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20th Century Women

Bening shines in this tender, heartfelt film

New This Week

The Founder

Michael Keaton supersizes McDonald's

Monster Trucks

Boy meets monster, adventure ensues

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

A former actor finds faith in his hometown

Sleepless

A shady cop searches for his kidnapped son

Split

Another twisted (and twisty) offering from M. Night Shyamalan

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Vin Diesel returns to kickstart this action series

First-Run Movies

The Accountant

Math, mayhem, and murder abound in this somewhat confusing thriller

Allied

WWII espionage thriller can't hold a candle to Casablanca

Arrival

Introspective sci-fi drama packs a punch

Assassin's Creed

Popular video game series hits the screen

The Bye Bye Man

A group of teens unleash the bogeyman

Collateral Beauty

Will Smith mopes around in this preposterous drama

The Edge of Seventeen

Teen dramedy gets the growing pains right

Elle

Riveting yet perplexing, this psychological thriller is a stunner

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

A delightful return to the world of Harry Potter

Fences

Denzel Washington scores big in August Wilson's great American play

Hacksaw Ridge

A pacifist goes to war in Mel Gibson's brutal film

The Handmaiden

A stylish and alluring love triangle

Hidden Figures

True story of NASA's black women mathematicians

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Tom Cruise isn't having any fun in this boilerplate actioner

Jackie

A portrait of the First Lady in the aftermath of JFK's assassination

La La Land

This bittersweet musical will make your heart soar

Lion

An orphan's search for his birth mother gets an assist from Google Earth

Live by Night

Ben Affleck directs and stars in this period gangster drama

Manchester by the Sea

Casey Affleck shines in this heartfelt drama

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Tim Burton directs this film adaptation of the creepy kids' favorite

Moana

Set sail for Disney's gorgeous new adventure

A Monster Calls

A beast helps a boy through tough times

Moonlight

There's magic in this Moonlight

Office Christmas Party

Workplace comedy lacks the laughs

Ouija: Origin of Evil

This horror sequel is vastly superior to its cheesy precursor

Passengers

Bound for a distant planet, two persons awake prematurely

Patriots Day

The hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Force is strong with this one

Silence

Two missionaries in feudal Japan are tested

Sing

Animated film about a koala who stages a singing competition

Storks

These animated birds never quite achieve liftoff

Trolls

Banal plot mars this toy marketing scheme

Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween

Tricks and treats with Tyler Perry

Underworld: Blood Wars

Vampires vs. werewolves (again)

Why Him?

What if your child brought home James Franco as your new son-in-law?

  • Notes on Blindness

    Notes on Blindness (2016)

    Not rated, 90 min. Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney. Starring John M. Hull, Marilyn Hull and Miranda Beinart-Smith.

    Days before his first son was born, writer and theologian John Hull became blind. This hybrid of documentary and dramatic reenactment uses Hull's audio diaries to his child to offer up insights into becoming blind.

    7:30PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting (1996)

    Rated R, 94 min. Directed by Danny Boyle. Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald.

    Unrepentant Scottish junkies are observed with a mordant eye. Read a full review of Trainspotting.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • 10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Sailor Moon R: The Movie (1993)

    Not rated, 85 min. Directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara.

    Anime: A new director's cut of the classic anime.

    7:40PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980)

    Not rated, 82 min. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Starring Carmen Maura, Felix Rotaeta, Olvido Gara and Eva Siva.

    Los Filmes de Almovodar: For fans of Almodóvar, this first foray into filmmaking is essential viewing. Read a full review of Pepi, Luci, Bom.

    7:50PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Zoolander

    Zoolander (2001)

    Rated PG-13, 89 min. Directed by Ben Stiller. Starring Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell, Billy Zane, Jon Voight, David Pressman, David Duchovny, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller, David Bowie, Andy Dick, Cuba Gooding Jr and Vince Vaughn.

    Pub Run: Start with a run, then have a pint. Dance to some music, take a picture in the photo booth, and then watch an extremely overrated "comedy." Read a full review of Zoolander.

    7:45PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Mark of the Witch (1970)

    Not rated, 84 min. Directed by Tom Moore. Starring Robert Elston, Anitra Walsh and Darryl Wells.

    Terror Tuesday: A 300-year-old witch possesses a college student and mayhem ensues in this low-budget, Dallas-shot oddity.

    9:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

BULLOCK MUSEUM IMAX

1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "A Beautiful Planet" (2016)

    Rated G, 40 min. Directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.

  • "National Parks Adventure" (2016)

    Not rated, 38 min. Directed by Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Robert Redford.

    Stunning imagery and an overview of the national parks’ history is combined with reflections on what the wilderness means to us all. The film is narrated by Robert Redford.

  • "Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience" (2016)

    Rated G, 45 min. Directed by Terrence Malick. Narrated by Brad Pitt.

    Terrence Malick's first foray into documentary filmmaking is this decades-in-the-making history of the universe, and it's a visually magnificent achievement that's educational, as well.

  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

    Rated PG-13, 107 min. Directed by D.J. Caruso. Starring Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette and Ruby Rose.

    Daredevil government operative Xander Cage is the millennial generation’s answer to James Bond. Trading in 007’s classic tuxedo and dry martini for a tank top and a shot of adrenaline, the tatted-up muscleman who beds every scantily clad babe (or more) he meets never breaks a sweat, even when skiing down a lush jungle mountainside or freefalling without a parachute. He’s one super cool dude. In this so-so sequel resurrecting the extreme sports athlete turned NSA agent, the suits once again enlist a reluctant Cage (Diesel) for a mission, this time to retrieve a stolen doomsday device called Pandora’s Box, a contraption that can send rogue satellites plummeting to Earth and otherwise upend the world order. Executed by an international cast of seemingly invincible characters with shifting personal and political alliances, the operation is overseen by an ice-blonde intelligence officer played by a depressingly miscast Collette, who registers her disdain for the ragtag crew by frequently pursing her lips. When required to utter some of the film’s more unutterable dialogue (“We need someone who can walk into a tornado and come out the other side like it was a gentle breeze”), Collette – usually a delight – sounds like she’s phonetically speaking a foreign language. Not even Judi Dench could sell these lines.

    The stunt work is the best thing going here, just as in the first film of the franchise in which Diesel originated the role of X back in 2002. (Ice Cube inexplicably starred in the 2005 sequel, which underperformed at the box office.) A relatively successful performer since the Aughts, Diesel lacks the screen presence of Arnold Schwarzenegger, an actor of limited talents who nevertheless epitomized the contemporary action hero in American popcorn cinema for two decades through the power of his sheer will. (The two men, however, have one thing in common: They both look chiseled from the same block of granite.) Diesel’s subdued energy rarely commands the screen; you’re often looking at him only because that’s where director Caruso points the camera. At best, Diesel competently gets the job done, which is to play second fiddle to a lot of gunfire, a bunch of explosions, and a few interesting extreme maneuvers, though in a scene in which he plays Russian roulette with some live hand grenades, he seems to be genuinely having a good time. Aside from that and a few rad stunts, this xXx rarely marks the spot.

    Read a full review of xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

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