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FRIDAY JUNE 24
  • Blazing Saddles (1974)

    Rated R, 93 min. Directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Mel Brooks, Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Slim Pickens, David Huddleston, Alex Karras and Dom Deluise.

    Summer Film Classics: Brooks’ early reputation as a film director rests with the success of this raunchy Western spoof. A great cast is eclipsed by the hilarious performances of Korman and Kahn, who plays a Marlene Dietrich-like chanteuse. (Double bill: This Is Spinal Tap.)

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

  • The Hunting Ground

    The Hunting Ground (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 103 min. Directed by Kirby Dick.

    This acclaimed documentary exposes rape culture on the university campus, and helped raise the silent curtain on the crime. Producer Amy Ziering will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Read a full review of The Hunting Ground.

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

  • A Space Program

    A Space Program (2015)

    Not rated, 72 min. Directed by Van Neistat. Narrated by Pat Manocchia. Starring Tom Sachs, Sam Ratanarat and Mary Eannarino.

    Austin Film Society: New Release: Internationally acclaimed artist Tom Sachs, aka this film's flight director, guides a bricolage team in the handmade creation of a mission to Mars.

    8PM AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/454-2000

  • Taken

    Taken (2009)

    Rated PG-13, 94 min. Directed by Pierre Morel. Starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Holly Valance, Leland Orser, Jon Gries and David Warshofsky.

    Master Pancake: The Pancake gang tackles this film's vigilante spy. Read a full review of Taken.

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

  • This Is Spinal Tap

    This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

    Rated R, 82 min. Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Tony Hendra and Fran Drescher.

    Summer Film Classics: Rock & roll parodies hardly ever get more spot-on than this.

    8:50PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

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KIDS
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

    Rated PG, 120 min. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Deep Roy, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor, Annasophia Robb, Philip Wiegratz, Jordon Fry, Julia Winter, Missi Pyle, James Fox and Christopher Lee.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: I sat through Tim Burton’s generally splendid, artful, and often sinister screen version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book with an enormous grin on my face for much of the time. Nevertheless, Depp’s version of Dahl’s lunatic confectioner hasn’t to my mind displaced Gene Wilder’s antic portrayal from the 1971 version. To be sure, this Wonka is truer to the source material. Screenwriter John August, although he snatches a handful of third-act liberties, bathes the plot in a welter of verbal and physical gags that serve to machinate the kid-friendly unease into sticky new realms of chewy, gooey alarm. But Depp’s Wonka seems less mysterious than he ought to be. Compared with the rest of the film, which dazzles outright with its gob-stopping production design from Alex McDowell and Deep Roy’s unsmiling Oompa Loompas, Depp seems oddly unmoored, even ephemeral: cotton candy to Wilder’s crunchy dark chocolate. Read a full review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    10:10AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Curious George

    Curious George (2006)

    Rated G, 86 min. Directed by Matthew O'Callaghan.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: It’s not perfect, but this big-screen debut of H.A. Rey’s lovable monkey is worth recommending to audiences of all ages, especially fathers and sons. The production is faithful to George’s gentle spirit while fully exploiting the possibilities of old-school, two-dimensional animation. Movies are magical, it suggests, and everything is beautiful and fascinating to children. But the movie also gets George’s melancholy just right. For this is not a movie about a man and his monkey, but a movie about parents and children. The screenplay skims off some of the source material’s hinky bits in sending museum employee Ted (Ferrell) to Africa in search of a legendary ape idol. There’s a sort of romance between Ted and a field-tripping schoolteacher (Barrymore) and a very simple plot about exposing Ted’s artifact as a fraud, but the story’s best moments are its offhand ones. Jack Johnson’s original songs are a bit heavy on the heartstrings, but you’d have to be made of granite not to be moved. Read a full review of Curious George.

    11AM 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.

    Alamo Kids Camp: 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 Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "A Beautiful Planet" (2016)

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

  • "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" (2014)

    Rated G, 39 min. Directed by David Douglas. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

    Not sure why lemurs have taken hold of the the popular imagination in recent years, but maybe narrator Morgan Freeman can do for them what he did for penguins in that Oscar-winning doc of 2006. This 39-minute short has been crisscrossing the country's baby IMAX theatres in recent months.

  • "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.

  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 120 min. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Jessie T. Usher, Travis Tope, Judd Hirsch, Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Fichtner.

    Not reviewed at press time. It's been 20 years since aliens blew up the White House, and while Will Smith opted not to return for this sequel, most of the original cast is back to save Earth from a second invasion. No landmark is safe!

  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 120 min. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Jessie T. Usher, Travis Tope, Judd Hirsch, Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Fichtner.

    Not reviewed at press time. It's been 20 years since aliens blew up the White House, and while Will Smith opted not to return for this sequel, most of the original cast is back to save Earth from a second invasion. No landmark is safe!

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