Friday, November 18, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 18 November 2022 - 22 November 2022

Thanksgiving approaches, which means we'll get movies opening again on Wednesday. But for now...
  • ... a likely very quick run for Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio, with del Toro collaborating with stop-motion animator Mark Gustafson (who, in addition to his work in Claymation, probably deserves more credit than he gets for Fantastic Mr. Fox). It's at The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Kendall Square for a fairly short run.

    Midnights this weekend at the Coolidge include Michael Haneke's Funny Games on Friday and Robin Williams in One Hour Photo on Saturday. Monday's Science on Screen show is I Heart Huckabees, with mathematician Joseph Mazur talking about probability and coincidence. Tuesday's Noirvember show is Chinatown, with Akira Kurosawa's Drunken Angel playing on Wednesday as they clean house with three films opening for the long weekend.
  • I'm reading that The Menu plays more as black comedy than horror despite what the trailer implies; it stars Ralph Fiennes as a celebrity chef who apparently has it in for the rich folks paying thousands per plate at his pop-up event, including Nicholas Hoult and Anya Taylor-Joy. It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Lexington, West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    Arsenal Yards plays Chicken Run Saturday and Sunday mornings.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square, the Somerville, Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row open She Said, starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as the New York Times reporters who got people to go on the record about Harvey Weinstein.

    The Kendall's Tuesday Retro Replay is The Big Lebowski
  • The Brattle Theatre has a quick weekend run (Friday, Saturday, and a matinee Sunday) of Utama, in which an elderly Quecha couple in Bolivia must confront both how climate change is making their life untenable and news from their grandson. It shares the screen with rock doc Meet Me in the Bathroom (Friday night and Saturday/Sunday matinees).

    On Tuesday, they start a series of Marilyn Monroe classics with a double feature of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes & How to Marry a Millionaire, which also plays on Wednesday.
  • Drishyam 2 is a sequel to a remake and a remake of a sequel, with Ajay Devgn returning as a man once again having to go to dark places to protect his family. It's at Fresh Pond.

    Also opening at Apple Fresh Pond on Friday are Telugu horror film Masooda (through Monday), Tamil action flick Kalagathalaivan (through Monday), Malayalam legal caper Mukundan Unni Associates (through Monday). Telugu comedy Alipiriki Allantha Dooramlo plays Saturday to Monday, and Bangladeshi soccer drama Damal plays Sunday. Hindu drama Uunchai continues at Fresh Pond and Boston Common; Fresh Pond keeps Telugu sci-fi flick Yashoda and Tamil comedy Love Today.

    One Piece Film: Red loses some big screens but continues at Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row, with dubbed and subtitled shows by location.

    Park Chan-Wook's Decision to Leave continues at the Somerville, the Coolidge, West Newton, and the Kendall.
  • The Harvard Film Archive welcomes the director in question for a weekend of "Michael Roemer and the Rite of Rediscovery" presentations: He'll be hosting his films Dying (Friday 16mm), Vengeance is Mine (Saturday 35mm), Pilgrim, Farewell (Sunday 35mm), as well as Carl Theodor Dreyer's Day of Wrath (Monday 35mm). Actress Brooke Adams will also be in town to discuss her films Days of Heaven (Sunday 3pm) as well as Vengeance Is Mine, which she appeared in.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a double feature of the first two Star Trek theatrical films on Saturday, both director's cuts in new 4K DCPs used for the recent disc releases (The Wrath of Khan was previously listed as 35mm).
  • The Museum of Science will be showing Wakanda Forever on the Murgar Omni dome Fridays and Saturdays into December, and also adds "Train Time" to its Omnima mix, plus a condensed Polar Express and Thomas the Tank Engine story to the 4D room as part of its annual train exhibits.
  • Wicked Queer's fall documentary festival is this weekend, including Esther Newton Made Me Gay (Friday), Uyra: The Dying Fores (Saturday), A Run for More (Saturday), and Casa Susanna (Sunday) at the MFA and Nelly & Nadine (Sunday), All Man: The International Male Story (Sunday), and The Radical at the Brattle.
  • The Lexington Venue has The Banshees of Inisherin and The Menu playing through Sunday.

    The West Newton Cinema gets The Menu and The Banshees of Inisherin, joining Wakanda Forever, Lyle Lyle Crocodile, Armageddon Time (Saturday/Sunday matinees), Decision to Leave, Tár, and Ticket to Paradise. Closed Monday and, apparently, on Wednesday as well.

    The Luna Theater has Aftersun for most of the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), with a matinee of The 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows on Saturday. There's also a Weirdo Wednesday show on the schedule.

    Cinema Salem has The Menu, Wakanda Forever, Armageddon Time, and Tár Friday to Monday.
  • 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 will probably hit Pinocchio, The Menu, Wakanda Forever, and the Star Trek and Marilyn double features. I should probably also fit She Said in there, considering how fast Call Jane came and went.

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