the mansion out to the producers of a film and on the other. It's at the Coolidge (including a Sunday "masked matinee), the Capitol Fresh Pond, the Kendall, Lexington, West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards, the Embassy, and Chestnut Hill.

    Also opening is Men, in which a young woman goes on her first vacation since being widowed, only to be menaced by various men, all of whom seem to have the same face. It's at the Coolidge, CinemaSalem, Kendall Square, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and the Embassy.

    The newly-restored "Director's Edition" of Star Trek: The Motion Picture plays on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Arsenal Yards (Sunday only). Twenty One Pilots: Cinema Experience has an encore Saturday afternoon at Boston Common. Arsenal Yards has Snakes on a Plane on Monday. Baseball doc Facing Nolan plays Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Tuesday, looking at Nolan Ryan through the eyes of the hitters who have batted against him (no idea if that includes Robin Ventura). There are "early access" shows for Top Gun: Maverick on Tuesday at Boston Common (Dolby Cinema), South Bay (Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (Dolby Cinema), and Arsenal Yards (CWX), with "AMC Investor Connect" shows at Boston Common, and Assembly Row on Wednesday.
  • Also opening at The Coolidge Corner Theatre is Emergency, in which three college students of color find themselves in potentially deep trouble when they find a white girl passed out in their room, because they know they aren't getting the benefit of the doubt. It also plays Kendall Square. Lux Æterna, One of the two new-ish Gaspar Noé films which played Boston Underground this year plays upstairs for midnights on Friday and Saturday, with Béatrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg on a film set telling stories of witches and movies they've made about them as the situation grows more chaotic. It's 52 minutes (with, fair warning, a lot of strobes), so odds of catching the T back home are pretty good if that's an issue. Feature-length midnights are RoboCop on Friday and Dredd on Saturday. Monday's Big-Screen Classic is a 35mm print of A New Leaf, with Elaine May writing, directing, and co-starring as a wealthy botany professor wooed by Walter Matthau's wastrel who has spent his inheritance. The "Mom!!!" shows are The Graduate on Tuesday and Mildred Pierce on Wednesday, while the "Rewind!" show on Thursday is a 35mm print of Josie and the Pussycats, with an afterparty at Parlour.
  • IFFBoston entry Montana Story opens at Landmark Theatres Kendall Square and Boston Common, featuring Haley Lu Richardson as a woman returning home to meet her brother and dying father, a tense situation given their father's past abuse. The Kendall also opens Pleasure, in which director Ninja Thyberg follows a would-be porn star played by Sofia Kappel through her attempts to break into the industry in Los Angeles. The Kendall also has the last of their "May Is For Mothers" flicks, Mommie Dearest, on Tuesday.
  • The Brattle Theatre opens Il Buco for a limited run from Friday to Monday, in which Michelangelo Frammartino contrasts the building of Europe's tallest building in the North of Italy with the descent into the continent's deepest cave in the South. It splits a screen with a restoration of Rude Boy, which blends a roc-doc about The Clash with the life of a (fictional) fan. The theater is closed Tuesday, but after that they start the annual "Reunion Week" of anniversary screenings tied to the Harvard Alumni returning to the square. Wednesday features a 35mm print of Out of the Past (75 years) as well as Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (25 years), while Thursday includes The Hot Rock (50 years) and Office Killer (25 years). It continues through Thursday the 2nd, and this is not the year where they start having 100th anniversary screenings (sure, there won't be any actual alumni from the class of 1922, but are there a lot of 97-year-olds in the audience, really?).
  • Hindi-language horror-comedy Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 opens at Boston Common, as does Dhaakad, starring Kangana Ranaut as a super-spy tasked with eliminating an arms dealer played by Arjun Rampal; that one also opens at Apple Fresh Pond. Fresh Pond also picks up Jungle Cry, with Abhay Deol and Emily Shah as the inspirational coaches for a high-school rugby team, and Tamil-language crime flick Nenjuku Needhi, featuring Udhayanidhi Stalin as a renegade cop fighting caste-based discrimination. Fresh Pond also holds over Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Sarkaru Vaari Paata, and Don, and has Banladeshi family film Rickshaw Girl on Saturday and Sunday.

    Egyptian comedy Another One continues to plays Fenway, while Vietnamese horror film The Ancestral sticks around at South Bay.
  • The Capitol is back to being open seven days a week, and the offerings include IFFBoston selection Hold Your Fire, an impressively tense documentary about an extended hostage situation in 1972 Brooklyn which is in many ways where modern hostage negotiation started. Director Stefan Forbes will be on-hand for the 7:30pm shows on Sunday and Monday.

    The Somerville Theatre has We're All Going to the World's Fair down in the micro-cinema from Friday to Saturday and a full brace of repertory material: There's a Michael Mann twin-bill of Heat & Manhunter, both on 35mm, on Friday; westerns The Wild Bunch (70mm) & Vera Cruz (35mm) on Sunday; local productions from the 48-Hour Film Project on Monday & Tuesday; a 35mm "Crime Pays Double" feature of Kubrick's The Killing & John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle on Wednesday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has more "Forgotten Filmmakers of the French New Wave": The Unvanquished (aka Have I the Right to Kill?) and a 35mm print of A King Without Distraction on Friday; Adieu Philippine on Saturday; Jean-Daniel Pollet shorts "Mediterranean", "As Long as You Get Drunk…", and "Gala" on Sunday; and The Last Vacation on 35mm Monday.
  • Belmont World Film has finished their main series, but they'll be running encore streams for the next few days, with Bootlegger available to purchase/start through 7pm on Friday, with Tom Medina available for the next 24 hours, Zero Fucks Given for 24 hours starting at 7pm Saturday, The Man in the Basement from 7pm Sunday, and Vera Dreams of the Sea starting at 7pm Monday.
  • ArtsEmerson continues their two streaming programs through the weekend, with 50-minute dance presentation "Within These Walls" and "Pandemic Communities" both available through Monday.
  • The Regent Theatre welcomes Bill Plympton to present several of his shorts and the feature Demi's Panic on Sunday evening; I contributed to the Kickstarter and wish I could make it. They also have their annual "A-Town Teen Film Festival" on Wednesday, featuring movies made by Arlington high-schoolers and an awards presentation.
  • The Museum of Science continues to run Doctor Strange on Friday and Saturday nights; with tickets available for "Third Thursday" film screenings presented by the Woods Hole Film Festival on June 16th, July 21st, and August 18th.
  • The Lexington Venue has Downton Abbey: A New Era, Petite Maman and The Duke from Friday to Sunday.

    The West Newton Cinema opens Downton Abbey: A New Era and The Automat, joining Doctor Strange, The Duke (Saturday/Sunday/Wednesday/Thursday), The Bad Guys, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, The Rose Maker (Saturday/Sunday), Sing 2 (Saturday), and Encanto (Saturday). No shows Monday is apparently just the new schedule.

    The Luna Theater has Everything Everywhere All At Once on Friday and Saturday evenings, Stanleyville on Saturday afternoon, The Goonies on Sunday (though they don't list EEAAO co-star Ke Huy Quan in the featured cast), and the Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem has Doctor Strange, Downton Abbey, and Men from Friday to Monday (Monday's matinees captioned). They've also got their first special presentation in a while, with Miz Diamond Wigfall hosting a viewing party of Mean Girls on Friday
  • 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 and Somerville, The Venue, CinemaSalem, and many of the multiplexes. The film program at the MFA is still in limbo, but Jordan's will be re-opening the Imax screens at their Natick and Reading stores on weekends starting this Friday with Top Gun: Maverick.
I am heading out to Chicago to visit my brother & sister-in-law, see the sights, and watch some baseball, so who knows if I'll see any movies this week (although there's an evening or two where I'll check out the Music Box)

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