Friday, March 17, 2023

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

Hey, the Boston Underground Film Festival starts this week! Surprisingly, the Boston Irish Film Festival doesn't, as they were grabbing the same weekend for some time, then committed to staying out of each other's way, then, well, 2020.
  • Boston Underground Film Festival opens at the Brattle Theatre on Wednesday, with The Unheard kicking things off filmmakers in attendance, followed by Nightsiren. Stand By for Failure: A Documentary About Negativeland, Spaghetti Junction, and Smoking Causes Coughing play Thursday, and the festival continues through next Sunday.

    Before the festival, The Brattle Theatre has Pacification, Albert Serra's thriller about a French diplomat in Tahiti, from Friday to Tuesday. They also join RP Fest for "Some Problems of Domestication: Short Films by Alison Folland" on Sunday afternoon, with Folland and Jennifer Montgomery on-hand for a Q&A afterward.
  • The latest entry in DC's superhero movie universe (which may or may not be reset at some point soon) is Shazam! Fury of the Gods, with Zachary Levy returning as the superhero alter-ego of teen Billy Batson, this time facing off against a pair of demigods (Helen Mirren & Lucy Liu) who feel Billy's foster family has usurped their powers. It's at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), West Newton, Boston Common (including Imax/Dolby Cinema), Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax/Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    This month's senior comedy is Moving On, with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as old friends who resolve to murder a man who wronged them (Malcolm McDowell) decades ago. It's at Boston Common.

    In the wake of their Oscar wins, Everything Everywhere All at Once returns to Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row (it's been at Kendall Square and West Newton), while The Whale is back at Boston Common.

    Music documentary Louis Tomlinson: All of Those Voices plays Boston Common and Arsenal Yards on Wednesday; Godzilla: Tokyo SOS plays Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Wednesday. There's an "investor connect" preview of Dungeons & Dragons at Boston Common on Wednesday.
  • Inside opens at Landmark Theatres Kendall Square, the Capitol, West Newton, and Boston Common, with Willem Dafoe as an art thief who finds himself trapped in a penthouse when he triggers its security system but does not appear to alert anyone to his presence.

    Tuesday's Retro Replay at the Kendall is Touch of Evil.
  • The latest from Zhang Yimou - he does seem to crank them out quickly these days - is Full River Red, arriving at Boston Common a couple months after its Lunar New Year opening in China. It's a dark comedy about a bureaucrat trying to displace a corrupt minister in the middle of a diplomatic mission.

    Apple Fresh Pond opens Hindi dramas Mrs. Chatterjee vs. Norway and Zwigato, Telugu drama Phalana Abbayi Phalana Ammayi, Tamil thriller Kannai Nambathey, and crime epic Kabzaa on Friday. Telugu action-comedy Das Ka Dhamki opens Wednesday.

    Bangledeshi action movie Shonibar Bikel (aka Saturday Afternoon) has an encore show Friday night, with Pathaan and Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar held over at Fresh Pond, the latter also at Boston Common.

    Anime hit Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba - To the Swordsmith Village continues at Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row; check showtimes for whether they are dubbed or subtitled. Vietnamese drama Nha Ba Nu ("The House of No Man") continues at South Bay.
  • Repertory programs at The Coolidge Corner Theatre start with Boston Irish midnights - 35mm prints of Blown Away on Friday and The Town on Saturday. There's a masked matinee of The Quiet Girl on Saturday morning, , and a Goethe-Institut presentation of Talking About the Weather on Sunday. Monday has a "Sounds of Silence" Buster Keaton double feature with Jeff Rapsis accompanying The Navigator & One Week. Claire Denis shows continue with 35mm prints of 35 Shots of Rum on Tuesday and White Material on Wednesday. Thursday's Big Screen Classic is Hoop Dreams. The Coolidge and CinemaSalem are also the last holdouts for the Oscar Shorts now that the awards have been presented.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a 35mm print of The Craft for Saturday's midnight special. They also have the Cyclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival on Monday evening. There's also a special screening of Ithaka, a documentary about the fight to free Julian Assange, on Wednesday, with his father and brother (John and Gabriel Shipton) in attendance.

    Upstairs at The Crystal Ballroom, the Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra will be accompanying South, the 1919 documentary on Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition, on Sunday afternoon.
  • Boston Jewish Film has the in-person portion of their Israel Film Festival this week, with The Artist's Daughter and Valeria Is Getting Married at The Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, I Am Not at West Newton on Tuesday, and America at the Coolidge on Thursday; a streaming portion will begin the next weekend.

    The Boston Baltic Film Festival has a dozen films streaming online through the 19th.

    GlobeDocs will be hosting a Zoom discussion of the documentary Storming Caesars Palace on Monday; follow this link to learn how to stream it ahead of time.
  • The Harvard Film Archive re-opens after spring break on Monday with artist Youjin Moon in person to present a collection of short films, "Inner and Outer Space".
  • Bright Lights returns to the Bright Screening Room at the Paramount on Thursday with Tiktok, Boom. Director Shalini Kantayya will be on-hand afterward to discuss the documentary on the rise and inner workings of the popular social media network. Admission is free and open to the public.
  • The Museum of Science adds "Serengeti" to its Imax rotation, joining "Everest" and "Ancient Caves".
  • The Lexington Venue is open through Sunday with The Quiet Girl, Living, and Magic Mike's Last Dance.

    The West Newton Cinema adds Shazam 2 and Inside to Eo (Sunday), Four Winters (Saturday/Sunday), Women Talking, A Man Called Otto, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans (no show Thursday), The Banshees of Inisherin, Puss in Boots (Saturday/Sunday), and Tár. No shows Monday this week.

    The Luna Theater has The Whale on Friday, Ghost in the Shell on Saturday, "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" on Sunday, and a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem is open through Monday with the Oscar Shorts, Scream VI, The Quiet Girl, and Champions.

    If you can make it out to Dedham, comedy A Snowy Day in Oakland plays at the Showcase.
  • 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.
Can I cram in Shazam 2, "South", Full River Red, The Quiet Girl, and The Whale in before BUFF? I am certainly going to try!

1 comment:

Ty said...

I went to a Jewish film festival and also Youjin Moon's screening this week. Harvard (Moon) one was a refreshing collection of films, but unfortunately, the Q&A session was not well-prepared (some things did not make sense) which was disappointing....