Rated R, 104 min. Directed by Louis Malle. Starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Robert Joy and Wallace Shawn.
Austin Film Society: Jewels in the Wasteland: Lancaster shines as an aging, small-time gangster in this tender, low-key film written by playwright John Guare.
7:30PM AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/454-2000
Rated PG-13, 99 min. Directed by John Carpenter. Starring Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall.
Zzang!!! Carpenter's jokey adventure tale stars Russell as a truck driver who becomes involved in a battle between good and evil in San Francisco's Chinatown.
Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Jack Arnold. Starring Fred Williamson, D'Urville Martin, William Smith and R.G. Armstrong.
Weird Wednesday: In this blaxploitation Western comedy, a couple of ex-slaves decide it would be fun to become bounty hunters and hunt white folks for a change.
Not rated, 111 min. Directed by Sam Wood. Starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Allan Jones, Maureen O'Sullivan and Margaret Dumont.
Marx Bros. Retrospective: The Marx Brothers get caught up in the mayhem when a sanitorium (directed by a veterinarian played by Groucho) is taken over by a casino.
Not rated, 83 min. Directed by John Laraja. Starring James Cosmo, Nicole Steinwedell, Marnie Schulenburg and Tobias Jelinek.
Austin Film Festival: Audience Awards: Shot in the mockumentary style, the film follows three fried-fish restaurants as they vie for a short-order cooking contest, the Golden Scallop Championship.
Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Joyce DiDonato sings her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez appears as her Prince Charming. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the Rossini score. The opera is presented live on Saturday, and in an encore presentation on Wednesday.
11:55PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535
Rated R, 104 min. Directed by Hal Ashby. Starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid and Carol Kane.
Nothing Left to Lose: Crime in the Seventies: A couple of Navy shore patrol officers take their young offender out for one last good time before dropping him off at the slammer. Everyone involved in this film is at the top of their game.
Rated R, 123 min. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright.
11AM, 1:30PM, 4PM, 6:30PM, 9:40PM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600
Not rated, 68 min. Directed by Hiroaki Ando, Hajime Katoki, Shuhei Morita and Katsuhiro Ohtomo.
This anthology of four anime shorts spotlights a new generation of animation creators.
Not rated, 76 min. Directed by Hannah Fidell. Starring Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Julie Dell Phillips, Jonny Mars and Chris Doubek.
Arthouse Monthly: Evan West Benefit: A high school teacher has an affair with one of her students, with disastrous results. Fidell, who shot the film in Austin, will participate in a Skype Q&A following the screening. All ticket sales will be donated to a support fund for Evan West, a SXSW crash victim and Violet Crown Cinema employee.
Not rated, 93 min. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan and Cesar Romero.
The characters are the invention of Dashiell Hammett, although the urbane chemistry between Loy and Powell as Nick and Nora Charles is the ultimate in dipsomaniacal detective mystery and screwball comedy. (Double bill: Cabaret
.) Read a full review of The Thin Man.
Rated PG-13, 194 min. Directed by James Cameron. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, David Warner and Bill Paxton.
2PM, 7PM Metropolitan, 901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101
Not rated, 99 min. Directed by Mark Sandrich. Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton and Lucille Ball.
Paramount 100: Hands down, this is the best Astaire-Rogers musical ever. Nothing more needs to be said. (Double bill: The Thin Man.)
8:45PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470