Friday, November 04, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 4 November 2022 - 10 November 2022

This week is kind of most notable for what's not opening here, IMHO, but I'm just going to keep quiet, hope it sneaks in somewhere else, and play catch-up because the big opening isn't my thing.
  • One Piece Film: Red is maybe the biggest opening this week, playing Fresh Pond (dubbed), Boston Common (including Imax), Fenway, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill, with both dubbed and subtitled shows in most locations.

    There's a near-complete turnover of South Asian films at Apple Fresh Pond, with Pakistani adventure The Legend of Maula Jatt the only thing sticking around as nine new movies open Friday: Hindi thriller Mili, about a woman trapped in a freezer; Hindi horror-comedy Phone Bhoot, with Katrina Kaif as a ghost pulling a Frighteners-style scam with two horror nerds; Telugu romance Urvasivo Rakshasivo; Malayalam comedy Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey; Tamil romance Nitham Oru Vaanam; Telugu drama Bomma Blockbuster; Tamil romantic comedy Coffee with Kadhal; Hindi comedy Double XL, about two "plus-size women" navigating life in New Delhi (although IIRC, Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi are mostly "not skinny"); and Telugu comedy Like, Share & Subscribe. Bengali adventure Karna Subarner Guptodhon plays Saturday and Sunday.

    It's hard to find a lot of information on two Arabic-language movies from Egypt (I think) opening this weekend: #Gawwezni opens at Fenway, and appears to be a romantic comedy about a man who is cursed to have the women he loves marry other people. At Gunpoint plays Saturday and Sunday at Fresh Pond, looking like a light murder mystery based on a true story.

    Chinese animated action/adventure New Gods: Yang Jian plays Boston Common; I'm not sure how tied-in it is to last year's New Gods: Ne Zha, but I did like the director's White Snake well enough.

    Korean drama Remember looks like a remake of the Christopher Plummer film a couple years back, with Lee Sung-min as an octogenarian determined to take revenge on his family's killers before his dementia grows too severe; it's at Boston Common. Also from South Korea, Decision to Leave adds the Somerville and West Newton to the Coolidge, the Kendall, and Boston Common.
  • There's a quick turnaround on films from last week's IFFBoston Fall Focus. Landmark Theatres Kendall Square actually opened The Wonder the day after it showed there, with the Netflix-destined movie starring Florence Pugh as a nurse come to look after and/or investigate a child who has apparently not eaten in four months but seems no worse for the wear. There's also Armageddon Time, James Gray's film inspired by his childhood when he was sent to a private school after getting into some good trouble in the public one. Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong play his parents; Anthony Hopkins his grandfather. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, West Newton, the Kendall, Boston Common.

    The Kendall gets documentary Good Night Oppy ahead of its Prime debut; it looks at the Mars rover Opportunity and its 15 years of data-gathering despite only being expected to report back for 90 days or so. They also have matinees of music doc film The Return of Tanya Tucker Featuring Brandi Carlile, as does Boston Common.

    Tuesday's Retro Replay at the Kendall is John Carpenter's Starman.
  • The Estate plays Boston Common and South Bay, with Toni Collette and Anna Faris trying to work their way into the will of their ailing Aunt Hilda (Kathleen Turner), only to find the rest of the family doing the same.

    Drama Dear Zoe, starring Sadie Sink as a mother who apparently loses her baby, plays Fresh Pond in what looks like a four-walled booking.

    The Banshees of Inisherin expands to the Capitol and Assembly Row on top of its runs at the Coolidge, Kendall Square, and Boston Common.

    The Grateful Dead: Meet-Up at the Movies 2022 has an encore Saturday afternoon at Boston Common, the Kendall, Assembly Row; A Hollywood High: Duran Duran in Concert gets a second show Wednesday at Boston Common. There are 20th Anniversary shows of 8 Mile at Boston Common all week; 35th Anniversary shows of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles at Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row on Sunday and Monday; The Bodyguard has 30th Anniversary shows at Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards on Sunday and Wednesday. Fenway has a Monday mystery movie, while Arsenal Yards lists "The Seagull" on Tuesday afternoon but I can't figure out which movie with that title is playing.

    There's a double feature of Black Panther and Wakanda Forever on Thursday at Boston Common and Assembly Row ahead of the latter claiming all the screens.
  • The Brattle Theatre spends much of the week on "Sequel-Itis: Terrific Twos", with some of the most noteworthy #2s playing on their own. The list includes Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (35mm Friday), Friday the 13th Part 2 (35mm Friday), The Godfather Part II (Saturday/Tuesday), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (35mm Sunday), 2 Fast 2 Furious (35mm Sunday), Aliens (35mm Monday), Sanjuro (35mm Thursday), and Grease 2 (Thursday).

    They also have a special screening of No Time to Fail, a documentary on the challenges facing election workers from both plague and fanaticism, on Sunday evening with special guests in attendance. They also team with Harvard Book Store to welcome Alice Hoffman, who will host a screening of Practical Magic, and sign copies of her sequel novel The Book of Magic.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre puts Aftersun into the rotation, mostly in the small rooms upstairs.

    Midnights this week include a Colossal Cannon Films 35mm Trailer Show on Friday (free, but reservations required) and the Composer's Cut of The Beyond on Saturday. Tuesday has an Open Screen event plus a new restoration of Lost Highway as part of Noirvember. There's also a 35mm screening of Memento on Thursday, hosted by Tom Meed as a tribute to late Boston Globe critic Jay Carr.
  • In addition to bringing in Decision to Leave, The Somerville Theatre has a special screening of Suspiria with Goblin performing the score live on Tuesday, with more songs afterward and a VIP package available. They also play Warren Miller's latest ski & snowboarding movie, Daymaker, on Wednesday and Thursday.

    The Capitol is home base for this year's Arlington International Film Festival, with a punch of shows packed in through Sunday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has the tail end of their Anand Patwardhan series this weekend, with Bombay, Our City on Friday night and the director on hand for In the Name of God on Sunday and Jai Bhim Comrade on Monday. They also show a 35mm print of John Sayles's Lianna at 9pm on Friday.
  • The Regent Theatre has an encore of Gratitude Revealed on Wednesday.
  • The Boston Jewish Film Festival continues with shows at the Brattle (Saturday), the JCC Reimler-Goldstein Theater (Saturday), the The Museum of Fine Arts (Sunday), West Newton (Sunday/Monday/Tuesday), Orchard Cove (Wednesday), with closing-night film The Art of Silence at the Coolidge on Thursday.
  • Bright Lights shows Potato Dreams of America on Thursday, with director Wes Hurley and producer Mischa Jakupcak on hand to talk about their film about a mail-order bride and her son who find America to be not quite what they expected from the movies. Free to the public, tickets available day-of.
  • The Simons IMAX screen at The New England Aquarium appears to have switched back to their pre-pandemic format, with movies running 45-ish minutes rather than 22, plus "Incredible Predators", "Superpower Dogs", and "Wings Over Water" showing in 3D while "Cephalopods: Aliens of the Deep" is 2D.
  • The Lexington Venue once again has Tár and Ticket to Paradise playing through Sunday.

    The West Newton Cinema gets Armageddon Time and Decision to Leave to add to Tár, Ticket to Paradise, Don't Worry Darling (Saturday/Wednesday/Thursday), and See How They Run (Friday/Saturday/Wednesday). No shows Monday (aside from BJFF).

    The Luna Theater has "Stencils", a "new opera on film" program, on Friday night. The latest Animation Show of Shows program plays on Saturday, as does In the Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50 and Moonage Daydream. Sunday's got four shows of Beetlejuice (it's mostly a Tim Burton month), with a Weirdo Wednesday and New York rock doc Meet Me in the Bathroom playing 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.
Honestly don't know what I'm watching this weekend - there's leftovers and things I'm curious about, but it's going to be nice and I fly oversees for vacation on Tuesday night.

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