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  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

    Rated R, 105 min. Directed by Drew Goddard. Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian White and Amy Acker.

    This meta-horror film turns cliches sideways for a bloody fun time. Read a full review of The Cabin in the Woods.

    10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist (1973)

    Rated R, 121 min. Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb and Kitty Winn.

    As soul-frightening and technically mesmerizing as it ever was, The Exorcist proves that there's no ghost movie as scary as a Holy Ghost movie.

    7:40PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye (1973)

    Rated R, 112 min. Directed by Robert Altman. Starring Elliott Gould, Nina Van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Henry Gibson, Mark Rydell and Jim Bouten.

    AFS: Hello, Goodbye: Gould plays Raymond Chandler's diffident private eye Philip Marlowe, who is caught up in a typically nasty and convoluted web of shady characters and intrigue. The script is by The Big Sleep's Leigh Brackett, and Altman here commits the same kind of genre evisceration of film noir as he did with the war film in M*A*S*H and the Western in McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Highly recommended.

    7:30PM AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/454-2000

  • Mean Girls

    Mean Girls (2004)

    Rated PG-13, 97 min. Directed by Mark Waters. Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Lacey Chabert, Ana Gasteyer, Amanda Seyfried and Jonathan Bennett.

    Girlie Night: Mean Girls is visibly torn between satirizing the excesses of suburban princessdom and proffering an earnest solution to girl-on-girl terrorism. Lohan is fine as Cady, a former homeschooler who "mainstreams" into a posh Illinois suburb after a childhood in Africa. She’s hot, of course, so the Heathers – I mean, the Plastics (McAdams, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried) – glom onto her. With encouragement from two art dorks, Cady infiltrates the Plastics in order to end their reign of terror. But will the power of popularity turn her Plastic, as well? Building a sustained narrative is not Fey’s métier, and the direction by Waters is too shapeless to keep the dramatic momentum consistent all the way through to the Big Dance Scene. Wistful voiceover explains too much and, even worse, interrupts the requisite Teen Movie Climactic Speech. These missteps interfere with what might have otherwise been a more subversive statement with a proto-feminist subtext. Read a full review of Mean Girls.

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

  • Carrie

    Carrie (1976)

    Rated R, 97 min. Directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, William Katt, John Travolta and Amy Irving.

    Halloween AnniverSCARY Films: Creepy Carrie is what the girls at school call her, but they don't know the half of it. De Palma's classic creep show has dark undertones about the nastiness of teen spirit, emergent female sexuality, and rabid Christianity. Needless to say, Carrie is our favorite prom queen. Geeks Who Drink trivia beforehand.

    6:30PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Don Giovanni (2011)

    Metropolitan Opera: Encore Presentation: Simon Keenlyside performs the title role; Fabio Luisi conducts.

    6:30PM Metropolitan, 901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

  • The Shining

    The Shining (1980)

    Rated R, 142 min. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers.

    NCM Fathom: Although the pairing of Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King sounds weird, this creepy thriller totally works.

    2PM, 6PM Cinemark Cedar Park, 1335 E. Whitestone, 800/326-3264

  • The Babadook

    The Babadook (2014)

    Not rated, 93 min. Directed by Jennifer Kent. Starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall, Barbara West and Ben Winspear.

    Still Awesome: Tyro helmer Jennifer Kent conjures a disturbing spook story about a mother, a son, and an unnerving presence in their house. Read a full review of The Babadook.

    10:55PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • Let the Right One In

    Let the Right One In (2008)

    Rated R, 114 min. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. Starring Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson.

    Still Awesome: This multi-award-winning Swedish film might be summarized as a vampire tween romance, but that cheap and tawdry sum-up does zero justice to the magnificent emotional resonance of this gem. Read a full review of Let the Right One In.

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

  • The Birds

    The Birds (1963)

    Not rated, 120 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright and Jessica Tandy.

    Travis Audubon Society Presents: Unmistakably one of the master's best: Hitchcock manages to turn the most innocuous of creatures into crowing critters of chaos. This screening is free if you are a member of the Alamo's rewards program.

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

  • The Dragon Lives Again (1977)

    Rated R, 90 min. Directed by Kei Law. Starring Siu-Lung Leung, Ie Lung Shen and Ching Tang.

    Weird Wednesday: The premise of this Bruce Lee exploitation film is that Lee dies and goes to the underworld where he teams up with Dracula, the Godfather, the Exorcist, Clint Eastwood, James Bond, Emmanuelle, Popeye, and many others in an attempt to defeat the Lord of Darkness.

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


1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 118 min. Directed by Edward Zwick. Starring Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Aldis Hodge, Holt McCallany, Madalyn Horcher and Robert Knepper.

    A retired major in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, Jack Reacher (Cruise) roams around as a sort of vagrant vigilante. He’s off the grid until he smells trouble and pops up like a jack-in-the-box to investigate and slam some heads around. Reacher is tasked with clearing the name of Major Susan Turner (Smulders), accused of espionage, and then his own, once he’s pulled into a conspiracy plot. Cruise isn’t slowing down. Now in his mid-fifties, he’s shouldering two franchises – the long-running Mission: Impossible series and now these Jack Reacher movies. The mile-wide smiles come less easily, replaced by the gritted teeth of someone battling a migraine. The movie is boilerplate action-thriller, filmed with an anonymous style and scripted so that characters talk in catchphrases. It clears the bar of competency, but that's all. It’s a B movie that would have been better served dropping a couple more grades with the addition of sex and swagger. Read a full review of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

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