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  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 127 min. Directed by Lilly (formerly Andy) Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. Starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton, James D’Arcy and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

    The Wachowskis' space opera starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum is a visual dazzler but a narrative splice-and-dice. Read a full review of Jupiter Ascending.

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

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park (1993)

    Rated PG-13, 127 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough.

    As expected, the dinosaurs rule the show. Without them on screen, Jurassic Park tends to bog down in occasionally unnecessary explanations. Though, to be fair, the dinosaurs really are brilliant. Spielberg seems to be trying so very hard for that elusive “Gosh, Wow, Sense of Wonder!” that it all looks strained in spots. Of all people, he should know that dinosaurs literally embody that spirit – you don't need much of anything else to prop them up, but the director gamely tries, over-employing his trademark sunset lighting and spectacular crane and tracking shots. This is academic, though. Every kid in America, and nearly every adult, too, will see this picture and may go see it again, if only for the dinosaurs – in newly added 3-D. Read a full review of Jurassic Park.

    12:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Sex and Broadcasting (2014)

    Not rated, 78 min. Directed by Tim K. Smith.

    Music Monday: New Jersey's unique radio station WFMU benefits from one man's concerted efforts to keep it running.

    10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "A Beautiful Planet" (2016)

    Rated G, 40 min. Directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.

  • "National Parks Adventure" (2016)

    Not rated, 38 min. Directed by Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Robert Redford.

    Stunning imagery and an overview of the national parks’ history is combined with reflections on what the wilderness means to us all. The film is narrated by Robert Redford.

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass

    Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

    Rated PG, 113 min. Directed by James Bobin. Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway, Rhys Ifans, Lindsay Duncan and Leo Bill.

    This unasked-for sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 film rendition of the timeless Lewis Carroll story installs a new director at the helm, yet Alice Through the Looking Glass repeats many of the same mistakes as Alice in Wonderland. Both films favor their stories’ visual possibilities over character development and narrative intrigue. There are lots of adventures, but the whys and wherefores are slight and uninvolving. Alice (Wasikowska) determines to help the Mad Hatter (Depp) and gets sucked into a to-and-fro journey in which she has to seize a time machine to learn the reasons for the animosity of the queenly sisters (here called Mirana instead of White Queen, and Iracebeth rather than Red Queen). While the film’s special effects are quite something to behold, the rendition lacks magic, jabberwocky, and whimsy. This return to Wonderland is a dull outing, about which it can be said that Alice doesn’t live here anymore. Read a full review of Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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