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SUNDAY OCT. 26
  • Abuse of Weakness

    Abuse of Weakness (2014)

    Not rated, 105 min. Directed by Catherine Breillat. Starring Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen and Laurence Ursino.

    AFS: Arthouse: The latest from provocateur Breillat is a semi-autobiographical tale of a filmmaker who, after suffering a stroke, is determined to finish her latest project.

    7:30PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000

  • Amuck

    Amuck (1972)

    Rated R, 98 min. Directed by Silvio Amadio. Starring Farley Granger, Barbara Bouchet and Rosalba Neri.

    AFS: Art Horror: Following the disappearance of her lover, a woman takes a job as an assistant to a decadent author who was her lover's last employer.

    5PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000

  • Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice (1988)

    Rated PG, 92 min. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara and Sylvia Sidney.

    In this wonderfully comic spook tale, a couple of mild-mannered ghosts call upon the obnoxious demon Betelguese to help them reinhabit their house from the new (and living) tenants. free

    4:45PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight (2008)

    Rated PG-13, 152 min. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Eric Roberts, Monique Curnen and Chin Han.

    The latest Batman film incarnation is a good fit for our age of anxiety. Mondo will be on hand after the screening hocking posters. Read a full review of The Dark Knight.

    7:30PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • Ghostbusters Quote-Along (1986)

    Rated PG, 107 min. Directed by Ivan Reitman. Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis.

    Action Pack

    10PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • Hauntedween (1991)

    Rated R, 88 min. Directed by Doug Robertson. Starring Brian Blakely, Ethan Adler and Leslee Lacey.

    Hauntedween: Low budget, but inventive horror film that includes a campfire rendition of "Free Bird." Sold!

    9:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • The Legend of Love (2014)

    Not rated, 180 min.

    NCM Fathom: Bolshoi Ballet: This tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, and jealousy comes live straight from Moscow.

    11:55AM Cinemark Southpark Meadows, 9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

  • Psycho

    Psycho (1960)

    Not rated, 109 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, John Gavin and Vera Miles.

    Classics: The Bates Motel is always open in Hitchcock's enduring, game-changing horror classic.

    2PM Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14, 12812 Hill Country Blvd., 800/326-3264

  • Tales From the Darkside (1990)

    Rated R, 93 min. Directed by John Harrison. Starring Deborah Harry, Christian Slater and Steve Buscemi.

    Bangarang! Based on the TV show, this horror anthology of scary stories carries on the Creepshow tradition.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • SPACES

  • Halloween

    Halloween (1978)

    Rated R, 93 min. Directed by John Carpenter. Starring Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers and Kyle Richards.

    Blue Starlite: 22 Nights of Halloween: There’s no more appropriate movie for Halloween night than this John Carpenter original. They should have broken the mold when they released Halloween, for when it comes to escaped-maniacs-on-the-loose films this one’s the real deal. If nothing else, see how Jamie Lee Curtis earned her stripes as the Scream Queen of modern cinema. Read a full review of Halloween.

    10PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • Hocus Pocus (1993)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Kenny Ortega. Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch and Vinessa Shaw.

    Blue Starlite Drive-In: 22 Nights of Halloween: Chock-full of visual tricks and treats, Hocus Pocus is actually just what its title implies -- cinematic chimera without much substance. Replete with the close, shadowy textures of 17th-century Salem, the opening scenes are enchanting. It is here we first encounter the Sanderson sisters. Then the story switches to modern-day Salem with all the trappings of the Nineties, movie-style, and that means plenty of cute, snappy wordplay (sexual innuendo), a plucky young heroine (precocious brat), a talking cat (why couldn't he talk in 1793?…), and a swaggering villain (hip-hop bully whose vocabulary consists of the words “duh” and “dude”). Midler gives her considerable all to the role, and both Najimy and Parker are fun to watch. But the sets, costumes and choreography are the real stars of this show. And the movement! Whether flying, cringing, or circling gleefully around the cauldron, the witches move and speak in mesmerizing, intricate, sisterly union. Unfortunately, sets, costumes and choreography do not a movie make. And for all its artful, high-flying sorcery, Hocus Pocus cannot escape the irons of an all too pedestrian plotline. Read a full review of Hocus Pocus.

    7:30PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • Ichi the Killer and Visitor Q Double Feature

    Sunday Bloody Cinema: A twofer of Miike's best films.

    8PM Red 7, 611 E. Seventh, 512/476-8100

  • BULLOCK MUSEUM

    1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • D-Day: Normandy 1944

    D-Day: Normandy 1944 (2014)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Pascal Vuong. Narrated by Tom Brokaw.

    Tom Brokaw narrates this film about the largest Allied operation of World War II.

  • Jerusalem 3D

    Jerusalem 3D (2014)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by Daniel Ferguson. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure

    Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure (2007)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Sean MacLeod Phillips. Narrated by Liev Schreiber.

    National Geographic uses photo-realistic, computer-generated, 3-D animation to transport audiences back more than 65 million years, when a great inland sea divided North America in two. For ticket prices, call 936-IMAX or 936-TSHM, or see www.thestoryoftexas.com.

  • FESTIVALS

  • Austin Film Festival 2014

    The film festival begins on Thursday, Oct. 23, and continues through Thursday, Oct. 30. See www.austinfilmfestival.com for information about purchasing film passes and conference badges, as well as complete schedules.

  • Housecore Horror Film Festival

    The saw is family! For its second convocation, Housecore Horror gives The Texas Chain Saw Massacre cast the red carpet screening they never got in 1974. Modern terror comes courtesy of a slate of shorts, and the world premiere of the newest atrocity in the infamous Guinea Pig franchise. See www.housecorehorrorfilmfestival.com for schedule, and also see “Cowboys vs. Hippies: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Subtext”, Oct. 3.