Friday, September 02, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 2 September 2022 - 8 September 2022

Labor Day weekend is even weirder than usual this year, with the two biggest entries re-releases, a "National Cinema Day" on Saturday where a lot of places will be charging $3, any movie, any screen, all day long, and not even a lot of unimpressive material being dumped in the hope that it will maybe get a boost by a holiday weekend.
  • Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul is the widest new release, playing at Fresh Pond, Fenway, Kendall Square, South Bay, Assembly Row, and the Embassy; it stars Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown as the leaders of a megachurch trying to rebuild themselves from nothing after a major scandal. There's also Gigi & Nate at Boston Common, featuring Charlie Rowe as a parapalegic man given a curious monkey as a helper animal.

    The bigger name releases are established hits: Jaws is releasing on Imax screens and in RealD (in what sounds like a surprisingly decent conversion). It's at Boston Common (Imax Xenon/Real 3D), South Bay (Imax Xenon), and Assembly Row (Imax Xenon). Sony also brings Spider-Man: No Way Home back with 15 minutes of deleted scenes and extras that were apparently not on the DVD/Blu-Ray/4K releases. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, CinemasSalem, Boston Common (including Dolby CInema), Fenway, South Bay (Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    Fenway, South Bay, and Arsenal Yards have 40th Anniversary screenings of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday (no Arsenal Yards). There are Wednesday early screenings of Barbarian (Boston Common, Assembly Row) and After Ever Happy (Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards) before the regular Thursday previews
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square has the latest from Fran├žois Ozon, Peter Von Kant, a remake of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant that reimagines the title character as a gay filmmaker, creating new twists on its tale. The Kendall also opens Three Minutes: A Lengthening, with director Bianca Stigter taking a 3-minute home movie that is the only surviving record of the Jewish inhabitants of a Polish town and both teasing as much as she can from it and providing context.

    Kendall Square starts a new Retro Replay program - "Back to School" - on Tuesday with Animal House. Their website is currently not showing any showtimes for Wednesday and Thursday, although it's also not showing any announcement of the place being closed
  • The Brattle Theatre has a few weeks of straightforward bookings coming up, with Girl Picture playing all week; it's a Finnish film about two best friends who find their life heading in new directions when a third joins their circle. They also have late shows of Daisies, the Czech New Wave classic in a new restoration. They also have 35mm screenings of Modern Times from Saturday to Monday to celebrate Labor Day.
  • Apple Fresh Pond has a new slate of Indian movies for the weekend. Cobra screens in both Tamil and Telugu, featuring Vikram as a mathematical genius who has an alter ego as a master criminal. Ranga Ranga Vaibhavanga is a Telugu-language comedy about a pair from the same hometown who never got along but wind up stuck with each other through medical school. Another Telugu comedy, First Day First Show, has a college kid getting into weird misadventures as he tries to get tickets to see a movie with his crush. Malayalam comedy Palthu Janwar, meanwhile, has an animator having to take a job as a veterinary inspector to make ends meet. Tamil-language drama Natchathiram Nagargirathu has four young people trying to figure out life and love. Hindi-language mythological adventure Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, which apparently was originally scheduled for December 2016, opens at Boston Common on Thursday in Imax Xenon (apparently 2D, although the standee at the theater mentions Imax 3D) and at Fenway in both Hindi (2D/3D) and Telugu (2D).

    Boston Common has Chinese comedy Moon Man bouncing around the schedule, with the makers of Never Say Die playing with the idea of an astronaut marooned on the moon as a disaster wipes out life on Earth. Romance Almost Love also hangs around.

    Anime The House of the Lost on the Cape plays Boston Common on Wednesday, with both dubbed and subtitled screenings of this film about a teenager discovering peace and maybe kappas at a traditional Japanese beach home. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero still plays Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, Kendall Square, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards (including CWX), Chestnut Hill, and CinemaSalem; though most places are dub-only now.
  • Did The Coolidge Corner Theatre have Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris when it first opened, or is this just picking up the Cute English Thing with more legs than you might expect when they've got some room on screens? I can't recall, but it's there/back, including a masked matinee on Sunday.

    The September After Midnite series is Midnight 101, kind of picking up where the Brattle left off, only actually at midnight, with a new restoration of Pink Flamingos playing Friday and a 35mm print of Repo Man on Saturday. Monday's Big Screen Classic is Office Space, and it's still Samurai Summer, with 35mm prints of Ran (on Tuesday) and A Fistful of Dollars (on Wednesday). Thursday's Cinema Jukebox show is Juice
  • The Harvard Film Archive kicks off their Fall season with a program of Early Abbas Kiarostami, with Where is the Friend's House? playing Friday evening and Sunday afternoon (with 2 shorts), First Graders on Sunday night (with two shorts). Monday also has "Learning to Be Human, the Open-Ended Educational Film", a program of (mostly) 16mm short films curated by Brittany Gravely.
  • The Somerville Theatre picks up the new 4K restoration of Apocalypse Now in its Final Cut on the main screen, with The Good Boss showing up downstairs.
  • The Lexington Venue refreshes their screens with Vengeance, Emily the Criminal, and The Good Boss playing through Monday.

    The West Newton Cinema brings The Bad Guys back for matinees in addition to 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, and Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. No listings for Thursday.

    The Luna Theater has Bodies Bodies Bodies Friday and Saturday, the Sundance Institute Indigineous Shorts Tour Saturday afternoon and Thursday evening (with a less-themed Sundance Shorts program Saturday evening), Heathers on Sunday, and Weirdo Wednesday.

    Cinema Salem Friday-Monday line-up is Spider-Man No Way Home, Bodies Bodies Bodies, and Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero; they've also got Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Sunday evening.
  • Joe's Free Films has outdoor movies more or less shutting down with Labor Day, although Ghost plays Copley Square twice on Thursday to give folks a reason to hang around and maybe spread their Orange Line commute out.
  • 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.
Am I pondering how I can use Saturday to catch up on a lot of stuff cheap? Mayyyybe. Definitely looking at seeing what the 3D conversion of Jaws looks like, and probably Moon Man among the new releases.

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