Friday, February 17, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 17 February 2023 - 23 February 2023

Not necessarily fewer options for what to see this weekend, but fewer places to see them, as Regal's Fenway location had its last day on Sunday, one of a few places where their landlords wouldn't back down enough on rent to keep it open. I suspect that someone else will eventually move in, but it might take a while, considering that Alamo and AMC announced they were taking over the Seaport and Causeway Street cinemas weeks/months ago and they're not open yet.

Ah, well. At least there's a lot of other places still open, and Fenway only occasionally had something not showing anywhere else.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp is the latest Marvel entry, kicking off "Phase 5" by formally introducing alpha villain Kang The Conqueror and the third generation of shrinking heroes, with director Peyton Reed and cast members Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer returning (not seeing Michael Pena listed, though). It gets a bunch of screens, including most of the big ones, at the Capitol (including RealD 3D), Fresh Pond (including 3D), The Museum of Science (Omnimax, Friday/Saturdays), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D/3D), West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Imax 2D/3D, Dolby Cinema, and RealD 3D), Kendall Square (including RealD 3D), South Bay (including Imax 2D/3D, Dolby Cinema, and RealD 3D), Assembly Row (including Imax 2D/3D, Dolby Cinema, and RealD 3D), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    The new take on Marlowe opened Wednesday and continues at Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row.

    The Woman King is this week's Black History Month presentation at Boston Common and South Bay (Till also has showtimes Saturday morning at Boston Common while Devotion plays Sunday afternoon at South Bay). Arsenal Yards has vacation matinees of Minions: The Rise of Gru.

    Winnie the Pooh Blood and Honey encores at Arsenal Yards on Sunday. There's an early screening of Jesus Revolution, the incessantly-trailered picture with Kelsey Grammar as a preacher who makes nice with the hippies in the 1960s, as an early show on Wednesday at Boston Common and Assembly Row before its regular early shows the next night.
  • It's Oscar Shorts time! As usual, there are three packages, with Animation running a bit more than an hour and a half and playing the Coolidge, the Capitol, the Kendall,The ICA (Friday-Sunday), the Lexington Venue, West Newton, Luna Lowell; Live Action running roughly two hours and playing at the Coolidge, the Capitol, the Kendall, the ICA (Saturday/Sunday), the Lexington Venue, West Newton, Luna Lowell; Documentaries run 2:45 and are at the Capitol and the Lexington Venue, Luna Lowell.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is apparently the biggest box office that The Coolidge Corner Theatre ever had, so they're putting the 4K restoration being released this week on their biggest screens, and, yeah, it's as good as you remember it, maybe better, and if the restoration looks better than the existing 4K disc, it'll be something on the big screen. It also plays shorter schedules at the Kendall, CinemaSalem, and Boston Common.

    Opening in much more limited times on smaller screens is Full Time, which features Laure Calamy as a single mother trying to get to her job (and interviews for a new one) in the middle of a transit strike, which is like the Parisian equivalent of those Hong Kong thrillers that hinge on real-estate costs.

    MIdnights at the Coolidge offer comic-book movie alternatives The Rocketeer on Friday and a 35mm print of the del Toro Hellboy (that is, the good one) on Saturday. At the other end of the day, Mary Poppins plays Saturday and Sunday morning, and there are also special "sing along" kids' shows in the afternoon for school vacation week with Frozen on Monday, Moana on Tuesday, Encanto on Wednesday, Beauty and the Beast on Thursday. Monday night, the big screen classic is a 35mm print of Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break. Love on the Run shows this week are Queen & Slim on Tuesday and a 35mm print of It Happened One Night (including Jake Mulligan seminar pre-show). There's also a special 35mm screening of The Hollywood Shuffle co-presented by NAACBoston on Thursday.
  • Australian romance Of an Age opens at Landmark Theatres Kendall Square, the Capitol, West Newton, and Boston Common, chronicling a whirlwind romance between a Serbian immigrant who hopes to become a dancer and his friend's older brother at the end of the Twentieth Century.

    The Kendall also plays Some Like It Hot on Tuesday for their weekly throwback. Also, while Living does not play Friday through Monday to make more room for Ant-Man, it returns from Tuesday to Thursday
  • Apple Fresh Pond has four new Indian films this week: Shehzada (also at Boston Common) is a Hindi-language action-comedy with Kartik Aaryan as a man who has a great relationship with his sexy boss (Kriti Sanon) until she finds out who his estranged father is. Bakasuran is a Tamil-language drama about online harassment Vinaro Bhagyamu Vishnu Katha is a Telugu comedy about two people coming together (and, from one of the posters, possibly a robot). A film about a student struggling with privatized education is the subject of a film playing as both Vaathi and "Sir"; I think the first is Telugu-language and the second Tamil, but folks who know the languages can say better than me. Pathaan sticks around Fresh Pond and Boston Common.

    Though two big CCP-flattering pictures from China are making its way to American shores this weekend, Boston only gets limited screenings of Hidden Blade, a World War II thriller starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai and directed by Cheng Er, who made the at-least-interesting The Wasted Times. It's fellow Lunar New Year release, The Wandering Earth II continues at Boston Common.
  • The Brattle Theatre celebrates school vacation week with the Bugs Bunny Film Festival, an 80-minute program of classic Looney Tunes presented on 35mm film. The exception is Thursday night, when they present a decidedly different collection of short films from Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown in collaboration with RPM Fest, with Guffat & Brown on-hand for a Q&A afterward.
  • The Somerville Theatre picks up Oscar nominee Close this week, although it will be displaced from the main screen on Sunday.

    That's because of the The Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival proper, which has programs of shorts, features, and related documentaries on Friday and Saturday (plus a shorts encore on Sunday), with the main event, a 24-hour marathon including Back to the Future II on 70mm film and many others on 35mm, kicking off at noon. They also have streaming programs from Friday to Sunday.

    Their friends at the Capitol are mostly showing the blockbusters, but they're also the only place with the documentary shorts all week.
  • The New England Aquarium adds "Secrets of the Sea" to its rotation of Imax 3D films, displacing "Wings over Water".
  • The Harvard Film Archive has their first Black History Month program of 2023 on Saturday with Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, a documentary by Nancy D. Kates about one of the civil rights leaders of the 1940s who was, on top of being Black, openly gay in a time when that was rare. No screenings Saturday, but two directed by Kinuyo Tanaka, with Girls of the Night Sunday afternoon while Love Under the Crucifix plays Monday evening. Alain Guiraudie's Nobody's Hero has its final show Sunday night.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts wraps their series of some of the Best International Films of 2022 with the excellent Decision to Leave on Friday evening, Corsage Saturday afternoon, and Saint Omer Sunday afternoon. All three were expected to vie for Oscar, but it was a strong field, which doesn't make them any less worth catching.
  • The Regent Theatre has Armenian drama Zulali on Sunday afternoon, a co-presentation with Amaras Arts Alliance, with this year's edition of Banff Mountain Film Festival running from Monday to Friday
  • Bright Lights has You Resemble Me, a documentary about Hasna Alt Boulahcen, accused of being Europe's first suicide bomber. It's free and open to the public on Thursday night, with director Dina Amer on hand for a Q&A afterward.
  • The Lexington Venue is open through Sunday with the three Oscar shorts packages and 80 for Brady.

    The West Newton Cinema gets Ant-Man, Of an Age, and all three Oscar short packages, plus Women Talking, A Man Called Otto, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans, Aftersun (no show Friday), The Banshees of Inisherin, Puss in Boots, and Tár. So far, only showtimes through Sunday have been put up.

    The Luna Theater has all three Oscar shorts programs, with Animation Friday & Saturday, plus Documentary and Live Action on Saturday. The Whale plays Saturday, and Breakfast at Tiffany's plays three times Sunday. And, of course, Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem is open until Tuesday and has a full slate, with Ant-Man 3, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, All Quiet on the Western Front, James Baldwin Abroad: Istanbul - Paris - London, Knock at the Cabin, 80 For Brady, EO (no show Saturday), and Fire of Love (no show Friday).
  • 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.
Already got tickets for Ant-Man, and I'll try and fit in Crouching Tiger, Full Time, and some Oscar docs. I should also check out some of the previews for the sci-fi fest films, although, I dunno, it seems like even more of an afterthought than usual compared to this year.

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