Only one new indie title is scheduled to open this coming Friday, October 25, but there’s a wealth of slightly older movies that could keep you out every night this week. (Title links lead to official sites for more information.)
- ‘Birth of the Living Dead.’ Documentary on George A. Romero and the making of ‘The NIght of the Living Dead.’ (The Texas Theatre)
- ‘Oldboy.’ Park Chan-wook’s harsh revenge tale is an ugly, magnificently disturbing drama. See it before Spike Lee’s new version opens in late November. (The Texas Theatre) Screens 10/25-27 only.
- ‘The Wicker Man: The Final Cut.’ Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, and Britt Ekland star in a classic tale of pagan practices vs. Christian teachings in an isolated community. Directed by Robin Hady; this version is said to restore footage cut from the original edition and thought to have been lost. (Angelika Dallas)
Retro Scene: One-off screenings of repertory titles this week offer a remarkable range of work:
- Mon: ‘Ghostbusters II.’ Bill Murray easily dominates the comic supernatural proceedings. (Alamo Drafthouse) Screens 10/21 only.
- Tue: ‘Creepshow.’ George A. Romero’s highly entertaining anthology of horror shorts. (Alamo Drafthouse) Screens 10/22 only.
- Wed: ‘Strange Brew.’ Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas in a Canadian tale of mounties, hosers, and beer. (Alamo Drafthouse) Screens 10/23 only.
- Wed: ‘Night of the Demons.’ Gnarly old-school horror in 1988. (Alamo Drafthouse) Screens 10/23 only; projected from VHS; only $1!
- Thu: ‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.’ An alien comes to Earth, is strangely attracted to young boy. (Alamo Drafthouse) Screens 10/24 only.
- Sun: ‘Dracula.’ Todd Browning’s influential version of Bram Stoker’s night-stalking legend. (Alamo Richardson) Screens 10/27 only.
Opening in wide release across the Metroplex:
- ‘The Counselor.’ Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz in a high-toned legal thriller. Directed by Ridley Scott, based on the first original screenplay written by novelist Cormac McCarthy.
- ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.’ Johnny Knoxville disguises himself as an old man and travels around the country with his “grandson” as the ‘Jackass’ crew engages in more physical hijinks.
Opening next week in wide release:
- ‘All Is Lost.’ Robert Redford struggles to survive, alone and adrift on an unforgiving sea. Reviewed at Twitch. (Also see my feature article at Movies.com on how it compares with ‘Gravity’ and ‘Captain Phillips’.) (Note that the release has been pushed back to Friday, November 1. Grrr.) Recommended.