Film: Special Screenings
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  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski (1998)

    Rated R, 117 min. Directed by Joel Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges, Sam Elliott, John Goodman, Ben Gazzara, Jon Polito, Tara Reid, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, David Huddleston and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

    Summer Film Classics: A case of mistaken identity embroils the supremely go-with-the-flow character of the Dude (Bridges) in an intersecting mix of kidnapping, pornography, German nihilists, sultry women, gumshoes, missing money, and missing toes. (Double bill: Raising Arizona.) Read a full review of The Big Lebowski.

    7PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Dry Season (2006)

    Not rated, 96 min. Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Starring Ali Barkai and Youssouf Djaoro.

    Austin Film Society: Essential Cinema: In this award-winning film from Chad, a boy is sent on a mission of revenge but instead finds grace.

    7:30PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000

  • Raising Arizona (1987)

    Rated PG-13, 92 min. Directed by Joel Coen. Starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh.

    Summer Film Classics: The Coen brothers sealed their place in film history as more than just a novelty act with this demented comedy about an infertile couple that steals a baby. The family values here are arresting. (Double bill: The Big Lebowski.)

    9:15PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Take That Live From the O2 (2015)

    Not rated, 120 min.

    The UK’s "most successful live act ever" brings their acclaimed new show live to cinemas.

    7PM iPic Theaters Austin, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400

  • At the Death House Door

    At the Death House Door (2008)

    Not rated, 98 min. Directed by Steve James and Peter Gilbert.

    Austin Public Library: Controversy & Conversation: Powerful doc visits the career of the Rev. Carroll Pickett, who was the longtime chaplain on Huntsville's death row and became haunted by the state-decreed death of Carlos DeLuna, whom he believed to be innocent.

    7PM Terrazas Branch Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/472-7312

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future (1985)

    Rated PG, 111 min. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.

    30th Anniversary Celebration: The feature will be preceded by a Pop Culture Tonight podcast featuring Patrick Phillips. Jeffrey Weissman (George McFly) will also be in attendance.

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

  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles (2004)

    Rated PG, 115 min. Directed by Brad Bird.

    Austin Parks Foundation: Movies in the Park: Animated take on the superhero genre overflows with wonderfully silly shenanigans and knowing insight into modern parenting. free Read a full review of The Incredibles.

    8:30PM Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, 512/974-6700

  • Kung Fu Panda

    Kung Fu Panda (2008)

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

    Summer Movie Series $1. Read a full review of Kung Fu Panda.

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

  • The Land Before Time (1988)

    Rated G, 69 min. Directed by Don Bluth.

    Alamo Kids' Camp $1.

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

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie (2014)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

    Summer Movie Camp: Free. Read a full review of The Lego Movie.

    10AM Hometown Cinemas, 120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, 512/398-4100

  • Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins (1964)

    Rated G, 140 min. Directed by Robert Stevenson. Starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

    Alamo Kids' Camp $1.

    10:35AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • Night at the Museum

    Night at the Museum (2006)

    Rated PG, 108 min. Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Ricky Gervais, Mickey Rooney, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Bill Cobbs, Steve Coogan and Jake Cherry.

    10:55AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Penguins of Madagascar

    Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

    Rated PG, 92 min. Directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith.

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

  • 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Dark Universe (2015)

    Not rated, 25 min. Directed by Carter Emmart. Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    Explore the universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson and the American Museum of Natural History.

  • Humpback Whales 3D (2015)

    Not rated, 49 min. Directed by Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

  • Living in the Age of Airplanes (2015)

    Not rated, 47 min. Directed by Brian J. Terwilliger. Narrated by Harrison Ford.

  • Terminator: Genisys

    Terminator: Genisys (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 126 min. Directed by Alan Taylor. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Byung-hun Lee, Matt Smith and Dayo Okeniyi.

    Oh, Michael Biehn, where art thou? The actor who played the original Kyle Reese, future savior of the past, and thus the future, was James Cameron’s go-to badass in three of the director’s most action and emotion-laden pre-CGI spectaculars: the stone-cold classic The Terminator, 1986’s relentlessly dark Aliens, and 1989’s unfairly overlooked The Abyss, in which Biehn played a Navy SEAL suffering from high-pressure nervous syndrome (read: bugfuck crazy) determined to set off an underwater nuke and kickstart World War III. (Biehn’s Lt. Coffey was also tweaky about the rightly ridiculed underwater aliens that showed up mid-movie, but that’s another story for another time.) Suffice it so say that Terminator: Genisys’ Reese (Courtney) is laughably miscast in this fifth iteration of Cameron’s original apocalyptic robot wars. Equally miscast is Jason Clarke, who here plays the by now superheroic John Connor, the man fated to lead humanity to victory in the war against the machines. Clarke comes off more like a curly-haired boor you might encounter at a group-therapy session. Even his vainglorious speechifying to his troops on the eve of their final (yeah, right), time-traveling coup against the self-aware, mankind hater Skynet feels feeble and sounds rote. Bah!

    And there’s the return of Schwarzenegger in his career-defining role – apart from governor of California, I suppose – as the hulking Terminator. As a sop to fans, he’s given far too many one-liners (“I’ll be back,” ad nauseam) and is generally played for laughs. This being a highly convoluted, temporally scrambled time-travel action film, we do get the pleasure of seeing Ahnold’s old-school model literally age before our eyes, from the digitally re-created – and completely naked – young Schwarzenegger fucking up some punks at Griffith Observatory to the craggy “old, not obsolete” nonlethal Terminator circa 2017.

    The storyline, from writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, is all over the place (no pun intended), moving from 2029 to a 1984 that differs radically from the one that Cameron and co-writer Gale Ann Hurd posited way back when. This pretty much reboots the whole franchise’s history, but, what the hell, it’s quantum, baby. Chock-full of various sorts of Terminators, thuddingly dull explosions, and one of the most downright boring helicopter chases ever created for the movies, Terminator: Genisys is a catastrophic misfire on nearly all counts. Its only saving grace? 2015 Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as a Mulder-gone-to-pot-esque cop who believes in these “goddamn time-traveling robots.” But other than that, all I can do is paraphrase Biehn’s Kyle Reese: “Come with me if you want to yawn.”

    Read a full review of Terminator: Genisys.

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