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  • We Are X (2016)

    Rated R, 93 min. Directed by Stephen Kijak.

    Q&A with the director and one of the members of this popular Japanese band.

    7:15PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • Mean Girls

    Mean Girls (2004)

    Rated PG-13, 97 min. Directed by Mark Waters. Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Lacey Chabert, Ana Gasteyer, Amanda Seyfried and Jonathan Bennett.

    Girlie Night: Mean Girls is visibly torn between satirizing the excesses of suburban princessdom and proffering an earnest solution to girl-on-girl terrorism. Lohan is fine as Cady, a former homeschooler who "mainstreams" into a posh Illinois suburb after a childhood in Africa. She’s hot, of course, so the Heathers – I mean, the Plastics (McAdams, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried) – glom onto her. With encouragement from two art dorks, Cady infiltrates the Plastics in order to end their reign of terror. But will the power of popularity turn her Plastic, as well? Building a sustained narrative is not Fey’s métier, and the direction by Waters is too shapeless to keep the dramatic momentum consistent all the way through to the Big Dance Scene. Wistful voiceover explains too much and, even worse, interrupts the requisite Teen Movie Climactic Speech. These missteps interfere with what might have otherwise been a more subversive statement with a proto-feminist subtext. Read a full review of Mean Girls.

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

  • Kirk Cameron's Revive Us (2016)

    Not rated, 90 min.

    NCM Fathom: Dude from Growing Pains gathers pastors, musicians, and Trump apologist Ben Carson for what is sure to be a measured and thoughtful discussion on the future of white Christians.

    7PM Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center, 18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938

  • Blood Money and Sylvia Scarlett

    Precode Pants Parade: Double Feature.

    7:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • The Babadook

    The Babadook (2014)

    Not rated, 93 min. Directed by Jennifer Kent. Starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall, Barbara West and Ben Winspear.

    Still Awesome: Tyro helmer Jennifer Kent conjures a disturbing spook story about a mother, a son, and an unnerving presence in their house. Read a full review of The Babadook.

    9:20PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • Let the Right One In

    Let the Right One In (2008)

    Rated R, 114 min. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. Starring Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson.

    Still Awesome: This multi-award-winning Swedish film might be summarized as a vampire tween romance, but that cheap and tawdry sum-up does zero justice to the magnificent emotional resonance of this gem. Read a full review of Let the Right One In.

    9:40PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070


1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 118 min. Directed by Edward Zwick. Starring Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Aldis Hodge, Holt McCallany, Madalyn Horcher and Robert Knepper.

    A retired major in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, Jack Reacher (Cruise) roams around as a sort of vagrant vigilante. He’s off the grid until he smells trouble and pops up like a jack-in-the-box to investigate and slam some heads around. In Never Go Back, the second movie adaptation drawn from Lee Child’s 20-book series starring Reacher, he’s tasked with clearing the name of Major Susan Turner (Smulders), accused of espionage, and then his own, once he’s pulled into a conspiracy plot.

    Produced by Cruise and adapted by director Edward Zwick (who last worked with Cruise on The Last Samurai), Zwick’s longtime creative partner Marshall Herskovitz, and Richard Wenk, Never Go Back is boilerplate action-thriller, filmed with an anonymous style and scripted so that characters talk in catchphrases. It clears the bar of competency, but what kind of recommendation is that? It’s a B movie that would have been better served dropping a couple more grades with the addition of sex and swagger.

    As an action star – and action is all he seems to be doing these days – Cruise isn’t slowing down. Now in his mid-fifties, he’s shouldering two franchises – the long-running Mission: Impossible series and now these Jack Reacher movies. But is he having any fun? The mile-wide smiles come less easily, replaced by the gritted teeth of someone battling a migraine. I haven’t read Child’s Reacher thrillers; perhaps Cruise’s interpretation – punishingly self-serious, his whole body like a balled fist – is true to the books. Fidelity to source doesn’t make the performance any more interesting. Cruise owned the better part of two decades on the strength of his charisma. Why bury it like dirty underwear in the bottom of the hamper?

    Read a full review of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

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