With the Harvard Film Archive and Brattle Theatre announcing they’re going dark due to Covid-19 health concerns, there’s not a lot to write about here in terms of special movie events and local arthouse and repertory programming. Instead: 10 films to start streaming, renting or buying online.
As part of Space Week at Harvard, The Brattle Theatre hosts the Space Film Festival – but also a run of Klimov’s “Come and See” and Prince’s “Purple Rain – and the Harvard Film Archive brings in Kelly Reichardt to show her latest, “First Cow.” There’s also food for thought at the Somerville Theatre.
The Harvard Film Archive focuses on Kelly Reichardt, the brilliant but under-the-radar director behind “Meek’s Cutoff,” while the Brattle has the cure for political primary jitters: an insane Nic Cage and “Eight Perfect (Films About) Murder,” with works ranging from Hitchcock to the Coen brothers.
Looking for love? The DocYard kicks off its season with “América,” about a family coming together when its matriarch is hurt – but if it’s actually romance and sex that’s wanted, tortured classics “Casablanca,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Eternal Mind” and “Betty Blue” are here for you too.
The 45th incarnation of the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival comes to town, an 11-day fest with shorts, area premieres, documentaries and a sci-fi movie marathon. And if you missed Quentin Tarantino’s bright, fierce ’60s homage “Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood” in July? The Brattle will help.
As part of its “Cinema of Resistance” program, the Harvard Film Archive screens Haskell Wexler’s brilliant directorial debut “Medium Cool,” with footage in which actors pass through actual riots, while The Brattle Theatre kicks off its “Varda Rarities” in honor of French New Waver Agnès Varda.
On Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Brattle Theater honors the civil rights activist via the Belmont World Film’s 17th Annual Family Festival before heading off for a look at “Things to Come: The Birth of Sci-Fi Cinema.” The Harvard Film Archive resurrects a Kasi Lemmons gem and more.
The Brattle Theatre continues its “(Some of) The Best of 2019” series with the alligator-iffic “Crawl” from French gore maestro Alexandre Aja, and the Harvard Film Archive kicks off a celebration of Hitchcock silent films and, separately, of German filmmaker and actress Angela Schanelec.