Film: Special Screenings
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  • Shaun of the Dead

    Shaun of the Dead (2004)

    Rated R, 97 min. Directed by Edgar Wright. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis, Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton.

    This "romantic comedy … with zombies" has a note-perfect mix of humor, horror, love, and death. Read a full review of Shaun of the Dead.

    10:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Stroszek

    Stroszek (1977)

    Not rated, 115 min. Directed by Werner Herzog. Starring Bruno S., Eva Mattes and Clemens Scheitz.

    AFS: Hello, Goodbye: Herzog's "found" hero, the grown naif Bruno S., teams with Mattes as they travel from Germany to Wisconsin to begin a new life. They live in a trailer in the barren wilderness, eke out a living, and suffer disappointments. It is one of Herzog's most heartfelt dramas.

    9:30PM AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/454-2000

  • Touki Bouki

    Touki Bouki (1973)

    Not rated, 85 min. Directed by Djibril Diop Mambety. Starring Magaye Niang and Mareme Niang.

    AFS: Hello, Goodbye: Often cited as Africa's first avant-garde film, Touki Bouki tells the story of two young and disaffected Senegalese who work several illegal cons to raise the money to travel to Paris.

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

  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    Not rated, 96 min. Directed by George Romero. Starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Russell Streiner, Karl Hardman and Keith Wayne.

    Master Pancake: This zombie classic should be something these comics can really sink their teeth into. Read a full review of Night of the Living Dead.

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

  • The Addams Family and The Witches

    Halloween Month: Double feature.

    7:15PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • 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.

    Halloween Month: Austin Rocky Horror fans have been dressing up and doing the "Time Warp" thing live for 31 years straight. Well, more or less straight. So if you've been searching for the way home to Transylvania or are merely curious about perusing a weekend excursion, this show is your winning ticket. In the meantime, you can check out the Austin group's Web site:

    11:15PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127


1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "Flight of the Butterflies" (2012)

    Not rated, 44 min. Directed by Mike Slee. Starring Gordon Pinsent and Patricia Phillips.

    The life cycle of a monarch butterfly and its long-distance migration from Canada to Central Mexico is captured in this 3-D nature documentary that also focuses on the decades of fieldwork conducted by Canadian scientist Fred Urquhart.

  • "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.

  • "Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience" (2016)

    Rated G, 45 min. Directed by Terrence Malick. Narrated by Brad Pitt.

    Terrence Malick's first foray into documentary filmmaking is this decades-in-the-making history of the universe, and it's a visually magnificent achievement that's educational, as well. Read the Chronicle review of the film here.

  • Inferno

    Inferno (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 121 min. Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster, Ana Ularu and Ida Darvish.

    “Nine Circles of Hell” is as good as any descriptor for this topsy-turvy, deeply stressful election season. We all deserve a break. In the case of this latest Dan Brown adaptation, wherein America’s Dad(TM) Tom Hanks slips back into his professor blazer to play symbologist* (not a real thing) Robert Langdon to decode some ancient text and thwart a mass extinction event, familiarity breeds comfort. Ah yes, this is the reliably serviceable conspiracy thriller we know so well. Maybe there’s still some order to the universe after all?

    As in previous outings The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009), Langdon finds himself at the center of a ticking-clock scenario, with only his keen intellect and a plucky gal pal to help him unravel the clues to avert catastrophe. Conveniently for armchair tourists, those clues rocket Langdon and Dr. Sienna Brooks (Jones) across scenic points in Old World Europe. Should the viewer weary of Langdon muttering about Dante’s death mask and how it relates to the dastardly plan of a billionaire crackpot (Foster) to decimate the world population, you can always just kick back and enjoy ducking under the visitor’s rope to experience Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio and Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia up close. (They’re very pretty!)

    Returning director Ron Howard somewhat belabors the Botticelli-inspired hallucinations Langdon suffers from following a konk on the head – though you really can’t oversell the creepiness of a beaky plague mask – but he continues to have an inspired hand in casting his supporting players. As a high-end fixer, Irrfan Khan is Inferno’s secret weapon. Whether ordering a faraway assassination from his floating HQ or drily doing a whack job himself, you never see him sweat. What a relief. We’ve sweated enough.

    Read a full review of Inferno.

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