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THURSDAY JULY 31
  • Back to the Future: Part II (1989)

    Rated PG, 108 min. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson.

    1989: 25 Years Later: Where they went, they didn't need roads. (Double bill: Road House.)

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

  • Clue Quote-Along

    Clue Quote-Along (1985)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Jonathan Lynn. Starring Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren and Colleen Camp.

    Action Pack

    8PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Crumb

    Crumb (1994)

    Rated R, 119 min. Directed by Terry Zwigoff. Starring Robert Crumb and Aline Kominksy.

    Two Thumbs Up: Ebert's Picks: A staggeringly intimate look at the life of the famed cartoonist and his family. (Double bill: Dark City.) Read a full review of Crumb.

    7:15PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Dark City

    Dark City (1998)

    Rated R, 100 min. Directed by Alex Proyas. Starring Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O'Brien and Ian Richardson.

    Two Thumbs Up: Ebert's Picks: Stunning visuals highlight this story in which a city's inhabitants are the victims of some cosmic experiment being conducted by a race of aliens. (Double bill: Crumb.) Read a full review of Dark City.

    9:35PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself (2014)

    Rated R, 115 min. Directed by Steve James.

    The life of Roger Ebert is celebrated in this documentary by the director of Hoop Dreams. Read a full review of Life Itself.

    3:10PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Liv & Ingmar (2012)

    Not rated, 89 min. Directed by Dheeraj Akolkar.

    AFS Essential Cinema: Liv & Ingmar: A study of the fruitful, tormented relationship of the actress Liv Ullman with director Ingmar Bergman.

    7:30PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 512/454-2000

  • Road House (1989)

    Rated R, 114 min. Directed by Rowdy Herrington. Starring Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott and Ben Gazzara.

    1989: 25 Years Later: The ne plus ultra of Eighties action movies. (Double bill: Back to the Future: Part II.)

    9:10PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Ultimate Nineties Party

    Action Pack

    10:50PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart (1990)

    Rated R, 127 min. Directed by David Lynch. Starring Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton and Crispin Glover.

    The Complete David Lynch: Lynch won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for this surreal Southern Gothic. The film screens in 35mm, and that's rockin' good news. BYO cockroaches.

    4PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • 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: The comic strip spawned a Broadway musical, which spawned this movie directed by the obvious go-to guy for orphaned moppets – John Huston.

    9:40AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • Frankenweenie

    Frankenweenie (2012)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Tim Burton.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: Finally, a stop-motion, animated Halloween film that rivals The Nightmare Before Christmas. And of the two – simmer down now, gothlings – Frankenweenie is the ookier, more assured, and frankly better film. Filmed in glorious black and white, Frankenweenie is that rare film that's both kid- and adult-friendly. The titular weenie here is Sparky, a manic little bull terrier and best pal to young Victor Frankenstein (Tahan). When Sparky is killed by a car, Victor seizes on the lessons he's learned about electricity's life-giving force and, before you can say "Boris Karloff's real name was William Henry Pratt!", a stitched-and-neck-bolted Sparky is re-animated and running around Vincent's attic laboratory. Comedy and tension, complete with torch- and pitchfork-wielding villagers, follows. Wholly unique yet strangely familiar, Frankenweenie is, at its electrified heart, a story about friendship, family, and the importance of kidhood perseverance. Never say die when you could be saying "It's alive!" Read a full review of Frankenweenie.

    10:35AM 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.

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

  • 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.

    10AM 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.

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

  • 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.