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WEDNESDAY JULY 9
  • The Elephant Man (1980)

    Rated PG, 124 min. Directed by David Lynch. Starring Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt and Anne Bancroft.

    The Complete David Lynch: The tragic life of John Merrick is chronicled in one of Lynch's most heart-wrenching films.

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

  • Empire Records

    Empire Records (1995)

    Rated PG-13, 90 min. Directed by Allan Moyle. Starring Anthony LaPaglia, Maxwell Caulfield, Debi Mazar, Rory Cochrane, Johnny Whitworth, Robin Tunney, Renée Zellweger, Ethan Embry, Brendan Sexton III and Liv Tyler.

    Girlie Night: Fabulous, if little-seen, movie about the employees of an independent music store who try to prevent the business from being taken over by a chain outfit.

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

  • Otello (2012)

    Not rated, 181 min.

    Metropolitan Opera: Summer Encore: Renée Fleming and Johan Botha star in Verdi’s Shakespearean tragedy; Semyon Bychkov conducts.

    7PM Metropolitan, 901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas (1984)

    Rated R, 147 min. Directed by Wim Wenders. Starring Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément and Hunter Carson.

    Criterion Presents: After an absence of several years, a man tries to recover his relationship with his absent wife and son. The roundabout screenplay by Sam Shepard and adapted by Kit Carson, the dreamy cinematography by Robby Müller, and the desiccated performances of the living dead all leave their memorable residue.

    8:30PM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • The Road Warrior

    The Road Warrior (1981)

    Rated R, 94 min. Directed by George Miller. Starring Mel Gibson.

    Beyond Mad Max but pre-Thunderdome, this second part of the series is a mythic Western for postapocalyptic times.

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

  • This Is America: Part 2 (1980)

    Not rated, 102 min. Directed by Romano Vanderbes.

    Weird Wednesday: This mondo-style exploitation doc has everything from karate nuns and biker gangs to piranhas and a topless car wash.

    10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • El Topo

    El Topo (1970)

    Not rated, 125 min. Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky and Mara Lorenzio.

    One of the first midnight cult movies, Jodorowsky's El Topo created a mystical allure that in turn inspired fervent admirers. Read a full review of El Topo.

    3:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

    Rated G, 98 min. Directed by Mel Stuart. Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear and Aubrey Woods.

    Classics: Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay for his so-called children’s story, and the result is more psychedelic than sugary. Read a full review of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

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

  • SPACES

  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski (1998)

    Rated R, 117 min. Directed by Joel Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges, Sam Elliott, John Goodman, Ben Gazzara, Jon Polito, Tara Reid, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, David Huddleston and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

    Blue Starlite Drive-In: New shit has come to light. Read a full review of The Big Lebowski.

    9:15PM Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/322-0145

  • KIDS

  • The Adventures of Tintin

    The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

    Rated PG, 107 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Cary Elwes and Toby Jones.

    The Adventures of Tintin is a cracking good adventure film. Add to that the photorealistic animation and the wickedly immersive 3-D, and you've got a huge holiday smash on your hands. What you don't have, however, is a great movie. The film is adapted from Belgian artist Hergé's long-running, French-language comic book series about Tintin, an intrepid young Belgian journalist with a penchant for stumbling into mysteries. Director Spielberg mines several Hergé stories to create a typically complex series of risky, slapsticky adventures for the young hero as he searches for an elusive treasure of pirate gold, among many other items of value. Tintin, despite his titular role, comes off as blandly heroic as a Eisenhower-era Boy Scout. But that's Tintin for you, and there's no changing him. The Adventures of Tintin is a spectacle and a half, sure, but, unlike the original comic, it fails to inspire. Read a full review of The Adventures of Tintin.

    10AM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

  • Frankenweenie

    Frankenweenie (2012)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Tim Burton.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: Finally, a stop-motion, animated Halloween film that rivals The Nightmare Before Christmas. And of the two – simmer down now, gothlings – Frankenweenie is the ookier, more assured, and frankly better film. Filmed in glorious black and white, Frankenweenie is that rare film that's both kid- and adult-friendly. The titular weenie here is Sparky, a manic little bull terrier and best pal to young Victor Frankenstein (Tahan). When Sparky is killed by a car, Victor seizes on the lessons he's learned about electricity's life-giving force and, before you can say "Boris Karloff's real name was William Henry Pratt!", a stitched-and-neck-bolted Sparky is re-animated and running around Vincent's attic laboratory. Comedy and tension, complete with torch- and pitchfork-wielding villagers, follows. Wholly unique yet strangely familiar, Frankenweenie is, at its electrified heart, a story about friendship, family, and the importance of kidhood perseverance. Never say die when you could be saying "It's alive!" Read a full review of Frankenweenie.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • Ice Age: Continental Drift

    Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier.

    Amusing but never rousing, this fourth installment in the Ice Age cartoon franchise comes fretted with freezer burn. Over the course of the series, Manny the Mammoth (voiced by Romano), Sid the Sloth (Leguizamo), and Diego the Saber-toothed Tiger (Leary) have picked up some new pals. When a continental divide sets the unlikely companions adrift at sea, sundering them from their herd, they must claw their way back to their dear ones on dry land. A colorful spectacle with breathtaking detail, Ice Age: Continental Drift looks terrific. New voices – including Dinklage's simian baddie, Captain Gutt; Lopez's growling first mate, Shera; and Sykes' turn as Sid's demented Granny – are a welcome addition, but still: The party's gone on too long. Is it that the film's wink-wink disregard of historical continuity has gone stale? Yes, but the biggest disappointment is that the filmmakers have found no new thematic ground to tread. Read a full review of Ice Age: Continental Drift.

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

  • Kung Fu Panda

    Kung Fu Panda (2008)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: Po (Black) may be an animated panda bear, but make no mistake: Deep down, he’s really just a nerd with a pop-culture obsession. In Kung Fu Panda’s opening scene (animated in a gorgeous, throwback, two-dimensional style), Po imagines himself as a great martial-arts master and warrior. Of course, in reality (disappointingly three-dimensional, Pixar-like reality) Po is a master of nothing; he’s just the rotund son of a noodle-shop owner living in a small Chinese village who gets his kicks playing with action figures in his bedroom. Of course, that all changes when destiny drops him at the feet of kung-fu master Shifu (Hoffman). Kung Fu Panda’s message is timeworn and clichéd (believe in yourself, even if – especially if – you’re flabby and uncoordinated and no one else believes in you). But with a lovable, lumpy loser as its hero, the movie is just the kind of antic David vs. Goliath tale children can’t get enough of. Read a full review of Kung Fu Panda.

    9:45AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Rio

    Rio (2011)

    Rated G, 96 min. Directed by Carlos Saldanha.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: So does Rio measure up to the insanely great standard of digital animation set by Pixar? Visually, yes. Rio is positively trippy when it comes to blowing your mind with explosively eye-popping animation. Unfortunately, the story is one told too many times before. Eisenberg voices Blu, a Brazil-born bird snatched from his rain forest aerie by pet smugglers and accidentally deposited in frigid Minnesota. There, the flightless blue macaw is adopted and BFF'd by Linda, a little girl who grows up to have the voice of Leslie Mann. When Rio de Janeiro-based ornithologist Tulio (Santoro) arrives with the news that Blu is the last male of his species, the trio flies to Brazil, where Blu meets his intended paramour, the feral Jewel (Hathaway), and everyone's plans run afowl, so to speak. Rio is a better-than-average animated family film suitable for kids of all ages but about as ephemeral as the ever-shifting colors in a cheap childhood kaleidoscope. Read a full review of Rio.

    11:25AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Rise of the Guardians

    Rise of the Guardians (2012)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Peter Ramsey.

    Kids who can stomach mixed holiday fare should be able to ride out this stereoscopic superstorm of snow globes, Easter eggs, magic portals, enchanted crystals, moon worship, fruitcakes, matryoshka dolls, and lost teeth. Others may be confused. Despite the Thanksgiving-week release, Rise of the Guardians is not quite a Christmas movie. It’s like a public-domain version of Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue: Santa (voiced by Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Fisher), and the Sandman (a mute) team up with Jack Frost (Pine) to defeat the Boogeyman, aka Pitch (Law), who is threatening to enshroud the world in fear and darkness. Adapted from author and illustrator William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood book series, Rise of the Guardians displays little evidence of Joyce’s acclaimed artistic hand; the visual style of this DreamWorks film, directed by Peter Ramsey with visual consulting by Roger Deakins, is retro in the worst way. Read a full review of Rise of the Guardians.

    10AM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

  • The Smurfs 2

    The Smurfs 2 (2013)

    Rated PG, 104 min. Directed by Raja Gosnell. Starring Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays and Jacob Tremblay.

    Does the world need another movie about a bunch of miniature, blue-skinned humanoids with bulbous noses and perky bobtails; gnomelike creatures who wear floppy caps, live in mushrooms, and use the word “smurf” in every other sentence? Someone apparently thinks so. The 3-D, live-action/animated film The Smurfs 2 takes up where its wildly successful 2011 predecessor left off, as the malevolent magician Gargamel (Azaria) and his feline accomplice Azrael once again scheme to extract mystical Smurf essence in a diabolical plan to rule the world. This time around, however, the Smurfs find themselves in the City of Lights. It’s a clever way to introduce youngsters to one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and, for parents, the Parisian travelogue will provide a welcome distraction from the hocus-pocus storyline and relative absence of subtext. The narrative makes very little sense, but the kids won’t mind. They’ll find it all perfectly smurfy. Read a full review of The Smurfs 2.

    10AM Cinemark Cedar Park, 1335 E. Whitestone, 800/326-3264

  • The Smurfs 2

    The Smurfs 2 (2013)

    Rated PG, 104 min. Directed by Raja Gosnell. Starring Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays and Jacob Tremblay.

    Does the world need another movie about a bunch of miniature, blue-skinned humanoids with bulbous noses and perky bobtails; gnomelike creatures who wear floppy caps, live in mushrooms, and use the word “smurf” in every other sentence? Someone apparently thinks so. The 3-D, live-action/animated film The Smurfs 2 takes up where its wildly successful 2011 predecessor left off, as the malevolent magician Gargamel (Azaria) and his feline accomplice Azrael once again scheme to extract mystical Smurf essence in a diabolical plan to rule the world. This time around, however, the Smurfs find themselves in the City of Lights. It’s a clever way to introduce youngsters to one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and, for parents, the Parisian travelogue will provide a welcome distraction from the hocus-pocus storyline and relative absence of subtext. The narrative makes very little sense, but the kids won’t mind. They’ll find it all perfectly smurfy. Read a full review of The Smurfs 2.

    10AM Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

  • The Smurfs 2

    The Smurfs 2 (2013)

    Rated PG, 104 min. Directed by Raja Gosnell. Starring Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays and Jacob Tremblay.

    Does the world need another movie about a bunch of miniature, blue-skinned humanoids with bulbous noses and perky bobtails; gnomelike creatures who wear floppy caps, live in mushrooms, and use the word “smurf” in every other sentence? Someone apparently thinks so. The 3-D, live-action/animated film The Smurfs 2 takes up where its wildly successful 2011 predecessor left off, as the malevolent magician Gargamel (Azaria) and his feline accomplice Azrael once again scheme to extract mystical Smurf essence in a diabolical plan to rule the world. This time around, however, the Smurfs find themselves in the City of Lights. It’s a clever way to introduce youngsters to one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and, for parents, the Parisian travelogue will provide a welcome distraction from the hocus-pocus storyline and relative absence of subtext. The narrative makes very little sense, but the kids won’t mind. They’ll find it all perfectly smurfy. Read a full review of The Smurfs 2.

    10AM Tinseltown South, 5501 S. I-35, 512/326-4408

  • 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.