Rated PG, 103 min. Directed by W.D. Richter. Starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd.
7PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070
Not rated, 90 min. Directed by Jeremy Saulnier. Starring Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack and Eve Plumb.
Salunier served as the writer, director, and cinematographer of this multi-award-winning film about a loner on a mysterious mission. Saulnier and Macon Blair will be in attendance for a Q&A. Read a full review of Blue Ruin.
7PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320
Rated PG-13, 117 min. Directed by Peter Farrelly. Starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and Lauren Holly.
7PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320
Rated R, 92 min. Directed by Amy Heckerling. Starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston, Vincent Schiavelli, Forest Whitaker, James Russo, Eric Stoltz and Nicolas Cage.
So many debuts, so much promise. Amy Heckerling's portrait of high school/shopping mall life in Southern California is still just about as good as it gets. It’s adapted from Cameron Crowe’s book, and the panoply of teen types and turmoils is dead-on accurate. Penn’s Jeff Spicoli is the stoner archetype, Cates is a real heartbreaker, and Reinhold has never again been this good.
7:30PM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549
Not rated, 120 min.
NCM Fathom: Shatner’s one-man show takes audiences on a behind-the-scenes voyage through the actor's storied life and career. Shatner also introduces the film with a special intro.
7:30PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535
Action Pack: Sing your heart out, and you will be the champion.
9:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320
Rated PG-13, 83 min. Directed by Akiva Schaffer. Starring Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Ian McShane, Sissy Spacek, Will Arnett and Chris Parnell.
Off-Centered Film Festival: Beer Party With Lonely Island:
Cross Napoleon Dynamite
's endearing optimism with Ben Stiller's total commitment to his goofy characters, and you'll wind up with a character something like Andy Samberg's hapless stuntman. Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone of Lonely Island will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Read a full review of Hot Rod.
6PM Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
Austin Public Library: Choose from a selection of candidates each month. free
5PM Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove, 512/974-7400
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.
Now in its 17th year, this annual festival continues through Sunday. The opening and closing-night galas will be held at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre, along with many other new, international releases, and the Hecho en Tejas lineup. Competition narrative features and shorts will be shown on two screens at the Alamo Drafthouse Village. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center will host free screenings of films in the documentary competition and the Emergencia Youth Film Day on Saturday, April 26. Free screenings will also be offered at St. Edward's University's Jones Auditorium. Pioneer Chicano filmmaker Efraín Gutiérrez will be honored at a retrospective of his films at the Marchesa, for which he will be present. For our interview with Executive Director Eugenio del Bosque, see austinchronicle.com/daily/screens
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 512/454-2000