Alamo Drafthouse closes South Lamar location Sunday after staff member’s death

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is part of the Lamar Union development on south Lamar Blvd. Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is part of the Lamar Union development on south Lamar Blvd. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The Alamo Drafthouse released a statement regarding the closure of its South Lamar location Sunday. The company writes:

Late last night, a staff member who has been with the Alamo Drafthouse Lamar for nearly a decade was killed in an accident. We have closed the Lamar theater for the day so that the rest of the team can be with their families and friends. If you have tickets for today, we will automatically be issuing refunds to everyone later this week. If you purchased through Fandango, they will have to issue the refund. If you have any questions, please email refund.lamar@drafthouse.com. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Four movies to see this weekend: “Eraserhead,” “Hoop Dreams,” “Private Property” and “Pete’s Dragon”

440px-Hoop_dreamsposter“Eraserhead.” David Lynch’s first film is the closest you can come to a filmed nightmare — a memorable vision of anxiety, horror and the shifting fabric of subjective reality. 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug 2. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

“Hoop Dreams.” One of the most popular and influential documentaries of the 1990s, director Steve James followed William Gates and Arthur Agee, two talented high-school basketball players who are shooting for the NBA. A powerful, important film.  7 p.m. Aug. 29. Stateside at the Paramount. Sunday. $12. The Paramount, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

“Private Property.” Outer Limits creator Leslie Stevens wrote and directed this fascinating black and white tle of two homicidal Southern California drifters (Warren Oates and Corey Allen) who drift into the life of unhappy housewife Kate Manx. “Private Property” was completely lost until UCLA Film & TV Archive recently located the only known 35mm elements, which have been restored in 4k. 4:15 p.m.$9.50.  July 30. Alamo Drafthouse Ritz,  320 East Sixth St.

4174_4157-petes-dragon-poster-14d_D07C“Pete’s Dragon.” The Austin Film Society and the Paramount Theatre have teamed up for this special advance benefit screening of “Pete’s Dragon,” with the director David Lowery in attendance. All proceeds will support the AFS’s artist services programs. 1 p.m. July 31. $12-$56. The Paramount, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

Upcoming special screenings: “Eraserhead,” “Pete’s Dragon” and a noir from Nicholas Ray

“Eraserhead.” David Lynch’s first film is the closest you can come to a filmed nightmare — a memorable vision of anxiety, horror and the shifting fabric of subjective reality. 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug 2. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

4174_4157-petes-dragon-poster-14d_D07C“Pete’s Dragon.” The Austin Film Society and the Paramount Theatre have teamed up for this special advance benefit screening of “Pete’s Dragon,” with the director David Lowery in attendance. All proceeds will support the AFS’s artist services programs. 1 p.m. Sunday. $12-$56. The Paramount, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

“On Dangerous Ground.” In this noir from Nicholas Ray, overly intense cop Robert Ryan is transferred to a rural station where he takes on a murder investigation, tracking the suspect to an isolated farm. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 4. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

— Arianna Auber

Four movies to see this weekend: ‘Les Vampires,’ ‘Repulsion,’ ‘Rosa Chumbe’ and ‘Star Trek Beyond’

LesVampires1_758_426_81_s_c1“Les Vampires” – A true masterpiece, Louis Feuillade’s”Les Vampires” is a ten-part serial released in 1915 and 1916. Concerning a gang of criminals called the Vampires (not supernatural creatures), “Les Vampires” is full of misdirection, disguises and false identities. Featuring the legendary silent actress Musidora as gang leader Irma Vep  and Édouard Mathé as the heroic journalist Philippe Guerande. A massive influence on everyone from Hitchock to Luis Buñuel, “Les Vampires” is required viewing. At the Alamo Ritz. Tickets to parts 1-6, which screens 1:15 p.m. Saturday, can be found here. Tickets to parts 7-10, which screens 1 p.m. Sunday, can be found here.

“Repulsion.” Speaking of masterpieces, here is Roman Polanski’s still-chilling psychological thriller starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry and John Fraser. 9:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

“Rosa Chumbe.” CineNoche presents this Peruvian film about a middle-aged police officer in Lima who has both a gambling and drinking problem and needs a miracle after her daughter leaves her with her baby. 11 a.m. July 24. $11. Violet Crown, 433 W. Second St. 512-495-9600, austin.violetcrown.com. – Arianna Auber

“Star Trek Beyond” — Look, I haven’t seen it yet and as much as I have problems with Beastie Trek, I remain…curious.

Giveaway: Be a watcher at ‘Nerve’ advance screening

“Are you a watcher or a player?”

That’s what the fictional (or is it real?) online game Nerve asks curious millennials in the upcoming film starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. The two “players” get caught up in a string of increasingly menacing dares that drive them deeper and deeper into the game.

The film won’t be officially released until July 27, but we’re giving away passes to an advance screening two days earlier. To enter the contest, check us out on Instagram at @austin360, find the post with the promo code and enter that code at LionsgateScreenings.com.

Fifty lucky winners will be given admit-two first come, first serve passes to attend the screening of ‘Nerve’ at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 25 at AMC Barton Creek Square 14. You can hope to be a watcher, but first, you have to play.

 

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was converted to black and white using digital filters) Actors Dave Franco (L) and Emma Roberts attend the "Nerve" New York Premiere at SVA Theater on July 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Actors Dave Franco (L) and Emma Roberts attend the “Nerve” New York Premiere at SVA Theater on July 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Four movies to see this weekend: “Ghostbusters,” “Holy Hell,” “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “Messiah of Evil”

“Ghostbusters” Come on, you know you want to.

Julian Dennison and Sam Neill in Hunt For The Wilderpeople (Photo: Sundance Institute)
Julian Dennison and Sam Neill in Hunt For The Wilderpeople (Photo: Sundance Institute)

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” Director Taika Waititi’s “What We Do in the Shadows” was one of the canniest horror-comedies anyone had seen in years, so it’s excellent to learn that he can also do sweet, funny, family action movie. “Hunt” concerns about a city kid adjusting to life with a new foster family in rural New Zealand. Starring Sam Neil and Julian Dennison, it’s currently rocking a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 80% on Metacritic. At area theaters.

“Holy Hell.” Director Will Allen, who will be part of a panel following the screening, documented his insane 22-year experience in a New Age religious sect called Buddhafield. “Holy Hell” tells the whole story, from the spiritual highs to the abuse of power and control. 7 to 9 p.m. July 15, 7 to 9 p.m. July 20. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

“Messiah of Evil.” This atmospheric, scary and beautiful film is exactly as if Antonioni and George Romero made a zombie movie together. 9:45 to 11:45 p.m. July 15. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

Should you see “Ghostbusters?” Love it or hate it, people have opinions

GhostbustersFor all sorts of reasons, Paul Feig’s comedy “Ghostbusters” has proven the summer’s most controversial movie…and we are interested to hear what you think.

Here’s the review the American-Statesman is running, an extremely positive take.

Over here, the picture’s stars talk about the fairly gnarly misogyny the movie has generated.

Across the internet at Rotten Tomatoes, critics seem fairly evenly divided.

And nobody can figure out if the new theme works or not.

I have not seen the new one (long story, boring) but there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • There is no such thing as a bad movie ruining your childhood
  • As brilliant as the original was and is, it is important to remember this franchise isn’t exactly sacred. The “Ghostbusters” animated series exists, as does “Ghostbusters II”
  • That said, I count myself as one of the few people who likes much of  the second movie. The stuff where all of New York City has to hold hands and like each other is junk, but I ride hard for Peter MacNicol as possessed art restorer Janosz Poha in “II.” My brother and I long ago worked his immortal line: “Everyzing you are doing is bed, I vant you to know dis” into our regular movie quote rotation.

 

 

Upcoming special screenings: “Holy Hell,” “Messiah of Evil” and more!

by Arianna Auber

large_large_dyXiG7WZovCCWRIbwDhhCEBdqXJ“Holy Hell.” Director Will Allen, who will be part of a panel following the screening, documented his insane 22-year experience in a New Age religious sect called Buddhafield. “Holy Hell” tells the whole story, from the spiritual highs to the abuse of power and control. 7 to 9 p.m. July 15, 7 to 9 p.m. July 20. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

“Messiah of Evil.” This atmospheric, scary and beautiful film is exactly as if Antonioni and George Romero made a zombie movie together. 9:45 to 11:45 p.m. July 15. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

“Rosa Chumbe.” CineNoche presents this Peruvian film about a middle-aged police officer in Lima who has both a gambling and drinking problem and needs a miracle after her daughter leaves her with her baby. 7 p.m. July 19, 11 a.m. July 24. $11. Violet Crown, 433 W. Second St. 512-495-9600, austin.violetcrown.com.

“Looking: The Movie.” The Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival’s monthly screening is this HBO film that wraps up the story of three close friends living in San Francisco. 7:30 p.m. July 20. $10. Alamo South, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. drafthouse.com.

“Hands on a Hard Body.” The Bullock Museum and the Austin Film Festival are teaming up to share this screening of the Texas documentary about an endurance contest at a Longview car dealership. 7 p.m. July 21. $3-$5. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. 512-936-4696, thestoryoftexas.com.

“A Nos Amours.” Featuring a fierce breakout performance by Sandrine Bonnaire, it’s the story of a teenage girl who searches for love in increasingly promiscuous encounters with boys. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 21. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

The trailer for “Loving” is up and it looks great

Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton in "Loving." (Focus Features)
Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton in “Loving.” (Focus Features)

The trailer for “Loving,” the next film from Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols, has arrived.

Starring Joel Edgerton (“Midnight Special”) and Ruth Negga (“Preacher”)as Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, the case which essentially ended state laws prohibiting interracial marriage, “Loving” competed for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes.

It did not win, but still looks terrific.

The film is slated for a Nov. 4, release from by Focus Features