This week’s special screenings: “Author: The JT Leroy Story, ” “Abortion: Stories Women Tell” and many more

The next week is absolutely packed with special screenings

“Author: The JT Leroy Story.” In this riveting true story, Jeff Feuerzeig examines the mystery behind the young gay male novelist from West Virginia, JT Leroy, who took the literary world by storm. 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road.

BelphegorPoster_240_356_81_s_c1“Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre.” Originally broadcast on television over four weeks in 1965, the titular character  is haunting the Louvre. Commissioner Menadier and a young student namedAndré Bellegarde, are determined to catch him (it?).  Based on Arthur Bernède’s 1927 novel, this remains the definitive cinematic version. Noon. Saturday. Alamo Ritz, 320 E 6th Street.

“Abortion: Stories Women Tell.” This documentary chronicles the moves more than half the states in the nation have made to restrict abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark case in 1973, giving women the right to have one. 4 p.m. Saturday, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. $8.75-$10.75. Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd.

“Mountains May Depart.” The newest film by China’s master auteur Jia Zhangke, it’s a past, present and future story about the ups and downs of a family in China’s economic boom. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road.

“Mulholland Drive.” Dennis Lim, author of “David Lynch: the Man from Another Place,” is giving a special introduction to Lynch’s groundbreaking classic. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road.

“Moontide.” Jean Gabin plays a longshoreman in this 1942 film who, thinking he killed a man in a drunken fight, hides out on a barge and rescues a young woman from attempted suicide. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road.

“To Wong Foo.” Manhattan drag queens played by Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes meet a drag novice and take him under their wing, just in time for a national competition in Los Angeles. The 1995 film is the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Fest’s film of the month. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $10. Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd.

“Nuts.” This animated documentary tells the unbelievable story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, the physician who claimed to cure impotence by fusing goat glands with human testicles. Director Penny Lane will give a Q&A via Skype. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road.

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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