Friday, August 12, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 12 August 2022 - 18 August 2022

Back to normal plans this week. I shall miss being wished "bon cinéma!" before each feature.
  • Fantasia closing feature Bodies Bodies Bodies shows up at the Coolidge (including a Sunday Masked Matinee), the Somerville, Boston Common, Fenway, Kendall Square, South Bay, Assembly Row. It's apparently a slasher movie done A24-style, with feckless twenty-somethings alone in a scary house and ready to backstab even before actual stabbing starts.

    Fall is a nifty-looking thriller in which a couple of young people who climb a very tall tower suddenly find themselves unable to get down, at least outside of the obvious, fatal way; probably the sort of thing that doesn't give you the full effect unless it takes up your whole field of vision on the big screen (if you can handle that). It's at Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row.

    Coming of age film Summering, with director James Ponsoldt taking a look at four tween girls confronting grown-up issues and going on an adventure before starting middle school, plays Boston Common and the Embassy. Boston Common and the Lexington Venue also get Mack & Rita, in which a 30-year-old writer (Elizabeth Lail) finds herself transformed into her 70-year-old self (Diane Keaton) and finds it strangely liberating.

    The premium screens get some returns and re-expansions this weekend: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial lands at Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common (Imax Xenon), South Bay (Imax Xenon), Assembly Row (Imax Xenon); Top Gun: Maverick has some bonus features added and makes its way back to premium screens at Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Fenway, Kendall Square, South Bay (Including Dolby CInema), Assembly Row (including Imax Xenon & Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill. Dirty Dancing gets 35th anniversary Fathom shows at Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards on Sunday and Wednesday; Coraline plays Monday at Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards. Arsenal Yards also has free-for-kids shows of Trolls in the mornings.
  • IFFBoston selections continue to Landmark Theatres Kendall Square, with opening film Emily the Criminal arriving this weekend. It stars Aubrey Plaza as a woman paying off her student loans with credit card scams getting in over her head. It also plays Boston Common.

    Tuesday's Hitchcock feature at the Kendall is The Birds. Kendall Square, Boston Common, and Fenway also have a screening of Free Chol Soo Lee, a documentary about a Korean immigrant falsely accused of a Chinatown murder in 1970s San Francisco, on Wednesday.
  • I'll hopefully have a more complete review up today or tomorrow from seeing it in Fantasia, but Inu-Oh, the latest anime from Masaaki Yuasa, who probably doesn't get nearly the talk of being next big thing in the medium as Shinkai or Hosada, perhaps because his stuff is more eccentric and idiosyncratic. It's a rock opera that takes place during the emergence of what is now called Noh Theater, with a blind guitarist and a twisted dancer coming together to push the norms of their own art forms. It's at Boston Common and Kendall Square. For more IP-oriented anime, Teasing Master Takagi-San: The Movie plays Boston Common on Sunday and Monday, while Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero starts a run on Thursday at Boston Common (including Imax Xenon), Fenway, Kendall Square, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Xenon), Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill. The first two are subtitle; the last two are mostly dubbed, but with some subbed shows sprinkled in.

    Boston Common also has Emergency Declaration, a sprawling disaster thriller from Korea with Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun as unassuming people thrown into the middle of a genetically-engineered virus let loose on a plane from Seoul to Honolulu, one on the ground and one on the air. They also keep Chinese drama Lighting Up the Stars around for one show a day.

    Laal Singh Chaddha, a Hindi-language remake of Forrest Gump with Aamir Khan in the title role and Kareena Kapoor as the Jenny-equivalent, is the big Indian opening this week, playing Fresh Pond, Boston Common, and Fenway.

    Apple Fresh Pond has five other films arriving from the subcontinent on Friday. Raksha Bandhan is a Hindi romantic comedy starring Akshay Kumar as a man who promised his late mother that he would not mary until his four sisters had, Karthikeya 2 is described as a "mystic thriller" (not clear on the language), Viruman is a Tamil action flick with a man trying to avenge his mother's suicide, Macherla Niyojakavargam is a Telugu-language action-comedy, Thallumaala is a Malayalam caper about a young man having misadventures just before his marriage. Kannada-language romantic comedy Gaalipata 2 plays one show Sunday, and Telugu romance Sita Ramam also continues.
  • The Brattle Theatre features the collaborations between Marlene Dietrich & Josef von Sternberg over the weekend, including Dishonored (35mm Friday/Saturday), Morocco (Friday), Blonde Venus (35mm Saturday), Shanghai Express (Saturday), The Scarlet Empress (35mm Sunday), and The Devil Is a Woman (35mm Sunday). On Monday and Tuesday, the pairing is Judy Garland & Gene Kelly, with a 35mm print of Summer Stock both evenings, paired with For Me and My Gal on Monday and The Pirate on Tuesday. Wednesday offers an "Eat Local Month" screening of documentary Fish & Men early, and then welcomes back Kier-La Janisse for a screening of Identikit to promote her expanded and re-released book House of Psychotic Women. Thursdays classic Midnighters are the original versions of Night of the Living Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre is still on the same page as the plexes for most showings, but has good repertory material. The midnights are some of the more enjoyably eccentric DC Comics features, with Batman Returns on 35mm Friday night and Birds of Prey on Saturday. Monday is the annual The Big Lebowski on 35mm party, with a pre-film seminar and other festivities (though it's probably sold out already). Samurai Summer begins on Tuesday, with a 35mm print of The Hidden Fortress and a little movie it inspired called Star Wars on Wednesday. Thursday's "Rewind!" is Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, with an afterparty at Parour.
  • The Somerville Theatre has swapped the screens for Nope and Bullet Train from what their calendar had, with the former back upstairs with the spiffy 4K projector through Sunday (I mean, it's gorgeous, so you can't blame them). After that, they're back on the rep horse, with a 35mm print of Mermaids playing along with Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants on Monday and Tuesday, while an Aubrey Plaza Ingrid Goes West & The To-Do List play Wednesday and Thursday (no Emily the Criminal, oddly; maybe next week).

    The "Feel Good Flick" at The Capitol this weekend is The Great Outdoors, playing Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. They also pick up Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris second-run.
  • You know summer's over as The Harvard Film Archive winds down its annual deep dive, with this being the swan song for The Complete Federico Fellini, though it grabs one extra day. This last week features The Voice of the Moon (Friday), Fellini: A Director's Notebook (Saturday) Satyricon (35mm Sunday), and Amarcord (Monday/Tuesday).
  • Boston Jewish Film wraps the virtual portion of its Summer Cinematheque, with American Birthright available for rentals are 48 hours and going offline Tuesday night.
  • The third Thursday of the month means The Museum of Science teams with the Woods Hole Film Festival for a free screening, in this case the short film "Our Future, Our Fight: Wildfires", meant to be the start of a ten-episode series.
  • After two years off, The Museum of Fine Arts is bringing back their Boston French Film Festival, with opening night on Thursday. That night's film is Full Time a very grounded-sounding thriller about a single mother (Laure Calamy) who has to make it across Paris for a job interview in the middle of a transit strike. There will be seven films in all, running through Sunday the 21st.
  • The Lexington Venue has Mack & Rita and Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris from Friday to Sunday, and again on Thursday.

    The West Newton Cinema only has showtimes through Monday on their website at the moment, including Bullet Train, Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen A Journey, A Song, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Where the Crawdads Sing, Minions, Downton Abbey: A New Era, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, and Saturday/Sunday matinees of The Bad Guys.

    The Luna Theater has Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Friday and Saturday evenings, the 2022 Cat Video Fest on Saturday afternoon,Fire of Love Saturday and Thursday evenings, Night of the LIving Dead on Sunday and a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem Friday-Monday line-up is Bullet Train, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, and Nope. Thursday's Summer Rewind show is the original Men in Black.
  • The outdoor shows listed Joe's Free Films are an illustration of just how thoroughly Disney dominates the mainstream these days, with three Marvel movies, two Pixars, one animated princess, and a Star Wars movie. There's also Selma, Midnight Run, and Space Jam 2 in there.
  • 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.
Down for Emily the Criminal, Bodies Bodies Bodies, and Fall, maybe checking some backlog out. Highly recommending Inu-oh.

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