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Alamo Drafthouse donates $50,000 to KLRU via “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” screenings

The folks at the Alamo Drafthouse donated $50,127 to KLRU from proceeds from screenings of the excellent Mr. Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Here is the giant novelty check being accepted from Drafthouse folks by KLRU CEO Bill Stotesbery.
‘Halloween’ kicks off Fantastic Fest in smart, scary style

‘Halloween’ kicks off Fantastic Fest in smart, scary style

Forty years ago, Laurie Strode had the Worst. Halloween. Ever. A silent, relentless killer named Michael Myers roamed the streets of (the fictional) Haddonfield, Illinois, and took five lives, including many of Laurie’s friends. Young Laurie barely survived the attack. After being wounded seemingly fatally, Myers vanished into the night, leaving Laurie a wreck. David Gordon Green’s &ldquo...
7 television series all parents should watch with their teens

7 television series all parents should watch with their teens

Recently I wrote a column for The Washington Post on the seven movies all parents should watch with their teens. I enjoyed perusing the reader comments, with many people offering their own picks. And one person asked, “How about television series recommendations?” Great idea. Here are my top seven. - “Roots.” The miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel first aired in 1977...
Unreliable storytelling makes ‘Life Itself’ lose all meaning

Unreliable storytelling makes ‘Life Itself’ lose all meaning

It’s difficult to discuss what “Life Itself” is exactly about, because the film, written and directed by “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman, is such a twisty, tangled narrative that to describe any aspect of it is to risk spoilers. Besides, it’s best to experience the twists and turns for yourself — going in cold really enhances the baffling experience of watching...
Movies in theaters, 9/21/18

Movies in theaters, 9/21/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Fahrenheit 11/9” Grade: C+. Review page 25 “The House with a Clock in its Walls” Grade: C. Review page 27 “Life Itself” Grade: D. Review page 26 “Lizzie” Grade: B. Review page 28 NOT REVIEWED “Assassination Nation.” R. 110 minutes. Anger turns into violence as four teenage girls fight for their lives against an armed mob...
In ‘Lizzie,’ an oppressed daughter is driven to murder

In ‘Lizzie,’ an oppressed daughter is driven to murder

There is something wildly freeing about the savage killings in “Lizzie,” a distinctly feminist take on the notorious Lizzie Borden, history’s most famous, if unproven, mom-and-pop slayer. This sense of liberation derives from murders enacted with the methodical exhilaration of a jailbreak — a cathartic response to years of oppression by her miserly father, Andrew (Jamey Sheridan)...
Michael Moore targets Trump and Democrats in ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’

Michael Moore targets Trump and Democrats in ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’

Director Michael Moore takes on the rise of Donald Trump in the documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9,” named for the day in 2016 when the reality TV star was named winner of the presidential election. The title is a takeoff, of course, on “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which dealt with the George W. Bush administration and its handling of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In “Fahrenheit 9/11...
The cogs never quite fit together in ‘House with a Clock in Its Walls’

The cogs never quite fit together in ‘House with a Clock in Its Walls’

Witches are so 2017. Make way for warlocks, aka “boy witches,” as defined by the intrepid young Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), the boy hero of “The House with a Clock in Its Walls.” The adaptation of John Bellairs’ 1973 young adult fantasy novel, directed by Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke, makes a play to move in on the young warlock turf vacated by Harry Potter, but the...
In an age of anger, TV shows take a different path: They’re sad

In an age of anger, TV shows take a different path: They’re sad

Sad songs, if you know your FM radio history, say so much. Elton John was right when he sang about the cathartic powers that come from a Top-40 wallow in all degrees of hurt and heartbreak — the satisfaction of recognizing one’s own pain in mainstream pop. But as much as we’re willing to cry along with ballads, I keep running into viewers who don’t want to be brought low by...
The Alamo Drafthouse, Fantastic Fest and fans: one year later

The Alamo Drafthouse, Fantastic Fest and fans: one year later

One year ago, the Alamo Drafthouse was embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal the beginnings of which went back nearly 20 years, a scandal that broke before and during Fantastic Fest, the chain’s signature film festival celebrating all things genre — think horror, crime, science fiction. Here was a company, homegrown in liberal Austin, that prided itself on being progressive, the...
‘The Predator’ tops box office but still falls short

‘The Predator’ tops box office but still falls short

For the first time in weeks, the weekend box office was dominated by three new releases, signaling an unofficial start to the fall movie season. In first place, 20th Century Fox’s “The Predator” opened with $24 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore. The latest entry from the three-decade-old series came in below analysts’ predictions of $30 million to...
America might need Tim Gunn now more than ever

America might need Tim Gunn now more than ever

Your Sunday: a day of rest. Tim Gunn’s Sunday: getting slaughtered by teens with sharp objects. “Slaughtered” is Gunn’s own word for what happens at weekly fencing bouts he’s recently taken up. Hyperbolic, sure, but you can’t argue it doesn’t paint a picture. The longtime “Project Runway” mentor, who knows a thing or a thousand about the power...
Emmy predictions: Keep eye on ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Americans’

Emmy predictions: Keep eye on ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Americans’

“Game of Thrones” is back in the running. “The Americans” is taking its final bow. And Julia Louis-Dreyfus is sadly absent. How will these changes affect this year’s Emmy awards? Here’s a look at the nominees in the drama and comedy categories and some predictions about who might win. DRAMA SERIES “The Americans” “The Crown” “Game of...
Sensitive single dads raising daughters have taken over movie screens

Sensitive single dads raising daughters have taken over movie screens

In movies about teenagers, single dads often come across as more absentee or overbearing than they do empathetic. Sure, some feature arcs that end with a father capable of providing his children with adequate emotional support — which, to be fair, is how most mothers are expected to be from the get-go — but fewer start off this way. We’ve met a lot more like Harry Dean Stanton&rsquo...
Movies in theaters, 9/14/18

Movies in theaters, 9/14/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “The Predator” Grade: B-. Review page 23 “White Boy Rick” Grade: C+. Review page 22 “A Simple Favor” Grade: B-. Review page 24 “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” Grade: C. Review page 25 NOT REVIEWED “Don’t Leave Home.” Not rated. 86 minutes. In this arthouse horror flick, an American artist develops an obsession with...
Is ‘A Simple Favor’ a thriller or a comedy or what?

Is ‘A Simple Favor’ a thriller or a comedy or what?

The debate about “A Simple Favor” will likely center around one question: At what point in the often thoroughly enjoyable semi-comic thriller does it shift tonally from elevated Lifetime Movie of the Week (which is not a knock) to overly goofy, in a way that reminds you that, yes, this was directed by Paul Feig, the guy behind “Bridesmaids,” “Ghostbusters” and &ldquo...
‘Unbroken: Path to Redemption’ is a fussy correction to its predecessor

‘Unbroken: Path to Redemption’ is a fussy correction to its predecessor

“Didn’t we already get an ‘Unbroken’ movie?” you might ask, about “Unbroken: Path to Redemption.” Is it even possible to have a sequel to a biopic? Faith-based film production company PureFlix thinks so. “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” serves as a bit of a coda to Angelina Jolie’s 2014 film about the amazing World War II survival story of...
McConaughey’s sleazeball role is saving grace of ‘White Boy Rick’

McConaughey’s sleazeball role is saving grace of ‘White Boy Rick’

“White Boy Rick” has a lot going for it. Matthew McConaughey gives a fine performance as a 1980s Detroit gun dealer who is also the father of a rather precocious 14-year-old drug dealer and FBI informant. If he can just sell enough guns with silencers, he’s sure he’ll have enough money to bet it all on what he thinks is the future — video stores. That video store dream...
‘The Predator’ has all the ingredients for a fun popcorn flick

‘The Predator’ has all the ingredients for a fun popcorn flick

Writer/director Shane Black, a regular visitor to the Austin Film Festival, can rightly be credited with some of the most irreverent and trenchant dialogue in many movies, including “The Nice Guys,” “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and the “Lethal Weapon” franchise. So he seems like a good choice to reboot the “Predator” series. And he largely succeeds with &ldquo...
Zach Theatre plans jubilee weekend with playwright Terrence McNally.

Zach Theatre plans jubilee weekend with playwright Terrence McNally.

Terrence McNally, who grew up in Corpus Christi, ranks among the top two or three playwrights from Texas. In Austin, the  Ransom Center at the  University of Texas holds his papers, while  Zach Theatre has become something of the official home for performances of his plays and musicals. Distinguished playwright Terrence...
Florida movie producer indicted on $5 million credit union fraud scheme

Florida movie producer indicted on $5 million credit union fraud scheme

A Florida man is accused of using his position at a credit union in Jacksonville to steal more than $5 million by buying and selling stamps. >> Read more trending news  Federal prosecutors say it took 64-year-old Duane Sikes 10 years to slowly take all that money from his employer, Vystar Credit Union. Sikes’ IMDB page  says he has produced 85 movies and TV shows since...
‘The Nun’ opens at No. 1 with series-best $53.5 million

‘The Nun’ opens at No. 1 with series-best $53.5 million

Warner Bros. dominated the top two spots of this weekend’s box office (and three of the top five), marking its fifth consecutive week at the top of the charts. “It’s extraordinary, I want to do it all the time,” said Jeff Goldstein, the studio’s distribution chief. In first place, New Line Cinema’s horror spinoff “The Nun,” based on a character introduced...
Webb Report: In appreciation of the binge-worthy ‘The Good Wife’

Webb Report: In appreciation of the binge-worthy ‘The Good Wife’

The worst thing about floors is that you can’t actually sink into them. After a hard day in 2018, you know you’ve stumbled into your home and gone fully horizontal, silently willing the hardwood to claim you like quicksand in an episode of “Gilligan’s Island.” Because of the roiling sea of partisan turmoil in America, for one thing. Those Supreme Court confirmation hearings...
After 2 years away, former KVUE news boss returning to Austin

After 2 years away, former KVUE news boss returning to Austin

Frank Volpicella, KVUE’s news director for 16 years before departing in 2016, is returning home. Volpicella, who served as managing editor at WJXT in Jacksonville, Fla., and news director at WGCL in Atlanta since leaving Austin, is set to become the next general manager of Community Impact’s Cedar Park-Leander edition. “After 2 1/2 years of being away from the best city in the country...
Ryan Reynolds pays tribute to Burt Reynolds with spoof of famous Burt photo spread

Ryan Reynolds pays tribute to Burt Reynolds with spoof of famous Burt photo spread

Actor Burt Reynolds, who died from cardiac arrest Thursday at the age of 82, was known as a consummate professional, a big box-office movie star, a sex symbol, a stuntman, a popular college football star -- and the list literally goes on and on.  >> Read more trending news  Some fans may not realize, though, that Reynolds was also known for his trailblazing spirit, which was never...
Where you can watch some of Burt Reynolds’ greatest hits

Where you can watch some of Burt Reynolds’ greatest hits

Here is an interesting new release available now from digital providers as well as some titles available for streaming. Remembering Burt Reynolds: The veteran actor and director died Sept. 6 at the age of 82. He leaves behind a rich cinematic legacy of classics and more than a few guilty pleasures. Amazon Prime has one of his most iconic performances in “Smokey and the Bandit,” along with...
Burt Reynolds remembered as ‘living legend,’ ‘trailblazer,’ ‘true gentleman

Burt Reynolds remembered as ‘living legend,’ ‘trailblazer,’ ‘true gentleman

Iconic actor Burt Reynolds, who died Thursday at the age of 82, was remembered Thursday by fellow actors and friends as many things, including a “living legend,” a “trailblazer” and a “true gentleman. >> Read more trending news  A family member issued a statement calling the suave movie star and 1970s-era Hollywood heartthrob “a generous, passionate...
New TV season bringing change to ratings leader KXAN

New TV season bringing change to ratings leader KXAN

KXAN, Austin’s NBC television affiliate, is making a number of strategic moves as it kicks off the new TV season this week. The station, which ranks at or near No. 1 in most competitive time slots in Central Texas, will debut a 4:30 p.m. newscast this Monday, is expanding its “Studio 512” lifestyle show and recently named a new anchor for its hour-long noon newscast, among other...
Bloody western gives European B-movies a splattery salute

Bloody western gives European B-movies a splattery salute

“Let the Corpses Tan” — or, to use its even better French title, “Laissez Bronzer Les Cadavres” — is a feverish, obsessive act of cinematic rehabilitation, a shoot-’em-up conceived in tribute to a peculiar strain of blood-spattered B-movies from the 1960s and ’70s. Adapted from a 1971 crime novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jean-Pierre Bastid, it&rsquo...
‘Conjuring’ spinoff ‘The Nun’ is a screaming, scary blast

‘Conjuring’ spinoff ‘The Nun’ is a screaming, scary blast

Step aside, “Halloween.” Forget it, “Paranormal Activity.” Nice try, “Scream.” “The Conjuring” franchise (or the “Conjuring” Cinematic Universe, or CCU) has steadily become the most dependable horror film franchise of late, conquering the box office with good old-fashioned and flawlessly executed spooks and scares, with a few interesting...

Movies in theaters in Austin, 9/7/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection” Grade: A. Review page 21 “The Wife” Grade: B+. Review page 22 “The Nun” Grade: B-. Review page 23 “Let the Corpses Tan” Grade: B. Review page 24 NOT REVIEWED “Peppermint.” R. 102 minutes. Waking from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family...
Delve into the dark bargains of marriage in ‘The Wife’

Delve into the dark bargains of marriage in ‘The Wife’

Made by adults for adults, “The Wife” is an intimate drama that offers an inside look at a marriage and the dark bargains couples sometimes have to make with each other. Expertly pared by screenwriter Jane Anderson from Meg Wolitzer’s celebrated novel — and sensitively directed by Swedish filmmaker Björn Runge — “The Wife” features Glenn Close and Jonathan...
‘John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection’ is an ace

‘John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection’ is an ace

“John McEnroe wasn’t all that tall, and he was arguably the best serve-and-volley man of all time, but then McEnroe was an exception to pretty much every predictive norm there was. At his peak (say 1980-1984), he was the greatest tennis player who ever lived – the most talented, the most beautiful, the most tormented: a genius. For me, watching McEnroe don a blue polyester blazer...
Hollywood’s new development partner: The United Nations

Hollywood’s new development partner: The United Nations

On a recent weekday afternoon, a corporate executive met with United Nations staffers at the organization’s landmark building high above the East River. The executive wasn’t an energy or environmental mogul looking for a government contract. She was a senior marketing manager for Thomas the Tank Engine, Mattel’s musty toy brand about a rail car that speaks. And the U.N. staffers...
Tyler Perry offers ‘Cosby’ star Geoffrey Owens work after Trader Joe’s job goes viral

Tyler Perry offers ‘Cosby’ star Geoffrey Owens work after Trader Joe’s job goes viral

It looks like”Cosby Show” alum Geoffrey Owens may have a few doors open to him in the entertainment business. >> Read more trending news  The actor was recently spotted bagging groceries at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey. The couple who spotted him posted the photo on the internet and it was picked up by Fox News and the Daily Mail. Since then Owens has received support...
After family health scare, host takes step to ensure heart wellness

After family health scare, host takes step to ensure heart wellness

It’s the kind of call no one wants to receive. Mix 94.7 morning co-host Alex Franco was on the road back to Austin after a visit to Dallas when he learned from a hospital chaplain that his brother, David, had just had a massive heart attack. “I was at an exit right outside of Waco,” Franco said. “My heart just dropped when I heard the news. It just kind of came out of nowhere...
10 things we’re looking forward to at the Toronto Film Festival

10 things we’re looking forward to at the Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival, which has long introduced the top Oscar contenders to North American audiences, kicks off Sept. 6 and features one of the most interesting, buzzy matchups of recent years: Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” and Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Fresh from the Venice Film Festival, “First Man” will have a...
New name, same mission: AGLIFF continues to expand community impact

New name, same mission: AGLIFF continues to expand community impact

A lot has changed for members of the LGBTQ community since AGLIFF launched in 1987. At that time, many Austinites might not have been willing to stand in line and be seen attending an event that promised to screen the best in gay and lesbian cinema from around the globe. Now in its 31st year, the festival, which takes place at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar from Sept. 6-9, is broadening its horizons...
‘The Little Stranger’ spins a deliciously ambiguous ghost story

‘The Little Stranger’ spins a deliciously ambiguous ghost story

Most haunted houses, at least in movies, share basic qualities: They are empty, dilapidated and the floorboards creak a little too much. This blueprint affords filmmakers the opportunity to create a sense of foreboding, usually culminating in a jump scare and a jolt of music. At first glance, “The Little Stranger” seems to have been shaped by the same cookie cutter used by countless haunted-house...
Matthew McConaughey’s margarita recipe is a little weird

Matthew McConaughey’s margarita recipe is a little weird

You come at the king, you best not miss. So it goes on “The Wire,” so it goes in the world of margaritas. Movie star/Austin institution Matthew McConaughey and his margarita recipe are no exception. The concoction of tequila and lime juice is the lifeblood of many a Texas turn-up, so it’s no surprise that one of Texas’ most lively characters has his own recipe. McConaughey...
Bloomberg Philanthropies rewards 26 Austin cultural groups with grants

Bloomberg Philanthropies rewards 26 Austin cultural groups with grants

Bloomberg Philanthropies has named 26 Austin cultural groups that will receive significant grants as well as management training as part of a $43 million second-wave campaign to strengthen small-to-medium-sized American arts nonprofits. The charitable foundation — established by businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg — chose the groups...

Movies in theaters, 8/31/18

OPENING THIS WEEKEND “Searching” Grade: B+. Review page 19 “Kin” Grade: C. Review page 24 “Operation Finale” Grade: B-. Review page 21 “Juliet, Naked” Grade: B. Review page 22 “The Bookshop” Grade: B. Review page 23 “The Little Stranger” Grade: A-. Review page 20 NOT REVIEWED “Blood Fest.” Not rated. 90 minutes. A...
‘The Bookshop’ is like a classic novel — to be savored, not summarized

‘The Bookshop’ is like a classic novel — to be savored, not summarized

Based on a 1978 novel by Penelope Fitzgerald, “The Bookshop” tells the quiet, unhurried and gently bittersweet tale of a widow (Emily Mortimer) whose dream is to open a bookstore. That Florence Green has decided to do so in a small English town where most don’t like to read — and in a building that the local grande dame (Patricia Clarkson) has set her mind on acquiring for...
‘Searching’ uniquely — and visually — unravels a clever mystery

‘Searching’ uniquely — and visually — unravels a clever mystery

It is hard enough to come up with a plausible mystery story for a feature film that has enough legitimate twists and turns to make it interesting without having to cheat on the payoff. Too often, the big surprise ends up being a major disappointment because what was coming was as obvious as the ending to a cheap romance novel. Toss in a completely unorthodox way of putting the production together...
Dark, confounding and violent ‘Kin’ defies genre

Dark, confounding and violent ‘Kin’ defies genre

Release dates shouldn’t necessarily be a metric for evaluating films, and yet, sometimes it’s the best way to contextualize what’s going on with a movie. “Kin,” a dark and confounding young adult thriller, written and directed by Jonathan and Josh Baker, co-written by Daniel Casey, is best described as a prototypical “August movie.” Not fitting into one genre...
‘Operation Finale’ is a color-by-numbers political thriller

‘Operation Finale’ is a color-by-numbers political thriller

There’s something very familiar about “Operation Finale,” written by debut screenwriter Matthew Orton and directed by Chris Weitz. The film chronicles the thrilling, stranger-than-fiction 1960 Mossad operation to kidnap principal Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann from Argentina and extradite him to Israel to be tried for war crimes. The event was depicted in the 1996 TV movie &ldquo...
Ethan Hawke stars in a new rom-com? Yep, and it’s really sweet

Ethan Hawke stars in a new rom-com? Yep, and it’s really sweet

At a time when every other movie, even the rom-coms, seems to contain political subtext, it’s a relief to see a bagatelle come along like “Juliet, Naked.” Described as a “98-minute diversion” by producers at a recent screening, the romantic comedy is just that: a sweet-tart confection that, like lemon sorbet, cleanses a palate gone sour from too many cinematic servings...
A massive ‘Harry Potter’-themed dance party is coming to San Antonio in October, Quidditch pong and all

A massive ‘Harry Potter’-themed dance party is coming to San Antonio in October, Quidditch pong and all

Get your dress robes ready -- it’s time for the “Wizarding Event of the Year.” WizardFest, a “Harry Potter”-themed dance party, is set for Oct. 10 in San Antonio. According to the Facebook event, the party is taking place at The Rock Box and will feature butterbeer (for witches and wizards over 21) and other Potter-themed drinks, a costume contest and Quidditch...
‘The Front Runner’ will close Austin Film Festival; second wave of films announced

‘The Front Runner’ will close Austin Film Festival; second wave of films announced

“The Front Runner,” starring Hugh Jackman as former presidential candidate Gary Hart, will close the Austin Film Festival, it was announced today.   Director Jason Reitman will be on hand to discuss the movie, which chronicles the rise and fall of the exceptionally talented senator who was the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president in 1988 until his run was...
‘Super Saturday,’ a day full of family activities in downtown Austin, is coming in October

‘Super Saturday,’ a day full of family activities in downtown Austin, is coming in October

This year, Oct. 27 is a particularly packed day.  The Austin Film Festival, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva la Vida Festival and Parade and the Texas Book Festival (elements of which are all taking place downtown that weekend) will be teaming up to offer a full day of family-friendly culture and activities. Live music, children’s art activities, retail booths and food will be available along...
Dale Watson looking for extras for ‘Yellow Rose’ (Note: not THE Yellow Rose)

Dale Watson looking for extras for ‘Yellow Rose’ (Note: not THE Yellow Rose)

Dale Watson is in the middle of filming a feature called “Yellow Rose” (based on the 2017 short film “Yellow Rose,” in which Watson also starred) and the man is looking for extras. From his Facebook page: "Do you want to come be an extra in a Dale Watson movie? We are filming a movie called Yellow Rose about a local girl who aspires to be a country/western singer...
William ‘James T. Kirk’ Shatner coming to Austin in January

William ‘James T. Kirk’ Shatner coming to Austin in January

  SHAAAAAAAAATNER! SHAAAAAAAAAATNER! William Shatner -- Captain James T. Kirk, T.J. Hooker and the man whose face became the mask that Michael Meyers uses in “Halloween,” among other credits  - is coming to Bass Concert Hall Jan. 12 for a conversation following a screening of the almighty “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” A limited number of VIP tickets will be available...
Richard Linklater sponsors short film contest supporting Beto O’Rourke 

Richard Linklater sponsors short film contest supporting Beto O’Rourke 

Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater and “Boyhood” producer Cathleen Sutherland have put together a short film contest called “Reel In The Votes” in support of Beto O’Rourke’s campaign to become the next United States senator from Texas. “We are accepting 2-3 minute stories (narrative or non-fiction) as well as 30-second spots in line with Beto’s...
Austin Film Society to host Texas red carpet screening of 'White Boy Rick’ Sept. 13, Matthew McConaughey included

Austin Film Society to host Texas red carpet screening of 'White Boy Rick’ Sept. 13, Matthew McConaughey included

Austin Film Society (AFS) will host a special Texas red carpet screening of the crime picture “White Boy Rick” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at AFS Cinema.  Matthew McConaughey, who stars in the film, will introduce the movie and participate in a post-screening discussion with AFS founder Richard Linklater.  Tickets will go on sale to AFS members on Aug. 21 and to the general public...
‘Boy Erased,’ ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ to screen, Roger Corman to hang out at Austin Film Festival

‘Boy Erased,’ ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ to screen, Roger Corman to hang out at Austin Film Festival

The perennially writer-focused Austin Film Festival (AFF) on Tuesday announced the first wave of films to be included in their 25th anniversary program, which takes place Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. Films announced include “Boy Erased,” written and directed by Joel Edgerton, starring Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, and based on Garrard Conley’s memoir about a gay teenager forced...
Beerland adds another regular movie event with ‘Staring Down the Barrels’

Beerland adds another regular movie event with ‘Staring Down the Barrels’

Never let it be said that there are not plenty of places in Austin in which you, the discerning viewer, can see cult movies with your fellow mutants. In addition to their Jukebox Cinema series and the Bruises and Brews “skateboard movie night,” longtime Beerland booker/screenwriter/VHS savant/wrestling promoter and all around Red River bon vivant Max Meehan and the screening collective...
Did you know ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star Glen Powell is from Austin?

Did you know ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star Glen Powell is from Austin?

For a while, Glen Powell was one of those “Hey, I know that guy from somewhere” actors. He’d been in some TV shows and had bit parts in some films, but nothing huge.  That all changed this summer, when Powell was the leading man in Netflix’s rom-com revival “Set It Up,” in which he plays an aggravated office assistant who conspires with another assistant...
All the Harry Potter movies are coming back to theaters for one week. Here’s where to see them in Austin

All the Harry Potter movies are coming back to theaters for one week. Here’s where to see them in Austin

All eight Harry Potter films, plus the first installment of the “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” spinoff series, are coming back to theaters -- but there’s only one place you can watch them in the Austin area. Cinemark 20 and XD (formerly Tinseltown) in Pflugerville is the only Central Texas theater hosting Cinemark’s “Wizarding World XD” week...
Here’s how you can see ‘Eighth Grade’ for free

Here’s how you can see ‘Eighth Grade’ for free

On Aug. 8, every state in the union is hosting a free screening, somewhere, of Bo Burnham’s outstanding “Eighth Grade,” and the film’s R rating will not be enforced.  As the news release noted, “If you’ve been through 8th Grade, ‘Eighth Grade’ is for you.” The Texas screening takes place 7:45 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. ...
Austin Asian-American Film Festival to host free Crazy Rich Asians Experience

Austin Asian-American Film Festival to host free Crazy Rich Asians Experience

The Austin Asian American Film Festival is hosting the Crazy Rich Asians Experience, a free, family-friendly event featuring a community party and Asian market with plenty of food and local vendors from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Long Center. The night also includes a ticketed VIP fundraiser featuring “MasterChef” winner Christine Hà and “Project Runway” winner Chloe...
In Austin theaters in August: Christopher Robin, black Klansmen and some obscene puppets 

In Austin theaters in August: Christopher Robin, black Klansmen and some obscene puppets 

New movies? We got ‘em. This isn’t quite all of them (and does not include repertory theaters -- hence the word “new”). Aug. 3 “Christopher Robin.” Ewan McGregor stars as THAT Christopher Robin, the one from the “Winnie-the-Pooh” stories, all grown up and without a sense of wonder, which, you know, happens when you get older. Guess who shows up to help...
Fantastic Fest 2018 will feature world premiere of J.J. Abrams’ ‘Overlord’ 

Fantastic Fest 2018 will feature world premiere of J.J. Abrams’ ‘Overlord’ 

​Fantastic Fest will host the world premieres of the J.J. Abrams-produced World War II horror picture “Overlord,”  Gareth “The Raid” Evans’ folk horror movie “Apostle” starring Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen, and Timo Tjahjanto’s brutal gangster movie “The Night Comes For Us.” A partial lineup for the genre film festival, which...
Tonya Harding to chat after screening of ‘I, Tonya’ in Austin. [Make your own ‘WHHHYYYY?!?!’ joke here.]

Tonya Harding to chat after screening of ‘I, Tonya’ in Austin. [Make your own ‘WHHHYYYY?!?!’ joke here.]

Tonya Harding will chat live in-person after a screening of the biopic “I, Tonya” Aug. 14 and 15. The screenings take place at 7 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Unfortunately, as of this Friday morning, the screenings are sold out. We will let you know if they add more. Alison Janney picked up a best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Harding’s mother, a role that was...
Check out the new trailer for the Austin-shot ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

Check out the new trailer for the Austin-shot ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

The new trailer for “Alita: Battle Angel” shows a whole mess of cyborg vs. cyborg action. Also: wow, Alita has giant eyes. Adapted from Yukita Kishiro’s 1990s manga “Battle Angel Alita” and a passion project for producer James Cameron for many, many years, “Alita” was produced and co-written by Cameron and directed and co-written by Austin’s own Robert...
Austin writer Evan Narcisse joins Rooster Teeth animated show

Austin writer Evan Narcisse joins Rooster Teeth animated show

Evan Narcisse, the Austin writer whose “Rise of the Black Panther” mini-series was one of the spring’s buzzier Marvel comics, has joined the writing staff of “gen:LOCK,” the upcoming anime-style sci-fi series from Austin content mega-provider Rooster Teeth. In “gen:LOCK,” Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war...
Want to see sharkosaurus movie ‘The Meg’ on the water? Of course you do.

Want to see sharkosaurus movie ‘The Meg’ on the water? Of course you do.

Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow is presenting the man vs megalodon movie “The Meg on the shores of Lake Travis at Volente Beach Resort Aug. 5. (Sadly, this movie is not, as rumored, about an enormous Meg White who eats a regular sized Jack White.) “‘The Meg’ on the Water” attendees will float on inflatable rafts while watching Jason Statham fight a giant...
Macaulay Culkin came to Austin to ‘blow stuff up’

Macaulay Culkin came to Austin to ‘blow stuff up’

Celebrity-sighting in Austin is so much easier when the stars give us a heads up. Case in point: “Home Alone” actor Macaulay Culkin, who posted to his Instagram account this weekend that he was in the capital of Texas. “I'm in Austin. Gonna blow stuff up with @modernrogueshow,” Culkin wrote in the caption of a photo of a a tank of compressed hydrogen, also tagging the...
Contrast Fest focuses on films you might not otherwise see in Austin

Contrast Fest focuses on films you might not otherwise see in Austin

Austin has another film festival. The inaugural Contrast Film Festival wants to put the spotlight on “boundary-pushing, genre-defying and forward-thinking filmmaking with an emphasis on female and queer artists,” according to its website. The event, which kicks off July 20, includes films ranging from 2018’s “Shakedown” and “Narcissister Organ Player” to 1933&rsquo...
Wanna watch ‘Dazed and Confused’ at a moontower? Alright, al- you know the rest

Wanna watch ‘Dazed and Confused’ at a moontower? Alright, al- you know the rest

Alright. Alright. Alright. On Aug. 24, Alamo Drafthouse, along with the Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Film Society, presents a 25th anniversary interactive screening of Richard Linklater’s iconic 1993 flick “Dazed and Confused” at the Zilker Park moonlight tower. Linklater and members of the cast and crew will be live and in person for the event. No word on who will...
Alamo Drafthouse chain to eliminate plastic drinking straws

Alamo Drafthouse chain to eliminate plastic drinking straws

The Alamo Drafthouse will get rid of plastic drinking straws from all company-owned theaters by the end of the month, says the Hollywood Reporter.  This includes theaters in Austin, Kansas City, New York, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Francisco -- about half of the brand’s 35 locations. (About half are franchises.) Apparently the Drafthouse is the first nationwide theater chain to do...
‘Captain America: Civil War’ might be Texans’ favorite Marvel movie

‘Captain America: Civil War’ might be Texans’ favorite Marvel movie

Texans like Captain America, but they like him the most when he is battling over the idea of “just trust us to do the right thing” vigilante lawlessness versus a measure of state control over living weapons of mass destruction, which is just one of the most Texas things to ever Texas. According to the folks at CableTV.com, after running the movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
Documents: New cinema has strained Austin Film Society’s budget

Documents: New cinema has strained Austin Film Society’s budget

The Austin Film Society’s effort to operate its own arthouse movie cinema has run into financial difficulties. Little more than a year after its opening, the theater — called the AFS Cinema — has fallen short of the film society’s financial forecasts, prompting cost cuts and a determination that the facility likely will need to rely on donations indefinitely to help fund its...
No wonder it looked familiar: Austin is the 14th most filmed location in the world 

No wonder it looked familiar: Austin is the 14th most filmed location in the world 

Ever watched a movie or show and thought, “Gee, that place looks curiously familiar...wait, is that Austin?” The answer might very well be “Yes. Yes, it is.” By compiling data from IMDb's "filming locations" section, including both films and TV productions shot in these locations and removing film studios, the folks at GoCompare.com have made an exhaustive list...
GIVEAWAY: Win a 4-pack of tickets to ‘Jaws’ on the Water

GIVEAWAY: Win a 4-pack of tickets to ‘Jaws’ on the Water

You’ve probably heard by now that you’ve got the opportunity to catch the classic film “Jaws” while floating in an inner tube on Lake Travis.  The annual “Jaws on the Water” event hosted by Alamo Drafthouse is back again every Friday and Saturday night through Aug. 4, and we’re giving away a four-pack of tickets for the Saturday, July 14. Each...
‘Wayne’s World,’ ‘Grease,’ more to play Long Center law free Sound & Cinema series

‘Wayne’s World,’ ‘Grease,’ more to play Long Center law free Sound & Cinema series

The Long Center Sound and Cinema Series is one of the more popular free summer film series in Austin and NOW we know what titles (and bands) are playing this summer! July 11: “Wayne's World” with music from Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad July 25: “Grease” with music from Huggy & the Feel Goodz Aug. 1: “Mean Girls” with music from Go Fever Aug. 15: “O Brother...
What movies are playing at Sound and Cinema this year? Take your best guess

What movies are playing at Sound and Cinema this year? Take your best guess

Sound and Cinema is back for another season in Austin, and it’s a summer favorite. Every year, the event brings together music and movies for several evenings on the Long Center lawn. RELATED: Check out the summer’s best events with the Austin360 Summer Fun Guide This year’s lineup will be announced on Thursday, but in the meantime, organizers are giving fans a chance to...
When the robots come to Austin, we will probably kick them.

When the robots come to Austin, we will probably kick them.

Last year, the Austin City Council approved the use of delivery robots in town. The robot delivery company in question is called Starship Technologies (even though based on their robot design Droid Technoiogies would probably been a better... wait that’s been taken twice, hasn’t it?) Here’s a photo gallery, in fact, of the little guys visiting Austin: So it was interesting ...
Make this your ‘summer of movies’ with these 13 Austin film series

Make this your ‘summer of movies’ with these 13 Austin film series

UPDATE: The Easy Tiger schedule is up! UPDATE:  The Sound and Cinema titles have been revealed! There are two kinds of summer film series in the fine city of Austin: The kind where you sit in an air-conditioned theater and watch movies curated around a particular theme, and the kind where you sit on a blanket after sundown and, well, watch movies curated around a particular theme. Our town...
WATCH: Anne Hathaway would like Matthew McConaughey to feed her husband to sharks in ‘Serenity’

WATCH: Anne Hathaway would like Matthew McConaughey to feed her husband to sharks in ‘Serenity’

Yes, you read that correctly. In the upcoming movie “Serenity,” written and directed by Steve Knight,  Anne Hathaway plays a woman who begs her ex-husband, a fisherman with the extremely MOVIE name of Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey), to get rid of her abusive new husband (Jason Clarke) by taking said abuser on a fishing trip and murdering him with sharks. In the immortal words of...
Disney brings ‘Peter Pan’ out of the vault; the third ‘Thor’ is streaming

Disney brings ‘Peter Pan’ out of the vault; the third ‘Thor’ is streaming

Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles that have recently become available for streaming. Video on Demand “Peter Pan”: Just in time to celebrate its 65th anniversary, this legendary classic has been released from the Disney vault for the first time in over a decade. Join Peter, Tinker Bell and the Darling kids on their...
Alamo Drafthouse to introduce large-format auditoriums in Frisco, Denton, elsewhere

Alamo Drafthouse to introduce large-format auditoriums in Frisco, Denton, elsewhere

 The Hollywood Reporter notes that the Alamo Drafthouse chain is introducing premium large-format theaters in several markets in the coming year, including Denton, Frisco, Woodbridge, Va., Woodbury, Minn., and St. Louis. “The Big Show" auditoriums will  feature giant screens (reportedly a minimum of 66 feet), as well as recliner seats, immersive sound and 4K laser projection....
Austin stuntman Gary Kent has lived a life right out of the movies

Austin stuntman Gary Kent has lived a life right out of the movies

Gary Kent has heard sentences no person wants to hear.  Here’s an example: “All your ribs are broken.” Then again, the former stuntman/actor/writer/director has heard sentences every person would love to hear.  Here are some from the actor Esai Morales, whom Kent cast in “Rainy Day Friends,” the 1985 feature film Kent wrote and directed: “He’s a...
Jukebox Cinema debuts June 3 with ‘Ballmastrz: 9009’ animator Christy Karacas

Jukebox Cinema debuts June 3 with ‘Ballmastrz: 9009’ animator Christy Karacas

Man, Beerland has been killing it of late. First, they announce all kinds of tremendous shows: The Scientists Oct. 5 and 6! The June 1  And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead show is early, which is pretty great given that most of their fans are in their 40s! And now Beeland is getting into what annoying money types call “the cinema space” with the debut of Jukebox Cinema...
Ex-husband sues actress Tiffany Haddish in Travis County, alleging defamation

Ex-husband sues actress Tiffany Haddish in Travis County, alleging defamation

The former husband and mother-in-law of Tiffany Haddish sued the actor and comedian for defamation Tuesday in Travis County over abuse claims Haddish made in her best-selling memoir, “The Last Black Unicorn.”  Haddish’s ex-husband, William Stewart Sr., and his mother, Elnora Daugherty, filed suit against Haddish, publishing company Simon and Schuster, Inc., and the book&rsquo...
5 iconic ‘Hope Floats’ scenes in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary

5 iconic ‘Hope Floats’ scenes in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary

If you’ve ever driven down Highway 71 toward Houston, you may have seen a sign just past Bastrop. “Smithville, Home of Hope Floats,” it reads. Yeah, that “Hope Floats.” The 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr. as reunited lovers in their hometown. It’s set in a town called Smithville (which, as “Southern Living&rdquo...
Patient viewers will be rewarded by atmospheric ‘Annihilation’

Patient viewers will be rewarded by atmospheric ‘Annihilation’

Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title that has recently become available for streaming. Video on Demand “Annihilation”: In his follow-up to “Ex Machina,” Alex Garland yet again proves that he is a master of atmospheric science fiction. Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson...
The Alamo Drafthouse is old enough to legally drink. Here are 21 movie and drink pairings to celebrate.

The Alamo Drafthouse is old enough to legally drink. Here are 21 movie and drink pairings to celebrate.

The Alamo Drafthouse is well-known for its special menu pairings and drink specials. Now that the theater has reached legal drinking age in the United States, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate with a curated list of some choice film/drink pairings. Try ordering these at your local Drafthouse, or make them at home. Enjoy. Abide with the Dude while watching this Coen Brothers classic. ...
Ranking Han Solo’s style over the years, from Endor to Cloud City to Corellia

Ranking Han Solo’s style over the years, from Endor to Cloud City to Corellia

As has been documented elsewhere, the jacket game in the “Star Wars” movies is tremendous.  And no matter what that admittedly excellent survey says, Han Solo rocked better outerwear than anyone. The dude redefined what a space pirate should look like. Over the decades since the arrival of “A New Hope” (then merely called “Star Wars,” kiddies), how many...
Here are 30 must-see movies from the Paramount Summer Classic series

Here are 30 must-see movies from the Paramount Summer Classic series

More than 110 movies are screening this summer as part of the Paramount Summer Classic film series. Here are 30 not to miss. There are others worth seeing, of course, but are 30 really good ones. “Stormy Weather” (7 p.m. May 31) This 1943 picture remains one of the most important musicals ever made (what with its staggering African-American cast). Starring  Lena Horne, Bill Robinson...
ATX Television Festival launches ‘The TV Campfire’ podcast

ATX Television Festival launches ‘The TV Campfire’ podcast

ATX Television Festival premiered its inaugural podcast series, The TV Campfire, as a part of its ATX TV Podcast Network. The series is co-produced by Madica Productions and provides an insider's perspective into the world of television with special guests including “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town” producer Bill Lawrence, “Wire” and “Treme” producer David...
Donald Glover, king of the world: Why we hope to one day see ‘Lando: A Star Wars Story’

Donald Glover, king of the world: Why we hope to one day see ‘Lando: A Star Wars Story’

In October 2016, Starwars.com confirmed what had been rumored: Donald Glover had been hired to play a young Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” At the time, Glover was best know as a comedy writer on “30 Rock,” a strong actor on the sitcom “Community,” a good-not-great stand-up comic, and a musical artist called Childish Gambino whose second...
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘Dazed and Confused’ with a ‘School’s Out’ pool party Memorial Day weekend

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘Dazed and Confused’ with a ‘School’s Out’ pool party Memorial Day weekend

Alright, alright, alright, it’s 2018 and that means it’s the 25th anniversary of Richard Linklater’s cult-classic “Dazed and Confused.”  The JW Marriott is hosting a School’s Out Party May 27 (the eve of the last day of school at Lee High School, a.k.a. the day the movie takes place) and continuing with ongoing activations throughout the summer. The pool...
Alamo’s Jaws on the Water is back to scare you while you float on Lake Travis

Alamo’s Jaws on the Water is back to scare you while you float on Lake Travis

DUHHH-dun. The two most terrifying musical notes in cinematic history will take on an even more chilling effect this summer when the Alamo Drafthouse’s most popular Rolling Roadshow event, Jaws on the Water, returns. During 14 steamy summer nights, moviegoers won’t just be watching the classic “Jaws” — they’ll be viewing it in custom inner tubes at the...
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