Less than a week before Halloween and the Houston Cinema Arts Society has announced the full lineup for its November 10-17 film festival. Coincidence? I don’t think so because, while there’s no horror flicks on the schedule, this eight-day monster of a cinema festival is set to devour all of Houston.

With 11 venues — including new-to-the-fest Houston Museum of Natural Science — there will be no place to hide from all the Oscar contenders, art films about art, Texas stories and live performances. Plus, the invasion of stars, directors and producers coming to the Bayou City might transform us all into cinephiles.

While it could take a day or two just to peruse the schedule of over 50 feature films, special programs and events, unveiled by HCAF artistic director Richard Herskowitz at launch party at The Alley Theater on Tuesday night, some definite trends and themes have emerged.

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