While films are available on multiple platforms (see below) listed here are the latest offerings to purchase from local theaters, sales that will help support local struggling institutions.
COOLIDGE CORNER THEATER
Coolidge Corner, Brookline
One sunny day, four young strangers—Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura—meet by chance at a crematorium. They have all recently lost their parents, but none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies, devoid of all emotion. Alone in the world at 13 years old with no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, our protagonists dress themselves in scraps from a garbage dump, track down musical instruments, and decide to form a kick-ass band. They call themselves LITTLE ZOMBIES. This is a story about their quest to retrieve their ability to feel. Tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami.
The first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for change in America today: early childhood education.
On Tuesday, July 14 at 8pm EST, join us for a panel discussion about the film featuring Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, co-founder of Neighborhood Villages .
It has been a long time since Caine, Bronson, Angus and Wendell, AKA, ‘The Chain Breakers,’ escaped the torturous Vietnamese POW camp. They now find themselves sharing a new prison, The Hogan Hills Retirement Home for Returned Veterans. Each of the boys has an unrealised dream they want to achieve. So they band together to devise a plan to escape this new hell. But the rules of engagement have changed, in fact, they can’t even remember what they were and that’s half the problem. NEVER TOO LATE is a cross between Grumpy Old Men and The Great Escape, about four mates reconciling after years apart to teach each other that it’s never too late to chase your dreams
SEMINAR: DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST
Thu, July 16 at 8 p.m. 1 Hour
Kyéra Sterling leads this virtual seminar on Julie Dash’s singular contribution to Black cinema.
THE BRATTLE THEATRE
Harvard Square, Cambridge
Two teenage boys living in Scotland in 1994, best friends with no control over their lives, risk everything to attend an illegal rave, hoping for the best night of their boring lives.
“Convincingly set in 1994 that it feels like it was made 26 years ago, Brian Welsh’s Beats is a burn-it-all-down bildungsroman about a country in transition and the kids who’ll be left behind; an ecstasy-fueled barnstormer that somehow manages to thread the needle between “Trainspotting” and “Superbad.” (Indiewire)
Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition. Shanghai Triad may be the last — and is certainly the least powerful — of the collaborations between the Chinese director Zhang Yimou and the gifted actress Gong Li. It is the story of a gang boss in ’30s Shanghai and his willful, troublesome mistress; events are seen through the eyes of a small boy from the country who loses his innocence over the period of eight bloody days.
Arts Fuse review of the trio of films.
SOMERVILLE AND CAPITAL THEATER SCHEDULES
Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband.
Amateur filmmakers from around the world filmed their beloved cats during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
Using interviews and rare archival footage, chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded 16 minute discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey
In an isolated town in rural Florida, four teens experience the joys and heartbreaks of their last year in high school.
After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child
Around the country, theaters are offering varied streaming programming — along with staff recommendations.
- Hollywood at Home Recommendations from Portland Oregon
- Violet Crown Austin
- Hiway Theater in Jenkinstown Pennsylvania
- Cinema Arts Center in Fairfax Virginia
— Tim Jackson