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SATURDAY AUG. 9
  • AGFA Cinemapocalypse

    Join five of the world's leading film programmers (Bret Berg, Phil Blankenship, Cristina Cacioppo, Zack Carlson, and Kier-La Janisse) as they each pluck a film from the American Genre Film Archive to make you reevaluate your notions of cinema.

    2PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator (1940)

    Not rated, 128 min. Directed by Charles Chaplin. Starring Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard and Jack Oakie.

    Summer Film Classics: A Weekend With the Little Tramp: Chaplin plays two roles in his legendary satire of Adolf Hitler, which he also wrote and directed. Released one year before the U.S. entered the war, the film ridicules an enemy that most Americans had not yet accepted as their own. The film also marks Chaplin's first speaking role. (Double bill: Modern Times.)

    2PM, 6:05PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Jaws

    Jaws (1975)

    Rated PG, 124 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss.

    Master Pancake: The Pancake crew are going to need a bigger boat as they mock this summer classic.

    7PM, 10PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/459-7090

  • The Milky Way: Every Mother Has a Story (2014)

    Not rated, 90 min. Directed by Jon Fitzgerald.

    Screening to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month, this doc is preceded by a proclamation from Council Member Laura Morrison. For more info, see www.keepaustinbreastfeeding.org.

    1PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

  • Modern Times

    Modern Times (1936)

    Not rated, 87 min. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley J. "Tiny" Sandford and Chester Conklin.

    Summer Film Classics: A Weekend With the Little Tramp: Modern Times is Chaplin's last silent film (although it includes clever background sounds and a music score by Chaplin) and also the final screen appearance of his Little Tramp character. In this 1936 film, Chaplin satirizes technology and the growing hold it has on our lives. (Double bill: The Great Dictator.)

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

  • Rear Window

    Rear Window (1954)

    Rated PG, 114 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr.

    The Influences of David Lynch: One of Hitchcock's most accessible films is also one of his most gleefully deviant, dealing as it does with such fun urban pastimes as voyeurism and spousal mayhem, two subjects that would preoccupy Lynch. Read a full review of Rear Window.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/476-1320

  • 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

    10:35PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/476-1320

SPACES
  • Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

    Rated G, 112 min. Directed by George Sidney. Starring Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Paul Lynde, Jesse Pearson, Maureen Stapleton, Bobby Rydell and Ed Sullivan.

    Flashback Family: Sixties Night at the LBJ: Great music and brilliant performances by Ann-Margret, Paul Lynde, and Dick Van Dyke.

    9PM LBJ Library Lawn, 2313 Red River

  • Isa (2014)

    Not rated, 90 min. Directed by Jose Nestor Marquez. Starring Jeanette Samano, Ana Layevska and Eric Ochoa.

    Second Saturday Screening: Unique sci-fi film about an undocumented 17-year-old Latina who takes on a ruthless scientist and her billionaire boss in a battle over the power of dreams.

    6PM Women's Community Center, 1704 San Antonio St.

KIDS
  • An American Tail (1986)

    Rated G, 83 min. Directed by Don Bluth.

    Kids' Camp: In this animated film, the immigrant experience in America is shown through the story of young Fievel of the Mousekewitz family.

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

  • Babe

    Babe (1995)

    Rated G, 92 min. Directed by Chris Noonan. Starring James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski.

    Perhaps one of the cutest children's films ever made, this tale of the young piglet who decides his calling in life is to be a sheepdog is also a rousing comedy, appropriately filled with a variety of subtle messages, from self-empowerment to the importance of treating others as equals, even though they may be, ah, sheep. Babe looks and flows wonderfully. It's a clever, witty, touching piece of work that, coincidentally, is a decidedly excellent date movie. Really. Read a full review of Babe.

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

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn.

    Family Fare: Don’t go see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 on an empty stomach – the smorgasbord of animated food is bound to make you hungry. This lazy, 3-D sequel to the 2009 feature about freakish meteorological events merely reboots the premise of comestibles gone wild with little attention paid to a coherent storyline. Once again, zealous inventor Flint Lockwood’s supermutation machine that can transform water into full-course meals is the culprit of the ensuing chaos, this time turning his hometown of Swallow Falls into a world overrun by tacodile supremes, watermelophants, flamangos, and shrimpanzees, among other monstrous animal victuals. For both kids and adults, CWCM2 is little more than a vague memory as soon as it’s over. The movie is simply trying to cash in on its predecessor’s success, and while that’s nothing new for a flick primarily aimed at 8-year-olds, it’s still enough to give you a tummy ache. Read a full review of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.

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

  • Rango

    Rango (2011)

    Rated PG, 107 min. Directed by Gore Verbinski.

    Kids' Camp: Watch out, cartoon critters: There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Rango. This animated Western feature from director Verbinski follows Rango (voiced by Depp), a lizard who imagines himself an actor, who is abandoned in the desert. Rango makes his way to the nearby town of Dirt, which is experiencing a mysterious water shortage. The actor in Rango seizes the opportunity to invent a grandiloquent new image for himself, and as in many a Western, the stranger in town is suddenly promoted to the rank of sheriff. The animation work is a first for the special-effects outfit Industrial Light & Magic, and the company has created images that are unique and very satisfying. It is Depp, however, who really nails this thing by simply blending in with all the other voice talent and characters. Rango becomes the hero of his own story, and for this he needs no stinkin’ badge. Read a full review of Rango.

    10:30AM 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.

    11:30AM, 2PM, 4:30PM, 7PM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Suite 1500, 512/291-3158

  • 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.

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