Film: Special Screenings
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  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

    Rated R, 83 min. Directed by Tobe Hooper. Starring Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen and Ed Neal.

    Celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new restoration, this horror classic still packs a punch.

    10PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Bangerz and Sass Sing-Along

    Action Pack: Miley, Taylor, and Katy, plus a few more.

    10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Scenes From a Marriage (1973)

    Rated PG, 169 min. Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Starring Liv Ullman and Erland Josephson.

    AFS Essential Cinema: Liv & Ingmar: Bergman's pessimistic takedown of modern marriage may leave you devastated and emotionally exhausted, but, you know, in a good way.

    7:30PM AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/322-0145

  • Pitch Perfect Sing-Along (2012)

    Rated PG-13, 112 min. Directed by Jason Moore. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Skylar Astin.

    Girlie Night

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • 7:25PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • The Princess Bride Quote-Along

    The Princess Bride Quote-Along (1987)

    Rated PG, 98 min. Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Fred Savage and Robin Wright Penn.

    Movie Party: William Goldman's beloved tale has my bet on being the most screened repertory film of the last 20 years.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014)

    Not rated, 180 min. Directed by Eric Idle.

    NCM Fathom: The remaining Pythons perform their greatest hits. Sunday's screening is live from London, with encore screenings on Wednesday and Thursday.

    7:30PM Cinemark Cedar Park, 1335 E. Whitestone, 800/326-3264

    7:30PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

    7:30PM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

    7:30PM Metropolitan, 901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

  • Funny Girl (1968)

    Rated G, 155 min. Directed by William Wyler. Starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif.

    Summer Film Classics: Barbra! In her debut film performance, Streisand portrays Fanny Brice, a vaudeville star whose life and loves are given the Hollywood treatment. (Double bill: The Way We Were.) Read a full review of Funny Girl.

    7PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • The Way We Were (1973)

    Rated PG, 118 min. Directed by Sydney Pollack. Starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford.

    Summer Film Classics: Barbra! The story of Jewish left-wing ugly duckling and the WASP prince with whom she falls in love encapsulates its time and emotions with knowing precision. (Double bill: Funny Girl.)

    9:55PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet (1986)

    Rated R, 120 min. Directed by David Lynch. Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nance and Brad Dourif.

    The Complete David Lynch: Lynch scarred many a psyche with this look at an idyllic small town's sordid underbelly.

    3:45PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Grease Sing-Along

    Grease Sing-Along (1978)

    Rated PG, 112 min. Directed by Randall Kleiser. Starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing and Didi Conn.

    School's Out for Summer: The original high school musical returns with nothing changed but your lyrical participation.

    9PM Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)

    Rated G, 87 min. Directed by Mike Mitchell. Starring Jason Lee, David Cross and Jenny Slate.

    Admittedly, I’m coming to this movie with prejudicial eyes and ears. It’s just that Alvin and the Chipmunks were never meant to appeal to anyone whose age had outgrown single digits. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked uses lifeless CGI animation to tell a haphazard tale about singing sensations Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, as well as their three backup singers known as the Chipettes, becoming stranded on a remote island. As the film begins, they are traveling to Europe on an ocean liner with their human surrogate dad, Dave (Lee), to collect a prize at the International Music Awards. After they fall overboard and wind up stranded, things take a turn for the tedious. The entire payoff to the Chipmunks’ gambit comes in those inevitable moments when Dave bellows in exasperation, “Alvin.” Maybe if we all bellow in unison it will be forceful enough to put an end to this painful franchise. Read a full review of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

    10AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158

  • Rio 2

    Rio 2 (2014)

    Rated G, 101 min. Directed by Carlos Saldanha.

    In this animated sequel, Blu (Eisenberg), Jewel (Hathaway), and their three children head from their home in Rio deep into the Amazon basin, where they find a whole flock of blue macaws that turn out to be Jewel’s long-lost family. Jewel, meeting both her father (Garcia) and an old love (Mars), is delighted to be with them in the jungle, but Blu is a city bird, uncomfortable with the father-in-law and unhappy about the ex. Rio 2 is loaded with terrific vocal talents (though they are mostly squandered), and is agog with characters all feverishly working to carry way too much plot. Less a celebration of Brazil than of homogenized Las Vegas stage-show aesthetics, the film's more ethnic elements are Mixmaster-blended into seamless Hollywood entertainment. All singing, all dancing, all color: Rio 2 is a modern, studio animation blockbuster – spilling all over the place, rather than arching into the sky. Read a full review of Rio 2.

    10AM, 12:20PM, 2:40PM, 5PM, 7:20PM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158

  • Walking With Dinosaurs

    Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale.

    A truly ambitious, nicely animated prehistoric romp, this film features a stunning disconnect between cinematic mise-en-scène and narrative content. The press material insists, “For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth …” – that is, until the voiceovers begin and the story unfolds. Unfortunately, all the sincere effort and sophisticated energy used to create some kind of tangible verisimilitude is squandered on a plot so frustratingly lame that "corny" and "obvious" would be compliments. The story of an outcast young dinosaur, the runt of the litter, who falls in love while slowly growing to manhood, is maddeningly predictable and beyond hackneyed. His misadventures are children’s-coloring-book obvious; the overall narrative trajectory contains no surprises. Very young children might be entertained, but the closer viewers are to puberty, the less likely it is to hold their interest. Read a full review of Walking With Dinosaurs.
  • Frankenweenie

    Frankenweenie (2012)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Tim Burton.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: Finally, a stop-motion, animated Halloween film that rivals The Nightmare Before Christmas. And of the two – simmer down now, gothlings – Frankenweenie is the ookier, more assured, and frankly better film. Filmed in glorious black and white, Frankenweenie is that rare film that's both kid- and adult-friendly. The titular weenie here is Sparky, a manic little bull terrier and best pal to young Victor Frankenstein (Tahan). When Sparky is killed by a car, Victor seizes on the lessons he's learned about electricity's life-giving force and, before you can say "Boris Karloff's real name was William Henry Pratt!", a stitched-and-neck-bolted Sparky is re-animated and running around Vincent's attic laboratory. Comedy and tension, complete with torch- and pitchfork-wielding villagers, follows. Wholly unique yet strangely familiar, Frankenweenie is, at its electrified heart, a story about friendship, family, and the importance of kidhood perseverance. Never say die when you could be saying "It's alive!" Read a full review of Frankenweenie.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Kung Fu Panda

    Kung Fu Panda (2008)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: Po (Black) may be an animated panda bear, but make no mistake: Deep down, he’s really just a nerd with a pop-culture obsession. In Kung Fu Panda’s opening scene (animated in a gorgeous, throwback, two-dimensional style), Po imagines himself as a great martial-arts master and warrior. Of course, in reality (disappointingly three-dimensional, Pixar-like reality) Po is a master of nothing; he’s just the rotund son of a noodle-shop owner living in a small Chinese village who gets his kicks playing with action figures in his bedroom. Of course, that all changes when destiny drops him at the feet of kung-fu master Shifu (Hoffman). Kung Fu Panda’s message is timeworn and clichéd (believe in yourself, even if – especially if – you’re flabby and uncoordinated and no one else believes in you). But with a lovable, lumpy loser as its hero, the movie is just the kind of antic David vs. Goliath tale children can’t get enough of. Read a full review of Kung Fu Panda.

    9:30AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Annie

    Annie (1982)

    Rated PG, 126 min. Directed by John Huston. Starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Aileen Quinn, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry and Ann Reinking.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: See it today, for tomorrow there will be another filmed version.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030


1800 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

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