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SATURDAY OCT. 25
  • Dismember the Alamo

    This horror movie marathon's titles are top secret until showtime, but with horror fiend Zack Carlson hosting, you're in good (severed?) hands.

    5PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • Interview With the Vampire (1994)

    Rated R, 123 min. Directed by Neil Jordan. Starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Stephen Rea, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst.

    Master Pancake: There is much to mock in Jordan's adaptation of Anne Rice's homoerotic classic. Read a full review of Interview With the Vampire.

    7PM, 10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • It and Carmen Jones Double Feature

    Scandals of Classic Hollywood In celebration of Anne Helen Peterson's new book - part biography, part cultural history - these two early Hollywood classics screen. Peterson will lead a discussion afterwards.

    2:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Little Giants (1994)

    Rated PG, 107 min. Directed by Duwayne Dunham. Starring Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill, Shawna Waldron and John Madden.

    Celebrity Guests: James Ferguson, one of the writers of this peewee football comedy, will be in attendance. Read a full review of Little Giants.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • Marie Antoinette

    Marie Antoinette (2006)

    Rated PG-13, 123 min. Directed by Sofia Coppola. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn, Judy Davis, Asia Argento, Marianne Faithfull, Danny Huston, Molly Shannon, Steve Coogan, Rose Byrne and Shirley Henderson.

    Afternoon Tea: Coppolla paints the queen as the ultimate party girl. Read a full review of Marie Antoinette.

    4PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

    Rated R, 95 min. Directed by Jim Sharman. Starring Richard O'Brien, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry.

    Austin fans have been dressing up and doing the "Time Warp" thing live for more than three decades. For more info, see www.austinrocky.org.

    11:59PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Totally Eighties Sing-Along Dance Party

    Action Pack

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

  • SPACES

  • Basement Media Fest

    Experimental Response Cinema: This program consists of contemporary artists working with lo-def, lo-tech, and lo-fi motion picture techniques, a celebration of the mediated experience as aesthetic experience.

    8PM Farewell Books, 913 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/473-2665

  • Hocus Pocus (1993)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Kenny Ortega. Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch and Vinessa Shaw.

    Blue Starlite: 22 Nights of Halloween: Chock-full of visual tricks and treats, Hocus Pocus is actually just what its title implies -- cinematic chimera without much substance. Replete with the close, shadowy textures of 17th-century Salem, the opening scenes are enchanting. It is here we first encounter the Sanderson sisters. Then the story switches to modern-day Salem with all the trappings of the Nineties, movie-style, and that means plenty of cute, snappy wordplay (sexual innuendo), a plucky young heroine (precocious brat), a talking cat (why couldn't he talk in 1793?…), and a swaggering villain (hip-hop bully whose vocabulary consists of the words “duh” and “dude”). Midler gives her considerable all to the role, and both Najimy and Parker are fun to watch. But the sets, costumes and choreography are the real stars of this show. And the movement! Whether flying, cringing, or circling gleefully around the cauldron, the witches move and speak in mesmerizing, intricate, sisterly union. Unfortunately, sets, costumes and choreography do not a movie make. And for all its artful, high-flying sorcery, Hocus Pocus cannot escape the irons of an all too pedestrian plotline. Read a full review of Hocus Pocus.

    7:30PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • 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.

  • Jerusalem 3D

    Jerusalem 3D (2014)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by Daniel Ferguson. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure

    Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure (2007)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Sean MacLeod Phillips. Narrated by Liev Schreiber.

    National Geographic uses photo-realistic, computer-generated, 3-D animation to transport audiences back more than 65 million years, when a great inland sea divided North America in two. For ticket prices, call 936-IMAX or 936-TSHM, or see www.thestoryoftexas.com.

  • 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.

  • FESTIVALS

  • Austin Film Festival 2014

    The film festival begins on Thursday, Oct. 23, and continues through Thursday, Oct. 30. See www.austinfilmfestival.com for information about purchasing film passes and conference badges, as well as complete schedules.

  • Housecore Horror Film Festival

    The saw is family! For its second convocation, Housecore Horror gives The Texas Chain Saw Massacre cast the red carpet screening they never got in 1974. Modern terror comes courtesy of a slate of shorts, and the world premiere of the newest atrocity in the infamous Guinea Pig franchise. See www.housecorehorrorfilmfestival.com for schedule, and also see “Cowboys vs. Hippies: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Subtext”, Oct. 3.