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THURSDAY FEB. 26
  • Aerosmith Rocks Donington (2014)

    Not rated, 90 min.

    NCM Fathom: Classic Music Series: Dinosaurs do walk the Earth, and now you can catch them on the big screen in this concert from 2014, filmed in England.

    7PM Cinemark Southpark Meadows, 9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

  • Arranged

    Arranged (2007)

    Not rated, 90 min. Directed by Diane Crespo and Stefan C. Schaefer. Starring Zoe Lister Jones, Francis Benhamou and Mimi Lieber.

    AFS Essential Cinema: Films of the Middle East Diaspora: Two teachers, a Muslim and an Orthodox Jew, become friends as they both deal with the process of arranged marriages.

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

  • Don't Go Into the Woods (1981)

    Rated R, 82 min. Directed by James Bryan. Starring Jack McClelland, Mary Gail Artz and Ken Carter.

    Vinegar Syndrome Presents: A group of campers do not heed the title's warning, running afoul of (surprise!) a deranged killer. Director James Bryan will be on hand to introduce this restored print.

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

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle (2005)

    Rated PG, 119 min. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

    A ravishingly beautiful film by the legendary Japanese animator. Read a full review of Howl's Moving Castle.

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

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

    Rated PG-13, 125 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody and River Phoenix.

    Classics: The third entry in this adventure series is an improvement on the second (a prequel), although it can't be said that The Last Crusade breaks any new ground. Sean Connery is introduced as the adventurer's archaeologist dad, whose search for the Holy Grail sets the plot in motion.

    7:30PM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549

  • Love Bites Sing-Along

    Action Pack

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

  • Moulin Rouge Sing-Along (2001)

    Rated PG-13, 127 min. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.

    Action Pack

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

  • The Princess Bride Quote-Along

    The Princess Bride Quote-Along (1987)

    Rated PG, 98 min. Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Fred Savage and Robin Wright Penn.

    Action Pack

    7:25PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter (1955)

    Not rated, 93 min. Directed by Charles Laughton. Starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish and Peter Graves.

    CineBrew: The great Charles Laughton's only film as a director is a story often imitated but rarely equaled. Mitchum stars as a larcenous and psychotic religious fanatic who menaces widows and children.

    8PM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • SPACES

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

    Rated R, 119 min. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Zach Galifianakis and Lindsay Duncan.

    Oscar Nods Night: Where Alejandro González Iñárritu's previous films (Babel, Biutiful) were punishing, Birdman is more like a high-spirited pummeling, and the closest thing to a comedy he’s made so far. Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomas, who once ruled Hollywood as the star of a superhero franchise – he was the titular Birdman – but whose career has since crumbled. Birdman opens just days before Riggan debuts his stage adaptation of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” – and he's cracking from the stress. The play is in shambles, Riggan’s Broadway big-shot co-star (Norton) is stealing his limelight, and Riggan may or may not be going nuts. Birdman moves at a relentless tempo, somewhere between nervous-leg agitation and hair-pulling hysteria. While its many lines of inquiry may not resolve neatly, Iñárritu's film is so soaring, sometimes literally, I hardly missed the feeling of hard ground underfoot. Read a full review of Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

    8PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • The Book of Life

    The Book of Life (2014)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez.

    Austin Public Library: Family Movie Matinee: Visually arresting but dramatically rote, The Book of Life at least introduces American kids to the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos. Director and co-writer Jorge R. Gutierrez's film dances with morbidity in a way that’s more forthright than other animated kids’ films (Guillermo del Toro is on board as producer). The tale – framed by a wraparound story in which bratty American kids visit a Día de los Muertos museum exhibit – is a fairly conventional romantic drama, in which reluctant bullfighter Manolo (Luna) and decorated soldier Joaquin (Tatum) battle for the hand of lovely Maria (Saldana). The feud eventually leads Manolo to the underworld, before everything is resolved in the Land of the Living. Full of vibrant color and activity in every frame, The Book of Life's attempt to infuse kids’ imaginations with folk tales from outside the bounds of Western culture is a step in a good direction. Read a full review of The Book of Life.

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

  • BULLOCK MUSEUM

    1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Humpback Whales 3D (2015)

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

  • Jerusalem 3D

    Jerusalem 3D (2014)

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