Film: Special Screenings
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  • Akira

    Akira (1988)

    Rated R, 124 min. Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo.

    Versus: Anime classic will be presented with an interactive mix of lights, lasers, and visual effects.

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

  • Contact (1997)

    Rated PG, 151 min. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, Angela Bassett and John Hurt.

    Astronomy on Tap ATX: Carl Sagan's novel about the celestial mysteries is embodied onscreen by Jodie Foster as the astronomer heroine and Matthew McConaughey as her spiritual counterpart from the other side of the fence. Read a full review of Contact.

    7:30PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • The Last Slumber Party (1988)

    Rated R, 72 min. Directed by Stephen Tyler. Starring Jan Jensen, Joann Whitley and Nancy Mayer.

    Terror Tuesday: Wouldn't you know it? A homicidal maniac attacks. Star Jan Jensen will be in attendance.

    10:05PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Purple Rain

    Purple Rain (1984)

    Rated R, 111 min. Directed by Albert Magnoli. Starring Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III.

    Cry with the doves.

    4PM, 10:10PM Gateway Theatre, 9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

  • Purple Rain

    Purple Rain (1984)

    Rated R, 111 min. Directed by Albert Magnoli. Starring Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III.

    Cry with the doves.

    9:25PM iPic Theaters Austin, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400

  • Rome, Open City

    Rome, Open City (1945)

    Not rated, 101 min. Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Starring Aldo Fabrizzi and Anna Magnani.

    Austin Film Society: Rossellini: This film, which became the cornerstone of Italian neo-realism, kicks off the new AFS series devoted to filmmaker Roberto Rossellini. Shot while Rome was still under Nazi occupation, the film's gritty look and catch-as-catch-can shooting methods fit its story about resistance fighters. A genuine classic. Read a full review of Rome, Open City.

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

  • The Armor of Light (2015)

    Rated PG-13, 88 min. Directed by Abigail Disney and Kathleen Hughes.

    KLRU: Indie Lens Pop-Up: In this documentary, a pro-life preacher begins to question whether it's hypocritical to also be pro-gun. free

    7PM Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster, 512/928-0333

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant (2015)

    Rated R, 156 min. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Lukas Haas, Dave Burchill and Melaw Nakehk’o.

    Austin Public Library: Struggle for Survival: Iñárritu’s Western my lose the forest for the trees, but oh, what trees. free Read a full review of The Revenant.

    6PM North Village Branch Library, 2505 Steck, 512/974-9960

  • 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.

  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book (2016)

    Rated PG, 105 min. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Neel Sethi.

    Walt Disney Pictures’ beautiful and thrilling live-action/CGI/3-D (whew!) adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s timeless collection of fables about man-cub Mowgli (Sethi) and the furry denizens of his tropical habitat is fast-paced and engaging entertainment, but lacks some of the pathos you might expect. The Jungle Book is intense, scary, and occasionally brutal, but the film frequently shields its young viewers from the consequences of its dark narrative, as the 10-year-old Mowgli – separated from his devoted protector, the black panther Bagheera (Kingsley) – flees the malevolent tiger Shere Khan (Elba) or encounters the violent demands of the outsize orangutan King Louie (Walken), before meeting the sloth bear Baloo (Murray). The movie is superbly executed in many ways, but what gives? Still, for any baby boomer who danced around the living room singing about the bare/bear necessities of life, the familiar tunes here are bound to summon a smile. Forget about your worries and your strife, indeed. Read a full review of The Jungle Book.

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