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SATURDAY JUNE 25
  • All-Night Cine-Trash Marathon

    AFS Deep Tracks: Bat City Presents: An all-night celebration of demented classic trash celluloid programmed by Ivan Peycheff, formerly of Seattle’s legendary Grand Illusion Cinema. These six films have been unseen on Austin screens for over 40 years, if ever. A 35mm and 16mm extravaganza.

    6:30PM AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/454-2000

  • The Godfather: Part II (1974)

    Rated R, 200 min. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton.

    Summer Film Classics: Just as good as the first one, this sequel skips from Vegas to Sicily to Cuba. (Double bill: The Godfather.)

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

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather (1972)

    Rated R, 175 min. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, John Cazale, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert Duvall.

    Summer Film Classics: On the big screen, It's an offer you can't refuse. (Double bill: The Godfather: Part II.) Read a full review of The Godfather.

    3PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • The Hunting Ground

    The Hunting Ground (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 103 min. Directed by Kirby Dick.

    This acclaimed documentary exposes rape culture on the university campus, and helped raise the silent curtain on the crime. Producer Amy Ziering will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Read a full review of The Hunting Ground.

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

  • 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, 512/861-7030

  • Taken

    Taken (2009)

    Rated PG-13, 94 min. Directed by Pierre Morel. Starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Holly Valance, Leland Orser, Jon Gries and David Warshofsky.

    Master Pancake: The Pancake gang tackles this film's vigilante spy. Read a full review of Taken.

    7PM, 10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Totally Eighties Sing-Along

    Dance Party

    10:25PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

SPACES
  • Dick Tracy and Desperately Seeking Susan

    Living Legends: Madonna

    8:45PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 135 min. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker.

    Splash Party Movie Nights: It’s decades after the destruction of the Death Star, and that good old scoundrel Han Solo (Ford) and former Princess – now General – Leia (Fisher) are getting a bit long in the tooth, but, as ever, there’s an evil empire to thwart. Easily the most anticipated (and critic-proof) film of the year, J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens is a rollicking hybridization of everything that made Lucas’ original trio of Star Wars films so thrillingly watchable, bolstered by the addition of memorable new core characters: lone scavenger Rey (Ridley), and Finn (Boyega), an Imperial Stormtrooper who decides that mass murder isn’t his style. There’s much to love about this particular chapter of the rebooted franchise, although to say much more might engender spoilers, and you’re likely going to see the film for yourself very soon. The Force Awakens is exactly what it needs to be: an old-school Saturday afternoon sci-fi matinee writ big. Read a full review of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

    8PM Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Ave., 512/472-8546

  • Woman of the Water (work in progress)

    Red Salmon Arts: ¡Cine Resistencia! Interviews and footage with inspiring female leaders from indigenous communities across the Americas will screen. Some members of the crew will be available for a Q&A about the project.

    7PM Resistencia Bookstore, 4926 E. Cesar Chavez

KIDS
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

    Rated PG, 120 min. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Deep Roy, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor, Annasophia Robb, Philip Wiegratz, Jordon Fry, Julia Winter, Missi Pyle, James Fox and Christopher Lee.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: I sat through Tim Burton’s generally splendid, artful, and often sinister screen version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book with an enormous grin on my face for much of the time. Nevertheless, Depp’s version of Dahl’s lunatic confectioner hasn’t to my mind displaced Gene Wilder’s antic portrayal from the 1971 version. To be sure, this Wonka is truer to the source material. Screenwriter John August, although he snatches a handful of third-act liberties, bathes the plot in a welter of verbal and physical gags that serve to machinate the kid-friendly unease into sticky new realms of chewy, gooey alarm. But Depp’s Wonka seems less mysterious than he ought to be. Compared with the rest of the film, which dazzles outright with its gob-stopping production design from Alex McDowell and Deep Roy’s unsmiling Oompa Loompas, Depp seems oddly unmoored, even ephemeral: cotton candy to Wilder’s crunchy dark chocolate. Read a full review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    9:35AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Curious George

    Curious George (2006)

    Rated G, 86 min. Directed by Matthew O'Callaghan.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: It’s not perfect, but this big-screen debut of H.A. Rey’s lovable monkey is worth recommending to audiences of all ages, especially fathers and sons. The production is faithful to George’s gentle spirit while fully exploiting the possibilities of old-school, two-dimensional animation. Movies are magical, it suggests, and everything is beautiful and fascinating to children. But the movie also gets George’s melancholy just right. For this is not a movie about a man and his monkey, but a movie about parents and children. The screenplay skims off some of the source material’s hinky bits in sending museum employee Ted (Ferrell) to Africa in search of a legendary ape idol. There’s a sort of romance between Ted and a field-tripping schoolteacher (Barrymore) and a very simple plot about exposing Ted’s artifact as a fraud, but the story’s best moments are its offhand ones. Jack Johnson’s original songs are a bit heavy on the heartstrings, but you’d have to be made of granite not to be moved. Read a full review of Curious George.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Finding Dory Family Carnival (2016)

    Rated PG, 131 min. Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

    Games, underwater photo booth, and a movie.

    9:30AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant (1999)

    Rated PG, 86 min. Directed by Brad Bird.

    Alamo Kids Camp: Set during the beginning of the space race, The Iron Giant is a gorgeously animated adaptation of British poet laureate Ted Hughes' 1968 children's book. The animated feature begins as the townspeople of Rockwell, Maine, learn that a giant metal alien has crashed just outside of town. It's a film packed to bursting with golden nuggets of surprise, humor, and pathos, though it also owes a great deal to E.T., Ray Bradbury, Rod Serling, and the classic sci-fi films of the Fifties. But it's the movie's genuine, warm heart that sees it through to its breathtaking stand-up-and-cheer finale. And if its top-notch story weren't enough, The Iron Giant also boasts some spectacular animation, a combination of classic two-dimensional processes and CGI for the giant himself that's outright spellbinding. Add to that Michael Kamen's lush, earthy score, and The Iron Giant is clearly the single best, the single coolest animated film in a great while. Read a full review of The Iron Giant.

    10:30AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • A League of Their Own (1992)

    Rated PG, 128 min. Directed by Penny Marshall. Starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Lori Petty, Rosie O'Donnell and Jon Lovitz.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: The story of the short-lived women's baseball league gives Marshall the opportunity to examine the roots of modern feminism and have a darn fine time doing it. Nestled in these large issues is the story of the two sisters, their teammates and their dissolute coach as played by Hanks. Although many of the elements work well together, the movie as a whole is diminished because it is burdened with a dopey framing device that shows the women in the present. Read a full review of A League of Their Own.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Project Almanac

    Project Almanac (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 106 min. Directed by Dean Israelite. Starring Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Sam Lerner, Virginia Gardner, Allen Evangelista, Amy Landecker and Gary Weeks.

    Austin Public Library: Saturday Movie Matinee: Lemme tell ya, kids these days with their smartphones and video cameras and newfangled temporal relocation devices... The latest high-concept whatsit to come down the pike, Project Almanac succeeds, basically, in doing for time-travel what Chronicle did for teen superheroes. High school whiz kid David (Weston) has just been accepted to MIT; now, he needs to impress countless scholarship committees. Digging through the basement-stowed belongings of his late father (Weeks), David and younger sis Christina (Gardner) uncover government-contracted blueprints for the aforementioned temporal relocation device. Joined by two smartass buddies (Lerner and Evangelista) and David’s crush (Black-D'Elia), the crew manages to turn back the clock, indulging in all sorts of wish fulfillment and improbably catching their space-time shenanigans on camera. Although much of the film's freewheeling potential deflates before its inevitable conclusion, first-time helmer Dean Israelite's Almanac stands as a decent, albeit formulaic, cautionary tale about the timeless nature of regret. Read a full review of Project Almanac.

    2PM University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola, 512/929-0551

  • Ratatouille

    Ratatouille (2007)

    Rated G, 110 min. Directed by Brad Bird.

    Family Film Series: Free. Read a full review of Ratatouille.

    2PM Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-8746

  • 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.

  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 120 min. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Jessie T. Usher, Travis Tope, Judd Hirsch, Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Fichtner.

    Not reviewed at press time. It's been 20 years since aliens blew up the White House, and while Will Smith opted not to return for this sequel, most of the original cast is back to save Earth from a second invasion. No landmark is safe!

  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 120 min. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Jessie T. Usher, Travis Tope, Judd Hirsch, Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Fichtner.

    Not reviewed at press time. It's been 20 years since aliens blew up the White House, and while Will Smith opted not to return for this sequel, most of the original cast is back to save Earth from a second invasion. No landmark is safe!

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    Screenings, panels, awards, and more will showcase the best of the Web, Thursday (6/23)-Sunday 6/26).

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