Five Movies to See in Austin This Week

Kristen Stewart is haunted and there's a town full of fireworks

There are a couple of must-see new releases this week (I, Tonya, and The Other Side of Hope), but if you're looking for some alternatives, here’s some sure bets.

Personal Shopper (2017)


Alamo Ritz: Sat., Jan. 6, 1pm; Sun., Jan. 7, 3:45pm
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A ghost story exploring the ineffable with a terrific performance by Stewart, whose performance caught the eye of both Richard Whittaker and Josh Kupecki for their year-end lists. As esteemed critic Marjorie Baumgarten describes in her review: “Kristen Stewart, who is present in nearly every scene, is the major force that keeps our eyes peeled to the screen. She is one of the greatest talents working in cinema today, and she agilely teeters between showing us Maureen’s cool, efficient, and detached side as well as the character’s lost and unconfident emotional side.”

Brimstone & Glory (2017)


AFS Cinema: Sun., Jan. 7, 6pm; Wed., Jan. 10, 7:30pm
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A town in Mexico, whose chief export is fireworks, gears up for their yearly celebration of pyrotechnics. The film first premiered at last year’s Fantastic Fest, and has a two-night run this week. Highly recommended. Co-sponsored by Cine Las Americas.

The Room


Alamo Ritz: Mon., Jan. 8, 9:30pm; Cinemark 20 and XD, Arbor, Metropolitan: Wed., Jan, 10
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The film that launched a thousand movie nights returns to theatres, hot on the heels of the James Franco vehicle The Disaster Artist. Learn why throwing a football can be difficult and what happens when you spend too much time at the florist.

BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)


AFS Cinema: Tue., Jan. 9, 7:30pm
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Austin Film Society continues its Cinema of Resistance series with this film which chronicles a Parisian ACT UP group in the early Nineties, as it struggles to get drug companies to address the AIDS epidemic. This is France's Oscar entry for Best Foreign-Language Film.

Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone (2017)


Museum of Human Achievement, Thu., Jan. 11, 7pm
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The Hyperreal Film Club Second Look Series brings this blissfully bonkers whatzit from unclassifiable dance-comedy trio Cocoon Central Dance Team to town to blow your mind. The film is part psychotropic performance art spectacle and part absurdist sketch show. To quote co-founder Tanner Hadfield: “This is definitely the funniest and certainly a candidate for the weirdest film of 2017.” That is saying something.


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