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MONDAY JUNE 27
  • Eve Hesse (2016)

    Not rated, 105 min. Directed by Marcie Begleiter.

    Arthouse Monthly: Documentary showcases the life and times of Eva Hesse, a ground-breaking artist active in New York and Germany during the Sixties. Veronica Roberts, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Blanton Museum of Art, and curator of the exhibition Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt, will introduce the film.

    7PM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • The Fury (1978)

    Rated R, 118 min. Directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Kirk Douglas, Amy Irving, Andrew Stevens, John Cassavetes, Charles Durning and Carrie Snodgress.

    Children with paranormal gifts are abducted and trained as killers, but a father and ex-secret agent goes on the offensive to retrieve his son.

    7:15PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Heartworn Highways

    Heartworn Highways (1976)

    Not rated, 92 min. Directed by James Szalapski.

    Music Monday: For its 40th anniversary, this hard-to-find relic has been restored and remastered. Filmed in 1975 in Austin and Nashville, this documentary captures relaxed footage of the then-completely unknown songwriting artists and performers Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, Steve Young, Steve Earle, and others.

    10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • It Follows

    It Follows (2015)

    Rated R, 100 min. Directed by David Robert Mitchell. Starring Maika Monroe, Lili Sepe, Jake Weary, Kier Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto and Olivia Luccardi.

    Still Awesome: A killer force is spread through sex, and it's all very creepy and evocative Read a full review of It Follows.

    7:20PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

    Rated PG-13, 94 min. Directed by Wes Anderson. Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban and Tilda Swinton.

    Still Awesome: Beautiful dreamers and full-time schemers again dominate Anderson's exacting imagination. Read a full review of Moonrise Kingdom.

    10PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network (2010)

    Rated PG-13, 121 min. Directed by David Fincher. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Rooney Mara, Max Minghella, Joseph Mazzello and Rashida Jones.

    Fincher's blisteringly entertaining The Social Network touches down in the calm before the storm, before social media rewrote the rules on how information moves. We first meet the eventual founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg), in a bar, having drinks with his girlfriend (Mara). He is callous, socially inept, and ravenously ambitious – the boy who would be king, not yet fixed on what the kingdom will look like. The Social Network cuts with ease from flashbacks of Zuckerberg's undergraduate days to depositions related to two concurrent lawsuits brought against him. Although the legal proceedings provide a handy framework for the film, who did what to whom, when, and with how much premeditated bloodlust is of ancillary concern to the film's layered examination of an asshole. (That's the filmmakers' word, not mine.) History as we know it is still unfurling, and The Social Network is that rare film that has something – not yet definitive but certainly provocative – to say about it. Read a full review of The Social Network.

    10:45PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

    Rated R, 179 min. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Joanna Lumley, Cristin Milioti, Christine Ebersole and Ethan Suplee.

    Scorsese's take on the American white-collar hoodlum is a relentlessly wild ride. Read a full review of The Wolf of Wall Street.

    6PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

SPACES
  • All the Difference

    All the Difference (2016)

    Not rated, 83 min. Directed by Tod Lending.

    Austin Film Festival: POV Docs: Two promising young men from high-risk communities in Chicago were filmed for more than five years – during their last year of high school and all four years of college – while the filmmaker examines the factors that helped contribute to their success.

    7PM Google Fiber Space, 201 Colorado

KIDS
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

    Rated PG, 120 min. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Deep Roy, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor, Annasophia Robb, Philip Wiegratz, Jordon Fry, Julia Winter, Missi Pyle, James Fox and Christopher Lee.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: I sat through Tim Burton’s generally splendid, artful, and often sinister screen version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book with an enormous grin on my face for much of the time. Nevertheless, Depp’s version of Dahl’s lunatic confectioner hasn’t to my mind displaced Gene Wilder’s antic portrayal from the 1971 version. To be sure, this Wonka is truer to the source material. Screenwriter John August, although he snatches a handful of third-act liberties, bathes the plot in a welter of verbal and physical gags that serve to machinate the kid-friendly unease into sticky new realms of chewy, gooey alarm. But Depp’s Wonka seems less mysterious than he ought to be. Compared with the rest of the film, which dazzles outright with its gob-stopping production design from Alex McDowell and Deep Roy’s unsmiling Oompa Loompas, Depp seems oddly unmoored, even ephemeral: cotton candy to Wilder’s crunchy dark chocolate. Read a full review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Curious George

    Curious George (2006)

    Rated G, 86 min. Directed by Matthew O'Callaghan.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: It’s not perfect, but this big-screen debut of H.A. Rey’s lovable monkey is worth recommending to audiences of all ages, especially fathers and sons. The production is faithful to George’s gentle spirit while fully exploiting the possibilities of old-school, two-dimensional animation. Movies are magical, it suggests, and everything is beautiful and fascinating to children. But the movie also gets George’s melancholy just right. For this is not a movie about a man and his monkey, but a movie about parents and children. The screenplay skims off some of the source material’s hinky bits in sending museum employee Ted (Ferrell) to Africa in search of a legendary ape idol. There’s a sort of romance between Ted and a field-tripping schoolteacher (Barrymore) and a very simple plot about exposing Ted’s artifact as a fraud, but the story’s best moments are its offhand ones. Jack Johnson’s original songs are a bit heavy on the heartstrings, but you’d have to be made of granite not to be moved. Read a full review of Curious George.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant (1999)

    Rated PG, 86 min. Directed by Brad Bird.

    Alamo Kids Camp: Set during the beginning of the space race, The Iron Giant is a gorgeously animated adaptation of British poet laureate Ted Hughes' 1968 children's book. The animated feature begins as the townspeople of Rockwell, Maine, learn that a giant metal alien has crashed just outside of town. It's a film packed to bursting with golden nuggets of surprise, humor, and pathos, though it also owes a great deal to E.T., Ray Bradbury, Rod Serling, and the classic sci-fi films of the Fifties. But it's the movie's genuine, warm heart that sees it through to its breathtaking stand-up-and-cheer finale. And if its top-notch story weren't enough, The Iron Giant also boasts some spectacular animation, a combination of classic two-dimensional processes and CGI for the giant himself that's outright spellbinding. Add to that Michael Kamen's lush, earthy score, and The Iron Giant is clearly the single best, the single coolest animated film in a great while. Read a full review of The Iron Giant.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • A League of Their Own (1992)

    Rated PG, 128 min. Directed by Penny Marshall. Starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Lori Petty, Rosie O'Donnell and Jon Lovitz.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: The story of the short-lived women's baseball league gives Marshall the opportunity to examine the roots of modern feminism and have a darn fine time doing it. Nestled in these large issues is the story of the two sisters, their teammates and their dissolute coach as played by Hanks. Although many of the elements work well together, the movie as a whole is diminished because it is burdened with a dopey framing device that shows the women in the present. Read a full review of A League of Their Own.

    10:15AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Night at the Museum

    Night at the Museum (2006)

    Rated PG, 108 min. Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Ricky Gervais, Mickey Rooney, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Bill Cobbs, Steve Coogan and Jake Cherry.

    Kids Summer Series: Stiller stars as a would-be schemer and all-but-deadbeat dad who finds a job as a night watchman at the American Museum of Natural History. On his first night, after inheriting the instruction manual from the "downsized" Cecil (Van Dyke, who looks like he's having a blast), Reginald (Cobbs), and Gus (Rooney), Larry discovers that the place goes apeshit after dark: The Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton reanimates, as do Attila the Hun, an Easter Island Moai, and the entire Hall of African Mammals. Credit Levy – who shoots everything imagination-size, larger than life, and set against amber tones – for unleashing the beasts almost immediately. Amid crummy sight gags and predictable physical comedy, sputtering scenes, and the stale and watered-down talent that is Stiller in another nonsense story, Night at the Museum is at best a rotation of backdrops for its parade of visual effects. Read a full review of Night at the Museum.

    10:30AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158

  • Pan

    Pan (2015)

    Rated PG, 111 min. Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Nonso Anozie, Amanda Seyfried and Kathy Burke.

    Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Ill-conceived from any number of angles, this Peter Pan origin story plays topsy-turvy with J.M. Barrie’s beloved characters by showing us how an orphaned Peter (Miller) first arrives in Neverland, befriends a pre-captaining Hook (Hedlund), and battles the despotic pirate Blackbeard (Jackman), who’s seeking eternal life through the dwindling resource of fairy pixie dust. Trotting out old favorites without tracing any of the original’s magic, the film roll-calls Tinker Bell, Smee, a premonitory tick-tock, and Tiger Lily, who’s played by the bizarrely miscast Rooney Mara. It’s not that there isn’t imagination at work here – director Joe Wright cooks up some nifty inventions, albeit in infrequent bursts – but kids aren’t going to have much patience with the film’s drawn-out mystery of Peter’s parentage, while adults will bemoan the overlong, dullish action set-pieces. In that respect, the film takes a long walk off a short plank. Bad form, Pan. Read a full review of Pan.

    10AM Cinemark Movies 8 Round Rock, 2120 N. Mays, 512/388-2848

  • 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "A Beautiful Planet" (2016)

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

  • "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" (2014)

    Rated G, 39 min. Directed by David Douglas. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

    Not sure why lemurs have taken hold of the the popular imagination in recent years, but maybe narrator Morgan Freeman can do for them what he did for penguins in that Oscar-winning doc of 2006. This 39-minute short has been crisscrossing the country's baby IMAX theatres in recent months.

  • "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.

  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 120 min. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Jessie T. Usher, Sela Ward, Charlotte Gainsbourg, William Fichtner, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Angelababy, Deobia Oparei, Vivica A. Fox, Robert Loggia, Joey King and Travis Tope.

    There’s one key character missing from this bloated behemoth of a sequel to 1996’s popcorn blockbuster ID4 and it isn’t Will Smith. It’s Randy Quaid. His crop-dusting, boozy, Vietnam vet-cum-alien abductee Russell Casse died a hero’s death at the end of the original movie. The intervening years have witnessed a depressing, surreal morphing of the fictional paranoiac Casse with the all-too-real Mr. Quaid, who until last year was literally on the lam from the State of California (you can Google the whole sordid story if you like). Suffice it to say, Quaid’s manic, frequently hilarious turn in ID4 helped leaven director Emmerich’s overblown aliens vs. earthlings disaster epic, and of course, a presumed-dead character returning hale and hearty for a sequel is hardly a shocker. Case in point: Resurgence resurrects ID4’s Area 51 mad genius Dr. Brakish Okun (Spiner), who turns out to have been not DOA but merely comatose.

    Independence Day: Resurgence is everything you were probably expecting and less. The aliens return, this time in a 3,000-mile wide mothership that has its own gravitational field, the better to drop Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, Singapore’s Esplanade, and pretty much every other global landmark. It’s here, in these frequent sequences of epic destruction, that the film crackles with something approaching giddy, ghastly good cheer. (Nine VFX houses, headed by Digital Domain, handled the CGI chaos.)

    But the movie’s a rollicking bummer, and a messy one at that. Various plot lines involving everything from a Congolese warlord (Oparei) to Jessie Usher as the hotshot pilot son of Will Smith’s original character (lamely, it’s explained that although he survived the first invasion, USMC Captain Hiller perished while flight-testing some alien tech-enhanced hardware) converge and collide to little emotional affect. There’s a nifty ESD (that’d be the Earth Space Defense) moonbase that’s cribbed right out of Gerry Anderson’s Space: 1999. (I kept thinking how subversively wild ID:R could have been had Emmerich and company employed Thunderbirds’s “Supermarionation,” but no such luck.)

    On the plus side, Jeff Goldblum returns as Dr. David Levinson, Judd Hirsch is back as his crotchety pop, and even the late Robert Loggia reappears. Charlotte Gainsbourg is on hand as well, as a linguistics expert and love interest for Goldblum. I can only assume casting Serge Gainsbourg’s daughter is some sort of trippy homage to fellow French icon François Truffaut’s sci-guy in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” (Eh … probably not.)

    Honestly, I could watch Goldblum and Gainsbourg – two of the most quirkily sublime multihypenate artists alive – reading phonebooks to each other and enjoy the experience thoroughly, but sadly even they seem wasted here. Ultimately, ID:R is what it is, planetary carnage on a mammoth scale, with some humans thrown in for good measure. It renders 1996’s Independence Day slightly less of a guilty pleasure.

    Read a full review of Independence Day: Resurgence.

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