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TUESDAY JULY 26
  • Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

    Rated R, 76 min. Directed by Sam Liu.

    Fathom Events: The 26th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series – and the first to earn an R rating.

    7:30PM, 10PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Choose Your Own Pancake

    Master Pancake Theater: It's interactive night as the audience gets to select the title to be screened.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Dirty Dancing

    Dirty Dancing (1987)

    Rated PG-13, 100 min. Directed by Emile Ardolino. Starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jack Weston, Cynthia Rhodes and Jerry Orbach.

    Girlie Night: In this beloved but corny fairy tale, a Jewish princess emerges from her protective isolation and, naturally, falls for a boy who spells "big trouble." But 'neath its candy-coated shell are several solid grains of truth – not to mention some fab choreography, a solid-gold title, and a couple of pristine examples (in Swayze and Grey) of what is meant by the term "career-making performance." Read a full review of Dirty Dancing.

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

  • Hardy (2014)

    Not rated, 73 min. Directed by Natasha Verma.

    Austin Film Festival: Best Movies You've Never Seen: Documentary about professional boxer Heather "the Heat" Hardy.

    7PM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • The Lost Boys

    The Lost Boys (1987)

    Rated R, 97 min. Directed by Joel Schumacher. Starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes, Edward Hermann, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz and Corey Feldman.

    Terror Tuesday: The treacherous ground between teenagers and vampirism is explored by this hodgepodge cast.

    9:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Star Trek Beyond Odell Beer Dinner (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 122 min. Directed by Justin Lin. Starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.

    Food & Film

    7:30PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

SPACES
KIDS
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn.

    Regal Summer Movie Express: Don’t go see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 on an empty stomach – the smorgasbord of animated food is bound to make you hungry. This lazy, 3-D sequel to the 2009 feature about freakish meteorological events merely reboots the premise of comestibles gone wild with little attention paid to a coherent storyline. Once again, zealous inventor Flint Lockwood’s supermutation machine that can transform water into full-course meals is the culprit of the ensuing chaos, this time turning his hometown of Swallow Falls into a world overrun by tacodile supremes, watermelophants, flamangos, and shrimpanzees, among other monstrous animal victuals. For both kids and adults, CWCM2 is little more than a vague memory as soon as it’s over. The movie is simply trying to cash in on its predecessor’s success, and while that’s nothing new for a flick primarily aimed at 8-year-olds, it’s still enough to give you a tummy ache. Read a full review of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.

    10AM Westgate 11, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd, 512/899-2717

  • Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

    Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

    Rated G, 88 min. Directed by Steve Martino and Jimmy Hayward. Narrated by Charles Osgood.

    Kids Camp: For my money, I've never seen anything much wrong with the animated Chuck Jones version of this Seuss tale, made for TV in 1970. But everything needs an update, I suppose, and this new animated feature does the job nicely, staying true to the playfulness of the Seussian rhymes and messages while ably adding in new bits of business to expand Seuss' verse to feature length. Carrey's general tendency toward comic mania is gently toned down, allowing the rubbery elephant Horton to seem more a lovable goofball than a frenzied nut job, and Carell's readings as the Mayor of Whoville are perfectly on target. Twentieth Century Fox's animation is in the mold of their previous films Ice Age and Robots: a nice blend of rudimentary and inventive touches. The story's key refrain, "A person's a person no matter how small," speaks directly to children's experience of the world; thus, this new movie should enjoy a long life. Read a full review of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Hook

    Hook (1991)

    Rated PG, 144 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith.

    Kids' Camp: Hook breaks the cardinal rule of J.M. Barrie's timeless fantasy -- it grows up. But, honestly, who cares about Pan the man; it's the boy we want. Never Never Land's not a place where adults can return to whenever they're looking for their lost youth. Hook leaves you marveling at the nuts and bolts work of producers and assistant directors, but never at the intrinsic imaginativeness of the story. It's as if Spielberg calculatedly set out to make a perennial classic -- certain folly if ever there were. Read a full review of Hook.

    10AM Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520

  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

    Rated PG, 85 min. Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon.

    Kids Summer Series: After adventures in the wilds of Madagascar and Africa, this third installment of the animated series begins where the second one ended: with the animals in northern Africa and newly overtaken by a desire to return home to the Central Park Zoo in New York. Since the penguins and monkeys have hijacked their plane and headed for Monte Carlo, the foursome – lion Alex (Stiller), zebra Marty (Rock), giraffe Melman (Schwimmer), and hippo Gloria (Pinkett Smith) – snorkel their way across the Mediterranean in pursuit. After wreaking havoc in the principality's casinos, the animals flee and find cover in the midst of a traveling circus. Although Madagascar 3 is low on originality and high on volume, it manages to remain amusing due to its talented voice cast and brief running time. Madagascar 3 may not rival the “greatest show on earth” but it’s good enough to pack ’em in anyway. Read a full review of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

    10:30AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158

  • Minions

    Minions (2015)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin.

    Alamo Kids Camp: Just five years ago, these Minions were mere background noise in the kiddie cartoon Despicable Me. Now here they are starring in their own vehicle – toddler-tiny, banana-colored, and chattering away in their polyglot pidgin gibberish as they search high and low for a dastardly master to serve. Minions is slight, bright, bopping entertainment. Like a child – its target demo, after all – nothing holds the film’s attention for very long, which means it squanders several clever setups in the blink of an eye. But the fleetness of Brian Lynch's script mostly works in the film’s favor. No gag gets overlavished, no plotline overstays its welcome. The film is also set, somewhat arbitrarily, in 1968, which inspires some nifty retro looks. The foregrounded animation of the heroes and villains is well-executed, the background detail is exquisite, and – best yet – there’s a mid-film bedtime story that’ll take your breath away. Read a full review of Minions.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • The Neverending Story (1984)

    Rated PG, 92 min. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Starring Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach and Moses Gunn.

    Alamo Kids Camp: This marvelous, inventive, inspiring fantasy in which the books read by the story's hero actually come to life is directed by the man who later went on make Das Boot and The Perfect Storm. As might be expected, it's amazing to see on the big screen and is also the kind of imaginative tale that sends you out of the theatre craving to read. free Read a full review of The Neverending Story.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Norm of the North

    Norm of the North (2016)

    Rated PG, 86 min. Directed by Trevor Wall.

    Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Are your kids unable to wait for Kung Fu Panda 3, and in dire need of an animated bear fix right this very minute? A whining child who won’t take no for an answer is the only reason I can think of to recommend seeing Norm of the North. Norm (voiced by Schneider) is a talking bear who finds his calling when he travels to New York to discourage a developer, Mr. Greene (Jeong), from building a new subdivision in the Arctic. Instead of making his case, Norm gets co-opted by Greene, who turns the bear into the endeavor’s mascot. Norm's animation is rudimentary, and the story is told in chaotic fashion. The kids who were at the screening I attended did not seem to engage with the movie, and afterward in the bathroom I overheard two tykes tell their mom that they did not like Norm, though they did not elaborate. Read a full review of Norm of the North.

    10AM Cinemark Movies 8 Round Rock, 2120 N. Mays, 512/388-2848

  • Norm of the North

    Norm of the North (2016)

    Rated PG, 86 min. Directed by Trevor Wall.

    Are your kids unable to wait for Kung Fu Panda 3, and in dire need of an animated bear fix right this very minute? A whining child who won’t take no for an answer is the only reason I can think of to recommend seeing Norm of the North. Norm (voiced by Schneider) is a talking bear who finds his calling when he travels to New York to discourage a developer, Mr. Greene (Jeong), from building a new subdivision in the Arctic. Instead of making his case, Norm gets co-opted by Greene, who turns the bear into the endeavor’s mascot. Norm's animation is rudimentary, and the story is told in chaotic fashion. The kids who were at the screening I attended did not seem to engage with the movie, and afterward in the bathroom I overheard two tykes tell their mom that they did not like Norm, though they did not elaborate. Read a full review of Norm of the North.

    10AM EVO Entertainment, 3200 Kyle Crossing, 512/523-9009

  • Norm of the North

    Norm of the North (2016)

    Rated PG, 86 min. Directed by Trevor Wall.

    Are your kids unable to wait for Kung Fu Panda 3, and in dire need of an animated bear fix right this very minute? A whining child who won’t take no for an answer is the only reason I can think of to recommend seeing Norm of the North. Norm (voiced by Schneider) is a talking bear who finds his calling when he travels to New York to discourage a developer, Mr. Greene (Jeong), from building a new subdivision in the Arctic. Instead of making his case, Norm gets co-opted by Greene, who turns the bear into the endeavor’s mascot. Norm's animation is rudimentary, and the story is told in chaotic fashion. The kids who were at the screening I attended did not seem to engage with the movie, and afterward in the bathroom I overheard two tykes tell their mom that they did not like Norm, though they did not elaborate. Read a full review of Norm of the North.

    10AM Starplex 12 San Marcos, 1250 Wonder World Drive, 512/805-8000

  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

    Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

    Rated PG, 85 min. Directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak.

    Regal Summer Movie Express: The stop-motion animation may be retro and the storyline sentimental, but it’s those quaint throwback qualities that make Shaun the Sheep Movie one baaaaaadass movie. Initially featured in Nick Park’s Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short “A Close Shave” nearly 20 years ago, our titular hero (voiced by Fletcher) makes his feature film debut here in a tale in which he and the fellow members of the Mossy Bottom Farm mob venture out to the Big City to find their amnesiac owner (voiced by Sparkes), who’s become a social media sensation shearing heads in a trendy salon. There’s something refreshing about the old-fashioned way in which Shaun the Sheep entertains, an endearing combination of silly slapstick gags and a gentle heart. As an added bonus, animal lovers of all ages will find solace in the hope conveyed here that there’s a loving home for every domesticated creature on this earth. Awwwww. Read a full review of Shaun the Sheep Movie.

    10AM Westgate 11, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd, 512/899-2717

  • 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "A Beautiful Planet" (2016)

    Rated G, 40 min. Directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.

  • "Hubble 3D" (2010)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.

    This documentary follows NASA's May 2009 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Read a full review of "Hubble 3D".

  • "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.

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 122 min. Directed by Justin Lin. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba.

    Captain Kirk (Pine) is bored. A regular Angela Chase, he fills his Captain’s log with long sighs. Three years into a five-year assignment steering the starship Enterprise hither and yon across the galaxy, it’s all just become so ho-hum, so hum-drum for him. I’m right there with you, James T.

    Kirk’s ennui breaks when the ship crash-lands on a distant planet, scattering the actors into micro-hives of ones and twos, in a blow to the ensemble cast’s collective chemistry. (They’re better when they’re all buzzing together.) Competent but heavy with dutifulness, the script by Simon Pegg (who co-stars as engineer Scotty) and Doug Jung (who cameos as Sulu’s husband) puts everyone in a place on this rock and gives them a purpose – a reason to go from point a to point b. But there’s none of the joyful, swashbuckling sense of adventure evinced in the film’s predecessors, nor a compelling case made for the stakes: Supervillain Krall (played by Idris Elba, regrettably covered in rhino-hide-like prosthetics) is a real drag, and his superweapon, the Abronath, sounds like something jaunty and tartan Scotty might pick up in a Highlands gift shop.

    This third film of the franchise reboot is the first to be directed by Justin Lin, who took over the Fast & Furious series in 2006 and promptly sent down the assembly line four superjuiced machines of loving mayhem. (He replaces original Trek reboot architect J.J. Abrams, who in the Hollywood game of franchise musical chairs hopped to another Star with last year’s The Force Awakens.) Lin’s F&F films are operatically dumb, which was what makes them so much fun; maybe if Star Trek Beyond were stupider it wouldn’t feel like such a chore. Or maybe he just doesn’t have a feel for the material yet. Lin lavishes his attention on the massive-scale stuff – the space warfare, a Federation ship under construction, and, in the film’s freshest bit, a hand-to-hand combat scene turned hurly burly when gravity revolts. But the human scale – the tending to these tiny animate beings we’ve been watching for 50 years – feels less carefully considered.

    Read a full review of Star Trek Beyond.

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