Friday, February 03, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 3 February 2023 - 9 February 2023

Happy February, even if it's supposed to be ridiculously cold this weekend (although it might just be what we called "winter" twenty years ago).
  • The latest from M. Night Shyamalan, Knock at the Cabin, opens all over, with Dave Bautista as a man taking a family prisoner and claiming they must sacrifice one member to avert the apocalypse. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Fenway, Kendall Square, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), and Arsenal Yards (including CWX). Has 80 for Brady, a comedy with Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field as four senior Patriots superfans trying to get into Tom Brady's last Super Bowl (with the Patriots), been getting a big push everywhere, or is this what we get for living in New England? It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Lexington, West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common, Fenway, Kendall Square, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    An animated adaptation of Terry Pratchett's children's book, The Amazing Maurice with Hugh Laurie voicing the titular cat, plays Fresh Pond.

    Till returns to Boston Common and South Bay as part of a slate of Black History Month presentations. Boston Common also has what I believe are all of the Best Picture nominees aside from All Quiet on the Western Front at various times (guess the great Glass Onion truce is over!), the ones that played earlier in 2022 at $5 a pop.

    The latest BTS concert flick, BTS: Yet to Come, plays Kendall Square (Friday/Saturday), Boston Common (Friday-Sunday), Fenway (Friday-Sunday), Assembly Row (Friday-Sunday), and Arsenal Yards (Friday/Saturday). If you missed it day-of, Groundhog Day plays Fenway, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Sunday. Facing the Laughter: Minnie Pearl plays South Bay and Assembly Row on Monday.
  • Apple Fresh Pond.has several Indian movies opening this week. ButtaBomma is a Telugu-language action flick starring former child actress Anikha Surendran. There are both Tamil & Telugu shows of gang-war flick Michael. Faraaz is a Hindi-language thriller set over the course of a single night, and Writer Padmabhushan a Telugu flick about a 25-year-old aspiring writer. Pathaan continues at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, and Fenway.

    Chinese sci-fi release The Wandering Earth II, which celebrates lunar new year by getting rid of the moon, continues at Boston Common and Fenway.

    This week's anime is Sword Art Online: The Movie: Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night plays Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row. Check for dubbed/subtitled shows.
  • The Brattle Theatre has two premieres this weekend: Framing Agnes is something between documentary and narrative as it uses extensive recreations to tell the story of a trans woman who used a study to attain gender-affirming care in the 1960s. It plays most of the showtimes, while Jethica mostly plays late shows; it's a thriller that straddles the line between stalker and ghost stories. They play through Monday, with the theater closed for renovations the rest of the week.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre opens Saint Omer, which played IFFBoston's Fall Focus and looked like it was a front-runner for a best foreign-language film nod, but didn't. It's pretty great, though, an unnerving courtroom drama with a pregnant writer not sure how to react to a trial of a woman who killed her infant daughter.

    No overarching theme for the midnights this month, but both are World War II thrillers, with a 35mm print of I>Inglourious Basterds starting early (11:30pm) on Friday and Overlord at the usual time on Sunday. The "Love on the Run" series continues with Moonrise Kingdom on Tuesday and The Living End on Wednesday, while Thursday offers To Sleep with Anger as the Big Screen Classic.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square starts a new month of Retro Replays with Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday, kind of bouncing between doomed and comedic romances.
  • The Somerville Theatre has another 4k restoration on the main screen this week, with Orson Welles's The Trial taking most showtimes, though Everything Everywhere All at Once has late-afternoon shows through Tuesday. Sunday also has their first "Silents, Please!" show of the year, with Jeff Rapsis on hand to accompany a 35mm print of Within Our Gates, a film from 1920 about an African-American woman from the South trying to raise money for her school in the North, attracting the attention of a Black doctor, although things grow more complicated.
  • The Harvard Film Archive welcomes Joyce Chopra on Friday, reading from her new book Lady Filmmaker and also presenting her short "Joyce at 34" and feature Smooth Talk. "Kinuyo Tanaka - Actress, Director, Pioneer" continues with The Life of Oharu on 35mm film Saturday, an encore of Forever a Woman Sunday afternoon, and Equinox Flower on 35mm film Sunday evening. They also start a short run of Alain Guiraudie's new film, Nobody's Hero, on Monday night.
  • The Regent Theatre wraps its run of concert film Carole King: Home Again with a Friday evening show and matinees Saturday & Sunday.
  • Bright Lights has Please Baby Please, a stylized queer satire, at the Paramount Center this Thursday with director Amanda Kramer (an Emerson alumnus) on-hand for a Q&A. Tickets are no longer required, but it's a small room.
  • Boston Jewish Film will be streaming two from its November festival, The Art of Silence and Karaoke, on their site starting on Wednesday through next Sunday.
  • The Lexington Venue is open through Sunday with A Man Called Otto and 80 for Brady.

    The West Newton Cinema opens 80 for Brady like everyone else, keeping Women Talking, A Man Called Otto, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans, Aftersun (Friday/Saturday/Tuesday), The Banshees of Inisherin (Sunday/Wednesday/Thursday), Puss in Boots, and Tár. Closed Monday.

    The Luna Theater once again has The Whale Friday through Sunday, plus a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem also opens Knock at the Cabin and 80 For Brady on the Friday-Monday schedule, keeping Infinity Pool, Everything Everywhere All at Once (Friday/Saturday/Sunday), Broker (Friday/Monday), Eo (Friday/Saturday/Sunday), Aftersun (Saturday/Sunday/Monday).
  • 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.
I'm down for Knock at the Cabin, Within Our Gates, Jethica, The Amazing Maurice, and some catch-up (as always). Maybe The Trial, though it kind of bounced off me last time.

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