Film: Special Screenings
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  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

    Rated R, 123 min. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright.

    In this hypnotic love story, Jim Jarmusch gives us vampires who are bohemian outsiders and not blood-sucking freaks. Read a full review of Only Lovers Left Alive.

    9PM Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second, 512/495-9600

  • Reservoir Dogs

    Reservoir Dogs (1992)

    Rated R, 99 min. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney and Michael Madsen.

    Tarantino's explosive first feature is about a heist gone bad. Read a full review of Reservoir Dogs.

    7:30PM Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. I-35, 512/244-3549

  • Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg of the King (2012)

    Not rated, 76 min. Directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka.

    Anime: Going through Game of Thrones withdrawal? This epic fantasy film is here to help.

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

    Rated NC-17, 109 min. Directed by Russ Meyer. Starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, David Gurian, Michael Blodgett, Edy Williams, Erica Gavin and Charles Napier.

    Big Broads and Meek Men: The Films of Russ Meyer: Chock-full of campy raunch and mega-mammaries unbound, the movie tells the story of a rock & roll girl group that does whatever – and whomever – it takes to succeed.

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

  • The Nance (2013)

    Not rated, 110 min. Directed by Jack O'Brien. Starring Nathan Lane, Jenny Barber and Lewis J. Stadlin.

    Broadway on Screen: The fading years of burlesque are the background for this Tony-nominated play.

    7PM Cinemark Cedar Park, 1335 E. Whitestone, 800/326-3264

    7PM Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14, 12812 Hill Country Blvd., 800/326-3264

    7PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

  • Sister Act (1992)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Emile Ardolino. Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel, Mary Wickes, Kathy Nijimy and Bill Nunn.

    Homo Arigato! Ursula hosts this screening that is equal parts sing-along, drinking game, and live action re-enactment. Read a full review of Sister Act.

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

  • Saturday Night Fever

    Saturday Night Fever (1977)

    Rated R, 119 min. Directed by John Badham. Starring John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gormey, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali and Paul Pape.

    Summer Film Classics: Today it may be mostly regarded as disco camp, but the success of Saturday Night Fever singlehandedly kept the all-but-dead Hollywood musical dance format alive for at least one more decade. Read a full review of Saturday Night Fever.

    9:10PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out (1981)

    Rated R, 107 min. Directed by Brian De Palma. Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen and John Lithgow.

    Summer Film Classics: John Travolta: De Palma was at the top of his game in this thriller about a sound recordist who heard more than he was supposed to. (Double bill: Carrie.)

    7:15PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Carrie

    Carrie (1976)

    Rated R, 97 min. Directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, William Katt, John Travolta and Amy Irving.

    Summer Film Classics: John Travolta: De Palma's classic creep show has dark undertones about the nastiness of teen spirit, emergent female sexuality, and rabid Christianity. Needless to say, Carrie is our favorite prom queen. Come down early for the blood drive (4-7pm). (Double bill: Blow Out.)

    9:25PM Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Grease

    Grease (1978)

    Rated PG, 112 min. Directed by Randal Kleiser. Starring Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway and Didi Conn.

    Summer Film Classics: John Travolta: One of the most widely seen movie musicals on the planet. (Double bill: Saturday Night Fever.)

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

  • Savage Gold

    Austin Film Society: Deep Tracks: Maximillian Meehan and Lars Nilsen lead you down the rabbit hole of video collector culture and VHS oddities.

    8PM AFS Screening Room, 1901 E. 51st, 512/322-0145

  • Blue Hawaii (1961)

    Rated PG, 102 min. Directed by Norman Taurog. Starring Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman and Angela Lansbury.

    CineMondays: How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Elvis with a ukulele and Angela Landsbury plays his mom. What's not to like?

    8PM Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562

  • Turbo

    Turbo (2013)

    Rated PG, 96 min. Directed by David Soren.

    ”No dream is too big, no dreamer too small,” proclaims race-car driver Guy Gagné (voiced by Hader) in this animated movie. Those words are taken to heart by Turbo (voiced by Reynolds), a suburban garden snail who dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500. An impossible dream, of course … but we’re in the world of cartoons, so when Turbo gets sucked into the manifold of a car engaged in a street race, the nitrous fumes magically transform the snail into a racing machine. After running away from home, Turbo is rescued by Tito (Peña), a man who races snails for entertainment, and, together, they get a shot at accomplishing their dreams. The plot of this latest DreamWorks Animation release isn’t terribly original, but it’s serviceable, and the images are bright and lively. By the time Turbo reaches the finish line, it joins the winner’s circle without quite nabbing the trophy. Read a full review of Turbo.
  • Curious George

    Curious George (2006)

    Rated G, 86 min. Directed by Matthew O'Callaghan.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: It’s not perfect, but this big-screen debut of H.A. Rey’s lovable monkey is worth recommending to audiences of all ages, especially fathers and sons. The production is faithful to George’s gentle spirit while fully exploiting the possibilities of old-school, two-dimensional animation. Movies are magical, it suggests, and everything is beautiful and fascinating to children. But the movie also gets George’s melancholy just right. For this is not a movie about a man and his monkey, but a movie about parents and children. The screenplay skims off some of the source material’s hinky bits in sending museum employee Ted (Ferrell) to Africa in search of a legendary ape idol. There’s a sort of romance between Ted and a field-tripping schoolteacher (Barrymore) and a very simple plot about exposing Ted’s artifact as a fraud, but the story’s best moments are its offhand ones. Jack Johnson’s original songs are a bit heavy on the heartstrings, but you’d have to be made of granite not to be moved. Read a full review of Curious George.

    9:50AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030

  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Zack Snyder.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: Maybe prior familiarity with Kathryn Lasky’s young adult book series would help overall comprehension. Starting with the impossible-to-remember title, this film is better off dubbed “that owl movie.” Snyder, the director of action films with such streamlined titles as Watchmen and 300, assembles top British and Australian actors for the vocal talent, but Legend of the Guardians seems to be more about talons than talent. The story takes place in a predatory world in which two young owlets are carried off by the bigger Pure Ones to do their bidding. The Pure Ones have some kind of plan for avian world domination, while the owls of Ga’Hoole fight back against evil. Lives are snuffed out and sacrificed with regularity, and the film maintains an extremely dark tone throughout. Adults thinking about taking their little ones to this PG-rated film should consider whether the kiddies are ready to witness the harsh and vulturous world of Legend of the Guardians. Read a full review of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.

    10AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Space Jam (1996)

    Rated PG, 87 min. Directed by Joe Pytka. Starring Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Bill Murray and Danny DeVito.

    Kids Camp: Dexterously mixing live action and animation, Space Jam tosses NBA champ Michael Jordan onto the 2-D court with the entire Looney Tunes gang and the opposing Monstar team of cartoon characters from another planet. Space Jam also represents the debut film from Warner Bros.' new Feature Animation division. In this initial attempt to topple Disney's dominance of theatrical animation, Warner's has revived the entire Looney Tunes mob -- they're all here, everyone from Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig to Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, and Tweety and Sylvester. Also, Warner's has also wisely released Space Jam two weeks ahead of Disney's expected chartbuster: the live-action version of 101 Dalmatians. It's actually quite a pleasure to see all the Looney Tunes characters back in action again, and the concept of teaming them together as a basketball franchise almost makes their ganged-up presence believable -- or as believable as a cartoon is ever going to be. And this is the heart of what makes Space Jam work: Wrapped around its meretricious little core is a solid cartoon story with engaging characters and problems. Read a full review of Space Jam.

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

  • Night at the Museum

    Night at the Museum (2006)

    Rated PG, 108 min. Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Ricky Gervais, Mickey Rooney, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Bill Cobbs, Steve Coogan and Jake Cherry.

    Kids Summer Series: Stiller stars as a would-be schemer and all-but-deadbeat dad who finds a job as a night watchman at the American Museum of Natural History. On his first night, after inheriting the instruction manual from the "downsized" Cecil (Van Dyke, who looks like he's having a blast), Reginald (Cobbs), and Gus (Rooney), Larry discovers that the place goes apeshit after dark: The Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton reanimates, as do Attila the Hun, an Easter Island Moai, and the entire Hall of African Mammals. Credit Levy – who shoots everything imagination-size, larger than life, and set against amber tones – for unleashing the beasts almost immediately. Amid crummy sight gags and predictable physical comedy, sputtering scenes, and the stale and watered-down talent that is Stiller in another nonsense story, Night at the Museum is at best a rotation of backdrops for its parade of visual effects. Read a full review of Night at the Museum.

    10AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158


1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

  • D-Day: Normandy 1944

    D-Day: Normandy 1944 (2014)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Pascal Vuong. Narrated by Tom Brokaw.

    Tom Brokaw narrates this film about the largest Allied operation of World War II.

  • Texas: The Big Picture

    Texas: The Big Picture (2003)

    Not rated, 39 min. Directed by Scott Swofford. Narrated by Colby Donaldson.

    Texas is shown to be a land broad enough to produce everything from grapefruit to microchips.

  • Titans of the Ice Age

    Titans of the Ice Age (2013)

    Not rated, 45 min. Directed by David Clark. Narrated by Christopher Plummer.

    Computer-generated imagery brings to life this mysterious era of the Ice Age.

  • Under the Sea 3D (2009)

    Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Howard Hall.

    The impact of global warming is examined in the waters of Southern Australia, New Guinea, and elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region. For ticket prices, call 936-IMAX or 936-TSHM or see

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