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SATURDAY MAY 28
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass Family Tea (2016)

    Rated PG, 113 min. Directed by James Bobin. Starring Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp.

    Costume contest and special menu.

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

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass Family Tea (2016)

    Rated PG, 113 min. Directed by James Bobin. Starring Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp.

    Costume contest and special menu.

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

  • Beyoncé Sing-Along

    Dance Party

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

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane (1941)

    Not rated, 119 min. Directed by Orson Welles. Starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, Dorothy Comingore and Ruth Warrick.

    Summer Film Classics: Who knows if Citizen Kane is really the best movie ever made, as its reputation would have us believe. But it sure ranks up there, and this Welles wunderkind classic deserves to be experienced on the big screen. Deep focus has never looked the same. (Double bill: The Third Man.)

    5PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park (1993)

    Rated PG-13, 127 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough.

    As expected, the dinosaurs rule the show. Without them on screen, Jurassic Park tends to bog down in occasionally unnecessary explanations. Though, to be fair, the dinosaurs really are brilliant. Spielberg seems to be trying so very hard for that elusive “Gosh, Wow, Sense of Wonder!” that it all looks strained in spots. Of all people, he should know that dinosaurs literally embody that spirit – you don't need much of anything else to prop them up, but the director gamely tries, over-employing his trademark sunset lighting and spectacular crane and tracking shots. This is academic, though. Every kid in America, and nearly every adult, too, will see this picture and may go see it again, if only for the dinosaurs – in newly added 3-D. Read a full review of Jurassic Park.

    3:40PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park (1993)

    Rated PG-13, 127 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough.

    Master Pancake: See the Pancake merrymakers point and laugh at the prehistoric beasties (and Jeff Goldblum). Read a full review of Jurassic Park.

    7PM, 10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • 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

  • The Third Man

    The Third Man (1949)

    Not rated, 93 min. Directed by Carol Reed. Starring Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard and Alida Valli.

    Summer Film Classics: Based on a story by Graham Greene, the movie is a noir classic set in a shadowy postwar Vienna. It’s one of Welles’ best-remembered roles, and the film’s now-familiar zither music sets the story’s ambiguous tone perfectly. (Double Bill: Citizen Kane.) Read a full review of The Third Man.

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

SPACES
  • Labyrinth and Purple Rain

    Double bill commemorates the film work of David Bowie and Prince.

    8:45PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "A Beautiful Planet" (2016)

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

  • "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.

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass

    Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

    Rated PG, 113 min. Directed by James Bobin. Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway, Rhys Ifans, Lindsay Duncan and Leo Bill.

    This unasked-for sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 film rendition of the timeless Lewis Carroll story installs a new director at the helm, yet Alice Through the Looking Glass repeats many of the same mistakes as Alice in Wonderland. Both films favor their stories’ visual possibilities over character development and narrative intrigue. There are lots of adventures, but the whys and wherefores are slight and uninvolving. Alice (Wasikowska) determines to help the Mad Hatter (Depp) and gets sucked into a to-and-fro journey in which she has to seize a time machine to learn the reasons for the animosity of the queenly sisters (here called Mirana instead of White Queen, and Iracebeth rather than Red Queen). While the film’s special effects are quite something to behold, the rendition lacks magic, jabberwocky, and whimsy. This return to Wonderland is a dull outing, about which it can be said that Alice doesn’t live here anymore. Read a full review of Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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