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TUESDAY MAY 30
  • The Sugarland Express

    The Sugarland Express (1974)

    Rated PG, 110 min. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks and William Atherton.

    AFS: Texas Christening: Spielberg's first theatrical release is a humdinger that tells the story of an escaped convict and his wife who lead the police on a car chase across Texas in order to Read a full review of The Sugarland Express.

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

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast (2017)

    Rated PG, 129 min. Directed by Bill Condon. Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald and Ian McKellen.

    Feast: Be the Alamo's guest as you dine on a four-course meal while enjoying the latest adaption of this beloved fairy tale. Read a full review of Beauty and the Beast.

    2:40PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Stalker

    Stalker (1979)

    Not rated, 155 min. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Starring Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn and Nikolay Grinko.

    New Restoration: Tarkovsky opts for imagist allegory in this science-fiction journey into the heart of darkness.

    6:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)

    Rated R, 80 min. Directed by Michael A. Simpson. Starring Pamela Springsteen, Tracy Griffith and Michael J. Pollard.

    Terror Tuesday: The killer counselor returns yet again.

    10:15PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

SPACES
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

    Rated PG-13, 133 min. Directed by Gareth Edwards. Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Jimmy Smits, Ben Daniels and Mads Mikkelsen.

    Weeknight Cinema: Beach Bound Battles: The first stand-alone spinoff of George Lucas’ revered Star Wars saga, Rogue One kicks ass in all the right ways. Like an Imperial Star Destroyer, it starts off slow and somewhat clunky, but by the time the mind-blowing third act arrives, it’s all a fan can do not to stand up and cheer. The premise here – the canny script is credited to Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy – takes a single sentence from the original 1977 Star Wars screen crawl and fleshes it out into a 133-minute meditation on (a new) hope, loyalty, and freedom from tyranny that’s now more contemporary than ever. Jones is Jyn Erso, recruited to lead the swashbuckling Cassian Andor (Luna) and a breakaway band of renegade rebels on a mission to discover the whereabouts of the Death Star’s schematics. At its heart a World War II suicide-mission movie, Rogue One also has a tearjerking abundance of heart. Read a full review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

    6:30PM North Village Branch Library, 2505 Steck, 512/974-9960

BULLOCK MUSEUM IMAX

1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

    Rated PG-13, 129 min. Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. Starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Orlando Bloom, Stephen Graham, Martin Klebba and David Wenham.

    Beware the summer season tentpole franchise that purloins its opening action sequence from a one-off gag in Carl Reiner’s The Jerk and then drags it on for a full 15 minutes. So it goes with this fifth and – if the cinema seas be sane – final entry into Disney’s Pirates series, which has grown as long in the tooth as those titular dead men who don’t so much tell a tale as they do gurgle on, overflowing with expeditionary asides and much watery dialogue. Beachcombing in a hurricane is surely a more entertaining way to get your booty on compared to Captain Jack Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp) latest voyage.

    Gore Verbinski’s 2003 original, The Curse of the Black Pearl, was a lusty, swashbuckling, and altogether wonderful goof, with Depp melding bits of everyone from Keith Richards to pal Hunter S. Thompson into his gonzo interpretation of the ocean’s most disreputable (and inebriated) skull-and-boner. The joke has worn thin in the intervening 14 years, and this incomprehensible odyssey to find Poseidon’s mythical trident and break “all the curses of the sea” is little more than a hodgepodge of poorly penned quippery attached to a pair of hoary Star Wars-y subplots involving pirates and their long-separated offspring. Even Bardem, as the captain of a Spanish warship who was lured to his undead doom by that rascally Sparrow back when Mr. Depp was stuck on 21 Jump Street – and thanks to digital de-aging, we get to see the budding pirate Jack at that age; disconcerting to say the least – can’t salvage this Hesperian wreck. Methinks there were a few necessary paydays involved for the cast to board this floating bilge-pile, although Rush, as Sparrow’s nemesis Captain Barbossa, certainly does seem to be enjoying himself. That can’t be said for the rest; even Depp appears to sleepwalk, or rather drunk-stagger, through the entire film. Better to scupper this armada of waterlogged mediocrity as soon as possible. This ship has sailed, sank, and not to put too fine a bowsprit on it, sucks.

    Read a full review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

  • Tiny Giants 3-D (2014)

    Not rated, 44 min. Directed by Mark Brownlow.

  • Wild Africa 3-D (2017)

    Not rated, 42 min. Directed by Patrick Morris and Neil Nightingale. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter.

    Can't afford that African safari? Here's the next best thing.

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