Friday, June 17, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 17 June 2022 - 23 June 2022

Whoa, Disney is actually letting a Pixar movie hit theaters for the first time in 2+ years!
  • That would be Lightyear, a Toy Story spinoff in that it's the movie that would have spawned the Buzz Lightyear toy that Andy received in the first movie. Chris Evans does the voice this time around. It's at the Arlington Capitol, Apple Fresh Pond (including 3D), Jordan's Furniture (Imax), West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), Fenway (including RealD 3D), South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema/Real D 3D), Assembly Row (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    Judas and the Black Messiah (Friday/Tuesday), 42 (Saturday/Tuesday), The Best Man (Sunday/Wednesday), and Just Mercy (Monday/Wednesday) return to Boston Common and South Bay for Juneteenth week. John Carpenter's The Thing gets 40th Anniversary shows on Sunday and Wednesday at Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row, while G.I. Joe: The Movie gets a 35th Anniversary show at Fenway and South Bay on Thursday. Documentary George Michael: Freedom Uncut plays the Kendall, Boston Common, Fenwayon Wednesday evening, made just before his death in 2016. Fenway has an early show of The Black Phone on Wednesday, before the usual Thursday previews.
  • Two of your basic boutique-house food groups are served at The Coolidge Corner Theatre (and other spots) this weekend. The Phantom of the Open is a charming-looking British underdog story, with Mark Rylance as a working-class man who wheedled his way into the British Open in 1976 despite never playing golf before, becoming a sort of folk hero; Sally Hawkins and Rhys Ifans are also part of the cast. It's got a Sunday Masked Matinee at the Coolidge and also plays the Capitol, West Newton, the Kendall, and Boston Common.

    Those more inclined toward Sundance favorites can catch Cha Cha Real Smooth before it disappears fully into Apple's walled garden, with writer/director Conor Raiff as a directionless recent college grad who gets a job dancing at bar mitzvahs (a thing, I guess). Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann, and Brad Garrett are along for the ride. It also plays the Kendall.

    35mm Cronenberg midnights continue at the Coolidge with A History of Violence on Friday and Eastern Promises on Saturday (with Crimes of the Future also playing, they can serve all your Cronenberg/Mortensen needs). They're also showing The Room Friday night and #ShakespeareShitstorm on Saturday. Black Panther is Monday's Juneteenth Big Screen Classic, Jeff Rapsis brings his organ for a Wednesday "Sound of Silents" presentation of Harold Lloyd in The Kid Brother, and there's a 35mm Rewind! Show of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze on Thursday, with an after-party at Parlour.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square opens Brian and Charles, in which a Welsh inventor played by David Earl builds himself a robot friend. It's also at the Arlington Capitol and Boston Common.

    They also have But I'm a Cheerleader as Tuesday's Pride Month Retro Replay.

  • The Indian new releases at Apple Fresh Pond are Hindi-language action-comedy Nikamma (a remake of an early Telugu flick, and Veetla Vishesham, a Tamil remake of a Hindi comedy about a couple expecting another child even though their sons are grown. Telugu action flick Virata Parvam opens at Boston Common (with Fresh Pond showing a 1 July date). Ante Sundaraniki continues at Fresh Pond and the Common while Vikram stays at Fresh Pond.
  • Neptune Frost, a queer Rwandan Afrofuturist sci-fi musical, returns to the The Brattle Theatre where it played as one of the Boston Underground Film Festival's most memorable selections this year. There's also a "sidebar" with Senegalese film Touki Bouki on Tuesday and Thursday.

    There's also a 35mm print of The Shining from Friday to Monday to "celebrate" Father's Day. And, finally, they join with Revolutions Per Minute Festival to present Kathryn Ramey in person with a program of six short films (on 16mm/35mm film) called "White Women Are a Curse Against Their Sex".
  • The Somerville Theatre brings in Crimes of the Future to fill some gaps in the schedule, but also continues their 70mm and Widescreen Fest with a 35mm print of Boogie Nights on Friday (RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman), a midnight show of Sneakers on Saturday, projectionist David Kornfeld's collection of 70mm Odds & Ends on Sunday, Billy Budd (35mm) on Monday, Mutiny on the Bounty on Tuesday, and a 70mm print of Earthquake on Thursday.

    Their friends at The Capitol shows documentary When the Dawn Comes, which tells the story of Taiwanese gay activist Chi Chia-wei, on Saturday evening.
  • The Harvard Film Archive continues The Complete Federico Fellini with La Dolce Vita (Friday), La Strada (35mm Saturday), and Il Bidone on Monday. The final "Forgotten Filmmakers of the French New Wave" is Mario Ruspoli, whose "Captive Feast" & "A Look at Madness" play Sunday afternoon.
  • The Regent Theatre presents the "Women's Adventure Film Tour" on Wednesday, including seven short films on the subject.
  • Belmont World Film apparently had some issues streaming Concerned Citizen (their Pride and World Refugee Month presentation) for its first few dates, but have extended availability through Wednesday; it will also have an in-person screening at West Newton on Monday.
  • The Roxbury International Film Festival kicks off at The Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday with Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story, directed by Denise Dowse and featuring R&B star Ledisi as the renowned gospel singer and civil rights leader. The program also includes two short films, a live performance, and a post-film Q&A.
  • The Museum of Science continues to show Jurassic World: Dominion on the Omnimax dome on Friday and Saturday through July ninth.
  • The Lexington Venue has Jurassic World: Dominion and Top Gun: Maverick from Friday to Sunday.

    The West Newton Cinema adds Lightyear and Phantom of the Open to Jurassic World Dominion, Top Gun: Maverick, Downton Abbey: A New Era, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Saturday/Sunday), and The Bad Guys (no show Thursday).

    The Luna Theater screens Men Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story Saturday afternoon and Thursday evening, Fanny: The Right to Rock on Saturday evening; Queer Short Films on Saturday evening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Sunday, and the free Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem Friday-Monday line-up is Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World: Dominion, and Lightyear.
  • Joe's Free Films shows outdoor movies at the Boston Harbor Hotel starting again (first time since 2019?), with E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial playing Friday night. That night also has Encanto at a parking lot at Tufts and Ukrainian documentary The Long Breakup with director Katya Soldak at the Condon Shell in Medford.
  • 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.
I am thinking I may head out to the furniture store for Jurassic World and catch Lightyear in 3D while also catching up with Crimes of the Future, maybe seeing if Neptune Frost isn't quite so overwhelming a second time through, and giving some of the stuff at the Somerville a look. And boo to the folks who didn't book The Witch: Part 2 in Boston!

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