Friday, June 28, 2024

Next Week in Tickets: Films playing Boston 28 June 2024 - 2 July 2024

Short-ish week with the holiday next week, and an odd one.
  • The big opening (for one value of big) is A Quiet Place: Day One, which has Pig director Michael Sarnoski jumping back to the alien invasion that set the series in motion, with Lupita Nyong'o as a woman in New York City when the aliens attracted to sound arrive. It's at the Capitol, Fresh Pond, Jordan's Furniture (Imax), Boston Common (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Causeway Street, Kendall Square, the Seaport (including Dolby Atmos), South Bay (including Imax Xenon/Dolby Cinema), Assembly Row (including Imax Laser/Dolby Cinema), Arsenal Yards (including CWX), and Chestnut Hill.

    Big in another dimension is Horizon: An American Saga Chapter 1, the first of two three-hour westerns directed by and starring Kevin Costner to be released this summer, with at least one more coming after that. It's almost like Costner is making a TV series that also gets released in theaters, but with a nifty ensemble cast. It's at Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Causeway Street, Kendall Square, the Seaport, South Bay, Assembly Row, Arsenal Yards, and Chestnut Hill.

    Also opening is Kinds of Kindness, which director Yorgos Lanthimos and Poor Things co-stars Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe (among others) must have made pretty soon after that film, telling multiple stories. It's at the Coolidge (mostly 35mm), the Somerville, Boston Common, Kendall Square, the Seaport, and Assembly Row.

    There's a Screen Unseen preview on Monday at Boston Common, Assembly Row, and non-surprise previews for Maxxxine at Boston Common on Monday. Dr. Seuss's The Lorax plays matinees at Boston Common, Causeway Street, and South Bay on Monday (and Wednesday). Arsenal Yards (barely) has the area's first screenings of Jaws on Monday and Tuesday.
  • IFFBoston films continue rolling out, with Janet Planet playing at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, the Somerville, Kendall Square, West Newton, CinemaSalem, and Boston Common. It features Julianne Nicholson as a single mother who is the only company for the 11-year-old girl at the center. Playwright Annie Baker writes and directs.

    Note that Kinds of Kindness is playing in 35mm when it's on the main screen, so some of the rep screenings will bump it. Not the midnights - 300 in 35mm and The Room on Friday and Sin City on Saturday - as they're too late, nor New Queer Cinema selection Go Fish on Sunday, but it will bump Big Screen Classic Speed on Monday and Godzilla '54 on Tuesday, which kicks off a month of "Godzilla vs the Coolidge" and features a seminar led by Jennifer Cullen.
  • The big Indian movie for the week, Kalki 2898-AD, opened on Wednesday with fancy preview shows and settles into more normal presentations this weekend; it's a Telugu-language film starring Prabhas as a bounty hunter in the world's last city whose latest job brings him face to face with with ancient gods returning as new avatars. It's at Fresh Pond (playing in Telugu/Hindi/Tamil), Boston Common (Telugu/Hindi), and South Bay (Telugu).

    Apple Fresh Pond also opens Jatt & Juliet 3, the latest Punjabi-language romantic comedy to feature Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru Bajwa in stories where a case takes cops from India to Canada, although descriptions make them sound more like variations on a theme than sequels. Chandu Champion is held over at Causeway Street.

    Blue Lock: Episode Nagi, a prequel to the anime series about an attempt to find Japan's greatest youth soccer player focusing on the backstory of a supporting character, opens at Boston Common, Causeway Street, South Bay, and Assembly Row. Volleyball anime Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle continues at Boston Common.

    Korean comedy Handsome Guys opens at Causeway Street just two days after it opened in its native land, featuring Lee Sung-min and Lee Hee-joon as two men who get a great deal on a house only to find there is an evil spirit of some sort in the basement.

    Vietnamese film Face Off 7: One Wish (not really part of a series) continues at South Bay.
  • There's more anime at Landmark Kendall Square as well, with The Imaginary, the latest from Studio Ponoc (the company formed by former Studio Ghibli folks when that appeared to be closing); it tells the tale of an imaginary friend arriving at a town where forgotten imaginary's live. Probably only getting a week before landing on Netflix.
  • The Brattle Theatre brings back BUFF standout Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person, featuring Sara Montpetit as a young (in vampire terms) Québèçoise nosferatu unable to bring herself to kill for her sustenance and Félix-Antoine Bénard as a bullied teenager, for shows Friday to Monday. It splits the screen with Flipside, with director Chris Wilcha examining his unfinished projects and hanging around his hometown record store.

    On Tuesday, they've got a 35mm double feature of X & Pearl, for those of us who have not yet caught up on Ti West's connected slashers starring Mia Goth before the third, Maxxxine, arrives next week.
  • The Somerville Theatre, Boston Common, West Newton open Daddio, a chamber piece with Dakota Johnson and Sean Penn share a conversation as the latter, a cabbie, drives the former into New York City from the airport.

    The Somerville also offers Re-Animator as the midnight special on Saturday, plus an "Attack of the B-Movies" double feature of Dracula vs Frankenstein & The Brain That Wouldn't Die on Sunday afternoon.

    The Capitol has their weekly collaboration with The 4th Wall & Digital Awareness on Friday, with bands Cape Crush, Circlebrooke, and No Good With Secrets on stage.
  • The Alamo rep calendar includes The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Saturday), Born on the Fourth of July (Sunday), License to Kill (Sunday), and I Know What You Did Last Summer (Monday/Tuesday).
  • The Museum of Fine Arts hosts the last night of RoxFIlm on Friday with a shorts package and Sing Sing. The festival continues online through Tuesday.
  • The Regent Theatre has their annual screenings of 1776 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • The Museum of Science still has open seats for Inside Out 2 on Fridays and Saturdays through 13 July.
  • The Lexington Venue has Ghostlight, Inside Out 2 and Thelma, and is open all week except for Monday.

    The West Newton Cinema opens Paradise, a Sri Lankan film starring Roshan Mathew and Darshana Rajendran as an Indian couple whose anniversary trip to the island takes an unexpected turn, as well as Daddio and The Old Oak, keeping Thelma, Beethoven's Nine: Ode to Humanity, Inside Out 2, If, and Wicked Little Letters (no show Friday).

    The Luna Theater has In a Violent Nature on Friday and Saturday; Hundreds of Beavers and I Saw the TV Glow on Saturday, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Sunday.

    Cinema Salem opens Janet Planet and continues Thelma, Inside Out 2, and I Saw the TV Glow through Monday. Friday's Night Light show is C.R.A.Z.Y., there's a screening of The Birdcage on Saturday, and a "Whodunnit" event on Sunday.

    If you can make it out to the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers, thriller A Sacrifice, a thriller featuring Aussies Eric Bana and Sadie Sink playing Americans in Berlin, opens there
  • Outdoor movies listed on the Joe's Free Films page for Friday are Migration at Boynton Yards in Somerville and Hidden Figures at the open space behind the MIT Museum
Is that blank spot on my Letterboxd map for Sri Lanka going to get me out to West Newton for Paradise? Probably not but it's tempting! In the meantime, I've got my eye on A Quiet Place Zero (had no idea it was the guy who did Pig!), Imaginary, Horizon, and Kinds of Kindness.

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