Film: Special Screenings
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  • Aliens

    Aliens (1986)

    Rated R, 137 min. Directed by James Cameron. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn and Lance Henriksen.

    70mm at the Ritz: Sigourney Weaver returns for more alien encounters in this sequel directed by Cameron, but this time she's determined to wipe out the critters for good.

    3:15PM, 10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • The Big Chill (1983)

    Rated R, 103 min. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. Starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly and Jobeth Williams.

    Summer Film Classics: The dashed hopes of idealistic youth and the rationalizations that come with maturity provide rich fodder for a group of old college chums who reassemble for a weekend following the suicide of one of their peers. The Motown soundtrack is a side benefit. (Double bill: The Breakfast Club.) Read a full review of The Big Chill.

    2PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club (1985)

    Rated R, 97 min. Directed by John Hughes. Starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy.

    Summer Film Classics: Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this John Hughes classic about different teenage "types" melting one another's shells. (Double bill: The Big Chill.) Read a full review of The Breakfast Club.

    4:05PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • On the Bowery

    On the Bowery (2011)

    Not rated, 65 min. Directed by Lionel Rogosin.

    Filmed on location in the Fifties, Rogosin's award-winning film blends composed narrative filmmaking techniques with vérité footage. See "A Song of Skid Row," May 6, 2011, for more on the film.

    12:55PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street (1953)

    Not rated, 80 min. Directed by Samuel Fuller. Starring Richard Widmark, Jean Peters and Thelma Ritter.

    Cinema Cocktails: A pickpocket acquires something that gets him in trouble with Communist operatives and U.S. law enforcement. Fuller's signature style abounds in this lowlife crime story.

    7:20PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • The Room

    The Room (2003)

    Rated R, 99 min. Directed by Tommy Wiseau. Starring Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero and Philip Haldiman.

    This movie is the latest sensation in the "so bad it's good" school of filmmaking.

    10PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • 2015 Sundance Film Festival Award-Winning Shorts

    2015 Sundance Film Festival Award-Winning Shorts (2015)

    Not rated, 83 min. Directed by Various.

    Austin Film Society: Arthouse: A program of award-winning animated and live-action shorts from this year's Sundance Film Festival. Filmmakers include Don Hertzfeldt, Frankie Shaw, Atsuko Hirayanagi, Kitty Green, Paul Cabon, and Paulina Skibińska.

    4PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000

  • Psycho Beach Party

    Psycho Beach Party (2000)

    Not rated, 95 min. Directed by Robert Lee King. Starring Lauren Ambrose, Thomas Gibson, Nicholas Brendon, Matt Keeslar, Beth Broderick, Charles Busch, Andrew Levitas, Nick Cornish, Kathleen Robertson, Danni Wheeler and Amy Adams.

    Austin Public Library: Bad Film Festival: This campy send-up of surf and slasher movies uses Gidget movies as its comic template. free Read a full review of Psycho Beach Party.

    6:30PM Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina, 512/974-1010

  • Serce Na Dłoni (And a Warm Heart)

    Serce Na Dłoni (And a Warm Heart) (2008)

    Not rated, 96 min. Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi. Starring Bogdan Stupka, Szymon Bobrowski, Marek Kudelko and Krzysztof Kowalewski.

    Austin Polish Society: This Polish film is a dark comedy about a rich businessman who needs a heart transplant and the young suicidal patient in the hospital whom he befriends. free

    3:30PM Manchaca Branch Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd.

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2

    How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

    Rated PG, 102 min. Directed by Dean DeBlois.

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

  • Kung Fu Panda 2

    Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

    Rated PG, 90 min. Directed by Jennifer Yuh.

    9:15AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • The Parent Trap

    The Parent Trap (1961)

    Not rated, 124 min. Directed by David Swift. Starring Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith and Leo G. Carroll.

    Alamo Kids Camp $1.

    10:25AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (1985)

    Rated G, 88 min. Directed by Ken Kwapis.

    Alamo Kids Camp $1.

    9:45AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 131 min. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Starring Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris.

    While the subtitle to this latest entry in the Mission: Impossible series may be better suited to a Keith Urban song or a right-wing talk show, Rogue Nation actually refers to the Syndicate, a shadowy organization hinted at near the end of 2011’s Ghost Protocol. IMF (that’s Impossible Mission Force) leader Ethan Hunt (Cruise) – assisted by returning field agents Benji Dunn (Pegg), William Brandt (Renner), and Luther Stickell (Rhames), as well as the dubiously-monikered newcomer Ilsa Faust (Ferguson) – believes this organization is behind a number of disparate international incidents set to destabilize global geopolitics. Chases ensue. Plots are twisted. Impossibilities become, well, possible. Overall, Rogue Nation is a solid, mildly subversive entry into the series that will have you humming Lalo Schifrin’s indelible theme music for the rest of the week, but probably not lingering over the finer points of the plot. Accept the mission and pass the popcorn. Read a full review of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

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