Not rated, 135 min. Directed by Robert Rossen. Starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie and George C. Scott.
Cinema Cocktails: This pool-hall gem features Paul Newman as a young pool hustler who challenges the legendary Minnesota Fats (brilliantly played by Jackie Gleason). Dingy atmosphere and great performances make this a standout. Eugene Shuftan’s cinematography won an Oscar.
Not rated, 88 min. Directed by Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen. Starring Alex Holdridge, Linnea Saasen, Rupert Friend and Jennifer Ulrich.
Austin Film Society: She left him mysteriously and broke his heart in Montenegro. Time passes and he becomes a film director who happens to be in Berlin for a meeting. She's a dancer, who crosses paths with him again. Is love more successful the second time around? Director (and former Austin resident) Alex Holdridge will be in attendance for a Q&A moderated by Richard Linklater. 7pm show is sold out; a second show at 7:30pm has been added.
Rated R, 108 min. Directed by Wes Anderson. Starring Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Kumar Pallana, Seymour Cassel and Alec Baldwin.
Not rated, 105 min. Directed by Satyajit Ray. Starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore.
Austin Film Society: Newly Restored: In the final film in Ray's world-acclaimed Apu trilogy, Apu is now out of school and dreaming of his future in Calcutta when life impedes. Learning to love is the next, painful step in his education.
Rated PG-13, 111 min. Directed by Drew Barrymore. Starring Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis, Andrew Wilson, Alia Shawkat, Eve, Zoe Bell, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern and Drew Barrymore.
Drew Barrymore's modern Roller Derby film screens during the final weeks of the museum's exhibition, Roller Derby. Guest curator Erin McClelland will be joined prior to the film by Texas Roller Derby skater Chloë Trueheart (aka Sacralicious). Also on hand will be Gotham Girls Roller Derby skater, author, and co-founder of the website Derbylife.com, Margot Atwell, (aka Em Dash). The screening begins at 7:30pm after the discussion. Read a full review of Whip It.
Rated PG, 81 min. Directed by Miguel Arteta. Starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Elise Vargas, Zoey Vargas, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne and Dick Van Dyke.
Rated PG, 92 min. Directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith.
What’s black and white and a bit of a blur? That’d be the penguin leads of this latest feature from DreamWorks Animation. Regular viewers of the Emmy Award-winning Nickelodeon series The Penguins of Madagascar (a spin-off of 2005’s Madagascar) should have no problem identifying the ragtag group of amateur secret agents – leader Skipper (voiced by Tom McGrath); Kowalski (Miller), the brains; wild-eyed Rico (Vernon), the regurgitation expert; and the new addition, young foundling Private (Knights) – but newcomers might have some trouble telling these adorable protagonists apart. When a mad octopus named Dave (Malkovich) threatens to wipe out the world’s penguin population, times turn serious (okay, seriously silly) for Skipper's crew. A merry entertainment that never pretends to greatness, Penguins of Madagascar is all about antics, verbal and visual, and its commitment to daffiness strikes the right chord. And, oh yes: Even computer-generated penguins really are just the cutest. Read a full review of Penguins of Madagascar.
Rated PG-13, 117 min. Directed by Peyton Reed. Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale, T.I., Martin Donovan and David Dastmalchian.
Marvel's long-awaited Ant-Man project – a breezy, funny, well-crafted summer confection that more than makes up for this summer's overwrought Avengers entry – opens as electrical engineer-turned-thief Scott Lang (Rudd) is released from prison into the arms of Luis (Peña), a fellow ex-con with a hot tip on burgling some old guy’s house. That old guy ends up being Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), a scientist who has discovered the key to shrinking anything to miniature size – technology which baddie Darren Cross (Stoll) now seeks to militarize. Soon, Pym enlists Lang to don an experimental suit, enabling him to shrink down and command ant armies at will, in order to retrieve Cross’ prototype, Yellowjacket. Many hijinks ensue in what is essentially the Marvel Universe's first straight-up comedy, and thankfully, it works. Ant-Man is infectious, silly entertainment, a popcorn flick that knows what it is and does what it does to an intoxicating degree. Read a full review of Ant-Man.