Friday, August 04, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 4 August 2023 - 10 August 2023

Still north of the border, ready for Fantasia Week Three, looking a little bit nervously at whether certain things will entirely be around when I get back home.
  • Meg 2: The Trench winds up splitting some of the premium/3D screens with the new TMNT movie, and it's an odd-looking thing, with Jason Statham returning but not Li Bingbing, although Chinese superstart Wu Jing makes what I believe is his English-language debut. Directed by Ben Wheatley, known more for off-putting British indies more than big action (although he did do Free Fire), so who knows what this will be? It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), South Bay (including Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), Arsenal Yards.

    Dreamin' Wild, about relatively unknown-in-their-time musicians Donnie & Joe Emerson, has a heck of an interesting cast in Walton Goggins, Casey Affleck, Zooey Deschanel, and Beau Bridges, and comes from Bill Pohland, who did Love & Mercy. It's at Boston Common; the Common also gets the Disney100 special run of Frozen.

    There are early access shows of Bottoms at Boston Common on Saturday and Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story at Boston Common (Imax Xenon) and South Bay (Imax Xenon) on Tuesday, with the latter also at Boston Common (Dolby Cinema), South Bay (Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (Dolby Cinema), and Arsenal Yards (CWX) on Wednesday. Holocaust drama The Hiding Place plays Boston Common Saturday. Shrek 2 plays Boston Common on Wednesday morning (no Saturday matinee, apparently).
  • Shortcomings, director Randall Park's adaptation of Adrian Tomine's graphic novel, opens at Landmark Kendall Square and Boston Common.

    The Tuesday "Happy Birthday, Mr. Hitchcock" Retro Replays at Kendall Square is Rear Window.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre opens Afire in the Goldscreen, the latest from Christian Petzold in which an already simmering situation is heightened by an approaching forest fire.

    Midnights at the Coolidge are part of the "Hip Hop at 50" programming, with Posse playing on 35mm Friday night and Beat Street on Saturday, while 8 Mile plays on 35mm Tuesday evening with a post film-panel discussion and Get Rich or Die Tryin' on film Wednesday, and Straight Outta Compton playing as a Cinema Jukebox show on Thursday. Monday's 35mm Big Screen Classic is Cool Hand Luke.
  • Apple Fresh Pond plays Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare, a Kannada-language comedy shot verite-style with a bunch of different stories intersecting over one night in a youth hostel, from Friday to Tuesday, Tamil horror-comedy DD Returns Friday to Tuesday, Bengali crime story Surongo playing from Saturday to Tuesday, a re-release of 2012 Telugu action movie Business Man on Tuesday, and Tamil action-comedy Jailer opening Wednesday. Bollywood romantic comedy Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani continues at Fresh Pond and also opens at Boston Common.

    The GhibliFest selection at Boston Common is Princess Mononoke, playing subtitled Saturday/Tuesday and dubbed Sunday/Monday/Wednesday. The First Slam Dunk is also playing if you head out to the Liberty Tree Mall.

    Boston Common holds over Chinese flick Never Say Never.
  • The Brattle Theatre has a weekend of 35mm "Rick Dalton Memorial Screenings" of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood from Friday to Saturday, and I don't know whether to be amused or impressed by Tarantino announcing the fictional character had died and getting his movie a little more attention.

    The week's Warner 100 movies are a 35mm print of High Sierra on Monday and and Edward G. Robinson double feature of Confessions of a Nazi Spy & Larceny, Inc., the second on 35mm film, on Tuesday. The Dede Allen feature on Wednesday is Reds, with Thursday's Thrill Ride Horror a 35mm print of The Conjuring.
  • The Harvard Film Archive is nearing the home stretch of "Ozu 120: The Complete Ozu Yasujiro", with this week's 35mm presentations of The End of Summer (Friday/Sunday), An Autumn Afternoon (Saturday), Equinox Flower (Saturday), and Early Spring (Monday). The program also includes Wim Wenders's Tokyo-Ga, playing via a DCP on Sunday evening.
  • The Capitol has Anthony Duva's horror-thriller Lost Soul on Friday, and his drama Gabriella on Saturday.

    The Somerville Theatre picks up Theater Camp, and also plays Roadhouse in 4K as Saturday's Midnight Special, with most of the other rep on hold because the 70mm print of Oppenheimer is good and dug in on the main screen.
  • If you don't have tickets for Oppenheimer on the dome at The Museum of Science, bummer, because it's sold out, but the "Summer Space Film" series starts next week with 2001.
  • The West Newton Cinema adds Meg 2 and Theater Camp to Haunted Mansion, Barbie, Oppenheimer (35mm), Asteroid City (Sunday matinee), Super Mario Brothers (Saturday matinee). Open all week!

    The Lexington Venue continues Oppenheimer and Barbie all week (except Monday).

    The Luna Theater has Earth Mama Friday, Saturday, and Thursday; Lynch/Oz on Saturday; Pee-Wee's Big Adventure all day Sunday, as well as a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem has Talk to Me, Barbie, Oppenheimer, and TMNT through Monday. True Romance plays Saturday and Sunday afternoon, there's a "Miz Diamond Wigfall Presents" show of Twilight late Saturday, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Thursday.
  • Outdoor screenings listed at Joe's Free Films include The Goonies at the Hatch Shell Friday, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish at the Prudential Saturday, Ghost at Christopher Columbus Park on Sunday, Minions: The Rise of Gru at Moakley Park Monday, an as-yet-unannounced film in Inman Square Tuesday, Mamma Mia at Boston Landing Wednesday, and Strange World at Somerville's Seven Hills Park on Thursday.
Still in Montreal, so maybe I'll see The Meg 2 if it looks like it won't make it to a second week in 3D in Boston, but mostly just living at the Fantasia Festival.

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