Film: Special Screenings
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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead (2004)

    Rated R, 96 min. Directed by Zack Snyder. Starring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly and Lindy Booth.

    Tampering with a classic is rarely, if ever, a wise idea, yet Zack Snyder’s remake turns out to be a fine horror film in its own right. Appropriately for the ADD generation, this time out the dead move like Olympic sprinters on Adderall, and the living wander about like bipedal Happy Meals. Snyder’s director of photography, Matthew F. Leonetti, has shot the whole crimson mess in a hypervibrant film stock that punches up the nightmarish unreality of the situation. Various nods to Lucio Fulci’s Zombie as well as the original Dawn of the Dead are there for the taking, and the film is a more streamlined exercise in grue than its template. Unlike the original, which featured a mere four protagonists, this new Dawn of the Dead has more than you can keep track of, which means you get to chuckle instead of weep when they turn into zombie chow. Read a full review of Dawn of the Dead.

    7PM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549

  • 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.

    12:35PM, 3:30PM Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich #120, 512/572-1425

  • Apollo 13

    Apollo 13 (1995)

    Rated PG, 140 min. Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan and Mary Kate Schellhardt.

    Astronomy on Tap: University of Texas astrophysicist and Astronomy on Tap ATX co-founder Dr. Rachael Livermore will discuss the scientific subjects presented in the film Read a full review of Apollo 13.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich #120, 512/572-1425

  • Jury Award Winning Shorts

    93 min.

    Austin Film Festival Presents: Last year's winning films are screened.

    7PM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • 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.

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

  • 8 1/2

    8 1/2 (1963)

    Not rated, 138 min. Directed by Federico Fellini. Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo and Barbara Steele.

    Summer Film Classics: Mastroianni plays a film director who's just had a huge hit but is struggling to find an idea for his next project. Between fits and starts, he goes back through his life and confronts all his demons. And what a cavalcade of demons! Read a full review of 8 1/2.

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

  • Not of This Earth (1988)

    Rated R, 81 min. Directed by Jim Wynorski. Starring Traci Lords, Arthur Roberts and Lenny Juliano.

    Terror Tuesday: In Lords' first mainstream film after her adult film scandal, she plays a warrior who saves the planet from space vampires.

    10:05PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Face/Off (1997)

    Rated R, 140 min. Directed by John Woo. Starring John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Alessandro Nivola, Dominique Swain, Nick Cassavetes and Harve Presnell.

    Tough Guy Cinema: Exhilarating performances from Cage and Travolta, as well as Woo's tremendously enjoyable action set-pieces make this a very entertaining action film. Read a full review of Face/Off.

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

  • Three Crowns of the Sailor (1983)

    Not rated, 117 min. Directed by Raoul Ruiz. Starring Jean-Bernard Guillard, Philippe Deplanche and Nadège Clair.

    Hyperreal Film Club: A classic in surrealist storytelling, with the master cinematographer Sacha Vierny behind the lens, the film recounts a drunken sailor's encounter with a disturbed young man.

    8:15PM Museum of Human Achievement, Springdale & Lyons, 262/880-6982

  • Get Out

    Get Out (2017)

    Rated R, 103 min. Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root, Lil Rel Howery and Erika Alexander.

    Weeknight Cinema: Cross-Cultural Company:

    Jordan Peele (of Key & Peele fame) makes an auspicious debut as a writer/director with the horror film Get Out. More psychological thriller than out-and-out horror spectacle, the film focuses on Chris, a young black man and photographer accompanying his white girlfriend Rose on a weekend trip to meet her parents for the first time. Though they’re good liberals, Rose’s folks’ attempts to make Chris comfortable stirs in him a sense of little micro-affronts, and the unsettling demeanors of the family’s black servants further prod the embers. Much of the film’s apprehension builds through our observation of Chris trying to decide if he’s justified or overreacting to the little breaches he experiences in this enclave of rich, white privilege. Entrenched and perceived racism are put under the microscope, and then spattered to the four corners of the screen. In addition to delivering enough jolts to keep horror fans pleased, Get Out is also one of the smartest, funniest, and most socially astute films to come around in a while. Read a full review of Get Out.

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

  • 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

  • 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.

    11:45AM 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.

    12:30PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030


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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