Friday, February 10, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 10 February 2023 - 16 February 2023

Happy Valentine's Day! I don't know if the new releases are particularly romantic, but that's never been my area anyway.

Anyway, it's worth noting that even though the 15th is when Regal will supposedly "refuse its contract" on the Fenway theater, they're selling tickets for the big Marvel movie opening next week. Also, there's a big Marvel movie opening next week, so if there's things you want to catch up on, as there is for me, we should probably get on it now.
  • Magic Mike's Last Dance is the improbable third film in that series, with Channing Tatum returning and being rediscovered by Salma Hayek's London-based theatrical producer. It's at the Somerville, Boston Common, Fenway, Kendall Square, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    Consecration plays Boston Common, and features Jena Malone investigating the death of her brother (a priest) at a Scottish convent.

    Titanic gets a 25th-anniversary 3D re-release, stereo-converted, upscaled to 4K resolution (if the projector can handle it), and apparently interpolated to 48fps in some locations. It screens at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common (including Dolby 3D), Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Chestnut Hill.

    Marlowe, which casts Liam Neeson as Raymond Chandler's sardonic detective, opens Wednesday, with Neil Jordan directing and a cast including Diane Kruker, Jessica Lange, Colm Meaney, Alan Cumming, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, opens at Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row on Wednesday.

    Devotion is this week's Black History Month selection at Boston Common and South Bay. Animated kids' film The Amazing Maurice gets a second week at Fresh Pond, so I guess it's doing well.

    Fenway has the 1981 My Bloody Valentine on Monday. Fire of Love makes another welcome return to theaters for Valentine's Day, playing Boston Common and Assembly Row on Tuesday. Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, a horror film that pounced upon the character entering the public domain, plays Wednesday at Boston Common, Fenway, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Thursday at Arsenal Yards.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Kendall Square open One Fine Morning, a Velntine-y looking story with Léa Seydoux as a widow looking after her daughter and ailing father, but who reconnects with a longtime (married) friend.

    Also opening at the Coolidge is Jafar Panahi's No Bears, another film he's made despite being forbidden from making films by Iran, putting himself in front of the camera as a man skirting his prohibition from leaving or making films in Iran by directing a film in Turkey by Zoom.

    Midnights at the Coolidge this weekend include Surf Nazis Must Die and The Room on Friday plus Green Room on Saturday. There is also a matinee kids' show of Fantastic Mr. Fox on Saturday, with Geothe-Institut presentation Axiom starting at 11am Sunday. Monday's Shakespeare Reimagined presentation is Shakespeare in Love, while Tuesday's Valentine Big Screen Classic is Before Sunrise on 35mm, with Open Screen in the screening room the same night. The Love on the Run show is a 35mm print of Something Wild, with critic Jake Mulligan reading a pre-show seminar, while Thursday's Science on Screen has a pair of local doctors introducing Awakenings.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square has two more films beyond that: Let It Be Morning comes from Israel and stars Alex Bakri as a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship who returns home for a wedding when his village is suddenly locked down.. Close comes from Belgium and is nominated for the Best International Feature Oscar, following two children whose friendship is disrupted and must try to figure out why; it also plays Boston Common.

    The Retro Replay romance this week is the original version of Sabrina, with Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden, playing on Valentine's Day (Tuesday).
  • Apple Fresh Pond has six new Indian films. Amigos is a Telugu crime film about "the two doppelgangers". Dada is a Tamil drama about teenage parents. The rest are Malayalam: Romancham is a Malayalam horror-comedy about 7 bachelors who mess with a Ouija board; Iratta is a Malayalam film about two identical twins; Shiv Shastri Balboa follows a Indian Rocky fan on a road trip across America; while Spadikam, which plays through Sunday, seems to be a re-release of a Malayalam action-adventure from 1995.

    Writer Padmabhushan continues at Fresh Pond, while Pathaan sticks around Fresh Pond, Boston Common, and Fenway.

    Big Chinese action flick
    The Wandering Earth II continues at Boston Common (including Imax) and Fenway.

    Anime Sword Art Online: The Movie: Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night plays Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row; check for dubbed/subtitled shows throughout the week; another anime, Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: First Kiss wa Owaranai, plays Assembly Row on Tuesday.

    Korean concert film BTS: Yet to Come continues at Boston Common, Fenway, Assembly Row through Sunday.
  • The Brattle Theatre re-opens on Saturday evening with a double built to show off their new surround sound system: A 35mm print of House of Flying Daggers followed by Batman Returns. The next day offers football counterprogramming with "Superb Owl Sunday", featuring 35mm prints of the original Harryhausen Clash of the Titans and Jim Henson's Labyrinth, both of which feature superb owls.

    The Princess Bride takes the lead on Valentine's Day duty this year, with shows on Monday and late on Tuesday. Casablanca gets one already-sold-out show on Tuesday; I gather Warner has been holding it close and only letting the Brattle book it because it's tradition.

    Wednesday and Thursday, they have a new restoration of Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock.
  • The Somerville Theatre gets a head start on an annual event with double features of Back to the Future & Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure on Sunday, Blade Runner (Final Cut) & Blade Runner 2049 on Monday, and a 35mm print of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on Tuesday .

    That all leads into The Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival proper, which opens Wednesday with two short packages, documentary Doctor Who Am I, and feature UFO Club; Thursday offers another shorts package plus docs Isaac Asimov: A Message from the Future and Beyond Tomorrow. The festival portion will continue through Saturday, with the traditional marathon running noon-to-noon Sunday and Monday.

    Up the 77 route at the Capitol, there's a special screening of short horror film "Perfida: The Diabolical" in the birthday party room on Thursday night.
  • The Harvard Film Archive hasErnie Gehr in person for two programs of his "Ever-Expanding Cinema", with a programs of recent digital shorts on Friday and Saturday. Alain Guiraudie's Nobody's Hero continues its run on Sunday afternoon and Monday night. That leaves room for just one Kinuyo Tanaka film this weekend, with Girls of the Night playing Sunday evening.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has two cinema presentations this week. The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks plays Friday night in association with the Roxbury Film Festival, while EO on Thursday kicks off a program of what were expected to be International Feature Oscar nominees (though it's the only one of the four to get a nod).
  • Bright Lights brings back IFFBoston documentary Riotsville, USA, which depicts the early development of militarized police in the 1960s, on Thursday evening, with producer Sara Archambault on-hand for a Q&A. Free and open to the public.
  • Streaming encores of Boston Jewish Film favorites The Art of Silence and Karaoke are available on their site through Sunday.
  • The Lexington Venue is open through Sunday with Living, The Whale, and 80 for Brady.

    The West Newton Cinema continues 80 for Brady, Women Talking (no show Thursday), A Man Called Otto, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans, Aftersun, The Banshees of Inisherin (Saturday/Sunday), Puss in Boots, and Tár. Closed Monday.

    The Luna Theater has The Whale on Friday, Saturday, early Sunday, and Thursday. The Princess Bride plays Saturday evening and most of Sunday. And, of course, a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem brings in All Quiet on the Western Front, Fire of Love, and James Baldwin Abroad: Istanbul - Paris - London, a collection of three short films where he is interviewed.sharing screens with holdovers Knock at the Cabin, 80 For Brady, and EO. They also play classic romance It Happened One Night on Saturday and Sunday. As usual, they are closed Tuesday and Wednesday, but the two VideoCoven Presents shows on Thursday are opposites but both kind of great: Frothy classic supernatural comedy I Married a Witch at 7pm and Álex de la Iglesia's mad road movie Perdita Durango.
  • 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.
Marlowe! Been waiting for that one. Also down for the fancy Titanic, House of Flying Daggers, and some of the other goodies at the Somerville and Brattle .

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