Friday, March 31, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 31 March 2023 - 6 April 2023

So, there's a little motion around the area's theaters - Alamo has started advertising the place in the Seaport online, and The West Newton Theatre Foundation has announced a capital campaign to buy and renovate the building by August 2024 - which, on the one hand, it kind of needs, although I hope it continues to feel like its decades old afterward. Anyway, it's a cool place, kind of hard for me to get to unless something is only playing there, in which case I'll give up a whole Saturday, but it's a pretty decent cause.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves opens at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), West Newton, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (Including Imax Laser/Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill; it features Michelle Rodriguez and Chris Pine as the leaders of a party trying to prevent a magical apocalypse, with Hugh Grant along as a roguish villain.

    Spinning Gold, a movie about the 1970s heyday of Casablanca Records (the label that discovered bands from KISS to Donna Summer to the Isley Brothers), plays West Newton, Boston Common, and South Bay.

    Biblical drama His Only Son plays Fresh Pond and Boston Common. The Journey with Andrea Bocelli, a combination of documentary and performance, plays Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row starting Sunday.

    On Wednesday, two big ones open ahead of Easter - Air, Ben Affleck's movie about Nike's decision to sign Michael Jordan, starring Matt Damon, Jason Bateman, Chris Tucker, Viola Davis, Affleck, and more. It's at the Somerville, the Coolidge, Fresh Pond, Boston Common (with a preview Saturday), Kendall Square, South Bay (Saturday preview), Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill (Saturday preview). Also opening on Wednesday is The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the first big kids' movie since Christmas, plays at the Capitol (including RealD 3D), 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/RealD 3D), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    Romantic comedy One True Loves has a sneak preview on Wednesday at Boston Common.
  • Sundance prize-winner A Thousand and One opens at The Coolidge Corner Theatre (including a Masked Matinee on Sunday); Kendall Square, Boston Common, South bay, Assembly Row; it follows a mother who kidnaps her daughter from foster care and attempts to restart her life in New York City.

    The Coolidge also picks up BUFF selection Enys Men - a nifty, creepy thing set on an abandoned island off the coast of Cornwall in 1973 - although just for 10pm-ish shows Friday to Thursday and midnights Friday and Saturday. Repertory midnights are a 35mm print of Drop Dead Gorgeous on Friday and But I'm a Cheerleader (and The Room) on Saturday. Sunday features a Panorama presentation of The Right to Read, with post-film discussion. Monday's Big Screen Classic is a 35mm print of The Red Shoes, and they begin an April Anim-Mania series with Your Name on Tuesday and a 35mm print of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie on Wednesday. There's also a Cinema Jukebox presentation of High Fidelity, also on 35mm film.
  • Apple Fresh Pond has Bholaa, an Ajay Devgn-starring action flick where a recent parolee gets into even bigger trouble while trying to return home (also at Boston Common); Viduthalai Part 1, the start of a Tamil-language series about a cop investigating a separatist movement; and Gurudev Hoysala, a Kannada-language film about a cop investigating a missing officer, the latter two through Sunday. Tamil crime flick Pahtu Thala (playing through Tuesday) and Telugu action/adventure Dasara (also at Boston Common) opened Wednesday; a Maraath-language take on Pygmalion/My Fair Lady, Phulrani, and Malayalam-language zombie movie Experiment 5 play Saturday, with Malayalam-language historical drama 1921: Puzha Muthal Puzha Vare playing Sunday. Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar is held over at Boston Common.

    German (but likely dubbed) kid flick The School of Magical Animals continues at Fresh Pond.

    Zhang Yimou's Full River Red and anime hit Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba - To the Swordsmith Village continue at Boston Common, but with very little showtimes and likely getting wiped out by the new releases after Tuesday.
  • The Brattle Theatre has a special "Almost April Fools" double feature on Friday with Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, but, honestly, they've played worse.

    After that, they're home base for Wicked Queer through next Sunday. The festival actually kicks off on Friday with opening night film Big Boys at The ICA, with ArtsEmerson's Bright Screening Room also in use Saturday & Sunday - plus a Bright Lights show of All the Beauty and Bloodshed on Thursday, free screenings at Boston University on Monday and Tuesday, and shows starting at The Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday.
  • The Harvard Film Archive welcomes the latest recipient of the McMillan-Stewart Fellowship, Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza, to present his latest feature Fathers Day on Friday and his first, Grey Matter, on Monday. In between, there are three from Mauritanian filmmaker Med Hondo: Soleil O, which has an introduction by Aboubakar Sanogo, on Saturday evening, short "Ballade aux sources" with an introduction by Annabelle Aventurin on Sunday afternoon, and the recently-restored Sarraounia with an introduction from Mahen Bonetti on Sunday evening.
  • Belmont World Film is at Fresh Pond on Monday with Luxembourg, Luxembourg, which follows two Ukrainian twins as they travel to visit their dying father in the European principality, with locally-based Ukranian director Tatyana Bronstein speaking afterward. The next film in the series, The Worst Ones, will be available to stream starting Tuesday evening before playing at Fresh Pond next Monday.
  • The Retro Replay show at Landmark Theatres Kendall Square this Tuesday is The Thin Man.
  • The Museum of Science.and the Woods Hole Film Festival have a special screening of Exposure on Thursday; the documentary follows a group of women traveling to the North Pole despite how treacherous the polar ice cap has become due to climate change.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a live show on Saturday, so screens get shuffled and there's no midnight this week.
  • The Lexington Venue is open through Sunday with The Quiet Girl, Emily, and Return to Seoul.

    The West Newton Cinema adds Dungeons & Dragons and Spinning Gold to John Wick 4, A Good Person, Women Talking, A Man Called Otto (Friday/Saturday/Tuesday), Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans (through Tuesday), Puss in Boots (Saturday/Sunday), The Whale (Sunday), and Tár (Sunday). No shows Monday this week, and Super Mario Bros. arrives Wednesday.

    The Luna Theater has Pi on Friday and Saturday, Everything Everywhere All at Once on Saturday, The Lost Boys on Sunday, and a Umass Lowell Philosophy & Film presentation of No Country for Old Men on Thursday.

    Cinema Salem is open through Monday with Dungeons & Dragons - including a special co-presentation with the The Castle, a local gaming shop, John Wick 4, No Bears (Friday/Sunday/Monday), Close, and Malum, a horror movie set in a police station about to be abandoned; Linoleum, a comedy about a children's TV host building a rocket in his garage, plays Saturday to Monday. Saturday and Sunday feature an April Fools' Marx Brothers double feature of Horse Feathers & Duck Soup, with Rocky Horror playing late Saturday.

    If you can make it out to the Liberty Tree Mall but not Salem, Malum is also playing there.
Looks like a pretty short window for D&D on the fancy screens, and it looks like I'll need to rush to catch Return to Seoul before next week's stuff wipes it out Still haven't gotten to Shazam, either, and might go for the 35mm Cowboy Bebop. Plus, hey, first Red Sox game of the year!

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