Special Screenings

  • The African Queen

    The African Queen (1951)

    Not rated, 105 min. Directed by John Huston. Starring Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Robert Morley.

    Summer Film Classics: World War I Film Series: Bogart and Hepburn battle World War I Germans and each other in this classic demonstration of how opposites attract. The script is by Huston and James Agee. (Double bill: Gallipoli.)

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

  • Bangerz and Sass Sing-Along

    Action Pack: Miley, Taylor, and Katy, plus a few more.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Gallipoli (1981)

    Rated PG, 110 min. Directed by Peter Weir. Starring Mel Gibson, Mark Lee and Bill Kerr.

    Summer Film Classics: World War I Film Series: Young men go off to war and lose their innocence in this Australian film. (Double bill: The African Queen.)

    9:05PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • The Passion of Anna

    The Passion of Anna (1969)

    Rated R, 101 min. Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Starring Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson.

    AFS Essential Cinema: Liv & Ingmar: A man and a woman who have recently lost their spouses momentarily find solace in each other until complications arise.

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

  • The Princess Bride Quote-Along

    The Princess Bride Quote-Along (1987)

    Rated PG, 98 min. Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Fred Savage and Robin Wright Penn.

    Action Pack

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

  • Sharknado

    Sharknado (2013)

    Not rated, 86 min. Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante. Starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard and Casie Scerbo.

    NCM Fathom: Rifftrax Live: Join Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett as they fire their wisecracking commentary at this movie that is actually a thing.

    7PM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

  • This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

    Rated R, 82 min. Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Tony Hendra and Fran Drescher.

    Rock & roll parodies hardly ever get more spot-on than this.

    7:10PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


    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.