Friday, June 02, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 2 June 2023 - 8 June 2023

Well, apparently the place at South Bay is open again. Wonder what that was about!

(And now there's no showtimes listed for the Imax screen at Assembly Row. Weird!)

  • The week's big opening is Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the first half of a two-part sequel to Into the Spider-Verse, with Spider-Man 2099 (voice of Oscar Isaac) leading all the spiders of the multiverse and clashing with Miles Morales and the friends he made in the first. It's at The Capitol, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Fresh Pond, West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon & Dolby Cinema plus showings in Tamil/Spanish/Mandarin), Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax Xenon & Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill. Surprisingly, there was no 3D version of this made, even though that was a part of what made the first so eye-popping.

    Also opening is The Boogeyman, a Steven King adaptation that more or less offers what you'd guess from the title. It's at Fresh Pond, CinemaSalem, Boston Common, Kendall Square, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards.

    Boston Common has matinees of League of Super-Pets Saturday and Wednesday. K-Pop concert "Suga - August D Tour 'D-Day' in Japan" will stream live(?) at South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards on Saturday night. Raiders of the Lost Ark gets a couple shows at South Bay Sunday ahead of the upcoming Dial of Destiny. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts has an "Early Access" show at Boston Common (Imax Xenon), South Bay (Dolby Cinema), and Assembly Row on Wednesday before the usual Thursday night previews.
  • Sanctuary opens at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, the Somerville, Kendall Square, and Boston Common this week; it looks to ride a line between dark comedy and thriller as a dominatrix (Margaret Qualley) attempts to get a cut of the money her client (Christopher Abbot) will make after a promotion, claiming he can't hack his new job without her services, even as he tries to sever their relationship.

    Midnights at the Coolidge this weekend are two action classics on 35mm: The Raid on Friday night and Leon: The Professional on Saturday (and it's apparently The Room week on Friday as well). On Sunday, they have "A Very Wes Anderson Afternoon", a mini-marathon of Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Monday offers both a Big Screen Classic showing of My Cousin Vinny with Odie Henderson leading a pre-show seminar and a Panorama show of documentary Americonned with director Sean Claffey and several subjects on hand afterward. The Godfather: Part II plays Tuesday and Crooklyn on Wednesday, both with special guests, while Thursday's Cinema Jukebox show is a 35mm print of The Bodyguard.
  • The Brattle Theatre has Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game from Friday to Tuesday, presented in a new 4K restoration of the 1959 reconstruction of the original cut. They'll also be showing a 35mm print of Enys Men over that stretch, the creepy shot-on-film isolation-horror movie should look even better in that format after playing at BUFF.

    They will also be unloading some of the various posters, books, Blu-rays, T-shirts, and other stuff that a movie theater accumulates on Saturday afternoon in a special jumble sale. On Wednesday, they have a special presentation of documentary The Automat (with director Lisa Hurwitz in person) and the automat-set Easy Living on 35mm afterward. On Thursday, they pay tribute to Prince with a double feature of Purple Rain & Sign O' the Times, the latter on 35mm.
  • Big week for Indian film at Apple Fresh Pond: Friday sees openings for Hindi divorce comedy Zara Hatke Zara Bachke, Telugu action-drama Nenu Student Sir! (through Monday), Telugu comedy Pareshan (through Monday), Tamil thriller Kather Basha Endra Muthuramalingam (through Monday), Tamil superhero movie Veeran, and Punjabi sports story Medal. They also have 2018: Everyone is a Hero again, although this time in a Telugu dub.

    Vietnamese director Ly Hai's latest action-comedy Lat Mat 6: Tam Ve Dinh Menh (aka "Face Off 6: The Ticket of Destiny") plays at South Bay. I don't believe "Lat Mat" is anything but a brand name, with this movie about a group of friends trying to retrieve a winning lottery ticket after the one holding it died suddenly not actually having anything to do with the others in the series.

    Anime Suzume continues at the Coolidge and Boston Common, subtitled. Shin Kamen Rider has an encore show at Assembly Row on Monday evening.
  • It's 70mm and Widescreen Fest time at The Somerville Theatre, kicking off (as is becoming traditional) with their 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey on Friday & Saturday, with Geronimo: An American Legend on 70mm Sunday evening. Other special programming includes Saturday's midnight show of Escape from New York (on 35mm), a new 4K restoration of Italian comedy Una Vita Difficile (which apparently never had an official US release) on Monday and Tuesday, and a 35mm "F— the Nazis" show of The Blues Brothers on Wednesday.
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square mostly goes with the mainstream openings this week, but kicks off a Harrison Ford Retro Replay series on Tuesday with Air Force One.
  • The Lexington Venue is open through Sunday with Super Mario Bros., You Hurt My Feelings and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

    The West Newton Cinema adds Spider-Verse to The Little Mermaid, You Hurt My Feelings, Guardians, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Air, and Super Mario Brothers (Saturday/Sunday afternoons). Closed Monday.

    The Luna Theater has King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard concert documentary Chunky Shrapnel on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings; How to Blow Up a Pipeline Saturday afternoon; Little Richard: I Am Everything Saturday evening; Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Sunday; plus a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem opens Spider-Verse and The Boogeyman, holding over The Little Mermaid and You Hurt My Feelings.
  • Joe's Free Films has its first outdoor movie listing of the summer season, with Encanto playing at Tufts on Friday night as part of Reunion Weekend.
Looking to catch Spider-Man on a fancy screen, plus Sanctuary, maybe some of the giant-film goodness at the Somerville, and I really should see The Rules of the Game and some of the other one-offs…

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