Friday, June 03, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 3 June 2022 - 9 June 2022

Ah, the traditional week where things kind of coast after a holiday blockbuster comes out, and the stuff that does crab screens gets a bit weird.
  • For example, David Cronenberg's first thing that folks would really call "Cronenbergian" - that is, weird sci-fi body horror - is probably the week's biggest release, with Crime of the Future featuring Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart performing outre surgery as performance art. It's at the Coolidge, the Kendall, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row.

    BUFF selection Watcher opens at Boston Common; it's a slick thriller set in Bucharest featuring Maika Monroe as a woman who moves there with her husband (Karl Glusman) and becomes convinced that the man in the apartment across the way is following her, and may possibly be the serial killer active in the city.

    Found-footage horror flick Dashcam plays Fresh Pond, while Morbius re-opens for a few shows at South Bay, because sure, why not. South Bay also has Juneteenth-themed comedy Block Party on Wednesday before it heads to BET+.

    The Wizard of Oz plays Fenway, Assembly Row, South Bay on Sunday and Monday to celebrate Judy Garland's centennial. There are also a number of special presentations tied in with Jurassic World: Dominion on Thursday, with Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row offering a double feature with Jurassic Park, with a separate live-streamed post-film Q&A event at Boston Common (Imax Xenon), Assembly Row (Imax Xenon).
  • In addition to Crimes, The Coolidge Corner Theatre opens Fiddler's Journey to the Screen, a fifty-years-later making-of documentary about Norman Jewison making Fiddler on the Roof, with plenty of interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and narration by Jeff Goldblum. It's mostly in the GoldScreen, but gets some shows in Moviehouse 1, including a Masked Matinee on Saturday, a show with producer Sasha Berman doing post-film Q&A, and a few late-afternoon shows during the week.

    Speaking of guests, Lloyd Kaufman will be in town for the weekend's midnight screenings: Friday offers his latest Troma production, #ShakespeareShitstorm, the sort of modern adaptation of The Tempest you'd expect from him, and they run what's likely his best-known production, The Toxic Avenger, on Saturday. For classier repertory presentations, they offer a half-hour seminar before Ousmane Sembène's Black Girl on Monday and the new restoration of Out of the Blue on Tuesday.
  • Benediction opens at Landmark Theatres Kendall Square and Boston Common this weekend: directed by Terence Davies, it stars Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi as gay soldier and anti-war poet Siegfried Sassoon at different points in his life. The Kendall also shifts their Retro Replay series to LGBTQ+ pride for June, with Brokeback Mountain playing Tuesday.

    A more celebratory offering is Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story, a documentary in which Frank Marshall & Ryan Suffern give the audience a backstage look at the 50th anniversary edition of the The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (although given Covid, it's either actually the 50th edition in 2019 or this film was turned around very quickly from the 2022 fest). It's at Kendall Square and Boston Common.

    The Landmark Embassy in Waltham (open Friday to Tuesday) opens Hustle, one of Adam Sandler's forays into more serious material, as he plays a journeyman NBA scout who finds a raw but talented player (Juancho Hernangómez) in Spain.
  • The Indian new releases this week are Samrat Prithviraj, a Hindi-language historical action-drama starring Akshay Kumr and Manushi Chhillar at Apple Fresh Pond and Boston Common; Vikram, a serial-killer flick playing Fresh Pond (Tamil/Telugu) Boston Common (Tamil/Hindi); and Major, starring Adivi Sesh as Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan in a Telugu-language take on the circumstances that led to him dying in the 2008 Mumbai riots. 1980s-set Marathi romance Chandramukhi plays Fresh Pond on Saturday. Hindi-language horror-comedy Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 continues at Fresh Pond and Boston Common.

    Vietnamese family adventure Maika: The Girl from Another Galaxy plays in South Bay about a week after opening in its native land, and seems to be getting pretty good reviews as a colorful sci-fi story.

    Anime Revue Starlight (Shoujo Kageki) plays Fenway and Boston Common on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening.
  • The Brattle Theatre celebrates The Pop-Art Cinema of the Wachowski Sisters, one of the series that was on their calendar back in 2020 before everything fell apart. It kicks off with The Matrix on its own on Friday, the entire saga on Saturday, and the sequels on Sunday. Cloud Atlas plays on Monday, Speed Racer on Tuesday, Bound on Wednesday, and Jupiter Ascending on Thursday. A series pass is available, and everything except last year's The Matrix Resurrections are playing on 35mm film.
  • The Somerville Theatre brings Gaspar Noé's Vortex, back for a second weekend, this time in theater #2 rather than the micro. For repertory material, they have Motel Hell on 35mm as Saturday's midnight special, a 35mm print of Zulu on Monday and Tuesday, a Crime Pays Double feature of Night Moves (35mm) & 1975's Hustle on Wednesday, and a Thursday night pairing of Vertigo on 70mm & Last Year at Marienbad.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has yet more "Forgotten Filmmakers of the French New Wave" this weekend with The Punishment and Octobre à Paris playing separately on Friday, The Depths on Saturday, a 35mm print of Judex on Sunday, and The Ebb-Tide on Monday.
  • The Regent Theatre will be having a weekly Ocean Film Series on Wednesdays in June, starting off with the "One Ocean Film Tour", a two-hour short film program.
  • Last call for Doctor Strange at The Museum of Science on Friday and Saturday, with Jurassic World: Dominion taking over the next weekend, though the opening night show with dinosaur experts appears to be sold out. 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, and will open Thursday for Jurassic World.

    The West Newton Cinema sticks with The Bob's Burgers Movie, Top Gun: Maverick, Downton Abbey: A New Era, The Automat, The Duke, and The Bad Guys.

    The Luna Theater has Men most of the week, with shows Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday, along with the Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem has Top Gun: Maverick, Downton Abbey, and The Duke from Friday to Monday (Monday's matinees captioned).
  • Joe's Free Films shows a screening of Werner Herzog's "Lessons of Darkness" at the Goethe-Institut on Wednesday, with reservations required.
  • 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.
I am down for Crimes of the Future and may, I confess, attempt a weird Morbius/Maika double feature out in Dorchester, along with plenty of Wachowski stuff around Night Moves & Hustle. And maybe one give Strange one more look on the dome on Friday.

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