Rated R, 109 min. Directed by Ivan Passer. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Heard and Lisa Eichhorn.
Austin Film Society: Jewels in the Wasteland: One of the great, frequently overlooked films of the Eighties is this textured character study-cum-modern film noir. Heard plays a physically and mentally damaged Vietnam vet who joins with his pal (Bridges) to solve a murder – or at least that's ostensibly what the movie's about. Richard Linklater will introduce the film and discuss it afterward.
Rated R, 102 min. Directed by David Mamet. Starring Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna and Mike Nussbaum.
From Script to Screen: Four Films Written by David Mamet: Who better than a psychiatrist to uncover a gambler's tells? In this film, that's how a shrink trying to help her patient gets drawn into the murky world of gamblers and con men.
Devolver Digital Indie Wednesdays: Lindstrom, the Emmy-nominated soap-opera actor, makes his debut as a writer, director, and producer with this ensemble piece about old friends who are hit with an unexpected tragedy. A sneak preview of "Super Game Jam" precedes the film.
Rated PG-13, 94 min. Directed by Gil Junger. Starring Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholz, Andrew Keegan, Susan May Pratt, Gabrielle Union and Larry Miller.
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 Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Robert Redford.
The river at risk is the Colorado. Water-conservation advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. joins ethnobotanist and author Wade Davis and their 18-year-old daughters for a rafting trip down the river to the parched Colorado delta.