Friday, December 22, 2023

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 22 December 2023 - 28 December 2023

Me earlier this week: "I've fallen behind watching some stuff but I should still have a little time to catch up since a whole bunch of nothing has come out the past few weeks and the pattern will probably continue, letting them stick around."

Studios: Here's six new movies on Friday, another three on Christmas, and some Chinese & Indian imports on top of that, so clear everything else off those screens!

  • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is likely the last DC Comics movie spinning out of Zack Snyder's Superman & Justice League pictures, and the fourth to come out this year, although Warner Brothers is relaunching the whole thing under James Gunn's eye soon enough. This one reunites director James Wan with star Jason Momoa and much of the cast of the first, with Black Manta targeting Atlantis with a magical superweapon. It's at The Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax 2D/3D), Boston Common (including Imax Xenon 2D & 3D, Dolby Cinema 2D/RealD 3D), Causeway Street, (including RealD 3D), the Seaport (including 3D0, South Bay (including Imax Xenon 2D & 3D/Colby Cinema 2D/RealD 3d), Assembly Row (including Imax Laser 2D & 3D/Dolby Cinema 2D/RealD 3D), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    The next-biggest opening on Friday is Anyone But You, starring Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell as two people who have a rotten blind date but later find themselves thrown together at a friend's wedding and decide to fake being a couple. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Causeway Street, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    For the kids, there's Migration, the latest animated film from Illumination which follows a family of ducks getting lost the first time they try to leave the pond that has been their only home. It's at the Capital, Fresh Pond, West Newton, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema 2D/RealD 3D), Causeway Street (including RealD 3D), the Seaport (including 3D), South Bay (including Dolby Cinema 2D/RealD 3D), Assembly Row (including Dolby Cinema 2D/RealD 3D), Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    The last wide release opening Friday is The Iron Claw, which stars Zac Efron as one of wrestling's Von Erich brothers, whose signature move made them famous though the family was laid low by tragedy and an ambitious father/coach. It's at The Somerville Theatre, Fresh Pond, CinemaSalem, Boston Common, Causeway Street, Kendall Square, the Seaport, South Bay, and Assembly Row.

    Poor Things also expands on Friday, adding the Somerville, the Seaport, Arsenal Yards, the Lexington Venue,The Embassy, and West Newton to its runs at the Coolidge, Kendall Square, and Boston Common.

    Arsenal Yards has a "Polar Express Pajama Party" Saturday morning.

    On Monday, Christmas Day, there are three major openings. Ferrari comes from director Michael Mann and stars Adam driver as the former racer turned automaker whose business and life were posed to implode in 1957. It's at the Somerville, Fresh Pond, CinemaSalem, Boston Common. Causeway Street, Kendall Square, the Seaport, South Bay, and Assembly Row.

    Also opening Monday is The Color Purple, which adapts the stage musical based upon Alice Walker's book, starring Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Fantasia Barrino, H.E.R., Halle Bailey, and more. It's at the Capital, Fresh Pond, CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Causeway Street, Kendall Square, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    The final wide release on Monday is The Boys in the Boat, playing at the Capital, Boston Common, Causeway Street, Kendall Square, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, the Embassy, and Chestnut Hill; George Clooney directs Joel Edgerton in the story about college students in Washington State who joined the rowing team for tuition and board and make their way to the Olympics despite starting as rank novices.
  • Landmark Kendall Square, the Coolidge, and Boston Common open American Fiction on Friday; it stars Jeffrey Wright as a writer whose career is stalled until he writes the stereotypical Black book people expect.

    Kendall Square also opens a Netflix release on Friday, Society of the Snow, with director J.A. Bayona taking on the story of a 1972 airplane crash that stranded 45 people in the Andes.
  • On top of all that, The Coolidge Corner Theatre opens IFFBoston Fall Focus selection Fallen Leaves on Friday; it's the fourth in a thematic trilogy of working class tales by Aki Kaurismäki (sometimes, you circle back around)this one involving two Helsinki residents who meet one night and try to reconnect. It's in the Goldscreen, so get one of the 14 tickets for its shows early!

    The Coolidge has two midnight shows on Friday - a 35mm print of Buffalo 66 and a digital restoration of Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 - and a 35mm print of Beyond the Black Rainbow on Saturday. Saturday and Sunday also feature early shows of The Muppet Christmas Carol.
  • The big Indian opening this week is Salaar Part 1: Cease Fire, a Telugu-language film (also screening in Hindi) starring Prabhas as a gang leader who vows to a dying friend that he will eliminate the other gangs; it's at Fresh Pond and Boston Common . Also opening semi-wide at Fresh Pond and Boston Common is Dunki, a Hindi-language comedy starring Shah Rukh Khan as one of a group of Bengali friends seeking to visit the UK despite not having visas, only to find getting home is more difficult. It's at Fresh Pond. Apple Fresh Pond also opens Neru, a Malayalam-language drama about a blind woman having difficulty finding justice through the legal system. Animal continues at Boston Common (through Sunday).

    Chinese crime drama Endless Journey opens at Causeway Street, starring Zhang Yi as the leader of a team of disgraced detectives who, after being sentenced to prison for killing a suspect during an interrogation, set their sights on the member of the gang who got away. If you can make it out to the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers, they have Chinese locked-room mystery The Invisible Guest for one show a day.

    From Japan, Godzilla Minus One continues at Fresh Pond, CinemaSalem, Boston Common, Causeway Street, South Bay, Assembly Row; The Boy and the Heron at the Coolidge, the Somerville (dubbed through Sunday), the Capital (subtitled through Sunday), Fresh Pond, CinemaSalem (dubbed only), Boston Common, Causeway Street, the Seaport, South Bay (dubbed only), Assembly Row (subtitled only), Arsenal Yards (through Sunday), and the Embassy (dubbed only through Sunday). Kore-Eda's Monster has two afternoon shows at Boston Common on Friday and Saturday

    Korean hit 12.12: The Day continues at Causeway Street.
  • The Brattle Theatre marks the 25th anniversary of the Reconstructed Version of Touch of Evil by bringing it back on 35mm Friday and Saturday. As per usual, they are closed Christmas Eve, then begin the latest Warner 100 series, "Warner Brothers in the '80s: Enter the Blockbuster", with Gremlins & Lethal Weapon on Monday; it continues with The Shining on Tuesday, Crossing Delancey & Private Benjamin on Wednesday (both on 35mm film), and Beetlejuice on Thursday.
  • The Alamo Drafthouse Seaport is packed pretty solid with new releases, with the rep calendar showing Thief on Friday, Miami Vice on Saturday & Wednesday, It's a Wonderful LIfe and Elf on Sunday, and Carol on Monday, but all sold out. Maybe they'll staff up to the point where they can use the whole theater and folks can go to something on relative impulse and free up some seats soon, though.
  • The Regent Theatre has sing-along shows of White Christmas on Saturday and The Sound of Music Tuesday to Thursday, with costume contests and goodie bags for the latter.
  • The ICA has two free (with museum admission) Kids Flicks programs from the New York International Children's FIlm Festival on Saturday and Sunday - an international program for ages 5 and up at 11am and a Latinx-focused ¡Hola Cine! show at 1pm for ages 8 and up.
  • Two more weekends of The Museum of Science continues showing Oppenheimer on the dome on Friday and Saturday evenings through the end of the year.
  • The Lexington Venue is open all week (except Christmas) with Poor Things, Maestro, and Trolls: Band Together.

    The West Newton Cinema gets Migration and Poor Things on Friday, keeping Wonka, Maestro, Saltburn (no show Sunday/Monday), and The Holdovers. Note that they're apparently only doing matinees on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

    The Luna Theater has Dream Scenario Friday, taking the holiday off until Weirdo Wednesday.

    Cinema Salem is open all week with Wonka The Iron Claw, The Boy and the Heron (through Sunday), Godzilla Minus One (through Sunday), Ferrari (opening Monday), and The Color Purple (opening Monday). They haveRare Exports: A Christmas Tale on Friday night, and Scrooged on Saturday.
Not saying that I'm taking the week between Christmas and New Year's off just to watch movies - my employers has a use-it-or-lose-it vacation situation, although I think the state may override that - but that's pretty much what I'll be up to. Heck, might even get out to Danvers!

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