Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 22 November 2023 - 30 November 2023

Ah, Thanksgiving, a great long weekend to see movies. And your family, but this blog is concerned with movies, and since most of them open on Wednesday this week, that's when we do this, even though some places haven't posted what they'll be showing this weekend yet.
  • The big release this weekend is Napoleon, Apple's second entry of the fall where they have a major filmmaker make an epic film in hopes of getting some awards love and maybe a little money. This time, it's Ridley Scott taking on the French Emperor with Joaquin Phoenix in the title role. The Coolidge Corner Theatre has a 70mm print; it's in various digital formats at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), West Newton, Kendall Square, Boston Common (including Imax Xenon), the Causeway, the Seaport, South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Laser/Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    The Coolidge continues Noirvember with Brick on Wednesday, a new restoration of The Night of the Hunter on Monday, with pre-film seminar by Kaj Wilson, and Blood Simple next Wednesday. There's a Kids' Show of The Lego Movie on Saturday & Sunday mornings (speaking of bricks). Saturday's midnight is Grindhouse on 35mm, at this moment notable for including the original fake-trailer version of Thanksgiving. On Thursday, there's another Big Screen Classic, with Sarah Keller giving a seminar before a 35mm print of Bringing Up Baby.
  • Wish is described as Disney's 100th Anniversary animation presentation, with Ariana DeBose as the voice of a girl who discovers a wishing star, which could undermine the the reign of Magnifico (voice of Chris Pine), who maintains a hold on granting wishes for the kingdom. It's at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, The Embassy, West Newton, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema 2D/RealD 3D), the Causeway (including RealD 3D), the Seaport (including 3D), South Bay (including Dolby Cinema 2D), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema 2D/RealD 3D), Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    Also opening is Saltburn, Emerald Fennell's follow-up to Promising Young Woman which apparently riffs on The Talented Mr. Ripley with Barry Keoghan as an Oxford student from a working-class background who stays at a wealthy classmate's estate for the summer and, well, the rich are different. It's at the Somerville, the Coolidge, Kendall Square, Boston Common, the Causeway, the Seaport, South Bay, and Assembly Row.

    Dream Scenario expands to Assembly Row after opening last week at Kendall Square, Boston Common, and the Seaport.

    Christmas-oriented one-offs include Dr. Seuss's The Grinch at Boston Common (Friday/Wednesday the 29th) and Arsenal Yards (Friday/Saturday); Elf at Boston Common (Saturday/Tuesday); Violent Night at Arsenal Yards (Saturday), The Polar Express at Boston Common (Sunday), and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at Boston Common) (Tuesday).

    Documentary Triangle Park, based on the first NFL game, plays Boston Common Wednesday evening. There's an AMC Screen Unseen secret preview at their Boston Common and Assembly Row theaters on Monday. Wednesday the 29th has early previews for The Shift with live-streamed Q&A at Assembly Row, plus Godzilla Minus One at Boston Common (Imax Xenon), South Bay (Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (Imax Laser)
  • Landmark Kendall Square picks up a second Netflix preview to go with May December, with Leave the World Behind featuring Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke, and Mahershala Ali colliding at an AirBNB during what may be a massive cyberattack.

    Tuesday's "Thanks for Hanks" show is Sleepless in Seattle, and the Yórgos Lánthimos movie on Wednesday the 29th is the Lobster.
  • Thanksgiving is not an Indian holiday, so Apple Fresh Pond opens their movies on the usual Friday schedule, with four new ones: Dhruva Natchathiram Chapter 1: Yuddha Kaandam is a Tamil-language action movie starring Vikram as an undercover cop in New York trying to rescue his unit's captain; Sound Party is a Telugu-language family comedy about a not-so-bright father/son pair whose restaurant is being shut down; Aadikeshava (also at Boston Common) is an action movie whose hero has a chirpy lady sidekick; Kota bommali PS, also in Telugu, has three cops framed for murder. The latter two only play through Sunday.

    Telugu slasher Mangalavaaram wraps at Fresh Pond on Wednesday, Kannada-language drama Sapta Sagaradaache Ello - Side B and Tiger 3 play Fresh Pond through Thursday, the latter sticking around Boston Common for the next week.

    Vietnamese drama Song of the South (Dat Rung Phuong Nam) plays at South Bay; it may raise eyebrows from its English name, but it's based on a fairly well-known book by Doan Gioi about a kid in the colonial period seeking his missing father.
  • The Brattle Theatre has a special screening of the new restoration of JFK assassination documentary Rush to Judgment on Wednesday, as well as the end of their "Give Thanks to Tupac" series, Poetic Justice.

    On Thanksgiving, they kick off "Lost in Alphaville", which looks at the overlap between science fiction and film noir, starting with a double feature of Alphaville itself & Blade Runner: The Final Cut on Thursday & Friday, Kiss Me Deadly on Saturday (second feature Split Second is unfortunately canceled), The Anderson Tapes (35mm) & The Conversation on Sunday, The Net (35mm) & Johnny Mnemonic (the new B&W version) on Monday, Ex Machina on Tuesday, Seconds & Possessor next Wednesday, and Caché (35mm) & Lost Highway next Wednesday.

    There's also a free "Elements of Cinema" show of Real Women Have Curves on Tuesday, playing on 35mm with post-film discussion.
  • The Somerville Theatre picks up what is presumably the 35mm print of The Holdovers that has been playing at the Coolidge (after playing a preview at the Somerville), and will be using it for their shows Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and probably just those four days - there's a concert Friday, and then it looks like they're making the main room ready for The Slutcracker. They also have a 35mm screening of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure on Saturday afternoon, with clips from Pee-Wee's Playhouse before and a big post-screening show upstairs at the Crystal Ballroom, including comedy, drag, and live music.
  • The Museum of Science has Oppenheimer on the dome on Friday and Saturday evenings, with "The Heart of New England", "Jane Goodall - Reasons for Hope", "Everest", and "Train Time" taking the other slots.
  • The Harvard Film Archive is dark while the students are on break, but returns Monday with an "Under the Underground - The Visionary Cinema of Kanai Katsu", show of Good-Bye on 35mm.
  • Bright Lights is also off on Thanksgiving night, but returns on the 30th with Lakota Nation vs The United States with post-film discussion. Free and open to the public.
  • The Alamo Drafthouse Seaport shows every time as sold out through Sunday, although I suppose it's possible some may open up, because there are whole rows not being sold for most of these shows as they staff up. In addition to the wide releases, their calendar shows the new restoration of Fulci's The House by the Cemetery on Friday & Saturday, a brunch show of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on Sunday, and Fantasia selection A Disturbance in the Force (a documentary on the Star Wars Holiday Special) on Tuesday & Wednesday, and the start of a run of one I really liked at Fantasia, Raging Grace, on Thursday.
  • The Lexington Venue is open Friday to Sunday with Napoleon and The Holdovers.

    The West Newton Cinema picks up Napoleon and Saltburn, keeping The Holdovers, Trolls: Band Together, Eras (Thursday to Sunday), and Barbie (no show Thanksgiving).

    The Luna Theater has Weirdo Wednesdays on the 22nd & 29th, Elf on Friday the 24th and Sunday, and Priscilla on Saturday.

    Cinema Salem is open Wednesday to Monday with Trolls Band Together and Thanksgiving. The Marvels and Priscilla play Wednesday and Thursday, with The Holdovers and Napoleon opening Friday. Friday also has a Night Light show of C.H.U.D..
Quick trip to Maine on Thursday, but around that, Napoleon in 70mm, Wish, Saltburn, May December, Alphaville, The Anderson Tapes, Leave the World Behind, and maybe Johnny Mnemonic

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