Friday, July 07, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 7 July 2023 - 13 July 2023

I note, amused, that an event sponsored by the still-not-open Alamo Drafthouse off their site has been postponed because of "building issues". Which is just a riot, because, as I've mentioned before, we could really use those extra screens right now, because AMC was really squeezing a Chinese import until it nearly sold out..
  • Joy Ride, in which a group of Chinese-American friends go to China to find one's birth mother and get into hijinks, opens at Fresh Pond, CinemaSalem, Boston Common, Kendall Square, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    There's also Insidious: The Red Door, with star Patrick Wilson directing the latest entry in the franchise, in which bad things happen because his character has hypnotically suppressed the events of previous films but those memories are starting to return. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row.

    A number of Disney hits will be returning to theaters to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary, with the first - Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl at Boston Common this week.

    Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning: Part 1 opens on Wednesday (with early shows Tuesday) at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), the Lexington Venue, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill. There are also "See It First" screenings on Sunday (Boston Common, Assembly Row).and "Early Access" screenings on Monday (Jordan's in Imax, South Bay in Dolby Cinema, Assembly Row in Dolby Cinema).

    Trolls: World Tour plays matinees at Boston Common on Saturday. Concert film Odesza: The Last Goodbye Cinematic Experience plays Boston Common, Kendall Square Friday night. There are 50th Anniversary shows of another concert film, David Bowie in Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders from Mars, at Boston Common and Kendall Square on Sunday and Boston Common on Monday. Negro Leauge documentary The League plays at Boston Common on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre opens Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy, which is apparently not so much a "making-of" documentary as one that examines the time, place, people, and film itself more than the process. Director Nancy Buirski will be on hand for a Q&A for the 4pm show on Sunday, and the theater will also have late-evening shows of the new restoration of Midnight Cowboy all week.

    Also opening at the Coolidge, Kendall Square, West Newton, and Boston Common is The Lesson, featuring Richard E. Grant as a legendary author, Julie Delpy as his wife, and Daryl McCormack as a new assistant who is in for more than he bargained for.

    Midnights at the Coolidge feature I Know What You Did Last Summer on Friday and the 2003 version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Saturday, both on 35mm. Samurai Summer continues with a marathon of "The Samurai Trilogy" (Musashi Miyamoto, Duel at Ichijoji Temple, and Duel at Ganryu Island, all directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and starring Toshiro Mifune) in the screening room, plus 35mm prints of Kwaidan on Tuesday and Kill! on Wednesday. Monday's BIg Screen Classic is The Birdcage, and Thursday's is The Muppet Movie, the latter on 35mm film and with a seminar from Boston Globe film critic Odie Henderson.
  • Holocaust drama Persian Lessons, in which a concentration camp prisoner who owns a Persian book attempts to survive by teaching his jailor Farsi despite not actually knowing the language, opens at Landmark Kendall Square. It was Belarus's Oscar submission back in 2021, but disqualified because there weren't enough Belarussians in the cast & crew, and has just made its way to North American theaters.

    Tuesday Retro Replays at the Kendall during July is a series of summer movie classics, starting with Jaws this week. Wednesday's Christopher Nolan film is Interstellar.
  • Plenty of new Indian films at Apple Fresh Pond on Friday. Neeyat stars Vidya Balan as a sleuth called upon to solve a murder on the estate of an exiled billionaire (Ram Kapoor) and plays in Hindi. 7:11pm is a Telugu sci-fi flick where present-day skullduggery and time travelers from the future collide, 18+ (aka "Journey of Love") is a Malayalam-language romantic comedy, and Rangabali a Telugu-language one. Baipan Bhari Deva, a Marathi comedy about six estranged sisters coming together for a competition, plays Saturday and Sunday. All but Neeyat and held-over Telugu comedy Samajavaragamana clear out on Tuesday to make room for Mission: Impossible. Satyaprem Ki Katha also continues at Boston Common.

    The top movie in China so far this summer, Lost In the Stars, a thriller in which Zhu Yilong plays a man whose wife disappears on vacation only to have an apparent impostor claim her identity. It also stars Ni Ni, Janice Man Wing-San, and Du Jiang. It opens at Boston Common with what was originally limited showtimes, although they have added more when the others more or less sold out by Thursday night. If you can make it to the Liberty Tree Mall, they also have matinees of Chinese film Love Never Ends through Monday (shame it's such a tiny release; I've liked a couple of filmmaker Han Yan's previous movies).

    There are two Ghibli films showing at Boston Common this week - NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind on Sunday (dubbed) & Tuesday (subtitled) and Castle in the Sky on Monday (dubbed) & Wednesday. Sci-fi anime Psycho-Pass: Providence plays Boston Common and South Bay Tuesday (dubbed) & Thursday (subtitled).
  • With the Fourth coming, The Brattle Theatre has Lynch/Oz, the latest movie-nerd deep dive from Alexandre O. Philippe, through Monday, this one, as you might guess from the title, exploring the influence that The Wizard of Oz has had on David Lynch. If you want examples, the Brattle will also be showing Wild at Heart (Friday/Saturday), The Wizard of Oz (35mm Saturday/Sunday/Monday), and Mulholland Drive (35mm Sunday/Monday).

    On Tuesday, they start the "vertical" summer calendar with the first "Warner Brothers Centennial: The Golden Years" show, a 35mm print of The Adventures of Robin Hood. One Wednesday they team with IFFBoston & The Roxbury International Film Festival for a free-with-pass preview of Earth Mama, while Thursday is the 20th annual Trailer Treats program, almost two hours of trailers, shorts, and music videos on 35mm film from the Brattle's collection.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a new 4K restoration of Godard's Contempt playing (mostly) in the big room with the fancy projector.

    They also have a (late) Canada Day "Silents, Please!" double feature on Sunday, with Jeff Rapsis accompanying Mantrap & The Canadian, both on 35mm film.
  • The Museum of Science brings "Serengeti" back into the Omnimax rotation along with "Jane Goodall - Reasons for Hope" and "Everest". Tickets are also on sale for Oppenheimer on the dome for the Fridays & Saturdays of its first three weekends of release.
  • The Harvard Film Archive has plenty more "Ozu 120: The Complete Ozu Yasujiro"; this week's presentations are Floating Weeds (Friday, preceded by 16mm short "The Lion Dance"), Good Morning (Saturday/Monday), Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Saturday), Equinox Flower (Sunday), and That Night's Wife (Sunday). All are on 35mm film; Thet Night's Wife, a silent, has Martin Marks accompanying on piano. They also have several ceramics made for Ozu's movies on display in the office, with small groups allowed to take a closer look before and after the films upon request.
  • The West Newton Cinema opens Tiger Within, a story of connection between a homeless teen and a Holocaust survivor (Ed Asner), The Lesson, and Past LIves. They also hold over Hannah Ha Ha (no show Wednesday), Indiana Jones, Ruby Gillman, Asteroid City, You Hurt My Feelings (Friday/Saturday/Tuesday), Super Mario Brothers (Saturday matinee), and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. (no show Friday). Closed Monday.

    The Lexington Venue hasAsteroid City through Sunday, with Past Lives playing those days plus Wednesday and Thursday, Mission: Impossible opens Wednesday.

    The Luna Theater has Sanctuary on Friday and Saturday, Grease Saturday and Sunday, a Weirdo Wednesday show, and Night of the Living Dead on Thursday.

    Cinema Salem has Indiana Jones, Past Lives, Asteroid City, and Joy Ride through Monday. There are "Summer Rewind" shows of Dazed and Confused on Saturday & Sunday afternoons.
  • Outdoor screenings per Joe's Free Films include Dirty Dancing at Boston Landing on Friday & Wednesday, Top Gun: Maverick at the Prudential on Sunday, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (on 35mm film) on the Greenway in association with the Coolidge's "Science on Screen" program Wednesday, and Minions: The Rise of Gru in Somerville's Lincoln Park on Thursday.
Planning on Joy Ride, The Lesson, and Lost in the Stars; possibly The League, Mission: Impossible, and/or Robin Hood. Neeyat looks like it might be my sort of thing, but I'm not sure I can expect English subtitles even on Bollywood movies these days.

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