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THURSDAY JUNE 29
  • After the Fox (1966)

    Not rated, 103 min. Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Starring Peter Sellers, Victor Mature and Britt Ekland.

    Comedy Italian Style: Sellars plays a thief who cons a small Italian village into thinking he is a film director shooting a film, when he is really trying to steal a shipment of gold.

    7:30PM AFS Cinema, 6406 N I-35, #3100, 512/322-0145

  • Kanye West Glow-in-the-Dark Sing-Along

    Dance Party

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

  • Hired Gun (2016)

    Not rated, 90 min. Directed by Fran Strine. Starring Kenny Aronoff, Phil Buckman and Phil Chen.

    Fathom Presents: Session musicians tell their tales of life on the road.

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

    7:30PM Cinemark Southpark Meadows, 9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

    7:30PM Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14, 12812 Hill Country Blvd., 800/326-3264

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

  • The Fifth Element

    The Fifth Element (1997)

    Rated PG-13, 126 min. Directed by Luc Besson. Starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovavich, Ian Holm, Brion James, Chris Tucker, Lee Evans, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Tricky and Luke Perry.

    Movie Party: Cap guns (not lasers) will be provided. Read a full review of The Fifth Element.

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

  • Funeral Parade of Roses

    Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

    Not rated, 107 min. Directed by Toshio Matsumoto. Starring Pîtâ, Osamu Ogasawara and Yoshimi Jô.

    Newly Restored: A 16mm semi-documentary about the pansexual underworld in Japan in the Sixties.

    10PM AFS Cinema, 6406 N I-35, #3100, 512/322-0145

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights (1997)

    Rated R, 147 min. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy, Heather Graham, John C. Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, Nicole Ari Parker, Robert Ridgely, Luiz Guzman, Alfred Molina and Thomas Jane.

    Summer Film Classics: Boogie Nights gets under the skin of the porn film industry in the late Seventies. However, the film is no sociocultural abstract; it is at heart a well-told story about a group of characters and the de facto family that emerges from their relationships. Read a full review of Boogie Nights.

    7:30PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

SPACES
  • Spaceballs (1987)

    Rated PG, 96 min. Directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga and Dick Van Patten.

    Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles) takes parodic aim at Star Wars. Zaniness results.

    8:45PM Blue Starlite Drive-In, 12419 Lowden Lane, 512/850-6127

  • The Secret Life of Pets

    The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

    Rated PG, 90 min. Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney.

    Movie Matinee: Bunny Snowball (Hart), a fluffy-wuffy bundle of class outrage, is the leader of a gang hellbent on overthrowing the pet-owner hegemony, but disappointingly, he isn’t the hero of this movie. Instead, the loyal if unadventurous terrier Max (Louis C.K.) is the main attraction. Max is happy with domesticated life, but when his owner brings home a rescue mutt named Duke (Stonestreet) a wedge is driven into their tight twosome. Then Duke gets them both picked up by animal services. An animated Homeward Bound hopscotching through New York’s boroughs, The Secret Life of Pets paints the city with an ecstatic brush, but there’s not a lot of time to savor the splendid visuals. The domesticated pets, a pampered, largely indistinguishable lot, can’t hold a candle to Snowball. Crafted by much of the same creative team behind the Despicable Me franchise, The Secret Life has wit, for sure, but it could use more balls. Read a full review of The Secret Life of Pets.

    2PM Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina, 512/974-1010

KIDS
  • Matilda (1996)

    Rated PG, 97 min. Directed by Danny DeVito. Starring Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris, Paul Reubens and Tracey Walter.

    Kids Camp: Slipping easily from honeyed sunlight to malevolent shadow and back again, Danny DeVito's big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda alternately warms and chills but never leaves you feeling cooked to mush or frozen with terror. Matilda Wormwood (Wilson) is born a bright, white lamb of a girl into a family of boorish, black sheep who encourage Matilda to stay all day in their tackily decorated home watching TV in lieu of reading and going to school. Matilda finally gets her chance to attend school after her father's encounter with Trunchbull (Ferris), the child-hating principal of Crunchem Hall who, he senses, might be able to squelch Matilda's pure, discomfiting light. Crunchem Hall is huge, dark, and terrifying, but flowers and children blossom inside Crunchem under the furtive but gentle guidance of Matilda's teacher, the luminescent Miss Honey (Davidtz). The contrast of light and dark, good and evil, enlightenment and ignorance, innocence and corruption is the heart of this absurd, insightful, sincere, very funny fairy tale of a movie. Read a full review of Matilda.

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

  • 11:10AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • The Pirates!: Band of Misfits

    The Pirates!: Band of Misfits (2012)

    Rated PG, 88 min. Directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt.

    Kids Camp: Young and old alike love a good pirate yarn and the stop-motion specialists at Aardman Animations deliver the goods. The daffy British humor may confound some of the youngest viewers but there is plenty of universal slapstick to supplement the drier Brit wit. The story is based on Gideon Defoe's book, The Pirates! in an Adventure With Scientists. Hugh Grant voices the Pirate Captain, a mediocre scalawag beloved by his crew, who covets the annual Pirate of the Year Award. Out at sea to capture more booty, the pirates instead capture Charles Darwin, who recognizes that the captain’s bird Polly is not a parrot but the last dodo on Earth. Queen Victoria (voiced by Staunton), the sworn enemy of pirates, wants the animal for her petting zoo, but has other, more nefarious reasons. Better use should have been made of the voice talent, but no one here needs to walk the plank. Read a full review of The Pirates!: Band of Misfits.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich #120, 512/572-1425

BULLOCK MUSEUM IMAX

1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Tiny Giants 3-D (2014)

    Not rated, 44 min. Directed by Mark Brownlow.

  • Transformers: The Last Knight

    Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

    Rated PG-13, 149 min. Directed by Michael Bay. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, Jerrod Carmichael, Stanley Tucci, Gemma Chan, John Turturro, Glenn Morshower, Steve Buscemi and John Goodman.

    Director Michael Bay becomes officially “James Cameron-Lite” with this fifth installment in the painfully self-perpetuating Paramount/Hasbro summer franchise that, at nearly two-and-a-half hours, is nearly two-and-a-half hours too long. This latest entry is simply dumb, dull, and pointless. Apart from a jaunty performance from Sir “I’m Game for Anything” Hopkins, as a member of a fraternal order dating back to King Arthur (Tucci, no less), there’s very little meat to the discombobulated, lazy scripting by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Ken Nolan. Let’s recap: King Arthur, Yeager as “the chosen one,” Guardians of the Galaxy’s Haddock as a fusty Oxford scholar whose destiny is to save the Earth, and, oh yeah, Bumblebee regains his true voice. It’s apparent from the outset that audience members new to the series should not choose this particular outing as an entry point unless they’re very high. You’re going to need to watch a full season of Ultraman and take two viewings of Pacific Rim before bedtime to wash the awful stank of Transformers: The Last Knight out of your head.

    Read a full review of Transformers: The Last Knight.

  • 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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