Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.
MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI 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 moviegoers 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 L Avventura, La Notte and L Eclisse (all showing Sunday and Dec. 16) that vaulted the maestro to international acclaim, as well as lesser-known features worthy of fresh consideration, like The Mystery of Oberwald, from 1980, based on a Jean Cocteau play. The series will conclude with a weeklong run of Chung Kuo Cina (China), a documentary Antonioni made in China in the early 1970s.212-708-9400, moma.org
THE NITEHAWK HOLIDAY SHOW SPECTACULAR at Nitehawk Cinema and Rated Xmas at IFC Center (through Dec. 31). Tis the season when New York s 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 Nitehawk s program includes Eyes Wide Shut (Friday and Saturday) and Hounds of Love (Dec. 15 and 16), an Australian serial-killer movie set against a sweltering Christmas backdrop. IFC Center s series opens with the campy horror comedy Jack Frost (Friday and Saturday) and Trading Places (Friday and Saturday) Christmas being when Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd s characters join forces.212-924-7771, ifccenter.com718-782-8370, nitehawkcinema.com.
ROMAN HOLLYWOOD 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 Leone s Once Upon a Time in America, screening Dec. 21). The experience of making movies abroad is dramatized in Vincente Minnelli s Two Weeks in Another Town (Friday and Dec. 19), a 1962 spiritual sequel to The Bad and the Beautiful in which an aging star (Kirk Douglas) is lured to Italy by a longtime collaborator (Edward G. Robinson). Other highlights include Billy Wilder s poignant Avanti! (Friday and Dec. 21); Martin Scorsese s Gangs of New York (Friday); several epics of antiquity; and even The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (Dec. 15).212-727-8110, filmforum.org