Film: Special Screenings
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  • Nothing Bad Can Happen

    Nothing Bad Can Happen (2012)

    Not rated, 110 min. Directed by Katrin Gebbe. Starring Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl, Swantje Kohlhof and Til Theinert.

    The title is grimly ironic: In fact, a whole lot of bad things happen in this German horror film. Read a full review of Nothing Bad Can Happen.

    9PM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • 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

  • RoboCop

    RoboCop (2014)

    Rated PG-13, 116 min. Directed by José Padilha. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L. Jackson, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jennifer Ehle and Jay Baruchel.

    This pointless reboot is a castrated version of Paul Verhoeven’s grim, überviolent 1987 action film about a viciously murdered Detroit cop who is reconstructed as a machine that’s designed to bring law and order to a city on the verge of anarchy. Read a full review of RoboCop.

    9:30PM Barton Creek Square (AMC), 2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991

  • Sweet Dreams (2012)

    Not rated, 89 min. Directed by Lisa Fruchtman and Rob Fruchtman.

    AFS Doc Nights: Drumming and ice cream bring Tutsi and Hutu women together in Rwanda to heal the loss and pain of 1994's genocidal war. See "Building a New Kingdom," July 18, for more on the film.

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

  • Annie

    Annie (1982)

    Rated PG, 126 min. Directed by John Huston. Starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Aileen Quinn, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry and Ann Reinking.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: See it today, for tomorrow there will be another filmed version.

    9:30AM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • Dirty Dancing Quote-Along (1987)

    Rated PG-13, 100 min. Directed by Emile Ardolino.

    Girlie Night

    7PM Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., 512/861-7070

  • The Enchanted Island (2012)

    Not rated, 235 min. Directed by Phelim McDermott.

    Met Summer Encore: Inspired by musical pastiches from the 18th century, the program showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast headed by David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, and Plácido Domingo.

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

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

    7PM Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

    7PM Metropolitan, 901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

  • Pretty Woman

    Pretty Woman (1990)

    Rated R, 117 min. Directed by Garry Marshall. Starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.

    Summer Classics: This is contemporary fairy tale about a hooker and her Prince Charming is now somehow considered a classic.

    2PM, 7PM Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14, 12812 Hill Country Blvd., 800/326-3264

    2PM, 7PM Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

    2PM, 7PM Metropolitan, 901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

  • The Heiress

    The Heiress (1949)

    Not rated, 115 min. Directed by William Wyler. Starring Olivia De Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson and Miriam Hopkins.

    Summer Film Classics: Remembering Montgomery Clift: A socially awkward young woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is only after her inheritance. (Double bill: Red River.)

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

  • Red River

    Red River (1948)

    Not rated, 133 min. Directed by Howard Hawks. Starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan and Joanne Dru.

    Summer Film Classics: Remembering Montgomery Clift: Clift makes his screen debut in this magnificent Western as the surrogate son of a driven cattleman, played by Wayne. But father-son conflicts arise during a cattle drive, and it gets downright oedipal on the range. (Double bill: The Heiress)

    9:15PM Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

  • Dune (1984)

    Rated PG-13, 137 min. Directed by David Lynch. Starring Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino, Brad Dourif, José Ferrer, Linda Hunt, Kyle MacLachlan and Max Von Sydow.

    The Complete David Lynch: Lynch's adaptation of Frank Herbert's popular science-fiction novel is a dense and unwieldy concoction. The music is by Toto and Brian Eno.

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

  • Poor Pretty Eddie (1975)

    Rated R, 92 min. Directed by Chris Robinson and David Worth. Starring Leslie Uggams, Shelley Winters, Michael Christian, Ted Cassidy, Slim Pickens and Dub Taylor.

    Weird Wednesday: Uggams plays a jazz singer whose car breaks down in rural Georgia, where she's taken in by a twisted innkeeper (Winters) and her homicidal boyfriend.

    10:30PM Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020

  • Labyrinth

    Labyrinth (1986)

    Rated PG, 101 min. Directed by Jim Henson. Starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly and Toby Froud.

    Blue Starlite Drive-In: David Bowie's crotch bulge is even bigger at the drive-in.

    9:15PM Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/322-0145

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

    Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn.

    Don’t go see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 on an empty stomach – the smorgasbord of animated food is bound to make you hungry. This lazy, 3-D sequel to the 2009 feature about freakish meteorological events merely reboots the premise of comestibles gone wild with little attention paid to a coherent storyline. Once again, zealous inventor Flint Lockwood’s supermutation machine that can transform water into full-course meals is the culprit of the ensuing chaos, this time turning his hometown of Swallow Falls into a world overrun by tacodile supremes, watermelophants, flamangos, and shrimpanzees, among other monstrous animal victuals. For both kids and adults, CWCM2 is little more than a vague memory as soon as it’s over. The movie is simply trying to cash in on its predecessor’s success, and while that’s nothing new for a flick primarily aimed at 8-year-olds, it’s still enough to give you a tummy ache. Read a full review of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.
  • 10AM Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14, 12812 Hill Country Blvd., 800/326-3264

    10AM Cinemark Movies 8 Round Rock, 2120 N. Mays, 512/388-2848

    10AM Tinseltown South, 5501 S. I-35, 512/326-4408

  • Kung Fu Panda 2

    Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

    Rated PG, 90 min. Directed by Jennifer Yuh.

    Let’s face it: Jack Black is perfectly cast as the portly, animated panda Po, the Dragon Warrior who keeps the peace in Valley of Peace with the help of his comrades, the Furious Five. In this second installment in DreamWorks’ franchise, Po has mastered the martial arts and is now tasked with finding inner peace. Later, Po learns that he was adopted and that the evil peacock Lord Shen (Oldman) is the cause of his separation from his biological parents. Intent on destroying kung fu with his cannon firepower, the beautifully illustrated peacock raids Chinese villages for their metals, leaving swaths of destruction in his wake. Now, Po and the Furious Five must counter Shen’s evil plans with a barrage of martial artistry. Director Yuh guides the film’s visual look into something quite elegant and lovely to look at, and kids are bound to get a kick out of the kung fu creatures. Read a full review of Kung Fu Panda 2.
  • 10AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158

  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

    Rated PG, 85 min. Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon.

    After adventures in the wilds of Madagascar and Africa, this third installment of the animated series begins where the second one ended: with the animals in northern Africa and newly overtaken by a desire to return home to the Central Park Zoo in New York. Since the penguins and monkeys have hijacked their plane and headed for Monte Carlo, the foursome – lion Alex (Stiller), zebra Marty (Rock), giraffe Melman (Schwimmer), and hippo Gloria (Pinkett Smith) – snorkel their way across the Mediterranean in pursuit. After wreaking havoc in the principality's casinos, the animals flee and find cover in the midst of a traveling circus. Although Madagascar 3 is low on originality and high on volume, it manages to remain amusing due to its talented voice cast and brief running time. Madagascar 3 may not rival the “greatest show on earth” but it’s good enough to pack ’em in anyway. Read a full review of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.
  • Rio 2

    Rio 2 (2014)

    Rated G, 101 min. Directed by Carlos Saldanha.

    In this animated sequel, Blu (Eisenberg), Jewel (Hathaway), and their three children head from their home in Rio deep into the Amazon basin, where they find a whole flock of blue macaws that turn out to be Jewel’s long-lost family. Jewel, meeting both her father (Garcia) and an old love (Mars), is delighted to be with them in the jungle, but Blu is a city bird, uncomfortable with the father-in-law and unhappy about the ex. Rio 2 is loaded with terrific vocal talents (though they are mostly squandered), and is agog with characters all feverishly working to carry way too much plot. Less a celebration of Brazil than of homogenized Las Vegas stage-show aesthetics, the film's more ethnic elements are Mixmaster-blended into seamless Hollywood entertainment. All singing, all dancing, all color: Rio 2 is a modern, studio animation blockbuster – spilling all over the place, rather than arching into the sky. Read a full review of Rio 2.

    10AM, 2:40PM, 7:20PM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158

  • Rio

    Rio (2011)

    Rated G, 96 min. Directed by Carlos Saldanha.

    Alamo Kids' Camp: So does Rio measure up to the insanely great standard of digital animation set by Pixar? Visually, yes. Rio is positively trippy when it comes to blowing your mind with explosively eye-popping animation. Unfortunately, the story is one told too many times before. Eisenberg voices Blu, a Brazil-born bird snatched from his rain forest aerie by pet smugglers and accidentally deposited in frigid Minnesota. There, the flightless blue macaw is adopted and BFF'd by Linda, a little girl who grows up to have the voice of Leslie Mann. When Rio de Janeiro-based ornithologist Tulio (Santoro) arrives with the news that Blu is the last male of his species, the trio flies to Brazil, where Blu meets his intended paramour, the feral Jewel (Hathaway), and everyone's plans run afowl, so to speak. Rio is a better-than-average animated family film suitable for kids of all ages but about as ephemeral as the ever-shifting colors in a cheap childhood kaleidoscope. Read a full review of Rio.

    9:45AM, 10:25AM Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060

  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

    Austin Public Library: Family Movie Night: A remake of Disney's own 1963 version, this journey gives individual expression to its animal leads rather than voiceover narration and the result is extraordinarily affecting. With its recent successes in animated features andnow, this live-action release, Walt Disney Pictures seems to be climbing out of the decades-deep quagmire of pedestrian pablum it had so complacently sunk into. So what if the studio vaults had to be raided, the updated screenplay about three very different animals who forge a deep and mutually respectful bond while trying to find their way home through the wilderness is just grand. The subtext of a newly merged family struggling to find its way “home” through an equally uncharted landscape, is crafted with a light, if somewhat predictable hand. Taking a cue from the best of the Disney nature films, the animals and the wilderness are the stars of the show here, with great adventure footage and spectacular scenery abounding. Read a full review of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.

    6PM University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola, 512/929-0551

  • The LEGO Movie

    The LEGO Movie (2014)

    Rated PG, 100 min. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

    Kids Summer Series: Smart and savvy, The Lego Movie takes the classic dilemma of every Lego owner – to follow the instructions or not to follow? – and constructs a wild-ride fantasy of colorful, interlocking plastic bricks only to deconstruct it in the most amazing way possible. What initially appears to be a nonsensical story about an ordinary minifigure named Emmet, who joins forces with a cadre of Master Builders to save Legokind from the evil Lord Business (who’s plotting to take the snap out of things with Krazy Glue), later resonates with depth and feeling when it segues into the real world. It all fits together in a way you don’t see coming. Kudos to the filmmakers for connecting the pieces to make such a funny and sharp animated movie that speaks to kids and adults alike. To quote the once ordinary, now extraordinary Emmet, “Everything is awesome!!!” Indeed, it is. Read a full review of The LEGO Movie.

    10:15AM Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158

  • Kung Fu Panda

    Kung Fu Panda (2008)

    Rated PG, 91 min. Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson.

    Kids' Camp: Po (Black) may be an animated panda bear, but make no mistake: Deep down, he’s really just a nerd with a pop-culture obsession. In Kung Fu Panda’s opening scene (animated in a gorgeous, throwback, two-dimensional style), Po imagines himself as a great martial-arts master and warrior. Of course, in reality (disappointingly three-dimensional, Pixar-like reality) Po is a master of nothing; he’s just the rotund son of a noodle-shop owner living in a small Chinese village who gets his kicks playing with action figures in his bedroom. Of course, that all changes when destiny drops him at the feet of kung-fu master Shifu (Hoffman). Kung Fu Panda’s message is timeworn and clichéd (believe in yourself, even if – especially if – you’re flabby and uncoordinated and no one else believes in you). But with a lovable, lumpy loser as its hero, the movie is just the kind of antic David vs. Goliath tale children can’t get enough of. Read a full review of Kung Fu Panda.

    10:45AM Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030


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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