Friday, August 18, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 18 August 2023 - 24 August 2023

Ah, late summer, when the re-releases show up to take some screens, earlier things play out, and the stuff where the studios thought "maybe, maybe not" open.
  • The third of four DC comics movies coming out this year, Blue Beetle, has a young Latino fuse with an alien device that a corrupt corporation has designs on. It's at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema/Spanish dubbed/subtitled), Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Laser/Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    Strays is an adults-only take on Homeward Bound with Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Isla Fisher, and Randall Park voicing dogs who are looking to return to the owner how abandoned on… for revenge! It's at the Somerville Theatre, Fresh Pond, Boston Common (including shows with Spanish subtitles), Kendall Square, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards.

    Also opening is Back on the Strip, a comedy that stars Wesley Snipes as a former Vegas stripper trying to revive his old group around a new protege, though the ensuing years have not entirely been kind to the rest. It's at Boston Common and South Bay.

    The latest Disney 100 re-release at Boston Common is the animated (good) Beauty and the Beast; Wednesday's kids' matinee at Boston Common is The Croods: A New Age.

    Sony is still doing Gran Turismo previews (Friday at Boston Common/Assembly Row, Saturday at Boston Common/Assembly Row, Sunday at Boston Common/Assembly Row), which hopefully means they think it's generating word-of-mouth for when it actually opens Thursday evening. There's also a "Fathom First" of Golda, starring Helen Mirren as Golda Meir, at Boston Common Wednesday.
  • Landmark Kendall Square and Boston Common open Landscape with the Invisible Hand, the new film from Thoroughbreds which takes place several years after an alien invasion that is non-violent but devastating to the economy, leading to a pair of teenagers to stream their romance to the occupiers as it's all humans can offer them.

    Kendall Square also has more screenings of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure on Saturday and Sunday evenings, while this week's Hitchcock film on Tuesday is Rope.
  • The new restoration of Oldboy opens in or expands to The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, Boston Common, Luna Lowell (Thursday), and CinemaSalem.

    "Hip Hop at 50" continues at the Coolidge with Def by Temptation at midnight Friday, Cool as Ice at midnight Saturday (35mm), Clockers on 35mm Tuesday (with a seminar by Globe critic Odie Henderson), and Belly on 35mm Wednesday. Pedro Almodóvar's' Law of Desire is the 35mm Big Screen Classic on Monday, with a 35mm print of Sunset Boulevard playing Thursday with another seminar from Odie Henderson.
  • The Brattle Theatre has added Friday & Saturday memorial screenings of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure to what was already lining up as a busy weekend, with Indian action flick RRR playing Friday to Sunday and Shiva Baby playing Saturday and Sunday, with pre-recorded Q&As at the 10pm screenings.

    The Warner 100 screenings this week are all on 35mm film, with Yankee Doodle Dandy on and Arsenic and Old Lace & The Man Who Came to Dinner on Tuesday. The Dede Allen double feature of Mike's Murder & Night Moves on Wednesday is also on film. the Thrill Ride Horror double bill on Thursday of Barbarian & Malignant
  • This week's Ghibli presentations at Boston Common are Porco Rosso, playing dubbed on Sunday and subtitled Tuesday, and The Wind Rises, playing dubbed Monday and subtitled Tuesday.

    The Indian films from playing Apple Fresh Pond and Boston Common, being big Independence Day releases, continue. They include Hindi drama Gadar 2, Hindi comedy OMG 2, Tamil action-comedy Jailer (with Telugu shows at Fresh Pond; I hadn't realized it was the new Superstar Rajini flick), and Hindi romantic comedy Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani.
  • The Princess Bride is the midnight special at the The Somerville Theatre, playing on 35mm film. They start moving Oppenheimer downstairs for digital shows on Monday, when they team with IFFBoston to begin the Sight and Sound Summer Vacation, playing the top 10 films from the latest Sight & Sound poll, with Singin' in the Rain (35mm) on Monday, Man with a Movie Camera with live accompaniment by the Anvil Orchestra on Tuesday, Mulholland Drive (35mm) on Wednesday, and Beau Travail on Thursday; the series continues through August 30th.
  • The Regent Theatre has music documentary Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • It looks like it may be wise to get tickets for the "Summer Space Film" series at The Museum of Science ahead of time, as they are listing both shows of Interstellar this weekend as sold out; Gravity plays next week and The Martian the week after..
  • The streaming encores of several Belmont World Film selections from the spring series- The Worst Ones, Farewell Mr. Hoffman, Chile '76, The Beasts, and Peaceful - are available via Eventive week through Tuesday evening
  • The West Newton Cinema returns Elemental (no show Thursday) and continues Past Lives, Theater Camp, Barbie, Oppenheimer (35mm), Asteroid City, and Super Mario Brothers (Friday matinees).

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

    The Luna Theater has Earth Mama on Friday and Saturday; CatVideoFest 2023 on Saturday; Stand by for Failure: A Documentary about Negativeland on Saturday evening, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory all day Sunday, as well as a Weirdo Wednesday show, plus Oldboy on Thursday.

    Cinema Salem adds Oldboy and Passages to Talk to Me, Barbie, and Oppenheimer through Monday. The '99 version of The Mummy plays Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening, with Rocky Horror playing Saturday night with the Teseracte Players (Full Body Cast is, as always, at Boston Common at the same time). Last Action Hero plays Thursday evening.

    If you can make it out to Danvers, IFFBoston/Fantasia selection Birth/Rebirth is playing at the Liberty Tree Mall.
  • Outdoor screenings listed at Joe's Free Films include Super Mario Bros. at the Hatch Shell on Friday, Spider-Man: No Way Home at the Prudential Saturday and Healy Playground Wednesday, Glass Onion at Christopher Columbus Park on Sunday, Vivo at Noyes Playground Monday, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile at Peters Park Tuesday, and Shrek & Ferris Bueller's Day Off at Cambridge Crossing on Thursday. Shrek also plays on the Fenway Park scoreboard Tuesday, presented by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
I'm looking at some catch-up, Blue Beetle, Landscape of the Invisible Hand,Strays, and maybe some of the Sight & Sound films. Wish I'd thought to get tickets for Interstellar.

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