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WEDNESDAY JULY 23
  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet (1986)

    Rated R, 120 min. Directed by David Lynch. Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nance and Brad Dourif.

    The Complete David Lynch: Lynch scarred many a psyche with this look at an idyllic small town's sordid underbelly.

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

  • The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club (1985)

    Rated R, 97 min. Directed by John Hughes. Starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy.

    Cinemark Summer Classics: A John Hughes classic about different teenage "types" melting one another's shells. Read a full review of The Breakfast Club.

    2PM, 7PM Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14, 12812 Hill Country Blvd., 800/326-3264

  • Funny Girl (1968)

    Rated G, 155 min. Directed by William Wyler. Starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif.

    Summer Film Classics: Barbra! In her debut film performance, Streisand portrays Fanny Brice, a vaudeville star whose life and loves are given the Hollywood treatment. (Double bill: The Way We Were.) Read a full review of Funny Girl.

    9:15PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Hard Boiled

    Hard Boiled (1992)

    Not rated, 126 min. Directed by John Woo. Starring Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung, Philip Chan, Bowie Lam and Kwan Hoi-Shan.

    Tough Guy Cinema: This film approaches something like a kind of Zen violence, an aria of muzzle-flashes, bullet hits, and tightly edited explosions. Read a full review of Hard Boiled.

    3:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • The Human Scale (2012)

    Not rated, 83 min. Directed by Andreas Dalsgaard.

    Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities for 40 years, documenting how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

    6:30PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014)

    Not rated, 180 min. Directed by Eric Idle.

    NCM Fathom: The remaining Pythons perform their greatest hits. Sunday's screening is live from London, with encore screenings on Wednesday and Thursday.

    7:30PM Cinemark Cedar Park, 1335 E. Whitestone, 800/326-3264

  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of 'Police Squad!' (1988)

    Rated PG-13, 85 min. Directed by David Zucker. Starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy and O.J. Simpson.

    The jokes fly fast and furious in this Zucker brothers classic.

    7:30PM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549

  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

    Rated R, 123 min. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright.

    In this hypnotic love story, Jim Jarmusch gives us vampires who are bohemian outsiders and not blood-sucking freaks. Read a full review of Only Lovers Left Alive.

    9:15PM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • Pitch Perfect Sing-Along (2012)

    Rated PG-13, 112 min. Directed by Jason Moore. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Skylar Astin.

    Girlie Night

    7:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • Super Fuzz (1980)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Sergio Corbucci. Starring Terence Hill, Ernest Borgnine, Joanne Dru and Marc Lawrence.

    Weird Wednesday: Nuclear radiation imbues a cop with superpowers.

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

  • The Way We Were (1973)

    Rated PG, 118 min. Directed by Sydney Pollack. Starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford.

    Summer Film Classics: Barbra! The story of Jewish left-wing ugly duckling and the WASP prince with whom she falls in love encapsulates its time and emotions with knowing precision. (Double bill: Funny Girl.)

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

  • SPACES

  • Logan's Run

    Logan's Run (1976)

    Rated PG, 119 min. Directed by Michael Anderson. Starring Michael York, Richard Jordan, Jenny Agutter, Roscoe Lee Browne and Farrah Fawcett.

    Austin Film Festival: Made in Texas: The world as we know it has been destroyed by an earlier catastrophe, and the lives of the humans who remain are carefully regulated. Life ends at the age of 30, and those who do not comply live as outlaws.

    7PM Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-8746

  • Samurai Cop and Dead Heat

    Blue Starlite Drive-In: Double Feature: This rad new series is being curated by Susan "Black Widow Cinema" Herreras. Don't miss it.

    9:15PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • KIDS

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)

    Rated G, 87 min. Directed by Mike Mitchell. Starring Jason Lee, David Cross and Jenny Slate.

    Admittedly, I’m coming to this movie with prejudicial eyes and ears. It’s just that Alvin and the Chipmunks were never meant to appeal to anyone whose age had outgrown single digits. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked uses lifeless CGI animation to tell a haphazard tale about singing sensations Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, as well as their three backup singers known as the Chipettes, becoming stranded on a remote island. As the film begins, they are traveling to Europe on an ocean liner with their human surrogate dad, Dave (Lee), to collect a prize at the International Music Awards. After they fall overboard and wind up stranded, things take a turn for the tedious. The entire payoff to the Chipmunks’ gambit comes in those inevitable moments when Dave bellows in exasperation, “Alvin.” Maybe if we all bellow in unison it will be forceful enough to put an end to this painful franchise. Read a full review of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

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

  • Annie

    Annie (1982)

    Rated PG, 126 min. Directed by John Huston. Starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Aileen Quinn, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry and Ann Reinking.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: See it today, for tomorrow there will be another filmed version.

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

  • The Croods

    The Croods (2013)

    Rated PG, 98 min. Directed by Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders.

    Stoopid title. Sweet movie. DreamWorks Animation’s spirited and eye-popping stealth charmer The Croods tracks the title’s family of “crude” cave dwellers, who struggle to stay alive after the elements have claimed their Neanderthal neighbors. Dad Grug (voiced by Cage) is a nervous nelly: “Stop looking for things!” he wails at his feisty, adventurous daughter, Eep (Stone). But soon, with the Earth fracturing around them in a continental-drift doomsday scenario, the clan is forced to leave the cave and follow Eep into the new world – a riot of color and gonzo imagining, reveling wholly in “what might have been” (e.g., flying turtles) and utterly untroubled by “what actually was.” And the fact that Eep, that rare invention in contemporary animation – a dizzyingly fierce female hero whose sex isn't her defining character trait – is afforded that breadth of motivation without it once being tethered to her “girlness”? That’s a win. Read a full review of The Croods.

    10AM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

  • Epic

    Epic (2013)

    Rated PG, 102 min. Directed by Chris Wedge.

    An imaginative 3-D animated fantasy begins with Mary Katherine (Seyfried), a young teenager, arriving to visit her eccentric, almost-mad scientist father (Sudeikis). Claiming there are elaborate, hidden kingdoms in the woods surrounding his house, he comes across as a bit daft. But, when MK (as she calls herself) is shrunk down to the size of the forest creatures, she discovers her father is not mad after all: There is a magnificent world deep in the woods … and an ongoing war between good and evil, too, with two contrasting societies arrayed against each other in a near-medieval setting. The plot is both obvious and innovative. A dozen small touches – including great voice work, stunning visuals, a wide variety of interesting characters, and a witty, full script – make this film entertaining for all ages. Fast-moving, involving, and entertaining, Epic sweeps you deep into its current and carries you swiftly along. Read a full review of Epic.

    10AM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

  • Frankenweenie

    Frankenweenie (2012)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Tim Burton.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: Finally, a stop-motion, animated Halloween film that rivals The Nightmare Before Christmas. And of the two – simmer down now, gothlings – Frankenweenie is the ookier, more assured, and frankly better film. Filmed in glorious black and white, Frankenweenie is that rare film that's both kid- and adult-friendly. The titular weenie here is Sparky, a manic little bull terrier and best pal to young Victor Frankenstein (Tahan). When Sparky is killed by a car, Victor seizes on the lessons he's learned about electricity's life-giving force and, before you can say "Boris Karloff's real name was William Henry Pratt!", a stitched-and-neck-bolted Sparky is re-animated and running around Vincent's attic laboratory. Comedy and tension, complete with torch- and pitchfork-wielding villagers, follows. Wholly unique yet strangely familiar, Frankenweenie is, at its electrified heart, a story about friendship, family, and the importance of kidhood perseverance. Never say die when you could be saying "It's alive!" Read a full review of Frankenweenie.

    9:45AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Kung Fu Panda

    Kung Fu Panda (2008)

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

    Alamo Kids' Camp: Po (Black) may be an animated panda bear, but make no mistake: Deep down, he’s really just a nerd with a pop-culture obsession. In Kung Fu Panda’s opening scene (animated in a gorgeous, throwback, two-dimensional style), Po imagines himself as a great martial-arts master and warrior. Of course, in reality (disappointingly three-dimensional, Pixar-like reality) Po is a master of nothing; he’s just the rotund son of a noodle-shop owner living in a small Chinese village who gets his kicks playing with action figures in his bedroom. Of course, that all changes when destiny drops him at the feet of kung-fu master Shifu (Hoffman). Kung Fu Panda’s message is timeworn and clichéd (believe in yourself, even if – especially if – you’re flabby and uncoordinated and no one else believes in you). But with a lovable, lumpy loser as its hero, the movie is just the kind of antic David vs. Goliath tale children can’t get enough of. Read a full review of Kung Fu Panda.

    10:20AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • Walking With Dinosaurs

    Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale.

    A truly ambitious, nicely animated prehistoric romp, this film features a stunning disconnect between cinematic mise-en-scène and narrative content. The press material insists, “For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth …” – that is, until the voiceovers begin and the story unfolds. Unfortunately, all the sincere effort and sophisticated energy used to create some kind of tangible verisimilitude is squandered on a plot so frustratingly lame that "corny" and "obvious" would be compliments. The story of an outcast young dinosaur, the runt of the litter, who falls in love while slowly growing to manhood, is maddeningly predictable and beyond hackneyed. His misadventures are children’s-coloring-book obvious; the overall narrative trajectory contains no surprises. Very young children might be entertained, but the closer viewers are to puberty, the less likely it is to hold their interest. Read a full review of Walking With Dinosaurs.

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

  • Walking With Dinosaurs

    Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale.

    A truly ambitious, nicely animated prehistoric romp, this film features a stunning disconnect between cinematic mise-en-scène and narrative content. The press material insists, “For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth …” – that is, until the voiceovers begin and the story unfolds. Unfortunately, all the sincere effort and sophisticated energy used to create some kind of tangible verisimilitude is squandered on a plot so frustratingly lame that "corny" and "obvious" would be compliments. The story of an outcast young dinosaur, the runt of the litter, who falls in love while slowly growing to manhood, is maddeningly predictable and beyond hackneyed. His misadventures are children’s-coloring-book obvious; the overall narrative trajectory contains no surprises. Very young children might be entertained, but the closer viewers are to puberty, the less likely it is to hold their interest. Read a full review of Walking With Dinosaurs.

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

  • Walking With Dinosaurs

    Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale.

    A truly ambitious, nicely animated prehistoric romp, this film features a stunning disconnect between cinematic mise-en-scène and narrative content. The press material insists, “For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth …” – that is, until the voiceovers begin and the story unfolds. Unfortunately, all the sincere effort and sophisticated energy used to create some kind of tangible verisimilitude is squandered on a plot so frustratingly lame that "corny" and "obvious" would be compliments. The story of an outcast young dinosaur, the runt of the litter, who falls in love while slowly growing to manhood, is maddeningly predictable and beyond hackneyed. His misadventures are children’s-coloring-book obvious; the overall narrative trajectory contains no surprises. Very young children might be entertained, but the closer viewers are to puberty, the less likely it is to hold their interest. Read a full review of Walking With Dinosaurs.

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

  • BULLOCK MUSEUM

    1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • D-Day: Normandy 1944

    D-Day: Normandy 1944 (2014)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Pascal Vuong. Narrated by Tom Brokaw.

    Tom Brokaw narrates this film about the largest Allied operation of World War II.

  • Texas: The Big Picture

    Texas: The Big Picture (2003)

    Not rated, 39 min. Directed by Scott Swofford. Narrated by Colby Donaldson.

    Texas is shown to be a land broad enough to produce everything from grapefruit to microchips.

  • Titans of the Ice Age

    Titans of the Ice Age (2013)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by David Clark. Narrated by Christopher Plummer.

    Computer-generated imagery brings to life this mysterious era of the Ice Age.

  • Under the Sea 3D (2009)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Howard Hall.

    The impact of global warming is examined in the waters of Southern Australia, New Guinea, and elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region. For ticket prices, call 936-IMAX or 936-TSHM or see www.thestoryoftexas.com.