Friday, June 30, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 30 June 2023 - 6 July 2023

I know that roughly nobody reading this likes 3D as much as I do, but it's kind of nuts DreamWorks's new animated movie is apparently not coming out in the format, as Katzenberg was a huge proponent and they always used depth extremely well, and I swear I saw a preview for Indiana Jones in 3D, but no sign of that either.
  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is the big weekend opening, an odd duck in that neither Steven Spielberg nor George Lucas are particularly involved, with James Mangold directing Harrison Ford as the globetrotting adventurer archaeologist roped into one last adventure circa 1970 as a group of neo-Nazis seek an artifact that Jones denied them during the war. It's at the Somerville (presumably-4K laser projection), Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon & Dolby Cinema), Kendall Square, South Bay (Imax & Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    For the younger set, there's Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken, which amusingly flips the Little Mermaid script to say krakens are heroic and mermaids are villains, with Ruby a secret princess who just wants a normal life. It's at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards.

    Sound of Freedom is a based-on-a-true-story action flick that stars Jim Claviezel as a vigilante looking to rescue kids from human traffickers (is this really the best Mira Sorvino can do?), opens Monday at Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row.

    Kung Fu Panda has matinees at Boston Common Saturday and Wednesday. There are previews of Joy Ride at Boston Common South Bay, and Assembly Row on Saturday (except South Bay) and Wednesday nights before it opens next week.
  • Documentary Every Body, which follows three intersex people how have decided to live outside the closet and pressure to conform to a gender binary, plays Landmark Kendall Square, the Capitol, and Boston Common.

    The Kendall also plays Dunkirk as part of their Christopher Nolan series on Wednesday.
  • Telugu-language action flick Spy, which opened Wednesday, continues at Apple Fresh Pond. They also get Hindi romantic comedy Satyaprem Ki Katha (also at Boston Common), Tamil thriller Maamannan, Telugu comedy Samajavaragamana, and Punjabi comedy Carry on Jatta 3.
  • With the Fourth coming, The Brattle Theatre has their annual vacation series - "Vacation Nightmares" this year, with the uncut Infinity Pool playing Friday to Monday, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday Saturday & Sunday afternoon, Nobuhiko Obayashi's House on 35mm Saturday & Sunday, An American Werewolf in London on Saturday, Jaws (the reason for the season) Monday afternoon and Tuesday the 4th, Hitchcock's second The Man Who Knew Too Much on 35mm Monday, a Jordan Peele double feature of Get Out & Us on Wednesday, and a pairing of The Lost Daughter & Swimming Pool on Thursday .
  • The Museum of Science adds "Jane Goodall - Reasons for Hope" to its Omnimax rotation starting Saturday, alternating showtimes with "Everest". They've also announced that Oppenheimer will be playing Fridays & Saturdays for its first three weekends of release (shame they don't have their old film projectors).
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre keeps the same schedule, more or less. They wrap Pride month with a midnight show of Rocky Horror on Friday (apparently no shadow cast, though Full Body is at Boston Common as usual earlier). Atomic Blonde also plays midnight on Friday, and then at 11pm on Saturday you can strap in for the full four-film John Wick Marathon, which is one way to not have to worry about getting back home after the late show. Monday's BIg Screen Classic is Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Samurai Summer continues with Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha on 35mm film Wednesday, and there's a Cinema Jukebox show of A Hard Day's Night on Thursday.
  • Indiana Jones has the big screen with the laser projector at The Somerville Theatre most of the week, but yields to Dirty Dancing - with a post-film dance party upstairs at the Crystal Ballroom - on Thursday.
  • Just a bit of "Ozu 120: The Complete Ozu Yasujiro" for the holiday weekend at The Harvard Film Archive, with The Munekata Sisters (Friday), Walk Cheerfully (Saturday), and The Only Son (Sunday), all on 35mm film and Walk Cheerfully featuring live accompaniment by Martin Marks, because it's silent.
  • The ICA will be playing "In Their Own Words", a short film program presented in conjunction with their Simone Leigh exhibition, for museum visitors on Monday.
  • The in-person portion of The Roxbury International Film Festival is finished, but opening night film The Honeymoon and six short packages can be streamed through Sunday as "RoxFilm@Home" presentations.
  • The Regent Theatre has sing-along presentations of 1776 playing Friday evening and matinees on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. On Sunday, they've got D.O.A., a remake (the third!) of the classic film noir starring John Doe, with Doe, director Kurt St. Thomas, co-star Tony V, and special effects guy Jimi Simmons doing a post-film Q&A.
  • The West Newton Cinema has Hannah Ha Ha, a locally-shot independent drama about a woman living a quiet life in a small town, with filmmakers present for the shows on Friday and Saturday. They also pick up Indiana Jones and Ruby Gillman to join Asteroid City, Elemental, Spider-Verse, You Hurt My Feelings (no show Thursday), Super Mario Brothers (Sunday to Tuesday matinees), and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. (no show Friday). Open all week!

    The Lexington Venue is open through Monday plus Thursday with Asteroid City and Past Lives.

    The Luna Theater looks to be taking the holiday weekend off until Weirdo Wednesday and Sanctuary on Thursday.

    Cinema Salem has Indiana Jones, Past Lives, Asteroid City, and Elemental through Monday. There's also a "Summer Rewind" show of Dazed and Confused on Thursday.

    If you can make it out to the Liberty Tree Mall, they've got Prisoner's Daughter, directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring Kate Beckinsale & Brian Cox
  • Outdoor screenings per Joe's Free Films include Encanto at City on the Hill Church on Saturday and Footloose at Lincoln Park in Somerville. I guess the Boston Harbor Hotel isn't doing their series this year.
Indiana Jones, obviously, on the Somerville's spiffy screen. No sleep Saturday for 8+ hours of John Wick. I'll also catch up on No Hard Feelings and The Blackening, maybe catch a goodie or two at the Brattle, and I've also got a ticket for a Red Sox game.

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