Friday, March 24, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 24 March 2023 - 30 March 2023

Spend your weekend underground, then watch Keanu Reeves cut a swath through the underworld!
  • Which is to say, The Boston Underground Film Festival continues through the weekend at the Brattle Theatre. Friday features New England horror shorts, Mister Organ, Enys Men, and the midnight shorts; Saturday features Moon Garden, the music video and comedy short programs, Piaffe, Sick of Myself, and Diviinity; while Sunday wraps with existential and comedy shorts, How to Blow Up a Pipeline, The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster, and Rebel. No Saturday morning cartoon or restoration this year, but still plenty to see.

    After that, The Brattle Theatre has A Burt Bacharach Tribute with What's New Pussycat? on Monday, After the Fox and the 1967 Casino Royale on Wednesday, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on Thursday, all but the latter on 35mm film. In between, Tuesday offers two free screenings: An "Elements of Cinema" presentation of Tootsie on 35mm film at 6pm, and a preview of Air - among other things, the first time Ben Affleck has directed Matt Damon, if you want to get all Cambridge about it. You can just drop into the first; the second requires an RSVP but will be oversold, so show up early (there are also early access shows at Boston Common and Assembly Row on Wednesday).
  • The biggest release this week is John Wick: Chapter 4, the new epic-sized (final?) entry in Keanu Reeves' saga of a former assassin trying to extricate himself from that underground world for good, with action stars Donnie Yen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Marko Zaror, and Scott Adkins among those along for the ride this time. It's at the Somerville, Jordan's Furniture, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common (Including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Laser/Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    Also opening is A Good Person, director Zach Braff's new film starring Florence Pugh as a spiraling young woman who winds up at an AA meeting with the father of her former fiancé (Morgan Freeman). It's at the Somerville, West Newton, Boston Common, Kendall Square, Assembly Row.

    Boston Common gets The Lost King, the new film from Stephen Frears that features Sally Hawkins as the amateur historian who helped find the long-missing remains of Richard III, with Steve Coogan co-writing and co-starring.

    There are sneak preview shows of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves at Boston Common, Assembly Row, and South Bay on Sunday, plus "Early Access Fan Events" at Boston Common (Dolby Cinema), South Bay (Dolby Cinema), and Assembly Row (Imax Laser) on Wednesday; How to Blow Up a Pipeline at Boston Common Monday, A Thousand and One on Tuesday and Wednesday previews at Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row; Enys Men on Wednesday at Boston Common and Assembly Row. All of These Voices, a music doc about One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson starting a solo career, plays Boston Common and Arsenal Yards on Saturday. Boxing love-triangle flick Perfect Addiction plays Assembly Row on Monday and Wednesday. Documentary In Viaggio: The Travels of Pope Francis plays Kendall Square on Monday.
  • Apple Fresh Pond picks up Bheed, a Hindi-language drama about people trying to reach home while India had locked down for three weeks at the onset of the pandemic, and Telugu drama Ranga Marthanda, while. Telugu action-comedy Das Ka Dhamki opened Wednesday. Bangala drama Dostojee (Two Friends) plays Saturday. Tamil crime flick Pahtu Thala and Telugu action/adventure Dasara open Wednesday. Until then,Hindi drama Mrs. Chatterjee vs. Norway and Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar are held over at Fresh Pond though Tuesday, the latter also at Boston Common.

    Fresh Pond also opens German kids' film The School of Magical Animals for matinees. Ithink it may be an English dub, although there's really nothing to indicate either way.

    Zhang Yimou's Full River Red continues at Boston Common, but to see Where the Wind Blows (released in America as "Theory of Ambitions"), a Hong Kong crime starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Aaron Kwok Fu-Shing, you have to head out to the Liberty Tree Mall

    Anime hit Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba - To the Swordsmith Village is still at Boston Common through Sunday. This year's Ghibli-fest starts with My Neighbor Totoro at Boston Common Sunday through Wednesday (some dubbed, some subtitled)
  • Aside from A Good Person, The Coolidge Corner Theatre also picks up "James Baldwin Abroad", a program of three short films which capture Baldwin in Istanbul, Paris, and London. Wednesday night features a special "Panorama" presentation with Baldwin's biographer and personal secretary David Leeming, among others.

    Midnights this week are Eurocomic adaptations, with Barbarella on Friday and Heavy Metal on Saturday, both on 35mm film. A 49-minute program of short films from the New York International Children's Film Festival plays Sunday morning. Tuesday's Science on Screen show is Picture a Scientist with post-film discussion, and Thursday's Big Screen Classic is Paris, Texas.
  • The Midnight Special at The Somerville Theatre this week is a new 4K restoration of Times Square, best known for a double-LP soundtrack and a supporting part, though the real stars are Trini Alvarado and Robin Johnson as punk girls in love (although that's apparently less clear in the existing cut).

    Their sister cinema in Arlington, The Capitol, picks up Return to Seoul.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts hosts the Boston Turkish Film Festival this weekend, with thriller Kerr on Friday, documentary double feature Patrida & Maffy's Jazz on Saturday, and another thriller, Burning Days, on Sunday.

    Boston Jewish Film streams three films from Sunday to Wednesday as part Israel Film Festival this week: Concerned Citizen, Matchmaker, and The Narrow Bridge.
  • The Harvard Film Archive welcomes Argentine filmmaker Andrés Di Tella for a weekend visit; he will be hosting his films Photographs and Under Construction (or, The Place I Was Born No Longer Exists) in separate shows on Friday and Diaries, a never-the-same in-person presentation, on Monday. Three of Alice Diop's documentaries play in between, with feature We on Saturday and the pairing of short "Towards Tenderness" and feature Danton's Death on Sunday, as does a pair of Chilean short films, "Unfinished Diary" and "Fragments from an Unfinished Diary", on Sunday afternoon.
  • ArtsEmerson has two non-Bright LIghts programs in the Paramount's Bright Screening Room this weekend: Local documentary Girl Talk, about young women at Newton South in the often male-dominated activity of high-school debate, plays on Friday evening. Saturday afternoon, they team with The Boston Asian-American Film Festival for "Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March". Both are listed as "pick your price" shows with post-film discussion.

    Bright Lights presents Framing Agnes on Thursday, a unique combination of documentary and re-enactment around sex reassignment surgery at UCLA in the mid-Twentieth Century, with director Chase Joynt on hand for a discussion afterward. Admission is free and open to the public.
  • Belmont World Film begins their annual International Film Program on Monday with A Man, with Charles Shirō Inouye, Professor of Japanese literature and Chair of the International Literary and Cultural Studies program at Tufts University, leading discussion. The first four weeks (including this one) will be at Fresh Pond, moving to Arsenal Yards later and with some films also playing online (not including this one).
  • Tuesday's Retro Replay at Landmark Theatres Kendall Square is Doctor Zhivago; be aware that it's at 4pm because it's long.
  • The Regent Theatre has "musical thriller documentary" What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat, and Tears, which covers the rapid rise and fall of the band from headlining Woodstock to an Eastern European tour in 1970, from Tuesday to Thursday. Tuesday's show features band member Fred Lipsius in person, performing live before the film and doing a Q&A afterward.
  • Joe's Free Films doesn't have outdoor screenings yet, but does show that Northeastern University students are putting on a North by Northeastern Film Festival on campus featuring student films and an alumni feature, while German film Toubab at the Goethe-Institut on Wednesday (with English subtitles).
  • The Lexington Venue is open through Sunday with The Quiet Girl and Return to Seoul.

    The West Newton Cinema adds A Good Person and John Wick 4 to Shazam 2, Inside, Four Winters (Friday/Saturday), Women Talking, A Man Called Otto (Friday/Saturday/Wednesday), Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans (no show Thursday), Puss in Boots (Saturday/Sunday), and Tár (Tuesday/Thursday). No shows Monday this week.

    The Luna Theater has Everything Everywhere All at Once on Friday and Saturday evenings, Little Shop of Horrors on Saturday, William Castle's Strait-Jacket on Sunday, and a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem is open through Monday with Scream VI and John Wick: Chapter 4.
  • 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.
Living at the Brattle for BUFF until Sunday, then hopefully catching John Wick, Shazam, and Return to Seoul afterward. I'm trying to figure out how to head out to Where the Wind Blows, but directions for getting back home seem to involve "take the 3am bus to the airport…", so I'm going to cross my fingers and futilely hope for a second weekend on that one.

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