Rated R, 131 min. Directed by Roman Polanski. Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman and Burt Young.
Summer Film Classics: Film Noir 301: Polanski is in top form here directing this detective noir throwback set in 1930s Los Angeles. So, too, are Nicholson and Dunaway, making Chinatown one of cinema's all-time great movies. (Double bill: The Sweet Smell of Success.)
9PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470
Rated R, 95 min. Directed by Joel Coen. Starring William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell, John Carroll Lynch and Kristin Rudrud.
Summer Film Classics: Film Noir 301:
The Coen brothers fill this tale of a kidnapping gone very wrong with their trademark graveyard wit and unique camera angles. A special, limited-edition poster for the movie will also be on sale. (Double bill: L.A. Confidential
.) Read a full review of Fargo.
7:15PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470
Rated R, 93 min. Directed by Ernst R. von Theumer. Starring Marjoe Gortner, Sybil Danning, Nina van Pallandt and John Vernon.
Weird Wednesday: Models are held captive in the South American jungle.
9:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320
Rated R, 138 min. Directed by Curtis Hanson. Starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito.
9:15PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470
Rated PG-13, 123 min. Directed by Roger Michell. Starring Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Rhys Ifans, Emma Chambers, Tim Mcinnery, Gina Mckee and Hugh Bonneville.
Love blossoms between a London bookstore owner and beautiful movie star. Can this relationship survive the obvious hindrances? Read a full review of Notting Hill.
7:15PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320
Not rated, 89 min. Directed by Fritz Lang. Starring Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer, Gloria Henry and William Frawley.
She Died With Her Boots On: Women and the West: In Lang's highly stylized Western, Marlene Dietrich plays a tough woman who runs a hole-in-the-wall safe haven for wanted criminals.
7PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320
Not rated, 96 min. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison and Martin Milner.
Summer Film Classics: Film Noir 301: Still remarkably pungent, this sordid tale about the entertainment business stars Lancaster as an all-powerful Broadway gossip columnist and Curtis as the smarmy publicity agent who will do anything to curry his favor. The script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehmann spares no one. (Double bill: Chinatown.)
7PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470
Not rated, 78 min. Directed by Matt Wolf.
Austin Film Society: AFS Doc Nights:
In this new documentary by the director of Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell
, the director traces the invention of teenagehood – a concept and stage of life that only recently came into being. Director Matt Wolf will be in attendance for a Q&A. See "Life Before 'Mean Girls' and YOLO
," August 16, for in interview with Wolf.
7:30PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 512/454-2000
Rated PG-13, 127 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough.
8PM Long Center for the Performing Arts City Terrace, , 512/474-5664
Rated PG-13, 110 min. Directed by Nadine Labaki. Starring Nadine Labaki, Leyla Hakim, Yvonne Maalouf and Antoinette Noufaily.
7PM Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster, 512/928-0333
Not rated, 93 min. Directed by Douglas Sirk. Starring Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone.
I Luv Spider Juice Video Nights:
This wild love story among the pillars of a rich Texas oil family features a drunken, paranoid playboy (Stack, in maybe his very best performance), the woman who loves him (Bacall), the man who loves her (Hudson), and the half-sister (Malone) who loves him. This oil-family story is way, way east of Eden. free Read a full review of Written on the Wind.
9PM Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe, 2908 Fruth, 512/480-9562
Rated PG, 90 min. Directed by Tim Hill. Starring Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Billy Connolly and Ian Abercrombie.
10:30AM Millennium Theatre, 1156 Hargrave, 512/472-6932
Rated PG, 86 min. Directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.
11AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320
Rated PG, 94 min. Directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon.
10AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090
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.
10AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070
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.