Special Screenings

  • The Bag Lady (2014)

    Not rated, 90 min. Directed by Ericka Marsalis LaManna. Starring Ray Sr., Colby Crain Hahn and Amber Prowl.

    A man newly released from prison struggles to balance life as a father, husband, and son.

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

  • Forrest Gump (1994)

    Rated PG-13, 142 min. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field.

    Master Pancake: Run, Forrest, run … far away from these merry jokesters who are certain to put your life story through the wringer. Read a full review of Forrest Gump.

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

  • Gimme Shelter

    Gimme Shelter (1970)

    Rated R, 91 min. Directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin. Starring the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Ike & Tina Turner Revue and Marvin Belli.

    Alamo Goes to '11: Quite by accident, the film documents the famous Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway, which ended in a concertgoer being stabbed to death. Through time, the film has become a tangible document that seems to capture the moment when the peace & love generation lost its naivete and innocence. Read a full review of Gimme Shelter.

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

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

    Rated PG, 216 min. Directed by David Lean. Starring Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn.

    Summer Film Classics: World War I Film Series: This desert epic won seven Academy Awards and is best appreciated on the big screen.

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

  • 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

    10:25PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320


  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future (1985)

    Rated PG, 111 min. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.

    Blue Starlite Drive-In: When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious shit.

    9:15PM Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/322-0145

  • Reservoir Dogs

    Reservoir Dogs (1992)

    Rated R, 99 min. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney and Michael Madsen.

    Blue Starlite Drive-In: Mr. Pink has some seriously misguided views on the service industry. Read a full review of Reservoir Dogs.

    11:15PM Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/322-0145

  • Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening

    Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening (2001)

    Rated PG-13, 90 min. Directed by Marisa Sistach. Starring Ximena Ayala, Nancy Gutiérrez and Arcelia Ramírez.

    Cine Las Americas: This poignant and moving drama focuses on the growing problem of sexual assault in Mexico City.

    7PM ,

  • 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: See it today, for tomorrow there will be another filmed version.

    9:45AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant (1999)

    Rated PG, 86 min. Directed by Brad Bird.

    Set during the beginning of the space race, The Iron Giant is a gorgeously animated adaptation of British poet laureate Ted Hughes' 1968 children's book. The animated feature begins as the townspeople of Rockwell, Maine, learn that a giant metal alien has crashed just outside of town. It's a film packed to bursting with golden nuggets of surprise, humor, and pathos, though it also owes a great deal to E.T., Ray Bradbury, Rod Serling, and the classic sci-fi films of the Fifties. But it's the movie's genuine, warm heart that sees it through to its breathtaking stand-up-and-cheer finale. And if its top-notch story weren't enough, The Iron Giant also boasts some spectacular animation, a combination of classic two-dimensional processes and CGI for the giant himself that's outright spellbinding. Add to that Michael Kamen's lush, earthy score, and The Iron Giant is clearly the single best, the single coolest animated film in a great while. Read a full review of The Iron Giant.

    10:30AM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549

  • Kung Fu Panda

    Kung Fu Panda (2008)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson.

    Kids' Camp: Po (Black) may be an animated panda bear, but make no mistake: Deep down, he’s really just a nerd with a pop-culture obsession. In Kung Fu Panda’s opening scene (animated in a gorgeous, throwback, two-dimensional style), Po imagines himself as a great martial-arts master and warrior. Of course, in reality (disappointingly three-dimensional, Pixar-like reality) Po is a master of nothing; he’s just the rotund son of a noodle-shop owner living in a small Chinese village who gets his kicks playing with action figures in his bedroom. Of course, that all changes when destiny drops him at the feet of kung-fu master Shifu (Hoffman). Kung Fu Panda’s message is timeworn and clichéd (believe in yourself, even if – especially if – you’re flabby and uncoordinated and no one else believes in you). But with a lovable, lumpy loser as its hero, the movie is just the kind of antic David vs. Goliath tale children can’t get enough of. Read a full review of Kung Fu Panda.

    9:50AM 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.

    10:15AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Suite 1500, 512/291-3158

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel (2013)

    Rated PG-13, 143 min. Directed by Zack Snyder. Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni, Richard Schiff, Laurence Fishburne and Ayelet Zurer.

    Man of Steel is as square as Superman’s storied jaw. Peel away the pyrotechnics and digital flimflam and what you’ve got is an earnest paean to America, told in close-ups of majestically flapping flags and freshly shaved No. 2 pencils. Coming from director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) and producer/co-conceiver Christopher Nolan (the Batman franchise), this new Man of Steel – grave and emphatic, intermittently ravishing and punishingly self-serious – smartly scraps a linear plotting of baby Kal-El’s evolution from alien émigré into Kansas-bred loner Clark Kent, and finally the caped savior of the human race. Unfortunately, as the story eventually, predictably, succumbs to endless mayhem, Man of Steel falls in line with the contemporary action-movie adage that more is more. But what of Cavill, our new man of steel? When given the chance to actually act, he’s good, with shades of greatness – much like the film built around him. Read a full review of Man of Steel.

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

  • 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.

    9:45AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320


    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.