Film: Special Screenings
  • FILM

  • SEARCH FOR

SATURDAY JULY 30
  • Chandu the Magician and The Spider

    Chandu the Magician and The Spider

    Not rated, 130 min.

    Super Krime: The World of Pulp Supervillains: In this William Cameron Menzies double feature, the work of this consummate production designer will be on full display. Chandu the Magician (1932) stars Bela Lugosi as a madman whose plot to take over the world is foiled by Chandu the Magician (Edmund Lowe). Lowe also stars in The Spider (1931) as yet another magician with hypnotic powers.

    12:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Emma (1996)

    Rated PG, 120 min. Directed by Douglas McGrath. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette, Jeremy Northam, Alan Cumming, Ewan McGregor, Greta Scacchi, Juliet Stevenson, Polly Walker, Sophie Thompson and James Cosmo.

    Afternoon Tea: Matchmaker Emma is clueless when it comes to her own love life. Read a full review of Emma.

    4PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • GoodFellas (1990)

    Rated R, 146 min. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino.

    Summer Film Classics: The film provides an up-close-and-personal account of life in the Mob. Exhilaratingly filmed and performed, the movie also has a script by Nicholas Pileggi. (Double bill: Reservoir Dogs.)

    3:30PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Private Property

    Private Property (1960)

    Not rated, 79 min. Directed by Leslie Stevens. Starring Corey Allen, Kate Manx and Warren Oates.

    Two homicidal Southern California drifters wander off the beach and into the Beverly Hills home of an unhappy housewife in this long-lost film noir gem, written and directed by The Outer Limits creator Leslie Stevens. New 4K restoration.

    4:15PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Reservoir Dogs

    Reservoir Dogs (1992)

    Rated R, 99 min. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney and Michael Madsen.

    Summer Film Classics: This story about the explosive aftermath of a diamond heist gone awry tends to rely more on placing its violently manly characters in direct, nail-spitting conflict with one another than it does with any actual narrative story. (Double bill: GoodFellas) Read a full review of Reservoir Dogs.

    6:10PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

    Rated R, 95 min. Directed by Jim Sharman. Starring Richard O'Brien, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry.

    Austin fans have been dressing up and doing the "Time Warp" thing live for more than three decades. For more info, see www.austinrocky.org.

    11:59PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Totally Eighties Sing-Along

    Dance Party

    10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

SPACES
KIDS
  • Babe

    Babe (1995)

    Rated G, 92 min. Directed by Chris Noonan. Starring James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski.

    Alamo Kids Camp: Perhaps one of the cutest children's films ever made, this tale of the young piglet who decides his calling in life is to be a sheepdog is also a rousing comedy, appropriately filled with a variety of subtle messages, from self-empowerment to the importance of treating others as equals, even though they may be, ah, sheep. Babe looks and flows wonderfully. It's a clever, witty, touching piece of work that, coincidentally, is a decidedly excellent date movie. Really. Read a full review of Babe.

    10:55AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Barbie: Star Light Adventure (2016)

    Rated PG, 105 min. Directed by Andrew Tan and Michael Goguen.

    NCM/Fathom: Barbie is a cosmic princess who flies throug her universe on a hoverboard.

    10AM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

  • 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!.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • 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.

    4AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • The Neverending Story (1984)

    Rated PG, 92 min. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Starring Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach and Moses Gunn.

    Alamo Kids Camp: This marvelous, inventive, inspiring fantasy in which the books read by the story's hero actually come to life is directed by the man who later went on make Das Boot and The Perfect Storm. As might be expected, it's amazing to see on the big screen and is also the kind of imaginative tale that sends you out of the theatre craving to read. Read a full review of The Neverending Story.

    10:15AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • 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.

    Captain Kirk (Pine) is bored. Three years into a five-year assignment steering the starship Enterprise hither and yon across the galaxy, it’s all just become so humdrum for him. Kirk’s ennui breaks when the ship crash-lands on a distant planet, scattering the actors into micro-hives of ones and twos, in a blow to the ensemble cast’s collective chemistry. (They’re better when they’re all buzzing together.) Competent but heavy with dutifulness, the script by Simon Pegg (who co-stars as engineer Scotty) and Doug Jung (who cameos as Sulu’s husband) puts everyone in a place on this rock and gives them a purpose. But there’s none of the joyful, swashbuckling sense of adventure evinced in the film’s predecessors, nor a compelling case made for the stakes: Supervillain Krall (Elba) is a real drag, and his superweapon, the Abronath, sounds like something jaunty and tartan Scotty might pick up in a Highlands gift shop.

    Read a full review of Star Trek Beyond.

This content has not been formatted for this window size.
Please increase the size of your browser window, or revisit this page on a mobile device.
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)