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WEDNESDAY JULY 1
  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski (1998)

    Rated R, 117 min. Directed by Joel Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges, Sam Elliott, John Goodman, Ben Gazzara, Jon Polito, Tara Reid, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, David Huddleston and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

    Summer Film Classics: A case of mistaken identity embroils the supremely go-with-the-flow character of the Dude (Bridges) in an intersecting mix of kidnapping, pornography, German nihilists, sultry women, gumshoes, missing money, and missing toes. (Double bill: Raising Arizona.) Read a full review of The Big Lebowski.

    8:50PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • The Devils

    The Devils (1971)

    Rated X, 111 min. Directed by Ken Russell. Starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave.

    British Folk Horror: This graphic story of sexual repression and religious fanaticism was heavily edited before its release. More than 40 years later, it has now re-emerged in the irrepressible Ken Russell's original edit.

    7:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

    Rated R, 78 min. Directed by John Landis. Starring Evan Kim, Master Bong Soo Han, Bill Bixby, George Lazenby, Henry Gibson, Donald Sutherland and Tony Dow.

    Weird Wednesday: John Landis got his first crack at directing with this skit-based comedy film that was written by Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker (Airplane!).

    10:25PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • The Mother and the Whore

    The Mother and the Whore (1973)

    Not rated, 220 min. Directed by Jean Eustache. Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Bernadette Lafont, Francoise Lebrun and Isabelle Weingarten.

    Mia Hansen-Løve Selects: Léaud plays a man pondering life, philosophy, the sexual revolution, the workers' revolution, love, death, and so on. He lives with one woman, but loves another. He smokes, drinks, flirts, and talks –­ and the movie is exquisitely of its time. Read a full review of The Mother and the Whore.

    7:30PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

    Rated PG-13, 103 min. Directed by Joel Coen. Starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, Chris Thomas King, Charles Durning, Michael Badalucco and Stephen Root.

    Summer Film Classics: In this Depression-era Coen brothers film, a trio of chain-gang escapees seek a (possibly mythical) treasure while on the lam from a diabolical sheriff. (Double bill: True Grit, 2010.) Read a full review of O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

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

  • Pinball Summer (1980)

    Rated R, 88 min. Directed by George Mihalka. Starring Michael Zelniker, Carl Marotte, Karen Stephen, Helen Udy, Thomas Kovacs and Joey McNamara.

    Weird Wednesday: Attempting to capture a craze that might have never actually occurred, this film follows the teen-comedy formula right up to the point where the girls rip off their shirts.

    10:25PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • 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.

    Summer Film Classics: The Coen brothers sealed their place in film history as more than just a novelty act with this demented comedy about an infertile couple that steals a baby. The family values here are arresting. (Double bill: The Big Lebowski.)

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

  • True Grit

    True Grit (2010)

    Rated PG-13, 110 min. Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper and Elizabeth Marvel.

    Summer Film Classics: Rooster Cogburn rides again in this Coen brothers' remake of the John Wayne classic. (Double bill: O Brother, Where Art Thou?.) Read a full review of True Grit.

    9:05PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

SPACES
  • Blackout: A Documentary on Gentrification in Austin, TX

    Films for Action: Austin Chapter: Shown in in partnership with the UT National Association of Black Journalists. A panel and Q&A will follow the screening.

    7PM North Austin YMCA, 1000 W Rundberg Lane

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

    Rated PG-13, 103 min. Directed by John Hughes. Starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Edie McClurg, Charlie Sheen, Louis Anderson, Max Perlich and Kristy Swanson.

    Do512: Sound & Cinema: With musical guest Otis the Destroyer. free

    8:30PM Long Center for the Performing Arts Lawn, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5100

  • Pump Up the Volume (1990)

    Rated R, 105 min. Directed by Allan Moyle. Starring Christian Slater and Samantha Morton.

    Austin Chronicle: Scoot Dive-Inn: Free.

    8PM The Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth, 512/478-6200

  • The Sandlot

    The Sandlot (1993)

    Rated PG, 101 min. Directed by David Mickey Evans. Starring Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York, Brandon Adams, Grant Gelt, Shane Obedzinski, Victor Dimattia, Art La Fleur, Denis Leary, Karen Allen and James Earl Jones.

    101X Summer Cinema: Free. Read a full review of The Sandlot.

    8:30PM Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000

KIDS
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2

    How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

    Rated PG, 102 min. Directed by Dean DeBlois.

    10AM Westgate 11, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd, 512/899-2717

  • Kung Fu Panda

    Kung Fu Panda (2008)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson.

    Summer Movie Series $1. Read a full review of Kung Fu Panda.

    10AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Suite 1500, 512/291-3158

  • The Land Before Time (1988)

    Rated G, 69 min. Directed by Don Bluth.

    Alamo Kids' Camp $1.

    10:15AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie (2014)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

    Summer Movie Camp: Free. Read a full review of The Lego Movie.

    10AM Hometown Cinemas, 120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, 512/398-4100

  • Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins (1964)

    Rated G, 140 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson. Starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

    Alamo Kids' Camp $1.

    10:40AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • Night at the Museum

    Night at the Museum (2006)

    Rated PG, 108 min. Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Ricky Gervais, Mickey Rooney, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Bill Cobbs, Steve Coogan and Jake Cherry.

    10:55AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Penguins of Madagascar

    Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

    Rated PG, 92 min. Directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith.

    10AM Cinemark Cedar Park, 1335 E. Whitestone, 800/326-3264

  • Penguins of Madagascar

    Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

    Rated PG, 92 min. Directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith.

    10AM Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14, 12812 Hill Country Blvd., 800/326-3264

  • Penguins of Madagascar

    Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

    Rated PG, 92 min. Directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith.

    10AM Tinseltown South, 5501 S. I-35, 512/326-4408

  • Rio 2

    Rio 2 (2014)

    Rated G, 101 min. Directed by Carlos Saldanha.

    Summer Movie Express $1. Read a full review of Rio 2.

    10AM Westgate 11, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd, 512/899-2717

  • 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Dark Universe (2015)

    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.

  • Terminator: Genisys

    Terminator: Genisys (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 126 min. Directed by Alan Taylor. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Byung-hun Lee, Matt Smith and Dayo Okeniyi.

    Oh, Michael Biehn, where art thou? The actor who played the original Kyle Reese, future savior of the past, and thus the future, was James Cameron’s go-to badass in three of the director’s most action and emotion-laden pre-CGI spectaculars: the stone-cold classic The Terminator, 1986’s relentlessly dark Aliens, and 1989’s unfairly overlooked The Abyss, in which Biehn played a Navy SEAL suffering from high-pressure nervous syndrome (read: bugfuck crazy) determined to set off an underwater nuke and kickstart World War III. (Biehn’s Lt. Coffey was also tweaky about the rightly ridiculed underwater aliens that showed up mid-movie, but that’s another story for another time.) Suffice it so say that Terminator: Genisys’ Reese (Courtney) is laughably miscast in this fifth iteration of Cameron’s original apocalyptic robot wars. Equally miscast is Jason Clarke, who here plays the by now superheroic John Connor, the man fated to lead humanity to victory in the war against the machines. Clarke comes off more like a curly-haired boor you might encounter at a group-therapy session. Even his vainglorious speechifying to his troops on the eve of their final (yeah, right), time-traveling coup against the self-aware, mankind hater Skynet feels feeble and sounds rote. Bah!

    And there’s the return of Schwarzenegger in his career-defining role – apart from governor of California, I suppose – as the hulking Terminator. As a sop to fans, he’s given far too many one-liners (“I’ll be back,” ad nauseam) and is generally played for laughs. This being a highly convoluted, temporally scrambled time-travel action film, we do get the pleasure of seeing Ahnold’s old-school model literally age before our eyes, from the digitally re-created – and completely naked – young Schwarzenegger fucking up some punks at Griffith Observatory to the craggy “old, not obsolete” nonlethal Terminator circa 2017.

    The storyline, from writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, is all over the place (no pun intended), moving from 2029 to a 1984 that differs radically from the one that Cameron and co-writer Gale Ann Hurd posited way back when. This pretty much reboots the whole franchise’s history, but, what the hell, it’s quantum, baby. Chock-full of various sorts of Terminators, thuddingly dull explosions, and one of the most downright boring helicopter chases ever created for the movies, Terminator: Genisys is a catastrophic misfire on nearly all counts. It’s only saving grace? 2015 Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as a Mulder-gone-to-pot-esque cop who believes in these “goddamn time-traveling robots.” But other than that, all I can do is paraphrase Biehn’s Kyle Reese: “Come with me if you want to yawn.”

    Read a full review of Terminator: Genisys.

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