Friday, January 13, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 13 January 2023 - 19 January 2023

We're in a bit of a weird "gotta have the awards contenders hang around even if not a lot of people are watching them" place now, although apparently the genre films being released aren't crap being dumped, which is nice.
  • Plenty of jokes to be had about the generic title of Plane, in which Gerard Butler plays a pilot who makes an emergency landing on a dangerous Philippine Island, leaving him and a prisoner being extradited (Mike Colter) to rescue the passengers and crew, but the movie itself looks pretty solid. It plays Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    House Party is a remake of Reginald Hudlin's movie starring Kid & Play (none of them look involved enough here to make this a stealth legasequel, though who knows), although the premise (kids host a party that spins way out of control) is not exactly one that requires an existing IP. This time Lebron James's house gets used as home base. It's at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row.

    Also opening is indie horror flick Skinamarink, whose premise is nifty - kids wake up in the middle of the night to find themselves alone with all the doors and windows out of the house gone - but whose trailer doesn't get at that at all, just doing "vaguely creepy". The genre's fans are going nuts for it, though. It's at the Coolidge, Boston Common, and CinemaSalem. The larger-scale horror movie The Devil Conspiracy opens at Boston Common and South Bay, and involves a cult stealing the Shroud of Turin so that they can recover Jesus's DNA and sacrifice a clone to Satan.
  • Living, a remake of Kurosawa's Ikiru that stars Bill Nighy as a man who realizes just how little of it he has done when diagnosed with cancer, opens at Landmark Theatres Kendall Square. It seems like a role Nighy was born to play, and also plays at West Newton and Boston Common.

    The Kendall also has A Clockwork Orange on Tuesday as a part of its Retro Replay: Stanley Kubrick series.
  • Indian openings on Friday at Apple Fresh Pond this week include Tamil-language Varisu and Telugu-language Veera Simha Reddy, both action movies about sons thrust into peril after their fathers' deaths (Varisu also plays in Telugu as "Vaarasudu" starting on Saturday); Telugu action flick Waltair Veerayya, about a fisherman/smuggler; andHindi action-comedy Kuttey, with three crews trying to pull the same heist. Telugu-language romantic comedy Kalyanam Kamaneeyam opens Saturday, while Thunivu opened Wednesday at Fresh Pond and Boston Common. Dhamaka continues at Fresh Pond through Monday. If you can get out to the Deadham Community Theater, they are playing Indian Oscar submission Last Film Show.

    Fenway picks up another Egyptian comedy this weekend, with Nabil el Gamil, Plastic Surgeon focusing on the wacky hijinks and stories that such a practice encounters. They also continue Egyptian family comedy Shalaby and Nigerian comedy/drama Battle on Buka Street.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre mostly holds steady, but celebrates Friday the 13th overnight on Friday (duh) with the first six movies, four in 35mm and the third possibly in 3D (not sure if that's part of the name or not). The first also plays Fenway on its own earlier Friday night. Saturday's midnight show at the Coolidge is back to January Giallo, with a 35mm print of Lucio Fulci's A Lizard in a Woman's Skin. In other special bookings, Brookline for the Culture presents The Wiz on Saturday. The "Projections" indie sci-fi series has a Blade Runner double feature on Sunday and Wong Kar-Wai's 2046 on Tuesday. Not part of that series, technically, is the "Science on Screen" show of The Fountain on Wednesday, which is in 35mm and has Dr. Michael Rosenthal introducing it with a discussion of cancer treatment. Thursday's Big Screen Classic is Yi Yi (A One and a Two…).
  • The Brattle Theatre is a spot for binge-watching Danish TV this weekend, with restorations of Lars Trier's The Kingdom (Saturday) and The Kingdom II (Saturday/Sunday), as well as his latest entry in the series, The Kingdom Exodus (Friday/Sunday/Monday).

    After that (and the Belmont World Film Family Festival), they will be closed for the rest of the week a they install surround sound, but will be teaming with The Somerville Theatre to present "(Some of) The Best and Biggest of 2022" on the latter's main screen with their spiffy laser projector. That includes Top Gun: Maverick (Friday), RRR (Saturday), Utama (Sunday), Dos Estaciones (Sunday), Nope (Sunday/Monday), Moonage Daydream (Tuesday), Three Thousand Years of Longing (Wednesday), The Northman (Wednesday), Fire of Love (Thursday), and Mad God (Thursday).
  • Belmont World Film is holding much of their annual Family Film Festival in person this year. On Saturday, they are at West Newton with a "What's New from Scholastic Weston Woods Studios" short program, Dutch stop-motion comedy Oink, Serbian drama How I Learned to Fly, and German adventure The Path; Saturday brings them to Arsenal Hards with Czech animated film The Websters Movie, German comedy Lucy Wanted, Slovakian animated adventure Journey to Yourland, and Danish sci-fi storyMy Robot Brother; and on Monday, they are at the Brattle with the "Hnoring Dr. Marting Luther King Jr." shorts package, another group of shorts called "You've Got a Friend", French cartoon Little Nicholas: Happy As Can Be, and Icarus and the Minotaur. Many of the films are subtitled, but there will also be headsets with simultaneous translation for kids who aren't quite reading that well yet (at least at certain locations).
  • The Museum of Science adds a remastered version of Imax documentary "Everest" to their giant-screen offerings (including "Serengeti" and "Ancient Caves") on Tuesday, with "Train Time" ending its run the day before. Similarly, "Octonauts" replaces "Thomas & Friends" in the 4D room.
  • The Lexington Venue is open through Monday with A Man Called Otto and The Fabelmans.

    The West Newton Cinema adds Living to A Man Called Otto, Everything Everywhere All at Once (Monday) to Avatar 2 (no show Thursday), The Fabelmans, Aftersun, The Banshees of Inisherin (Saturday), and Tár (Saturday). They're open for the holiday on Monday, but closed Tuesday.

    The Luna Theater has showtimes for Iran-set serial killer movie Holy Spider on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed screens on Saturday and Sunday, as does Joana Hogg's The Eternal Daughter, with Tilda Swinton as both mother and daughter. There's also a Weirdo Wednesday show. Cinema Salem has A Man Called Otto, M3GAN, Corsage, and The Whale from Friday to Monday, plus Skinamarink on Friday and Saturday.
  • For those still not ready to join random people in a room for two hours, theater rentals are available at Kendall Square, West Newton, the Capitol and Somerville, The Venue, CinemaSalem, and many of the multiplexes.
Yeah, I'm down for Plane, Living, and maybe Skinamarink, plus some catch-up and catching some of the stuff at the Somerville again. I mean, even if some of these weren't great audience films, it's not like anyone's putting RRR out on 4K (or any?) discs, and only a dubbed/cut version is on mainstream services.

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