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The Reel Rock Film Tour and The Summit race to scale The Belcourt

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If you're checking out the popular Reel Rock Film Tour of climbing and adventure films, which sets up camp 7 p.m. Thursday at The Belcourt (tix $15), it should make for a conversation-starting comparison with The Summit, the disaster-in-real-life documentary opening Friday at the theater. Director Nick Ryan recounts the deadliest 48 hours in the history of climbing K2, the world's second highest peak, which claimed the lives of 11 climbers in a string of horrible (and still mysterious) misfortunes in August 2008. The frequent re-creations are an irritating distraction from the truth, especially since the events remain tinged with controversy and accusations of cowardice and abandonment. But the movie captures some of the surviving climbers' oxygen-thin exhilaration and terror — and the mountain itself, with its precarious sheets of ice and knee-weakening vertices, looms like the shark in Jaws made mineral. It screens through Oct. 24 as part of the Doctober lineup, of which the best is still yet to come — including two of the year's most talked-about docs, God Loves Uganda and Let the Fire Burn. More on those next week.

• Free 2 p.m. Saturday at the downtown Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., projected from DVD: Roman Polanski's terrifying Repulsion, starring Catherine Deneuve.

Opening Friday: Benedict Cumberbatch IS Julian Assange in William Condon's WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, co-starring Stanley Tucci and Carice van Houten; Kimberly Peirce's promising remake of the Stephen King/Brian De Palma Carrie, with Chloe Grace Moritz as the telekinetic teen and Julianne Moore as her messed-up mom; the gospel drama I'm in Love With a Church Girl, starring Ja Rule, former Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon and Michael Madsen (presumably not as the church girl); and Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the cellblock actioner Escape Plan.

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