Film: Special Screenings
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  • Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice (1988)

    Rated PG, 92 min. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara and Sylvia Sidney.

    In this wonderfully comic spook tale, a couple of mild-mannered ghosts call upon the obnoxious demon Betelguese to help them reinhabit their house from the new (and living) tenants.

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

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist (1973)

    Rated R, 121 min. Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb and Kitty Winn.

    As soul-frightening and technically mesmerizing as it ever was, The Exorcist proves that there's no ghost movie as scary as a Holy Ghost movie.

    7:40PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Stroszek

    Stroszek (1977)

    Not rated, 115 min. Directed by Werner Herzog. Starring Bruno S., Eva Mattes and Clemens Scheitz.

    AFS: Hello, Goodbye: Herzog's "found" hero, the grown naif Bruno S., teams with Mattes as they travel from Germany to Wisconsin to begin a new life. They live in a trailer in the barren wilderness, eke out a living, and suffer disappointments. It is one of Herzog's most heartfelt dramas.

    7:30PM AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/454-2000

  • HOME

    HOME (2014)

    Not rated, 85 min. Directed by Daniel Maldonado. Starring Jeremy Ray Valdez, Jesús Ochoa and Angela Lin.

    CineNoche: A lyrical portrait of a cross section of NYC residents. Winner of the Audience Award for Narrative Feature at this year's Cine Las Americas Film Festival.

    7PM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • 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: Clique comedy about teen groupthink. Read a full review of Mean Girls.

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

  • The Omen (1976)

    Rated R, 111 min. Directed by Richard Donner. Starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and Harvey Stephens.

    Halloween AnniverSCARY Films: When parents discover their son is the Antichrist, all hell breaks loose.

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

  • Shaun of the Dead

    Shaun of the Dead (2004)

    Rated R, 97 min. Directed by Edgar Wright. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis, Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton.

    Movie Party: You don’t have to be a fan of the zombie epics of George Romero to enjoy this supremely engaging and jaw-droppingly (literally) hilarious British "romantic comedy … with zombies," but it couldn’t hurt. Shaun of the Dead is one of the best stand-alone horror films of the past 10 years and is also, oddly enough, the funniest comedy from just about anywhere in longer than I care to remember. To top it off, it’s a winning tale of friendship and true love that actually gets it all right for once. The lessons to be found here – the power of friendship, love, and loyalty in the face of overwhelming odds – are not what you might expect from a film that features shotgun blasts to the face and excellent jokes at Dire Straits’ expense, but that’s key to Shaun of the Dead’s runaway success in the UK. Read a full review of Shaun of the Dead.

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

  • Shaun of the Dead Quote-Along (2004)

    Rated R, 97 min. Directed by Edgar Wright. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield and Dylan Moran.

    Movie Party: You've got red on you.

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

  • 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.

    10:30PM 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.

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

  • Scream

    Scream (1996)

    Rated R, 100 min. Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, David Arquette, Rose McGowan, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard and Courteney Cox.

    Terror Tuesday: Halloween must be upon us when the venerable Alamo series shoots for the lowest common denominator with this meta horror/comedy. Read a full review of Scream.

    9:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020


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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