Friday, November 03, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 3 November 2023 - 9 November 2023

Hey, check it out - Alamo Drafthouse Boston is actually putting tickets on sale for two weeks from now, roughly a year from when it was first expected. Looks like they may have enough nifty special programming to have their own section here. In the meantime…
  • The Holdovers will be opening wider in a couple weeks, but it has a decent size for its initial wave, maybe in part because it's set and shot nearby. It stars paul Giamatti as a boarding school teacher charged with looking after those who can't go home for the holidays, both despite and because of how he loathes the privileged brats. It's a reunion with Sideways director Alexander Payne and a ton of fun. It's at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square, and Boston Common. The Coolidge has got a 35mm print for screen #1, so check showtimes on the site.

    Ahead of its opening next week, the Coolidge has a special screening of Godfrey Reggio's featurette "Once Within a Time" on Friday night, with a post-fim Q&A from producer Steven Soderbergh and co-director Jon Kane.

    Midnights at the Coolidge in November feature the films of David Fincher on 35mm, with Alien 3 on Friday and Seven on Saturday. Monday's Science on Screen show is Danny Boyle's Sunshine, also on 35mm. Tuesday's Noirvember show includes a 35mm print of Thief on Tuesday, with pre-show seminar from BU professor Justin Liberman. On Sunday, they welcome Foster Hirsch for a screening of Rebel without a Cause, which kicks off a "The Fifties at Warner" series that will also include screenings at the Brattle and Somerville Theatres.
  • All three of the wide releases this week, interestingly, are led by women, starting with Meg Ryan's feature directorial debut, What Happens Later, in which she and David Duchovny play a former couple who meet up, years later, during a delay in an airport and get marooned there (security, apparently, be damned). It opens at the Lexington Venue, Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row.

    Sophia Coppola has a new film out, with Priscilla starring Cailee Spaeny as Priscilla Presley, who married Elvis very young and thus found herself at the epicenter of something no teenager is ready for. It's at the Somerville, Boston Common, the Kendall, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards.

    The Marsh King's Daughter features Daisy Ridley as a woman who spent the first ten years of her life being raised by the man (Ben Mendelsohn) who kidnapped her mother, who now has a daughter of her own to defend when her father breaks out of prison. It plays Boston Common and Assembly Row.

    South Bay and Assembly Row have Oppenheimer back on their Imax screens; Gran Turismo plays late shows at Boston Common ahead of Tuesday's home-video release; Arsenal Yards brings back Top Gun: Maverick (including CWX).

    Trolls: Band Together has early access screenings at Boston Common, Assembly Row, and Chestnut Hill on Saturday. The Last Waltz has 45th Anniversary shows at South Bay, Assembly Row on Sunday; concert film K-Love Live at Red Rocks is at Assembly Row on Monday and Tuesday; Tuesday music documentary The Stones & Brian Jones plays the Regent, Boston Common, and Kendall Square Tuesday. AMC starts a "Screen Unseen" series of mystery previews on Monday, with shows at Boston Common, Assembly Row.
  • This week's Netflix opening at Landmark Kendall Square is Rustin, which stars Colman Domingo as one of the key figures in the Civil Rights Movement who organized the 1963 March on Washington, Director George C. Wolfe, notably, last made Chadwick Boseman's final film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

    The month's Retro Replay series at the Kendall is "Thanks for Hanks", with The 'Burbs playing for $5 on Tuesday.
  • The Brattle Theatre has the new restoration of Chen Kaige's Farewell, My Concubine, featuring Leslie Cheung and Zhang Fengyi as two men who grow up in the Peking Opera Academy, dawn to each other although one would marry a courtesan played by Gong Li. It plays Friday to Monday plus a matinee on Wednesday, and several shows are already listed as sold out.

    There are also late shows Friday to Sunday and Wednesday of Where the Devil Roams, the latest horror indie from an upstate New York family, involving a murderous family that travels with the carnival. I saw it at Fantasia, and it's an interesting novelty, at least. On Tuesday, they team with RPM Festival to welcome Sarah Friedland and her "Movement Exercises Trilogy", a collection of three short films with a post-screening Q&A. Wednesday has a special premiere of music documentary In the Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50.
  • Three new ones from India open at Apple Fresh Pond on Friday: Malayalam film Garudan is a drama where a college professor must work with a cop to solve a crime. Telugu action-comedy Keedaa Cola has a group of scammers getting much more than they bargained for when they fake finding a cockroach in a soda, and Telugu horror movie Maa Oori Polimera 2 has the heroes discovering black magic in a small village. On Saturday and Sunday, they also have Bangladeshi drama 1971 Shei Shob Din, Odia-language action flick Pratisodh, and Bengali thriller Dasham Avatar. Leo: Bloody Sweet also continues at Fresh Pond with shows in Tamil & Telugu.

    Mexican drama Radical opens at Boston Common, starring Eugenio Derbez as a teacher fighting for his students in a corrupt border town.

    Anime The Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes opens at Boston Common this weekend; it involves a mysterious tunnel which grants one's heart's desire at the cost of years of one's life. Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning plays Boston Common, South Bay, Assembly Row, and Arsenal Yards on Wednesday (dubbed) and Thursday (subtitled); Boston Common has an AXCN show of Ghost in the Shell (not sure which revision) on Wednesday (subtitled) and Thursday (dubbed).

    Vietnamese action film Bad Blood continues at South Bay.
  • The Somerville Theatre appears to be down a screen this week, not showing anything on #2 until Wednesday, when Warren Miller's All Time, a compilation of skiing film from 74 years, grabs the big screen for two days.

    The Capitol hosts the Arlington International Film Festival through Sunday, with full programs on two screens all weekend.
  • The Harvard Film Archive begins "Out of the Ashes: The US-ROK Alliance & South Korean Cinema" this weekend, taking a close look at Korean film in the postwar period in particular. The Flower in Hell plays Friday evening (with short "Nakdong River") and Sunday afternoon (no short), with 35mm prints of Holiday in Seoul and Yongary, Monster from the Deep playing separately on Saturday evening, and a collection of US Information Service-Korea shorts playing Sunday night.

    On Monday night, Robert Humphreville accompanies the first of two recently restored silent features by Elvira Notari, The Holy Night, which plays on 35mm film alongside the (digitally projected) short "Soldier's Fantasy"; a second will screen next week.
  • The Regent Theatre has The Stones & Brian Jones on Tuesday, Joan Baez: I Am a Noise as the "Midweek Music Movies and More" show on Wednesday (though I don't believe there is a guest this week), and Advice for Girls: An All-Woman Ski Film on Thursday.
  • The Boston Jewish Film Festival continues through the week, with in-person shows at the JCC Reimer-Goldstein Theater (Saturday/Sunday), the MFA (Sunday), Orchard Cove in Canton (Monday), West Newton (Tuesday/Thursday), the Coolidge (Wednesday), and the Brattle (Thursday).
  • Bright Lights has postponed the week's intended screening, Israelism, until next February considering the subject matter, although the filmmakers will be hosting a virtual screening Sunday night (RSVP information here soon).
  • The Museum of Science has tickets on sale for Oppenheimer on the Omnimax dome on Friday nights between Thanksgiving and New Year's.
  • The West Newton Cinema opens Beyond Utopia, the documentary about defectors from North Korea. They also continue Killers of the Flower Moon, Eras (through Sunday), Paw Patrol (Saturday/Sunday), Golda, Past Lives (no show Thursday), Barbie, and Oppenheimer (Saturday/Sunday). Open all week.

    The Lexington Venue has The Eras Tour, What Happens Later, and Anatomy of a Fall from Friday to Sunday.

    The Luna Theater has Dics: The Musical on Friday and Saturday, Clue on Sunday, and the weekly Weirdo Wednesday show on the schedule.

    Cinema Salem finally gets Killers of the Flower Moon and Anatomy of a Fall now that Halloween is done, though they keep A Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus (it is Salem, after all).

    If you can make it out Davers's Liberty Tree Mall, they've got Divinity, an absolutely crazy (but fun!) sci-fi flick that was so out there that the Boston Underground Film Festival made it the midnight show.
A fair amount of catch-up to do, but I'm also looking forward to checking out Farewell My Concubine, The Marsh King's Daughter, Sunshine, Rustin and maybe Priscilla and What Happens Later.

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