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SUNDAY JUNE 25
  • Baby Driver With Livestream Q&A (2017)

    Rated R, 113 min. Directed by Edgar Wright. Starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James and Jon Hamm.

    Join director Edgar Wright via a livestream Q&A from Brooklyn as he introduces his latest film.

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

  • 6PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

    6PM Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich #120, 512/572-1425

    6PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

    6PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist (1973)

    Rated R, 121 min. Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb and Kitty Winn.

    As soul-frightening and technically mesmerizing as it ever was.

    9:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story

    A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story (2016)

    Not rated, 97 min. Directed by Keith Maitland.

    Keith (Tower) Maitland's film is a heartfelt and compelling history of the venerable PBS show, culminating to the program's 40th anniversary. A portion of the proceeds benefit ACL and stick around for a live performance fro Lord Buffalo.

    2:30PM, 5:30PM Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich #120, 512/572-1425

  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

    Not rated, 134 min. Directed by Robert Aldrich. Starring Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Victor Buono.

    Classics: The Bette Davis/Joan Crawford Grand Guignol thriller.

    2PM Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14, 12812 Hill Country Blvd., 800/326-3264

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

    Rated G, 86 min. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

    Fathom Presents: Studio Ghibli Fest: This Japanese children's tale about magical forest creatures is from the magisterial Hayao Miyazaki. Sunday's screening is dubbed, while Monday's screening is subtitled.

    12:55PM Gateway Theatre, 9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

    12:55PM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

    12:55PM Metropolitan, 901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

    12:55PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

    12:55PM Cinemark Southpark Meadows, 9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

    12:55PM Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14, 12812 Hill Country Blvd., 800/326-3264

  • Predator

    Predator (1987)

    Rated R, 107 min. Directed by John McTiernan. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura.

    Movie Party: U.S. commandos in Central America confront a hostile jungle extraterrestrial.

    11:45AM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Ugetsu

    Ugetsu (1953)

    Not rated, 96 min. Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Starring Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori and Kinuyo Tanaka.

    Newly Restored: Set in 16th century Japan, this award-winning film is a mixture of rich pageantry, clan wars, and eerie ghost story. The movie relates the story of two peasants who leave their rural homes to seek riches and glory. Read a full review of Ugetsu.

    6PM AFS Cinema, 6406 N I-35, #3100, 512/322-0145

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

    Not rated, 106 min. Directed by Robert Aldrich. Starring Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez, Wesley Addy, Marian Carr, Maxine Cooper, Cloris Leachman and Gaby Rodgers.

    Noir Canon: Aldrich's paranoid film is the definitive Mike Hammer movie, outsleazing even Mickey Spillane’s conception of the private dick as an amoral slob. Read a full review of Kiss Me Deadly.

    3:30PM AFS Cinema, 6406 N I-35, #3100, 512/322-0145

  • The Graduate (1967)

    Not rated, 105 min. Directed by Mike Nichols. Starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Elizabeth Wilson, Murray Hamilton, Walter Brooke and Norman Fell.

    Summer Film Classics: Nominated for seven Academy Awards (Nichols won for best director), this hilarious social satire of the “Los Angelesation” of the country still hits its mark. Read a full review of The Graduate.

    4:15PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Tootsie

    Tootsie (1982)

    Rated PG, 116 min. Directed by Sydney Pollack. Starring Sydney Pollack, Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Geena Davis and Bill Murray.

    Summer Film Classics: In this superlative comedy of the Eighties, Hoffman plays a fussy, underemployed actor who finds work only when he disguises himself (superbly) as a woman.

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

  • Little Fugitive

    Little Fugitive (1953)

    Not rated, 80 min. Directed by Morris Engel, Ray Ashley and Ruth Orkin. Starring Richie Andrusco and Ricky Brewster.

    Sunday School: Long considered a cornerstone of the American independent and cinema verité movements, Little Fugitive was also greatly admired by Cassavetes and Truffaut, whose first films both show signs of its influence. In it, a young boy is tricked into thinking he has killed his older brother and goes on the lam to Coney Island, while the very much alive older brother struggles to find him before their mother returns home. The black-and-white cinematography subtly reflects the passage of time, and the overall film captures the fears, mysteries, and joys encountered by a young boy on the streets and boardwalks of Brooklyn.

    1PM AFS Cinema, 6406 N I-35, #3100, 512/322-0145

  • 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.

    Tough Guy Cinema: Besson's smart editing and sly sense of humor keep this science-fiction epic from bogging down. Despite a grim storyline, the film never takes itself too seriously. Read a full review of The Fifth Element.

    4PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Desperation Rising (1989)

    Not rated, 90 min. Directed by Jason Holt. Starring Nick Cassavetes, Tally Lauriti and Jason Holt.

    Video Vortex: Everything you could ask for: L.A. gangs, cocaine, a talking parrot, and well, more cocaine.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040

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

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

  • 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.

    10:05AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Nature Cat (2015)

    Not rated, 80 min. Directed by Various.

    PBS Kids: Three episodes from the new show will screen, along with a sneak peek at two brand-new episodes, themed activities, and giveways. Baby Day rules in effect at this screening.

    11AM Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich #120, 512/572-1425

BULLOCK MUSEUM IMAX

1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • 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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