Fall Film Events

ALL FREAKIN' NIGHT

Oak Street Cinema, 309 Oak St., Mpls.; 612.331.3134 October 31--November 1

This 12-hour Halloween horror-film screening marathon (Monday at 10:00 p.m. to Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.) includes Slumber Party Massacre and other terrifying titles TBD.


GET REAL: CITY PAGES DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Ave., Mpls.; 612.825.6006 November 4-10

The CP-sponsored festival of cutting-edge nonfiction celebrates its fifth year (and its first at Lagoon) with a mix of docs both new and old. More than a dozen Twin Cities premieres will be joined by rare big-screen revivals of documentary classics. Check www.citypages.com/getreal in October for a complete list of films, visiting directors, and show times.


JARHEAD

area theaters; opens November 4

Ads for Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket featured the chilling tag line, "In Vietnam the Wind Doesn't Blow--It Sucks." Why chilling? Because you can't quite tell whether the author--like the auteur--is being slyly sarcastic or dead serious. The tag for this big-budget Gulf War feature from director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) is "Welcome to the Suck"--and there you have the difference between Kubrick's 1987 and Mendes's 2005. Here, Jake Gyllenhaal ships out to the Persian Gulf and encounters the tragicomic absurdity of life in battle. (As the Platoon poster put it, "The first casualty of war is innocence.") Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard bring up the rear as Mendes looks ready to complete his trilogy of Mike Nichols impersonations. --Matthew Wilder


ANG LEE AND JAMES SCHAMUS: EAST MEETS WESTERN

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.375.7622

The Walker's monthlong tribute to the genre-hopping producer-director team of Ang Lee and James Schamus will culminate in the Minnesota premiere of their latest work, Brokeback Mountain, and a dialogue with the visiting filmmakers on December 13 (8:00 p.m.).

November 11Pushing Hands (7:30 p.m.)/The Wedding Banquet (9:30 p.m.)

November 13Eat Drink Man Woman (3:00 p.m.)

November 20Sense and Sensibility (3:00 p.m.)

November 26Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (7:30 p.m.)/The Hulk (9:45 p.m.)

November 27The Ice Storm (2:00 p.m.)

November 30Ride With the Devil (7:30 p.m.)

December 11Brokeback Mountain (7:30 p.m.)


JEROME HILL CENTENNIAL: A FILMMAKER AND HIS LEGACY

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.375.7622

Comprising three film/video screening programs, this tribute to Jerome Hill includes two collections of short works by artists who have received support from the filmmaker/philanthropist, as well as the 1971 Film Portrait, Hill's autobiographical work about his life.

November 16Challenging Perceptions (7:30 p.m.)

November 17Crossing Genres (7:30 p.m.)

November 18Film Portrait (6:30 p.m.)


WOLF CREEK

area theaters; opens November 18

If The Texas Chain Saw Massacre went 30 years without a buzz-worthy heir (never mind the remake), it's only because the world hadn't yet produced a work of horror as bleak and ferocious as 1974. Not to suggest that we should want a real nightmare to get a scarier movie--but if you've got the former already, you might as well have the latter as well. Basing his own screenplay on a notorious true-crime case, director Greg Mclean plops an attractive trio of twentysomething hikers--two girls (Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi) and a guy (Nathan Phillips)--in the middle of the Australian outback, drains their car battery at dusk, and sends an unkempt, abrasively gregarious, and volatile mechanic (John Jarratt) down a dark path to "help." Notice I've made Mclean the subject of the previous sentence--in order to emphasize that Wolf Creek is one of those horror movies in which you're never sure who's the bigger sadist, the killer or the director. In this case, both men ply their trades with ingenuity and flair. You do prefer your sadists to work ingeniously, right? --Rob Nelson


AN EVENING WITH TODD HAYNES

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.375.7622 November 19

In conjunction with its series Jerome Hill Centennial: A Filmmaker and His Legacy (see above), the Walker screens two features by director Todd Haynes, who'll appear in person for a discussion between the two films, Far From Heaven (7:00 p.m.) and Poison (10:00 p.m.).

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