Friday, June 09, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 9 June 2023 - 15 June 2023

This weekend is insane in terms of repertory stuff playing Boston on film, one of the biggest "don't you people talk to each other? How am I supposed to watch all this?" line-ups in recent memory.
  • IFFBoston Closing Night film Past Lives opens atLandmark Theatres Kendall Square and Boston Common; it's a terrific little film about a Korean emigre who reconnects with the boy she had a crush on as a kid twice - once online, and once in person.

    The Kendall's Harrison Ford series continues with Blade Runner (The Final Cut) on Tuesday.
  • Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is the latest in Habro's soft-reboot of the series, set in 1994 and featuring the Autobots teaming up with Maximals and two Brooklyn underdogs to fight the Terrorcons, the advance party for Unicron. Real Surfer/Galactus vibe here, honestly; has it always been that way? It's pretty fun and plays at The Capitol, Fresh Pond (including 3D), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D/3D), Boston Common (including Imax Xenon 2D/3D, Dolby Cinema, and RealD 3D), Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax Xenon 2D/3D & RealD 3D), Assembly Row (including RealD 3D & Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    Boston Common has $5 shows of Chevalier and A Thousand and One this week for Juneteenth.

    Minions: The Rise of Gru has matinee shows at Boston Common on Saturday and Wednesday. Hairspray has 35th Anniversary shows at South Bay and Assembly Row on Sunday and Wednesday(that makes it the original). Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 plays Boston Common on Sunday and Thursday There are early previews of The Flash on Monday at Boston Common (Imax Xenon) and The Blackening on Wednesday at Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row.
  • The Brattle Theatre has the latest official edition of Noir City: Boston, presented with the Film Noir Foundation and with Foster Hirsch introducing many of the films. Friday night's program is a double feature of Cry of the City & The Naked City; Saturday afternoon has a triple feature of He Walked by Night, Hollow Triumph & The Spiritualist (aka The Amazing Mr. X), all on film; Saturday evening is a twin bill of The Big Clock (35mm) & Call Northside 777; Sunday afternoon pairs Sleep, My Love (35mm) & Unfaithfully Yours; Sunday evening offers Sorry, Wrong Number & Larceny (both on 35mm); and it wraps on Monday night with Raw Deal. $95 gets you a seat for all 12 movies.

    They fill the week out with The Cramps and the Mutants: The Napa Street Tapes on Tuesday, a special member event on Wednesday (which makes me wonder if I missed an email), and a Pride Month show of All Man: The International Male Story on Thursday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre appears to be warming up their 70mm projection so that they're ready for Oppenheimer next month, showing Boogie Nights in that format on Friday, Saturday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; Lawrence of Arabia on Sunday afternoon; plus Jordan Peele's Nope on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.

    Midnight shows this weekend are First Blood on Friday and the first Denzel Washington The Equalizer on Saturday. Monday's Big Screen Classic is Bong Joon-Ho's The Host (which probably makes a good double feature with the early show of Nope). There's Open Screen on Tuesday.
  • The Somerville Theatre also continues their own 70mm and Widescreen Fest with The Wild Bunch on 70mm Friday, The Dark Crystal on 70mm Saturday & Sunday, The Longest Day on 35mm Sunday, Fall of the Roman Empire on 35mm Monday. There's also their latest Attack of the B-Movies double feature, Beach Girls and the Monster & Teenagers from Outer Space, on Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening, Polyester as a midnight special on Saturday, a F— the Nazis twin bill of Kelly's Heroes (35mm) & Dead Snow on Wednesday, and a James Caan 35mm double feature on Thursday featuring Thief & Misery.
  • Four from India arrive at Apple Fresh Pond on Friday: Takkar is a car-centric action movie with both Tamil and Telugu showtimes; Vimanam and Intinti Ramayam (through Sunday) are Telugu dramas; and Por Thozhil is a Tamil serial-killer thriller. A restoration of 2001 Telugu film Narasimha Naidu plays Saturday night, and Hindi comedy Zara Hatke Zara Bachke is held over from last week.

    Vietnamese action-comedy Lat Mat 6: Tam Ve Dinh Menh (aka "Face Off 6: The Ticket of Destiny") continues at South Bay. Anime Suzume continues at the Coolidge, subtitled. This week's Ghibli Fest show at Boston Common is Kiki's Delivery Service, playing Sunday (dubbed), Monday (subtitled), and Wednesday (subtitled).
  • The Harvard Film Archive begins their summer session this week, with much of it dedicated to "Ozu 120: The Complete Ozu Yasujiro", which includes all 50-ish extant films by the Japanese master, most on 35mm film, including everything this weekend: Late Spring plays Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, Tokyo Story plays Saturday evening, I Was Born, But… plays Sunday evening with Robert Humphreville accompanying the silent film, and Early Summer plays Monday evening. This is going to stretch into mid-August!
  • The Museum of Fine Arts and Wicked Queer has a pride-month screening of The Watermelon Woman on Friday evening.
  • The Regent Theatre shows concert film Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 on Sunday and Wednesday; it also plays Boston Common on Sunday and Thursday.
  • 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 also holds steady with Spider-Verse, 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 once again has King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard concert documentary Chunky Shrapnel on Friday and Saturday; Teseracte players doing the Rocky Horror Picture Show thing Saturday night (Full Body Cast is at Boston Common as usual); But I'm a Cheerleader on Sunday; Little Richard: I Am Everything Thursday evening; plus a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem opens Monica and keeps Spider-Verse, The Boogeyman, The Little Mermaid, and You Hurt My Feelings through Monday. They have a 10pm show of Wild at Heart on Friday, Bound and My Own Private Idaho on Saturday & Sunday; and the original Cat People on Thursday.

    If you can get out to the Liberty Tree Mall, they're the only place in the area with drama Mending the Line.
  • Joe's Free Films has two outdoor movie listings this week: A League of Their Own at Boston Landing on Wednesday and Summer of Soul at Starlight Square in Cambridge (reservation requested) on Thursday.
I am planning to live at the Brattle through Monday, catch the Caan films at the Somerville on Thursday, and maybe do a little catch–up in between.

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