Rated R, 109 min. Directed by Ivan Passer. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Heard and Lisa Eichhorn.
Austin Film Society: Jewels in the Wasteland: One of the great, frequently overlooked films of the Eighties is this textured character study-cum-modern film noir. Heard plays a physically and mentally damaged Vietnam vet who joins with his pal (Bridges) to solve a murder – or at least that's ostensibly what the movie's about. Richard Linklater will introduce the film and discuss it afterward.
7:30PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 512/454-2000
Rated R, 102 min. Directed by David Mamet. Starring Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna and Mike Nussbaum.
From Script to Screen: Four Films Written by David Mamet: Who better than a psychiatrist to uncover a gambler's tells? In this film, that's how a shrink trying to help her patient gets drawn into the murky world of gamblers and con men.
6:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320
Devolver Digital Indie Wednesdays: Lindstrom, the Emmy-nominated soap-opera actor, makes his debut as a writer, director, and producer with this ensemble piece about old friends who are hit with an unexpected tragedy. A sneak preview of "Super Game Jam" precedes the film.
7PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320
Rated R, 93 min. Directed by Lewis Teague. Starring Pamela Sue Martin, Robert Conrad and Louise Fletcher.
Weird Wednesday: John Sayles wrote the script for this New World film about the woman who, ultimately, done John Dillinger wrong.
10:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320
Rated R, 111 min. Directed by Albert Magnoli. Starring Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III.
Action Pack: Wonder what it sounds like when a dove cries? Then Prince's idealized life story is the movie for you.
7PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070
Rated PG-13, 94 min. Directed by Gil Junger. Starring Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholz, Andrew Keegan, Susan May Pratt, Gabrielle Union and Larry Miller.
7PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090
Rated PG, 144 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith.
6PM University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola, 512/929-0551
1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629
Not rated, 44 min. Directed by Mike Slee. Starring Gordon Pinsent and Patricia Phillips.
The life cycle of a monarch butterfly and its long-distance migration from Canada to Central Mexico is captured in this 3-D nature documentary that also focuses on the decades of fieldwork conducted by Canadian scientist Fred Urquhart.
Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Robert Redford.
The river at risk is the Colorado. Water-conservation advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. joins ethnobotanist and author Wade Davis and their 18-year-old daughters for a rafting trip down the river to the parched Colorado delta.
Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. Narrated by Bill Nighy.
This 3-D film explores the great white’s place in our imaginations and fears, while concentrating on key aggregation points in the waters off Mexico, South Africa, Los Angeles, and New Zealand.
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.
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.
Not rated, 43 min. Directed by Sean C. Casey.
Storm Chasers star Casey joins the researchers of VORTEX2 in this effort to capture the origins and evolution of tornadoes.