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THURSDAY AUG. 21
  • Boy Band Sing-Along

    Action Pack

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

  • High Noon

    High Noon (1952)

    Not rated, 85 min. Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Starring Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado and Grace Kelly.

    Summer Film Classics: The Fifties: A quintessential showdown caps off this enduring Western morality tale. (Double bill: The Quiet Man.)

    7:15PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Ikiru (1952)

    Not rated, 143 min. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Starring Takashi Shimura, Shin'ichi Himori and Haruo Tanaka.

    Summer Film Classics: The Fifties: A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (Double bill: Tokyo Story.)

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

  • Lady of Burlesque (1943)

    Not rated, 91 min. Directed by William A. Wellman. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea and Iris Adrian.

    AFS Essential Cinema: Barbara Stanwyck: Intrigue abounds as the murder of two strippers cause backstage havoc at a burlesque club.

    7:30PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 512/454-2000

  • The Quiet Man (1952)

    Not rated, 129 min. Directed by John Ford. Starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Mildred Natwick, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen.

    Summer Film Classics: The Fifties: This John Ford love song to the mythic Ireland of drunken blarney and sassy lasses is also one of the master's greatest. (Double bill: High Noon.)

    9PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

    Not rated, 90 min. Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante. Starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox and Mark McGrath.

    NCM Fathom: Sequel to the inexplicable "hit" movie. This screening includes interviews and bonus features, as well as "hilarious" bloopers.

    8PM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story (1953)

    Not rated, 136 min. Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. Starring Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara and Haruko Sugimura.

    Summer Film Classics: The Fifties: One of the great Japanese master's great meditations on mortality occurs as an elderly couple visits their grown children – a visit that is greeted dispassionately. Double bill: Ikiru.)

    9:35PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • The Warriors

    The Warriors (1979)

    Rated R, 90 min. Directed by Walter Hill. Starring Michael Beck, James Remar, Thomas Waites, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler, Deborah Van Valkenburgh and Mercedes Ruehl.

    Tough Guy Cinema: Hill’s visually riveting tale about gangland warfare in New York City unfolds like a violent, comic-book Western. Gang colors, desolate streets and subway platforms, and graffiti-emblazoned backgrounds create penetrating images of boroughs gone berserk with block-by-block warfare.

    10:05PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Wet Hot American Summer Quote-Along (2001)

    Rated R, 97 min. Directed by David Wain. Starring Michael Showalter, Paul Rudd and Amt Poehler.

    Action Pack: Will talking cans of vegetables be distributed? Come and find out.

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

  • 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.

    10:05AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Rango

    Rango (2011)

    Rated PG, 107 min. Directed by Gore Verbinski.

    9:25AM 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.

    10AM 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.

  • FESTIVALS

  • Capital City Black Film Festival

    Capital City Black Film Festival

    Now in its second year, this three-day festival offers a variety of panels, screenings, and social gatherings. For the complete schedule, see www.capcitybff.com.

    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.