Friday, July 28, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 28 July 2023 - 3 August 2023

Gonna try and do this super-quick this week since I'm not in Boston and won't have much chance to see non-Fantasia movies
  • The latest A24 horror thing, Talk to Me, comes from Australia an is built around an embalmed hand that can supposedly put those who touch it in communication with the dead, and you just know the girl who recently lost her mother is going to abuse that. It's at the Somerville, the Capitol, Boston Common, Kendall Square, South Bay, Assembly Row, and CinemaSalem. A24 also offers Circus Maximus, which sees musician Travis Scott collaborate with five interesting filmmakers on segments inspired by his forthcoming album "Utopia". That's at Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row.

    For more kid-friendly spookiness, Disney's has a new Haunted Mansion movie, with a cast full of likable people and lots of flashy visual effects. It's at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Kendall Square, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    Drama War Pony, about two Lakota men on the Pine Ridge reservation, plays at Fresh Pond.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, the latest reboot of the venerable property that looks to play of the teenage as much as the ninja, has a sneak preview at Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row on Saturday and an Early Access fan event on at Boston Common (Dolby Cinema), South Bay (Dolby Cinema), and Assembly Row on Monday before opening Wednesday (well, with previews early enough Tuesday that we may as well just say Tuesday) at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), Kendall Square, South Bay (including Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    The kids' matinee at Boston Common this Saturday & Wednesday is Boss Baby: Family Business. There are 35th Anniversary screenings of Heathers at South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards on Sunday. Boston Common has an "investor connect" advance screening of Gran Turismo on Wednesday. Holocaust drama The Hiding Place plays Boston Common on Thursday.
  • The Brattle Theatre has The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future, a magic-realist drama that I liked at Fantasia last year, through Monday. The original Godzilla takes the late shift on Friday and Saturday, and there's also a special screening of documentary Our Body with filmmaker Clair Simon on-hand Sunday evening.

    The week's Warner 100 movies are a double feature of Jewel Robbery & One Way Passage, both starring William Powell & Kay Francis, on Monday, with The Mystery of the Wax Museum & Captain Blood, the latter on 35mm film, on Tuesday. The Dede Allen Centennial continues on Wednesday with Dog Day Afternoon & Serpico, the second on 35mm, while Thursday's Thrill Ride Horror double feature is Jennifer's Body & Drag Me To Hell, with Raimi's movie on 35mm.
  • Three new ones from India at Apple Fresh Pond this week: Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani looks to be a big, old-school Bollywood masala picture with Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the title roles; Bro is a Telugu-language flick about a selfish man given a chance to make right after death, and LGM: Let's Get Married is a Telugu-language romantic comedy.

    Anime The First Slam Dunk, a pretty-terrific side-story to the popular manga and anime series directed by the original creator, opens dubbed at Boston Common (you can see it subtitled out at the Liberty Tree Mall).

    Boston Common also opens Never Say Never from China, with writer/director/star Wang Baoqiang as a former boxer who winds up training kids in a rural orphanage.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts and Wicked Queer pull 1996 feature Chocolate Babies, about a group of New Yorkers fighting HIV by any means necessary, from the vault for a screening Friday night.
  • This weeks "Ozu 120: The Complete Ozu Yasujiro" selections at The Harvard Film Archive, all on 35mm film, are Late Autumn (Friday), A Mother Should Be Loved (Saturday), A Hen in the Wild (Saturday), Early Summer (Sunday), What Did the Lady Forget? (Sunday), and Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth? (Monday). A Mother and Where Now are silents, with Robert Humphreville providing accompaniment.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre once again sticks with what worked last week, and thus really only has room for a little rep, having to push Barbie to one of the little rooms for it: Stage Fright at midnight Friday, the 2009 Friday the 13th at midnight Saturday, Waiting for Guffman as a Big Screen Classic on Monday, plus Hip-Hop at 50 shows of Wild Style on Tuesday (with guests) and Scratch on Wednesday.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a 35mm print of The Outsiders as their Midnight Special on Saturday.
  • The New England Aquarium has two more screenings of Jaws on the Imax screen on Friday and Saturday.

    And, wow, The Museum of Science has sold out all three weekends of Oppenheimer on the dome, but they've announced a "Summer Space Film" series to follow, with 2001, Interstellar, Gravity, and The Martian.
  • Geez, Landmark Kendall Square is almost all stuff playing the bigger multiplexes this week, although they start a month of "Happy Birthday, Mr. Hitchcock" for Retro Replays with The Man Who Knew Too Much (v2.0) on Tuesday.
  • Boston Jewish Film has the last entry in their "Summer Cinematheque" series on Wednesday, with I Like It Here followed by a conversation with writer/director/cinematographer/subject Ralph Arlyck
  • The Lexington Venue picks up Oppenheimer and Barbiefor the week (closed Tuesday, with just one matinee for Barbie on Wednesday).

    The West Newton Cinema gets Haunted Mansion and holds over Barbie, Oppenheimer (35mm), Past Lives, Indiana Jones,Asteroid City, Super Mario Brothers. Open all week!

    The Luna Theater has Lynch/Oz on Friday, Saturday, and Thursday; The League and Past Lives on Saturday; the original Ghostbusters all day Sunday, as well as a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem has Talk to Me, Barbie, Oppenheimer, and Mission: Impossible through Monday. There's a late show of Escape from New York on Saturday, Twister matinees on Saturday and Sunday, and True Romance on Thursday.
  • Outdoor screenings listed at Joe's Free Films include Puss in Boots: The Last Wish at the Hatch Shell Friday, Lightyear at the Prudential Saturday, The Secret Life of Bees at Christopher Columbus Park on Sunday, and Top Gun: Maverick at Somerville's Seven Hills Park on Thursday.
Still in Montreal, seeing So Many Movies not listed above.

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