Hi all! Come out Fri. evening, Aug. 9th, for a Boston opening night showing (7:20) of Woody Allen's new film starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.
Note: It's Mon. evening the 5th, the Kendall has showtimes set for the 9th, and I've confirmed that tickets are available online now (details below), so Kendall won the li'l timing scrimmage with the Coolidge, hence the theater choice.
Getting your ticket: The movie will be on two Kendall screens (plus at the Coolidge) during its opening Boston weekend but ticket demand for the Fri. 7:20 showing should still be quite high. (Look no further than 40+ of us RSVPd Yes for a Kendall movie on Mon. already!)
To be certain of a ticket, I highly recommend doing one of the following sooner than later:
- Purchase a ticket online through the Landmark Theaters online purchasing system here. (Note that a $1 service charge is tacked onto such purchases.)
- Swing by the box office if in the area sometime prior to 8/9.
- If you wait until Fri., arrive as early as possible and, if the main box office line is very long, use a credit card to buy a ticket from one of the kiosks under the massive stairway on the right side of the lobby.
Finding the group: [NEW KENDALL INSTRUCTIONS]
Due to the more crowded weekend lobby (and feedback I've received), let's meet in a new location: On the left side of the lobby, past all of the concessions, there's a rear waiting area near the water fountains and ticket-taking positions.
I'll be in this area by 6:30 actively looking for Yes RSVPs (both while waiting and then while queued up to enter the theater for seats), so please post a picture of your actual self in your profile/with your RSVP to help out. (After the group heads in for seats, I'll likely wait near the ticket takers for a bit for any latecomers.)
If you have any trouble finding the group beforehand, or run late and want to join the group afterwards, text me at[masked]-9428. I'll turn the phone off at 7:15, then turn it back on when the credits roll to check for texts. I'll also move to the top row of the theater (w/out blocking the exits) to become more visible/accessible.
Getting our seats: If crowded on weekends the Kendall ticket takers will ask prime time (e.g., early evening show) ticket holders to queue up for a bit before entering the theater. Given where we'll be waiting we should be able to get generally good seats for a group.
About the movie: I'm typing this paragraph in June, the movie is as-yet unreviewed, and I've read one sentence about the movie plot: "A New York housewife struggles through a life crisis."
Plus, Woody Allen and some of the cast (e.g., Andrew Dice Clay, Baldwin) might be, um, polarizing, but I just had to put this movie on the calendar, when I saw others in this sterling cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Bobby Cannavale, Sally Hawkins, Louis C.K. (!), not to mention Blanchett and Baldwin (who I happen to like).
Yet despite that supporting cast, it's now Aug. and it sounds like it's Blanchett who really tears it up:
"Richly chronicled characters, sharp dialogue and that stupendouss centerpiece performance by Cate Blanchett are contributing factors in the best summer movie of 2013 and one of the most memorable Woody Allen movies ever." -Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Blanchett in 'Blue Jasmine' is beyond brilliant, beyond analysis. This is jaw-dropping work, what we go to the movies hoping to see, and we do. Every few years." -Mick La Salle, San Francisco Chronicle
After the movie: For those who'd like to congregate we can go to a One Kendall Square standby (just one courtyard away from the theater and parking garage) such as The Friendly Toast, Tommy Doyle's, or the Cambridge Brewing Co. for an adult beverage, snack, and spirited discussion of the movie.