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WEDNESDAY FEB. 10
  • Choose Your Own Pancake: Valentine's Edition

    Master Pancake: Bring your best/worst romantic movie on DVD or Blu-ray, the Pancake comedians will narrow the field down to their top 10, then the audience will vote on which of those they want to see mocked.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Crescendo!: The Power of Music

    Crescendo!: The Power of Music (2014)

    Not rated, 85 min. Directed by Jamie Bernstein.

    Austin Film Society: Doc Night: Three U.S. inner-city children are observed in this documentary about music's power to bridge social disadvantages and bring about social transformation. It is an outgrowth of El Sistema, Venezuela’s famed youth orchestra program that is now global.

    7:30PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/454-2000

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

    Rated R, 112 min. Directed by Nicholas Stoller. Starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Jack McBrayer and Paul Rudd.

    Sex comedy from the Judd Apatow production mill. Read a full review of Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

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

  • Moulin Rouge Sing-Along (2001)

    Rated PG-13, 127 min. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.

    Action Pack

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

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (2004)

    Rated PG, 116 min. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Starring Alison Lohman, Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman and Mark Hamill.

    Miyazaki Celebration: Miyazaki renders an animated and epic story of war and peace.

    3:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Thomasine & Bushrod

    Thomasine & Bushrod (1974)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Gordon Parks Jr.. Starring Max Julien, Vonetta McGee, Glynn Turman and Juanita Moore.

    Weird Wednesday: Gordon Parks Jr.'s followup to Super Fly was this blaxploitation Bonnie and Clyde takeoff that's rarely screened these days.

    10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • To Catch a Thief

    To Catch a Thief (1955)

    Not rated, 106 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and Jessie Royce Landis.

    Classics: Cary Grant plays a reformed cat burglar on the French Riviera who vindicates himself from new suspicions with the help of the beautifully bedecked Grace Kelly. Hitchcock tools this mistaken-identity tale as more of a romantic comedy than a thriller. It was during this location shoot that Kelly met Prince Rainier.

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

  • William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)

    Rated PG-13, 121 min. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Diane Venora, Harold Perrineau, Jesse Bradford, Christina Pickles, Miriam Margolyes, M. Emmet Walsh, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Paul Rudd.

    Classic Romance: A rich visual feast, besotted with acrobatic camerawork, kinetic staging, and resonant fragments of 20th century iconography. Read a full review of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet.

    7PM Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520

SPACES
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's and Dirty Dancing

    Valentine's Weeks at the Drive-In: Double bill.

    7PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • 1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "Dark Universe" (2013)

    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.

  • "Space Station 3-D" (2002)

    Not rated, 46 min. Directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Tom Cruise.

    Given the amount of cinematic science fiction in the last quarter-century, modern moviegoers may feel they've seen it all where space travel is concerned. But Space Station 3-D provides a fresh and intensely personal experience of the final frontier. Employing footage shot by actual astronauts and cosmonauts using IMAX 3D cameras, it puts you there 220 miles above the earth, inside the International Space Station, and outside it, too. Breathtaking vistas of the planet below and the cosmos beyond, coupled with detailed looks at life in zero gravity and the testimony of an international crew of astronauts, revive our sense of the wonder and the danger that go into every voyage into space. Robert Faires Read a full review of "Space Station 3-D".

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool (2016)

    Rated R, 107 min. Directed by Tim Miller. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand and Stefan Kapicic.

    Loaded with sass, sex, and sadistic violence, Deadpool is not your youngster’s comic-book origin story. Deadpool earns every bit of its R rating, a quality that’s sure to appeal to fans weary of the macho, apple-pie-eating, altruistic superheroes who buck for attention in the comic-book stables. Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool is, in his own words, “super, but no hero.” He’s a chump-change mercenary and former Special Forces soldier (“a bad guy who fucks up worse guys”), who acquires self-regenerating powers and a horrific visage after succumbing to a purported treatment for late-stage cancer.

    The film is as postmodernly self-referential as it can get, which should be a hoot for the average viewer and nirvana for connoisseurs of the Marvel Universe. The opening credits immediately attune viewers to the movie’s sensibilities, with listings for such characters as “a British villain,” “a moody teen,” and “a gratuitous cameo,” as well as “asshat” producers and an “overpaid tool” as the director. Littered throughout the film are inside jokes about pop culture and Marvel: Background items as People’s Sexiest Man Alive cover featuring Ryan Reynolds shows up in scenes and references to Deadpool’s potholed path to the screen are there for the taking for those in the know. The conventions of fourth-wall drama are broken with regularity, and in case their novelty slips by the viewer, Deadpool calls out to the audience the moment he breaks a fourth-wall convention within another rupture, exponentially shattering 16 walls. Those who are accustomed to having their comic-book heroes painted as square-jawed paragons will enjoy the deconstruction; viewers more at home with postmodern dislocations may count themselves among the less-impressed.

    Reynolds (no stranger to the comics world, having previously appeared as the Green Lantern and as Wade Wilson, Deadpool’s mortal former self in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is perfectly cast as the wisecracking Deadpool. Yet when the character’s constant asides go beyond the matters at hand (as when the action pauses for him to wonder irrelevantly whether he left the oven on back home) can get to be a bit much. Wade’s love affair with strip-club worker Vanessa (Baccarin) is delightfully portrayed, but leave the kids at home if you don’t want to explain what Vanessa and Wade do with a strap-on dildo on International Women’s Day. T.J. Miller, described in the opening credits as “the comic relief” is shortchanged by the already quip-heavy film, as the two mutants that join Deadpool’s escapade seem like token representations from the vast Marvel Universe. Leslie Uggams, however, as Deadpool’s blind landlady and companion, makes a singular impression and arouses curiosity about why she doesn’t appear onscreen with great regularity.

    Many sequences go on for too long. The torture doled out by Ajax (Skrein), which turns the cancer-riddled loverboy Wade Wilson into the hideously deformed immortal Deadpool, could take up a fraction of its time and still have the same effect. So, too, for the climactic battle that simply becomes a ceaseless slugfest. With a character like Deadpool, words alone can be deadly.

    Read a full review of Deadpool.

  • Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 135 min. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker.

    It’s decades after the destruction of the Death Star, and that good old scoundrel Han Solo (Ford) and former Princess – now General – Leia (Fisher) are getting a bit long in the tooth, but, as ever, there’s an evil empire to thwart. Easily the most anticipated (and critic-proof) film of the year, J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens is a rollicking hybridization of everything that made Lucas’ original trio of Star Wars films so thrillingly watchable, bolstered by the addition of memorable new core characters: lone scavenger Rey (Ridley), and Finn (Boyega), an Imperial Stormtrooper who decides that mass murder isn’t his style. There’s much to love about this particular chapter of the rebooted franchise, although to say much more might engender spoilers, and you’re likely going to see the film for yourself very soon. The Force Awakens is exactly what it needs to be: an old-school Saturday afternoon sci-fi matinee writ big. Read a full review of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

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