Film: Special Screenings
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  • 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.

    Classics: What's up, Doc?

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

  • The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club (1985)

    Rated R, 97 min. Directed by John Hughes. Starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy.

    30th Anniversary Celebration: Feeling old yet? This classic gets the remaster treatment and is accompanied by a special featurette. Read a full review of The Breakfast Club.

    7:30PM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

  • Bringing It Home (2013)

    Not rated, 52 min. Directed by Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson. Narrated by Philip Powell.

    A Night With Hemp: The Texas Hemp Industries Association hosts a night of guest speakers, a silent auction, and the screening of documentary Bringing It Home. Ticket includes a hemp gift bag, plus dinner and a drink from a select menu.

    6:30PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • MacGruber

    MacGruber (2010)

    Rated R, 90 min. Directed by Jorma Taccone. Starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer, Maya Rudolph and Powers Boothe.

    Action Pack: To enjoy Saturday Night Live's recurring MacGruber sketch, first you have to remember its inspiration: the Eighties TV series MacGyver, whose anti-gun action hero could jury-rig a fix-it to most any sticky situation with duct tape and a bottle of toilet-bowl cleaner. MacGruber (played in the film by SNL regular Forte) apes MacGyver's long hair and lumberjack look, but not his coolness under pressure. The succinct television sketches always ended in the same place – with the inevitable detonation of the bomb. Almost as certain is the big-screen fiasco – a different kind of bomb – that will happen whenever someone at SNL decides to take a relatively successful five-minute short – the Roxbury twins, for instance – and inflate the concept to feature-length. The film goes by in a wash of uninspired action and unmemorable comedy; the daffy, mock ingenuity of the original sketch is long gone, and MacGruber's ineffectualness has degraded into flat-out incompetence, with far fewer comedic rewards. Read a full review of MacGruber.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • Pride & Prejudice

    Pride & Prejudice (2005)

    Rated PG, 127 min. Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Tom Hollander and Judi Dench.

    Girlie Night: This superior adaptation should please Jane Austen's dear readers. Read a full review of Pride & Prejudice.

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

  • Slaughter High (1986)

    Rated R, 90 min. Directed by George Dugdale, Mark Ezra and Peter Litten. Starring Caroline Munro, Simon Scuddamore, Carmine Iannaccone and Donna Yeager.

    Terror Tuesday: April Fools'-themed revenge slasher.

    10:05PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

    Rated PG-13, 112 min. Directed by Julian Schnabel. Starring Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais, Niels Arestrup and Olatz López Garmendia.

    Austin Public Library: La Francophonie: A Month of French Culture: In his brilliant new film, painter/sculptor/director Schnabel defies dozens of moviemaking conventions to tell the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the French writer and editor who suffered a massive stroke that left him with a rare condition called locked-in syndrome. This may sound like the makings of the dullest protagonist in motion-picture history, but Bauby was able to write a 150-page bestselling memoir by using a dictation system developed by his speech therapist that involved an adjusted alphabet and repetitive blinking. Schnabel uses his stunning visual sense to blur the line between experience and memory, desire and reality, to create an original world that exists almost entirely inside Bauby’s head. It's equal parts reverie, despair, and social experiment. His Bauby (Amalric) is no pity case; he’s a sophisticated ironist aware of the confusion and fear he engenders in those around him, and his memoir is a testament to human ingenuity and the beauty that can be found in resignation. Read a full review of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

    6:30PM North Village Branch Library, 2505 Steck, 512/974-9960

  • Kicking and Screaming (1995)

    Rated R, 98 min. Directed by Noah Baumbach. Starring Josh Hamilton, Eric Stoltz, Olivia D'Abo, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott, Jason Wiles, Elliott Gould, Parker Posey and Cara Buono.

    Growing Up Baumbach: The post-collegiate blues affect a group of twentysomethings in Baumbach's witty debut. Read a full review of Kicking and Screaming.

    7PM Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-8746


    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.

  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent

    The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 119 min. Directed by Robert Schwentke. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, Octavia Spencer, Zoë Kravitz, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn and Ray Stevenson.

    A more efficient indifference generator than last spring’s Divergent, dutiful follow-up Insurgent spares us a reel’s worth of training montages as young heroine Tris (Woodley) and boyfriend Four (James) remain on the run from the oppressive Jeanine (Winslet), militant ruler of a near-future Chicago where most denizens have been split into five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Sound complicated? It’s really not. So long as you know that Tris is the Special One, you’ll be able to keep up with her drawn-out quest to liberate all Chicagoans from their societal shackles. The second in a series of four films derived from Veronica Roth’s three novels (ah, Hollywood math), Insurgent delivers plenty of eye-catching imagery, but in the age of Katniss Everdeen, Tris never stands out as a particularly remarkable YA heroine. With each passing Hunger Games and Maze Runner, she’s merely the same kind of special as everyone else. Read a full review of The Divergent Series: Insurgent.

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