Not rated, 144 min
Stateside Independent: This now mythic documentary series in which 14 Britons have been interviewed every seven years throughout their lives is now back with its eighth entry. Each offering in the series provides a fascinating study of individuals, the contrasts among them, and the effects of public scrutiny on personal development.
7PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470
Rated R, 170 min
Michael Mann returns to the mean streets of his underrated Thief
– a sprawling crime epic with a to-die-for cast. Read a full review of Heat.
7:30PM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549
Rated PG, 84 min
Terror Tuesday: Some farmers in upstate New York need to harvest a certain blood type in order to revive their queen. Not for the squeamish.
10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320
Rated PG-13, 121 min
7PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320
Beasts of the Southern Wild, noon; Life of Pi, 1:50pm; Les Misérables, 4:20pm; Amour, 7:20pm; Lincoln, 9:50pm. one-day pass, $30; two-day pass, $50
NOON, 1:50PM, 4:20PM, 7:20PM, 9:50PM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742
Not rated, 75 min
Austin Film Society: Children of Abraham/Ibrahim 7: Under house arrest and banned for 20 years by the Iranian government from making films, writing screenplays, or giving interviews, the master filmmaker Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon) managed to smuggle this "effort" out of the country. It tells the filmmaker's own story, capturing a day in his life confined to his apartment.
7PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090
1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629
Not rated, 44 min
The life cycle of a monarch butterfly and its long-distance migration from Canada to Central Mexico is captured in this 3-D nature documentary that also focuses on the decades of fieldwork conducted by Canadian scientist Fred Urquhart.
Not rated, 45 min
Giant IMAX cameras were strapped to a 1930s steam engine from the Canadian Pacific Railway to follow its trek through the Rockies, from Vancouver to Calgary.
Not rated, 39 min
Panoramic shots of Texas grace the screen as the state is shown to be a land capable of producing everything from grapefruit to microchips.
This free, two-day festival in San Marcos is dedicated to creating a better world through film and the other arts. S.U.R.G.E! stands for Social Uprising Resistance and Grassroots Encouragement. See http://tinyurl.com/surge20 for the complete schedule and www.heirloomblooms.org for directions. free