Not rated, 75 min. Directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb.
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.
Rated R, 170 min. Directed by Michael Mann. Starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Diane Venora, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Wes Studi, Ted Levine, Tom Noonan, Henry Rollins and Tone-Loc.
Classic Movies: Michael Mann returns to the mean streets of his underrated Thief and Manhunter with Heat – a sprawling crime epic with a to-die-for cast. Read a full review of Heat.
Not rated, 144 min. Directed by Michael Apted and Paul Almond.
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.
Not rated, 44 min. Directed by Mike Slee. Starring Gordon Pinsent and Patricia Phillips.
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.
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