Rated PG, 130 min. Directed by Sam Raimi. Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Joey King, Bill Cobbs, Tony Cox, Stephen R. Hart, Abigail Spencer and Bruce Campbell.
Rated PG, 110 min. Directed by George Lucas. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Ron Howard, Charles Martin Smith, Paul Le Mat, Mackenzie Phillips, Candy Clark, Debralee Scott, Joe Spano, Suzanne Somers, Kathleen Quinlan, Bo Hopkins, Harrison Ford and Wolfman Jack.
Cinemark Classics: Once upon a time in what seems like a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas knew how to tell stories about real people in real settings. He hit one out of the ballpark with the magnificent American Graffiti, whose prescient use of a before-they-were-stars cast and interwoven stories made this filmmaker seem like one of the great hopes of modern cinema. Teen tales don’t get much better than this.
Rated PG, 114 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr.
Summer Film Classics: One of Hitchcock's most accessible films is also one of his most gleefully deviant, dealing as it does with such fun urban pastimes as voyeurism and spousal mayhem. (Double bill: Psycho.) Read a full review of Rear Window.
Not rated, 105 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings.
Summer Film Classics: Hitchcock Week: Originally filmed in 3-D, this Hitchcock thriller centers on a man's plot to kill his wife and the police investigation that ensues. (Double bill: To Catch a Thief.)
Not rated, 108 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey and Hume Cronyn.
Summer Film Classics: Hitchcock Week: What happens when a girl discovers her beloved Uncle Charlie is not really the avuncular type? Hitchcock here slices into the heart of Americana and exposes its rotten underbelly. (Double bill: Psycho.)
Not rated, 102 min. Directed by Joe Bailey Jr. and Steve Mims.
The "junk science" used to make the case for the Texas execution of Cameron Todd Willingham for the arson murders of his children is persuasively laid out in this locally made documentary. Filmmaker Steve Mims will be in attendance. free; outdoors. Read a full review of Incendiary: The Willingham Case.
Not rated, 85 min. Directed by Aram Avakian and Bert Stern.
Austin Film Society: Avant Cinema: Although filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, this documentary is more interested in being an art film than a jazz film with its images of the water, the audience, and the passage of a day. Still, it features such musicians as Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Jack Teagarden, Dinah Washington, Mahalia Jackson, and many others.
Not rated, 82 min. Directed by Ray Dennis Steckler. Starring Ray Dennis Steckler, Carolyn Brandt, Brett O'Hara and Atlas King.
Austin Public Library: Revenge of the Son of the Bad Film Festival: One of the first films helmedby the low-budget cult director, Ray Dennis Stekler, takes place at a carnival where a beatnik is subject to a fortune teller's curse. free
Rated PG, 90 min. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Starring Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Alan Cumming, Teri Hatcher, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Robert Patrick and Tony Shalhoub.
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.