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TUESDAY JULY 7
  • Conan the Barbarian

    Conan the Barbarian (1982)

    Rated R, 129 min. Directed by John Milius. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman, James Earl Jones, Gerry Lopez, Mako and Max Von Sydow.

    Tough Guy Cinema: John Milius and Oliver Stone wrote this sword-and-sandal revenge tale based on the Robert E. Howard pulp stories. Has Schwarzenegger ever been better cast?

    7:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

    Not rated, 108 min. Directed by Roman Polanski. Starring Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins and Sharon Tate.

    Summer Film Classics: Polanski helped set the idea of horror comedies in motion with this romp about a couple of bat researchers in Transylvania. (Double bill: Fright Night, 1985.)

    9:05PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Fright Night (1985)

    Rated R, 106 min. Directed by Tom Holland. Starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowell and Stephen Geoffreys.

    Summer Film Classics: A suburban teen has more than the usual problems in this hybrid comedy/horror movie when he becomes convinced there's a vampire living next door. (Double bill: The Fearless Vampire Killers.)

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

  • Lady Terminator (1988)

    Rated R, 82 min. Directed by H. Tjut Djalil. Starring Barbara Anne Constable and Christopher J. Hart.

    Terror Tuesday: This so-bad-it's-good Indonesian movie attempts to borrow Hollywood action cliches.

    9:55PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Something in the Air (2012)

    Not rated, 122 min. Directed by Olivier Assayas. Starring Clément Métayer, Lola Créton, Felix Armand and Carole Combes.

    Austin Film Society: Mia Hansen-Løve Selects: The burning passions of Parisian youth are still aflame after the cinders of the French strikes and riots of 1968 subside. Assayas' somewhat personal story follows a group of friends as they try to figure out their own ways to fan the flames.

    7:30PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000

  • Spoils Before Dying Dinner Party (2015)

    Not rated, 120 min. Directed by Matt Piedmont. Starring Will Ferrell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Haley Joel Osment.

    IFC at the Alamo: IFC and Funny or Die present a three-episode sneak peek of the long-awaited, previously banned Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell) epic. Executive producers and writers Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont will be on hand for an exclusive Q&A.

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

SPACES
  • For a Few Dollars More (1966)

    Rated R, 130 min. Directed by Sergio Leone. Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volenté and Klaus Kinski.

    Austin Public Library: Westerns: This is the sequel to A Fistful of Dollars, the movie that practically invented the spaghetti Western and turned Clint Eastwood into an international superstar. free

    6PM Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove, 512/974-7400

  • Web Junkie

    Web Junkie (2013)

    Not rated, 74 min. Directed by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia.

    Austin Film Festival: POV Series: This documentary examines Internet addiction in China, where it is classified as a clinical disorder with treatment centers designed to treat teen addicts.

    7PM Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-8746

KIDS
  • The Book of Life

    The Book of Life (2014)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez.

    Visually arresting but dramatically rote, The Book of Life at least introduces American kids to the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos. Director and co-writer Jorge R. Gutierrez's film dances with morbidity in a way that’s more forthright than other animated kids’ films (Guillermo del Toro is on board as producer). The tale – framed by a wraparound story in which bratty American kids visit a Día de los Muertos museum exhibit – is a fairly conventional romantic drama, in which reluctant bullfighter Manolo (Luna) and decorated soldier Joaquin (Tatum) battle for the hand of lovely Maria (Saldana). The feud eventually leads Manolo to the underworld, before everything is resolved in the Land of the Living. Full of vibrant color and activity in every frame, The Book of Life's attempt to infuse kids’ imaginations with folk tales from outside the bounds of Western culture is a step in a good direction. Read a full review of The Book of Life.

    10AM Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8, 1600 Chestnut St, 512/321-0123

  • The Book of Life

    The Book of Life (2014)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez.

    Visually arresting but dramatically rote, The Book of Life at least introduces American kids to the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos. Director and co-writer Jorge R. Gutierrez's film dances with morbidity in a way that’s more forthright than other animated kids’ films (Guillermo del Toro is on board as producer). The tale – framed by a wraparound story in which bratty American kids visit a Día de los Muertos museum exhibit – is a fairly conventional romantic drama, in which reluctant bullfighter Manolo (Luna) and decorated soldier Joaquin (Tatum) battle for the hand of lovely Maria (Saldana). The feud eventually leads Manolo to the underworld, before everything is resolved in the Land of the Living. Full of vibrant color and activity in every frame, The Book of Life's attempt to infuse kids’ imaginations with folk tales from outside the bounds of Western culture is a step in a good direction. Read a full review of The Book of Life.

    10AM City Lights Theatre, 420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, 512/868-9922

  • Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte's Web (2006)

    Rated G, 97 min. Directed by Gary Winick. Starring Dakota Fanning.

    10:30AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • 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

  • Despicable Me

    Despicable Me (2010)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin.

    Everyone knows that the villains are usually the most interesting characters. So the filmmakers were wise to give the megalomaniacal Gru (voiced amusingly by Carell) his own animated movie. The world of Despicable Me is reminiscent of The Incredibles, in which superheroes and supervillains fully participate in suburban life, blending in unnoticed by ordinary folk. Then, snotty new-villain-on-the-block Vector (Segel) pulls a stunt that bumps Gru from his No. 1 supervillain ranking. Gru retaliates by plotting to steal the moon. Part of his plan involves the adoption of three orphaned sisters (Cosgrove, Gaier, and Fisher), through whose demands for him to accompany them to ballet class and read bedtime stories – as well as some flashbacks that reveal him to be a villain with justifiable mommy issues – Gru discovers his sensitive side. Gru's Minions – yellow, pill-shaped, bespectacled beings that gurgle in some sort of fractionally understandable language – are the movie's ultimate scene-stealers. Read a full review of Despicable Me.

    10AM Starplex 12 San Marcos, 1250 Wonder World Drive, 512/805-8000

  • 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

  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman

    Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Rob Minkoff. Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky, Stanley Tucci, Lake Bell, Mel Brooks and Patrick Warburton.

    10AM Westgate 11, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd, 512/899-2717

  • 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.

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

  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke and Steve Coogan.

    10AM Cinemark Cedar Park, 1335 E. Whitestone, 800/326-3264

  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke and Steve Coogan.

    10AM Tinseltown South, 5501 S. I-35, 512/326-4408

  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke and Steve Coogan.

    10AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Suite 1500, 512/291-3158

  • Night at the Museum

    Night at the Museum (2006)

    Rated PG, 108 min. Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Ricky Gervais, Mickey Rooney, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Bill Cobbs, Steve Coogan and Jake Cherry.

    10AM Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N. FM 620, Bldg B, 512/501-3520

  • 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Dark Universe (2015)

    Not rated, 25 min. Directed by Carter Emmart. Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    Explore the universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson and the American Museum of Natural History.

  • Humpback Whales 3D (2015)

    Not rated, 49 min. Directed by Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

  • Living in the Age of Airplanes (2015)

    Not rated, 47 min. Directed by Brian J. Terwilliger. Narrated by Harrison Ford.

  • 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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