Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.
âMICHELANGELO ANTONIONIâ at the Museum of Modern Art (through Jan. 7). The bard of the alienated bourgeoisie, Antonioni (1912-2007) did as much as any Italian filmmaker who ever lived to expand moviegoersâ imagination about film structure. This career-spanning retrospective, billed as the most complete in New York in a decade, has all the standards, including the loose early-1960s trilogy â âLâAvventura,â âLa Notteâ and âLâEclisseâ (all showing Sunday and Dec. 16) â that vaulted the maestro to international acclaim, as well as lesser-known features worthy of fresh consideration, like âThe Mystery of Oberwald,â from 1980, based on a Jean Cocteau play. The series will conclude with a weeklong run of âChung KuoâCina (China),â a documentary Antonioni made in China in the early 1970s.212-708-9400, moma.org
âTHE NITEHAWK HOLIDAY SHOW SPECTACULARâ at Nitehawk Cinema and âRated Xmasâ at IFC Center (through Dec. 31). âTis the season when New Yorkâs theaters compete to have the most eclectic Christmas series, and both the Nitehawk and IFC Center have cross-pollinated their holiday offerings with their midnight movies. The Nitehawkâs program includes âEyes Wide Shutâ (Friday and Saturday) and âHounds of Loveâ (Dec. 15 and 16), an Australian serial-killer movie set against a sweltering Christmas backdrop. IFC Centerâs series opens with the campy horror comedy âJack Frostâ (Friday and Saturday) and âTrading Placesâ (Friday and Saturday) â Christmas being when Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroydâs characters join forces.212-924-7771, ifccenter.com718-782-8370, nitehawkcinema.com.
âROMAN HOLLYWOODâ at Film Forum (through Dec. 21). Italy became a hot spot for Hollywood filmmakers after World War II. Film Forum is surveying the results, along with the work of some Italian directors gone American (Sergio Leoneâs âOnce Upon a Time in America,â screening Dec. 21). The experience of making movies abroad is dramatized in Vincente Minnelliâs âTwo Weeks in Another Townâ (Friday and Dec. 19), a 1962 spiritual sequel to âThe Bad and the Beautifulâ in which an aging star (Kirk Douglas) is lured to Italy by a longtime collaborator (Edward G. Robinson). Other highlights include Billy Wilderâs poignant âAvanti!â (Friday and Dec. 21); Martin Scorseseâs âGangs of New Yorkâ (Friday); several epics of antiquity; and even âThe Life Aquatic With Steve Zissouâ (Dec. 15).212-727-8110, filmforum.org