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WEDNESDAY AUG. 20
  • Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Denis Sanders.

    The King in his Vegas-era phase.

    2PM, 7PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

  • Forbidden Planet

    Forbidden Planet (1956)

    Not rated, 98 min. Directed by Fred McLeod Wilcox. Starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly and Earl Holliman.

    Summer Film Classics: The Fifties: One of the great science-fiction films of all time, Forbidden Planet combines good drama with great special effects. And it has Robby the Robot to boot. (Double bill: Invasion of the Body Snatchers)

    7:15PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

    Not rated, 80 min. Directed by Don Siegel. Starring Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter and Carolyn Jones.

    Summer Film Classics: The Fifties: This is the original, Eisenhower-era version of the sci-fi story in which a community of human beings is replaced by identical-seeming but emotionless pod people. (Double bill: Forbidden Planet.)

    9:15PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Mon Oncle

    Mon Oncle (1958)

    Not rated, 117 min. Directed by Jacques Tati. Starring Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie and Lucien Frégis.

    The Influences of David Lynch: Amiably oblivious Monsieur Hulot grapples with the ultramodernity of his brother-in-law's automated home.

    4PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive (2001)

    Rated R, 146 min. Directed by David Lynch. Starring Naomi Watts, Robert Forster, Dan Hedaya, Ann Miller, Laura Elena Harring and Justin Theroux.

    The Complete David Lynch: Some have called this mesmerizing film the culmination of Lynch's career, embodying nearly all of his obsessions in one phantasmagorical dreamscape. Read a full review of Mulholland Drive.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Oddballs (1984)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Miklós Lente. Starring Foster Brooks, Mike MacDonald and Konnie Krome.

    Weird Wednesday: Summer camp T&A silliness.

    10:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure Quote-Along (1985)

    Rated PG, 90 min. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Paul Reubens.

    Action Pack

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

  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure Quote-Along (1985)

    Rated PG, 90 min. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Paul Reubens.

    Action Pack

    7:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Premiere

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Premiere (2014)

    Rated R, 102 min. Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. Starring Eva Green, Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis.

    Austin Film Society: Texas Premiere: A variety of questionable characters cross paths in sexy and violent ways in this sequel to the visually striking, hard-boiled 2005 film. This premiere screening promises an intro and Q&A with Rodriguez, and special guest Steven Tyler from Aerosmith will be there. Tickets are still available, so hurry up, 'cause you don't wanna miss a thing.

    7PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Spaceballs (1987)

    Rated PG, 96 min. Directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga and Dick Van Patten.

    Mel Brooks takes parodic aim at Star Wars. Zaniness results.

    7:30PM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549

  • Steel Magnolias (1989)

    Rated PG, 117 min. Directed by Herbert Ross. Starring Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, Tom Skerritt, Sam Shepard and Dylan McDermott.

    Girlie Night: Women's bonds are admired in their many facets in this hilarious ode to Southern womanhood.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • SPACES

  • Blood Simple

    Blood Simple (1984)

    Rated R, 97 min. Directed by Joel Coen. Starring John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh and Samm-Art Williams.

    Austin Film Festival: Made in Texas: With this first film, the Coen Brothers grabbed the national spotlight for their audacious visual stylings and the perception that the film and its makers sprang out of nowhere, fully formed. Read a full review of Blood Simple.

    7PM Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-8746

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

    Rated PG, 137 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, François Truffaut, Teri Garr and Bob Balaban.

    Sound & Cinema: Movies on the Lawn: Join the Octopus project as they put their indelible spin the theme song to this classic sci-fi film.

    7PM Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100

  • KIDS

  • Babe

    Babe (1995)

    Rated G, 92 min. Directed by Chris Noonan. Starring James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski.

    Kids' Camp: Free. Read a full review of Babe.

    10:20AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Rango

    Rango (2011)

    Rated PG, 107 min. Directed by Gore Verbinski.

    11:45AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • Rio 2

    Rio 2 (2014)

    Rated G, 101 min. Directed by Carlos Saldanha.

    In this animated sequel, Blu (Eisenberg), Jewel (Hathaway), and their three children head from their home in Rio deep into the Amazon basin, where they find a whole flock of blue macaws that turn out to be Jewel’s long-lost family. Jewel, meeting both her father (Garcia) and an old love (Mars), is delighted to be with them in the jungle, but Blu is a city bird, uncomfortable with the father-in-law and unhappy about the ex. Rio 2 is loaded with terrific vocal talents (though they are mostly squandered), and is agog with characters all feverishly working to carry way too much plot. Less a celebration of Brazil than of homogenized Las Vegas stage-show aesthetics, the film's more ethnic elements are Mixmaster-blended into seamless Hollywood entertainment. All singing, all dancing, all color: Rio 2 is a modern, studio animation blockbuster – spilling all over the place, rather than arching into the sky. Read a full review of Rio 2.

    10AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Suite 1500, 512/291-3158

  • Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

    Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)

    Rated PG, 76 min. Directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton.

    Kids' Camp: The dead have more fun than the living, again, in Burton’s new stop-motion animated feature, a gift to gothlings everywhere. It’s also arguably Burton’s most self-assured turn behind the camera in ages, and coupled with Mike Johnson’s seamless animation it makes for a splendid All Hallows treat. As in the director’s previous animated outing, the now-classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, this is a musical romantic comedy with dead things, and while Danny Elfman’s jaunty tunes fail to engage as memorably as in that film, John August, Pamela Pettler, and Caroline Thompson’s script is pure Burton, marrying (literally, in this case) the worlds of the dead and the might-as-well-be-dead to a Hammeresque tale of love, murder, and the redemptive power of, um, death. But the true stars are the cinematography by Pete Kozachik and the art direction by Nelson Lowry, which give Burton and Johnson’s film a magnificent polish, making it eye candy of the highest order. Read a full review of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.

    10:40AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • BULLOCK MUSEUM

    1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • D-Day: Normandy 1944

    D-Day: Normandy 1944 (2014)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Pascal Vuong. Narrated by Tom Brokaw.

    Tom Brokaw narrates this film about the largest Allied operation of World War II.

  • Texas: The Big Picture

    Texas: The Big Picture (2003)

    Not rated, 39 min. Directed by Scott Swofford. Narrated by Colby Donaldson.

    Texas is shown to be a land broad enough to produce everything from grapefruit to microchips.

  • Titans of the Ice Age

    Titans of the Ice Age (2013)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by David Clark. Narrated by Christopher Plummer.

    Computer-generated imagery brings to life this mysterious era of the Ice Age.

  • Under the Sea 3D (2009)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Howard Hall.

    The impact of global warming is examined in the waters of Southern Australia, New Guinea, and elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region. For ticket prices, call 936-IMAX or 936-TSHM or see www.thestoryoftexas.com.