Friday, October 28, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 28 October 2022 - 3 November 2022

IFFBoston 2022½ is taking place on Halloween weekend? I mean, I know it's good to have something for everyone, but, man, I'm just going to feel guilty every time I go see one of the less-classy things, aren't I?
  • The Brattle Theatre plays host to IFFBoston's Fall Focus for a bit longer than expected: The original schedule included One Fine Morning and Nanny on Friday; Armageddon Time, Corsage, Broker, and Causeway on Saturday; Empire of Light, Saint Omer, Hunt, and The Inspection on Sunday; they've just added bonus screenings of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery on Monday and The Wonder on Tuesday.

    That means they've had to reschedule Evil Dead 2 to a little bit later on Halloween, but it's nice to see that holiday tradition back regardless. They also have an hour of shorts from animator Stacey Steers on Tuesday presented by RPM Fest, as well as the Boston Jewish Film Festival's "Freshflix Short Film Competition" on Thursday.
  • The big release this week is The Banshees of Inisherin, the new one from Martin McDonagh which stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two longtime friends - until one arbitrarily decides to stop speaking to the other. It plays The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, and Boston Common, with expansion next week.

    The Coolidge also has plenty of Hallowwen material, with Friday's midnights including John Carpenter's Vampires (on 35mm) and Trick 'r Treat, plus an almost-all-35mm horror movie marathon kicking off at 11:30pm with Jeff Rapsis accompanying the reconstruction of London After Midnight, followed by Dracula, Fright Night, and who knows what else? John Carpenter month ends Monday with Halloween as the big-screen classic. There's also a screening of Kiki's Delivery Service in English on Saturday morning, then Noirvember kicks off Tuesday with Double Indemnity on 35mm, including a pre-screening seminar.
  • One last horror movie opening wide before Halloween with Prey for the Devil featuring Jacqueline Byers as a nun who is admitted into the Vatican's exorcism school usually reserved for priests after having encountered demons as a child. Supporting cast includes Virginia Madsen and Colin Salmon, and director Daniel Stamm's The Last Exorcism was actually really good a decade ago. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards. Well, maybe it's not quite one - Terrifier 2 settles in for "normal" bookings at Boston Common and Fenway, and Fenway has a 3D-ified version of Dawn of the Dead.

    Call Jane, a drama about the "Janes" who arranged for safe and confidential abortions in Chicago pre-Roe featuring Elizabeth Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Wunmi Mosaku, and Kate Mara, opens at the Arlington Capitol and Boston Common.

    Expansions include Till adding Fresh Pond, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill to its run at Boston Common. Tár adds the Somerville, West Newton, Lexington, Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row to its shows at the Coolidge, Kendall, and Boston Common.

    There's a whole lot of music this week: Live (?) concert Coldplay: Music of the Spheres is at Fenway, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards Friday and Saturday nights; Astro - Stargazer: Astroscope is at Boston Common and Fenway Sunday; The Grateful Dead: Meet-Up at the Movies 2022, featuring a show the Dead played on 17 April 1972 at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, is at Kendall Square, Boston Common, Fenway, and Assembly Row on Tuesday; A Hollywood High: Duran Duran Live In Concert is at the Regent and Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema) on Thursday.

    The Bad Guys is back at Boston Common for matinees, and Rocky Horror is there on Friday and Monday as well as the usual Saturday (don't know how often Full Body Cast is there). A double feature of The Creature from the Black Lagoon & Phantom of the Opera (which, coincidentally, Universal has just re-released on disc) plays Saturday afternoon at Fenway and Arsenal Yards. The 2002 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla plays Boston Common (subtitled) and Fenway on Thursday for "Godzilla Day", which I did not realize was a thing.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square opens Aftersun, which cuts between the last vacation a tween girl took with her doting father and the same woman looking back on it twenty years later; it also plays Boston Common. Documentary Last Flight Home is a different sort of take on a father nearing the end of his time; it plays matinees at the Kendall.

    The Retro Replay series shifts again for November, with this week's selection a new 4K restoration of The Last Picture Show. The 2022 New York Cat Film Festival on Wednesday is more or less what it sounds like.
  • Apple Fresh Pond adds Marathi action drama Har Har Mahadev (English subtitles). Multilingual GG - Gandhada Gudi is described as a "family adventure", though its shows seem to be scheduled late.

    Continuing from Diwali openings are thriller Sardar (Tamil), action-adventure Ram Setu (Hindi), comedy Honeymoon (Punjabi), and fantasy Thank God (Hindi with English subtitles); The Legend of Maula Jatt (Pakistani), Ponniyin Selvan: Part One (Tamil), and Kantara (in Tamil & Kannada) have been around longer. Not all films play all week; buyer beware where subtitles are concerned.

    Vietnamese action-comedy Chia Khoa Tram Ty (A Hundred Billion Key) opens at South Bay; its "amnesiac assassin has his identity stolen at the sauna" plot looks a whole lot like last year's Endgame from China, itself a remake of Key of Life from Japan ten years ago (there's also a Korean version, but I haven't seen that).

    In addition to Kiki at the Coolidge, the "regular" Ghibli series has Spirited Away at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards Sunday (dubbed), Tuesday (subtitled), and Wednesday (subtitled); Fenway also shows a subtitled show on Monday and Arsenal Yards only appears to have Tuesday. One Piece Film: Red starts its run at Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards on Thursday, with both dubbed and subtitled shows.

    Korean thriller Decision to Leave continues at the Coolidge, the Kendall, and Boston Common.
  • The Somerville Theatre continues Julia Marchese's Halloween Hullabaloo 2: Electric Boogaloo with a 35mm prints of 3 Romeros (Night of the Living Dead, The Crazies, Day of the Dead) on Friday; Creepshow (35mm), Dead of Night, Willard (35mm), and Ben on Saturday; Angel Heart and Jacob's Ladder (35mm) on Sunday; and The Lost Boys (35mm) and Fright Night (4K) Monday. There's also Rocky Horror with the Teserate Players at midnight Saturday.

    Their sister cinema in Arlington, The Capitol, has Poltergeist on Friday evening. They also open the new German All Quiet on the Western Front.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has documentary The Queen on Friday, presented in association with the Houghton Library's "American Drag" exposition (running through 7 January). There's a special tour before the movie, though it has probably reached its 20-person limit. Sunday offers a "Muff Dives: The Dyke Bar in Cinema" program featuring shorts "Mona's Candle Light" and "Stormé: Lady of the Jewel Box" before feature Simone Barbès or Virtue, with an introduction by Melissa Anderson. Anderson also introduces Inland Empire on Monday; she has recently published a book on the film.
  • The Regent Theatre shows Being Robin, Roger Kabler's documentary about a period in 2014 when he believed he was possessed by Robin Williams. They've also got Duran Duran: A Hollywood High on Thursday.
  • The Boston Asian-American Film Festival has finished its in-person presentations, but their short film programs will stream online through Monday.
  • The Boston Jewish Film Festival kicks off at the Coolidge on Wednesday with Israeli comedy Karaoke, including Q&A with actor Sasson Sabay and filmmaker Moshe Rosenthal. The FreshFlix Short Film competition is at the Brattle on Thursday, while Lost Transport plays at West Newton that night, including actress Hanna Van Vilet in person and filmmaker Sasika Diesing via Zoom.
  • Bright Lights has the pretty dang good God's Country on Thursday, with director Julian Higgins on hand for post-film discussion. Tickets are free, though the Bright screening room at the Paramount is small and they aren't available until the day of the show (also, they are only available by phone or in person, not on-line).
  • As mentioned, The West Newton Cinema adds Tár to Black Adam, Ticket to Paradise, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Don't Worry Darling, See How They Run, Minions (Saturday/Sunday), and The Bad Guys (Sunday). No shows Monday.

    The Lexington Venue has Tár and Ticket to Paradise playing through Sunday.

    The Luna Theater has Moonage Daydream Friday and Saturday, Pearl Saturday afternoon, the "Halloween Magical Mystery Movie Club" Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Carpenter's Halloween on Sunday, Weirdo Wednesday, and a UMass Lowell Philosophy & Film presentation of All About Eve free on Thursday with post-film discussion.

    Cinema Salem has Halloween '78 and Terrifier 2 Friday to Sunday; Alternate Ground with Q&A from director Daniel Groomon Friday; the original Child's Play Saturday and Sunday; a late show of Scream, the latter hosted by Miz Diamond Wigfall, on Saturday; plus DJ Dayglow and Joe DeGeorge accompanying The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on Sunday.
  • 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.
Still working out what spooky stuff and what IFFBoston stuff to see this weekend - I'll probably sacrifice some of column B that looks like it will get a regular release for column A. I'm also sorely tempted to see A Hundred Billion Keys but put Banshees off until I can see it with an Irish audience, while also indulging my morbid curiosity as to whether the Day of the Dead conversion is in the same league as what was done for Jaws.

1 comment:

OscarJewerly said...

Perché ti piacciono i film? E ho abbastanza romanticismo solo da ricordare dov'è il chiosco dei fiori!