What’s playing in Madison theaters: Oct. 25-31, 2013

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All week

The Counselor” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema, Sundance, Cinema Cafe) — It’s no country for young men, either, as Cormac McCarthy writes this bleak thriller about a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who gets entangled in a Mexican drug cartel.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — Johnny Knoxville puts on old-age make-up and pranks the locals in sort of a geriatric “Borat.”

“I’m So Excited” (Sundance) — Pedro Almodovar goes back to the frothy tone of his earlier films, as the passengers and flight attendants of a troubled flight decide to have one last high-flying party before they crash.

Friday

Pain & Gain” (6:30 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre, 1208 W. Dayton St.) — Michael Bay’s idea of a personal film was this violent caper comedy about two bodybuilders who try a kidnapping scheme. FREE!

The Beyond” (7 p.m., UW-Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall) — The Cinematheque’s world horror series continues with a bloody entry from Italy’s Dario Fulci, as a young woman realizes the hotel she’s staying at has a gateway to Hell along with free Wi-Fi and an exercise room. FREE!

Upstream Color” (9:30 p.m., Union South) — My full review is here. Shane Carruth’s beautiful and elliptical feature mixes mind control, telepathic pigs and love into an intoxicating mix. FREE!

The Blob” (midnight, Union South) — The ’50s horror classic stars a young Steve McQueen as a teenager trying to warn his small town that they’re about to get slimed. FREE!

Halloween” (midnight, Point and Eastgate) — John Carpenter’s slasher classic comes back for its 35th anniversary. 35 years old? Now that’s scary.

Saturday

ParaNorman” (10 a.m., Point and Eastgate) — In this very clever animated film (made with stop-motion models enhanced by CGI), a boy who can see dead people tries to free his town from a witch’s curse.

Pain & Gain” (6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Union South) — See Friday listing

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Encounters at the End of the World” (7 p.m., UW Cinematheque) — The Werner Herzog series continues with Herzog’s documentary about Antarctica, which mixes his own philosophical narration with some stunning images. FREE!

The Blob” (midnight, Union South) — See Friday listing

Halloween” (midnight, Point and Eastgate) — See Friday listing

Sunday

ParaNorman” (11 a.m. Point and Eastgate) — See Saturday listing

The Shining” (1:45 p.m., Sundance Cinemas) — Stephen King never liked what Stanley Kubrick did with his classic haunted hotel tale, but

The Innocents” (2 p.m., Chazen Museum of Art, 800 University Ave.) — A governess finds that she has to deal not only with two unruly kids, but a possible phantom in this classic 1961 ghost story. FREE!

Pain & Gain” (3 p.m., Union South) — See Friday listing

Monday

Rosemary’s Baby” (12:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Point, 9:45 p.m. Eastgate) — My full review is here. Roman Polanski’s tale of a young couple who moves into a strange apartment building is one of the great horror films of all time, smart and suspenseful.

Plan Nine From Outer Space 3D” (3:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — The only thing scary about this film is Ed Wood’s misguided faith in his abilities as a filmmaker, making an alien invasion film so bad it’s sublime.

Conan O”Brien Can’t Stop” (5:30 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — This documentary follows O’Brien on his national comedy tour after he was ousted as “Tonight Show” host. It’s pretty funny, and insightful into O’Brien’s need to please people, but is mostly for Conan fans only.

Tuesday

Plan Nine From Outer Space 3D” (1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Point, 5 p.m. Point) — See Monday listing

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” (3 p.m. and 10 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Nosferatu” (7 p.m., Sundance Cinemas) — More Herzog, this time his 1979 remake of the classic vampire tale, starring Klaus Kinski as the vamp. This screening is a benefit for the UW-Cinematheque, raising money for the campus theater to add a digital projector. Visit cinema.wisc.edu for more information.

Rosemary’s Baby” (7 p.m. Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Wednesday

Rosemary’s Baby” (1 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Point, 9:30 p.m. Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Plan Nine From Outer Space 3D” (1 p.m., Eastgate) — See Monday listing

The Shining” (1:15 and 6:50 p.m., Sundance Cinemas) — See Sunday listing

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” (4 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

The Human Scale” (7 p.m., Union South) — As sort of a warm-up for the Tales From Planet Earth environmental film festival, the UW and the Havens Center present this documentary on the planet’s growing population, how big cities repel human interaction, and how they can be changed. FREE!

Thursday

Plan Nine From Outer Space 3D” (noon and 10 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” (2:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Eastgate, 2:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Point) — See Monday listing

Rosemary’s Baby” (4:45 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

The Impossible” (7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m, Union South) — A family struggled to survive a devastating tsunami in this fact-based thriller. FREE!

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