Film: Special Screenings
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WEDNESDAY MAY 4
  • Beyoncé Sing-Along

    Dance Party

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

  • Dolemite (1975)

    Rated R, 88 min. Directed by D’Urville Martin. Starring Rudy Ray Moore, Jerry Jones and Lady Reed.

    Weird Wednesday: In this blaxploitation film, Rudy Ray Moore plays the title character in a mix of gangster, karate, and comedy stylings. This special 35mm presentation celebrates the release of Vinegar Syndrome's new 2K-restoration Blu-ray.

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

  • Elektra (2016)

    Not rated, 130 min. Directed by Patrice Chéreau.

    Metropolitan Opera: Encore Presentation: Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’ take on the Greek myth, with soprano Nina Stemme singing the title role.

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

  • LASA Film Showcase

    The Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School presents short films from its Audio-Video Production classes.

    6:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride (1987)

    Rated PG, 98 min. Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Cary Elwes, Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Fred Savage, Robin Wright Penn, Peter Falk, Peter Cook, Mel Smith and Carol Kane.

    Flix Quotables: This whimsical, comedic fairy tale was written by William Goldman, who adapted his cult novel for the screen. The film has gone on to acquire its own cultish devotees. It's directed by This Is Spinal Tap's Rob Reiner, who here abandons his previous movie's sense of farce and satire for much broader and more innocuous comedy.

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

  • Purple Rain

    Purple Rain (1984)

    Rated R, 111 min. Directed by Albert Magnoli. Starring Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III.

    Cry with the doves.

    4PM, 10:10PM Gateway Theatre, 9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

  • Purple Rain

    Purple Rain (1984)

    Rated R, 111 min. Directed by Albert Magnoli. Starring Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III.

    Cry with the doves.

    9:25PM iPic Theaters Austin, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born (1954)

    Not rated, 181 min. Directed by George Cukor. Starring Judy Garland, James Mason and Charles Bickford.

    Classics: Garland delivers a powerhouse performance as an actress on the cusp of stardom, with Mason equally terrific as her mentor and husband whose alcoholic slide grows worse as her fame increases.

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

  • 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "A Beautiful Planet" (2016)

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

  • "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.

  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book (2016)

    Rated PG, 105 min. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Neel Sethi.

    Walt Disney Pictures’ beautiful and thrilling live-action/CGI/3-D (whew!) adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s timeless collection of fables about man-cub Mowgli (Sethi) and the furry denizens of his tropical habitat is fast-paced and engaging entertainment, but lacks some of the pathos you might expect. The Jungle Book is intense, scary, and occasionally brutal, but the film frequently shields its young viewers from the consequences of its dark narrative, as the 10-year-old Mowgli – separated from his devoted protector, the black panther Bagheera (Kingsley) – flees the malevolent tiger Shere Khan (Elba) or encounters the violent demands of the outsize orangutan King Louie (Walken), before meeting the sloth bear Baloo (Murray). The movie is superbly executed in many ways, but what gives? Still, for any baby boomer who danced around the living room singing about the bare/bear necessities of life, the familiar tunes here are bound to summon a smile. Forget about your worries and your strife, indeed. Read a full review of The Jungle Book.

  • FESTIVALS

  • Cine Las Americas International Film Festival 2016

    Cine Las Americas International Film Festival 2016

    Now in its 19th year, this annual festival showcases films from Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean and Iberia. It's five days of premieres, parties, and an opportunity to see films that rarely screen on these shores. For the complete schedule, go to www.cinelasamericas.org. For a preview of the festival, see "Pushing Past La Periferia," p.XX.

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