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Blue Starlite
Blue Starlite
Blue Starlite Drive-In, previously at 51st and Mueller, will celebrate its grand opening at its new South Austin location this weekend, April 7. The mini urban drive-in, the first of its kind in Austin, has run three weeks of test nights and will begin its new life with two nights of special screenings, including Back to the Future and a Wes Anderson double bill. Essential to any drive-in is atmosphere, and Blue Starlite’s new home is all retro sophistication and hipster ambience: The site is surrounded by oak trees and houses a massive fire pit and a lounge area. There are lots of shiny new baubles to get excited about during the premiere – T-shirt and poster competitions, a games area, and, best of all, the chance to win season passes. Black’s BBQ is providing the menu, so the boutique experience extends to the culinary, too. Located at 12419 Lowden Lane in Manchaca, the drive should take about 15 minutes from the heart of the city. Should you not fancy the trip back, however, there is a single private RV suite for overnight stays. Named “The Projectionist’s Apartment” – a nod to the time when drive-ins were quintessential to American life and the projectionist would live onsite – the RV overlooks the screen and comes with a master bedroom (replete with a luxurious-looking double bed), bathroom (with shower), and a full kitchen. The leather sofas and red mood lighting give the interior a motel-esque vibe. My guess would be to book ahead. Austin cinemas are just as much about the experience you’re having as they are about the film you’re watching, and Blue Starlite – something between a movie theatre and a luxury camping trip – looks set to be well within this tradition. Judging by the initial schedule, Blue Starlite will show a mix of cult classics and new releases. – Dougie Gerrard
New This Week

The Belko Experiment

A gory social experiment gone wrong

The Boss Baby

Alec Baldwin voices corporate infant


The California Highway Patrol rides again

The Devil's Candy

Ghost in the Shell

Scar Jo as cybernetic warrior


Astronauts discover that a wall won't keep out a new alien life form

My Scientology Movie

Another doc on L. Ron Hubbard's cash cow

Power Rangers

A new generation of teens with superpowers must save the world

The Zookeeper's Wife

World War II drama based on the bestselling book

First-Run Movies


Introspective sci-fi drama packs a punch

Beauty and the Beast

A live-action remake of the Disney film

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

A delightful return to the world of Harry Potter


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

Fist Fight

A comedy that revels in low-hanging fruit

The Founder

Michael Keaton supersizes McDonald's

Get Out

A stellar racially charged horror comedy

Hidden Figures

True story of NASA's black women mathematicians

John Wick: Chapter 2

The body count increases exponentially in this new installment


The cats of Istanbul shine in this affecting doc

Kong: Skull Island

The big ape is back

The Last Word

A young writer has to pen a woman's obituary before she dies

The LEGO Batman Movie

The Dark Knight returns to Legoland


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


Hugh Jackman sports those famous mutton chops for the final time

Manchester by the Sea

Casey Affleck shines in this heartfelt drama


Set sail for Disney's gorgeous new adventure

Monster Trucks

Boy meets monster, adventure ensues


There's magic in this Moonlight

Personal Shopper

A ghost story exploring the ineffable


A coming-of-age cannibal tale with teeth

The Red Turtle

Poetic beauty abounds in this animated gem


Japanese horror franchise reboot falls flat

Rock Dog

It's a dog … that rocks!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Force is strong with this one

The Shack

The spiritual journey of a tortured soul


Animated film about a koala who stages a singing competition

Slamma Jamma

Redemption through basketball

Song to Song

Malick takes on the Austin music scene (sort of)


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

T2 Trainspotting

The sequel to the 1996 classic

A United Kingdom

A film on love, race, and royalty


A lonely curmudgeon finds out he has a daughter

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Vin Diesel returns to kickstart this action series


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    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.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast (2017)

    Rated PG, 129 min. Directed by Bill Condon. Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald and Ian McKellen.

    This live-action reboot of Walt Disney Studio’s watershed 1991 animated film musical inspires both imagination and cynicism. But beneath the brilliance of its execution, a certain familiarity breeds contempt. Despite the updating of certain elements of the Disneyfied adaptation of the classic story, which now features a gay supporting character and a much darker third act, this is pretty much the same movie released by the same studio just a little more than a quarter of a century ago. The movie largely succeeds due to the guiding talent of director Bill Condon. As in the 1991 film, the centerpiece number here is “Be Our Guest,” a razzle-dazzler that pops off the screen. As for the titular romantic leads, both Watson and Stevens manage to make the roles their own. Without question, kids and their adults will love this critic-proof movie, regardless of the number of times they’ve already seen it before. Read a full review of Beauty and the Beast.

  • Wild Africa 3-D (2017)

    Not rated, 42 min. Directed by Patrick Morris and Neil Nightingale. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter.

    Can't afford that African safari? Here's the next best thing.

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