Friday, November 10, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 10 November 2023 - 16 November 2023

Happy Diwali to all those that celebrate! Was someone at Disney being clever putting the Marvel movie about heroes with light-based superpowers on this date or is it just a weird coincidence?
  • That big Marvel movie is The Marvels, with Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Photon seeing themselves intertwined by what look like Nega-Bands so that they will switch places whenever they use their powers; at 105 minutes, it looks to be the tightest Marvel production yet and is hopefully more fun adventure than universe-shaking epic. It's at The Capitol, Fresh Pond (including 3D), Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D/3D), West Newton, CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon 2D & 3D/RealD 3D/Dolby Cinema), Kendall Square, South Bay (including Imax Xenon 2D & 3D/RealD 3D/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Laser 2D & 3D/Dolby Cinema/RealD 3D), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), Chestnut Hill.

    Horror-comedy It's a Wonderful Knife, in which a final girl wishes she had never been born and apparently sees a world where the killings never stopped, plays Boston Common, South Bay. Another one, As We Know It, in which a recently-jilted screenwriter must also deal with a zombie-virus outbreak in the late 1990s, plays a couple shows daily at Fresh Pond.

    Religious holiday musical Journey to Bethlehem gets a bigger release than such things usually do, playing Boston Common, South Bay. It's somehow roped Antonio Banderas in to play King Herod. Simón, about a Venezuelan rebel living in Miami exile, plays at Arsenal Yards.

    The Holdovers expands to the Somerville, Assembly Row, Chestnut Hill; it was already playing the Coolidge (some shows 35mm), Boston Common, and Kendall Square.

    Scarface has 40th Anniversary shows at South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards on Sunday and Wednesday. Documentary Medicine Man: The Stan Brock Story plays South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards on Tuesday. There's a "First Listen Event" for Dolly Parton Rockstar on Wednesday at Boston Common, Kendall Square; Billy Idol: State Line at Hoover Dam plays Boston Common Wednesday. There's an early screening of Saltburn on Saturday at Boston Common.
  • The big event for Diwali is Tiger 3, which reunites Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif reunite as married former secret agents for India and Pakistan, once again called out of retirement to face a threat to both countries. It's the first entry in the series since it was retroactively made part of the "YRF Spy Universe", so it will be interesting to see if it becomes the same sort of big crazy adventure as War and Pathaan. It opens Saturday at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, South Bay (opens Monday).

    Three others open on Friday: Japan, a Tamil adventure about a master thief who steals something sensitive from a politician's house, which plays Fresh Pond (also in Telugu) and Boston Common; Jigarthanda DoubleX, a Tamil-language action comedy where a director teams with a gangster to try to make a western in 1975 Tamil Nadu, which is at Fresh Pond and Boston Common; and Bandra, a Malayalam-language mystery where a detective investigating the suicide of a Bollywood icon finds much more than she bargained for, which is at Apple Fresh Pond. Telugu action-comedy Keedaa Cola is held over at Fresh Pond.

    Last Suspect, a Chinese legal thriller directed by Zhang Mo (daughter of Zhang Yimou), plays Boston Common.
  • Landmark Kendall Square opens All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt, which certainly feels like a movie from a poet, but Raven Jackson's look at rural Black life is all the better for it.

    Tuesday's Hanks-Giving Retro Replay at the Kendall is Joe Versus the Volcano, and a Yórgos Lánthimos retrospective begins on Wednesday with Dogtooth; both films $5.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre has Godfrey Reggio's featurette "Once Within a Time", one of two Steven Soderbergh-produced oddities in the corners of theaters' schedules this weekend. This one is a post-apocalyptic fantasy with a score by Philip Glass. They also pick up Rustin, Netflix's drama about an often-overlooked civil rights leader.

    They also keep The Killer around as it hits Netflix, the better to pair with their midnight Fincher Flicks, with Fight Club on Friday and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on Saturday, both on 35mm. Noirvember features include The Hitch-Hiker on Sunday afternoon and The Maltese Falcon with a pre-show seminar from Jake Mulligan on Wednesday. There's also a 35mm "Stage & Screen" presentation of The Band's Visit on Monday and open screen on Tuesday, and a "Rewind!" presentation of The Notebook on Thursday.
  • The Brattle Theatre celebrates "The Fifties at Warners" with Foster Hirsch, who recently wrote a book on the subject, in attendance for an umber of shows. Movies include Hitchcock's The Wrong Man (Friday), a 35mm Looney Tunes program (Saturday), Them! (35mm Saturday/Monday), I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (35mm Saturday), A Streetcar Named Desire (Saturday/Sunday), Calamity Jane (Sunday), The Bad Seed (35mm Sunday), House of Wax (Monday), Auntie Mame (35mm Tuesday), and the original Ocean's 11 (35mm Sunday).

    Also on the schedule: A Found Footage Film Festival show on Friday night and The Case of the Vanishing Gods with the filmmakers doing an introduction on Saturday.
  • As mentioned, The Somerville Theatre picks up The Holdovers, which is extra fun because the film shot a scene or two there (doubling for a spot across the river) and was used to screen films for the cast and crew during filming. They also have the other Soderbergh produced oddity, black-and-whack sci-fi madness Divinity, playing on 35mm film at midnight Saturday. Jeff Rapsis accompanies a 35mm print of The Big Parade on Sunday as a slightly-belated Armistice Day "Silents, Please!" presentation, and Foster Hirsch crosses the river that evening to introduce The Searchers to fit an extra screening into the Brattles "Fifties at Warners" series. In The Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50 plays Monday and Tuesday afternoon.
  • The Museum of Science opens a new film made specifically for their Omnimax dome, "The Heart of New England", on Saturday after member previews on Friday; Udo Aduba and Mindy Kaling narrate a film that looks at the Gulf of Maine's ecosystem, the Marathon, the Panawahpskek people, and more items of local interest. They also bring back "Train Time" as part of the Omnimax rotation with "Everest", "Serengeti", and "Jane Goodall: Reasons for Hope", with advance tickets on sale for Oppenheimer on the Omnimax dome on Friday nights between Thanksgiving and New Year's. "The Polar Express" and "Thomas and Friends" also return to the 4D theater for Christmas/train time.
  • The Harvard Film Archive welcomes Zelimir Zilnik for the final two entries in his "Filmmaker, Guest Worker" series: A West German Short Films program on Friday and Logbook Serbistan on Saturday. "Out of the Ashes: The US-ROK Alliance & South Korean Cinema" continues Sunday with The Marines .Who Never Returned and The Widow. Then on Monday night, Robert Humphreville accompanies Elvira Notari's silent The LIttle Girl's Wrong, which is followed by shorts "Italy Has Risen" and "Naples, Singing Mermaid".
  • The Boston Jewish Film Festival has two more days of in-person screenings, with Finding Light at West Newton on Saturday, while My Architect and Perfect Strangers play at The Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday. Certain selections will be available to stream Monday to Wednesday.

    The MFA also has the first weekend of Wicked Queer Docs on Friday and Saturday, with another screening at the French Library before settling in at the Brattle next weekend.
  • The Regent Theatre plays documentary UnCharitable on Wednesday.
  • Bright Lights has Chasing Chasing Amy on Thursday, with director Sav Rodgers and producer Riley Rodgers on hand to discus their film about both the making of Kevin Smith's film and the impact it had on queer kids in the heartland. Free and open to the public, but remember that the Bright Screening room in the Paramount kind of a small auditorium.
  • The West Newton Cinema has a special screening on Sunday afternoon of America's Family with director Anike Tourse on hand to discuss her film about an immigrant family torn up by ICE on Thanksgiving Day. They also open The Marvels and Priscilla, continuing Killers of the Flower Moon, Eras (through Sunday), Paw Patrol (through Sunday), Golda (Saturday/Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday), Barbie, and Oppenheimer (Monday-Thursday). Open all week, although for just the one evening show Monday to Thursday.

    The Lexington Venue has The Eras Tour (no show Sunday), What Happens Later, and Priscilla from Friday to Sunday.

    The Luna Theater has Stop Making Sense on Friday and Saturday, Dicks The Musical on Saturday, The Holy Mountain on Sunday, the weekly Weirdo Wednesday show, and a free screening of Aujourd'hui, featuring poet Saul Williams as a dying man, courtesy of The Department of World Languages and Cultures at UMass Lowell on Thursday.

    Cinema Salem finally adds The Marvels and Priscilla to Killers of the Flower Moon and Anatomy of a Fall for regular shows through Monday. There's also a Night Light show of Mulholland Drive on Friday.
Ticket already reserved for The Marvels in Imax 3D, and I've spent enough time catching up on its predecessors this past week that I'd better see Tiger 3. I'll probably catch a Warner Double Feature on Saturday because it looks like one of the prints is about to be retired per the Brattle's newsletter, then trying to see what fits in around them

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