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TUESDAY DEC. 6
  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    Not rated, 129 min. Directed by Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers and Gloria Grahame.

    This sentimental perennial is a holiday chestnut.

    6PM iPic Theaters Austin, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400

  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

    Rated PG-13, 97 min. Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Diane Ladd, John Randolph, E.G. Marshall, Doris Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mae Questel and William Hickey.

    The third in the Vacation series is reliably amusing, with script by John Hughes and a fabulous cast.

    6:15PM, 7PM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549

  • King Cobra

    King Cobra (2016)

    Not rated, 91 min. Directed by Justin Kelly. Starring James Franco, Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald, Christian Slater and Keegan Allen.

    aGLIFF Presents: True story. Gay Porn. James Franco. Crime and murder. Are you not entertained?! (Actually, it sounds pretty good.)

    7:30PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue (1993)

    Rated R, 98 min. Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Starring Juliette Binoche.

    Arthouse Rewind: The immortal Polish director's Three Colors trilogy is based on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. Blue explores liberty through the story of a woman who must learn to re-engage in life after the death of her husband and daughter.

    11AM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard (1988)

    Rated R, 131 min. Directed by John McTiernan. Starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia.

    Movie Party: Free cap guns with admission and live explosions in the theatre.

    6:50PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Nerdland (2016)

    Not rated, 85 min. Directed by Chris Prynoski.

    NCM Fathom: A star-studded cast voices this animated tale of a screenwriter and an actor whose shot at stardom has all but died. The duo hit rock bottom while having the time of their life.

    8PM Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center, 18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men (2006)

    Rated R, 109 min. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Claire-Hope Ashitey, Pam Ferris, Danny Huston and Peter Mullan.

    Staff Picks: A future-shock story that brims with gusto and ambiguity, the film feels more like a documentary today than a dystopian parable. Read a full review of Children of Men.

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

  • Willard

    Willard (2003)

    Rated PG-13, 100 min. Directed by Glen Morgan. Starring Crispin Glover, Jackie Burroughs, R. Lee Ermey, Laura Elena Harring and David Parker.

    Terror Tuesday: This remake of the 1971 film about a lonely boy and his rats stars Crispin Glover, who seems made-to-order for the role. Read a full review of Willard.

    10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

SPACES
  • Nerdland (2016)

    Not rated, 85 min. Directed by Chris Prynoski.

    NCM Fathom: A star-studded cast voices this animated tale of a screenwriter and an actor whose shot at stardom has all but died. The duo hit rock bottom while having the time of their life.

    8PM Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center, 18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938

BULLOCK MUSEUM IMAX

1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "A Beautiful Planet" (2016)

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

  • "Jerusalem" (2014)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by Daniel Ferguson. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • "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.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 133 min. Directed by David Yates. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Ezra Miller.

    As we open in New York City 1926, Newt Scamander (Redmayne)has just arrived from overseas to ostensibly free one beast while acquiring another. He carries with him a tattered suitcase, one with a secret, as it’s revealed to be a world in and of itself, a preserve for the creatures he’s collected. But as these things go, bigger threats reveal themselves, especially in the form of a chaotic and malevolent parasitical entity that is wreaking havoc in the city. While Fantastic Beasts suffers from some symptoms we’ve taken as par for the course in Hollywood spectacles, it is also really fun. The backdrop of New York City in the Twenties is a nice change of pace from castles and countrysides, and Redmayne's take on the absent-minded professor schtick is splendid. Rowling's world-building skills sometimes clash with director Yates’ need to move on to the next catastrophe, but those looking for a charming blockbuster, here is where to find it. Read a full review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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