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SUNDAY DEC. 4
  • Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016)

    Not rated, 90 min. Directed by Garrett Zevgetis.

    Touching on sexuality, self-realization, and a support system that encourages empowerment, this doc nails the idea that “normal” is very overrated.

    3:15PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Elf Movie Party (2003)

    Rated PG, 107 min. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan and Zooey Deschanel.

    Props, a contest, and a snowball fight in the theatre are just some of the party perks.

    1PM, 7PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Gremlins

    Gremlins (1984)

    Rated PG, 106 min. Directed by Joe Dante. Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Polly Holiday, Dick Miller, Judge Reinhold and Corey Feldman.

    A teenager’s furry little pet of mysterious origins spawns a whole town full of snaggle-toothed killer gremlins. It’s suburban splatter mixed with humor and in-jokes. Read a full review of Gremlins.

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

  • Home Alone

    Home Alone (1990)

    Rated PG, 102 min. Directed by Chris Columbus. Starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy and Daniel Stern.

    A long time ago, back when I first saw John Hughes; Sixteen Candles, I thought -- along with quite a few other filmgoers -- here's a guy who knows the score. Well, time has proven me about as wrong as I could be. Home Alone is the apex, the pinnacle, the culmination of every bad bit Hughes has ever written or directed. It overflows with primitive, disastrously unfunny sight gags and neo-hateful familial humor. Read a full review of Home Alone.

    NOON Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • NOON Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    Not rated, 129 min. Directed by Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers and Gloria Grahame.

    This sentimental perennial is a holiday chestnut.

    2:30PM iPic Theaters Austin, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400

  • Scrooged (1988)

    Rated PG-13, 101 min. Directed by Richard Donner. Starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Johansen, Carol Kane and Robert Mitchum.

    Murray plays a hard-hearted TV executive who visits his past, present, and future Christmases, à la Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and discovers the error of his ways with the help of a large coterie of cameo players.

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

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue (1993)

    Rated R, 98 min. Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Starring Juliette Binoche.

    Arthouse Rewind: The immortal Polish director's Three Colors trilogy is based on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. Blue explores liberty through the story of a woman who must learn to re-engage in life after the death of her husband and daughter.

    11AM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • The Polar Express

    The Polar Express (2004)

    Rated G, 100 min. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Peter Scolari, Nona Gaye, Eddie Deezen and Charles Fleischer.

    Classics: Chris Van Allsburg’s magical tale of the Christmas Eve re-education of a Santa-doubting adolescent gets the uncanny valley digital treatment. Read a full review of The Polar Express.

    1PM iPic Theaters Austin, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400

  • White Christmas

    White Christmas (1954)

    Not rated, 120 min. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger and Mary Wickes.

    Classics: Whether you're a seasoned regular or a newbie, this Irving Berlin holiday classic about four entertainers falling in love and saving a Vermont inn is essential seasonal froth.

    1:45PM iPic Theaters Austin, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400

  • Island City

    Island City (2015)

    Not rated, 108 min. Directed by Ruchika Oberoi. Starring Vinay Pathak, Amruta Subhash and Tannishtha Chatterjee.

    Indie Meme: A triptych of stories set in Mumbai, the film deftly demonstrates the humor and pathos of alienation of modern society in India.

    7PM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard (1988)

    Rated R, 131 min. Directed by John McTiernan. Starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia.

    Movie Party: Free cap guns with admission and live explosions in the theatre.

    6:50PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away (2001)

    Rated PG, 125 min. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

    NCM Fathom: 15th Anniversary Screening: A young girl is trapped between the real and the ghost worlds in this classic animated Japanese film that filters Western fantasias and Eastern-angled spookiness through an outré sensibility. Read a full review of Spirited Away.

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

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard (1988)

    Rated R, 131 min. Directed by John McTiernan. Starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia.

    Tough Guy Cinema: Bruce Willis discovered his movie legs in this superb action movie that thrusts him into the Everyman Hero role when he is coincidentally visiting a high-rise at the same time terrorist thieves are taking it over.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

SPACES
  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away (2001)

    Rated PG, 125 min. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

    NCM Fathom: 15th Anniversary Screening: A young girl is trapped between the real and the ghost worlds in this classic animated Japanese film that filters Western fantasias and Eastern-angled spookiness through an outré sensibility. Read a full review of Spirited Away.

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

BULLOCK MUSEUM IMAX

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.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 133 min. Directed by David Yates. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Ezra Miller.

    As we open in New York City 1926, Newt Scamander (Redmayne)has just arrived from overseas to ostensibly free one beast while acquiring another. He carries with him a tattered suitcase, one with a secret, as it’s revealed to be a world in and of itself, a preserve for the creatures he’s collected. But as these things go, bigger threats reveal themselves, especially in the form of a chaotic and malevolent parasitical entity that is wreaking havoc in the city. While Fantastic Beasts suffers from some symptoms we’ve taken as par for the course in Hollywood spectacles, it is also really fun. The backdrop of New York City in the Twenties is a nice change of pace from castles and countrysides, and Redmayne's take on the absent-minded professor schtick is splendid. Rowling's world-building skills sometimes clash with director Yates’ need to move on to the next catastrophe, but those looking for a charming blockbuster, here is where to find it. Read a full review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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