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THURSDAY JULY 28
  • Beyoncé Sing-Along

    Dance Party

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

  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

    Rated PG, 90 min. Directed by Stephen Herek. Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and George Carlin.

    Summer Film Classics: High school goofballs travel back in time to score some heavy dudes like Napoleon, Socrates, and Billy the Kid for their history presentation. (Double bill: Monty Python and the Holy Grail.) Read a full review of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

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

  • 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

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

    Rated PG, 90 min. Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. Starring Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin.

    Summer Film Classics: In its second feature film, the wacky Brit comedy troupe does a number on the Arthurian legend and the Middle Ages. (Double bill: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.)

    8:45PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Sous le Soleil de Satan (1987)

    Not rated, 97 min. Directed by Maurice Pialat. Starring Gerard Depardieu and Sandrine Bonnaire.

    Austin Film Society: Inexplicably Yours – Maurice Pialat: Depardieu plays a country priest tangling with the devil.

    7:30PM AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/454-2000

SPACES
  • Fanboys and Elstree 1976

    Fanboys and Elstree 1976

    This double bill pairs Kyle Newman's heartfelt comedy about a superfan with terminal cancer trying to see Phantom Menace before he dies with a 2015 documentary about the making of the original Star Wars.

    8:30PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • High Noon

    High Noon (1952)

    Not rated, 85 min. Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Starring Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado and Grace Kelly.

    Austin Public Library: Read-Watch-Talk: A quintessential showdown caps off this enduring Western morality tale.

    1PM Terrazas Branch Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/472-7312

KIDS
  • The Boxtrolls

    The Boxtrolls (2014)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi.

    Alamo Kids Camp: The third time is decidedly not the charm for the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman). Unlike its two previous releases, The Boxtrolls feels rough-and-tumble and not as much fun by half, with the simplistic yet convoluted story – of an orphan boy raised by box-wearing, underground-dwelling trolls – falling flat almost from the beginning. In the town of Cheesebridge, a boy named Eggs (Hempstead-Wright) is believed to have been kidnapped and eaten by the trolls beneath town. Lord Portley-Rind (Harris) has hired the Fagin-esque Archibald Snatcher (Kingsley) to exterminate every last one of the boxtrolls, who are revealed to be shy, harmless tinkerers. With characters seemingly created by assembly line, devoid of an essential amount of backstory, it’s hard to care whatever transpires. Drawn from Brit Alan Snow’s YA novel Here Be Monsters!, this condensed version doesn’t lack for awful puns. What’s missing is that ineffable animation magic. Read a full review of The Boxtrolls.

    9:25AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • 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!.

    10:50AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • 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.

    10:45AM 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.

    10:30AM 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

  • 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. Three years into a five-year assignment steering the starship Enterprise hither and yon across the galaxy, it’s all just become so humdrum for him. 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. 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 (Elba) is a real drag, and his superweapon, the Abronath, sounds like something jaunty and tartan Scotty might pick up in a Highlands gift shop.

    Read a full review of Star Trek Beyond.

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