Film: Special Screenings
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SUNDAY MAY 1
  • Akira

    Akira (1988)

    Rated R, 124 min. Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo.

    Versus: Anime classic will be presented with an interactive mix of lights, lasers, and visual effects.

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

  • Contact (1997)

    Rated PG, 151 min. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, Angela Bassett and John Hurt.

    Astronomy on Tap ATX: Carl Sagan's novel about the celestial mysteries is embodied onscreen by Jodie Foster as the astronomer heroine and Matthew McConaughey as her spiritual counterpart from the other side of the fence. Read a full review of Contact.

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

  • Embrace of the Serpent

    Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

    Not rated, 125 min. Directed by Ciro Guerra. Starring Antonio Bolívar Salvador, Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Miguel Dionisio Ramos and Nilbio Torres.

    Austin Film Society: New Releases: Scientists and an Amazonian shaman interact over decades in this unique film. Read a full review of Embrace of the Serpent.

    4PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/454-2000

  • Giselle (2016)

    Not rated, 135 min.

    NCM/Fathom: Royal Opera House: The Royal Ballet performs.

    2PM iPic Theaters Austin, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400

  • Meek's Cutoff

    Meek's Cutoff (2011)

    Rated PG, 104 min. Directed by Kelly Reichardt. Starring Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson, Neal Huff, Tommy Nelson and Rod Rondeaux.

    No More Roads: The Films of Kelly Reichardt: The epic and the elementary combine in Kelly Reichardt's Western survivalist tale. Read a full review of Meek's Cutoff.

    7:45PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • Persuasion (1995)

    Rated PG, 104 min. Directed by Roger Michell. Starring Amanda Root, Ciarán Hinds, Corin Redgrave, Phoebe Nicholls, Sophie Thompson and Fiona Shaw.

    Afternoon Tea: In this film adaptation of Jane Austen's posthumous novel, a young woman faces a suitor that her snooty family made her reject eight years earlier, but who has now come into his own fame and fortune. Read a full review of Persuasion.

    4PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Purple Rain

    Purple Rain (1984)

    Rated R, 111 min. Directed by Albert Magnoli. Starring Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III.

    Cry with the doves.

    4AM, 4PM, 10:10PM Gateway Theatre, 9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

  • Purple Rain

    Purple Rain (1984)

    Rated R, 111 min. Directed by Albert Magnoli. Starring Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III.

    Cry with the doves.

    3:15PM, 9:25PM iPic Theaters Austin, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400

  • Purple Rain

    Purple Rain (1984)

    Rated R, 111 min. Directed by Albert Magnoli. Starring Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III.

    Cry with the doves.

    4PM, 7PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born (1954)

    Not rated, 181 min. Directed by George Cukor. Starring Judy Garland, James Mason and Charles Bickford.

    Classics: Garland delivers a powerhouse performance as an actress on the cusp of stardom, with Mason equally terrific as her mentor and husband whose alcoholic slide grows worse as her fame increases.

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

  • Zombie Army (1991)

    Rated R, 82 min. Directed by Betty Stapleford. Starring Cindie Lou Acker, Jody Amato and John C. Berkeyheiser III.

    Video Vortex: Murderous zombies are living in a former asylum taken over by the army.

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

SPACES
  • The Glass Shield

    The Glass Shield (1995)

    Rated PG-13, 108 min. Directed by Charles Burnett. Starring Michael Boatman, Lori Petty, Ice Cube, Elliott Gould, Richard Anderson, Don Harvey, Michael Ironside, M. Emmet Walsh, Michael Gregory and Bernie Casey.

    Come as You Are: Films of the 1990s: In this often overlooked film by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, To Sleep With Anger), a black cop in an all-white police station confronts racism from his colleagues and incredulity from his family and community. Read a full review of The Glass Shield.

    1PM The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK, 512/471-7324

  • Purple Rain and Under the Cherry Moon

    A Tribute to Prince: Double feature.

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

  • Venice (2010)

    Not rated, 110 min. Directed by Jan Jakub Kolski. Starring Marcin Walewski, Magdalena Cielecka, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska and Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska.

    Austin Polish Society: In 1939, a boy is crushed when World war II interferes with his attendance at summer camp, so he and his aunt create an imaginary world.

    3:30PM Manchaca Branch Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd.

  • 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "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.

  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book (2016)

    Rated PG, 105 min. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Neel Sethi.

    Walt Disney Pictures’ beautiful and thrilling live-action/CGI/3-D (whew!) adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s timeless collection of fables about man-cub Mowgli (Sethi) and the furry denizens of his tropical habitat is fast-paced and engaging entertainment, but lacks some of the pathos you might expect. The Jungle Book is intense, scary, and occasionally brutal, but the film frequently shields its young viewers from the consequences of its dark narrative, as the 10-year-old Mowgli – separated from his devoted protector, the black panther Bagheera (Kingsley) – flees the malevolent tiger Shere Khan (Elba) or encounters the violent demands of the outsize orangutan King Louie (Walken), before meeting the sloth bear Baloo (Murray). The movie is superbly executed in many ways, but what gives? Still, for any baby boomer who danced around the living room singing about the bare/bear necessities of life, the familiar tunes here are bound to summon a smile. Forget about your worries and your strife, indeed. Read a full review of The Jungle Book.

  • FESTIVALS

  • Hill Country Film Festival

    Hill Country Film Festival

    This year's edition of this five-day festival in nearby Fredericksburg showcases nine feature films and 86 shorts from around the world. Panel discussions, awards, free screenings, and parties are also on the extensive schedule. See the complete lineup at www.hillcountryff.com, and visit "Reeling in the Hill Country," p.XX, for our preview.

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