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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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Horror classics and a beloved annual film festival are among this week’s best bets for adventurous moviegoers. Here are five suggestions for the next seven days:

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Monday, Oct. 8: Onibaba (Trylon Microcinema)

All October long, the Trylon is presenting some of the landmarks of Japanese horror cinema, starting with Kaneto Shindo’s haunting tale of a mother and daughter-in-law who ensnare samurai. Of all the titles in the month-long line-up, this one may be the furthest underground. Check it out.

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Wednesday, Oct. 10: The Battle of Algiers (Walker Art Center)

One of the most famous and critically-acclaimed pieces of agit-prop in movie history, director Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 docudrama The Battle of Algiers illustrates the Algerian War that pitted nationalists against the French Government. A trend-setting, fiery but balanced piece of filmmaking, it has often been praised for its depiction of guerilla warfare, and was even screened at the Pentagon in 2003 as the U.S. continued to find itself knee-deep in Iraq.

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Wednesday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 14: Sound Unseen (Trylon Microcinema)

The annual fest uniting music and art is expected to turn it up to 11 once again this year. Local and regional premieres a plenty, and tons of offbeat offerings are among this year’s scheduled flicks. Check the Movie Blog tomorrow for capsule reviews of some of this year’s selections.

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Thursday, Oct. 11: Them! (Heights Theater)

Impressive (for the time) special effects anchor this Atomic Age monster flick, in which ants the size of houses terrorize the humans foolish enough to have unwittingly caused their leap to the top of the food chain.

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Friday, Oct. 12: The Paperboy (Uptown Theater)

Reviews of director Lee Daniels’ follow-up to his Oscar-winning melodrama Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire have been … well, let’s just say they’ve been mixed. Based on a novel by Pete Dexter, The Paperboy collects Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Macy Gray and John Cusack into one crazy eclectic cast, and includes at least one or two bits of lurid sexytime action that should inspire punchlines for years to come. As one critic backhandedly quipped, “But hey, at least it’s not boring, right?”

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