Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 23 November 2022 - 1 December 2022

Thanksgiving already? Dang! My sense of time is way off.
  • Steven Spielberg has a new one out, The Fabelmans, based more or less directly on his own childhood and discovery that he's got a real talent for filmmaking as his parents' marriage crumbles. Michelle Williams and Paul Dano stand in for them, and there's an impressive cast all the way down. It's at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, Boston Common, and Assembly Row.

    Also opening more in the specialty houses is Luca Guadagnino's Bones and All, whose trailer gives me some Let the Right One in Vibes, with Taylor Russell playing a young woman with a cannibal compulsion who flees her hometown to find there are others like her - some trying to quietly get by doing as little harm as possible, others more sinister. It's at the Coolidge, Boston Common, Fenway (starting Friday), South Bay, and Assembly Row.

    There's also The Inspection, with Jeremy Pope as a gay Black man who opts to join the Marines despite the fact that it is very much a hostile place for folks like him, with Gabrielle Union as the mother who was no more ready for that than the institution. It plays the Coolidge, Kendall Square, and Boston Common, and expands next week.

    Aside from all that turnover, the Coolidge continues its Noirvember material with Akira Kurosawa's Drunken Angel playing on 35mm Wednesday, while Devil in a Blue Dress plays Monday and Gilda on Tuesday, the latter two with pre-show seminars. Midnight shows over the weekend are Spielberg's genre films, with a 35mm print of Jaws on Friday and one of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on Saturday. There are weekend kids' shows of Panda! Go Panda!, an animated adventure directed by Isao Takahata with a story by Hayao Miyazaki from before when they founded Studio Ghibli.
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery mystery opens at Boston Common, Fenway, and Assembly Row; the film brings back Daniel Craig's Benoit Blanc to get to the bottom of a whole new murder case with an all-star cast. Note that (barring a change of heart) Netflix is only letting it have a one-week preview, so it's gone after Tuesday until showing back up on the streamer on Christmas.

    Disney debuts its latest animated feature, Strange World, in which the son of a lost explorer on an alien world is recruited to follow his trail across the bizarre planet to help save the settlement. It's at the Arlington Capitol, Fresh Pond, West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including RealD 3D/Dolby Cinema 2D), Fenway, South Bay (including RealD 3D/Dolby Cinema 2D), Assembly Row (including RealD 3D/Dolby Cinema 2D), Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    Devotion features Jonathan Majors as a naval aviator during the Korean War, notable for being the first Black man in that role. Looks solid. It's playing the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    Arsenal Yards has the Illumination The Grinch on Friday and Gremlins Friday to Sunday.. There's an early screening of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish on Saturday at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Chestnut Hill. Documentary Six Locked Doors: The Legacy of Cocoanut Grove (about the infamous Boston nightclub fire) plays Chestnut Hill on Monday. K-Pop concert film NCT Dream the Movie: In a Dream plays Boston Common, Fenway on Wednesday the 30th. I Heard the Bells, an "inspiring" film about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writing the Carol of the Bells, plays South Bay and Arsenal Yards on Thursday 1 December
  • In addition to the other openings, Landmark Theatres Kendall Square has a new adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover beginning on Wednesday.

    The Tuesday Retro Replay show is the Coen Brothers remake of True Grit (have they been doing a Jeff Bridges month? I didn't catch that at first). There's also Neil Young: Harvest Time, a chronicle of Young creating his album Harvest, mostly composed of previously-unseen footage, on Thursday 1 December (also at Boston Common and Fenway).
  • The Brattle Theatre has more Marilyn Monroe classics this week, with double features of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes & How to Marry a Millionaire on Wednesday, Some Like It Hot & The Seen Year Itch Thursday and Tuesday, and Niagara & The Misfits next Wednesday and Thursday.

    After Thanksgiving, they offer an anti-consumeriism Black Friday Double Feature with They Live & Chopping Mall on Friday (including free popcorn). Saturday and Sunday are "Give Thanks for Bogie" days with Casablanca, with Monday described as a "Post-Thanksgiving Palate Cleanser" featuring a 35mm print of The Royal Tenenbaums.
  • New Indian movies start Friday at Apple Fresh Pond, with Itlu Maredumilli Prajaneekam a Telugu-language, rural-set drama and Padachone Ingalu Kaatholee a sprawling Malayalam comedy. Drishyam 2, Masooda, Love Today, and Uunchai continue at Fresh Pond, though not every one is playing every day; Drishyam 2 is also at Boston Common.

    Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, Hideaki Anno's long awaited finale to his "rebuild of Evangelion", plays Boston Common (subtitled Imax Xenon) on Wednesday. One Piece Film: Red continues at Boston Common (subtitled) and Assembly Row (dubbed).

    Park Chan-Wook's Decision to Leave continues at the Somerville (through Sunday), West Newton and opens in Lexington.
  • Most of the students are away, so The Harvard Film Archive is closed most of the weekend, but they've got an encore 35mm screening of Michael Roemer's Nothing But a Man Sunday afternoon. Monday evening, they have a selection of Kaidu Club Experimental Shorts directed by Han Ohki in the 1970s; Kaidu Club was one of South Korea's first groups of feminist filmmakers
  • The Regent Theatre shows Concert for George on Tuesday night, hosted by ChaChi Loprete of "Breakfast with the Beatles" and Gary Backstrom playing George Harrison's music on stage before the film begins. Apparently no sing-along movie this holiday break!
  • As with the HFA, Bright Lights is off with students going home for Thanksgiving, but will be back next Thursday (1 December) with the very cool Neptune Frost, with Professor Wendy Waters leading the discussion of Saul Williams's queer Afrofuturist cyberpunk stoory. Free to the public, tickets available starting noon the day of the show.
  • The Museum of Science will be showing Wakanda Forever on the Murgar Omni dome Fridays and Saturdays into December.
  • The Lexington Venue is open Friday to Sunday with Decision to Leave, The Banshees of Inisherin and The Menu playing through Sunday.

    The West Newton Cinema gets Strange World, Aftersun, and Amsterdam, joiining The Menu, The Banshees of Inisherin, Wakanda Forever, Lyle Lyle Crocodile, Armageddon Time (Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday matinees), Decision to Leave, and Tár. Closed Tanksgiving and Monday.

    The Luna Theater has Weirdo Wednesday this week and next, Edward Scissorhands Friday afternoon, Aftersun Friday and Saturday, In the Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50 and The 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows on Saturday, plus Elf on Sunday.

    Cinema Salem has The Menu, Wakanda Forever, and Strange World 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've already got my ticket to Glass Onion, and am looking forward to The Fabelmans, Strange World, plus maybe Devotion and Bones and All, along with some more Marilyns.

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