Film: Special Screenings
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  • Adaptation.

    Adaptation. (2002)

    Rated R, 114 min. Directed by Spike Jonze. Starring Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Brian Cox, Cara Seymour, Judy Greer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ron Livingston and Jay Tavare.

    Summer Film Classics: Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman writes himself into his nutty adaptation of Susan Orlean's bestselling book The Orchid Thief. (Double bill: Barton Fink.) Read a full review of Adaptation..

    7PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Barton Fink

    Barton Fink (1991)

    Rated R, 117 min. Directed by Joel Coen. Starring John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, Tony Shalhoub, Jon Polito and Steve Buscemi.

    Summer Film Classics: For once, the Coen brothers' neurotic filmmaking style works to their advantage; it's giddily appropriate for a movie about a screenwriter who's losing his mind. (Double bill: Adaptation. Read a full review of Barton Fink.

    9:10PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

    Rated R, 76 min. Directed by Sam Liu.

    Fathom Events: The 26th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series – and the first to earn an R rating.

    7:30PM, 10PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse and The Invisible Dr. Mabuse (1933|1965)

    Not rated, 211 min. Directed by Fritz Lang and Harald Reinl. Starring Gustav Diessl, Karin Dor, Lex Barker, Otto Wernicke and Rudolf Klein-Rogge.

    Super Krime: The World of Pulp Supervillains: The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) is Fritz Lang's cinematically masterful and socially prescient follow-up to Dr. Mabuse The Gambler, his first film in the supernatural series. Decades removed, The Invisible Dr. Mabuse (1965) by Harald Reinl is a preposterous sequel.

    7:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Ida Lupino: TV Director

    Ida Lupino: TV Director

    Not rated. Directed by Ida Lupino.

    History of Television: A pioneering film director and producer as well as actress, Lupino also directed such TV shows as The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Gilligan's Island. This program will screen some of her best episodes. free

    7PM Austin Public, 1143 Northwestern Ave., 512/478-8600

  • The Boxtrolls

    The Boxtrolls (2014)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi.

    Alamo Kids Camp: The third time is decidedly not the charm for the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman). Unlike its two previous releases, The Boxtrolls feels rough-and-tumble and not as much fun by half, with the simplistic yet convoluted story – of an orphan boy raised by box-wearing, underground-dwelling trolls – falling flat almost from the beginning. In the town of Cheesebridge, a boy named Eggs (Hempstead-Wright) is believed to have been kidnapped and eaten by the trolls beneath town. Lord Portley-Rind (Harris) has hired the Fagin-esque Archibald Snatcher (Kingsley) to exterminate every last one of the boxtrolls, who are revealed to be shy, harmless tinkerers. With characters seemingly created by assembly line, devoid of an essential amount of backstory, it’s hard to care whatever transpires. Drawn from Brit Alan Snow’s YA novel Here Be Monsters!, this condensed version doesn’t lack for awful puns. What’s missing is that ineffable animation magic. Read a full review of The Boxtrolls.

    10:25AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

    Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

    Rated G, 88 min. Directed by Steve Martino and Jimmy Hayward. Narrated by Charles Osgood.

    Kids Camp: For my money, I've never seen anything much wrong with the animated Chuck Jones version of this Seuss tale, made for TV in 1970. But everything needs an update, I suppose, and this new animated feature does the job nicely, staying true to the playfulness of the Seussian rhymes and messages while ably adding in new bits of business to expand Seuss' verse to feature length. Carrey's general tendency toward comic mania is gently toned down, allowing the rubbery elephant Horton to seem more a lovable goofball than a frenzied nut job, and Carell's readings as the Mayor of Whoville are perfectly on target. Twentieth Century Fox's animation is in the mold of their previous films Ice Age and Robots: a nice blend of rudimentary and inventive touches. The story's key refrain, "A person's a person no matter how small," speaks directly to children's experience of the world; thus, this new movie should enjoy a long life. Read a full review of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

    Rated PG, 85 min. Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon.

    Kids Summer Series: After adventures in the wilds of Madagascar and Africa, this third installment of the animated series begins where the second one ended: with the animals in northern Africa and newly overtaken by a desire to return home to the Central Park Zoo in New York. Since the penguins and monkeys have hijacked their plane and headed for Monte Carlo, the foursome – lion Alex (Stiller), zebra Marty (Rock), giraffe Melman (Schwimmer), and hippo Gloria (Pinkett Smith) – snorkel their way across the Mediterranean in pursuit. After wreaking havoc in the principality's casinos, the animals flee and find cover in the midst of a traveling circus. Although Madagascar 3 is low on originality and high on volume, it manages to remain amusing due to its talented voice cast and brief running time. Madagascar 3 may not rival the “greatest show on earth” but it’s good enough to pack ’em in anyway. Read a full review of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

    10:30AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158

  • Minions

    Minions (2015)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin.

    Alamo Kids Camp: Just five years ago, these Minions were mere background noise in the kiddie cartoon Despicable Me. Now here they are starring in their own vehicle – toddler-tiny, banana-colored, and chattering away in their polyglot pidgin gibberish as they search high and low for a dastardly master to serve. Minions is slight, bright, bopping entertainment. Like a child – its target demo, after all – nothing holds the film’s attention for very long, which means it squanders several clever setups in the blink of an eye. But the fleetness of Brian Lynch's script mostly works in the film’s favor. No gag gets overlavished, no plotline overstays its welcome. The film is also set, somewhat arbitrarily, in 1968, which inspires some nifty retro looks. The foregrounded animation of the heroes and villains is well-executed, the background detail is exquisite, and – best yet – there’s a mid-film bedtime story that’ll take your breath away. Read a full review of Minions.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • Norm of the North

    Norm of the North (2016)

    Rated PG, 86 min. Directed by Trevor Wall.

    Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Are your kids unable to wait for Kung Fu Panda 3, and in dire need of an animated bear fix right this very minute? A whining child who won’t take no for an answer is the only reason I can think of to recommend seeing Norm of the North. Norm (voiced by Schneider) is a talking bear who finds his calling when he travels to New York to discourage a developer, Mr. Greene (Jeong), from building a new subdivision in the Arctic. Instead of making his case, Norm gets co-opted by Greene, who turns the bear into the endeavor’s mascot. Norm's animation is rudimentary, and the story is told in chaotic fashion. The kids who were at the screening I attended did not seem to engage with the movie, and afterward in the bathroom I overheard two tykes tell their mom that they did not like Norm, though they did not elaborate. Read a full review of Norm of the North.

    10AM Cinemark Movies 8 Round Rock, 2120 N. Mays, 512/388-2848

  • 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "A Beautiful Planet" (2016)

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

  • "Hubble 3D" (2010)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.

    This documentary follows NASA's May 2009 mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Read a full review of "Hubble 3D".

  • "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.

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 122 min. Directed by Justin Lin. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba.

    Not reviewed at press time. Continuing to boldly go where no one has gone before, the crew of the Enterprise find themselves trapped on a hostile planet.

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