Friday, March 22, 2024

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 22 March 2024 - 28 March 2024

Not only is it BUFF weekend, but there's some good BUFF-adjacent
  • The Boston Underground Film Festival continues through Sunday at The Brattle Theatre, with local film package "The Dunwich Horrors", Off Ramp, Sleep, and the "Trigger Warning" shorts on Friday; music video package "Sound + Vision", Tiger Stripes, "Friendship Is Magic" shorts, The Becomers, In a Violent Nature, and Infested on Saturday; wrapping with shorts blocks "How You Living?" and "Sometimes Always", With Love and a Major Organ, Omen, and Boy Kills World on Sunday.

    After that, from Monday to Wednesday, is Polish animated film The Peasants. It's from the makers of Loving Vincent, a rotoscoped adaptation of a thousand-page novel about an independent-minded girl in a small village (it also plays Boston Common Sunday afternoon/Wednesday evening, and all week at the Dedham Community Theatre). There's also a free "Elements of Cinema" show of Ratcatcher on Tuesday, while Thursday is the first night of "Cinema Ritrovato On Tour", with a new 4K restoration (for its 100th anniversary!) of Charlie Chaplin-directed drama A Woman of Paris and Thelma & Louise.
  • Having played BUFF on Wednesday, Immaculate opens at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Causeway Street, Kendall Square, the Seaport, South Bay, and Assembly Row. It's a nicely-mounted "virgin American nun in a foreign land is somehow pregnant" movie starring Sydney Sweeney that some folks in the preview audience liked a lot more than I did. The Sunday evening show in the Seaport has a live Q&A with director Michael Mohan.

    Late Night With the Devil probably would have played BUFF with a different release schedule, but it's a pretty terrific little horror movie presented as the special Halloween episode of a 1970s talk show including what happened behind the scenes during ad breaks, with David Dastmalchian as the host trying to compete with Carson by bringing a possessed child and her caretaker on. It's at Boston Common and Causeway Street.

    The big opening, though, is Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the latest legacyquel brings Egon Spengler's daughter and grandkids back to New York where they must come together with the original team and some new folks to fight a monster who can make one's blood run so cold you freeze to death, further sliding it toward an "adventure with jokes" franchise versus "comedy with effects". It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), CinemaSalem, Boston Common (including Dolby Cinema), Causeway Street, Kendall Square, the Seaport (including Atmos), South Bay (including Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Laser & Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    The third Pixar film which went straight to Disney+ during the pandemic, Luca, plays Boston Common. Love Lies Bleeding, already playing the Coolidge, the Somerville, Kendall Square, CinemaSalem, Boston Common, Causeway Street, the Seaport, and Assembly Row, expands to Fresh Pond, the Lexington Venue, and South Bay.

    There's an AMC Scream Unseen preview on Monday at Boston Common, Causeway Street, Assembly Row. Public domain cash-in Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 plays South Bay, Assembly Row Tuesday to Thursday and Boston Common (Wednesday/Thursday). The weekly A24 return to screen is Ex Machina, playing Wednesday in Imax at Jordan's, Boston Common, South Bay, and Assembly Row.
  • Exhuma has been a big hit in South Korea, featuring Choi Min-Sik in a story of strange things happening around a grave being excavated. It's at Boston Common and Causeway Street.

    Vietnamese romance Mai, featuring Phuong Anh Dao as a woman looking for a new start, plays Causeway Street, South Bay; it is, apparently, the biggest box-office hit of all time in its native country.

    It's mostly very short runs for the Indian films opening at Apple Fresh Pond this week. Telugu-language fantasy comedy Om Bheem Bush is booked through Thursday, while Hindi-language biographical drama Swatantrya Veer Savarkar plays Friday night, Malayalam-language thriller Anchakkallakokkan plays Saturday and Sunday, and Marathi-language family film Amaltash plays Saturday only. Shaitaan is held over at Fresh Pond and Boston Common, with Yodha also continuing on the Common.

    Chinese film YOLO continues at Causeway Street and Boston Common.

    There's a Rascal Does not Dream double feature at South Bay, Assembly Row on Sunday (subbed) & Monday (dubbed), with two short features (Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out & Rascal Does Not Dream of a Knapsack Kid) playing back to back. Also playing from Japan are Perfect Days at the Coolidge, Kendall Square, and Luna Lowell; and The Boy and the Heron still at Fresh Pond and West Newton.
  • The Alamo Seaport has one show a day of Riddle of Fire (two on Wednesday), a throwback to 1980s movies set in the present day where three kids set out on adventures that range from getting the newest gaming console to finding special eggs for a secret formula. The rep calendar has the re-release of Kumiko The Treasure Hunter on Sunday and Thursday, Only Lovers Left Alive on Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday, and The Crow on Monday & Tuesday.
  • The Embassy in Waltham is the easiest place to see documentary William Shatner: You Can Call Me Bill, a documentary looking at Shatner's eventful career and life, right up to traveling to low earth orbit (and apparently being less awed than most) in his 90s, playing Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday. It's got more extensive bookings at some of the more far-flung multiplexes, but those are some hikes on the bus.
  • The Somerville Theatre has multiple double features this week! "Attack of the B-Movies" is on Sunday afternoon this time around, with Beyond the Time Barrier & Not of This Earth. The Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid series has a second chance to start on Monday (there were apparently print issues last week) with two from Billy Wilder on 35mm film, Double Indemnity & The Lost Weekend. They also kick off "A Tale of Two Studios" saluting MGM & Columbia's 100th anniversaries, starting in the silent era with HE Who Gets Slapped & The Blood Ship, the latter on 35mm film, and both accompanied by Jeff Rapsis. Just one Yacht Rock movie on Thursday, with FM on the main screen.

    The Capitol picks up Italian Oscar nominee Io Capitano, and also continues their rep series: The Friday/Monday Capitol Crimes show is David Mamet's Heist (with a heck of a cast including Gene Hackman, Danny Devito, Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay, and Rebecca Pidgeon, with The Long Kiss Goodnight doing "Good for Her!" on Saturday & Tuesday, plus the monthly Disasterpiece Theater VHS-fest on Monday..
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre mostly keeps the same line-up as last week, though it's worth noting that Dune 2 is no longer playing on 70mm film there. Repertory programs include a couple midnight movies inspired by video game aesthetics, with Sucker Punch playing Friday and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on Saturday, both on 35mm. For kids, The Mitchells vs the Machines plays Saturday morning Sunday's marathon presentation of The Lord of the Rings extended editions on 35mm is sold out, but they'll be doing it again on the 31st. Monday's Big Screen Debut is The Virgin Suicides on 35mm, with Lesley University professor Ingrid Stobbe offering a pre-film seminar; there's a National Night of Science on Screen presentaiton of Werner Herzog's Theater of Thought, with neural engineer Polina Anikeeva (interviewed in the film) there to introduce it; Nobuhiko Obayashi's House on 35mm Wednesday, and a Big Screen Classic show of The Third Man on Thursday. Also on Thursday is Leave No Trace, with director Debra Granik in person.

    And, at some point during this week, you're going to have to start lining up and getting your tickets in the back, because the new expansion is opening! Wednesday has the first listings of "MH5" and "MH6" on the website, with screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Wizard of Oz in the new rooms (though they appear to be sold out except for the 4pm Oz). It's going to be very exciting seeing what a couple more screens at the Coolidge will mean for the moviegoing options here!
  • Landmark Kendall Square is mostly opening the mainstream releases this week (part of why we need those two new screens at the Coolidge), but has a "New Hollywood" presentation of Nashville on Tuesday and music doc Hate to Love: Nickelback on Wednesday (also at Boston Common, Assembly Row).
  • The Harvard Film Archive welcomes 2024 McMillan-Stewart Fellow Jean-PIerre Bekolo' this weekend; he will be present in person for Q&As after Aristotle's Plot (on 35mm) Friday and Miraculous Weapons on Saturday, also introducing Le PrĂ©sident on Sunday. On Monday, they begin their Martin Rejtman series with a 35mm print of Rapado, preceded by his short film "Shakti".

    Joe's Free Films also shows The Last Human, a documentary about the discovery of some of the earliest traces of life on Earth in Greenland as well as contemporary life there, playing the school's Geological Lecture Hall with director Ivato Frank on Saturday, Soup & Ideology with director Yang Yonghi at the Tsai Auditorium Tuesday & Wednesday, Rock Paper Grenade with director Iryna Tsilyk at the Tsai Auditorium Tuesday, and Two Poets and a River at the Harvard Art Museum on Wednesday. RSVP required in most cases (information on the calendar).
  • Immersive Documentary 32 Sounds plays the The ICA on Friday and Saturday evenings in its "live cinema" form, with director Sam Green providing live narration and JD Samson performing live music.

  • Belmont World Film begins their annual International Film Series on Monday with The Queen of My Dreams, a coming of age film split between two time periods, finding parallels between the youths of a Canadian girl and her Pakistan-born mother. Writer/director Fawzia Mirza will Zoom in for a Q&A after the film
  • The Midweek Music Movies and More show at The Regent Theatre this Wednesday is A Table of Our Own, a documentary on the intersection of the Black community and psychedelia.
  • Bright LIghts has King Coal in the Bright Screening Room of the Paramount Theater on Thursday, with director/Emerson grad Elaine McMillion Sheldon on-hand for a Q&A. I quite liked this look at how coal mining is so central to life in Appalachia as to almost be a religion when I saw it at IFFBoston last year.
  • The Museum of Science has Mad Max: Fury Road on the Omnimax dome as part of its Woman's History Month celebrations on Friday & Saturday nights, with Dune: Part Two extended a few weekends after that (the last weekend of March is sold out, but there are seats for April 5th/6th/12th/13th).
  • The Lexington Venue is open Friday to Sunday and Thursday with One Life, The Taste of Things and Love Lies Bleeding..

    The West Newton Cinema has one last presentation of the Oscar Live-Action Shorts on Sunday and also picks up Cabrini. Poor Things, The Zone of Interest (Saturday/Sunday), Kung Fu Panda 4, Dune: Part Two, American Fiction, Wonka (Saturday/Sunday), The Boy and the Heron (no show Thursday), and The Holdovers are, as they say, held over. Closed Monday.

    The Luna Theater has Perfect Days Friday and Saturday, Little Shop of Horrors on Saturday, Charade on Sunday, and a Weirdo Wednesday show.

    Cinema Salem has Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, Dune: Part Two, and Love Lies Bleeding from Friday to Monday. There's a Night LIght show of Bruce Lee's The Way of the Dragon on Friday, and they are also one of the venues for the Salem Film Festival, running through Sunday with films and events at CinemaSalem, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the National Park Service.
I am obviously living at the Brattle through Sunday, although it seems like I'll have to make a side trip to see Exhuma because I'm not sure I can count on it being around next weekend and I want to do Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, The Peasants, HE Who Gets Slapped, The Blood Ship, and A Woman of Paris. I guess it's a good thing I saw two of them in Montreal and have an early opening on Saturday!

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