Friday, September 08, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 8 September 2023 - 14 September 2023

Film festival in Toronto, which means it's kind of quiet elsewhere, because studios are past summer but aren't ready to get the awards stuff in theaters yet.
  • The Nun II, the latest spin-off of the Conjuring univers, opens at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema/Spanish subtitled), Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Laser/Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill. If you know, you know, I guess, because the trailers look both generic and impenetrable to me.

    Also opening is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, which looks to reunite the whole cast for the third or fourth time aside from the late Michael Constantine, with the group heading to Greece in the hopes of reuniting with his character's childhood friends. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common, Kendall Square, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    Young-adult drama Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is about a pair of cutely-named teenagers and best friends (and maybe more? That's the vibe I get from the trailer) in 1980s El Paso, until one is sent to Chicago on an exchange program for a year. It's at Boston Common.

    8 September 1966 is the day that Star Trek aired its first episode, The Man Trap, so the 2009 reboot hits theaters for a week as part of Star Trek Day celebrations, playing Assembly Row. Paramount also brings out Top Gun: Maverick for another go-round at Assembly Row.

    Chrstine gets 40th anniversary screenings at Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards on Sunday and Wednesday; that's two John Carpenter presentations in as many weeks and we haven't really reached Halloween season yet. There's an "Imax Live" screening of the restored Stop Making Sense at the same time it plays Toronto at Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row on Monday night. There are extra-early Wednesday shows of Dumb Money at Boston Common, Assembly Row, and A Haunting in Venice at Boston Common. The latest "After" movie, After Everything (based on a novel named "Before"), plays Boston Common, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • The big opening from India this weekend is Jawan, which stars Shah Rukh Khan as the warden of a woman's prison who uses his convicts as a part of vigilante strike force, including Nayanthara and Deepika Padukone (in what is apparently an extended cameo), which sounds like the sort of crazy I want pumped directly into my veins. It's in Hindi at Boston Common and Hindi and Tamil at Fresh Pond. Apple Fresh Pond also gets Miss Shetty Mr Polishetty, a Telugu-language romantic comedy about two people whose lives intertwine despite her being in London and him in Hyderabad, with Kushi, Saptha Sagaradaache Ello, and Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani continuing at Fresh Pond.

    Raid on the Lethal Zone, a drug-busting action movie made for Chinese streaming by Hong Kong workhorse Herman Yau, opens at Boston Common. They also keep No More Bets around, what with it being packed last week and a huge hit in the People's Republic.

    Perfect Blue has another subtitled show at Boston Common on Sunday.
  • Landmark Kendall Square has our Father, the Devil, a French thriller in which an attendant in a retirement home recognizes one of the new residents, and that he was not always the priest he is now.

    The $5 "Movies You May Have Missed" presentations this week are Linoleum with Jim Gaffigan as a children's television host whose life goes in surreal directions when a satellite crashes into his backyard, and L'Immensità, with Penélope Cruz and Vincenzo Amato as a couple relocation to Rome in the 1970s whose trans son does not know how to describe his situation to them. I don't think either of them actually made it closer than Salem during their original runs, so these are basically first-run bargains. And the are apparently doing Retrop Replays this month, with Mulholland Drive five buck on Tuesday
  • The Capitol has IFFBoston selection Aurora's Sunrise, a documentary that combines archive footage and animation to tell the story of a refugee from the Armenian genocide who eventually made her way to America and starred in a movie dramatizing her experiences. Theater Camp also moves there from the Somerville.

    The Somerville Theatre has Jeff Rapsis on hand Sunday to accompany The Fire Brigade, a 1926 silent about an Irish firefighter who discovers his developer father is cutting corners, putting his new love in danger. It plays on 35mm film on top of the live score. No special late show on Saturday, although they do have 11pm times for Bottoms and Talk to Me (though not The Nun II. The listings for Oppenheimer are only showing 70mm shows for the evening shows Friday through Sunday.
  • The Brattle Theatre devotes a week to "The Dirty Stories of Jean Eustache", a program built around the 50th-anniversary restoration of his feature The Mother and the Whore (Friday through Monday), but also featuring three shorts programs - ith two featurettes from the 1960s playing Friday & Sunday, three shorter films from the 1980s on Sunday & Monday, three featurettes from the 1970s on Tuesday - plus My Little Loves (Saturday/Sunday), Numéro Zéro on Tuesday, and the Virgin of Pessac '68 and '79 on Wednesday. There's also a special presentation of Aerial Phenomenon, a documentary about a 1994 UFO sighting above an African school, with director Randall Nickerson on hand for a Q&A Thursday (and also Saturday the 16th).
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre has midnight screenings of a new restoration of Impulse, a serial-killer film starring William Shatner that is apparently more deranged that average thing in that genre, on Friday and Saturday. Regular midnights are Collateral on Friday, introduced by Cinematic Void Jim Branscome, and Female Trouble on Saturday, both on 35mm film.

    For other repertory programming, there's a Stage & Screen presentation of The Garden of the Fitzi-Continis with post-film discussion on Monday, a 35mm print of Diva as the Big Screen Classic on Tuesday, Spike Lee's School Daze on 35mm Wednesday (the first film leading to a Coolidge Award presentation to Ruth E. Carter in mid-October), and a 35mm Rewind! show of Mean Girls with a post-screening party at Parlour.
  • The Harvard Film Archive continues their Rita Azevedo Gomes series with the director's A Woman's Revenge on Friday, with the director selecting Nicholas Ray's We Can't Go Home Again as a Sunday matinee on 35mm film.

    The also show all three parts of Patricio Guzmán's The Battle of Chile, with Part One: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie on Saturday, Part Two: The Coup d'État on Sunday, and Part Three: The Power of the People on Monday.

    Finally, they get a head start on next weekend's Shochiku Centennial series on Thursday with a vintage 35mm print of Tora-san, Our Lovable Tramp, the first of a series of 50 films following a popular television series. Jay Sakomoto will give an introduction in person, along with pre-recorded comments from writer/director Yoji Yamada.
  • Museum of Fine Arts has Loving Vincent, the fully-painted animated film dramatizing the last years of Vincent Van Gogh's life, on Friday evening.
  • The Regent Theatre has documentary Mr. Jimmy on Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening (with a final show Friday the 15th). It looks at Akio Sakurai, who painstakingly recreated Led Zeppelin concerts in Tokyo nightclubs for 35 years, with a massive turn the night Jimmy Page was in the audience.
  • The Lexington Venue continues Oppenheimer and Barbie, and is open Friday to Sunday.

    The West Newton Cinema brings in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 and Bottoms, holding over Golda, Elemental, Past Lives (Saturday/Sunday matinees), Theater Camp (Saturday/Sunday matinees), Barbie, and Oppenheimer, the latter now moved to another screen and projected digitally.

    The Luna Theater once again has Talk to Me Friday & Saturday evenings, The Elephant 6 Recording Co. Saturday, the theatrical Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Sunday, a Weirdo Wednesday show, and a free UMass Lowell Philosophy & Film presentation of The Graduate on Thursday.

    Cinema Salem has The Nun II, Spider-Man Across The Spider-Verse, Theater Camp, and Barbie through Monday. There's a Saturday late show of Barbarella, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial on Saturday and Sunday, and Forbidden Planet on Thursday.
  • A few outdoor screenings hang on per Joe's Free Films, with Minions: The Rise of Gru at Tufts's Fletcher Field on Friday and Robbins Farm Park in Arlington on Saturday; Neneh Superstar on the Tufts quad on Saturday, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at Boston Landing on Wednesday, and The Lorax at Boston Common's Frog Pond, also on Wednesday.
It's a quiet-ish week for new releases, though I'll likely check out Jawan and Raid on the Lethal Zone, maybe some things at the Kendall, perhaps Diva, plus Tora-San, as I have loved some of Yamada's later films (The Twilight Samurai and What a Wonderful Family are particular favorites) but have never seen any of the ones that defined his career before that. I've also got a ticket to a Red Sox game and a trip to Maine to see a brother I don't see often enough and meet a new nephew as well.

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