In theaters this week: ‘Halloween,’ ‘The Oath,’ ‘The Old Man & The Gun,’ Tampa Theatre gets in spooky spirit

Catch loads of Halloween classics at Tampa Theatre or the Halloween revival that brings Jamie Lee Curtis back after 40 years.
Published October 17 2018

OPENING FRIDAY:

HALLOWEEN

Forty years later, Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode for a final showdown with masked killer Michael Meyers. With Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner and Nick Castle. Directed by David Gordon Green. (106 minutes, R)

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THE OLD MAN & THE GUN

Robert Redford stars as a septuagenarian who escapes from San Quentin and pulls a string of capers while eluding law enforcement and charming the masses. With Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek. Written and directed by David Lowery; based on an article by David Grann. (93 minutes, PG-13)

THE OATH

A nationwide loyalty pledge edict from the White House upends a family’s Thanksgiving in this political satire starring writer-director Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish. With John Cho, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen, Meredith Hagner, Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn and Chris Ellis. (93 minutes, R)

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GET SPOOKED: NIGHTMARE ON FRANKLIN STREET

Don’t dare doze off during the all-day, 14-hour movie marathon at Tampa Theatre on Saturday — Freddy Krueger might follow you to dreamland. All six of the original Nightmare on Elm Street films screen back-to-back from 10 a.m. to midnight as part of the kickoff weekend for the historic theater’s Halloween-themed programming. Tickets for each of the Nightmare films are $10, but they’ll offer an all-day Nightmare pass for $40.

On Friday night, catch a free screening of Dr. Paul Bearer’s 2018 Halloween special with a cast Q&A (6:30 p.m.) and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, a screening with a live shadow cast and audience participation ($15, 9:30 p.m.).

This year’s Nightmare on Franklin Street Halloween program also includes special Halloween editions of Tampa Theatre’s happy hour as “Pause-O-Ween” with free shots and prize drawings (Friday, Oct. 24-26 and Halloween night) and Balcony to Backstage tours as ghost tours (select dates Friday to Oct. 30, $10-12).

The full slate includes several themed days featuring horror movies about brides (Sunday), hotels (Monday) and werewolves (Wednesday). Find a full lineup of movies at tampatheatre.org.

Christopher Spata, Times staff writer

DEBUT: LATIN FILM FESTIVAL

There’s a new film festival in town. The Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival, dedicated to contemporary Latin American film, kicks off Thursday with a VIP reception at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown St. Petersburg (included in $100 VIP event pass). Then Friday through Sunday, catch screenings of award-winning films, panel discussions and director Q&A sessions at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, and AMC Sundial 20, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $8 per screening or $35 for a day pass. Check tampabaylatinfilmfestival.com for a full lineup.

CriticS’ picks

mThe Hate U Give: Effective adaptation of the YA bestseller about a teen (Amandla Stenberg) who witnesses a police shooting and navigates its fallout in her mostly white prep school and the African-American neighborhood where she lives.

A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper headlines with Lady Gaga and makes his directorial debut with this remake of the venerable love story about rising and falling showbiz careers.

A Simple Favor: A blogger (Anna Kendrick) attempts to discover the secret behind her friend’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Oct. 26: Johnny English Strikes Again; Hunter Killer; Suspiria

Nov. 2: Bohemian Rhapsody; Nobody’s Fool; The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Nov. 9: The Girl in the Spider’s Web; The Grinch; Overlord

Nov. 16: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; Widows; Instant Family

Nov. 21: Creed II; Ralph Breaks the Internet; Robin Hood

Dec. 14: The Mule; Second Act

Dec. 19: Mary Poppins Returns

Dec. 21: Aquaman; Bumblebee; Holmes & Watson

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