Special Screenings

  • Bottle Rocket

    Bottle Rocket (1996)

    Rated R, 95 min. Directed by Wes Anderson. Starring Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Robert Musgrave, Andrew Wilson, Lumi Cavazos and James Caan.

    AFS Arthouse: Honoring 2015 Texas Hall of Fame nominees Luke Wilson and the late L.M. Kit Carson, this screening of Anderson's deadpan crime caper also features the original 1994 short that the film was based on. See "Film Frontiersman," March 6, for more on L.M. Kit Carson. *Note: The Sunday (March 8) screening has been canceled. Read a full review of Bottle Rocket.

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

  • Master Pancake's Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

    Rated R, 127 min. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and Jennifer Ehle.

    Master Pancake: What have those movie mockers gotten themselves into now?

    7PM, 10:10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    Rated PG, 113 min. Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Ricardo Montalban, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Kirstie Alley and Paul Winfield.

    Montalban plays the badass Khan in one of the most commanding performances of his career, and one of the best entries in the entire Star Trek series. Proceeds from these screenings benefit Creative Action Austin.

    4:15PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Ultimate Nineties Party

    Action Pack

    10:05PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070


  • Amreeka

    Amreeka (2009)

    Rated PG-13, 96 min. Directed by Cherien Dabis. Starring Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Alia Shawkat, Daniel Boiteau, Jenna Kawar and Selena Haddad.

    Austin Asian American Resource Center Presents: In this delightfully human and sweetly comic ode to the contemporary immigrant experience in a post-9/11 “Amreeka,” a Palestinian mother and son create a world of possibilities. Read a full review of Amreeka.

    7PM Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron

  • DamNation (2014)

    Not rated, 87 min. Directed by Ben Knight and Travis Rummel.

    First Friday Film Series: This doc presents a dynamic perspective on Man's attempt to harness and control the power of water at the expense of nature.

    7PM Wildflower Church, 1314 E. Oltorf, 512/428-9464

  • The FP

    The FP (2012)

    Rated R, 122 min. Directed by Brandon Trost and Jason Trost. Starring Jason Trost, Lee Valmassy, Art Hsu, Sean Whalen, Caitlyn Folley, Nick Principe, Brandon Barrera, James DeBello, Bryan Goddard, Rachel Robinson, Michael Sandow, Dash Mihok and James Remar.

    The latest film to be picked up for distribution by Austin's (Alamo) Drafthouse Films is every bit as deranged, manic, and hilarious as its first acquisition, Four Lions, but in a completely different way. Opening expository narration cues us into this story of two futuristic clans fighting for "dominance over the small town of Frazier Park." On one side are the 248s, led by the eyepatch-sporting JTRO (Trost); on the other, the 245s, fronted by villainous L Dubba E (Valmassy). The film's central joke is that these two gangs battle not with knives or guns – shit like that is so now – but via a competitive video game dubbed Beat-Beat Revolution. That's right, mofo (in the outrageous, bizzarro parlance of the film), it's a dance-off to the death. It's frankly totally insane but in an impressively cohesive way. The FP's goofy heart and soul is what makes the film into a potential cult-movie masterpiece. Read a full review of The FP.

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

  • The Interview

    The Interview (2014)

    Rated R, 112 min. Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Diana Bang, Timothy Simons and James Yi.

    Every once in a while, a movie is more than a movie, but it’s surprising when that becomes the case with a punk-ass comedy, one that’s more puerile than pointed yet not without some good laughs. A better-than-average bromance, The Interview is not intrinsically an empire-toppler. Broadly funny and well-acted, the film lands some well-placed jabs as fatuous talk show host Dave Skylark (Franco) and his longtime producer Aaron Rapaport (Rogen) arrive in Pyongyang, tasked with interviewing the reclusive Kim Jong-un (Park), while also on assignment from the CIA to assassinate him. The film soon loses its mooring, however, as it lurches into all-out, guns-ablazing action. It’s incalculable how many people will watch this film as a way to stand up for freedom of speech – and there’s a lot to be said for that – but The Interview, symbol though it’s become, ain’t nothing but a movie. Read a full review of The Interview.

    10:30PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127


    1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Chappie

    Chappie (2015)

    Rated R, 120 min. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman.

    Not reviewed at press time. The director of District 9 and Elysium returns with another movie about robots, repression, and artificial intelligence. Chappie depicts a future that has an oppressive droid police force. Then a marvel of new programming imbues one with artificial intelligence, and all hell breaks loose.

  • Humpback Whales 3D (2015)

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

  • Jerusalem 3D

    Jerusalem 3D (2014)

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