Friday, September 01, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 1 September 2023 - 7 September 2023

Are there any big, strike-supporting things we can do for Labor Day this weekend? I mean, the writers and actors and such have said not to cancel streaming services or boycott or anything, but it feels like we should be doing something
  • The Equalizer 3 once again has Antoine Fuqua directing Denzel Washington as a former spy who tends to even the odds for those in need in bloodier fashion than Edward Woodward or Queen Latifah, this time having the peace he found in Italy disturbed by the original mafia. It opens at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema/Spanish subs), Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Laser/Dolby Cinema),Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    Also opening is Bottoms, in which writer/director Emma Seligman puts here Shiva Baby star back in high school (that's always weird) as one of a couple troublemaking queer girls whose lie about starting a fight club may just get the the attention they want from the cheerleaders and maybe upend some other things. It's at the Coolidge, Boston Common, Kendall Square, South Bay, and Assembly Row.

    The Good Mother stars Hilary Swank and Olivia Cooke as the mother and pregnant girlfriend of a murdered small-time drug dealer attempting to find his killers; it plays Boston Common. So does R.L. Stine's Zombie Town stars Madi Monroe & Marlon Kazadi as two teenagers who find a cursed reel of film and must undo its effects, although Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase get higher billing.

    The Incredibles is the Disney100 show for the next couple weeks at Boston Common. The Goonies plays Boston Common and Arsenal Yards this week as well.

    35th Anniversary screenings of They Live play Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row on Sunday and Wednesday. There are earlier-than-usual shows of The Nun II at Assembly Row (Imax Laser), A Haunting in Venice at Boston Common (Dolby Cinema), and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 at Boston Common on Wednesday.
  • No More Bets, which has topped the box office charts for the past month in China, opens at Boston Common with Zhang Yixing and Gina Chen Jin as two people lured out of the country and trapped working for online fraudsters.

    Apple Fresh Pond has five new imports from India this weekend: Telugu romantic comedy Kushi is in Tamil, and features Vijay Deverakonda as an atheist soldier who falls in love with a Hindu leader's daughter (Samantha Ruth Prabhu); RDX: Robert Dony Xavier is a Malayalam action-adventure. Tamil comedy Lucky Man has a realtor whose lucky suddenly changes, making a local cop suspicious; Saptha Sagaradaache Ello is a Kannada-language romance; and Gujarati comedy 3 Ekka has three broke friends open a casino in a suburban house. Fresh Pond keeps Dream Girl 2, Gadar 2, OMG 2, and Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, around; the latter is also at Boston Common.

    With summer over, we move from Ghibli Fest to Satoshi Kon fest, with Perfect Blue playing 25th anniversary shows at Boston Common on Wednesday (subtitled) and Thursday (dubbed).

    K-Pop concert film/documentary Kangdaniel: My Parade plays Boston Common on Saturday.
  • Landmark Kendall Square opens Between Two Worlds, featuring Juliette Binoche as a writer who takes a job cleaning a channel ferry to learn about how labor is being exploited in the north of France.

    In lieu of the usual "Retro Replay" shows, September has a "Movies You May Have Missed" series, with Blackberry and Joyland returning for $5 shows all week. They also have a members-only advance screening of Cassandro, with Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal as a flamboyant luchador on Thursday.
  • The Brattle Theatre starts a new calendar with Barbie's Roots, a series highlighting the films that served as influences on Greta Gerwig's blockbuster. It includes The Truman Show (Friday), Josie and the Pussycats (35mm Friday-Sunday), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Saturday/Thursday), The Young Girls of Rochefort (Saturday), An American in Paris (35mm) & The Philadelphia Story (Sunday), A Matter of Life and Death & All That Jazz (Monday), Playtime (35mm Tuesday), The Science of Sleep (35mm Tuesday), Wings of Desire (35mm Wednesday), Frances Ha (35mm Wednesday), and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (35mm Thursday). Two for one on Saturday, Monday, and Thursday.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre has its last 70mm screenings of Oppenheimer on Saturday (thought it'll be there on a DCP for a while yet). Midnights this weekend pay tribute to William Friedkin with To Live and Die in L.A. on Friday, with The Rocky Horror Picture Show also plays midnight on Friday (nothing suggesting a shadow cast, the Full Body is, as usual, at Boston Common Saturday night), while Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is the late show on Saturday. The Big Screen Classic on Monday is the end-of-summer screening of Jaws on 35mm; Harvard neuroscientist Dr. Juan Ignacio Sanguinetti Scheck introduces the Science on Screen show of Ratatouille on Tuesday; The Anvil Orchestra accompanies The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on Wednesday; and the Cinema Jukebox show on Thursday is The Last Waltz.
  • The Somerville Theatre has a new 35mm print of Winter Kills, with Jeff Bridges and John Huston in a black comedy with Bridges investigating the murder of his brother, the President of the United States, and Huston as the family patriarch. It plays Friday through Monday. They also have The Way of the Dragon, Bruce Lee's sole finished film as a director, featuring the Colosseum fight with Chuck Norris, as Saturday's midnight special.
  • The Harvard Film Archive kicks off its fall program with the first film in a series spotlighting Rita Azevedo Gomes, The Portuguese Woman on Friday, with the program stretching into mid-October.

    Their fall program really kicks off on Saturday night at 6pm, though, with the return of their annual marathon, this one called "Any Number Can Win" and carrying the audience into Sunday morning with six films about gambling: Johnny O'Clock (16mm), Any Number Can Win, Pale Flower (35mm), Bay of Angels, Croupier (35mm), and California Split.

    Then, on Monday, they dip into the archive for a 16mm "Psychology in the Cinema of the American Classroom" program, the first of at least three programs of rarities this fall.
  • The Museum of Science has The Martian on the dome to wrap the Summer Space Movies series. It's got shows Friday through Monday nights, what with the holiday Monday.
  • The Regent Theatre has documentary Ghosts of the Chelsea Hotel (and Other Rock & Roll Stories) on Thursday night.with director Danny Garcia on hand for a post-film Q&A.
  • The Lexington Venue continues Oppenheimer and Barbie, and is open Friday to Sunday.

    The West Newton Cinema continues Golda, Elemental (matinees Friday-Monday), Past Lives, Theater Camp, Barbie, Oppenheimer (35mm), and Super Mario Brothers (Monday matinees).

    The Luna Theater has Talk to Me Friday & Saturday evenings, The Elephant 6 Recording Co. Saturday & Thursday, and Heathers on Sunday, and a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem has Spider-Man Across The Spider-Verse, Asteroid City, Theater Camp, and Barbie. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial plays Thursday.
  • Outdoor screenings listed at Joe's Free Films mostly finish up with Super Mario Brothers on the Common on Friday.
Look at Wednesday. Just friggin' look at it. I want to see Perfect Blue, Dr. Caligari, and Frances Ha, though that's clearly not possible. Before that, I'm looking at No More Bets, Bottoms, Winter Kills, and the gambling marathon at the Archive. Maybe Josie and the Pussycats, because I remember that being terrific.

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