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Your Weekend in Film

By The Screens Staff, September 8, 2017, 7:00am, Picture in Picture

While everyone tries to place blame for a lackluster summer at the cinema, we'll keep reviewing the latest films and recommending the best one-off screenings at your favorite movie house.

This Week’s Pick: It

Stephen King's second adaptation of the year (one that has been in development since 2009) sees small-town youngsters facing a malicious clown. Marc Savlov raves: "It is a white-knuckle horror show blessed with an R rating, by which I mean it doesn’t have to rein in its gory, toothy terrors, like other, lesser, PG-13-rated King films must." 4 stars.

Also Reviewed

Beach Rats. A Brooklyn teenager does some self-searching by dividing his time between his peers, his girlfriend, and older men. Marjorie Baumgarten writes: "Writer/director Eliza Hittman, who won the director’s prize for this film earlier this year at Sundance, has a special feeling for teenagers’ emergent sexuality." 3 stars.

Crown Heights. A man sets out to defend his wrongfully convicted best friend. Marjorie Baumgarten: "Crown Heights would make a perfect double bill with 13th, Ava DuVernay’s documentary look at racial inequality in the American prison system." 3 stars.

Tulip Fever. The adaptation sees a bride-to-be falling for an artist commissioned to paint her portrait. Kimberley Jones: "Filmed three years ago and bounced around the release calendar ever since, the Weinstein Company finally – indifferently – dropped it into theatres Sept. 1, where it has unsurprisingly died on the vine." 1.5 stars.

Also Opening

Home Again. A single mom from Los Angeles faces complications after letting three young men move into her dwelling.

Marjorie Prime. Jon Hamm reverses his Black Mirror role in this tale of loss and, thanks to AI, rediscovered love.

9/11. A few souls are trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center on the fateful day.

Special Screenings

Classics Suspiria and Close Encounters of the Third Kind are joined by two more (from Steven Spielberg, no less!) as a double feature. Both dinosaurs and a certain great white are let loose (again) when they screen Friday night.

Akira. Another essential-watch screens Saturday and Sunday. The royalty of Japanese anime tells the story of a biker gang member in 2019 Tokyo imbued with the powers of a secret military project. This is a theatre-exclusive [FX Screening], so expect lights, lasers, and other accoutrement.

Local Filmmakers Showcase. Five directors, five films, five different styles. Come see Austin's avant-garde this Sunday.


Get in the back-to-school mindset. On Saturday, get to either the Blue Starlite Drive-In, which hosts a double dose of romance with Sixteen Candles and The Princess Bride, or the University Hills Branch Library, which will screen the 2016 version of Sir Rudyard Kipling'sThe Jungle Book.

Witness (cinematic) pride. Now until the 10th is the 30th Austin Gay + Lesbian International Film Festival, home to a range of features, shorts, documentaries and parties.

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