Rated R, 113 min. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Starring Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James, Vanessa Haywood and Eugene Khumbayiwa.
This previous film from the director of Elysium
is a wrenching, riveting, occasionally violent, and socially conscious science fiction film and love story. Read a full review of District 9.
7PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070
Not rated, 108 min. Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Jean Dessailly and Michel Piccoli.
Summer Film Classics: World Cinema Classics: Le Doulos (The Finger Man) is a black-and-white tale of chase and betrayal among cops, thieves, and snitches. It is one of Melville’s best films. (Double bill: Un Flic.)
9PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470
This film festival celebrates films made for nonprofits and other cause-driven films. See www.lightscamerahelp.org for the full schedule, which continues through Saturday, August 17.
6:30PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090
9:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320
Rated R, 97 min. Directed by Edgar Wright. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield and Dylan Moran.
7PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320
Rated R, 125 min. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Starring Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Jake Busey and Dina Meyer.
7PM Cinemark Southpark Meadows, 9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264
Not rated, 76 min. Directed by William Eggleston.
Austin Film Society: That's Genius: Photographer William Eggleston turns to a video camera to shoot this collage of colorful characters around Memphis. Andrew Bujalski, who used the same video equipment in his soon-to-be-released feature Computer Chess, presents the film.
8PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 512/454-2000
Rated R, 94 min. Directed by Danny Boyle. Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald.
Trainspotting is a modern-day movie about the experiences of some unrepentant Scottish junkies. Instead of the social-realism approach taken by most movies dealing with drug subcultures, Trainspotting observes its subjects with a mordant eye -- an inclusive perspective that permits humor, exhilaration, wit, and hyperbole to mingle with stark realism and dingy morality. Trainspotting plainly includes various heroin-related tragedies such as AIDS, crib death, and personal betrayal, but it also resorts frequently to humor and exaggeration in order to drive home other points. The same Scottish team (director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, screenwriter John Hodge, and actor Ewan McGregor) responsible for 1994's surprise low-budget hit Shallow Grave reunite here for Trainspotting. The on-target performances, along with the unceasing barrage of popular music and daring narrative gambles, combine to make Trainspotting one of the grand movie rushes of 1996. Read a full review of Trainspotting.
7:25PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090
98 min. Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring Alain Delon, Richard Crenna and Catherine Deneuve.
Summer Film Classics: World Cinema Classics: Melville's film (aka Dirty Money) scrupulously focuses on the details of a bank robbery while behind the scenes, one of the thieves and a vice cop are involved with the same moll. New print. (Double bill: Le Doulos.)
7PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470
Not rated, 82 min. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Starring Basil Radford and Joan Greenwood.
When a ship carrying cases of whisky runs aground off Scotland, the island inhabitants of the Outer Hebrides rummage as many bottles as they can find before the authorities step in.
7:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320
Rated R, 91 min. Directed by Alison Klayman.
6PM Blanton Museum Auditorium, intersection of Congress and MLK
Not rated, 71 min. Directed by Andrew Hasse.
Third Coast Activists: Potluck dinner at 7pm; movie at 8pm.
8PM 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/391-2305
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.
6:30PM Yarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock
Rated PG, 86 min. Directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.
9:20AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070
Rated PG, 94 min. Directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon.
11AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320
Rated G, 82 min. Directed by Tim Hill. Starring Jeffrey Tambor, F. Murray Abraham, Ray Liotta, David Arquette, Rob Schneider, Andie MacDowell, Pat Hingle and Hollywood Hogan.
11:30AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090
1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629
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.
Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. Narrated by Bill Nighy.
This 3-D film explores the great white’s place in our imaginationsand fears, while concentrating on key aggregation points in the waters off Mexico, South Africa, Los Angeles, and New Zealand.
Not rated, 45 min. Directed by Stephen Low.
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. Directed by Scott Swofford. Narrated by Colby Donaldson.
Texas is shown to be a land broad enough to produce everything from grapefruit to microchips.