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MONDAY MAY 29
  • Tender Mercies

    Tender Mercies (1983)

    Rated PG, 89 min. Directed by Bruce Beresford. Starring Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Allan Hubbard, Betty Buckley, Ellen Barkin and Wilford Brimley.

    AFS: Texas Christening: Duvall's amazing performance in this film as a washed-up country singer earned him an Oscar. Duvall wrote his own tunes as well. Foote's touching story also earned the screenwriter an Oscar.

    7:30PM AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/322-0145

  • Imitation of Life (1959)

    Not rated, 125 min. Directed by Douglas Sirk. Starring Lana Turner, John Gavin, Susan Kohner, Sandra Dee and Juanita Moore.

    Douglas Sirk Retrospective: In this second Hollywood remake of the Fannie Hurst sob story, Turner and Moore each play husbandless women in New York raising daughters on their own. The film is a biting critique of American race relations in the Fifties and a complex study in contrasts and paradoxes. Read a full review of Imitation of Life.

    7:10PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast (2017)

    Rated PG, 129 min. Directed by Bill Condon. Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald and Ian McKellen.

    Feast: Be the Alamo's guest as you dine on a four-course meal while enjoying the latest adaption of this beloved fairy tale. Read a full review of Beauty and the Beast.

    10:45AM, 2:30PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Fitzcarraldo

    Fitzcarraldo (1982)

    Rated PG, 158 min. Directed by Werner Herzog. Starring Klaus Kinski and Claudia Cardinale.

    Golden Hornet and LOLA Present: TThe film tells the epic story of a man with a vision of building an opera house in the middle of the Peruvian jungle – a dream that also requires hauling a steamship across a mountain with the help of the indigenous locals. Enjoy the film and then enjoy a boat trip on Lady Bird Lake, serenaded by the local opera outfit. Read a full review of Fitzcarraldo.

    3:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • John Carpenter's Escape From New York

    John Carpenter's Escape From New York (1981)

    Rated R, 99 min. Directed by John Carpenter. Starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau and Season Hubley.

    Tough Guy Cinema: Kurt Russell creates the most unforgettable role of his career: the criminal/hero Snake Plissken, caught in a "damned if he does and damned if he doesn't" situation as he attempts to save the president from captors. It all takes place in the sci-fi future of 1997, in which the entire island of Manhattan has been put to use as a maximum security prison.

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

SPACES
BULLOCK MUSEUM IMAX

1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

    Rated PG-13, 129 min. Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. Starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Orlando Bloom, Stephen Graham, Martin Klebba and David Wenham.

    Beware the summer season tentpole franchise that purloins its opening action sequence from a one-off gag in Carl Reiner’s The Jerk and then drags it on for a full 15 minutes. So it goes with this fifth and – if the cinema seas be sane – final entry into Disney’s Pirates series, which has grown as long in the tooth as those titular dead men who don’t so much tell a tale as they do gurgle on, overflowing with expeditionary asides and much watery dialogue. Beachcombing in a hurricane is surely a more entertaining way to get your booty on compared to Captain Jack Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp) latest voyage.

    Gore Verbinski’s 2003 original, The Curse of the Black Pearl, was a lusty, swashbuckling, and altogether wonderful goof, with Depp melding bits of everyone from Keith Richards to pal Hunter S. Thompson into his gonzo interpretation of the ocean’s most disreputable (and inebriated) skull-and-boner. The joke has worn thin in the intervening 14 years, and this incomprehensible odyssey to find Poseidon’s mythical trident and break “all the curses of the sea” is little more than a hodgepodge of poorly penned quippery attached to a pair of hoary Star Wars-y subplots involving pirates and their long-separated offspring. Even Bardem, as the captain of a Spanish warship who was lured to his undead doom by that rascally Sparrow back when Mr. Depp was stuck on 21 Jump Street – and thanks to digital de-aging, we get to see the budding pirate Jack at that age; disconcerting to say the least – can’t salvage this Hesperian wreck. Methinks there were a few necessary paydays involved for the cast to board this floating bilge-pile, although Rush, as Sparrow’s nemesis Captain Barbossa, certainly does seem to be enjoying himself. That can’t be said for the rest; even Depp appears to sleepwalk, or rather drunk-stagger, through the entire film. Better to scupper this armada of waterlogged mediocrity as soon as possible. This ship has sailed, sank, and not to put too fine a bowsprit on it, sucks.

    Read a full review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

  • 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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