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  • The Apu Trilogy

    The Apu Trilogy

    Austin Film Society: Newly Restored: If you're lucky enough to have seen the three films in Satyajit Ray's black-and-white masterwork from the late Fifties – essential films for any lover of cinema – it's most likely that the prints you viewed were battered and worn, the original negatives having burned in a fire a couple of decades ago. A 4K digital restoration of the three films has just recently been made available and the AFS will screen the complete trilogy all Sunday afternoon, as well as individual screenings on upcoming Tuesdays. Made over the course of five years, the films – Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) – ushered Ray and the Indian cinema into the world of arthouse movies. Ray's naturalistic films tell an indelible story about a boy's growth to manhood. In the first film, Apu is a boy in rural Bengal; as an adolescent in the second film, he moves with his family to the city and receives an education; in the final film Apu is in his 20s, beginning his career and learning about love. The incredible naturalism of the films have made them great cinematic achievements, and now they are also being presented in a manner that fully displays their mastery.

    NOON The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000

  • Back to the Future Dinner Party and Quote-Along

    Action Pack: Sold-out.

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

  • Back to the Future Quote-Along (1985)

    Rated PG, 116 min. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson.

    Action Pack: 1.21 gigawatts of nostalgia.

    4PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • Coen to the Movies: The Coen Brothers Mystery Marathon

    Not rated.

    A five-film marathon.

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

  • Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead (2013)

    NCM/Fathom: The four remaining original members of the Grateful Dead reunite at Soldier Field in Chicago for a live three-night performance that will be simulcast in theatres. Each concert will be uniquely different and the July 5 concert event is promoted as the last time the band will ever play together. See "Speaking of the Dead," p. XX, for more on the show.

    7PM Metropolitan, 901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

  • Chicken Run

    Chicken Run (2000)

    Rated G, 84 min. Directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park.

    9:40AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Matilda (1996)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Danny DeVito. Starring Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris, Paul Reubens and Tracey Walter.

    Alamo Kids Camp $1. Read a full review of Matilda.

    9:45AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • Muppets Most Wanted

    Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

    Rated PG, 112 min. Directed by James Bobin. Starring Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Jemaine Clement, Danny Trejo and Ray Liotta.

    9AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Terminator: Genisys

    Terminator: Genisys (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 126 min. Directed by Alan Taylor. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Byung-hun Lee, Matt Smith and Dayo Okeniyi.

    Oh, Michael Biehn, where art thou? Suffice it so say that Terminator: Genisys’ Kyle Reese (Courtney) is laughably miscast in this fifth iteration of James Cameron’s original apocalyptic robot wars. Equally miscast is Jason Clarke, as the by now superheroic John Connor, the man fated to lead humanity to victory in the war against the machines. And there’s the return of Schwarzenegger in his career-defining role as the hulking Terminator. This being a highly convoluted, temporally scrambled time-travel action film, the storyline is all over the place – and it pretty much reboots the whole franchise’s history – but, what the hell, it’s quantum, baby. Chock-full of various sorts of Terminators, thuddingly dull explosions, and one of the most downright boring helicopter chases ever, Terminator: Genisys is a catastrophic misfire on nearly all counts. All I can do is paraphrase Biehn’s Kyle Reese: “Come with me if you want to yawn.” Read a full review of Terminator: Genisys.

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