05/16/2014 – 05/22/2014

FRIDAY, MAY 16

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ROBOCOP    10PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1987    102 mins.    DCP

It’s an extrapolation of Dirty Harry — the policeman as literal killing machine — that feels closer in tone to Repo Man than it does to anything in the Schwarzenegger/Stallone catalogues. We’ve yet to build a drone fighter with as much personality as Phil Tippett’s uncannily fake-looking ED-209, which kicks and screams like a giant angry baby when it tips over in the stairwell, but I’m sure it’s coming.” – Alex Pappademas, Grantland

 

UGETSU    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1953    96 mins.    35mm

“One might say that Mizoguchi’s detached, accepting eye also resembles that of a ghost, looking down on mortal confusions, ambitions, vanities, and regrets. While all appearances are transitory and unstable in his world, there is also a powerfully anchoring stillness at its core, a spiritual strength no less than a virtuoso artistic focus. Ugetsu is a timeless masterpiece.” – Phillip Lopate, The Criterion Collection

 

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS    4:30PM    At Museum of Fine Arts. 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115    1944    114 mins.    35mm

“An ambitious nostalgia piece with a broad emotional palette, Meet Me In St. Louis is bright and funny. But the frustration of children, powerless in a world made for adults, gives the movie a darker shade. Minnelli frequently frames his characters through windows, which, along with the shallow depth of field, creates a diorama effect, boxing up the past like a Christmas window display.” – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

 

THE MUSIC MAN    7PM    At Museum of Fine Arts. 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115    1962    151 mins.    35mm

“The rich, ripe roundness of it, the lush amalgam of the many elements of successful American show business that Mr. Willson brought together on the stage, has been preserved and appropriately made rounder and richer through the magnitude of film. The candid naïveté of the whole thing may disgust some sophisticates, but it is sure to delight the general audience.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

 

POSSESSION    11:59PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1981    123 mins.    35mm

“To call it overwrought would be an understatement. Andrzej Żuławski’s 1981 masterpiece, butchered upon its original American release and relegated to spurious video-nasty circulation, is now returning in all its hysterical glory. It’s all like a fast-forwarded Ingmar Bergman film on bad acid; Scenes from a Marriage as played in a home-made abattoir.” – Michał Oleszczyk, RogerEbert.com

 

THE ROOM    11:59PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    2003    90 mins.    35mm

“Tommy Wiseau thrust his flexing naked ass into the psyches of cult-film lovers with a disturbing yet strangely hypnotic ferocity. He opened up the Pandora’s box of his warped imaginationand bats and ghosts and spiders and other creepy-crawlies of the psychological variety flew out with such insane force and intensity that a decade later, we as a culture are still asking, ‘What the fuck was that?’” – Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve

 

CLUE    11:59PM    At Kendall Square Cinema. 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge MA 02139    1985    97 mins.    Digital Video

“Since none of these events have the slightest significance, the filmmakers have attempted to make Clue into a screwball comedy, with lots of throwaway gags and one liners. Some of these moments of comedy are funny. Most are not. I walked out of the theater arguing about where to have lunch.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

SATURDAY, MAY 17

Oykui

OYUKI THE VIRGIN    9PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1935    78 mins.    35mm

“In film after film Mizoguchi explores this paradox, of the woman who achieves the highest moral standing by descending to the lowest point of the social scale. This is a theme he often drapes in Christian imagery: a woodcut of a Madonna and child appears under the opening credits of Oyuki the Virgin, a 1935 story of a geisha who offers herself to an army officer to save the lives of a group of ungrateful bourgeois travelers.” – Dave Kehr, The New York Times 

 

SISTERS OF THE GION    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1936    96 mins.    35mm

“Widely considered one of Kenji Mizoguchi’s finest prewar films, the movie takes a realistic look at the life of a geisha in Kyoto’s Gion district. As in much of his oeuvre, Mizoguchi shows a deep sensitivity towards the plight of women in society and, as in much of his postwar work, he emphasizes the inevitability of fate.” – Jonathan Crow, The New York Times

 

ROBOCOP    10PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1987    102 mins.    DCP

See above.

 

POSSESSION    11:59PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1981    123 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

CLUE    11:59PM    At Kendall Square Cinema. 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge MA 02139    1985    97 mins.    Digital Video

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SUNDAY, MAY 18

Spartacus

SPARTACUS    2PM    At AMC Loews Boston Common. 175 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111    1960    197 mins.    DCP

Spartacus works as both a satirical attack on McCarthyism and a celluloid battle cry for the civil rights movement. A sword-and-sandal epic of unusual intelligence, artistry and blood-boiling excitement, Spartacus offers ample reason to thank Kirk Douglas for showing that a great popcorn movie can come out of blatant, spiteful bitterness. Suck it, William Wyler!” – Craig D. Lindsey, Nashville Scene

 

STREET OF SHAME    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1956    87 mins.    35mm

“With a quasi-Brechtian ferocity, Mizoguchi likens marriage to free prostitution with housework thrown in, sees capitalism as an official form of whoring, and considers the red-light district to be the corrupt government’s substitute for social programs. For his last film, he sharpens his style to confront a coarsened world in which his earlier lyricism has little place.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

 

UGETSU    5PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1953    96 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

ROBOCOP    10PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1987    102 mins.    DCP

See above.

 

MONDAY, MAY 19

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BIG    7PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1988        104 mins.    35mm

Hanks’ performance captures both Josh’s initial excitement and his creeping disillusionment as the responsibilities of adult life start to weigh on him. It’s a funny, bittersweet film that opens as a cautionary tale about growing up too fast, but deepens into a movie about the unplumbable gulf between childhood and adulthood, and what it feels like to stand on either side, wishing for a way over.” – Keith Phipps, The Dissolve

 

UTAMARO AND HIS FIVE WOMEN    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1946    95 mins.    35mm

“Picasso’s Le Chef d’oeuvre inconnu is the key image, trenchantly enhanced when Utamaro uses Iizuka’s bare back as a canvas — a Japanese feminist’s self-aware ode to all the heroines who have carried the famed male gaze on their shoulders. Minnelli has Lust for Life and Rivette has La Belle Noiseuse, but nothing beats Mizoguchi’s own analysis.” – Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21

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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN    7PM    At Museum of Fine Arts. 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115    1952    103 mins.    35mm

Faced with the unenviable task of building a movie around Brown and Freed’s dated songs, Comden and Green hit upon the idea of making the film a nostalgic period piece, a move that allowed them to gently send up the songs’ Tin Pan Alley corniness while reveling in their simple power. Singin’ In The Rain inventively satirizes the illusions of the filmmaking process while celebrating their life-affirming joy.” – Nathan Rabin, The A.V. Club

 

SPARTACUS    2PM & 7PM    At AMC Loews Boston Common. 175 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111    1960    197 mins.    DCP

 

THURSDAY, MAY 22

The Music Man

THE MUSIC MAN    4:00PM    At Museum of Fine Arts. 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115    1962    151 mins.    35mm

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MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS    7:00PM    At Museum of Fine Arts. 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115    1944    114 mins.    35mm

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