Friday, July 15, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 15 July 2022 - 21 July 2022

Obviously, I'm not in town, but why not write this up just so I've got a list when I get back?
  • The week's big release is Where the Crawdads Sing, an adaptation of the best-selling novel about an outcast girl raised in the backwoods who attracts a more urbane boy's eye and also winds up on trial for murder. It's at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, the Lexington Venue, West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common, Kendall Square, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, the Embassy, and Chestnut Hill.

    Relatively long in the making is Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, an animated film that started out as a funny-animal riff on Blazing Saddles (and still has Mel Brooks in the voice cast) but wound up in samurai territory, with Michael Cera voicing the dog who wants to get the skills to stand up for himself and Samuel L. Jackson as the cat who reluctantly takes him on as a pupil. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row.

    Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris looks to be an amiable-enough entry in the "idiosyncratic older Brit politely upends convention" genre, with Lesley Manville as the titular character who decides she wants to use her life savings to own and wear a really nice dress once in her life and gets wound up in the world of high fashion. It's at West Newton, Boston Common, and Assembly Row.

    50th Anniversary screenings of Cabaret play Fenway, South Bay, and Arsenal Yards on Sunday and Wednesday. Fenway has a one-off show of Louis C.K.'s Fourth of July on Wednesday. Boston Common has an early showing of IFFBoston selection Fire of Love on Wednesday, before the usual Thursday previews. Boston Common and Assembly row are also having "Imax Live Experiences" with streamed Q&A as part of the Thursday previews for Nope.
  • Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down begins its regular run at Landmark Theatres Kendall Square and Boston Common. It's a documentary about the congresswoman from Arizona who was shot in the head and, though she made a miraculous recovery, still had to learn how to talk and communicate again.

    The Kendall also opens Poser, an indie drama/thriller about a young woman losing herself as she seeks internet fame, and director Ori Segev will be on-hand for a Q&A after Saturday's 7pm show. The retro replay entry on Tuesday is Malick's Badlands.
  • The new one from Claire Denis, Both Sides of the Blade, opens at The Coolidge Corner Theatre. It features Juliette Binoche, Vincent London, and GrĂ©goire Colin as long-time lovers and friends who find their relationships complicating as the latter once again returns to the orbit of the first two.

    Midnites at the Coolidge this week include a 35mm print of Carnival of Souls on Friday and a twelve-hour overnight marathon of the first seven Nightmare on Elm Street films (up to New Nightmare, not including Freddy vs Jason or the remake) from midnight Saturday to noon Sunday, all on 35mm. The Big Screen Classics this week are new-ish additions to the canon, with Mad Max: Fury Road on 35mm Monda and Shrek on Tuesday.

    Their friends at the Embassy have Netflix original The Gray Man, if you'd like to see that on the big screen. Note that they are still closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • The Brattle Theatre has two good ones from recent IFFBoston events this weekend, with Memoria making another swing back through the Boston area, once again on 35mm film, and Peter Strickland's latest (and possibly funniest) cinematic oddity, Flux Gourmet, playing through Monday. The Judy Garland series features Girl Crazy on 35mm Monday, with another Busby Berkeley musical, Strike Up the Band, paired with it on Tuesday. Filmmaker Jodie Mack visits on Wednesday with a 16mm "Cabinet of Curiosities" collection, and Thursday's Midnighters series (except shown before bedtime) is the new 50th anniversary digital restoration of Pink Flamingos.
  • Apple Fresh Pond has a full slate of new Indian movies: Gargi is in Tamil and stars Sai Pallavi as a teacher seeking to prove her father's innocence in court with an inexperienced lawyer; Iravin Nizhal is also in Tamil and stars Parthibian as a man trying to solve a mystery, with the film set up as one long shot. Shabaash Mithu is a Hindi-language biography with taapsee Pannu as Mithali Raj, the captain of India's women's cricket team. The Warriorr is in either Tamil or Telugu (is there a better place than their website to find this information?), starring Ram Pothineni as a former criminal who becomes a cop to take his boss (Aadhi) down . Meanwhile, Boston Common gets HIT - The First Case, a Hindi-language crime flck starring Rajkumar Rao and Sanya Malhotra.

    Anime The Deer King, in which a once-enslaved warrior wanders a plague-savaged land, continues through at least Wednesday at at Boston Common, which also keeps Korean action film The Killer around.
  • The Somerville Theatre pairs a 35mm print of To Kill a Mockingbird with In the Heat of the Night Friday and Sturday, with a Melvin van Peebles double feature of Story of a Three Day Pass & Sweet Seetback's Baadasss Song getting the big screen Sunday and Monday. The adorable Marcel the Shell With Shoes On gets to grab it for a couple days Tuesday and Wednesday, before they start a month of mostly using the fancy projector for new releases with Nope on Thursday.

    The "Feel Good Flick" at The Capitol this weekend is As Good as It Gets, playing Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and, I dunno, is that really on-theme?
  • The Harvard Film Archive still more of The Complete Federico Fellini, mostly new DCPs. This week's selections of Variety Lights (Friday), The White Sheik paired with a 35mm print of Rossellini-directed/Fellini-written featurette "The Miracle" (Saturday), Casanova (Sunday), and The Clowns (Monday)
  • The Regent Theatre has documentary Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC on Sunday, with director Danny Garcia on-hand for an introduction and a Q&A; the show also includes short documentary "Sid: The Final Curtain", including rare footage of Sid Vicious's last New York shows.
  • It being the third week of the month, The Museum of Science has a documentary from the Woods Hole Film Festival playing in the Omni dome, in this case After Antarctica, with the filmmakers introducing their film about Will Steger once again crossing Antarctica, thirty years of climate change after his first expedition. In addition, weekend shows of Jurassic World: Dominion on the Omnimax dome run through the end of July.
  • The Lexington Venue has Where the Crawdads Sing and Minions: The Rise of Gru from Friday to Sunday.

    The West Newton Cinema opens Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris and Where the Crawdads Sing, joiingThor: Love & Thunder, Minions, Elvis, Top Gun: Maverick, Downton Abbey: A New Era (Friday/Sunday/Monday/Tuesday), and The Bad Guys (Sunday). They also host the Carol of the Bells on Wednesday as part of the Boston Jewish Film Summer Cinematheque.

    The Luna Theater has Crimes of the Future (Friday/Saturday), Beba (Saturday/Thursday) Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story (Saturday), The Grand Budapest Hotel (all day Sunday), and a Weirdo Wednesday.

    Cinema Salem Friday-Monday line-up is Thor: Love & Thunder, Where the Crawdads Sing, and Minions. Locally-shot Albanian-American production The Spark plays Sunday, with Thursday's Summer Rewind show being Mallrats.
  • Jealous of those seeing Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World on the deck of the U.S.S. Constitution on Friday night; that sounds like a kick. Joe's Free Films shows a fairly full slate of outdoor screenings this week, including Grease (Friday at the Harbor Hotel), Peter Rabbit 2 (Friday at Brighton Commons, Shrek (Saturday at the Prudential), Encanto (Saturday at Assembly Row), The Sandlot (Sunday at Christopher Columbus Park), and Sing 2 (Thursday at Somerville's Argenziano School).
  • 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 will see none of these this week, but don't feel too bad; I expect a major Fantasia-shaped bump on my Letterboxd page by the end of the month.

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