Film: Special Screenings
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  • The Fits (2016)

    Not rated, 72 min. Directed by Anna Rose Holmer. Starring Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett and Makyla Burnam.

    Austin Film Society: New Release: Members of an all-girl dance team start to suffer from mysterious fainting spells and seizures in this mesmerizing film. See our interview with the director, "The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, " July 22.

    2PM AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/454-2000

  • Ginger Snaps

    Ginger Snaps (2000)

    Not rated, 108 min. Directed by John Fawcett. Starring Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche and Mimi Rogers.

    Women's Community Center of Central Texas: Alt Girl Cinema: Uncommonly good teen werewolf movie centers on two sisters who develop the hairy curse with the start of the elder's first menstrual period and the appearance of a full moon.

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

  • Les Vampires: Chapters 7-10 (1916)

    Not rated, 235 min. Directed by Louis Feuillade. Starring Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque and Musidora.

    Super Krime: The World of Pulp Supervillains: This landmark 10-part serial about the exploits of an infamous gang of criminals was released in France in 1915 and 1916.

    1PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • M*A*S*H

    M*A*S*H (1970)

    Rated R, 116 min. Directed by Robert Altman. Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould and Tom Skerritt.

    Summer Film Classics: Altman’s irreverent portrait of a Korean War medical unit inspired the TV show and was the director’s first certifiable hit. (Double bill: Nashville.)

    2PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Nashville

    Nashville (1975)

    Rated R, 159 min. Directed by Robert Altman. Starring Henry Gibson, Karen Black, Keith Carradine, Ronee Blakley, Michael Murphy, Geraldine Chaplin, Lily Tomlin, Ned Beatty, Jeff Goldblum and Gwen Welles.

    Summer Film Classics: Altman raised the bar with this musical and politcal tapestry set on the eve of the American Bicentennial. (Double bill: M*A*S*H.)

    4:15PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Planet of the Apes

    Planet of the Apes (1968)

    Rated G, 112 min. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Starring Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall.

    NCM/Fathom: TCM Big Screen Classics: The classic sci-fi returns to the big screen with commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.

    2PM, 7PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

  • Repulsion

    Repulsion (1965)

    Not rated, 104 min. Directed by Roman Polanski. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry and John Fraser.

    Austin Film Society: Art Horror: Polanski and Deneuve's depiction of a young woman's dissolution into madness is one of the most harrowing mental descents ever depicted onscreen. Read a full review of Repulsion.

    4PM AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/454-2000

  • Rosa Chumbe

    Rosa Chumbe (2015)

    Not rated, 75 min. Directed by Jonatan Relayze Chiang. Starring Liliana Trujillo, Cindy Díaz and Alejandro Romero.

    Cine Las Americas: CineNoche: This Peruvian drama received the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival.

    11AM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • Waiting (2015)

    Not rated, 92 min. Directed by Anu Menon. Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin and Methalaka Gavin.

    Indie Meme: Two people bond in a hospital as their respective partners fight for their life in this heartwarming tragicomedy.

    11AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158

  • Creative Control

    Creative Control (2016)

    Not rated, 97 min. Directed by Benjamin Dickinson. Starring Benjamin Dickinson, Nora Zehetner, Dan Gill, Alexia Rasmussen, Reggie Watts and Jake Lodwick.

    Cinema East: This season's schedule kicks off with this whip-smart comedy that received Special Jury Recognition at SXSW 2015. Actor/director Benjamin Dickinson will be live for a post screening Q&A. Read a full review of Creative Control.

    9PM The Secret Theatre, 1145 Perry

  • 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.

    9:35AM 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!.

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

  • 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.

    9:40AM 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.

  • 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.

    Not reviewed at press time. Continuing to boldly go where no one has gone before, the crew of the Enterprise find themselves trapped on a hostile planet.

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