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  • The Big Lebowski Quote-Along (1998)

    Rated R, 117 min. Directed by Joel Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges.

    Action Pack

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

  • Me and Orson Welles

    Me and Orson Welles (2009)

    Rated PG-13, 113 min. Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay, Ben Chaplin, Zoe Kazan, Eddie Marsan, Kelly Reilly, James Tupper and Leo Bill.

    This is a joyful period charmer about the moment before a boy becomes a man and another personage becomes a mythological figure. Writer/director Richard Linklater will introduce his film and share memories of shooting in the Paramount, along with conducting a Q&A after the film. Read a full review of Me and Orson Welles.

    7PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Mystery Movie

    Terror Tuesday Goes to Camp: What's camp without a mystery movie?

    10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Whisper of the Heart (1995)

    Rated G, 111 min. Directed by Yoshifumi Kondô.

    Ghibli Deep Cuts: In this animated Japanese film, a young girl and boy connect over their love of books and writing.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • 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.

  • San Andreas

    San Andreas (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 114 min. Directed by Brad Peyton. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Paul Giamatti, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson and Kylie Minogue.

    As future fodder for Austin’s snarky Master Pancake Theater, this newest entry in the perennial "California Gets It" disaster movie subgenre is a hoot. It’s also exactly what you expect it to be, which is to say it’s front-loaded with spectacular CGI scenes of everything west of the titular tectonic fault line either crumbling into dust, going up in fireballs, or being subsumed by the Pacific Ocean. A less-than-original ride on the end-of-the-world express, San Andreas follows the disaster-flick template to the letter, as director Peyton serves up both what the audience knows best and, apparently, what they want most. With a final line of dialogue that will reverberate across the eons as one of the worst in Hollywood history, San Andreas marks itself as a film that’s so awful it’s actually pretty great. This is how the world ends, not with a bang, but with a guffaw. Read a full review of San Andreas.

  • San Andreas

    San Andreas (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 114 min. Directed by Brad Peyton. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Paul Giamatti, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson and Kylie Minogue.

    As future fodder for Austin’s snarky Master Pancake Theater, this newest entry in the perennial "California Gets It" disaster movie subgenre is a hoot. It’s also exactly what you expect it to be, which is to say it’s front-loaded with spectacular CGI scenes of everything west of the titular tectonic fault line either crumbling into dust, going up in fireballs, or being subsumed by the Pacific Ocean. A less-than-original ride on the end-of-the-world express, San Andreas follows the disaster-flick template to the letter, as director Peyton serves up both what the audience knows best and, apparently, what they want most. With a final line of dialogue that will reverberate across the eons as one of the worst in Hollywood history, San Andreas marks itself as a film that’s so awful it’s actually pretty great. This is how the world ends, not with a bang, but with a guffaw. Read a full review of San Andreas.

  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland (2015)

    Rated PG, 129 min. Directed by Brad Bird. Starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Robinson and Pierce Gagnon.

    There’s much to applaud and much to knock in this Disney action adventure. What Brad Bird's Tomorrowland does well, it does very well; what it doesn’t adds to the sense of a jumbled story and unremitting manifesto of hope aimed at young and old alike. Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy are terrific as the story’s primary protagonists: Casey Newton (Robertson), a girl in her late teens, and adolescent robot Athena (Cassidy), a mysterious emissary from the titular Tomorrowland. That these two manage to steal the limelight from George Clooney’s grizzled Frank Walker and Hugh Laurie's misguided baddie is no small accomplishment. Tomorrowland breaks the mold to become something quite original and complex, encouraging viewers to dream and imagine without making these suggestions explicit. The film leaves nothing to chance, however, and as a result, seems more like a calculation than a flight of fancy. Still, many of its calculations add up. Read a full review of Tomorrowland.

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