Friday, May 27, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 27 May 2022 - 2 June 2022

Rejoice, Bostonians - for the first time in 2+ years, you will once again be able to watch movies in a furniture store! It's only on the weekends at this point, and I've got no idea how much harder it's gotten to get to Reading or Natick on the T, but remember, those are genuine Imax screens an the one in Reading is the spiffy laser projection.
  • Most of the big screens will be going to Top Gun: Maverick, the long-inevitable sequel with Tom Cruise returning to one of his best-known characters assigned to train the next generation of hotshot pilots for an apparently very generic mission. It's at the Somerville, The Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's (Imax), the Lexington Venue, West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon & Dolby Cinema), Fenway, Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax Xenon & Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Xenon & Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), the Embassy, and Chestnut Hill.

    There's also The Bob's Burgers Movie, because that's the sort of long-running animated somewhere-between-mainstream-and-cult series where you do that. It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and the Embassy.

    Fenway and South Bay have 45th Anniversary screenings of Smokey and the Bandit on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Boston Common and Arsenal Yards have The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on Thursday.
  • New Indian films include Hindi action thriller Anek and Telugu comedy F3: Fun and Frustration, both of which play Apple Fresh Pond and Boston Common and appear to be holdovers from last year. Hindi-language horror-comedy Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 sticks around at both places. The local "#EncoRRRe" screenings of Rise! Roar! Revolt (aka RRR) on Wednesday are at the Coolidge and Boston Common.

    Anime Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, which I wanted to catch as part of Fantasia last summer but couldn't, has a "fan event" on Thursday at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row. It's a comedy about a family on a fishing boat from the director of Children of the Sea.
  • The Somerville Theatre has Gaspar Noé's Vortex, a sharply-made but tough-to-watch chronicle of an couple succumbing to age and dementia, in their micro-cinema evenings from Friday to Sunday, with We're All Going to the World's Fair playing a matinee there Saturday.

    They also have voice actor Eugene Mirman on-hand to introduce the 8pm show of Bob's Burgers on Friday night, with a special after-party upstairs in the Crystal Ballroom afterward. There's even more burger-related cinema with a 35mm print of Good Burger playing at midnight on Saturday. Wednesday's "Crime Pays Double" feature is Kiss Kiss Bang Bang & The Ice Harvest, both on 35mm film.
  • The Brattle Theatre continues "Reunion Week" of mostly-35mm anniversary screenings with The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant on Friday; Good Burger on Friday and Wednesday; Princess Mononoke (digital/subtitled) on Saturday and Thursday; Frenzy and Monsieur Verdoux on Saturday; the original versions of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Solaris (digital) on Sunday; The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (digital) and Selena on Monday; Super Fly on Wednesday; and The Lady from Shanghai on Thursday.

    Music documentary Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr. plays Tuesday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre for the most part streamlines their lineup down to Everything Everywhere All At Once, Downton Abbey (including a Saturday masked matinee), and Men, but they've got full rep schedule, starting with midnight shows of Thinner and Drag Me to Hell on Friday and Saturday respectively, both on 35mm. There's also a 35mm print of Raiders of the Lost Ark for the Monday Big Screen Classic, with Carrie on 35mm for the last "Mom!!!" show of May on Tuesday. Wednesday has them hosting the local "#EncoRRRe" screening of RRR (aka RRR) on screen one and local documentary Hello, Bookstore with filmmaker A.B. Zax and subject Matt Tannenbaum there to answer questions. Thursday has another big screen "classic" with The Valley of the Dolls
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square is mostly keeping things around or bumping them for Top Gun, but they do squeak one last "May Is for Mothers" selection in on Tuesday, with John Waters's Serial Mom.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has another few weeks of "Forgotten Filmmakers of the French New Wave". This weekend's offerings are Snobs! (35mm) and Sentimental Education on Friday, The Long Absence on Saturday, and a shorts program of "Machorka-Muff", "Les enfants désaccordés", and "The Crimson Curtain" on Sunday.
  • The Museum of Science continues to run Doctor Strange on Friday and Saturday nights through next weekend, and will switch up to Jurassic World: Dominion after that, with a special dinosaur pre-party on opening night. Tickets are 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 and Top Gun: Maverick from Friday to Sunday.

    The West Newton Cinema opens The Bob's Burger Movie and Top Gun: Maverick, keeping Downton Abbey: A New Era, The Automat (no show Monday), Doctor Strange, The Duke (Saturday-Monday), The Bad Guys, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Saturday-Monday).

    The Luna Theater has Petite Maman on Friday and Saturday evenings, Stanleyville on Saturday afternoon, Everything Everywhere All at Once on Saturday and Thursday, The NeverEnding Story on Sunday, and the Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem has Top Gun: Maverick, Downton Abbey, and Men from Friday to Monday (Monday's matinees captioned).
  • 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.
Heading home on Sunday, I'll probably try and catch Top Gun on a big/loud screen, the last show of Montana Story I can make on Monday, RRR on Wednesday (but I hate missing the 35mm crime), and Lady Nukiko on Thursday.

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