Friday, October 21, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 21 October 2022 - 27 October 2022

Ya know, if a streaming service like MUBI can get a movie onto multiple screens, then Netflix must just be being jerks in holding back.

  • I mention this because they're the ones releasing Decision to Leave, the latest from Korean director Park Chan-wook, with the director of the Vengeance Trilogy, Thirst, Joint Security Area, Stoker, and the like returning with a thriller that finds a detective (Park Hae-il) drawn to the murdered man's wife (Tang Wei). It's at The Coolidge Corner Theatre (including a Sunday Masked Matinee), Kendall Square, and Boston Common. The Coolidge also has a 35mm print of Park Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance on Tuesday.

    With Halloween coming up, they've got a weekend of double features at Medfield State Hospital, with The Wolf Man & An American Werewolf in London Friday, Beetlejuice & The Exorcist Saturday (sold out), and Horror of Dracula & The Lost Boys Sunday. If you'd prefer your Halloween horror later at night and indoors, the John Carpenter midnights are 35mm prints of Prince of Darkness (Friday) and In the Mouth of Madness (Saturday).. Night of the Living Dead is Monday's Big Screen Classic, while Thursday's Rewind! Show is Jennifer's Body, with after-party at Parlour. Presumably less horrific is Sunday morning's Goethe-Institut film from Germany, drama The Girl with the Golden Hands (Goethe-Institut is also hosting a free screening of Nosferatu with live music at their place in Boston on Wednesday, though that may be entirely in German).
  • The latest DC superhero movie to try and make a dent in public consciousness is Black Adam, something Dwayne Johnson has been trying to make happen ever since he would have been credited as The Rock twenty years ago. Mostly written as a villain drawing his powers from the same well as Shazam (aka Captain Marvel but let's not get into that), the movie casts him as an anti-hero with no compunction about using his superpowers to kill those he sees as deserving it, meaning that Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) and Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan) and others in the Justice Society must try to reign him in. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), West Newton, 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), and Chestnut Hill. No 3D for this one, apparently.

    There's also Ticket to Paradise, a seeming rarity in that it's a traditional romantic comedy starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts - folks who haven't been seen as much as they should be on screen because of the lack of traditional romantic comedies being made - as a divorced couple calling a truce because they fear their daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) is making a huge mistake marrying young. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    Boston Common opens Till, which stars Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till-Mobley, whose decision to have an open-casket funeral for her son Emmett after he was lynched was a crucial moment in the civil rights movement.

    Triangle of Sadness expands to the Somerville Theatre and Assembly Row, continuing at the Coolidge, Kendall Square, and Boston Common.

    Halloween presentations include Trick 'r Treat and The Lost Boys at Boston Common all week. Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula plays South Bay and Arsenal Yards on Sunday and Thursday. K-Pop concert flick Astro - Stargazer: Astroscope plays Boston Common and Fenway Thursday. And though I don't generally talk about the live theater stuff, the exception is when the NT Live Frankenstein plays for Halloween: The version with Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature and Johnny Lee Miller as Victor plays Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards on Tuesday.
  • My Policeman arrives at Landmark Theatres Kendall Square and Arsenal Yards on Friday, two weeks before hitting Prime Video. It has a long-married couple (Gina McKee & Linus Roache) once again finding their lives entangled with an old acquaintance (Rupert Everett) whom they knew 40 years earlier (when they were played by Emma Corrin, Harry Styles, and David Dawson).

    The Retro Replay on Tuesday wraps the 80s horror series with The Shining, with the "2022 New York Dog Film Festival" package playing on Wednesday.
  • Friday's movies from the subcontinent at Apple Fresh Pond featureTamil-language thriller Sardar, which has a spy returning home after a long time in the field and finding his estranged son is a cop; Fresh Pond also has Telugu-language shows. Also playing in both Tamil and Telugu is Prince, about the awkward courtship and wedding of an Indian teacher (Sivakarthikeyan) and his British colleague. Also opening are Telugu romantic comedy Ori Devuda, Kannada-language crime bio Head Push, and Malayalam-language actioner Monster, the latter two only through Monday.

    Diwali openings on Tuesday include Hindi-language action-adventure Ram Setu starring Akshay Kumar and Jacqueline Fernandez, Punjabi comedy Honeymoon, and Hindi comic fantasy Thank God. Note that of all the Indian movies listed, Apple's website only specifies English subtitles for Thank God, so you take your chances there.

    Pakistani period action flick The Legend of Maula Jatt plays occasional shows through the week, as does Ponniyin Selvan: Part One (Tamil) and Kantara (in Tamil & Kannada).
  • The Brattle Theatre gets back into Halloween mode this week with Slash/Back, an Attack the Block-looking deal except that this time, the aliens have landed above the Arctic Circle and it's up to a group of Inuit girls to stop them. It plays through Wednesday alongside a number of Strange Invaders including The Faculty (35mm Friday), Men In Black (35mm Saturday), The Thing from Another World (35mm Sunday), Slither (35mm Monday), Attack The Block (35mm Tuesday because it's the most obvious pairing), and John Carpenter's The Thing (Wednesday).

    There's also a live comedy show, "Kevin Geeks Out About Character Actors", featuring Kevin Maher and friends, on Sunday night. Thursday is the first night of IFFBoston's Fall Focus mini-festival, kicking off with Sarah Polley's Women Talking.
  • The Boston Asian-American Film Festival moves to the Paramount for three more days of movies from Friday to Saturday, with a short program also streaming online. Thursday's Bright Lights serves as a sort of encore, with Free Chol Soo Lee playing for free (tickets available day-of) including a post-film panel discussion.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a Slaughterhouse Burlesque pre-show for Return of the Living Dead on Saturday night, although you can just see the 35mm movie if you want, plus Re-Animator for the Saturday Midnight Special. There's also a Not-Technically-Silents, Please! presentation on Sunday, with Jeff Rapsis on-hand to accompany James Whale's iconic version of Frankenstein, which, being made in 1931, did not have a score. They also have a Francis Ford Coppola double feature covering both ends of his career on Tuesday and Wednesday - Dementia 13, from when he was just getting started in Roger Corman's studio, and Twixt, his last completed feature meant to be a bit more experimental than it wound up being. Then on Thursday, they kick off guest programmer Julia Marchese's Halloween Hullabaloo 2: Electric Boogaloo with a 35mm print of The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane.

    Their sister cinema in Arlington, The Capitol, also programs for Halloween with the original Child's Play on Friday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive ends their Tsai Ming-liang program on Friday with I Don't Want to Sleep Alone, and The African Desperate wraps up its short run with presentations on Friday and Sunday. They also begin a program of Anand Patwardhan's activist films with Reason on Sunday, and conclude the series of silent films from Soviet Georgia on Monday with two featurettes - "Salt for Svanetia" & "Nail in the Boot", both screening on film with music by Robert Humphreville.
  • The Regent Theatre has a screening of "Project Frontline: Have We Learned from the Crisis", a documentary looking back at how Massachusetts was one of the early hard-hit epicenters of Covid-19 two years ago, on Wednesday. Admission is free but reservations are recommended.
  • The West Newton Cinema picks up Black Adam and Ticket to Paradise and continues Plan A (Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday), Young Plato (Sunday-Thursday), Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Don't Worry Darling, See How They Run, Minions (Saturday), and The Bad Guys (Sunday). The theater appears to be dark Monday.

    The Lexington Venue has The Good House Friday and Saturday, with Amsterdam, and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile playing through Sunday.

    The Luna Theater has Moonage Daydream Friday and Saturday, Pearl Saturday afternoon, The Exorcist Saturday night and all day Sunday, and Weirdo Wednesday.

    Cinema Salem does more Halloween stuff with Halloween Ends and Terrifier 2 Friday to Sunday; Psycho Goreman with Q&A from co-star Owen Myre on Friday; Hocus Pocus with its at-the-time child actor Omri Katz on Saturday (he'll be signing at Silver Moon Comics earlier in the day); and VideoCoven back for two Salem Horror Fest alumni, Mass Hysteria and Two Witches, on Thursday.
  • Joe's Free Films has the Summer Shack pop-up in Harvard Square showing Hocus Pocus one more time on Saturday, with an open-air screening of E.T. at 292 Main Street in Cambridge's Kendall Square on Wednesday.
  • 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.
I'm looking forward to Decision to Leave< Slash/Back, Triangle of Sadness, and maybe some of the things that play alongside. I'll probably also hit Black Adam while it's on the premium screens, although I'm wary of Ticket to Paradise, as the word from overseas where it opened a month ago isn't great (though that cast…)

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