Friday, August 11, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 11 August 2023 - 17 August 2023

So… What'd I miss? And what's next?
  • The big opening is The Last Voyage of the Demeter, which expands the story of the ship that carried Dracula's coffin from Transylvania to England into its own story of horror on the high seas. It plays Fresh Pond, Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row.

    Aporia opens at Boston Common; it's a sci-fi film starring Judy Greer as a mother who is given the opportunity to use a time-tunneling device to kill the drunk driver who killed her husband, but soon discovers that you can't just change one thing. Jules is another piece of indie sci-fi, with Ben Kingsley as a man whose life is upended when a flying saucer and its pilot crash into his backyard.

    Gran Turismo is being pretty heavily previewed before its official opening two weeks from now, with shows Friday (Dolby Cinema at Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row), Saturday (Imax and Dolby at Boston Common and South Bay, standard and Dolby at Assembly Row), and Sunday (Boston Common, Assembly Row). Enter the Dragon has 50th Anniversary shows on Sunday and Wednesday at South Bay and Assembly Row. Remastered but apparently 2D screenings of Coraline play Monday and Tuesday at Boston Common, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards. Sing 2 has an early matinee at Boston Common on Wednesday. Strays has an early "Hump Day" screening on Wednesday at Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards.

    The Imax screen at Assembly Row re-opens with Oppenheimer.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre has director Ira Sachs on-hand for a Sunday afternoon screening of Passages, his sexy and tumultuous new drama about a modern love triangle with an international cast. It plays in the screening room most of the rest of the week. It also plays at Kendall Square.

    The Hip-Hop at 50 series continues with five 35mm shows: There are midnight screenings Friday on Friday and CB4 on Saturday and weekday showings of Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest on Tuesday, Awesome I Shot That! on Wednesday, and a Rewind! show of the original House Party on Thursday. There's also a Sunday afternoon screening of this year's CatVideoFest package and the annual Big Screen Classic show of The Big Lebowski on Monday. Note that they will be using a DCP for many screenings of Oppenheimer this week, especially Monday to Wednesday.
  • Three new ones from India this week at Apple Fresh Pond, including two Hindi-language sequels which also play Boston Common. Gadar 2 reunites the cast and creative team of the original 2001 film for a story set 22 years later, during the Indo-Pakistan war OMG 2 seems to be more a thematic sequel than a direct one, with a civilian bringing the government into court for comprehensive education rather than suing god. Bhola Shankar is a Telugu-language action picture which has a former gangster chasing down those who harmed his family. Holdovers include Tamil action-comedy Jailer at Fresh Pond (with Telugu shows Saturday and Sunday) and Boston Common, with Hindi romantic comedy Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani also at those theaters.

    Two from China open at Boston Common: Mad Fate ist he latest from Soi Cheung and it's a banger, starring Gordon Lam as an astrologer thrust into the middle of a serial killer's spree who is also trying to change the fate of a witness whose stars say he will become a killer himself. One and Only comes from Jian Bing Man and City of Rock filmmaker Da Peng, with Huang Bo and Wang Yibo as street dancers, although I don't believe it has any evening shows.

    K-Pop concert film Mamamoo: My Con the Movie plays Saturday at Boston Common.
  • The Tuesday "Happy Birthday, Mr. Hitchcock" Retro Replay at Landmark Kendall Square this week is The 39 Steps; and there's a special tribute show of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure on Wednesday with $8 seats.

    They also open the new restoration of Oldboy on Wednesday; it closed Fantasia is still impressively sick, aside from looking as great as it ever has (one obvious CGI knife aside).
  • The Brattle Theatre celebrates Alfred Hitchcock's birthday weekend with a double-feature of Rear Window & North by Northwest from Friday to Sunday. The Warner 100 screenings this week feature Bette Davis, with Dark Victory & Jezebel on Monday with Mildred Pierce & The Letter on Tuesday. The Dede Allen centennial shows on Wednesday are The Wiz early and a 35mm print of Henry & June late, and the Thrill Ride Horror double bill on Thursday is Ready or Not & Crawl
  • The Harvard Film Archive wraps their summer "Ozu 120: The Complete Ozu Yasujiro" program this weekend with Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Ozu-inspired Café Lumière on Friday, Tokyo Story on Saturday, with The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family and An Autumn Afternoon on Sunday. All on 35mm film, and then the Archive will be taking a little break until September.
  • The Museum of Science kicks off a "Summer Space Film" series with 2001: A Space Odyssey playing on the dome Friday and Saturday night.
  • The Somerville Theatre has Bubba Ho-Tep as their Saturday midnight special, and sends Tuesday's "Attack of the B Movies" double feature of Killers From Space & Mesa of Lost Women downstairs because you aren't getting the 70mm print of Oppenheimer off the big screen yet.
  • Belmont World Film will be revisiting their spring "Complicated Identities" series, with Stay With Us playing Monday evening at Apple Fresh Pond and five other films - The Worst Ones, Farewell Mr. Hoffman, Chile '76, The Beasts, and Peaceful available to stream for a week starting Tuesday night
  • The West Newton Cinema brings Past Lives back to join Meg 2 (no show Thursday), Theater Camp, Barbie, Oppenheimer (35mm), Asteroid City, and Super Mario Brothers (Sunday/Wednesday/Thursday matinees). Open all week!

    The Lexington Venue continues Oppenheimer and Barbie, and is open Friday to Sunday plus Thursday.

    The Luna Theater has CatVideoFest 2023 on Friday, Saturday, and Thursday; Earth Mama on Saturday; Purple Rain all day Sunday, as well as a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem has Talk to Me, Barbie, Oppenheimer, and TMNT through Monday. Man Bites Dog plays a late show Friday and the '99 version of The Mummy shows on Thursday.

    If you can make it out to Danvers, indie sci-fi comedy The Pod Generation is playing at the Liberty Tree Mall.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts will be showing Nope on their lawn Wednesday night as part (all?) of this summer's "Sunset Cinema" series. Other outdoor screenings listed at Joe's Free Films include four on Friday: Moana at the U.S.S. Constitution, Raiders of the Lost Ark at Somerville's Boynton Yards, Lightyear at Hynes Playground, and Back to the Future at the Hatch Shell, The Princess Diaries is at the Prudential Saturday, The Empire Strikes Back plays Christopher Columbus Park on Sunday (maybe as a double feature with Star Wars, but I think that's supposed to be a colon instead of a comma), Wakanda Forever at Horatio Harris Park Monday, Marcel the Shell with Shoes on at Ringer Playground Tuesday, League of Super-Pets at Mary Hannon Park plus a 35mm print of It Came From Outer Space on the Greenway Wednesday, with Clueless at Somerville's Seven Hills Park on Thursday.
Not planning on seeing more in Montreal before returning home Saturday night, although I may catch One and Only while up here because otherwise I apparently have one chance to watch it. Otherwise, figuring on hitting Demeter and finally catching up with Oppenheimer, Barbie, Meg 2 and maybe TMNT.

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