“Thought Bomb” comedy and karaoke; a Humanwine album sneak peek; Massachusetts Independent Film Festival screenings; Opera on Tap: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; and “Burlesque is Coming” for “Games of Thrones” fans.
Two of the films opening at Kendall Square this week, while very different, record ordeals of perseverance, braving the unknown and strength of bonds: the mumblecore semi-mystery “Digging for Fire” and a documentary about climbing the Himalayan Mount Meru.
Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet,” as demonstrated in Roger Allers’ new film adaptation, has beautiful portions but simply isn’t suited for a linear narrative.
Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” in the park; Ignite! Global Street Food and Fire Festival; an Evening of Poetry & Delinquency; first weekly Speakers’ Circle free speech celebration; and Art City’s All Arts Day.
Next weekend is already filling in, with a Sunday morning launch of a free, weekly public free speech celebration in Harvard Square and an afternoon All Arts Day in Central Square from the Art City group.
With Meryl Streep onstage, a script by Diablo Cody and direction by Jonathan Demme of “Stop Making Sense,” this is a film with a little bit of everything that somehow comes out sounding and feeling just right.
“Irrational Man,” this year’s movie from Woody Allen, is a hodgepodge of parts held together by an enigmatic protagonist and a finely nuanced performance by Joaquin Phoenix taking on that role. Longtime fans will recognize the formula.
Fuqua’s works possess auteur flourishes while notching much off the blockbuster checklist – In short, he’s an anomaly and a blessing during these dog days of summer, and Gyllenhaal clearly relished getting into tip-top shape for this underdog role.
After a traumatic breakup, a filmmaker listens to fellow passengers on a trip to Fire Island – and hears what “sound like a bunch of braying ninnies.” Why try so hard to sound “normal” is a question he only eventually comes around to asking.
Along with Gillian Anderson of “The X Files” and Stan Lee and other comics creators who travel the country from one comics and entertainment convention to the next, the eighth Boston Comic Con will have a taste of the hometown.