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SATURDAY FEB. 28
  • Hard to Be God (2013)

    Not rated, 170 min. Directed by Aleksei German. Starring Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitriy Vladimirov and Laura Lauri.

    Films of Aleksei German: A group of scientists land on a planet to help the local civilization while trying not to interfere with political or historical development.

    4PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • It Follows

    It Follows (2014)

    Rated R, 100 min. Directed by David Robert Mitchell. Starring Maika Monroe, Linda Boston and Caitlin Burt.

    Alamo Advance Screening: A mesmerizing horror film that wears its influences on its sleeve, has style to burn and scares galore. Director Mitchell will be on hand for a Q&A.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014)

    Not rated, 112 min. Directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi.

    Anime at the Alamo: The final chapter in this long-running series about the life and loves of a boy ninja.

    10PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Master Pancake's Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

    Rated R, 127 min. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and Jennifer Ehle.

    Master Pancake: What have those movie mockers gotten themselves into now?

    7PM, 10:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

    Rated R, 95 min. Directed by Jim Sharman. Starring Richard O'Brien, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry.

    Austin fans have been dressing up and doing the "Time Warp" thing live for more than three decades. For more info, see www.austinrocky.org.

    11:59PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Totally Eighties Sing-Along Dance Party

    Action Pack

    10:30PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • The Young Victoria

    The Young Victoria (2009)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Mark Strong, Thomas Kretschmann, Jesper Christensen and Harriet Walter.

    Afternoon Tea: The emotions of the teenage Princess Victoria are the subject of this well-made palace tale. Read a full review of The Young Victoria.

    4PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • SPACES

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

    Rated R, 119 min. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Zach Galifianakis and Lindsay Duncan.

    Oscar Nods Night: Where Alejandro González Iñárritu's previous films (Babel, Biutiful) were punishing, Birdman is more like a high-spirited pummeling, and the closest thing to a comedy he’s made so far. Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomas, who once ruled Hollywood as the star of a superhero franchise – he was the titular Birdman – but whose career has since crumbled. Birdman opens just days before Riggan debuts his stage adaptation of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” – and he's cracking from the stress. The play is in shambles, Riggan’s Broadway big-shot co-star (Norton) is stealing his limelight, and Riggan may or may not be going nuts. Birdman moves at a relentless tempo, somewhere between nervous-leg agitation and hair-pulling hysteria. While its many lines of inquiry may not resolve neatly, Iñárritu's film is so soaring, sometimes literally, I hardly missed the feeling of hard ground underfoot. Read a full review of Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

    9:30PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie (2014)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

    Oscar Nods Night: Smart and savvy, The Lego Movie takes the classic dilemma of every Lego owner – to follow the instructions or not to follow? – and constructs a wild-ride fantasy of colorful, interlocking plastic bricks only to deconstruct it in the most amazing way possible. What initially appears to be a nonsensical story about an ordinary minifigure named Emmet, who joins forces with a cadre of Master Builders to save Legokind from the evil Lord Business (who’s plotting to take the snap out of things with Krazy Glue), later resonates with depth and feeling when it segues into the real world. It all fits together in a way you don’t see coming. Kudos to the filmmakers for connecting the pieces to make such a funny and sharp animated movie that speaks to kids and adults alike. To quote the once ordinary, now extraordinary Emmet, “Everything is awesome!!!” Indeed, it is. Read a full review of The Lego Movie.

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

  • KIDS

  • Big Top Pee-wee (1988)

    Rated PG, 86 min. Directed by Randal Kleiser. Starring Paul Reubens, Penelope Ann Miller and Kris Kristofferson.

    Alamo Kids' Club

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/383-8309

  • Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

    Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

    Rated G, 88 min. Directed by Steve Martino and Jimmy Hayward. Narrated by Charles Osgood.

    For my money, I've never seen anything much wrong with the animated Chuck Jones version of this Seuss tale, made for TV in 1970. But everything needs an update, I suppose, and this new animated feature does the job nicely, staying true to the playfulness of the Seussian rhymes and messages while ably adding in new bits of business to expand Seuss' verse to feature length. Carrey's general tendency toward comic mania is gently toned down, allowing the rubbery elephant Horton to seem more a lovable goofball than a frenzied nut job, and Carell's readings as the Mayor of Whoville are perfectly on target. Twentieth Century Fox's animation is in the mold of their previous films Ice Age and Robots: a nice blend of rudimentary and inventive touches. The story's key refrain, "A person's a person no matter how small," speaks directly to children's experience of the world; thus, this new movie should enjoy a long life. Read a full review of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!.

    10:30AM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549

  • The Goonies

    The Goonies (1985)

    Rated PG, 114 min. Directed by Richard Donner. Starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green and Martha Plimpton.

    From a story by Steven Spielberg, this kids' comedy is sick, rude fun. Also on tap is a Cindy Lauper look-alike contest, a sing-a-long with the theme song, a look at the "Making of the Goonies" documentary, and excised footage of the evil octopus.

    9AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • BULLOCK MUSEUM

    1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Humpback Whales 3D (2015)

    Not rated, 49 min. Directed by Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

  • Jerusalem 3D

    Jerusalem 3D (2014)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by Daniel Ferguson. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.