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.

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