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THURSDAY MAY 26
  • Beyoncé Sing-Along

    Dance Party

    7PM, 10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca (1942)

    Not rated, 102 min. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Dooley Wilson.

    Summer Film Classics: Play it again, Paramount. (Double bill: The Maltese Falcon.)

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

  • Journey to Italy

    Journey to Italy (1954)

    Not rated, 97 min. Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders.

    Austin Film Society: Rossellini – Restored and Revisited: Ingrid Bergman's third collaboration with Rossellini draws on the magic of Italy as its subject and inspiration for this study of a marriage that appears to be disintegrating.

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

  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon (1941)

    Not rated, 101 min. Directed by John Huston. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Peter Lorre.

    Summer Film Classics: Based on a Dashiell Hammett novel (adapted for screen by Huston, in his directorial debut), The Maltese Falcon is film noir at its finest. Bogart stars as Detective Sam Spade. (Double bill: Casablanca.)

    9PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

SPACES
  • Austin School of Film Shorts Encore (2016)

    An encore presentation of the organization's SXSW Community Screening of shorts created by first-time filmmakers at the school. VIP tickets $25, general admission $6 and bring your own chair

    8PM House Wine, 408 Josephine, 512/322-5210

  • Dazed and Confused and Orange County

    School's Out for Summer: Double bill.

    8:45PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • Theatre of Blood

    Theatre of Blood (1973)

    Rated R, 104 min. Directed by Douglas Hickox. Starring Vincent Price and Diana Rigg.

    Shakespeare Our Contemporary: A Shakespearean actor exacts poetic revenge on the critics who denied him an award in this comedy/horror classic.

    7PM Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st, 512/471-8944

  • Waiting for Guffman

    Waiting for Guffman (1997)

    Rated R, 84 min. Directed by Christopher Guest. Starring Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Lewis Arquette, Brian Doyle-Murray and Matt Keeslar.

    Austin Film Festival: Texas Focus With Parker Posey: Sold out. Read a full review of Waiting for Guffman.

    7PM Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-8746

  • 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.

    Whither whimsy? This unasked-for sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 film rendition of the timeless Lewis Carroll story installs a new director at the helm (James Bobin of the recently revived Muppet movies, though Burton is still on board as a producer). Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass repeats many of the same mistakes as Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Both films favor their stories’ visual possibilities over character development and narrative intrigue. They are works that are sure to pique the interest of the art directors’ and costume designers’ guilds, but fail the basic “curiouser and curiouser” test.

    Linda Woolverton, who wrote the screenplays for both this and the 2010 film, spins an original story around the Lewis Carroll characters, along with some newly invented ones in this new film. There are lots of adventures – soaring the high seas and careening, literally, through time – but the whys and wherefores are rather slight and uninvolving. In the film’s prelude we find Alice (Wasikowska) captaining a ship in the Straits of Malacca, cunningly defeating her assailants on the choppy sea. Back home with her widowed mom (Duncan), Alice learns that Hamish (Bill), her suitor from the previous movie, wants to repossess her father’s ship in exchange for allowing her mother to keep their house. But while confronting Hamish during a fancy ball at his home, Alice follows the butterfly Absolem (Rickman) through a looking glass to Wonderland. There the White Queen (Hathaway, seemingly acting only with her arms) and her cohorts tell Alice why she’s been summoned: Her friend, the Mad Hatter (Depp), is seriously depressed. It appears he has unresolved Dad Hatter issues, and he’s one morose son. (Call me old-fashioned, but an ashen and weepy Mad Hatter is far less preferable to a colorful, vibrant, and riddle-spouting creature.) Alice determines to help her friend and gets sucked into a to-and-fro adventure in which she has to seize a time machine from Time himself (Baron Cohen, quite amusing) and learn the reasons for the animosity of the queenly sisters (here called Mirana instead of White Queen, and Iracebeth rather than Red Queen, though played by the same actresses in both Alice films) and the origins of the Red Queen’s fat head.

    The film’s special effects are quite something to behold, though Alice’s travels through time go on for too long. The old, familiar characters – the Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, Tweedle brothers, et al. – serve merely as a Wonderland Greek chorus, but add nothing new to the story. A strong girl-power current also runs through the film, which is always pleasing to find. What the film lacks, however, is magic, jabberwocky, and, yes, 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.

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 146 min. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Holland.

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