Friday, July 22, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 22 July 2022 - 28 July 2022

Still in Montreal, so this is all for you, Boston.
  • Nope, the latest from Jordan Peele, gets a big release. Shot with Imax 70mm cameras, it has had a delightfully vague publicity campaign, although the latest trailers suggest a down-on-its-luck small business trying to get publicity from a set of UFO sightings, although the folks in the flying saucers may have issues with that. It's at the Somerville (including 4K laser), the Coolidge, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Salem, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Fenway, South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), the Embassy, and Chestnut Hill.

    Boston Common has 40th Anniversary screenings of Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Thursday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre turns most of their screens and slots over this week on even beyond opening Nope, with two noteworthy documentaries. Fire of Love played at IFFBoston and tells the story of two French volcanologists who loved volcanoes nearly as much as each other, though their fearlessness in getting close to these forces would lead to a tragic end. It's also at Kendall Square and Boston Common.

    The Coolidge also opens Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song, which lays its subject out pretty clearly, but is notable for Cohen's participation in the early stages and access to his trust's archives. There's a masked matinee on Sunday, and it also plays Kendall Square and Boston Common.

    Friday's midnight, a 35mm print of Killer Klowns from Outer Space, isn't easily scheduled as a double feature with Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, but the Chiodo Brothers, best known for the former, are credited with animation on the latter. Saturday's midnight is a 35mm print of Final Destination 3. Monday's Big Screen Classic screening of Mississippi Masala includes an optional seminar for a closer look at Mira Nair's film, as does Tuesday's On the Waterfront, that screening on 35mm film. Thursday's "Rewind!" show is The Rock, with an after-party at Parlour.
  • Hindi-language action/adventure Shamshera, starring Ranbir Kapoor as a tribal warrior looking to free his people from a tyrant played by Sanjay Dutt, plays at Apple Fresh Pond and Boston Common. Fresh Pond also opens Telugu romantic comedy Thank You, starring Naga Chaitanya and Raashi Khanna and Malayalam-language real-life disaster drama Malayankunju.

    Chinese family fantasy Mozart from Space opens at Boston Common, starring Huang Bo as the father of a boy who befriends an alien with incredible musical ability. It's from director Chen Sicheng, best known for the Detective Chinatown movies. They also get Hong Kong comedy Chilli Laugh Story with Edan Lui as a man who starts selling his family's secret chilli sauce online during the pandemic, with Ronald Cheng, Gigi Leung, and Sandra Ng as part of the extended family.

    One Piece Film: Gold, the latest entry in the anime juggernaut, plays Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Sunday (dubbed) and Tuesday (subtitled).

    Franco-Belgian comedy My Donkey, My Lover & I opens at Boston Common after a long journey from its home countries (where it opened in 2020), with Laure Calamy as a woman who shows up at her married lover's family vacation and winds up befriending a recalcitrant donkey.
  • The Brattle Theatre has A Tribute to Trintignant this weekend, celebrating the French actor with The Conformist (Friday/Saturday/Sunday), My Night at Maud's (Friday/Saturday), The Great Silence (Saturday/Sunday), and a 35mm print of The City of Lost Children (Sunday).

    The Judy Garland Centennial features on Monday and Tuesday are Meet Me in St. Louis (35mm) and The Harvey Girls. Wednesday is their first "Vendor Takeover", with Lamplighter offering beer tastings along with a double feature of Lady Bird & Midsommar. Thursday's series of influential Midnighters have a 35mm print of Eraserhead and Frank Henelotter's Basket Case.
  • The Somerville Theatre is mostly in the first-run business this week, but they play a 35mm print of Mean Girls on Friday night - not the usual thing Slaughterhouse Movie Club does a burlesque preshow for, but why not? The Saturday midnight is Dolemite Is My Name.

    The "Feel Good Flick" at The Capitol this weekend is the Tim Burton/Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson Batman, playing Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, because, hey, it's got people with great big broad smiles.
  • The Harvard Film Archive keeps up the new DCPs of The Complete Federico Fellini with City of Women (Friday), Orchestra Rehearsal, The Clowns (Sunday), and Roma (Monday).
  • The road movie Retro Replay at Landmark Theatres Kendall Square this Tuesday is Mad Max: Fury Road.
  • The Museum of Science has weekend shows of Jurassic World: Dominion on the Omnimax dome 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 has recently announced plans to sell the long-held family business, but that's at least a year away. In the meantime, they open Nope and keep Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Where the Crawdads Sing, Thor: Love & Thunder, Minions, Elvis (no show Friday/Sunday), Downton Abbey: A New Era (no show Friday/Sunday), and The Bad Guys (Saturday/Sunday).

    The Luna Theater has Crimes of the Future (Friday/Saturday), Beba (Saturday), the 2022 Cat Video Fest (Saturday), Isle of Dogs (all day Sunday), and a Weirdo Wednesday.

    Cinema Salem Friday-Monday line-up is Thor: Love & Thunder, Where the Crawdads Sing, and Nope. Miz Diamond Wigfall hosts a special drag preshow for Scream on Friday, and Thursday's Summer Rewind show is The Last Boy Scout.
  • Impressively full slate of outdoor flicks on the Joe's Free Films this week.
  • 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.
Still in Montreal, so I'll be catching up on some of these when I get back; follow my Letterboxd page to see what I'm catching at Fantasia, although sometimes it shows up here first, because the workflow when you're on vacation but also dialing into the day job and sometimes prioritize chatting with friends you haven't seen in three years instead of trying to write on your phone. I'll try and think of folks seeing the Leonard Cohen movie every time I see the massive mural over Rue Bishop, though.

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