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Special Screenings

SATURDAY DEC. 27
  • Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by John R. Cherry III. Starring Jim Varney.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: Ernest P. Worrell, Varney's hayseed busybody, meets up with Kris Kringle.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

    Rated R, 95 min. Directed by Jim Sharman. Starring Richard O'Brien, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry.

    Austin fans have been dressing up and doing the "Time Warp" thing live for more than three decades. For more info, see www.austinrocky.org.

    11:59PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Totally Eighties Sing-Along Dance Party

    Action Pack

    10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • SPACES

  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Gremlins

    Happy Holidays at the Drive-In Double Feature

    7PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • KIDS

  • Arthur Christmas

    Arthur Christmas (2011)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Sarah Smith.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: The worst thing I can say about this sweet little slice of holiday cheer is that it is preceded by evil incarnate: a Justin Bieber music video. Happily, once Bieber scuttles offscreen and the Aardman Animation (Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run) titles come up, you're in good, competent, and refreshingly funny hands. Arthur Christmas is an inspired take on the hoary clichés of the Santasploitation genre. This time, Aardman has left its trademark Plasticine stop-motion designs behind in favor of CGI and 3-D techniques, both of which turn out to work splendidly in the service of a very Aardman take on the notion of what it means to be Santa (voiced here by Broadbent) and the perils (and perhaps inevitability) of taking one's profession for granted, no matter how special, magical, or outrageously awesome it may be. If you can get past the Bieber, this is smart, funny stuff. Read a full review of Arthur Christmas.

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

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

    Rated PG, 152 min. Directed by Chris Columbus. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, John Cleese, Ian Hart, Richard Harris, Robbie Coltrane, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: From the sets to the story to the whole tone of the film, this is an almost literal adaptation of J.K. Rowling's beloved children's book. Columbus manages to capture the delicate magic of Rowling's book, about a young wizard named Harry Potter, while simultaneously crafting a very solid piece of Hollywood filmmaking. It's the smaller touches, transposed in whole from the book, that make the film as good as it is. So why didn't the film electrify me like Rowling's book? There's none of the obvious Hollywood downgrading that so often accompanies an adaptation like this, but it is what it is, and that's an adaptation. If you're one of the few who haven't succumbed to Pottermania yet, read the book, then take in this well-done companion piece. Read a full review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

    9AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

    Rated G, 85 min. Directed by Brian Henson. Starring Michael Caine.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: The Muppets bring cheer to Ebenezer Scrooge. Read a full review of The Muppet Christmas Carol.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • BULLOCK MUSEUM

    1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • D-Day: Normandy 1944

    D-Day: Normandy 1944 (2014)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Pascal Vuong. Narrated by Tom Brokaw.

    Tom Brokaw narrates this film about the largest Allied operation of World War II.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar (2014)

    Rated PG-13, 169 min. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley and David Gyasi.

    Majesty and mawkishness combine in Christopher Nolan's film about humans' last-ditch attempt to find a habitable planet in another galaxy. Read a full review of Interstellar.

  • Jerusalem 3D

    Jerusalem 3D (2014)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by Daniel Ferguson. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • Texas: The Big Picture

    Texas: The Big Picture (2003)

    Not rated, 39 min. Directed by Scott Swofford. Narrated by Colby Donaldson.

    Texas is shown to be a land broad enough to produce everything from grapefruit to microchips.