Friday, October 06, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 6 October 2023 - 12 October 2023

With the only big new release this weekend looking not-great, it's worth looking at some of the other things that are holding down screens in theaters while they wait for Eras.
  • The Exorcist: Believer is meant to kickstart a David Gordon Green-directed trilogy of Exorcist sequels (much like his Halloween set) which ignore the other takes on the material, and has Ellen Burstyn returning to the series for the first time, although word from early screenings is it's not very good. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Laser/Dolby Cinema), and Arsenal Yards (including CWX).

    The Royal Hotel looks more harrowing, if not the same sort of supernatural horror, with director Kitty Green reuniting with The Assistant star Julia Garner, who joins co-star Jessica Henwick as two American girls backpacking in Australia who take a job waitressing in a small-town pub with no easy way home, because they have clearly not seen Wake in Fright. It's at the Coolidge, Boston Common, Kendall Square, and Assembly Row. For more definitively demonic horror, there's Spain's When Evil Lurks, playing mostly-late shows at Boston Common, and South Bay.

    In more cheerful spooky stuff, Disney is re-releasing Hocus Pocus for its 30th anniversary; that's at Boston Common, South Bay, Arsenal Yards, and CinemaSalem.

    She Came to Me, playing Boston Common (at some odd times), is a romantic comedy starring Peter Dinklage as a composer with writer's block, Anne Hathaway as his wife, and Marisa Tomei as the woman he has a one-night-stand with.

    Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses has 20th anniversary shows on Sunday & Wednesday at Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards (Sunday only). Ti West's X plays Boston Common on Wednesday.
  • Two recent short films/featurettes from Pedro Almodóvar, "Strange Way of Life" & "The Human Voice", play The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, West Newton, and Boston Common. The former is new, starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal in a western about two former gunslingers meeting up again for the first time in years; the latter is from 3 years ago and follows Tilda Swinton as a woman waiting for a former lover who never arrives. That only gets one to about an hour, so there is also an interview with the director included.

    For spooky season, there are 35mm midnight show of Brad Anderson's Session 9 on midnight Friday and Robert Wise's The Haunting on Saturday, a Big Screen Classic show of Bergman's Hour of the Wolf (perhaps not strictly a horror movie but described as intense and surreal), a 35mm print of Little Shop of Horrors with optional seminar by Sophie Blum on Tuesday. There's also a Panorama show of Eva's Promise, a documentary about a teenager who promised to retrieve her brother's paintings when he was taken to Auschwitz, with a post-film discussion including a co-producer, the latest tribute to Coolidge award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter, Do the Right Thing, on 35mm Wednesday, and a Cinema Jukebox show of Walk the Line on Thursday.
  • Landmark Kendall Square gets The Storms of Jeremy Thomas, in which the film producer is joined by director Mark Cousins as they drive from England to Cannes and discuss all manner of things along the way.

    The latest entry in the $5 Scorsese & DiCaprio series is The Departed, playing Saturday/Sunday/Wednesday. Netflix comedy Old Dads starring and directed by Bill Burr, gets a one-night preview on Monday rather than the full week some of the other films from the streamer have received. The $5 Retro Replay on Tuesday is the original A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • Another six new ones from India at Apple Fresh Pond this week. In Hindi, there is Mission Raniganj, which stars Akshay Kumar in a story of an engineer who saved 65 trapped miners; Country of Blind, an adaptation of an H.G. Wells story about a mountain climber who discovers an isolated village of people who cannot see; and Thank You For Coming, about a group of friends reuniting for a sort of family dinner. In Telguu, there is Maama Mascheendra, an action movie starring Sudheer Babu Posani, Month of Madhu, in which a young American-born girl has a fight with her mother at a family wedding in Vizag which leads to a road trip with a man twice her age; and Rules Ranjann, a romantic comedy (the latter opening Saturday). 800 is a Tamil film starring Madhur Mittal as Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan. Chaaver is a Malayalam action movie. Kannur Squad and Jawan stay at Fresh Pond; Fukrey 3 continues at Boston Common.

    Fresh Pond also has anime Blue Giant on Sunday and Monday, about a teenager who aims to become the world's best saxophone player after seeing his first jazz concert. It also plays Boston Common, though for one show per day rather than a full schedule.

    Herman Yau's third action movie to hit local theaters in three months (and Chinese ones, for that matter) is Moscow Mission, which has Zhou Dongyu as a cop chasing down the perpetrators of a series of robberies on the train connecting Beijing and Moscow, including Andy Lau and Janice Man. It's some bid, dumb fun action at Boston Common. Also playing at the Common from China is Chang An, a king-sized animated film about Tang Dynasty poets Gao Shi and Li Bai, though it apparently takes some liberties. Wuershan's Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms hangs around Boston Common for a third week., and The Ex Files 4 looks to be more definitively playing out at the Liberty Tree Mall this week. Limbo continues through Sunday at the Somerville. Two Korean films play local theaters: Road To Boston is the new one from Tae Guk Gi director Kang Je-kyu, starring Im Si-wan, Ha Jung-Woo, and Bae Sung-Woo in the story of the first Korean runners to compete in the Boston Marathon after World War II in 1947, and plays Boston Common, which I guess is as close as you can get to the finish line these days. Dr. Cheon and the Lost Talisman, which stars Gang Dong-won as a fake exorcist who comes across an actually possessed girl, plays one show per night at Chestnut Hill.
  • The Brattle Theatre spends much of the week on "Queer Pride/Queer Wrath": Gay USA on Friday, Portrait of Jason (on 35mm), The Living End, and Paris Is Burning & The Queen Saturday, Desert Hearts & Saving Face (35mm) and Bound (35mm) Sunday, Chocolate Babies & Tangerine Monday, and Bad Education on 35mm Tuesday. The Queer Film Guide's Kyle Turner will be around for most shows Friday & Saturday.

    There's also an Indigenous People's Day double feature of Małni – Towards The Ocean, Towards The Shore & Lakota Nation vs. United States Monday afternoon. The latest GRRL HAUS Cinema program plays Wednesday evening, and Stop Making Sense continues for a second week, including a special open-captioned show on Thursday (it's also hanging around some other places).
  • The Somerville Theatre has a 35mm print of I Walked with a Zombie for their Saturday Midnight Special, a test-screening/premiere of She Who Dared with live orchestral accompaniment on Sunday afternoon, and the 1917 Mary Pickford version of A Little Princess with Leslie McMichael accompanying on the harp on Monday.

    Locally-produced thriller The Killers Next Door plays The Capitol Saturday night at 9pm
  • The Harvard Film Archive welcomes two guests this weekend: Documentary filmmaker Wang Bing will be on-hand Friday and Saturday, with featurette Man in Black on Friday and Youth (rather longer than a featurette) on Saturday. Director Laura Citarella will not be there for the first part of Trenque Lauquen on Sunday, but will participate in a post-film Q&A after Part II on Monday.
  • The Regent Theatre continues to host the Lonely Seal International FIlm, Screenplay, and Music Festival with shows Friday through Sunday - note that the Friday night concert by the Cowsills is not included in the festival pass and the afternoon panels/parties on Friday and Saturday are in the Underground space and overlap with the shows.

    On Wednesday, they have a "Midweek Music Movies and More" show of We Were Famous, You Don't Remember: The Embarrassment with filmmaker Dan Fetherston and band member Woody Glessmann on hand for a post-film Q&A. There looks to be at least another month of films in the series on tap for the fall.
  • This week's Thursday Bright Lights show in the Bright Screening Room is Every Body, with a pair of intersex activists and a pediatric/adolescent gynecologist from Boston Children's there afterward to discuss the documentary about how many IS folks are given involuntary surgery at a young age, among other things. Free and open to the public.
  • The Lexington Venue adds Stop Making Sense to A Haunting in Venice and Flora and Son. Open Friday to Sunday.

    The West Newton Cinema opens the "Strange Way of Life" package and keeps Flora and Son, Paw Patrol, The Creator, Dumb Money, Bottoms (Saturday/Sunday evening), Golda (no show Thursday), Past Lives (Saturday/Sunday/Monday), Barbie, and Oppenheimer. Open all week.

    The Luna Theater has CatVideoFest 2023 Friday evening, Rocky Horror with Teseracte Players on Saturday (Full Body Cast is, as alway, at Boston Common that evening), Plan 9 From Outer Space Sunday afternoon, "Jack on Film, Take 2", with Brian Hassett curating bits of every time Jack Kerouac has been portrayed on TV and film, on Sunday evening, a Weirdo Wednesday show, and their first presentation of Stop Making Sense on Thursday.

    Cinema Salem goes all-in for Halloween early, as one might expect, with Hocus Pocus and The Exorcist: Believer through Monday and plenty of Universal Monsters: The Mummy & The Creature from the Black Lagoon Friday; Dracula, Frankenstein, & The Wolf Man Saturday; Dracula & The Bride of Frankenstein on Sunday; and Frankenstein & Creature on Monday. There's also Night of the Living Dead on Saturday and Carpenter's Halloween Saturday & Monday, the original Friday the 13th with original Jason Vorhees Ari Lehman live in person Sunday.

    Out in Danvers, the Liberty Tree Mall has Plan C, a documentary about people supplying abortion mediation to those in states where it is banned, which I quite liked at IFFBoston this year. They've also got Shelter in Solitude, with Siobhan Fallon Hogan as a misfit death-row guard who forms a bond with one of her charges (Robert Patrick plays the warden, and the trailer didn't scream "comedy" to me although that's apparently the genre)
Yikes. Got ahead of the game with Moscow Mission last night, heading out to Chestnut hill for Dr. Cheon tonight, may try to marathon Stop Making Sense, Limbo, and I Walked with a Zombie on Saturday, hit Chan An and Road to Boston Sunday, and then maybe find time for The Royal Hotel, When Evil Lurks, Blue Giant, "Strange Way of Life", and maybe something else during the week.

Be kind of funny running myself ragged to see everything and then having the other theaters re-open, but all with the concert movie.

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