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SATURDAY AUG. 23
  • An American in Paris

    An American in Paris (1951)

    Not rated, 115 min. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant and Nina Foch.

    Summer Movie Classics: The Fifties: Even if you think you've seen this musical dozens of times, you haven't really seen it until you've watched it on the big screen. Minnelli and his collaborators are all at the top of their game. (Double bill: Bell, Book and Candle.) Read a full review of An American in Paris.

    6PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Bell Book and Candle

    Bell Book and Candle (1958)

    Not rated, 106 min. Directed by Richard Quine. Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Hermione Gingold, Elsa Lanchester and Janice Rule.

    Summer Film Classics: The Fifties: A modern-day witch in New York City puts a spell on her handsome new neighbor, but when she falls in love with him herself it threatens her witchy ways. (Double bill: An American in Paris.)

    4PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Cartoon Cereal Party: Assemble the Team

    Settle in for two hours of nostalgic cartoons and a brush with diabetes. Pajama attire encouraged.

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

  • Cartoon Cereal Party: Assemble the Team

    Settle in for two hours of nostalgic cartoons and a brush with diabetes. Pajama attire encouraged.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre (2011)

    Rated PG-13, 115 min. Directed by Cary Fukunaga. Starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, Simon McBurney, Amelia Clarkson and Imogen Poots.

    Afternoon Tea: That Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel has seen so many incarnations is a testament to her story’s enduring power to speak across generations. Jane Eyre, with her proto-feminist longings and strong moral center, and the love she shares with Edward Rochester, her employer and classic Byronic hero, beckon modern storytellers again and again. With this new adaptation, director Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) displays a firm visual hand and expressionistic mastery. The only aspect of Jane Eyre that is not fully palpable is the passion between the governess and her master. Wasikowska and Fassbender are both splendid as the protagonists, but there is little spark, hunger, or lust that ignites between the two separated-by-circumstance lovers. Although Jane Eyre wants for the depth of passion we might expect from this Gothic couple, the film boasts a wealth of attention to other details. Perhaps every decade gets the Jane Eyre it deserves: Is the emphasis of conscience over passion emblematic of our times? Read a full review of Jane Eyre.

    4:05PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Jaws

    Jaws (1975)

    Rated PG, 124 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss.

    Master Pancake: The Pancake crew are going to need a bigger boat as they mock this summer classic.

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

  • 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

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard (1950)

    Not rated, 110 min. Directed by Billy Wilder. Starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich Von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Jack Webb, Hedda Hopper, Buster Keaton, Cecil B. DeMille and Anna Q. Nilsson.

    The Influences of David Lynch: Wilder’s cynical edge is finely honed in this darkly amusing satire of the Dream Factory that more than informed Lynch's Mulholland Drive. Read a full review of Sunset Boulevard.

    4:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Totally Eighties Sing-Along Dance Party

    Action Pack

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

  • KIDS

  • An American Tail (1986)

    Rated G, 83 min. Directed by Don Bluth.

    Kids' Camp: In this animated film, the immigrant experience in America is shown through the story of young Fievel of the Mousekewitz family.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Babe

    Babe (1995)

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

    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.

    9:25AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Monsters University

    Monsters University (2013)

    Rated G, 110 min. Directed by Dan Scanlon.

    Austin Public Library: Family Matinee: Remember the nifty idea behind Monsters, Inc., wherein the city of Monstropolis was powered by the shrieks of human children, mined by professional “scarers”? A dozen years later, the movie hasn’t aged one lick, but this prequel – which jogs back to the college days of future Monsters, Inc. employees Sulley (Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (Crystal) – arrives already stale. There’s no invention here, no bold new strokes. As first-year Scaring School students, Sulley and Mike are a study in contrasts: Sulley is all instinct and letterman charm, while Mike (the diminutive eyeball on stick legs) is book-smart but far from a natural. Monsters University has a couple of laugh-out-loud moments (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia's acid-comedy king Charlie Day, as a nerdy wannabe scarer, delivers the biggest howler), but mostly this is shrugging stuff – clever but never inspired, dutiful but bereft of that ineffable magic of Pixar past. Read a full review of Monsters University.

    2PM University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola, 512/929-0551

  • Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

    Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)

    Rated PG, 76 min. Directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton.

    Kids' Camp: The dead have more fun than the living, again, in Burton’s new stop-motion animated feature, a gift to gothlings everywhere. It’s also arguably Burton’s most self-assured turn behind the camera in ages, and coupled with Mike Johnson’s seamless animation it makes for a splendid All Hallows treat. As in the director’s previous animated outing, the now-classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, this is a musical romantic comedy with dead things, and while Danny Elfman’s jaunty tunes fail to engage as memorably as in that film, John August, Pamela Pettler, and Caroline Thompson’s script is pure Burton, marrying (literally, in this case) the worlds of the dead and the might-as-well-be-dead to a Hammeresque tale of love, murder, and the redemptive power of, um, death. But the true stars are the cinematography by Pete Kozachik and the art direction by Nelson Lowry, which give Burton and Johnson’s film a magnificent polish, making it eye candy of the highest order. Read a full review of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.

    9:15AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • 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.

  • FESTIVALS

  • Capital City Black Film Festival

    Capital City Black Film Festival

    Now in its second year, this three-day festival offers a variety of panels, screenings, and social gatherings. For the complete schedule, see www.capcitybff.com.

    Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.