Friday, November 11, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 11 November 2022 - 17 November 2022

I'm out of town, but let's face it - a sequel to what many feel is Marvel's best movie is coming out this weekend and every other studio is going to stay the heck away, with maybe a little happening at the margins of the multiplexes, plus some good times at the independents.
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the film dominating screens this week, with Ryan Coogler having to build a movie around the giant hole left by Chadwick Boseman's death, but the trailers make it look terrific, with much of the previous film's cast returning and Tenoch Huerta as Namor the Sub-Mariner, one of Marvel's first heroes, with the underwater nation of Atlantis reimagined as having Meso-American roots. It's at The Capitol (including RealD 3D), Fresh Pond (including 3D), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D/3D), West Newton, Boston Common (including RealD 3D/Dolby Cinema/Imax Xenon/Imax 3D), Fenway (including RealD 3D), Kendall Square, South Bay (including RealD 3D/Dolby Cinema/Imax Xenon/Imax 3D), Assembly Row (including RealD 3D/Dolby Cinema/Imax Xenon/Imax 3D), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill (including RealD 3D).

    60th anniversary shows of To Kill a Mockingbird play Fenway, South Bay, and Arsenal Yards on Sunday and Wednesday (no Arsenal Yards). Boston Common has a special early screening of The Menu on Tuesday. Concert film Liam Gallagher - Knebworth 22 plays Boston Common on Thursday.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square continues to be the place where Netflix movies show up, with BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths. That is absolutely the title of an Alejandro González Iñárritu film, this one following a Mexican journalist returning home to receive an award after living in Los Angeles for many years, which is apparently both emotionally overwhelming and absurd. It's a long one (though actually a few minutes shorter than Wakanda Forever) and is getting an unusually generous theatrical window, not expected to hit the service until mid-December or later.

    The streamer also supplies The Swimmers, about two sisters who fled Syria as refugees and would eventually compete in the 2016 Olympics. This one is mostly playing matinees, and will be on Netflix the 23rd. Tuesday's Retro Replay is The Fisher King.
  • It is Noirvember at The Brattle Theatre, and they make a good argument for living there this week with a slate full of 75th anniversary screenings (1947 was apparently a top-notch year for the genre): T-Men (Friday), Framed (35mm Saturday), Born to Kill (35mm Saturday), Dead Reckoning (Sunday), Dark Passage (Sunday), Desert Fury (35mm Monday), Ride the Pink Horse (35mm Monday), Crossfire (35mm Wednesday), Kiss of Death (Wednesday), The Lady from Shanghai (Thursday), and Johnny O'Clock (Thursday).

    They also have Meet Me in the Bathroom playing the late shows Friday to Sunday and earlier on Tuesday; a "this time and place was really special for rock & roll" doc that focuses on New York City in the early 2000s.
  • Hindu drama Uunchai, about three older friends reuniting at the Mount Everest Base Camp, opens at Fresh Pond and Boston Common.

    Apple Fresh Pond has Telugu and Tamil screenings of Yashoda, a sci-fi/action film starring Samantha Ruth Prabhu as a woman who discovers there may be more to her pregnancy than meets the eye. They also get Tamil comedy Love Today, about a young couple who switch phones for the day and presumably learn more about each other than they bargained for, and Malayalam family sports film Aanaparambile World Cup.

    Table for Six, which I seem to recall was climbing the all-time Hong Kong box office charts a few weeks ago, makes its way to the US, starring Louis Cheung as a man who shows at at his brother's dinner party with his new girlfriend Monica (Stephy Tang) - who also used to date said older brother. It's at Boston Common, but looks like it may be the first thing bounced when they want to show Black Panther a few more times.

    One Piece Film: Red loses some big screens but continues at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill, with both dubbed and subtitled shows in most locations.

    Park Chan-Wook's Decision to Leave continues at the Somerville and West Newton to the Coolidge, the Kendall, and Boston Common.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre keeps the same rotation for continuing runs. After midnight shows this weekend include a 35mm print of Blackenstein on Friday, with Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite Saturday, also on 35mm. Goethe-Institut Boston presents A E I O U: A Quick Alphabet of Love on Sunday morning; Monday's Big Screen Classic is Luis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie; a 35mm print of Out of the Past plays on 35mm Tuesday (with seminar) as part of Noirvember; Wednesday's Shakespeare Reimagined show is Throne of Blood on 35mm, and the film projector is also in use for Addams Family Values on Thursday, with a Rewind! afterparty at Parlour.
  • The Harvard Film Archive offers a chance for folks to study up before guests arrive next weekend, starting the "Michael Roemer and the Rite of Rediscovery" series with Nothing But a Man on Friday, paired shorts "Cortile Cascino" (16mm) & "Faces of Israel" (digital) and The Plot Against Harry on Sunday. "Brooke Adams: Radiance in Plain Sight" has Gas Food Lodging and Invasion of the Body Snatchers on Saturday and The Dead Zone on Monday. All are on 35mm except where notd; Roemer ad Adams will be in town next weekend.
  • The Museum of Science will be showing Wakanda Forever Fridays and Saturdays for the next month (some of the film takes place and was shot nearby!).
  • Bright Lights offers an aperitif for Wicked Queer's fall documentary festival with Mama Bears on Thursday, about Christan mothers who have their LGBTQ kids' back. Activist Kay Shappley and subject Sara Cunningham will be there for a Q&A. Free to the public, tickets available day-of; the festival begins at the MFA next Friday.
  • The in-person portion of the Boston Jewish Film Festival has finished, but a number of features and shorts presentations are available to stream via Eventive through Sunday.
  • The Lexington Venue has The Banshees of Inisherin and Ticket to Paradise playing through Sunday.

    The West Newton Cinema brings in Wakanda Forever and Lyle Lyle Crocodile, plus Armageddon Time, Decision to Leave, Tár, and Ticket to Paradise. Their current schedule shows nothing Monday or Thursday, plus a lot of time blocked out as "Rental" on Friday/Saturday/Sunday, which probably aren't the horror movie listed on Fandango, although I suppose it's possible.

    The Luna Theater has The 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows, a program of nine new shorts plus a restoration on Friday and Saturday nights. In the Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50, Moonage Daydream, and Meet Me in the Bathroom also play Saturday afternoon (music lovers can just settle in). Sunday's got four shows of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (it's mostly a Tim Burton month), with a Weirdo Wednesday show also on tap.

    Cinema Salem was closed last week to recover from Halloween, but re-opens with Wakanda Forever, Armageddon Time, and Tár Friday to Monday. They also have two "VideoCoven Presents" shows on Thursday, with Salem Horror Fest alumni The Last Thanksgiving & Cold Wind Blowing.
  • 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 still out of town for most of this week, but it's entirely possible I'll pop into Wakanda Forever just to protect myself from accidentally hearing too much (hey, it's dark and museums are closed at 5pm anyway). I may also try and catch a couple Irish/not-at-home movies in the evenings, and hit Table for Six when I get back Wednesday.

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