- The Somerville Theatre does the most, continuing their Halloween Terror Thon through Sunday, mixing up new and old: Friday starts off with what may be the year's best horror movie, The Wailing, before grabbing Egomaniac, Attack of the Lederhosenzombies, and Found Footage 3D from the festival circuit and showing an archival 35mm print of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight with the Teseracte Players (Full Body Cast does their thing at Boston Common on Saturday). Sunday kicks off with a 70mm print of Ghostbusters before serving up the legit creepy The Eyes of My Mother, a short package curated by Izzy Lee that includes local filmmakers, Blood Hunters, and Clowntown. Sunday is 35mm classics, with a double feature of House of Usher and Tales of Terror in the afternoon and Jeff Rapsis accompanying The Unknown in the evening. Their sister cinema in Arlington, The Capitol, finishes "Before Vampires Sucked" on Throwback Thursday with Interview with the Vampire And, while not Halloween-related, the Somerville has a 35mm Muhammad Ali double feature that night, with When We Were Kings and The Greatest.
- The Somerville is also one of the local theaters loading up on Ben Affleck in The Accountant, in which he plays a mob number-cruncher who is anti-social in a way that crosses from not interacting much to apparently throwing down quite well. It's also at Apple Fresh Pond, the Embassy, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway (including RPX), Revere (including XPlus), and the SuperLux.
There's also stand-up film Kevin Hart: What Now?, which I'm guessing probably has a lot more of Hart telling jokes than the crazy action/adventure antics which make up a bunch of the trailer (which is okay, because Hart is good at both). It's at Apple Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere. The other wide opening is Max Steel, with Mattel trying to get in on some of that Transformers money despite not really having a boy toy that translates into an adventure movie nearly as well. It's also at Apple Fresh Pond, Boston Common, Assembly Row, Fenway, and Revere.
There's also an unusual number of one-off shows. Shin Godzilla continues through Tuesday, with showings Saturday (Kendall/Fenway/Revere), Sunday (Kendall), Monday (Kendall), and Tuesday (Fenway/Revere), though bunches are sold out. There are 40th Anniversary screenings of Taxi Driver on Sunday and Wednesday at Boston Common, Fenway, and Revere, Young Frankenstein on Tuesday at Fenway and Revere, and Rob Zombie's 31 at Fenway (Thursday) and Revere (Sunday and Thursday).
- Kendall Square also picks up A Man Called Ove for a week. It's a Swedish film starring Rolf Lassgaard as a grumpy old man who hates everyone and everything, especially the loud new neighbors who have just moved in. Naturally, they'll be the ones who just may be able to bring him out of his shell.
- The Brattle Theatre will welcome director David Schisgall for the 7pm screenings of Theo Who Lived on Friday and Saturday (it also plays Sunday). HIs film is a documentary about Theo Padnos, an American journalist who went to report on Syria in 2012 but was soon kidnapped by al Qaedaand was held prisoner for nearly two years.
Another director, Bonni Cohen, will visit on Monday for a DocYard presentation of Audrie & Daisy, which tells the story of two teenagers who are assaulted after getting drunk at a party, awaking to a world where people they thought were their friends are passing around pictures and video of what happened. Tuesday is Trash Night, Wednesday is a private event, and then on Thursday they have the opening night of the Boston Asian American Film Festival; director Pamela Tom will be there to introduce her documentary Tyrus, a look at the life of 105-year-old visual artist Tyrus Wong, who in addition to being a fine artist was also a crucial contributor to many films, including Bambi.
- The Coolidge Corner Theatre picks up Honey in its second week of release. They also double up on midnights, with Canuxploitation horror flick The Pit playing both Saturday and Sunday in new restoration. Downstairs in the main theater, they go with 35mm lychanthropes, with An American Werewolf in London playing Friday night and Oliver Reed in the less-screened Curse of the Werewolf on Saturday. There's a Talk Cinema screening Sunday morning, and then on Monday night they do a Science On Screen presentation of Chinatown, with Dr. Betsy Reilley discussing how to manage water as a resfource. Wednesday, director Stu Maddux will screen his documentary Reel in the Closet, and then on Thursday there's a Rewind! screening of Beetlejuice on 35mm, with a costume contest and an after-party across the street at Osaka.
- After a week off, The Harvard Film Archive returns to their retrospective of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub on Friday with Chronicle of Anna Magdelena at 7pm and a pair of 35mm shorts, "Cézanne. Conversation with Joachim Gasquet" and "A Visit to the Louvre" at 9pm. The Marlen Khutsiev retrospective continues on Saturday with the massive Infinitas and Sunday afternoon with The Two Fedors, all on 35mm. The "Behind Potemkin" series of Soviet Silents continues that evening with Bertrand & Susan Laurence accompanying Bed and Sofa (35mm). On Monday, they welcome Brigid McCaffrey, screening three of her recent short films.
- The Museum of Fine Arts starts the Boston Palestine Film Festival with a weekend featuring director Mai Masri, with her first narrative film (and Jordan's Oscar submission) 3000 Nights playing Friday (a sold out gala) and two documentary programs on Saturday. There's also Kamal Aljafari presenting Recollection Sunday afternoon and The Curve on Thursday, with the festival having a pair of free shows at the Brookline Public Library on Tuesday.
In addition, part of their monthly overnight on Friday/Saturday is a screening of the Verhoeven/Schwarzeneggar Total Recall, part of a Philip K. Dick series. They also team with the Japan Society for a Wednesday-evening screening of Paper Lanterns with director Barry Frechette, telling the tale of a Hiroshima survivor who worked for decades to learn and reveal the identities of twelve American POWs who also perished when the bomb was dropped.
- Apple Cinemas Fresh Pond has a special Halloween presentation on Friday night, as the Maine-made horror anthology series Damnationland collects some of the "Prime Cuts" from seven years of short films (the latest set will run in two weeks). They also add Kannada comedy Neer Dose to a rotating selection of Indian films including Hindi biography M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (subtitled), Telugu romance Premam, and Malayalam thriller Oppam.
- Bright Lights welcomes Emerson alumnus Matthew Hashiguchi to the Paramount Theatre's Bright Screening Room on Tuesday forGood Luck Soup, his documentary on reconnecting with his Japanese heritage, starring his grandmother. On Tuesday, they've got the pretty terrific The Witch, with discussion to follow. As always, both are free and open to the public.
- The Regent Theatre has 3 Weeks in Yerevan on Sunday afternoon, with filmmakers (and co-stars) Vahe Berberian and Vahik Pirhamzei on-hand to present their comedy about a pair of Armenian-American filmmakers who wind up in over their head when they try to shoot a movie in their homeland. There's also a free screening of Age of Champions, a look at the Senior Olympics, on Tuesday afternoon, hosted by the Arlington Council on Aging.
I figure on spending a fair chunk of time at the Terror-Thon, presuming there are no further problems with the schedule (two of Thursday's three films were canceled or rescheduled) and also catching Shin Godzilla before having to fly to Texas for work and basically hoping there's something worth seeing at the semi-close multiplex rather than attending well-intentioned efforts to try and do team-building by stealing even more of my day to be in a loud room with drinking co-workers.