Film: Special Screenings
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  • Blow Out

    Blow Out (1981)

    Rated R, 107 min. Directed by Brian De Palma. Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen and John Lithgow.

    De Palma: De Palma was at the top of his game in this thriller about a sound recordist who hears more than he's supposed to.

    4PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Independence Day: Resurgence (Master Pancake) (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 120 min. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Bill Pullman.

    Landmarks of the world: If the aliens don't get you, Master Pancake will.

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

  • Spellbound

    Spellbound (1945)

    Not rated, 116 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Rhonda Fleming, Leo G. Carroll and Norman Lloyd.

    Austin Film Society: Science on Screen: Hitchcock's film uses psychiatric methodology to solve a murder for which an amnesiac is being framed. After the screening, Rebecca McInroy and Drs. Bob Duke and Art Markman, the hosts of KUT’s “Two Guys on Your Head,” will discuss brain function, dreams, memory, and trauma. Read a full review of Spellbound.

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

  • Babe

    Babe (1995)

    Rated G, 92 min. Directed by Chris Noonan. Starring James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski.

    Alamo Kids Camp: Perhaps one of the cutest children's films ever made, this tale of the young piglet who decides his calling in life is to be a sheepdog is also a rousing comedy, appropriately filled with a variety of subtle messages, from self-empowerment to the importance of treating others as equals, even though they may be, ah, sheep. Babe looks and flows wonderfully. It's a clever, witty, touching piece of work that, coincidentally, is a decidedly excellent date movie. Really. Read a full review of Babe.

    10:25AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • The Boxtrolls

    The Boxtrolls (2014)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi.

    Alamo Kids Camp: The third time is decidedly not the charm for the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman). Unlike its two previous releases, The Boxtrolls feels rough-and-tumble and not as much fun by half, with the simplistic yet convoluted story – of an orphan boy raised by box-wearing, underground-dwelling trolls – falling flat almost from the beginning. In the town of Cheesebridge, a boy named Eggs (Hempstead-Wright) is believed to have been kidnapped and eaten by the trolls beneath town. Lord Portley-Rind (Harris) has hired the Fagin-esque Archibald Snatcher (Kingsley) to exterminate every last one of the boxtrolls, who are revealed to be shy, harmless tinkerers. With characters seemingly created by assembly line, devoid of an essential amount of backstory, it’s hard to care whatever transpires. Drawn from Brit Alan Snow’s YA novel Here Be Monsters!, this condensed version doesn’t lack for awful puns. What’s missing is that ineffable animation magic. Read a full review of The Boxtrolls.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

    Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

    Rated G, 88 min. Directed by Steve Martino and Jimmy Hayward. Narrated by Charles Osgood.

    Alamo Summer Kids Camp: For my money, I've never seen anything much wrong with the animated Chuck Jones version of this Seuss tale, made for TV in 1970. But everything needs an update, I suppose, and this new animated feature does the job nicely, staying true to the playfulness of the Seussian rhymes and messages while ably adding in new bits of business to expand Seuss' verse to feature length. Carrey's general tendency toward comic mania is gently toned down, allowing the rubbery elephant Horton to seem more a lovable goofball than a frenzied nut job, and Carell's readings as the Mayor of Whoville are perfectly on target. Twentieth Century Fox's animation is in the mold of their previous films Ice Age and Robots: a nice blend of rudimentary and inventive touches. The story's key refrain, "A person's a person no matter how small," speaks directly to children's experience of the world; thus, this new movie should enjoy a long life. Read a full review of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!.

    10:30AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • The Neverending Story (1984)

    Rated PG, 92 min. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Starring Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach and Moses Gunn.

    Alamo Kids Camp: This marvelous, inventive, inspiring fantasy in which the books read by the story's hero actually come to life is directed by the man who later went on make Das Boot and The Perfect Storm. As might be expected, it's amazing to see on the big screen and is also the kind of imaginative tale that sends you out of the theatre craving to read. Read a full review of The Neverending Story.

    10:05AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "A Beautiful Planet" (2016)

    Rated G, 40 min. Directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.

  • "Hubble 3D" (2010)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.

    This documentary follows NASA's May 2009 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Read a full review of "Hubble 3D".

  • "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.

  • The Legend of Tarzan

    The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 109 min. Directed by David Yates. Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou and Jim Broadbent.

    Every generation gets the iconic treatments it deserves, and that’s what had me worried about this new Hollywood take on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ enduring fictional megastar, Tarzan. As it turns out, The Legend of Tarzan put most of my fears to rest by creating animals and jungles that serve and enhance the story rather than detracting from it. These days, Tarzan (Skarsgård) is enjoying his manhood back in England as Lord Greystoke, a member of the House of Lords and husband to his longtime love, Jane (Robbie). When he returns to the Congo, he is accompanied by George Washington Williams (Jackson), an American soldier and adventurer who wants to document Belgium’s rumored enslavement of the native population. The film’s full-throated embrace of the story’s colonialist underpinnings, Skarsgård’s finely sculpted abs, Robbie’s self-actualized womanhood, and the historical introduction of George Washington Williams make The Legend of Tarzan if not king of the jungle then at least a member in good standing of the royal court.

    Read a full review of The Legend of Tarzan.


  • RTX 2016

    Rooster Teeth: The fifth annual celebration of video games, online videos and personalities, and all things Rooster Teeth.

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