The Shining

Stephen King has never been given a more memorable, disturbing, boldly surreal movie adaptation, so go figure: he can’t stand Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece. The rest of us know better. Fans have a laundry list of shock-and-awe moments to anticipate, from the eerie natural sound of little Danny’s Big Wheel rumbling over the Overlook’s floorboards to—old school spoiler alert!—that primal ax swing to Scatman Crothers’ chest. No other popular horror feature is so closely identified with winter. It's August, but what the hell? Movie screens at midnight. (R) ANDREW BONAZELLI

Fri., Aug. 6; Sat., Aug. 7, 2010

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