Film: Special Screenings
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  • The Craft (1996)

    Rated R, 100 min. Directed by Andrew Fleming. Starring Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Christine Taylor, Skeet Ulrich, Assumpta Serna and Cliff De Young.

    Haunted drag preshow! Read a full review of The Craft.

    7:30PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist (1973)

    Rated R, 121 min. Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb and Kitty Winn.

    Halloween Month: No matter how many times viewed, The Exorcist never fails to deliver the goods. As soul-frightening and technically mesmerizing as it ever was, The Exorcist proves that there's no ghost movie as scary as a Holy Ghost movie.

    10:45PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127


1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "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.

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 118 min. Directed by Edward Zwick. Starring Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Aldis Hodge, Holt McCallany, Madalyn Horcher and Robert Knepper.

    A retired major in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, Jack Reacher (Cruise) roams around as a sort of vagrant vigilante. He’s off the grid until he smells trouble and pops up like a jack-in-the-box to investigate and slam some heads around. In Never Go Back, the second movie adaptation drawn from Lee Child’s 20-book series starring Reacher, he’s tasked with clearing the name of Major Susan Turner (Smulders), accused of espionage, and then his own, once he’s pulled into a conspiracy plot.

    Produced by Cruise and adapted by director Edward Zwick (who last worked with Cruise on The Last Samurai), Zwick’s longtime creative partner Marshall Herskovitz, and Richard Wenk, Never Go Back is boilerplate action-thriller, filmed with an anonymous style and scripted so that characters talk in catchphrases. It clears the bar of competency, but what kind of recommendation is that? It’s a B movie that would have been better served dropping a couple more grades with the addition of sex and swagger.

    As an action star – and action is all he seems to be doing these days – Cruise isn’t slowing down. Now in his mid-fifties, he’s shouldering two franchises – the long-running Mission: Impossible series and now these Jack Reacher movies. But is he having any fun? The mile-wide smiles come less easily, replaced by the gritted teeth of someone battling a migraine. I haven’t read Child’s Reacher thrillers; perhaps Cruise’s interpretation – punishingly self-serious, his whole body like a balled fist – is true to the books. Fidelity to source doesn’t make the performance any more interesting. Cruise owned the better part of two decades on the strength of his charisma. Why bury it like dirty underwear in the bottom of the hamper?

    Read a full review of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

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