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Those looking for an autumnal taste of Stanley Kubrick usually gravitate toward the dimly lit hallways and phantom bartenders of his The Shining, and rightfully so. But if there’s a lesson to be gleaned from protagonist Jack Torrance’s descent into madness, it’s that too much of anything can leave you a bit dull. Cinephiles with a case of Halloween-inspired bloodlust (and an aversion to twins) will find equal satisfaction in The Killing, Kubrick’s first feature after he dismissed earlier efforts Fear and Desire and Killer’s Kiss as amateurish. Mildly received by audiences and critics upon release, The Killing is now widely seen as both a turning point in noir storytelling and a formal introduction to Kubrick’s immense talents. Screening as a part of the Noir City DC film festival, this caper-gone-wrong has all of the genre’s hallmarks: a foolproof plan, a devastating blonde who’s up to no good, and a climactic ending that ensures there won’t be a sequel.
THE KILLING SCREENS AT 3:20 P.M. (ALSO 9:15 P.M. OCT. 28) AT THE AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER, 8633 COLESVILLE RD., SILVER SPRING. $10. (301) 495-6720.