Film: Special Screenings
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  • The Guns of Navarone (1961)

    Rated PG, 158 min. Directed by J. Lee Thompson. Starring Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, James Darren, Irene Papas, Richard Harris and Bryan Forbes.

    Weeknight Cinema: Beach Bound Battles: Big, noisy WWII movie (that won an Oscar for special effects) presents an action-packed story about Allied commandos plotting to destroy a cache of German guns stashed on the island of Navarone.

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


1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant (2017)

    Rated R, 122 min. Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez.

    Ridley Scott’s 1979 original is a bona fide classic, with James Cameron’s 1986 sequel following close behind. But after that, things get a bit dodgy for the franchise, most notably with Scott's 2012’s prequel, Prometheus which had a serious lack of xenomorphs. So now it's “Give the people what they want,” time as this film plays like a greatest hits of your favorite Alien moments. After a prologue that seeks to bridge the gap between films, we are swept away into the deep space life of the spaceship Covenant, where married couples are the crew, and the ship houses thousands of souls in hibernation, on their way to a distant, habitable planet to thrive and prosper. The crew provide easy fodder when the xenomorph shows up, while Katherine Waterston runs around trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Rarely do I comment on characters’ hairstyles in movies, but the decision to give Waterston a hybrid bowl-cut/Prince Valiant bob is one of the most ill-advised things this film does. And in a film that treats its audience like morons, that is saying something. Read a full review of Alien: Covenant.

  • 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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