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  • Notes on Blindness

    Notes on Blindness (2016)

    Not rated, 90 min. Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney. Starring John M. Hull, Marilyn Hull and Miranda Beinart-Smith.

    Days before his first son was born, writer and theologian John Hull became blind. This hybrid of documentary and dramatic reenactment uses Hull's audio diaries to his child to offer up insights into becoming blind.

    7:30PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting (1996)

    Rated R, 94 min. Directed by Danny Boyle. Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald.

    Unrepentant Scottish junkies are observed with a mordant eye. Read a full review of Trainspotting.

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

  • 10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Sailor Moon R: The Movie (1993)

    Not rated, 85 min. Directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara.

    Anime: A new director's cut of the classic anime.

    7:40PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980)

    Not rated, 82 min. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Starring Carmen Maura, Felix Rotaeta, Olvido Gara and Eva Siva.

    Los Filmes de Almovodar: For fans of Almodóvar, this first foray into filmmaking is essential viewing. Read a full review of Pepi, Luci, Bom.

    7:50PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Zoolander

    Zoolander (2001)

    Rated PG-13, 89 min. Directed by Ben Stiller. Starring Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell, Billy Zane, Jon Voight, David Pressman, David Duchovny, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller, David Bowie, Andy Dick, Cuba Gooding Jr and Vince Vaughn.

    Pub Run: Start with a run, then have a pint. Dance to some music, take a picture in the photo booth, and then watch an extremely overrated "comedy." Read a full review of Zoolander.

    7:45PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Mark of the Witch (1970)

    Not rated, 84 min. Directed by Tom Moore. Starring Robert Elston, Anitra Walsh and Darryl Wells.

    Terror Tuesday: A 300-year-old witch possesses a college student and mayhem ensues in this low-budget, Dallas-shot oddity.

    9:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

BULLOCK MUSEUM IMAX

1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • "A Beautiful Planet" (2016)

    Rated G, 40 min. Directed by Toni Myers. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.

  • "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.

  • "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.

  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

    Rated PG-13, 107 min. Directed by D.J. Caruso. Starring Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette and Ruby Rose.

    Daredevil government operative Xander Cage is the millennial generation’s answer to James Bond. Trading in 007’s classic tuxedo and dry martini for a tank top and a shot of adrenaline, the tatted-up muscleman who beds every scantily clad babe (or more) he meets never breaks a sweat, even when skiing down a lush jungle mountainside or freefalling without a parachute. He’s one super cool dude. In this so-so sequel resurrecting the extreme sports athlete turned NSA agent, the suits once again enlist a reluctant Cage (Diesel) for a mission, this time to retrieve a stolen doomsday device called Pandora’s Box, a contraption that can send rogue satellites plummeting to Earth and otherwise upend the world order. Executed by an international cast of seemingly invincible characters with shifting personal and political alliances, the operation is overseen by an ice-blonde intelligence officer played by a depressingly miscast Collette, who registers her disdain for the ragtag crew by frequently pursing her lips. When required to utter some of the film’s more unutterable dialogue (“We need someone who can walk into a tornado and come out the other side like it was a gentle breeze”), Collette – usually a delight – sounds like she’s phonetically speaking a foreign language. Not even Judi Dench could sell these lines.

    The stunt work is the best thing going here, just as in the first film of the franchise in which Diesel originated the role of X back in 2002. (Ice Cube inexplicably starred in the 2005 sequel, which underperformed at the box office.) A relatively successful performer since the Aughts, Diesel lacks the screen presence of Arnold Schwarzenegger, an actor of limited talents who nevertheless epitomized the contemporary action hero in American popcorn cinema for two decades through the power of his sheer will. (The two men, however, have one thing in common: They both look chiseled from the same block of granite.) Diesel’s subdued energy rarely commands the screen; you’re often looking at him only because that’s where director Caruso points the camera. At best, Diesel competently gets the job done, which is to play second fiddle to a lot of gunfire, a bunch of explosions, and a few interesting extreme maneuvers, though in a scene in which he plays Russian roulette with some live hand grenades, he seems to be genuinely having a good time. Aside from that and a few rad stunts, this xXx rarely marks the spot.

    Read a full review of xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

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