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WEDNESDAY JUNE 1
  • Darktown Strutters (1975)

    Rated PG, 85 min. Directed by William Whitney. Starring Stan Shaw, Bettye Sweet, Shirley Washington, Roger E. Mosley and Trina Parks.

    Weird Wednesday: "Super Sisters on Cycles" screams the poster of this blaxploitation movie about a woman who exposes a plot by a Col. Sanders look-alike to clone the nation's black leaders. This blaxploitation treasure also features a script by George Armitage and set design by Jack Fisk.

    10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • The Jerk

    The Jerk (1979)

    Rated R, 94 min. Directed by Carl Reiner. Starring Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King, Bill Macy and Jackie Mason.

    Classics: The Jerk reigns supreme in the movies-about-really-stupid-men department.

    7PM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549

  • Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

    Rated R, 120 min. Directed by Alex Keshishian.

    Homo Arigato! This documentary about Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition tour is a chancy work of self-promotion but also succeeds in somewhat demystifying the icon she's become Read a full review of Madonna: Truth or Dare.

    6:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

SPACES
  • Love in the Sixties

    Love in the Sixties (2014)

    Not rated, 100 min. Directed by Amparo Garcia-Crow.

    This doc looks at the life of artist, activist, dominatrix, and "First Lady of 'Keep Austin Weird'" Aralyn Hughes.

    6:30PM The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

KIDS
  • Shrek

    Shrek (2001)

    Rated PG, 85 min. Directed by Vicky Jenson and Andrew Adamson.

    Flix Jr. Specialty milkshake offerings available in exclusive Flix-Jr. color-changing cups, as well as a weekly coloring contest. $2 Read a full review of Shrek.

    11AM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549

  • 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "A Beautiful Planet" (2016)

    Rated G, 40 min. Directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.

  • "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" (2014)

    Rated G, 39 min. Directed by David Douglas. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

    Not sure why lemurs have taken hold of the the popular imagination in recent years, but maybe narrator Morgan Freeman can do for them what he did for penguins in that Oscar-winning doc of 2006. This 39-minute short has been crisscrossing the country's baby IMAX theatres in recent months.

  • "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.

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass

    Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

    Rated PG, 113 min. Directed by James Bobin. Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway, Rhys Ifans, Lindsay Duncan and Leo Bill.

    This unasked-for sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 film rendition of the timeless Lewis Carroll story installs a new director at the helm, yet Alice Through the Looking Glass repeats many of the same mistakes as Alice in Wonderland. Both films favor their stories’ visual possibilities over character development and narrative intrigue. There are lots of adventures, but the whys and wherefores are slight and uninvolving. Alice (Wasikowska) determines to help the Mad Hatter (Depp) and gets sucked into a to-and-fro journey in which she has to seize a time machine to learn the reasons for the animosity of the queenly sisters (here called Mirana instead of White Queen, and Iracebeth rather than Red Queen). While the film’s special effects are quite something to behold, the rendition lacks magic, jabberwocky, and whimsy. This return to Wonderland is a dull outing, about which it can be said that Alice doesn’t live here anymore. Read a full review of Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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