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THURSDAY DEC. 8
  • Elf Movie Party (2003)

    Rated PG, 107 min. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan and Zooey Deschanel.

    Props, a contest, and a snowball fight in the theatre are just some of the party perks.

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

  • Gremlins

    Gremlins (1984)

    Rated PG, 106 min. Directed by Joe Dante. Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Polly Holiday, Dick Miller, Judge Reinhold and Corey Feldman.

    A teenager’s furry little pet of mysterious origins spawns a whole town full of snaggle-toothed killer gremlins. It’s suburban splatter mixed with humor and in-jokes. Read a full review of Gremlins.

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

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue (1993)

    Rated R, 98 min. Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Starring Juliette Binoche.

    Arthouse Rewind: The immortal Polish director's Three Colors trilogy is based on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. Blue explores liberty through the story of a woman who must learn to re-engage with life after the death of her husband and daughter.

    11AM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • Kickboxer (1989)

    Rated R, 97 min. Directed by Mark DiSalle and David Worth. Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Alexio and Dennis Chan.

    Beer Dinner: A three-course meal with beer pairings accompanies this martial arts classic.

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

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away (2001)

    Rated PG, 125 min. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

    NCM Fathom: 15th Anniversary Screening: A young girl is trapped between the real and the ghost worlds in this classic animated Japanese film that filters Western fantasias and Eastern-angled spookiness through an outré sensibility. Read a full review of Spirited Away.

    7PM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

SPACES
BULLOCK MUSEUM IMAX

1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "Jerusalem" (2014)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by Daniel Ferguson. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • "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.

  • "Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience" (2016)

    Rated G, 45 min. Directed by Terrence Malick. Narrated by Brad Pitt.

    Terrence Malick's first foray into documentary filmmaking is this decades-in-the-making history of the universe, and it's a visually magnificent achievement that's educational, as well. Read the Chronicle review of the film here.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 133 min. Directed by David Yates. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Ezra Miller.

    As we open in New York City 1926, Newt Scamander (Redmayne)has just arrived from overseas to ostensibly free one beast while acquiring another. He carries with him a tattered suitcase, one with a secret, as it’s revealed to be a world in and of itself, a preserve for the creatures he’s collected. But as these things go, bigger threats reveal themselves, especially in the form of a chaotic and malevolent parasitical entity that is wreaking havoc in the city. While Fantastic Beasts suffers from some symptoms we’ve taken as par for the course in Hollywood spectacles, it is also really fun. The backdrop of New York City in the Twenties is a nice change of pace from castles and countrysides, and Redmayne's take on the absent-minded professor schtick is splendid. Rowling's world-building skills sometimes clash with director Yates’ need to move on to the next catastrophe, but those looking for a charming blockbuster, here is where to find it. Read a full review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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