‘C’mon C’mon’ To The End Of The IFFB; See ‘Dune’; And Burn Through Some Folk Horror At The Brattle


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The Independent Film Festival Boston winds down its wonderful Fall Focus program this weekend at the Brattle Theatre with Sunday’s three hotly anticipated movies: “C’mon C’mon” from Mike Mills (“twentieth Century Ladies,” “Freshmen”), starring Joaquin Phoenix as a radio journalist on a cross-country journey along with his younger nephew, and “Petite Maman” from Céline Sciamma of “Portrait of a Girl on Fireplace” (2019), about two younger ladies who meet in the woods and uncover unusual connections. Furthering that theme of haunting ties, the fest concludes with Pedro (“Ladies on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Ache and Glory”) Almodóvar’s “Parallel Moms” (a sold-out space premiere), during which Milena Smit and Almodóvar common Penélope Cruz star as strangers a era aside who discover themselves linked by time collectively in a maternity ward.

The Brattle fires up its Halloween program this week with “Folk Horror Past the Wicker Man,” impressed by Robin Hardy’s 1973 cult traditional. The slate consists of the Monday space premiere of Kier-La Janisse’s documentary “Woodlands Darkish and Days Bewitched: A Historical past of Folk Horror,” a deep (three-hour) delve into the evolution and legacy of folk horror cinema. Amongst these chiming in is director Robert Eggers, who minimize his title on folk horror (“The Witch,” “The Lighthouse”). On Tuesday there’s Piers Haggard’s traditional interval piece chiller “The Blood on Devil’s Claw” (1971), during which the youngsters of an 18th century English village fall beneath the affect of demonic forces and behave accordingly. On the quirky, unintentionally camp facet there’s “The Lair of the White Worm” (1988) from Ken Russell (“Tommy,” “Altered States”) starring Amanda Donohoe, Catherine Oxenberg and Hugh Grant as these on the quest for the large snake of lore. The movie screens Wednesday – a movie in off its personal ingesting sport. Thursday brings to the display screen Chad Crawford Kinkle’s “Jug Face” (2013), during which worship at a pit in the woods generally brings therapeutic and happiness; different instances, very dangerous issues occur. On Friday the unique “Candyman” (1992) with Kasi Lemmons, Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen hits the display screen, adopted Saturday by Ari Aster’s artwork home horror hit “Hereditary” (2017). Aster’s characteristic debut about possession and inevitable destiny rivets, although it’s his follow-up, “Midsommar” (2019) that took lore gore to an entire new grim degree.

Be aware: The Brattle’s Covid coverage requires proof of vaccination or a current adverse take a look at outcome for admittance. 


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‘Dune’ (2021)

Stars 2.5Positive, it’s an enchancment over the 1984 misfire by David Lynch, however it doesn’t fairly shut the guide on the notion that “Dune” is unfilmable. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, a logical selection after sci-fi gos “Arrival” (2016) and “Blade Runner 2049” (2017), the movie seems to be nice in scope and atmospheric moodiness. It’s blessed with a proficient solid too, however like that 1984 movie the roles are tag strains and the characters by no means turn out to be a lot deeper than their screenplay summation; the man-boy warrior (Timothée Chalamet, who loses out to Kyle MacLachlan in the hair wars), the loyal guardians keen to die at a second’s discover (Jason Momoa and Josh Brolin) and so on. The intergalactic machinations to topple the noble Home of Atreides, the clan housesitting Arrakis, the barren planet of the title with coveted sources, by no means actually hits a convincing chord. Nor do the large sandworms patrolling the seas of desert or the Fremen, indigenous individuals routinely oppressed by imperial forces dropping into their yard to strip it of the priceless spice melange that permits spaceships to navigate at warp velocity. The movie’s a two-parter; right here’s hoping the subsequent chapter kicks up a little bit extra sand. At Landmark Kendall Sq. Cinema, 355 Binney St., Kendall Sq.; Apple Cinemas Cambridge, 168 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge Highlands close to Alewife and Contemporary Pond; and AMC Meeting Row 12, 395 Artisan Way, Meeting Sq., Somerville, and on HBO Max.

Cambridge author Tom Meek’s 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 in all places.


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