Friday, May 26, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 26 May 2023 - 1 June 2023

Looking at what could be a busier week than what my AMC membership can handle and thinking, are we going to try MoviePass 4.0 (or whatever)? Do we trust it?

Oh, and in disappointing news given it's a holiday weekend, the multiplex at South Bay seems to be closed for "unexpected maintenance" this week, which means the area is down ten more screens, even with Fenway already shut down and the places at Causeway Street and the Seaport slow to re-open.

  • It's time for another Disney live-action remake, I guess, and this time it's The Little Mermaid, with Halle Bailey in the title role and Rob Marshall directing something half again as long as the animated film that kicked off the Disney Renaissance and which almost certainly won't be remembered 30 years later. It's at The Capitol, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Fresh Pond (including digital 3D), West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), Kendall Square (including RealD 3D), Assembly Row (including Imax Laser/2D & 3D Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), Chestnut Hill (including RealD 3D).

    Also opening are a couple comedies with comedians adapting their act and starring as themselves and some big names as their fathers: About My Father has comedian Sebastian Maniscalco as Sebastian Maniscalco, who winds up taking his rough-around-the-edges father (Robert De Niro) to visit his girlfriend's family for the Fourth of July; it's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Assembly Row. The Machine looks like a more liberally adapted story, with Bert Kreischer spinning a story of how Russians come for him and his dad (Mark Hamill) twenty years after he crossed them during a semester abroad. That one's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards.

    Kandahar reunites Gerard Butler with director Ric Roman Waugh for the second movie about a guy fleeing the Taliban with his translator in a month. Looks solid, though. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common. Boston Common also gets The Wrath of Becky, a sequel to Becky, which came out at the start of the pandemic and thus mostly went to VOD, although this one, with Lulu Wilson as a final-girl survivor beset by a new threat, looks like it may be able to stand on its own. Boston Common also has Boston Underground Film Festival selection The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster on Wednesday night.

    Boston Common also has The Land Before Time on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. Early previews of The Boogeyman play Boston Common on Wednesday.
  • A couple much-anticipated films open at The Coolidge Corner Theatre this week: IFFBoston selection The Eight Mountains has been getting good notices all over, combining a story of childhood friends torn and connected by their different relationships with the father of one with what is apparently a stunning alpine backdrop. They also have Joyland, in which a mild-mannered man lands a job in a Lahore burlesque but keeps the exact position secret while the LGBT staff there changes his perspective on a number of things.

    Midnights this week are 35mm prints of Ken Russell's Crimes of Passion on Friday and Barbet Schroeder's Single White Female on Saturday. The May Jim Jarmusch series wraps with 35mm prints of The Limits of Control on Tuesday and Only Lovers Left Alive on Wednesday, and the newest Radio Boston Live screening/discussion for their "Set in Boston" series is Good Will Hunting.
  • You Hurt My Feelings opens at Landmark Theatres Kendall Square, the Somerville, the Lexington Venue, Boston Common, and Assembly Row. It is the newest film from Nicole Holofcenerm reuniting with Enough Said star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays an author who panics when she finds out that her husband (Tobias Menzies) didn't really like her new book that much.

    The Kendall wraps their Scorsese/De Niro series on Tuesday with Casino. A Harrison Ford focus starts next week.
  • Once again, five Indian films open at Apple Fresh Pond this weekend. Telugu comedy Mem Famous appears to be brightly-colored overlapping stories in a small village; Kannada-language comedy Daredevil Musthafa has a group of friends conspiring to get one expelled from college; Telugu romance Malli Pelli is apparently about a character based upon star V.K. Naresh, who fell in love with a married co-star; Hindi romance NRI Wives is an anthology of four stories of forbidden relationships; and just yikes at the title of Telugu comedy #MenToo. There also appear to be two re-issued Telugu classics: Sunday features 1976's Adavi Ramudu, with 2015's Mosagallaku Mosagadu playing Tuesday.

    Hideaki Anno's latest reimagining of a major piece of Japanese pop culture, Shin Kamen Rider, plays at Boston Common, Assembly Row on Wednesday; if it's half as fun as Shin Godzilla and Shin Ultraman, it'll be a blast. Anime Suzume continues at the Coolidge and Boston Common, subtitled.
  • The Brattle Theatre continues Reunion Week 25th/50th/75th anniversary shows (though not 100th this year; maybe next. This year's presentations are The Big Lebowski (35mm) & Altman's The Long Goodbye on Friday, Saving Private Ryan on Saturday afternoon, Enter the Dragon (35mm) & Coffy on Saturday, The Spirit of the Beehive (35mm) & Bicycle Thieves on Sunday, A Foreign Affairs & The Red Shoes on Monday, a free Elements of Cinema show of Fantastic Planet on Tuesday, After Life on Tuesday & Wednesday, Stricting Brohibited shows of High Art and Love & Anarchy on Wednesday, wrapping up with Touki Bouki & Run Lola Run (35mm) on Thursday.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a mini-David Lynch series this weekend, with The Elephant Man on Friday & Saturday, Blue Velvet on 4K on Saturday with a 35mm print of Eraserhead at midnight, and Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me on Sunday, which can also be paired with an after-movie party upstairs at the Crystal Ballroom. Wednesday's F— the Nazis double feature is 35mm prints of Judgment at Nuremberg and The Train, while the Two-for-Thursday is new 4K DCps of Steven Spielberg's first two, Duel & The Sugarland Express.
  • The Harvard Film Archive wraps their spring season and with it the Late Kiarostami series with Like Someone in Love and Taste of Cherry (35mm) on Frida, plus a 35mm print of Certified Copy on Monday. They'll be dark for a week, and then return for a Complete Ozu summer.
  • The Museum of Science brings "Serengeti" back into the Omnimax mix, along with the last giant-screen showing of Everything Everywhere All At Once on Saturday night.
  • The New England Aquarium adds "Blue Whales: Return of the Giants" to their Imax 3D mix, displacing "Incredible Predators" and "Superpower Dogs"
  • Per Joe's Free Films, the Goethe-Institut is presenting Exile, a film they screened at the Coolidge's virtual cinema during the pandemic (remember virtual cinema screens?), at their own location on Beacon Street on Wednesday.
  • The Regent Theatre has documentary 32 Sounds on Wednesday night.
  • The Lexington Venue is open through Sunday with You Hurt My Feelings and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

    The West Newton Cinema brings The Little Mermaid and You Hurt My Feelings in, alongside Guardians, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Air, and Super Mario Brothers. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

    The Luna Theater has Beau Is Afraid Friday and Saturday evenings; How to Blow Up a Pipeline Saturday afternoon and Thursday evening, Labyrinth on Sunday; plus a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem opens The Little Mermaid and You Hurt My Feelings, with Polite Society and Guardians also hanging around through Monday. The original Death Race 2000 plays Friday night, The Great Escape on Saturday through Monday afternoons, and the Panorama Film Festival shorts program on Thursday.
I already have a ticket for Shin Kamen Rider (although, you know, mildly disappointed that its release doesn't line up with Fantasia), and will likely check out Kandahar, The Machine, The Wrath of Becky, some of the good rep stuff, and hopefully circle back around to finally catch Evil Dead Rise.

Friday, May 19, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 19 May 2023 - 25 May 2023

Not saying the ten days I was on vacation is the longest is the longest I've gone without seeing a movie in years, but it was a fun week. Fortunately, catching up won't be as hard as it could be, because we're entering the "one big release and everything else looking for scraps" portion of the movie year.
  • That big opening this week is Fast X, which has practically everyone from previous films back plus Jason Momoa and Brie Larson joining the group. Somehow, there has been no "Fast-ten your seatbelts" to the title and promotion, which is nuts to me. It plays the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), 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.

    The Little Mermaid has an early access screening on Wednesday at Boston Common (Imax Xenon), South Bay (RealD 3D), and Assembly Row (RealD 3D) before the regular Thursday early shows.
  • IFFBoston narrative centerpiece Master Gardener opens at The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Boston Common; it's the new one from Paul Schrader, starring Joel Adgerton as the title character, whose employer (Sigourney Weaver) asks him to take her niece on as an apprentice, perhaps not knowing what he did before he took up horticulture.

    The Coolidge's midnights this week are Angel Heart on Friday and the 1982 remake of Cat People, which just happens to be directed by Schrader, with Salem Horror Fest/CinemaSalem's Kay Lynch giving an introduction. Sunday morning's Goethe-Institut film is Schächten — A Retribution, with the group also showing Movements at their own location on Wednesday (free, but RSVP). Monday's Big Screen Classic is a 35mm print of The Philadelphia Story; A Pocketful of MIracles has its New England premiere on Tuesday with filmmaker Aviva Kempner there for a Q&A as part of the National Center for Jewish Film's series; the Jim Jarmusch film on Wednesday is Coffee and Cigarettes' and Thursday's "Rewind!" show is the new restoration of Party Girl.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square has a fair amount of independent openings. The Starling Girl follows a teenager in an evangelical community who is already struggling with how much she enjoys dance even before being drawn to her youth pastor; it's also at Boston Common. Also opening is Monica, which features Trace Lysette as a woman returning after a long time away, looking to reconnect with her mother; that one is also at the Somerville.

    There's also It Ain't Over, which examines the life of Yogi Berra, both as a genius baseball player and his life before and after his playing days. It also plays at Boston Common

    And, almost incidentally, there's Robots, starring Shailene Woodley and Jack Whitehall as a couple ne'er-do-wells who wind up chasing robot duplicates of themselves. It's based on a book by Robert Sheckley and adapted by some of the teams behind Klovn and Borat, which is an interesting group. Matinees only, though. Tuesday's Scorsese/DeNiro flick is Cape Fear, and there's also a live broadcast of Roger Waters: This Is Not a Drill from Prague on Thursday.
  • Five Indian films open at Apple Fresh Pond this weekend. Pichaikkaran 2 is a Tamil action/adventure (also playing in Telugu as "Bichagadu 2") with a tycoon and a beggar on a crash course; Anni Manchi Sakunamule is a Telugu-language family drama; Charles Enterprises is a Malayalam comedy about a son who steals a Ganesh idol from his mother; Yaadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir is a Tamil-language "musical thriller". There's also a 20th-anniversary re-release of Simhadri, one of the first big hits by RRR/Bahubali director S.S. Rajamouli, on Friday. Bangladeshi action movie Black War: Mission Extreme 2 plays Saturday., and Marathi biopic Maharashtra Shaheer plays Sunday.

    The Kerala Story continues at Fresh Pond, and Malayalam-language thriller 2018 has a full week of screenings at Fresh Pond.

    Hong Kong comedy Over My Dead Body plays Boston Common this week, with a nude corpse throwing the residents of an apartment complex into chaos. Interestingly, director Ho Cheuk-Tin was also behind the camera for last year's The Sparring Partner, which is not nearly that lighthearted.

    Anime Suzume continues at the Coolidge and Boston Common, subtitled.
  • The Brattle Theatre opens Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, an animated film based upon the stories of Haruki Murakami (in English, though the original production is French). It plays afternoons and evenings, while BUFF standout How to Blow up a Pipeline plays at 9:15. Both run through Tuesday.

    After that, they kick off their Reunion Week shows, with Key Largo on Wednesday and Rope on Thursday, both on 35mm for their 75th anniversaries, and 25th anniversary screenings of Pi at 9:15 both nights.
  • The Somerville Theatre, aside from opening Monica, has Cannibal!: The Musical as a Midnight Special on Saturday. Once Upon a Time in the West plays on 35mm Sunday. On Wednesday, they kick off their "F–k the Nazis!" program with a double feature of Casablanca (on 35mm) and The Guns of Navarone (in 4K). Thursday's Two-for-Thursdays presentation is The Best Years of Our Lives followed by Roman Holiday.

    Their sister cinema in Arlington, The Capitol, is renting out a screen for the Battlebots season finale on Thursday, with team members in person and a live Q&A; tickets are on sale via EventBrite
  • The Harvard Film Archive has more of their Late Kiarostami series this weekend: Taste of Cherry (35mm Friday), ABC Africa (Friday), Shirin (Saturday), The Wind Will Carry Us (35mm Sunday), Close-Up (35mm Sunday), and 24 Frames Monday.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts finishes the Festival of New Films From Japan with My Neighbor Totoro (subtitled Friday evening and dubbed Saturday morning), animated drama Miss Hokusai (dubbed Friday night, replacing a screening of Akira), and Saturday's closing film A Man, a drama about a woman who finds out her husband was not what he seemed.

    They also show Aftershock in association with RoxFilm, with co-director Tonya Lewis Lee on hand to discus her film about the high infant mortality rates in the African American community.
  • RoxFilm also presents Stonebreakers at ArtsEmerson's Bright Screening Room at the Paramount on Sunday; it's a pretty darn decent movie about the battle over controversial monuments in America. On Saturday, The Boston Asian-American Film Festival co-presents Blurring the Color Line: Chinese in the Segregated South. Both films will have panel discussions afterward.
  • The Museum of Science continues to screen Everything Everywhere All At Once on the Omnimax screen Saturday nights through May for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
  • The Regent Theatre has "Ocean Angels", a group of short documentaries about whales and other aquatic mammals, on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Lexington Venue is open through Sunday with Book Club: The Next Chapter and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

    The West Newton Cinema continues Book Club: The Next Chapter, Guardians, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Beau Is Afraid (no show Thursday), Air, and Super Mario Brothers. Closed Monday.

    The Luna Theater has Beau Is Afraid Friday and Saturday evenings; How to Blow Up a Pipeline Saturday afternoon, The Goonies on Sunday; plus a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem adds Polite Society to holdovers Book Club, Fool's Paradise, Evil Dead Rise, and Guardians.
Somehow, I resisted seeing Guardians 3 in Copenhagen, in part because there were no obvious super-fancy screens near me, so I'll likely catch up with that, Fast X, and Evil Dead Rise at some point this week. Limited screen times are going to make fitting Over My Dead Body, Robots, and Once Upon a Time in The West tricky over the weekend, but I'll figure it out somehow.

Friday, May 12, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 12 May 2023 - 18 May 2023

Still on vacation as I write this, but coming back soon with a fair amount to catch up on in this week-between-blockbusters.
  • The counterprogramming is Book Club: The Next Chapter, which reunites Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen for a bachelorette party in Italy; hijinks will obviously ensue. It's at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common, Kendall Square, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    A couple movies that were barely on the radar before a couple weeks ago but grab a spare screen after the initial see-the-new-Marvel-first-weekend rush also open. Hypnotic stars Ben Affleck and is directed by Robert Rodriguez, and features the former suddenly discovering that there are people out there with mind-control powers; it's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Kendall Square, South Bay, and Assembly Row. Knights of the Zodiac is a live-action manga adaptation starring Japanese-American actor Mackenyu (who has mostly worked in Japan) and a strong "should be doing more than just direct-to-video" folks (Famke Janssen, Mark Dacascos, Nick Stahl, Sean Bean). It's at Boston Common and Assembly Row.

    IFFBoston selection Blackberry opens at Boston Common and South Bay; a comic look at how a Canadian company created the smartphone market for business but was swept aside when Apple made it mainstream. Charlie Day writes and directs Fools Paradise, also starring as a man who gets caught up in showbiz insanity when a publicist (Ken Jeong) has him substitute for a movie star; that one plays the Somerville, Boston Common, and CinemaSalem.

    Rally Road Racers, an animated film which posits sloths racing up and down the Silk Road, opens at Fresh Pond.

    Arsenal Yards has matinees of The Wizard of Oz all week. Grease gets 45th anniversary shows Sunday and Wednesday at South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards. The Way, a 2010 film starring Martin Sheen and directed by son Emilio Estevesz, has apparently become popular enough in come circles to get a one-night re-release Tuesday at South Bay and Assembly Row. Concert film Eric Clapton: Across 24 Nights, plays the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, and Kendall Square on Wednesday. Gerard Butler war/action movie Kandahar has a preview showing Wednesday at Boston Common.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre picks up IFFBoston selection Wild Life, the new film from Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, this one following entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts Kris & Doug Tompkins as they work to create national parks in Chile and Argentina after leaving their successful businesses behind. Vasarhelyi will be on-hand for the 7pm screening on Saturday.

    They also open (with relatively limited showtimes) Other People's Children, about a woman who falls for a divorced dad and his daughter, and must grapple with how she's going to be at least partly an outsider in the girl's life while her time for having a child of her own is limited.

    Midnights at the Coolidge this weekend are Brian De Palma's Body Double on Friday and a 35mm print of Wild Things on Saturday. The National Center for Jewish Film presents 1341 Frames of Love and War and Where Life Begins on Sunday. The Jim Jarmusch series continues with Mystery Train on Tuesday and a 35mm print of Life on Earth on Wednesday.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square also has one from IFFBoston; Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie documents how the actor shot to fame as a young man and then was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease when he might otherwise have hit his leading-man prime.

    The Scorsese/De Niro Retro Replay for this Tuesday is Goodfellas.
  • The Kerala Story, a docudrama about Indian women recruited into Da'esh, arrives at Boston Common and Apple Fresh Pond. Fresh Pond also opens Custody, wherein a cop must get a witness to court but the whole department is corrupt, in Telugu and Tamil; historical spy thriller IB 71; Hindi musical family drama Music School; and action-drama Raavana Kottam. Malayalam-language thriller 2018 returns to Fresh Pond for one show on Friday. Ponniyin Selvan: Part Two (aka PS-2) continues Tamil-language shows at Fresh Pond and Boston Common (Tamil).

    Anime Suzume continues at the Coolidge and Boston Common, subtitled.
  • The Brattle Theatre gets ready for Asteroid City with The Compleat Wes Anderson, including Bottle Rocket (35mm Friday/Saturday), The Royal Tenenbaums (Saturday), Rushmore (35mm Saturday), Fantastic Mr. Fox (35mm Sunday), Isle of Dogs (Sunday), The French Dispatch (Monday/Tuesday), The Darjeeling Limited (Wednesday), The LIfe Aquatic with Steve Zissou (35mm Wednesday), The Grand Budapest Hotel (35mm Thursday), and Moonrise Kingdom (35mm Thursday). He's about two or three films away from not being able to squeeze this into a week the next time a new one comes out!

    And, of course, on Mother's Day (Sunday), they have a matinee of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a Bogard double feature of Key Largo & The African Queen, both on 35mm film, Friday night. Saturday's Midnight Special is Better off Dead. The most recent local shorts from the 48 Hour Film Project play Monday through Wednesday, and the Two-for-Thursday twin bill has Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter & Out of the Past, the latter on 35mm. The main room is used Saturday for a the Vienna Light Orchestra's candlelight tribute to The Greatest Showman.
  • The Harvard Film Archive begins to shift into summer mode with a new Late Kiarostami series, with The Wind Will Carry Us on Friday and Five Dedicated to Ozu on Monday. The Hong Sangsoo series wraps with Hotel by the River on Saturday and Sunday and The Novelist's Film on Sunday. The final film of their Med Hongo retrospective, Polisario, A People in Arms, plays Sunday evening on 16mm film.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has the first weekend of their Festival of New Films From Japan, with speculative-fiction tale Plan 75 on Saturday and Sunday, a dubbed screening of animated drama Miss Hokusai, and Ribbon, a pandemic story from actor-director Non.
  • Belmont World Film wraps this year's series with Peaceful, with Catherine Deneuve as a mother whose son (Benoit Magimel), has just received a terminal cancer diagnosis. It streams through Sunday night ahead of a sold-out show with a pre-film reception and talk with consultant/cast member Dr. Gabriel Sara, but there are apparently reush tickets and the discussion will be made available to those who stream the movie.
  • The Museum of Science has Everything Everywhere All At Once, on the Omnimax screen Saturday nights through May for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, in association with The Boston Asian-American Film Festival.
  • The Regent Theatre has documentary Anxious Nation on Wednesday and the A-Town Teen Film Festival on Thursday.
  • Joe's Free Films has German film The Airship showing at Goethe-Institut with English subtitles on Wednesday; RSVPs requested.
  • The Lexington Venue is open through Sunday with Book Club: The Next Chapter and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. They also have the 2nd Annual New England Community Film Series, with all ticket sales going to the local filmmakers, on Saturday afternoon.

    The West Newton Cinema brings in Book Club: The Next Chapter and keeps Guardians, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Beau Is Afraid (no shows Friday & Thursday), Air, and Super Mario Brothers. Closed Monday.

    The Luna Theater has Beau Is Afraid from Friday to Sunday and on Thursday, plus a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem is back in the Friday late show business with Battle Royale, and also opens Book Club, Fool's Paradise, Evil Dead Rise, and Hypnotic, keeping R.M.N. and Guardians as well.

    If you can get out to the Liberty Tree Mall, they have Oxide Pang's new movie Flashover, about firefighters trying to extinguish a chemical plant. He and his brother did a good job with Out of Inferno, so he's got experience.
I'll be seeing the Sunday Japanese films when I come back, and then there's a LOT of festival/vacation catching up to do!

Friday, May 05, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 5 May 2023 - 11 May 2023

Tempted to not do this this week, since I'm out of town and the big opening is huge, but I want to know what to catch up on later.
  • That big release would be Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, billed as a finale to the trilogy with James Gunn heading off to new challenges at Warner. It gets into Rocket's origins and picks up the fallout of Endgame as the Guardians encounter the Humanimals and the long-teased Adam Warlock on Counter-Earth. It's at The Capitol (including RealD 3D), Fresh Pond (including 3D), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D & 3D), West Newton, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon 2D & 3D/RealD 3D/Dolby Cinema), Kendall Square (including RealD 3D), South Bay (including Imax Xenon 2D & 3D/RealD 3D/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Laser/RealD 3D/Colby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill (including RealD 3D).

    If you want something more down-to-earth, there's Love Again, with Priyanka Chopra as a woman who continues to text her late fiancé, not stopping when his number is reassigned to someone else. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row.

    Medical documentary Unconditional opened at Boston Common Wednesday and continues through Tuesday. Fresh Pond has romantic comedy What's Love Got to Do with It?, which may use the Tina Turner song but is actually about a filmmaker (Lily James) documenting her Pakistani friend's assisted marriage, but it's got morning-only showtimes (better ones if you can head out to Dedham or the LIberty Tree Mall).

    There are early-access screenings of Book Club: The Next Chapter at the Capitol, Boston Common, Kendall Square, Assembly Row on Sunday.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square opens Carmen, a musical which reimagines the opera as taking place on the US/Mexico border.
  • The Brattle Theatre taunts me while I am in Copenhagen (arriving by way of Reykjavik) by opening Danish/Icelandic drama Godland, about a Danish priest attempting to build a church on Iceland's coast through Tuesday. Also playing those dates (later in the evening) is Sick of Myself, a squirm-inducing dark comedy about a girl in Oslo who comes up with a bizarre way to gain national attention. Dark comedy that got a great response at BUFF a couple months ago.

    They wrap the week with a tribute to Harry Belafonte, with Odds Against Tomorrow and Kansas City on Wednesday and Carmen Jones on Thursday, both free in memory of their late projectionist David Leaman (though RSVPs are required).
  • Apple Fresh Pond gets thriller Afwaah (I think it's in Hindi), Telugu action/mystery Ugram on Friday, and Malayalam-language thriller 2018 on Saturday and Sunday. Ponniyin Selvan: Part Two (aka PS-2) continues at Fresh Pond (Tamil and Telugu) and Boston Common (Tamil).

    This week's Chinese opening with fringy showtimes at Boston Common is Lost Love a Hong Kong drama starring Sammi Cheng; Mandarin romantic comedy Delicious Romance is playing at the Liberty Tree Mall, but looks like it's the first thing bounced to get Guardians more showtimes.

    Anime Suzume continues at the Coolidge, Boston Common, and Arsenal Yards. It's subtitled-only, by and large, so check before reserving tickets. The Ghibli-fest selection this week is Ponyo, playing Boston Common Sunday (dubbed), Monday (subtitled), and Wednesday (subtitled).
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre has a new restoration of Raging Bull - mostly on the main screen, but on a smaller one some days (it's also Tuesday's Retro Replay at the Kendall).

    The midnights at the Coolidge this weekend are 35mm prints of Poison Ivy (Friday) and Fear (Saturday), if you'd like some trashy teen thrillers. They pair with the National Council for Jewish Film for The Light Ahead (a restoration with a Q&A) and March '68 on Sunday, The Levys of Monticello (with Q&A) and Open Secret on Monday, The Trial of Adolf Eichmann and Juen Zero on Tuesday, plus Hollywood and WWII and Shttl on Wednesday. The Big Screen Classic on Monday is Cooley High, there's Open Screen on Tuesday, Down By Law for the Jim Jarmusch series on Wednesday, and a 35mm Cinema Jukebox show of Mamma Mia! on Thursday.
  • The Somerville Theatre restocks after IFFBoston with Air, Beau Is Afraid, Showing Up, and D&D (Saturday-Monday and Wednesday). B-Movie double feature The Brainiac & The Robot Versus the Aztec Mummy plays Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening. On Sunday afternoon , Jeff Rapsis accompanies two Buster Keaton classics, Steamboat Bill & The General, both on 35mm film. They also launch a new Two-for-Thursday series with a Scorcese double feature of Goodfellas & After Hours, the former on 35mm film.
  • The Harvard Film Archive is back in business with four more from Hong Sangsoo - The Novelist's Film and Grass on Friday and In Front of Your Face and The Woman Who Ran on Sunday. They also have an encore of Med Hongo's Black Light, screening on 35mm film Monday.
  • Belmont World Film streams French/Spanish thriller The Beasts through Sunday, with and in-person show at Arsenal Yards on Monday (including post-film discussion). They begin streaming the series's finale, Peaceful, on Tuesday evening.
  • The Museum of Science is the latest stop for Everything Everywhere All At Once, presenting it at the Omnimax screen Saturday night in May for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, in association with The Boston Asian-American Film Festival. This Saturday's show is a special reservation-only event with special treats (RSVP here), but the other three will be open.
  • The Regent Theatre has documentary Dosed: The Trip of a Lifetime, on Wednesday and Thursday with psychedelia advocate Rick Doblin on hand for post-film Q&As each night.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts begins their "Festival of New Films From Japan" on Thursday with Love Life, which features Fumino Kimura as a woman living a good life with her husband and son that is upended when the boy's father returns, needing care after an accident.
  • The Lexington Venue is open through Sunday with Róise & Frank, an Irish-language film about a widow who believes a stray dog is her reincarnated husband, who loved the breed. They also have Air and Showing Up.

    The West Newton Cinema opens Guardians and Showing Up, keeping Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Beau Is Afraid, Air, and Super Mario Brothers. Closed Monday.

    The Luna Theater has Beau Is Afraid from Friday to Sunday and Little Richard I Am Everything on Thursday.

    Cinema Salem appears to be the only place opening Cristian Mungiu's new film R.M.N., in which a man returns to his Transylvanian hometown and finds things off. It plays along with Guardians, Beau Is Afraid and Super Mario Bros. through Monday. They have an encore ofMel Brooks's Spaceballs on Saturday afternoon.
I am on vacation, so odds are I'm not seeing anything, though I could wind up seeing Guardians if it looks like there are too many spoilers online or its cold and rainy some night. This has happened before.