Friday, June 24, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 24 June 2022 - 30 June 2022

Aside from the major releases, it's also kind of one of those weeks where you look at the repertory stuff and then check to see if there's work being done on the MBTA that may screw up getting from one to another.
  • The week's big release is Elvis, with Austin Butler as the rock & roll legend, Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker, and Baz Luhrmann behind the camera. The trailer, well, it looked pretty much exactly what you'd expect a Luhrmann movie about Elvis to look like, and the film's got another two and a half hours. It's at the Somerville, the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Lexington, West Newton, CinemaSalem, Kendall Square, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Fenway, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), the Embassy, and Chestnut Hill.

    Also opening is The Black Phone, with Ethan Hawke as a serial kidnapper/killer whose latest victim may get some paranormal help to survive. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Fenway, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards.

    G.I. Joe: The Movie plays 35th anniversary shows at Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Saturday. The Fifth Element plays 25th anniversary shows Sunday and Wednesday at Fenway, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards (Wednesday only). Racing documentary Rowdy plays Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Wednesday. And in addition to the normal Thursday previews, Boston Common has an early Wednesday show of IFFBoston-closing delight Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre also gets Official Competition, which features Penélope Cruz as a director attempting to wrange the egos of movie stars played by Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez on behalf of a billionaire financier. The Coolidge has a Masked Matinee Saturday morning, and it also plays Kendall Square and Boston Common.

    Cronenberg midnights continue with 35mm prints of Scanners on Friday and Videodrome on Saturday. Monday's Big Screen Classic is a 35mm print of Akira. Tuesday's "Joe-Bob's Indoor Drive-In Geek-Out" (featuring The Brain and Brain Damage) is already marked as sold out, and there's another Big Screen Classic on Thursday in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless.
  • The Brattle Theatre plays Hit The Road, the first feature from Iranian filmmaker Panah Panahi (the son of Jafar Panahi, who has famously kept making films under house arrest despite the Iranian government forbidding it), this one a family road trip story.

    They've also got a terrific line-up for late shows and weekend matinees. Friday brings a new restoration of The Heroic Trio, with Johnnie To directing Michelle Yeoh, Anita Mui, and Maggie Cheung as the title characters on Friday, Saturday, and Monday, with post-apocalyptic sequel Executioners on Sunday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday feature Mad God, Phil Tippett's decades-in-the-making stop-motion nightmare, which dropped my jaw when I streamed it via Fantasia last summer and should be amazing on the big screen.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square also gets Lost Illusions, which racked up 7 Cesars. It stars Benjamin Voisin as a poet in 19th Century Paris, the dawn of modern media.

    The final Pride Month Retro Replay Tuesday show is Maurice, one of Hugh Grant's first noteworthy starring roles.

  • Hindi ensemble comedy Jugjugg Jeeyo plays at Apple Fresh Pond and Boston Common. Fresh Pond also opens Telugu-language romance Sammathame on Friday, while Marathi-language drama Medium Spicy plays Saturday and Tulu-language action-comedy Raj Sound and Lights shows on Sunday.

    Anime Fruits Basket: Prelude plays Kendall Square, Boston Common, Fenway on Saturday (dubbed), Tuesday (subtitled), and Wednesday (dubbed); a prequel to one of the most popular animes and mangas in recent years. For classic anime, the month's Ghibli selection is The Cat Returns at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards, dubbed on Sunday and subtitled on Monday. Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell, which appears to be a new iteration of the venerable space opera, plays Thursday at Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row.
  • The Somerville Theatre is in full 70mm and Widescreen Fest mode this week with a 70mm double feature of Last Action Hero and Streets of Fire on Friday and Saturday, a (digital) midnight show of Nobody on Saturday, Gladiator on 35mm film and Joker on 70mm on Sunday, a 35mm print of L.A. Confidential on Monday and Tuesday, and a new 70mm print of Spartacus on Thursday (with that one playing through the Fourth).

    Their friends at The Capitol starts a summer of "Feel Good Flicks" with The Goonies, playing Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.
  • The Harvard Film Archive is all about The Complete Federico Fellini this weekend, with new digital restorations of Nights of Cariba (Friday), Variety Lights (Saturday), and (Sunday), with The White Sheik on Monday preceded by a 35mm print of Roberto Rossellini's featurette "The Miracle" (co-written with Fellini and featuring him on-screen).
  • The Regent Theatre presents an encore of the "Women's Adventure Film Tour" on Tuesday, while Wednesday's Ocean Films show is Big Wave Guardians, which follows the lifeguards on Hawaii's beautiful but deadly North Shore.
  • The Roxbury International Film Festival continues with shows at The Museum of Fine Arts from Friday to Sunday, plus a free outdoor screening of Love Jones on their lawn on Tuesday; there are shows at ArtsEmerson on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, the latter being closing film Let's Go Outdoors, with events and screenings around the city, including several at Hibernian Hall on Tuesday, while a selection of streaming films comes online Monday.
  • 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 Elvis and Top Gun: Maverick from Friday to Sunday as well as Thursday.

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

    The Luna Theater once again Men Friday and Saturday evenings, Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story Saturday afternoon, Fanny: The Right to Rock on Saturday evening; Paris Is Burning plays Sunday on Sunday, and there's a free Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem Friday-Monday line-up is Top Gun: Maverick, Elvis, and Lightyear. They've also got The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Teseracte players on Saturday (the Full Body Cast is back at Boston Common for their Saturday night show) and a Summer Rewind presentation of Wayne's World on Thursday.
  • Joe's Free Films shows two outdoor movies by the water on Friday night: Jaws at the Boston Harbor Hotel and Pirates of the Caribbean on the deck of the U.S.S. Constitution. Thursday night offers an outdoor double feature of Moana & School of Rock at Cambridge Crossing.
  • 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.
Look, I want to see The Black Phone, Official Competition, and maybe Elvis, but am I going to miss the 70mm shows of Last Action Hero and Streets of Fire, the two Heroic Trio movies, Mad God on the big screen, and 35mm L.A. Confidential and Gladiator to fit them in? That's a tight squeeze, folks!

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