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  • Brooklyn Irish-Italian Feast (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 111 min. Directed by John Crowley. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson.

    Food & Film: See for menu.

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

  • Elf

    Elf (2003)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Edward Asner, Bob Newhart, Daniel Tay, Faizon Love, Amy Sedaris and Peter Dinklage.

    As the titular elf, Ferrell embraces the comic absurd with arms outstretched. Read a full review of Elf.

    3:50PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Lulu (2015)

    Not rated, 270 min. Directed by William Kentridge.

    Metropolitan Opera: Encore Presentation: Soprano Marlis Petersen performs the title role; James Levine conducts.

    6:30PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

  • Message From Space (1978)

    Rated PG, 105 min. Directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Starring Sonny Chiba, Jerry Ito and Vic Morrow.

    Weird Wednesday: Star Wars takeoff by the popular Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku.

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

  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

    Rated PG-13, 97 min. Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Diane Ladd, John Randolph, E.G. Marshall, Doris Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mae Questel and William Hickey.

    Big Screen Classics: The third in the Vacation series is reliably amusing, with script by John Hughes and a fabulous cast.

    7PM Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N. FM 620, Bldg B, 512/501-3520

  • The Polar Express

    The Polar Express (2004)

    Rated G, 100 min. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Peter Scolari, Nona Gaye, Eddie Deezen and Charles Fleischer.

    Paramount Holiday Film Series: Chris Van Allsburg’s magical tale of the Christmas Eve re-education of a Santa-doubting adolescent gets the motion-capture treatment. Read a full review of The Polar Express.

    7PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Raising Arizona (1987)

    Rated PG-13, 92 min. Directed by Joel Coen. Starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh.

    The Coen brothers sealed their place in film history as more than just a novelty act with this demented comedy about an infertile couple who steal a baby. The family values here are arresting.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Roman Holiday

    Roman Holiday (1953)

    Not rated, 119 min. Directed by William Wyler. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert and Tulio Carminati.

    NCM/Fathom: TCM Presents: Hepburn won an Oscar and popular acclaim in this story of a princess who breaks free of the palace and has a romantic fling. Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplay while blacklisted.

    2PM, 7PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

  • Space Jam (1996)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Joe Pytka. Starring Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Bill Murray and Danny Devito.

    Alamo Kids Camp: Dexterously mixing live action and animation, Space Jam tosses NBA champ Michael Jordan onto the 2-D court with the entire Looney Tunes gang and the opposing Monstar team of cartoon characters from another planet. Space Jam also represents the debut film from Warner Bros.' new Feature Animation division. In this initial attempt to topple Disney's dominance of theatrical animation, Warner's has revived the entire Looney Tunes mob -- they're all here, everyone from Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig to Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, and Tweety and Sylvester. Also, Warner's has also wisely released Space Jam two weeks ahead of Disney's expected chartbuster: the live-action version of 101 Dalmatians. It's actually quite a pleasure to see all the Looney Tunes characters back in action again, and the concept of teaming them together as a basketball franchise almost makes their ganged-up presence believable -- or as believable as a cartoon is ever going to be. And this is the heart of what makes Space Jam work: Wrapped around its meretricious little core is a solid cartoon story with engaging characters and problems. Read a full review of Space Jam.

    10:40AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Bella Vista (2014)

    Not rated, 80 min. Directed by Vera Brunner-Sung.

    Austin Film Society and Experimental Response Cinema: Avant Cinema: In this drama, the experiences of outsiders in Missoula, Mont., are seen through the eyes of an English instructor and her international students. Vera Brunner-Sung will be in attendance.

    7:30PM AFS Screening Room, 1901 E. 51st, 512/322-0145

  • The Wanted 18

    The Wanted 18 (2014)

    Not rated, 75 min. Directed by Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan. Starring Amer Shomali, Alison Darcy, Rosann Nerenberg and Holly O’Brien.

    Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights: This doumentary mixes animation with live-action reenactments to tell a story about a group of Palestinians who try to form a dairy co-op by purchasing a herd of Israeli cows. Amer Shomali will be in attendance to introduce the film and take part in a Q&A after the screening. free

    6:30PM Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron, 512/974-1690

  • 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "Dark Universe" (2013)

    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.

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 137 min. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Natalie Dormer, Willow Shields, Mahershala Ali and Michelle Forbes.

    The final installment of Suzanne Collins’ wildly popular YA trilogy does not linger on past events, so if you have any confusion, you’d best do your homework. Opening seconds after last year’s installment ended – Katniss (Lawrence) is recovering from the throttling she received from Peeta (Hutcherson) after he was “hijacked” by President Coriolanus Snow (Sutherland) – Mockingjay – Part 2 starts slowly, with insurgent leader Alma Coin (Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Hoffman, in his final role) strategizing their assault on the Capitol. But once Katniss goes rogue and hitches a ride on a supply shuttle to the front line, the film finds its groove. No spoilers here, but this final chapter is a solid conclusion for the franchise – an entertaining and exciting dystopian adventure that should satisfy fans of the series. It sets a high bar for YA adaptations that doesn’t look like it’s going to be raised anytime soon. Read a full review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

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