Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Film Ahead is a weekly column highlighting special events and repertory programming for the discerning Camberville filmgoer. It also includes capsule reviews of films that are not feature reviewed. 


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The “Everything Everywhere All at Once” sidebar screenings at The Brattle Theatre continue this week, bringing in films that inspired the surreal sophomore feature by writers and directors the Daniels – a blend of sci-fi, action, horror and comedy that doesn’t neglect the heart of the story: finding meaning in life through love and kindness to others.


The double features with “Everything Everywhere All at Once” include Wong Kar-wai’s opulent tale of restrained romance, “In the Mood for Love” (2000) on Monday; John Carpenter’s gonzo adventure “Big Trouble in Little China” (1986) on Tuesday; “A Fish Called Wanda“ (1988) and “Supercop” (1992) on Wednesday; Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors” (2012) and “Mind Game” (2004) on Thursday; “The Heroic Trio” (1993) and “Kung Fu Hustle” (2004) on Friday; and Stanley Kubrick’s timeless “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) on Saturday. On Sunday, for the new year, the theater goes Marxist – as in the brothers, not Karl – with a traditional Brattle marathon of “A Night at the Opera” (1935), “Horse Feathers” (1932), “Animal Crackers” (1930) and “Duck Soup” (1933).

Cambridge writer Tom Meek’s reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in WBUR’s The ARTery, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, The Charleston City Paper and SLAB literary journal. Tom is also a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere.