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SUNDAY JULY 27
  • Cruise Control: The Tom Cruise Marathon

    Tough Guy Cinema: Five mystery films will screen in honor of everyone's favorite 5-foot-7-inch, multimillion-dollar-earning Scientologist.

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

  • Field of Dreams (1989)

    Rated PG, 107 min. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson. Starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta.

    1989: 25 Years Later: If you build a tearjerker, they will cry. (Double bill: Parenthood.)

    4:25PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • The Last Dragon (1985)

    Rated PG-13, 109 min. Directed by Michael Schultz. Starring Taimak, Vanity, Julius Carrey and Faith Prince.

    Zzang!!! Motown's Berry Gordy produced this karate picture starring two one-named wonders, Taimak and Vanity, and a selection of Motown B-sides.

    7:05PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

    Rated PG, 90 min. Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. Starring Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin.

    Summer Classics: In their second feature film, the wacky Brits do a number on Arthurian legend and the Middle Ages. The humor is scattershot – but don't tell that to a true believer. This print presents the film uncut for the first time, and includes 24 seconds of footage that were removed just before its original theatrical release. The soundtrack has also been remastered in Dolby stereo.

    2PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

  • Parenthood (1989)

    Rated PG-13, 124 min. Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen and Rick Moranis.

    1989: 25 Years Later: Just about every aspect of parenting is covered in this winning ensemble comedy. (Double bill: Field of Dreams.)

    2PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • The Secret of Roan Inish (1995)

    A satisfying swirl of history, nature, and folklore that speaks to all ages. Read a full review of The Secret of Roan Inish.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • The Sepia Screen

    The Sepia Screen

    Not rated, 140 min. Directed by Various.

    AFS Arthouse: This series spotlights 35mm “race” films from the collection of the Jones Film and Video Collection at Southern Methodist University. These films are from the “separate but unequal” chapter of America’s history. Films screening include "The Vanities" (1946), Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1946), and Souls of Sin (1949). For more, see "The Racial Divide in Movies," July 25.

    2PM The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000

  • KIDS

  • 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: The comic strip spawned a Broadway musical, which spawned this movie directed by the obvious go-to guy for orphaned moppets – John Huston.

    9:30AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • 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.

    9:35AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • 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.

    10:15AM, 11:40AM, 2:10PM, 4:40PM, 7:10PM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Suite 1500, 512/291-3158

  • Rio

    Rio (2011)

    Rated G, 96 min. Directed by Carlos Saldanha.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: So does Rio measure up to the insanely great standard of digital animation set by Pixar? Visually, yes. Rio is positively trippy when it comes to blowing your mind with explosively eye-popping animation. Unfortunately, the story is one told too many times before. Eisenberg voices Blu, a Brazil-born bird snatched from his rain forest aerie by pet smugglers and accidentally deposited in frigid Minnesota. There, the flightless blue macaw is adopted and BFF'd by Linda, a little girl who grows up to have the voice of Leslie Mann. When Rio de Janeiro-based ornithologist Tulio (Santoro) arrives with the news that Blu is the last male of his species, the trio flies to Brazil, where Blu meets his intended paramour, the feral Jewel (Hathaway), and everyone's plans run afowl, so to speak. Rio is a better-than-average animated family film suitable for kids of all ages but about as ephemeral as the ever-shifting colors in a cheap childhood kaleidoscope. Read a full review of Rio.

    9:20AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • 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.

  • 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.