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SATURDAY JUNE 28
  • Arthur (1981)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Steve Gordon. Starring John Gielgud, Liza Minnelli and Dudley Moore.

    Summer Film Classics: New York Socialites: Classic performances are delivered by all involved; Gielgud even won an Oscar for this dipsomaniacal comedy. (Double bill: The Last Days of Disco.)

    6:30PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Gosford Park

    Gosford Park (2001)

    Rated R, 137 min. Directed by Robert Altman. Starring Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Bob Balaban, Clive Owen, Emily Watson, Kelly MacDonald, Ryan Philippe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi and Stephen Fry.

    Afternoon Tea: The servants know all in this Altman mystery set in a British countryside estate in the Thirties. Read a full review of Gosford Park.

    4PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park (1993)

    Rated PG-13, 127 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough.

    Master Pancake: See the Pancake merrymakers point and laugh at the prehistoric beasties (and Jeff Goldblum). Read a full review of Jurassic Park.

    7PM, 10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • The Last Days of Disco (1998)

    Rated R, 120 min. Directed by Whit Stillman. Starring Chloe Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Chris Eigeman, Matt Keeslar, Mackenzie Astin, Matthew Ross, Robert Sean Leonard and Jennifer Beals.

    Summer Film Classics: New York Socialites: The third film in Stillman's "comedy of mannerlessness" trilogy. (Double bill: Arthur.) Read a full review of The Last Days of Disco.

    4:15PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • A Night in Casablanca (1946)

    Not rated, 85 min. Directed by Archie Mayo. Starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx and Harpo Marx.

    Marx Bros. Retrospective: The brothers spoof that other film with the C-word in the title.

    4:10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

    Rated R, 123 min. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright.

    In this hypnotic love story, Jim Jarmusch gives us vampires who are bohemian outsiders and not blood-sucking freaks. Read a full review of Only Lovers Left Alive.

    9PM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

    Rated R, 95 min. Directed by Jim Sharman. Starring Richard O'Brien, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry.

    Austin fans have been dressing up and doing the "Time Warp" thing live for more than three decades. For more info, see www.austinrocky.org.

    11:59PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Totally Eighties Sing-Along Dance Party

    Action Pack

    10:20PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • SPACES

  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

    Rated PG-13, 130 min. Directed by Harald Zwart. Starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

    Austin Public Library: Summer Movies: Free. Read a full review of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

    2PM University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola, 512/929-0551

  • KIDS

  • Curious George

    Curious George (2006)

    Rated G, 86 min. Directed by Matthew O'Callaghan.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: It’s not perfect, but this big-screen debut of H.A. Rey’s lovable monkey is worth recommending to audiences of all ages, especially fathers and sons. The production is faithful to George’s gentle spirit while fully exploiting the possibilities of old-school, two-dimensional animation. Movies are magical, it suggests, and everything is beautiful and fascinating to children. But the movie also gets George’s melancholy just right. For this is not a movie about a man and his monkey, but a movie about parents and children. The screenplay skims off some of the source material’s hinky bits in sending museum employee Ted (Ferrell) to Africa in search of a legendary ape idol. There’s a sort of romance between Ted and a field-tripping schoolteacher (Barrymore) and a very simple plot about exposing Ted’s artifact as a fraud, but the story’s best moments are its offhand ones. Jack Johnson’s original songs are a bit heavy on the heartstrings, but you’d have to be made of granite not to be moved. Read a full review of Curious George.

    9:40AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Zack Snyder.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: Maybe prior familiarity with Kathryn Lasky’s young adult book series would help overall comprehension. Starting with the impossible-to-remember title, this film is better off dubbed “that owl movie.” Snyder, the director of action films with such streamlined titles as Watchmen and 300, assembles top British and Australian actors for the vocal talent, but Legend of the Guardians seems to be more about talons than talent. The story takes place in a predatory world in which two young owlets are carried off by the bigger Pure Ones to do their bidding. The Pure Ones have some kind of plan for avian world domination, while the owls of Ga’Hoole fight back against evil. Lives are snuffed out and sacrificed with regularity, and the film maintains an extremely dark tone throughout. Adults thinking about taking their little ones to this PG-rated film should consider whether the kiddies are ready to witness the harsh and vulturous world of Legend of the Guardians. Read a full review of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.

    9:55AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • The School of Rock

    The School of Rock (2003)

    Rated PG-13, 108 min. Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Jack Black, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Joan Cusack, Maryam Hassan, Kevin Clark, Rebecca Brown, Joey Gaydos Jr. and Robert Tsai.

    Linklater’s love of rock is no secret, but teaming Austin’s indie auteur with Black’s oversized histrionics was a stroke of genius. The School of Rock brings not only Black’s musical skills but also his acting abilities front and center, in his first fully developed performance. Wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (Black) takes a substitute position at a moneyed private school with a suspicious principal (Cusack), and abandons all curriculum but that of rock & roll. All of this, of course, is merely an excuse to let Black’s manic persona out of the bag and all over the audience. And in the hands of almost anyone else, it might not have worked. But Linklater, White (scriptwriter of Chuck & Buck), and especially Black understand that in the end the only prerequisite for being a good teacher is being passionate about your subject, and both Black and Dewey have passion to burn. Read a full review of The School of Rock.

    10:30AM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549

  • Space Jam (1996)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Joe Pytka. Starring Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Bill Murray and Danny Devito.

    Kids Camp: Dexterously mixing live action and animation, Space Jam tosses NBA champ Michael Jordan onto the 2-D court with the entire Looney Tunes gang and the opposing Monstar team of cartoon characters from another planet. Space Jam also represents the debut film from Warner Bros.' new Feature Animation division. In this initial attempt to topple Disney's dominance of theatrical animation, Warner's has revived the entire Looney Tunes mob -- they're all here, everyone from Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig to Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, and Tweety and Sylvester. Also, Warner's has also wisely released Space Jam two weeks ahead of Disney's expected chartbuster: the live-action version of 101 Dalmatians. It's actually quite a pleasure to see all the Looney Tunes characters back in action again, and the concept of teaming them together as a basketball franchise almost makes their ganged-up presence believable -- or as believable as a cartoon is ever going to be. And this is the heart of what makes Space Jam work: Wrapped around its meretricious little core is a solid cartoon story with engaging characters and problems. Read a full review of Space Jam.

    10:10AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • The Wizard (1989)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Todd Holland. Starring Fred Savage, Luke Edwards, Jenny Lewis, Beau Bridges and Christian Slater.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: Three kids trek cross-country to compete for a video-game championship, while sidestepping adults all the way.

    1:15PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • BULLOCK MUSEUM

    1800 N. Congress, 512/936-4629

  • D-Day: Normandy 1944

    D-Day: Normandy 1944 (2014)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Pascal Vuong. Narrated by Tom Brokaw.

    Tom Brokaw narrates this film about the largest Allied operation of World War II.

  • Texas: The Big Picture

    Texas: The Big Picture (2003)

    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.

  • Titans of the Ice Age

    Titans of the Ice Age (2013)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by David Clark. Narrated by Christopher Plummer.

    Computer-generated imagery brings to life this mysterious era of the Ice Age.

  • Under the Sea 3D (2009)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Howard Hall.

    The impact of global warming is examined in the waters of Southern Australia, New Guinea, and elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region. For ticket prices, call 936-IMAX or 936-TSHM or see www.thestoryoftexas.com.