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MONDAY JULY 14
  • Amélie (2001)

    Rated R, 122 min. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Starring Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Yolande Moreau, Artus de Penguern, Dominique Pinon, Serge Merlin, Isabelle Nanty and Jamel Debbouze.

    Girlie Night: Celebrate love and little twists of fate in this sepia-in-Technicolor portrait of Paris. Read a full review of Amélie.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Borgman

    Borgman (2013)

    Not rated, 113 min. Directed by Alex van Warmerdam. Starring Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Annet Malherbe and Eva van de Wijdeven.

    This Dutch film is a darkly nuanced fable that keeps the viewer consistently off-balance. Read a full review of Borgman.

    9:55PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Code: Breaker (2012)

    Not rated, 96 min. Directed by Yasuhiro Irie.

    Anime at the Alamo: The title refers to a super-powered assassin employed by a secret government organization. After witnessing him take out some criminals, a student tries to show him the error of his ways.

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

  • The Holy Mountain

    The Holy Mountain (1973)

    Rated R, 114 min. Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horácio Salinas and Zamira Saunders.

    Trippy imagery, religious overtones, and hallucinatory symbolism are the hallmarks of this epic film from cult visionary Jodorowsky.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail Quote-Along

    Action Pack

    10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • RoboCop

    RoboCop (2014)

    Rated PG-13, 116 min. Directed by José Padilha. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L. Jackson, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jennifer Ehle and Jay Baruchel.

    This pointless reboot is a castrated version of Paul Verhoeven’s grim, überviolent 1987 action film about a viciously murdered Detroit cop who is reconstructed as a machine that’s designed to bring law and order to a city on the verge of anarchy. Read a full review of RoboCop.

    9:30PM Barton Creek Square (AMC), 2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 888/262-4386

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense (1984)

    Not rated, 88 min. Directed by Jonathan Demme.

    Alamo Goes to '11: With this film, Demme and the Talking Heads conceived and delivered one of the very best rock & roll films ever made. Read a full review of Stop Making Sense.

    10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • SPACES

  • Back to Abnormal (2014)

    Not rated, 90 min. Directed by Paul Stekler.

    Set against New Orlean's 2009-10 local political season, the election of the first white mayor in a generation, and the triumph of the Saints football team, this doc serves up a heady mix of race, corruption, and politics. Stekler will be in attendance foe a Q&A following the film. See "Spilled Milk in 'Chocolate City'," July 18, for more.

    6:30PM ,

  • The Burning (1981)

    Rated R, 91 min. Directed by Tony Maylam. Starring Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres and Brian Backer.

    CineMondays: How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Summer camp, disfigured caretaker, teenage pranksters, gratuitous nudity, gory death scenes: You know the drill (or garden shears, in this case).

    8:30PM Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562

  • KIDS

  • Annie

    Annie (1982)

    Rated PG, 126 min. Directed by John Huston. Starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Aileen Quinn, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry and Ann Reinking.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: See it today, for tomorrow there will be another filmed version.

    9:30AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn.

    Don’t go see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 on an empty stomach – the smorgasbord of animated food is bound to make you hungry. This lazy, 3-D sequel to the 2009 feature about freakish meteorological events merely reboots the premise of comestibles gone wild with little attention paid to a coherent storyline. Once again, zealous inventor Flint Lockwood’s supermutation machine that can transform water into full-course meals is the culprit of the ensuing chaos, this time turning his hometown of Swallow Falls into a world overrun by tacodile supremes, watermelophants, flamangos, and shrimpanzees, among other monstrous animal victuals. For both kids and adults, CWCM2 is little more than a vague memory as soon as it’s over. The movie is simply trying to cash in on its predecessor’s success, and while that’s nothing new for a flick primarily aimed at 8-year-olds, it’s still enough to give you a tummy ache. Read a full review of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.

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

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn.

    Don’t go see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 on an empty stomach – the smorgasbord of animated food is bound to make you hungry. This lazy, 3-D sequel to the 2009 feature about freakish meteorological events merely reboots the premise of comestibles gone wild with little attention paid to a coherent storyline. Once again, zealous inventor Flint Lockwood’s supermutation machine that can transform water into full-course meals is the culprit of the ensuing chaos, this time turning his hometown of Swallow Falls into a world overrun by tacodile supremes, watermelophants, flamangos, and shrimpanzees, among other monstrous animal victuals. For both kids and adults, CWCM2 is little more than a vague memory as soon as it’s over. The movie is simply trying to cash in on its predecessor’s success, and while that’s nothing new for a flick primarily aimed at 8-year-olds, it’s still enough to give you a tummy ache. Read a full review of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.

    10AM Cinemark Movies 8 Round Rock, 2120 N. Mays, 512/388-2848

  • Kung Fu Panda 2

    Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

    Rated PG, 90 min. Directed by Jennifer Yuh.

    Let’s face it: Jack Black is perfectly cast as the portly, animated panda Po, the Dragon Warrior who keeps the peace in Valley of Peace with the help of his comrades, the Furious Five. In this second installment in DreamWorks’ franchise, Po has mastered the martial arts and is now tasked with finding inner peace. Later, Po learns that he was adopted and that the evil peacock Lord Shen (Oldman) is the cause of his separation from his biological parents. Intent on destroying kung fu with his cannon firepower, the beautifully illustrated peacock raids Chinese villages for their metals, leaving swaths of destruction in his wake. Now, Po and the Furious Five must counter Shen’s evil plans with a barrage of martial artistry. Director Yuh guides the film’s visual look into something quite elegant and lovely to look at, and kids are bound to get a kick out of the kung fu creatures. Read a full review of Kung Fu Panda 2.

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

  • Kung Fu Panda

    Kung Fu Panda (2008)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson.

    Kids' Camp: Po (Black) may be an animated panda bear, but make no mistake: Deep down, he’s really just a nerd with a pop-culture obsession. In Kung Fu Panda’s opening scene (animated in a gorgeous, throwback, two-dimensional style), Po imagines himself as a great martial-arts master and warrior. Of course, in reality (disappointingly three-dimensional, Pixar-like reality) Po is a master of nothing; he’s just the rotund son of a noodle-shop owner living in a small Chinese village who gets his kicks playing with action figures in his bedroom. Of course, that all changes when destiny drops him at the feet of kung-fu master Shifu (Hoffman). Kung Fu Panda’s message is timeworn and clichéd (believe in yourself, even if – especially if – you’re flabby and uncoordinated and no one else believes in you). But with a lovable, lumpy loser as its hero, the movie is just the kind of antic David vs. Goliath tale children can’t get enough of. Read a full review of Kung Fu Panda.

    10:40AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie (2014)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

    Smart and savvy, The Lego Movie takes the classic dilemma of every Lego owner – to follow the instructions or not to follow? – and constructs a wild-ride fantasy of colorful, interlocking plastic bricks only to deconstruct it in the most amazing way possible. What initially appears to be a nonsensical story about an ordinary minifigure named Emmet, who joins forces with a cadre of Master Builders to save Legokind from the evil Lord Business (who’s plotting to take the snap out of things with Krazy Glue), later resonates with depth and feeling when it segues into the real world. It all fits together in a way you don’t see coming. Kudos to the filmmakers for connecting the pieces to make such a funny and sharp animated movie that speaks to kids and adults alike. To quote the once ordinary, now extraordinary Emmet, “Everything is awesome!!!” Indeed, it is. Read a full review of The Lego Movie.

    4PM Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley, 512/974-7372

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie (2014)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

    Smart and savvy, The Lego Movie takes the classic dilemma of every Lego owner – to follow the instructions or not to follow? – and constructs a wild-ride fantasy of colorful, interlocking plastic bricks only to deconstruct it in the most amazing way possible. What initially appears to be a nonsensical story about an ordinary minifigure named Emmet, who joins forces with a cadre of Master Builders to save Legokind from the evil Lord Business (who’s plotting to take the snap out of things with Krazy Glue), later resonates with depth and feeling when it segues into the real world. It all fits together in a way you don’t see coming. Kudos to the filmmakers for connecting the pieces to make such a funny and sharp animated movie that speaks to kids and adults alike. To quote the once ordinary, now extraordinary Emmet, “Everything is awesome!!!” Indeed, it is. Read a full review of The Lego Movie.

    10:15AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Suite 1500, 512/291-3158

  • Rio

    Rio (2011)

    Rated G, 96 min. Directed by Carlos Saldanha.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: So does Rio measure up to the insanely great standard of digital animation set by Pixar? Visually, yes. Rio is positively trippy when it comes to blowing your mind with explosively eye-popping animation. Unfortunately, the story is one told too many times before. Eisenberg voices Blu, a Brazil-born bird snatched from his rain forest aerie by pet smugglers and accidentally deposited in frigid Minnesota. There, the flightless blue macaw is adopted and BFF'd by Linda, a little girl who grows up to have the voice of Leslie Mann. When Rio de Janeiro-based ornithologist Tulio (Santoro) arrives with the news that Blu is the last male of his species, the trio flies to Brazil, where Blu meets his intended paramour, the feral Jewel (Hathaway), and everyone's plans run afowl, so to speak. Rio is a better-than-average animated family film suitable for kids of all ages but about as ephemeral as the ever-shifting colors in a cheap childhood kaleidoscope. Read a full review of Rio.

    10AM, 10:35AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • BULLOCK MUSEUM

    1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • D-Day: Normandy 1944

    D-Day: Normandy 1944 (2014)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Pascal Vuong. Narrated by Tom Brokaw.

    Tom Brokaw narrates this film about the largest Allied operation of World War II.

  • Texas: The Big Picture

    Texas: The Big Picture (2003)

    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.

  • Titans of the Ice Age

    Titans of the Ice Age (2013)

    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.

  • Under the Sea 3D (2009)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Howard Hall.

    The impact of global warming is examined in the waters of Southern Australia, New Guinea, and elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region. For ticket prices, call 936-IMAX or 936-TSHM or see www.thestoryoftexas.com.