This week in art-house cinema: science projects, guide dogs, scary movies and Doctor Who
Documentary films, classic films and even a silent film are among the specialty cinema offerings in Tulsa theaters this week.
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“A Star is Born”: This update on a romance between music stars — an older one beginning to fade (Bradley Cooper), a younger one rising fast (Lady Gaga) — has huge buzz.
“Science Fair”: Which student from which country will win “best in fair” at the International Science Fair? This documentary has won “audience favorite” at multiple film festivals.
“Pick of the Litter”: This documentary follows a group of puppies from birth and through their trials to becoming Guide Dogs for the Blind. Special guests from Therapetics Service Dogs of Oklahoma will be in attendance for a 7:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, screening.
“Phantasm: BookSmart event with Don Coscarelli”: Set to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. Tickets are $35 for this event that combines a talk with filmmaker Coscarelli (“Bubba Ho-Tep,” “The Beastmaster”) about his book “True Indie: Life and Death in Film Making” with a screening of his 1979 cult-classic horror film, “Phantasm.”
“Tulsa Film Mixer + Panel Series: Finding Your Documentary Story”: Set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, this panel features Wendy Roberts Garrett (documentary filmmaker), Michaela O’Brien (assistant professor of film studies at the University of Tulsa) and Michelle Bias (co-founder of OKSO Tulsa Story Slam). Admission is free.
Tulsa American Film Festival: This fourth annual film showcase begins Wednesday, Oct. 10, with events that run through Oct. 14.
“Doctor Who” new season premiere: The first show of the new season, introducing the 13th “Doctor,” with two not-on-TV features also showing for this theatrical event: “Becoming the Doctor” and “Directing and Regenerating Doctor Who.” Set for 7:30 p.m. showtimes Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 10-11, at Broken Arrow Warren Theatre and at Cinemark Tulsa and Cinemark Broken Arrow.
“Halloween”: The original 1978 terror returns on its 40th anniversary in a restored and remastered edition, with 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 10-11, screenings at Cinemark Tulsa.
“A Day in Santa Fe”: This silent film screening of the only film directed by Lynn Riggs includes live music accompaniment and a panel discussion following the 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, showing at University of Tulsa’s Lorton Performance Center.
Met Opera: Aida: Verdi’s “Aida” plays live at 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, with encore showings set for 1 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Cinemark Tulsa.
“Bullitt” 50th anniversary: The Steve McQueen crime-drama favorite returns to the big screen with 2 and 7 p.m. screenings set for Sunday, Oct. 7, and Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Cinemark Tulsa and Cinemark Broken Arrow.