Monday, Oct. 13
The 52nd New York Film Festival will continue its Joseph L. Mankiewicz retrospective with a screening of "Cleopatra," the 1963 epic starring Elizabeth Taylor as the Egyptian queen torn between two Roman generals. The restored version runs for approximately three hours, cut down from the original four. A single showing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Francesca Beale Theater, Lincoln Center. Tickets are available here.
In Williamsburg, Huckleberry Bar presents "Octobrewhaha!," a monthlong screening series of not-so-scary Halloween classics. This Monday, they'll screen "Shaun of the Dead" (2004), a zombie satire featuring an appliance store clerk battling the living dead in North London. Admission is free. Guests hoping for good seats should arrive well in advance of the 9 p.m. start time. 588 Grand St., Williamsburg.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
Through Oct. 23, classic movie theater Film Forum will screen 22 films by "It's a Wonderful Life" director Frank Capra. On the 14th, cinephiles can choose from three early Capra classics: "The Matinee Idol" (6:30 p.m), a silent comedy film about a Broadway star in a low-budget flop, "The Donovan Affair" (8 p.m.), Capra's first "talking picture," or "Lost Horizon," featuring a diplomat lost in the Himalayas. Tickets are available here. 209 W. Houston St.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
A young Ronald Reagan stars opposite Ann Sheridan in "Juke Girl," slated to be shown at MoMA's Celeste Bartos Theater (in the mezzanine of The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building) at 1:30 p.m. 4 West 54th St. Tickets cost $8-$12.
Back at Film Forum, Cary Grant will be back on the big screen in a single showing of "Arsenic and Old Lace." Frank Capra's 1944 film is a remake of a darkly farcical play about a pair of elderly Brooklyn ladies who welcome — and poison — a series of gentlemen callers. Find more information here.
Thursday, Oct. 16
Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis in "The King of Comedy" (1983), a caustic tale of a 30-something aspiring television star. See it at Nitehawk Cinema at 9:30 p.m. (one night only). Guest must be 18 or older. 136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn.
An Irish sailor pursues a wealthy married woman with a sordid past (Rita Hayworth) in "The Lady From Shanghai" (1948), directed by and starring Orson Welles. The 96th Street Library will show it for free at 2 p.m. 112 East 96th St. between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side.
Friday, Oct. 17
Tim Burton directs "Big Fish," about a man (Ewan McGregor) who relives his dying father's fantastical stories. Adapted from Daniel Wallace's novel "Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions," the film then inspired a Broadway musical that concluded its run late last year. See the movie at 1:15 p.m. at Kips Bay Library at 446 3rd Ave., near East 31st street.
Just two weeks before Halloween, Lower East Side's Landmark Sunshine Cinema presents two midnight screenings of "Psycho," the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic that Roger Ebert described as "the most shocking film its original audience members had ever seen." See it around midnight on Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday at 143 East Houston between 1st and 2nd.
Saturday, Oct. 18
This year marks the 50th anniversary of "Mary Poppins," Disney's family-pleasing movie musical starring Julie Andrews as a singing nanny who transforms the life of a London family. Staten Island's New Dorp Library is screening it on their big screen at 2 p.m. Admission for parents and kids is free. Coloring sheets will be provided. 309 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island.
Wolfgang Petersen directed George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in "The Perfect Storm," a remake of Sebastian Junger's best-selling book about a 1991 storm in Gloucester, Massachusetts. See it for free at 1 p.m. at City Island Library, 320 City Island Ave., The Bronx.
Elsewhere in The Bronx, Edenwald Library is planning another free family movie event: they'll show Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" at 2 p.m. Parents and kids can catch Jim Henson's puppets alongside Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey in a musical adventure. More information is available here. 1255 East 233rd St. at DeReimer Avenue.
Sunday, Oct. 19
As part of their series "Bridges Over Argentinean Cinema," Lower East Side's Anthology Film Archives has scheduled a single screening of "The Sidewalks of Saturn," a 1986 work by Argentine-French director Hugo Santiago. The Archives calls it "one of the films you'll have the hardest time finding outside this selection." An experimental film set in two cities merged into one, it focuses on a man receiving a visit from his sister who belongs to a guerrilla organization. In French with English subtitles. One screening only, 7:45 p.m. 32 Second Ave. by East Second Street, Lower East Side.