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WEDNESDAY JULY 8
  • The Bees (1978)

    Rated PG, 83 min. Directed by Alfredo Zacarias. Starring John Saxon, Angel Tompkins and John Carradine.

    Weird Wednesday: Super-intelligent killer bees swarm North America.

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

  • Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice (1988)

    Rated PG, 92 min. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara and Sylvia Sidney.

    Summer Film Classics: This comic spook tale borrows a page from the Topper storyline, but does it with imaginative fun and style. (Double bill: Topper)

    8:55PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • La Traviata (2012)

    Metropolitan Opera: Encore Presentation: Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky perform in this new production, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

    7PM Metropolitan, 901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

  • Topper (1937)

    Not rated, 97 min. Directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Starring Constance Bennett, Cary Grant, Roland Young and Billie Burke.

    Summer Film Classics: Before Beetlejuice, there was Topper, a movie about some fun-loving ghosts who decide to stick around. (Double bill: Beetlejuice.)

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

SPACES
  • Lone Star

    Lone Star (1996)

    Rated R, 134 min. Directed by John Sayles. Starring Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Joe Morton, Miriam Colon, Clifton James, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Canada, Matthew McConaughey, Frances McDormand and Eddie Robinson.

    Austin Public Library: Homegrown & Locally Shown: Sayles squeezes metaphorical juice from the idea of borders in this story filmed on the Texas side of the Rio Grande. free Read a full review of Lone Star.

    6PM Yarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock

  • Pirate Radio

    Pirate Radio (2009)

    Rated R, 116 min. Directed by Richard Curtis. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, Talulah Riley, January Jones and Emma Thompson.

    Austin Chronicle: Scoot Dive-Inn: Free. Read a full review of Pirate Radio.

    8PM The Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth, 512/478-6200

  • The Savage Eye (1960)

    Not rated, 68 min. Directed by Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers and Joseph Strick. Starring Barbara Baxley.

    Austin Film Society: Avant Cinema: As a divorcée wanders adrift through Los Angeles, the three writer/directors employ documentary imagery to reveal the faces of Americans rarely seen on film in the Fifties.

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

KIDS
  • Book of Life (1998)

    Not rated, 63 min. Directed by Hal Hartley. Starring Martin Donovan, P.J. Harvey, Thomas Jay Ryan and Miho Nikaido.

    Summer Movie Express $1. Read a full review of Book of Life.

    10AM Westgate 11, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd, 512/899-2717

  • Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte's Web (2006)

    Rated G, 97 min. Directed by Gary Winick. Starring Dakota Fanning.

    10:30AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Chicken Run

    Chicken Run (2000)

    Rated G, 84 min. Directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park.

    9:40AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Despicable Me 2

    Despicable Me 2 (2013)

    Rated PG, 98 min. Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin.

    In Despicable Me's initial installment, former baddie/now daddy Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) exchanged a life of supervillainy for domesticity when three little orphans committed the most heinous crime of all – stealing his heart. In this animated 3-D sequel, the question is: Can Gru also open his heart to romantic love, while saving the world from a mysterious criminal who possesses a serum that transforms Jekylls into Hydes? You can guess how it all turns out. Like its predecessor, DM2 caters to the preadolescent crowd, ramping up the fart jokes and emphasizing the saccharine over the smart. That said, the gibberish and slapstick antics of Gru’s Minions, those little yellow capsules of chaos, appeal to all ages; they're hugely welcome in a film that’s otherwise unexceptional. Rumor is that the franchise's planned spin-off will feature only these unintelligible bundles of id. Now that’s a movie everyone can get excited about. Read a full review of Despicable Me 2.

    10AM ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls, 2600 Hwy 281 North

  • Matilda (1996)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Danny DeVito. Starring Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris, Paul Reubens and Tracey Walter.

    Alamo Kids Camp $1. Read a full review of Matilda.

    9:45AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman

    Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Rob Minkoff. Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky, Stanley Tucci, Lake Bell, Mel Brooks and Patrick Warburton.

    10AM Westgate 11, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd, 512/899-2717

  • Muppets Most Wanted

    Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

    Rated PG, 112 min. Directed by James Bobin. Starring Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Jemaine Clement, Danny Trejo and Ray Liotta.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke and Steve Coogan.

    10AM Cinemark Cedar Park, 1335 E. Whitestone, 800/326-3264

  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke and Steve Coogan.

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

  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke and Steve Coogan.

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

  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke and Steve Coogan.

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

  • 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Dark Universe (2015)

    Not rated, 25 min. Directed by Carter Emmart. Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    Explore the universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson and the American Museum of Natural History.

  • Humpback Whales 3D (2015)

    Not rated, 49 min. Directed by Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

  • Living in the Age of Airplanes (2015)

    Not rated, 47 min. Directed by Brian J. Terwilliger. Narrated by Harrison Ford.

  • Terminator: Genisys

    Terminator: Genisys (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 126 min. Directed by Alan Taylor. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Byung-hun Lee, Matt Smith and Dayo Okeniyi.

    Oh, Michael Biehn, where art thou? Suffice it so say that Terminator: Genisys’ Kyle Reese (Courtney) is laughably miscast in this fifth iteration of James Cameron’s original apocalyptic robot wars. Equally miscast is Jason Clarke, as the by now superheroic John Connor, the man fated to lead humanity to victory in the war against the machines. And there’s the return of Schwarzenegger in his career-defining role as the hulking Terminator. This being a highly convoluted, temporally scrambled time-travel action film, the storyline is all over the place – and it pretty much reboots the whole franchise’s history – but, what the hell, it’s quantum, baby. Chock-full of various sorts of Terminators, thuddingly dull explosions, and one of the most downright boring helicopter chases ever, Terminator: Genisys is a catastrophic misfire on nearly all counts. All I can do is paraphrase Biehn’s Kyle Reese: “Come with me if you want to yawn.” Read a full review of Terminator: Genisys.

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