Friday, September 16, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 16 September 2022 - 22 September 2022

Weirdly big turnover week, with probably more noteworthy new mainstream releases than the previous month. That includes two detective movies - I feel like 2022 is the best year for the mystery genre on the big screen in a long time.
  • The first comic mystery, See How They Run, opens at The Coolidge Corner Theatre (including a Saturday Masked Matinee), the Arlington Capitol, the Lexington Venue, West Newton, Boston Common, Fenway, Kendall Square, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, Chestnut Hill, and CinemaSalem; it features Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan as a detective and constable investigating a murder backstage at a play in 1950s London.

    The Coolidge also gets God's Country, as do Fresh Pond, Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row, with the film starring Thandiwe Newton as a professor in a rural college town who finds herself targeted when she tells two ment that they cannot hunt on her property. The Tuesday Night presentation at the Coolidge will have director Julian Higgins on-hand for a post-film Q&A.

    After Midnite shows at the Coolidge this weekend are The Warriors on 35mm Friday and and Shaft (the first of that name) on Saturday; the Midnite programmers will also be honoring Fabio Frizzi on Saturday with an awards presentation, concert, and midnight screening of Zombie, although pieces of the program appear to be sold out. On Sunday, they give the main screen over to the Infernal Affairs Trilogy, newly restored and apparently playing just this once as a marathon. Monday's big-screen classic is a 35mm print of Zodiac, while Wednesday features Real Women Have Curves, also on 35mm film.
  • The biggest mainstream release looks to be The Woman King, with Viola Davis as the leader of a group of elite woman warriors in an African kingdom resisting the encroachment of European colonization. It's directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and looks pretty terrific. It plays the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Fenway, Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    Pearl, a prequel to X that director Ti West shot darn-near simultaneously, arrives at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and CinemaSalem; it features Mia Goth in a prequel apparently set decades before the other film. A third movie is expected next year, which is nuts.

    Moonage Daydream, a documentary about David Bowie culled from a massive amount of footage and home movies, plays exclusively on Imax screens for its first week, including Boston Common, Assembly Row.

    Confess, Fletch - with John Hamm in the title role - is a pretty enjoyable comic mystery which is, as a bonus, shot and set in Boston, plays Boston Common, Fenway, Arsenal Yards.

    Clerks III hangs around for some more one-offs, at Fenway on Friday/Sunday, Arsenal Yards on Friday/Saturday/Sunday, South Bay on Sunday, and Assembly Row on Sunday. There's also an "Imax Live Experience" showing of Don't Worry Darling at Assembly Row on Monday, including a Q&A streamed from New York City, which shouldn't be nuts at all. Boston Common continues cheap Disney+ sponsored screenings of Cars (Friday/Saturday), Encanto (Friday/Sunday/Monday), Thor: Ragnarok (Friday/Saturday), the Newsies! musical (Saturday/Sunday/Monday), and Rogue One (Sunday), plus Warner-affiliated Latino Heritage screenings of Selena (Saturday/Monday/Wednesday), Pan's Labyrinth (Saturday/Tuesday/Thursday), The Curse of La Llorna (Saturday/Monday/Thursday), In the Heights (Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday). Fenway and Arsenal Yards have Forgetting Sarah Marshall on Monday, Trainwreck on Tuesday, Knocked Up on Wednesday as part of the promo for the filmmakers' Bros. Jeepers Creepers: Reborn (which is no longer connected to the original creator) plays Fenway on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, plus Arsneal Yards on Wednesday.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square opens The Silent Twins, with Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrence as the title characters, two young women in Wales who refused to communicate with anyone but each other. Intriguingly, it's from director Agnieszka Smoczynska, whose The Lure and Fugue were, if nothing else, interesting. It also plays the Capitol, West Newton, and Boston Common.

    Kendall Square also opens A Jazzman's Blues, the latest from Tyler Perry, a period drama built around an unsolved mystery in the music world, and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, a thirty-year-old oddity starring Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine, and Rod Steiger and directed by Simon Callow from the Cohen Group's catalog. Tuesday's Retro Replay "Back to School" show is The Breakfast Club.
  • Aside from Brahmastra: Part One - Shiva - playing Fresh Pond (2D Hindi), Boston Common (2D/RealD 3D Hindi), Fenway (2D/RealD 3D Hindi) - the Indian films turn over. The bigger opening at Apple Fresh Pond is another ambitious franchise hopeful, Tamil-language "musical gangster film" Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu Part 1: The Kindling, and also has Kannada-language comedy Lucky Man, about someone who "marries his best friend" and finds it no blessing; Malayalam period flick Pathonpatham Noottandu (Friday), Tamil actioner Sinam, Telugu romance Nenu Meeku Baaga Kavalsinavaadini in more limited showtimes on smaller screens. Byomkesh Hatyamancha, a Bangla-language period mystery which appears to be Abir Chatterjee's eighth outing as sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi, plays Saturday and Sunday.

    Fantasia anime selection Goodbye, Don Glees! has dubbed shows at Boston Common and Fenway on Sunday and subtitled shows at Boston Common on Tuesday. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero still plays South Bay, dubbed.

    Boston Common also has Saturday/Sunday matinees for Chinese sci-fi comedy Moon Man and evening shows on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • The Brattle Theatre spends the week on The Films of Mike Leigh, featuring High Hopes (Friday/Saturday), Life Is Sweet (Friday/Saturday), Meantime (Saturday/Tuesday), Topsy-Turvy (Sunday), Career Girls (Sunday/Monday), Naked (Monday/Thursday), Bleak Moments (Tuesday), and Secrets & Lies (Wednesday). All are new digital restorations, and I must say, I do not like this thing where movies I saw in theaters are old enough to need restorations.

    They also pick up Senegalese genre mashup Saloum, which starts out as a western but gets into supernatural thrills as its outlaw gang tries to lie low. It plays late shows Friday to Wednesday, with matinees on the weekend and afternoon/evening shows on Thursday.
  • The Somerville Theatre has the new 4K restoration of Carnal Knowledge playing in the main room from Friday to Sunday. The Midnight special on Saturday is a 35mm print of Enter the Dragon. The recent Greta Gerwig-directed version of Little Women plays Tuesday and Wednesday on 35mm film.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has more Early Kiarostami with First Case, Second Case (Friday), Homework (Friday), Through the Olive Trees (Sunday), and Fellow Citizen (Sunday). On Monday, they welcome filmmaker Leandro Listorti, with his new experimental documentary Herbaria.
  • Bright Lights is back in the Bright Screening Room of Emerson's Paramount Theater on Thursday, kicking off the fall season with Everything Everywhere All At Once, including alumni cast and crew who worked on the film taking questions afterward. Tickets are free and it's open to the public, but aren't available until the day of the show.
  • It's about that time of year when you might just remember The Boston Film Festival is a thing. It opens Thursday night with Don't Worry Darling at Regal Fenway, although with no guests listed, I'm not sure how that's different from the night-before previews going on in the next screen over. There are two days of in-person shows at various locations after that, as well as three packages of shorts and nine features viewable online starting Thursday.
  • The Lexington Venue has Vengeance and See How They Run playing through Sunday.

    The West Newton Cinema opens The Silent Twins and See How They Run and holds over Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Three Thousand Years of Longing, Where the Crawdads Sing, Hallelujah (no show Thursday), Minions (Saturday/Sunday), and The Bad Guys (Sunday). No shows on Monday.

    The Luna Theater has Bodies Bodies Bodies Friday, Saturday, and Thursday; the Sundance Institute Indigineous Shorts Tour and Sundance Shorts programs on Saturday, Mean Girls on Sunday, plus Weirdo Wednesday.

    Cinema Salem Friday to Sunday line-up is Pearl and See How They Run; they've also got The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Teseracte Players on Saturday (Boston Common has their weekly show with Full Body Cast that night as well).
  • 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.
That's a lot! I've already caught Confess, Fletch, so I'm looking at The Woman King, See How They Run, Infernal Affairs, The Silent Twins, God's Country, and Saloum. Maybe Goodbye, Don Glees!, and I'm tempted by the "mystery screening" Regal is advertising for Monday. Can't be Glass Onion, can it?

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