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Big Night, The Thing, Footloose, The Big Year, Summer, The Soft Skin, Witch's Brew

BIG NIGHT

Actor Stanley Tucci co-wrote, co-directed, and co-stars (with Tony Shalhoub) in this much-loved 1996 tale of Italian-American brothers/restaurateurs, a film full of love and food and good humor that also manages to be a clear-eyed family drama and a meditation on art, and heart, versus commerce. Plenty of directors with dozens of features to their credit have never made anything as perfect as the final scene here.

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THE THING

John Carpenter’s modern-classic creature-feature chiller gets a contemporary prequel.

Opens Oct. 17.

FOOTLOOSE

Another ’80s fave gets an even less clamored-for revisit. A crafty, cheeky director might have some fun with the town-that-bans-dancing conceit in these neo-bluenosed times, and Craig Brewer (

Hustle and Flow

,

Black Snake Moan

) is fairly crafty and cheeky.

Opens Oct. 17.

THE BIG YEAR

Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Steve Martin star in a big-budget comedy about bird-watching.

Opens Oct. 17.

SUMMER

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The Charles Theatre’s revival series screens a new print (under French title Le Rayon Vert) of New Wave veteran Eric Rohmer’s 1986 account of a young single woman going on holiday alone.

THE SOFT SKIN

More François Truffaut at the Charles, this time his 1964 examination of an affair between an intellectual (Jean Desailly) and a flight attendant (Françoise Dorléac, Catherine Deneuve’s ill-fated older sister).

WITCH'S BREW

The latest low-budget love letter to ’80s horror from Baltimore filmmaker Chris LaMartina premieres.

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