Go to a Brattle ‘Freakscene’ about Dinosaur Jr., tune into a brand new ‘Firestarter,’ buddy up in Davis



Movie Forward is a weekly column highlighting particular occasions and repertory programming for the discerning Camberville filmgoer. It additionally contains capsule opinions of movies that aren’t function reviewed. 


Remembering Ray Liotta

Iconic heavy Ray Liotta died final week in his sleep whereas filming a film within the Dominican Republic. It was a stunning loss. Liotta started his profession on daytime soaps and was recruited by buddy Melanie Griffith for his function debut taking part in a relentless, jealous husband in Jonathan Demme’s deviously darkish comedy “One thing Wild” (1986). He was Shoeless Joe Jackson within the Kevin Costner baseball odyssey “Discipline of Goals” (1989) and in addition stretched past trademark powerful man roles as caretaker to a brother (Tom Hulce) in “Dominick and Eugene” (1988) and as Adam Driver’s straight-talking lawyer in “Marriage Story” (2019). His profession would crest along with his starring function reverse Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese’s mob magnum opus “Goodfellas” in 1990. One other nice Liotta flip I would level you to for appreciation could be Andrew Dominick’s “Killing Them Softly” (2012, on Hulu and Netflix), during which Liotta’s Markie Trattman runs high-stakes poker video games for the mob down in ol’ New Orleans. The novel it’s primarily based on, by George V. Higgins, had the motion set in Boston again in 1974. Higgins additionally penned “The Pals of Eddie Coyle,” which in 1973 bought tailored into the best Boston crime film – if not the most effective Boston film – of all time. The solid of “Killing Them Softly” contains Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Sam Shepard and Brad Pitt as a mob-contracted enforcer. Liotta grew up in Newark, New Jersey, so it’s becoming that one in all his final movies was “The Many Saints of Newark” (2021, on HBO Max). The “Sopranos” origin story (one other Gandolfini tie-in) has Liotta taking part in very totally different twin brothers (one behind bars, one not) and giving one in all his most interesting performances; many thought it was Oscar worthy, together with this man.


Native focus

There’s a one-off screening of “Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr.” (2021) for Dinosaur Jr. followers on Tuesday at The Brattle Theatre. Philipp Virus’ doc is an intimate look again on the seminal Massachusetts alt-rock band that formed the music of the period and their dysfunctional methods. Later within the week The Brattle kicks off “The Pop-Artwork Cinema of the Wachowski Sisters” with a loading of “The Matrix” trilogy-plus-one. Enjoying in chronological order, the Neo and Trinity alternate-reality hacker sequence kicks off Friday with the genre-redefining “The Matrix” (1999), repeating Saturday and joined by “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” (each 2003) and the lately launched “The Matrix Resurrections” (2021). The three sequels additionally play Sunday.

“Reunion Week” screenings of Seventy fifth-, Fiftieth- and Twenty fifth-year movie anniversaries proceed this week with “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” (1947, Monday); Jennifer Lopez’s breakout “Selena” (1997, Monday); Gordon Parks Jr.’s wonderful blaxploitation crime drama steeped in soul and Curtis Mayfield tunes “Tremendous Fly” (1972, Wednesday); and Orson Welles’ “The Woman from Shanghai” (1947, Thursday). Onerous to consider it’s been 75 years since Rita Hayworth’s femme fatale was refracted in that iconic corridor of mirrors.


The “Forgotten Filmmakers of the French New Wave” sequence wraps up this week on the Harvard Movie Archive with Jean Rouch’s have a look at a day within the lifetime of a schoolgirl in Paris, “The Punishment” (1962), and Jacques Panijel’s banned documentary “Octobre à Paris” (1962), which uncovered the violent crackdown on Algerian protesters in Paris through the Algerian Struggle. The movies play Friday. On Saturday it’s Nikos Papatakis’ “The Depths” (1963), an adaptation of Jean Genet’s controversial play “Les Bonnes,” about two sisters indentured to a rich household that doesn’t pay them, and on Sunday it’s Georges Franju’s “Judex” (1963) a remake of the equally named 1916 silent about an unscrupulous banker compelled to pay again these he swindled.


Oddball buddy crime dramas are on faucet for this week’s Onerous Boiled Double Characteristic on the Somerville Theater. “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (2005) has Robert Downey Jr. as a petty thief posing as an actor and Val Kilmer (terrific) because the personal detective employed by a movie firm to offer Downey gumshoe classes when solid as a PI. The movie, directed by Shane Black, who penned the “Deadly Weapon” movies and would direct Downey once more in “Iron Man 3,” is an ideal companion piece to his 2016 LA crime caper, “The Good Guys,” which streams free on Kanopy and pairs Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a sauced detective and a hatchet man. The opposite odd couple on display Wednesday in “The Ice Harvest” (2005) are John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton as losers who rob a financial institution on Christmas Eve. The movie, directed by “Ghostbuster” Harold Ramis, contains a wry script from Robert Benton (director of “No one’s Idiot”) and novelist Richard Russo (“Empire Falls”), adapting Scott Phillips’ novel. Should you want a cult comedy horror repair, there’s a screening Saturday of Kevin Connor’s “Motel Hell” (1980), the place the specialty meat at a down house farm ain’t beef or pork. Assume “The Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath” (1974) by means of “Little Store of Horrors” (1986).


In theaters and streaming

‘Firestarter’ (2022)

When critics and followers of the 1984 movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel got here out towards this Blumhouse Productions’ remake, Hollywood royalty and first Firestarter Drew Barrymore introduced help, endorsing an updating by screenwriter Scott Teems and director Keith Thomas that additionally departs some from its supply. After conducting MK-Extremely-type experiments, a sinister authorities company launches a hunt for 2 former topics and their pyrokinetic 8-year-old progeny, Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), who can burn a room down when she will get overemotional. The tiny terror attracts undesirable consideration after being bullied in school and retreats to the toilet to smoke, sans cigarettes. Charlie and her father (a zaddy Zac Efron) go on the run with murderer Rainbird (Michael Greyeyes, the saving grace of “Lady Walks Forward”) sizzling on their heels. The center act drags apart from Kurtwood Smith’s memorable cameo because the mad scientist (if he seems to be acquainted, it’s his indelible legal in “Robocop” pulling in your thoughts). When the lit match hits the tinder, the powered prodigy pulls no punches, making for a excessive physique depend as she turns the tables on the federal government’s goons, who devise a powerful gauntlet to seize her. So far as reboots go, this one has spark however flames out earlier than the ultimate credit roll. (Sarah Vincent) On Peacock.

Tom Meek is a author residing in Cambridge. His opinions, essays, quick tales and articles have appeared in WBUR’s The ARTery, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, The Charleston Metropolis Paper and SLAB literary journal. Tom can be a member of the Boston Society of Movie Critics and rides his bike all over the place.


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