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MONDAY JUNE 26
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

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

  • 10:25AM 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.

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

  • Zathura

    Zathura (2005)

    Rated PG, 113 min. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Jonah Bobo, Josh Hutcherson, Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart, Tim Robbins, Frank Oz, John Alexander and Derek Mears.

    Kids Camp: With his follow-up to Elf, actor-turned-director Jon Favreau sticks with family-friendly filmmaking, this time taking on the film version of Chris van Allsburg’s bestselling children’s book Zathura. This film succeeds in a way that neither of the previous van Allsburg film adaptations (Jumanji, The Polar Express) managed: It’s infused with a greater sense of fun and realism. Favreau keeps the picture throttling forward with a carefree charm: a space adventure that goes forth with a Buck Rogers attitude as silly gizmos, robots, and monsters turn from mildly goofy to dangerous and threatening in the blink of an eye. The tone of the fantasy and the effects are just right: enough to surprise and startle everyone and even spook the littlest ones, but so gleefully defiant of the laws of physics and aeronautics that it’s clear the film’s only objective is to have a good time. Read a full review of Zathura.

    11:50AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

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. While the war between the hot rod heroes the Autobots, their archenemies the Decepticons, and the human race (caught in the middle, as always) has had a mostly mediocre amount of CGI bombast and gimcrackery since Bay helmed 2007’s original. The Last Knight falls flatter than the rogue Transformer dubbed Canopy, whose goofy power is turning himself into an innocent pile of concrete and rebar rubble. There’s been plenty to complain about prior to this (allegedly) final entry in the Transformerverse – the films are too long, they take themselves too seriously (or not seriously enough), and, at the core, they’re just a cheap marketing and toy tie-in gimmick. This latest entry is simply dumb, dull, and pointless. Even the toddler seated on her father’s lap next to me at the preview screening seemed to realize this when she soiled her britches 15 minutes in.

    The Transformers box office receipts have always been impervious to critical broadsides, but 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. The film’s intellectual peak turns out to be Texan inventor and Autobot pal Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) quoting the Arthur C. Clarke maxim “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” which may be a sideways reference to cinema itself, although I doubt it, but in the context of this movie, ties together the wizard Merlin’s striding stick and alien tech throughout history. Excluding Indiana Jones, you can tell a franchise is on life support when it flashes back to sentient robots fighting Nazis in 1944. (Apparently the Transformers took no sides in Vietnam.)

    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 and not freaked out by all the 3-D, which is excellent. Even stoners, however, will stare slack-jawed at the blatant rips from other sci-fi films like Robocop and, I kid you not, Godzilla’s own archenemy, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. Ugh. You’re going to need to watch a full season of Eiji Tsuburaya’s iconic transforming robot 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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