Friday, July 14, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 14 July 2023 - 20 July 2023

This week's big release actually opened back on Tuesday/Wednesday, but there's still some interesting stuff coming out for the weekend.
  • That would be Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning: Part 1, which continues at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), the Lexington Venue, West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    Boston Common fills a screen with Black Ice, a documentary that looks at the racism and resistance that Black players have often faced in hockey.

    Mummies, which I don't think actually got a regular release around here, is the Saturday/Wednesday kids' matinee at Boston Common this week. National Lampoon's Vacation plays a 40th Anniversary show at South Bay and Assembly Row on Sunday and Wednesday. The first Terrifier plays Boston Common on Wednesday and Thursday after the sequel did surprisingly well last fall. Barbie has "Blowout Party" preview screenings at Boston Common (Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (Dolby Cinema), and Arsenal Yards on Wednesday, with Theater Camp also having an early screening at Boston Common on Wednesday.
  • Landmark Kendall Square has their first Netflix preview in a while with They Cloned Tyrone which features John Boyega, Jamie Foxx, and Teyonah Parris chasing down a bizarre conspiracy.

    Also opening is The Miracle Club, in which three Dubliners hoping to travel to Lourdes 1967 find their plans upended by the return of a former friend who has spent the past 40 years in America. It plays Kendall Square, the Lexington Venue, West Newton, Boston Common.

    Tuesday's Retro Replay summer movie at the Kendall is Ghostbusters, with Tenet playing Wednesday as the last Nolan film leading up to Oppenheimer.
  • Two new Indian films at Apple Fresh Pond on Friday. Baby is a Telugu-language romance starring Anand Deverakonda & Vaishnavi Chaitanya as neighbors who go to college and meet new potential partners, while Maaveeran is a Telugu-language action-comedy. Marathi comedy Baipan Bhari Deva has a second weekend on-screen Saturday and Sunday. Satyaprem Ki Katha also continues at Boston Common.

    Hong Kong thriller Shadows stars Stephy Tang as a forensic psychiatrist with psychic abilities who finds herself under suspicion while investigating a murder-suicide. It appears to have sat on a shelf for a couple years after playing festivals during 2021, but plays Boston Common this week, just a few months after finally opening in its native territory. Mainland Chinese hit Lost In the Stars also continues at Boston Common.

    After a couple preview screenings, anime Psycho-Pass: Providence, which slots in between a two seasons of the popular series, plays Boston Common and South Bay with both dubbed & subtitled showtimes.
  • The Brattle Theatre plays De Humani Corporis Fabrica from Friday to Monday, an unusual documentary that "opens the human body to the cinema", attempting to demystify its anatomy but also find a sort of poetry in it. They also have a 35mm print of Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend through Sunday, as a Bastille Day celebration.

    Monday's Warner Brothers Centennial double feature is two silents, with Ernst Lubitsch directing So This Is Paris and Clash of the Wolves featuring their first star, Rin-Tin-Tin; it doesn't look like there's live accompaniment scheduled. Tuesday features two with James Cagney - The Public Enemy on 35mm film and Blonde Crazy, both also co-starring Joan Blondell. On Wednesday, they celebrate Dede Allen's centennial with a double feature of two films she edited, The Hustler & Odds Against Tomorrow (the latter on 35mm), while Thursday has a (passes-required) free preview of Talk to Me.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre keeps the restoration of Midnight Cowboy around even if the documentary is gone.

    The weekend's midnights include the pretty fun The Final Girls on Friday and a 35mm print of the 2006 version of The Hills Have Eyes on Saturday. Monday evening has both a 35mm "Big Screen Classic" show of Heat with Emerson's Andre Puca doing a pre-film seminar and a "Panorama" presentation of 20 Days in Mariupol with filmmaker Mstyslav Chernov on hand for a Q&A, though the latter is apparently already sold out. And, wow, the Thursday "Rewind!" screening of Bad Boys II is up in the screening room (with after party at Parlour) to make room for night-before shows of next week's two big openings.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a 35mm Midnight Special of WarGames on Saturday and an "Attack of the B-Movies" double feature of Frankenstein's Daughter & Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter on Tuesday (fun fact - the director of the latter also directed the back half of last week's silent double feature!). There are also two free Doc.Boston programs this weekend, presumably in the Micro, so only reserve seats if you're sure you can make it (though they also have several films streaming through next weekend).

    Their sister cinema in Arlington, The Capitol, has Canadian Chinese-language drama Silver Screen Dreams on Sunday evening, with the cast on-hand for a Q&A afterward.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts has the last weekend of their French Film Festival (yeah, I missed the start; this is what happens when you don't program film every week!), with Scarlet and Night of the 12th on Friday, Masquerade on Saturday, and then Pacifiction and Tori and Lokita on Sunday - the latter being the latest from Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
  • The "Ozu 120: The Complete Ozu Yasujiro" selections at The Harvard Film Archive, all on 35mm film, are silent featurette "Woman of Tokyo" (Friday w/ Martin Marks on piano), Tokyo Chorus (Friday w/ Marks), The Only Son (Saturday), There Was a Father (Saturday), Floating Weeds (Sunday), An Inn in Tokyo (Sunday w/ Robert Humphreville on piano), and Late Autumn (Monday).
  • The West Newton Cinema adds Mission: Impossible and The Miracle Club (no show Thursday) to Past LIves, Indiana Jones,Asteroid City, You Hurt My Feelings (Friday/Saturday/Tuesday), Super Mario Brothers (Sunday matinee), and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. (no show Friday). Closed Monday.

    The Lexington Venue has Mission: Impossible and The Miracle Club all week (except Monday, when the theater is closed).

    The Luna Theater has Lynch/Oz on Friday and Saturday, The League on Saturday, The Wicker Man on Saturday and Sunday, Midsommar on Sunday, and a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem opens Mission: Impossible and the restored The Wicker Man alongside Indiana Jones, Past Lives, and Joy Ride through Monday. The Warriors plays a late show Friday, and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb on Thursday.
  • The Museum of Science is already having shows sell out for their three weekends of Oppenheimer on the dome. Similarly, The New England Aquarium is advertising a week of Jaws screenings on the giant screen the last week of July.
  • It's the first really full week of outdoor screenings listed at Joe's Free Films, including some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Boynton Yards in Somerville Friday, Minions: The Rise of Gru at the Hatch Shell Friday, Matilda (non-musical, I presume) at the Prudential on Saturday, Midnight in Paris at Christopher Columbus Park on Sunday, and Vivo at Lincoln Park in Somerville on Thursday.
Might (finally) check out the place in Watertown for Mission: Impossible this weekend, though I'll see it somewhere; will also see Shadows and They Cloned Tyrone, and am penciling in the Cagney/Blondell double feature on Tuesday. Maybe something else, but Thursday is time to fly north for Fantasia, when this blog really gets hopping and I run myself ragged for three weeks of vacation!

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