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.

Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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