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WEDNESDAY JULY 30
  • Berserk: Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey (2012)

    Not rated, 95 min. Directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka.

    Anime: Going through Game of Thrones withdrawal? This epic fantasy film is here to help.

    7:30PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Dark Mountain (2013)

    Not rated, 82 min. Directed by Tara Anaïse. Starring Sage Howard, Andrew Simpson and Shelby Stehlin.

    Other Worlds Austin and Superstitious Films: This is a horror film about the Superstition Mountains' legendary Lost Dutchman gold mine. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Tara Anaïse. Tickets available at www.tugg.com/events/10228.

    9PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • Do the Right Thing (1989)

    Rated R, 120 min. Directed by Spike Lee. Starring Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee, Joie Lee, John Turturro and Rosie Perez.

    1989: 25 Years Later: Spike Lee's provocative masterpiece. (Double bill: Roger & Me.)

    8:50PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself (2014)

    Rated R, 115 min. Directed by Steve James.

    The life of Roger Ebert is celebrated in this documentary by the director of Hoop Dreams. Read a full review of Life Itself.

    3:40PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

    Rated PG, 90 min. Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. Starring Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin.

    Summer Classics: In their second feature film, the wacky Brits do a number on Arthurian legend and the Middle Ages. The humor is scattershot – but don't tell that to a true believer. This print presents the film uncut for the first time, and includes 24 seconds of footage that were removed just before its original theatrical release. The soundtrack has also been remastered in Dolby stereo.

    2PM, 7PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

  • Northville Cemetery Massacre (1976)

    Rated R, 83 min. Directed by William Dear. Starring David Hyry, Craig Collicut and Carson Jackson.

    Weird Wednesday: It's corrupt cops vs. bikers in this Wild Bunch on wheels. Director Dear will be onhand for a post-film Q&A.

    9:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Pompeii

    Pompeii (2014)

    Rated PG-13, 105 min. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas and Jared Harris.

    A gladiator slave must rescue his secret love before Vesuvius erupts. Read a full review of Pompeii.

    9:30PM Barton Creek Square (AMC), 2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 888/262-4386

  • 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 Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • 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

    7:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • Roger & Me (1989)

    Rated R, 91 min. Directed by Michael Moore.

    1989: 25 Years Later: This incendiary doc examines capitalism's cruel emphasis of profit over people. (Double bill: Do the Right Thing.)

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

  • Twin Peaks Pilot (1990)

    Not rated, 94 min. Directed by David Lynch. Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean and Sheryl Lee.

    The Complete David Lynch: It is happening again.

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

  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart (1990)

    Rated R, 127 min. Directed by David Lynch. Starring Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton and Crispin Glover.

    The Complete David Lynch: Lynch won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for this surreal Southern Gothic. The film screens in 35mm, and that's rockin' good news. BYO cockroaches.

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

  • SPACES

  • Curtis Harrington Shorts

    AFS: Avant Cinema: Six shorts from Curtis Harrington, widely regarded as one of the important avant-garde directors of the Forties, as well as an early influential figure in what would come to be known as New Queer Cinema, are screened.

    7:30PM Austin Studios Screening Room, 1901 E. 51st St., 512/322-0145

  • The Goonies

    The Goonies (1985)

    Rated PG, 114 min. Directed by Richard Donner. Starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green and Martha Plimpton.

    101X Summer Cinema Series: Never say die!

    8:30PM Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000

  • The Pink Panther

    The Pink Panther (1963)

    Not rated, 113 min. Directed by Blake Edwards. Starring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Robert Wagner and Capucine.

    Sound & Cinema: Henry Mancini's indelible theme song gets the local treatment as the Jeff Lofton Quartet performs before Edward's and Seller's comic classic.

    7PM Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100

  • KIDS

  • Annie

    Annie (1982)

    Rated PG, 126 min. Directed by John Huston. Starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Aileen Quinn, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry and Ann Reinking.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: The comic strip spawned a Broadway musical, which spawned this movie directed by the obvious go-to guy for orphaned moppets – John Huston.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • 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.

    10:45AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie (2014)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

    Smart and savvy, The Lego Movie takes the classic dilemma of every Lego owner – to follow the instructions or not to follow? – and constructs a wild-ride fantasy of colorful, interlocking plastic bricks only to deconstruct it in the most amazing way possible. What initially appears to be a nonsensical story about an ordinary minifigure named Emmet, who joins forces with a cadre of Master Builders to save Legokind from the evil Lord Business (who’s plotting to take the snap out of things with Krazy Glue), later resonates with depth and feeling when it segues into the real world. It all fits together in a way you don’t see coming. Kudos to the filmmakers for connecting the pieces to make such a funny and sharp animated movie that speaks to kids and adults alike. To quote the once ordinary, now extraordinary Emmet, “Everything is awesome!!!” Indeed, it is. Read a full review of The Lego Movie.

    10AM Cinemark Movies 8 Round Rock, 2120 N. Mays, 512/388-2848

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie (2014)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

    Smart and savvy, The Lego Movie takes the classic dilemma of every Lego owner – to follow the instructions or not to follow? – and constructs a wild-ride fantasy of colorful, interlocking plastic bricks only to deconstruct it in the most amazing way possible. What initially appears to be a nonsensical story about an ordinary minifigure named Emmet, who joins forces with a cadre of Master Builders to save Legokind from the evil Lord Business (who’s plotting to take the snap out of things with Krazy Glue), later resonates with depth and feeling when it segues into the real world. It all fits together in a way you don’t see coming. Kudos to the filmmakers for connecting the pieces to make such a funny and sharp animated movie that speaks to kids and adults alike. To quote the once ordinary, now extraordinary Emmet, “Everything is awesome!!!” Indeed, it is. Read a full review of The Lego Movie.

    10AM Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14, 12812 Hill Country Blvd., 800/326-3264

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie (2014)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

    Smart and savvy, The Lego Movie takes the classic dilemma of every Lego owner – to follow the instructions or not to follow? – and constructs a wild-ride fantasy of colorful, interlocking plastic bricks only to deconstruct it in the most amazing way possible. What initially appears to be a nonsensical story about an ordinary minifigure named Emmet, who joins forces with a cadre of Master Builders to save Legokind from the evil Lord Business (who’s plotting to take the snap out of things with Krazy Glue), later resonates with depth and feeling when it segues into the real world. It all fits together in a way you don’t see coming. Kudos to the filmmakers for connecting the pieces to make such a funny and sharp animated movie that speaks to kids and adults alike. To quote the once ordinary, now extraordinary Emmet, “Everything is awesome!!!” Indeed, it is. Read a full review of The Lego Movie.

    10AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Suite 1500, 512/291-3158

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie (2014)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

    Smart and savvy, The Lego Movie takes the classic dilemma of every Lego owner – to follow the instructions or not to follow? – and constructs a wild-ride fantasy of colorful, interlocking plastic bricks only to deconstruct it in the most amazing way possible. What initially appears to be a nonsensical story about an ordinary minifigure named Emmet, who joins forces with a cadre of Master Builders to save Legokind from the evil Lord Business (who’s plotting to take the snap out of things with Krazy Glue), later resonates with depth and feeling when it segues into the real world. It all fits together in a way you don’t see coming. Kudos to the filmmakers for connecting the pieces to make such a funny and sharp animated movie that speaks to kids and adults alike. To quote the once ordinary, now extraordinary Emmet, “Everything is awesome!!!” Indeed, it is. Read a full review of The Lego Movie.

    10AM Tinseltown South, 5501 S. I-35, 512/326-4408

  • 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.

    9:30AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Turbo

    Turbo (2013)

    Rated PG, 96 min. Directed by David Soren.

    ”No dream is too big, no dreamer too small,” proclaims race-car driver Guy Gagné (voiced by Hader) in this animated movie. Those words are taken to heart by Turbo (voiced by Reynolds), a suburban garden snail who dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500. An impossible dream, of course … but we’re in the world of cartoons, so when Turbo gets sucked into the manifold of a car engaged in a street race, the nitrous fumes magically transform the snail into a racing machine. After running away from home, Turbo is rescued by Tito (Peña), a man who races snails for entertainment, and, together, they get a shot at accomplishing their dreams. The plot of this latest DreamWorks Animation release isn’t terribly original, but it’s serviceable, and the images are bright and lively. By the time Turbo reaches the finish line, it joins the winner’s circle without quite nabbing the trophy. Read a full review of Turbo.

    10AM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

  • Walking With Dinosaurs

    Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale.

    A truly ambitious, nicely animated prehistoric romp, this film features a stunning disconnect between cinematic mise-en-scène and narrative content. The press material insists, “For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth …” – that is, until the voiceovers begin and the story unfolds. Unfortunately, all the sincere effort and sophisticated energy used to create some kind of tangible verisimilitude is squandered on a plot so frustratingly lame that "corny" and "obvious" would be compliments. The story of an outcast young dinosaur, the runt of the litter, who falls in love while slowly growing to manhood, is maddeningly predictable and beyond hackneyed. His misadventures are children’s-coloring-book obvious; the overall narrative trajectory contains no surprises. Very young children might be entertained, but the closer viewers are to puberty, the less likely it is to hold their interest. Read a full review of Walking With Dinosaurs.

    10AM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

  • 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.