Film: Special Screenings
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  • Ben-Hur

    Ben-Hur (1959)

    Rated G, 212 min. Directed by William Wyler. Starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott and Sam Jaffe.

    Summer Film Classics: This winner of 11 Oscars tells the epic story of Jewish Ben-Hur and his best friend, Messala, in ancient Rome. It’s a chariot-race classic.

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

  • Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

    Rated PG-13, 99 min. Directed by John Carpenter. Starring Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall.

    Carpenter's jokey adventure tale stars Russell as a truck driver who becomes involved in a battle between good and evil in San Francisco's Chinatown. The film will be introduced by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman.

    9:45PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • Ginger Snaps

    Ginger Snaps (2000)

    Not rated, 108 min. Directed by John Fawcett. Starring Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche and Mimi Rogers.

    Women's Community Center of Central Texas: Alt Girl Cinema: Uncommonly good teen werewolf movie centers on two sisters who develop the hairy curse with the start of the elder's first menstrual period and the appearance of a full moon.

    6:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Love Wins Sing-Along

    Dance Party

    9:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

    Rated PG-13, 94 min. Directed by Wes Anderson. Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban and Tilda Swinton.

    Beautiful dreamers and full-time schemers again dominate Anderson's exacting imagination. Read a full review of Moonrise Kingdom.

    4:15PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • Now, Voyager

    Now, Voyager (1942)

    Not rated, 117 min. Directed by Irving Rapper. Starring Bette Davis, Bonita Granville, Claude Rains and Franklin Pangborn.

    Cinema Sirens: "Don't ask for the moon when we have the stars," goes the film's classic closing line. Bette Davis goes from frumpy to fabulous with the help of a psychiatrist who helps her get out of the shadow of her wealthy and domineering mother. Then the character falls in love with an unhappily married man, whose daughter she takes under her wing at a future point. An essential weepie.

    4:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network (2010)

    Rated PG-13, 121 min. Directed by David Fincher. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Rooney Mara, Max Minghella, Joseph Mazzello and Rashida Jones.

    Fincher's blisteringly entertaining The Social Network touches down in the calm before the storm, before social media rewrote the rules on how information moves. We first meet the eventual founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg), in a bar, having drinks with his girlfriend (Mara). He is callous, socially inept, and ravenously ambitious – the boy who would be king, not yet fixed on what the kingdom will look like. The Social Network cuts with ease from flashbacks of Zuckerberg's undergraduate days to depositions related to two concurrent lawsuits brought against him. Although the legal proceedings provide a handy framework for the film, who did what to whom, when, and with how much premeditated bloodlust is of ancillary concern to the film's layered examination of an asshole. (That's the filmmakers' word, not mine.) History as we know it is still unfurling, and The Social Network is that rare film that has something – not yet definitive but certainly provocative – to say about it. Read a full review of The Social Network.

    7:40PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • A Space Program

    A Space Program (2015)

    Not rated, 72 min. Directed by Van Neistat. Narrated by Pat Manocchia. Starring Tom Sachs, Sam Ratanarat and Mary Eannarino.

    Austin Film Society: New Release: Internationally acclaimed artist Tom Sachs, aka this film's flight director, guides a bricolage team in the handmade creation of a mission to Mars.

    2PM AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/454-2000

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

    Rated G, 98 min. Directed by Mel Stuart. Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear and Aubrey Woods.

    NCM/Fathom: TCM Big Screen Classics: Includes special commentary from Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. Read a full review of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

    2PM, 7PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

    Rated R, 179 min. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Joanna Lumley, Cristin Milioti, Christine Ebersole and Ethan Suplee.

    Scorsese's take on the American white-collar hoodlum is a relentlessly wild ride. Read a full review of The Wolf of Wall Street.

    6:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

    Not rated, 102 min. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring William Keighley, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Alan Hale and Una O'Connor.

    Family Film Festival: Mixing a touch of self-mockery with all its derring-do and romance, this Errol Flynn classic remains fun through the decades and is also marked by its ravishing color and score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

    1PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

    Rated PG, 120 min. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Deep Roy, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor, Annasophia Robb, Philip Wiegratz, Jordon Fry, Julia Winter, Missi Pyle, James Fox and Christopher Lee.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: I sat through Tim Burton’s generally splendid, artful, and often sinister screen version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book with an enormous grin on my face for much of the time. Nevertheless, Depp’s version of Dahl’s lunatic confectioner hasn’t to my mind displaced Gene Wilder’s antic portrayal from the 1971 version. To be sure, this Wonka is truer to the source material. Screenwriter John August, although he snatches a handful of third-act liberties, bathes the plot in a welter of verbal and physical gags that serve to machinate the kid-friendly unease into sticky new realms of chewy, gooey alarm. But Depp’s Wonka seems less mysterious than he ought to be. Compared with the rest of the film, which dazzles outright with its gob-stopping production design from Alex McDowell and Deep Roy’s unsmiling Oompa Loompas, Depp seems oddly unmoored, even ephemeral: cotton candy to Wilder’s crunchy dark chocolate. Read a full review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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

  • Curious George

    Curious George (2006)

    Rated G, 86 min. Directed by Matthew O'Callaghan.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: It’s not perfect, but this big-screen debut of H.A. Rey’s lovable monkey is worth recommending to audiences of all ages, especially fathers and sons. The production is faithful to George’s gentle spirit while fully exploiting the possibilities of old-school, two-dimensional animation. Movies are magical, it suggests, and everything is beautiful and fascinating to children. But the movie also gets George’s melancholy just right. For this is not a movie about a man and his monkey, but a movie about parents and children. The screenplay skims off some of the source material’s hinky bits in sending museum employee Ted (Ferrell) to Africa in search of a legendary ape idol. There’s a sort of romance between Ted and a field-tripping schoolteacher (Barrymore) and a very simple plot about exposing Ted’s artifact as a fraud, but the story’s best moments are its offhand ones. Jack Johnson’s original songs are a bit heavy on the heartstrings, but you’d have to be made of granite not to be moved. Read a full review of Curious George.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant (1999)

    Rated PG, 86 min. Directed by Brad Bird.

    Alamo Kids Camp: Set during the beginning of the space race, The Iron Giant is a gorgeously animated adaptation of British poet laureate Ted Hughes' 1968 children's book. The animated feature begins as the townspeople of Rockwell, Maine, learn that a giant metal alien has crashed just outside of town. It's a film packed to bursting with golden nuggets of surprise, humor, and pathos, though it also owes a great deal to E.T., Ray Bradbury, Rod Serling, and the classic sci-fi films of the Fifties. But it's the movie's genuine, warm heart that sees it through to its breathtaking stand-up-and-cheer finale. And if its top-notch story weren't enough, The Iron Giant also boasts some spectacular animation, a combination of classic two-dimensional processes and CGI for the giant himself that's outright spellbinding. Add to that Michael Kamen's lush, earthy score, and The Iron Giant is clearly the single best, the single coolest animated film in a great while. Read a full review of The Iron Giant.

    10:30AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • A League of Their Own (1992)

    Rated PG, 128 min. Directed by Penny Marshall. Starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Lori Petty, Rosie O'Donnell and Jon Lovitz.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: The story of the short-lived women's baseball league gives Marshall the opportunity to examine the roots of modern feminism and have a darn fine time doing it. Nestled in these large issues is the story of the two sisters, their teammates and their dissolute coach as played by Hanks. Although many of the elements work well together, the movie as a whole is diminished because it is burdened with a dopey framing device that shows the women in the present. Read a full review of A League of Their Own.

    9:35AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Pippi in the South Seas (1970)

    Rated G, 86 min. Directed by Olle Hellbom. Starring Inger Nilsson, Maria Persson and Pär Sundberg.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "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.

  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 120 min. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Jessie T. Usher, Travis Tope, Judd Hirsch, Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Fichtner.

    Not reviewed at press time. It's been 20 years since aliens blew up the White House, and while Will Smith opted not to return for this sequel, most of the original cast is back to save Earth from a second invasion. No landmark is safe!


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