Friday, October 07, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 7 October 2022 - 13 October 2022

Oscar Season starts this weekend, with Javier Bardem's new movie… Wait, I gather he is the one actor not in the big release.
  • The big release is Amsterdam, the latest from David O. Russell with Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and John David Washington as a mismatched trio of ex-soldiers drawn into a murder mystery with enough big names in the cast that there's no obvious candidate to do the sudden shift when the mystery is solved. It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common (Including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Fenway, Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    Bardem, meanwhile, is in Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, based on a kids' book that sounds vaguely familiar (though after my time and maybe that of my brothers) with a kid finding an apparently non-predatory reptiloid in his new apartment's attic, that doesn't talk but can sing (voice of Shawn Mendes). Constance Wu & Scoot McNairy as the parents; Bardem the circus person who apparently left the guy behind. It's at Fresh Pond, the Lexington Venue, West Newton, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Fenway, South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    With Halloween Ends opening next week, theaters offer the chance to catch up, but it can be tricky - Fresh Pond and Arsenal Yards appear to have the original 1978 Halloween, while Boston Common has the 2018 sequel (also named Halloween) and Halloween Kills, timed to run as a double feature. I think; Fandango has listed the wrong thing with the same title before, and it seems odd Fresh Pond would do a whole week when it was just me for a single screening four years ago, so you may not know what you're getting until you sit down. In other spooky presentations, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards have 25th Anniversary screenings of Scream 2 on Sunday and Monday (no Monday show at Arsenal Yards). Terrifier 2 also shows up again, at Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Sunday and Monday.

    Billy Joel Live at Yankee Stadium has an encore show Sunday afternoon at Boston Common, Fenway, Kendall Square, and South Bay. Spanish-subtitled Latino Heritage month matinees at Boston Common include Selena (Friday/Saturday/Monday/Tuesday), The Curse of La Llorona (Sunday/Thursday evening), and Pan's Labyrinth (Thursday)
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square gets The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, with Kunal Nayyar as a windowed bookseller who has a rare manuscript stolen, though something else may be entering his life; it also plays Boston Common. Tuesday's Retro Replay 1980s horror film at Kendall Square is Tony Scott's The Hunger.
  • The new Indian film opening at Apple Fresh Pond this Friday is Goodbye, with Rashmika Mandanna as a woman whose mother has recently passed, with her father (Amitabh Bachchan) not doing well as the family comes together for the traditional mourning period. Ponniyin Selvan: Part One continues to play Fresh Pond (Tamil/Telugu), Boston Common (Tamil & Hindi), and South Bay (Tamil); also hanging around are Vikram Vedha (Fresh Pond & Boston Common), Kantara (Fresh Pond), GodFather (Fresh Pond & Boston Common), The Ghost, and Brahmastra: Part One - Shiva at Fresh Pond.

    Anime A Silent Voice has a 5th anniversary show at Boston Common, Fenway, and Assembly Row on Wednesday (dubbed).
  • The Brattle Theatre offers up A Centennial Celebration of Ruby Dee with Uptight (Friday/Sunday), The Incident (Friday), Saint Louis Blues (Saturday/Sunday), A Raisin in the Sun (Saturday), Buck and the Preacher (Saturday), American Gangster (Sunday), Do the Right Thing (35mm Monday), and Jungle Fever (Monday), with two-for-one double features on Friday, Saturday, and Monday. They also pay tribute to Jean-Luc Godard with a double feature of Breathless & Band of Outsiders (the latter in 35mm) from Tuesday to Thursday.

    They also have late shows of Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon from Friday to Monday. The latest from Ana Lily Amirpour, which stars Jeon Jong-seo as a young woman in a mental hospital who had been unresponsive for a dozen years but escapes and manipulates others with her psychic powers. It also features Craig Robinson, Ed Skrein, and Kate Hudson.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre has a new restoration of Jack-O at midnight Friday and Saturday; it's apparently a cult classic even though it came out in 1995 and I don't recall it playing Worcester, although maybe that's just Worcester. There's also two John Carpenter flicks late, with The Fog at midnight on Friday and Escape from New York on Saturday. Monday's Big Screen Classic is Pierrot le Fou, while Thursday gives you a head start on next weekend's Carpenter stuff with a pre-show seminar before a 35mm print of They Live.
  • The Capitol and West Newton open Young Plato, a documentary about a school administrator working to turn a rough Irish inner city neighborhood around, with Hallelujah coming (back?) to the Capitol after playing West Newton for a couple months.

    The Somerville Theatre has a 35mm print of Scream '96 at midnight on Saturday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has guests this weekend, with "The Return of João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra" featuring the pair hosting Will-o'-the-Wisp on Friday, and their new one Where Is This Street? Or, WIth No Before and After on Saturday, and not necessarily part of The Green Years earlier on Saturday. "The Face of Time… Recent Films by Tsai Ming-liang" offers Your Face on Sunday and then Tsai on-hand for Afternoon on Monday evening, along with muse Lee Kang-sheng. The pair will also be around next Friday for Days.
  • The Regent Theatre continues to host the Loney Seal Festival through Monday, though many will be in the Underground room as other things play upstairs.

    Rock doc Forever Everly, for instance, plays Friday, billed as a combination of movie and live concert. There are other live events Saturday and Sunday, with the latter's John Lennon birthday celebration "A Day in His Life" featuring archival materials as well. Documentary film Gratitude Revealed plays Wednesday, a project 40 years in the making from Louie Schwartzberg, who made Fantastic Fungi, a highlight of the virtual cinemas at the start of the pandemic. Remember those? I kind of figured they might linger afterward.
  • The Bright Lights show in the Bright Screening Room of Emerson's Paramount Theater this Thursday is Subject, which takes a look at the ethics of documentary filmmaking, with both director Jennifer Tiexera and subject Ahmed Hassan on-hand afterward.

    It's presented "in association with" GlobeDocs, though it's not technically on the schedule. That festival opens Wednesday with The Disruptors and Good Night Oppy at the Coolidge, with No Time to Fail playing there Thursday; the festival continues through the following Monday and also has a number of films available to stream via Eventive.
  • The Lexington Venue has The Good House and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile playing through Sunday.

    As mentioned, The West Newton Cinema is opening Young Plato and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, joining Bros, Don't Worry Darling, See How They Run, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (Saturday to Monday), Where the Crawdads Sing (Saturday to Tuesday), Hallelujah (Saturday), Minions (Sunday), and The Bad Guys (Sunday).

    The Luna Theater plays Pearl on Friday but appears otherwise dark, with a Weirdo Wednesday show the other thing on the schedule.

    Cinema Salem Friday to Sunday line-up is Bros and Barbarian. The spooky stuff includes Re-Animator on Friday, The Lost Boys on Saturday, The Wolf Man on Sunday, and two from VideoCoven on Thursday: Bad Girl Boogey & Death Drop Gorgeous.
  • Joe's Free Films shows that there are still some outdoor programs going, with BeetleJuice at the Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain on Friday and the Summer Shack pop-up in Harvard Square showing Little Shop of Horrors on Saturday and Coco on Thursday.
  • 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.
Some places that only have limited showtimes most days are open all day Monday for Indigineous People's Day (as I believe it is called in most local precincts), if you've got that off. I kind of don't want to support a David O. Russell movie - being a bully and a creep doesn't make one more talented, so why not give your business to non-jerks - but, man, not much else out this week, is there?

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