Friday, October 14, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 14 October 2022 - 20 October 2022

Good stuff opening this weekend, at least where the Oscar bait is concerned.
  • Among the contenders is Triangle of Sadness, the new one from Ruben Östlund, in which some fashion industry types wind up on a ship that sinks and then they must hilariously try to survive, with what looks like a lot of barfing and other fluids. It's at The Coolidge Corner Theatre (including a Sunday masked matinee), Boston Common, and Kendall Square.

    There's also TÁR, with Cate Blanchett as conductor Lydia Tár in what looks like a heck of a stylish biography from director Todd Field. It's at also the Coolidge, Boston Common, and Kendall Square.

    There's also a new release among the Coolidge's midnights, with Dario Argento's Dark Glasses playing Friday and Saturday, with daughter Asia as a woman blinded by a serial killer trying to avoid him as he comes to finish off the job. The Coolidge also continues their Carpenter midnights with The Thing on Friday and a 35mm print of Christine on Saturday. Monday's Science on Screen show has Harvard physicist Dr. Jacob Barandes introducing the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man. The third "Three Colors" restoration, Red, plays Wednesday, and Thursday's Cinema Jukebox show is a sing-along presentation of The Greatest Showman.
  • Horror sequel Halloween Ends is the week's big mainstream opening, with David Gordon Green's fork off the original continuity promising to be the final confrontation between Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers (Nick Castle) until the inevitable threeboot. It plays the Somerville Theatre, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), 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), Chestnut Hill, and on Peacock Premium.

    Very limited shows at Boston Common for Traveling Light, with Tony Todd reuniting with Candyman director Bernard Rose to play a delivery driver looking for his homeless son in the early days of the pandemic (a rare movie that shows people wearing masks and not ignoring the issue). They also have a special Imax show of Fire of Love Sunday afternoon.

    Latino Heritage month screenings wrap at Boston Common finish this weekend with The Curse of La Llorona on Friday and Pan's Labyrinth on Saturday and Sunday. In the Heat of the Night has 55th anniversary shows at Fenway, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards on Sunday, plus Wednesday at Fenway and Assembly Row.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square picks up the new German adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front, directed by Edward Berger and starring Daniel Brühl; it's Germany's submission for the non-English award at the Oscars and arrives a couple weeks ahead of its Netflix debut. The Good Nurse, with Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne, also shows up a week before it arrives on Netflix, with the thriller opening Wednesday.

    Another film playing the Kendall, 1982, arrives three years after opening in its home territory of Lebanon, following an 11-year-old boy trying to work up the nerve to confess to his crush as the conflict with Israel inches closer to his isolated school. Opening with more limited showtimes is Stars at Noon, the new one from Claire Denis, which is also set in the tumultuous 1980s, with Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn as lovers in Nicaragua attempting to flee the country.

    Tuesday's 1980s horror show is David Cronenberg's Videodrome. Korean Oscar submission Decision to Leave, the latest from Park Chan-wook, plays Thursday, but it's not entirely clear if this is a one-off or a night-before show.
  • The big release from India this week appears to be a comedy, with Ayushmann Khurrana playing Doctor G, the only male student in a medical schools gynecology department; it's in Hindi and plays Apple Fresh Pond and Boston Common. Also opening at Fresh Pond on Friday are Hindi drama Aye Zindagi, Hindi satire Love You Loktantra, and action/adventure Code Name: Tiranga (not sure which language). Bangladeshi drama Poran returns for another show Saturday; Pakistani period action flick The Legend of Maula Jatt plays Sunday.

    Ponniyin Selvan: Part One continues to play in Tamil at Fresh Pond , Boston Common, and South Bay; Vikram Vedha stays at Boston Common, Kantara at Fresh Pond, and GodFather at Fresh Pond.
  • The Brattle Theatre is the main base for GlobeDocs from Friday to Sunday with 11 films playing there, many with post-film Q&A and discussion. Two others play the Coolidge on Saturday afternoon and a number of others are available to stream.

    The Brattle also hosts the Sustainable Business Networks's screening and discussion of Fish & Men on Tuesday, as well as the Revolutions Per Minute presentation of a program of films from Peggy Ahwesh on Wednesday, with Ms. Ahwesh and Sarah Keller on-hand for Q&A afterward. Then, on Thursday, they host the opening night presentation of The Boston Asian-American Film Festival, Dealing with Dad, with director Tom Huang there in person for a Q&A. A streaming shorts program also comes on-line that night, with the festival moving to the Paramount starting on the 21st.
  • The Somerville Theatre boots Halloween Ends off the big screen on Saturday and Sunday for a 35mm Hitchcock double feature of Psycho & Frenzy; they also have a Saturday Midnight Special of The Psychopath, apparently an IB Technicolor 35mm print.

    The Capitol kicks off its Halloween programming with The Silence of the Lambs on Friday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has four shows in four different programs this week, with Tsai Ming-liang, Lee Kang-sheng, and Anong Houngheuangsy on hand Friday to show Days (listed as sold out, but you might get lucky if there are still no-shows at 6:50pm). Sunday offers a shorts program featuring the works of Narcissa Hirsch and Marie Louise Alemann as part of "¡Rebeladas! Una aproximación al cine de mujeres en Latinoamérica". Monday offers the next entry in their series of silence from Soviet Georgia, Saba, a temperance drama playing on 35mm film with Robert Humphreville offering live accompaniment. Thursday is the start of a short run of The African Desperate, with director Martine Syms hosting that night's presentation of her comedy about an artist who has just finished her MFA.
  • The Boston Palestine Film Festival begins on Friday, with five shows at The Museum of Fine Arts through Sunday. Seven virtual programs (features and shorts) also come online that day, available through next Sunday.

    Bright Lights has Salma's Home on Thursday as part of the festival (although it is still free and open to the public with tickets available day-of); director and Emerson professor will be at the Paramount's Bright room to talk about her film featuring three Jordanian women - wives and adopted daughter of the same man - coming together after he dies. It plays with short "Hush", and that film's director, Samar Qupty, is also there.
  • The Regent Theatre has another sort of hybrid event on Wednesday, with "An Evening with Ram Dass and Friends" including a screening of Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary hosted by director Gay Dillingham, as well as a memorabilia exhibit and book signing..
  • The West Newton Cinema opens Israeli thriller Plan A, in which a team of Holocaust survivors aim to take revenge on their former captors by poisoning them at an American prison camp. That also keep Young Plato (Saturday/Sunday), Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Bros (no show Thursday), Don't Worry Darling, See How They Run, Where the Crawdads Sing (no shows Friday/Thursday), Hallelujah (Saturday/Sunday), Minions (Saturday/Sunday), and The Bad Guys (Saturday/Sunday). The theater appears to be dark Monday.

    The Lexington Venue has The Good House, Bros, and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile playing through Sunday.

    The Luna Theater has a fairly straightforward schedule leading up to Halloween, with Pearl on Friday, The Craft all day Saturday, The Monster Squad all day Sunday, and Weirdo Wednesday.

    Cinema Salem is as all-in for Halloween as you'd expect, with Halloween Ends and Universal Monsters classics Friday to Sunday; The Hills Have Eyes on Friday; Rocky Horror with Teseracte on Saturday (Full Body Cast is at the Common as usual); "A Magical Evening with Alice Hoffman" on Tuesday, featuring a screening of Practical Magic (adapted from her book) and the launch of her new sequel novel; and VideoCoven presenting indie horror Alone with You and Threshold on Thursday.
  • Joe's Free Films has the Summer Shack pop-up in Harvard Square persisting pretty late into fall with Rocky Horror on Saturday and Hocus Pocus 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.
After a lot of nothing for the past few weeks, I'm down for both TÁR and Triangle of Sadness, with my eyes on The Good Nurse, some of the Indian stuff, and the 35mm at the Somerville. Plus, it looks like I may actually be running out of chances to see Top Gun 2 on the big screen. Heck of a run there (and fare-thee-well to Everything Everywhere All at Once, which stuck it out at Kendall Square for months after the disc was on my shelf, and super mad props to whoever is still checking out the matinees of The Bad Guys in Newton every weekend).

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