This week’s special screenings: A mess of King Hu, “Final Fantasy XV” and Norman Lear

TouchofZen_poster_800“A Touch of Zen.” This masterpiece from director King Hu, who made it over a period of several years, is one of the most beautiful martial arts films ever made. 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. $10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.” The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, but the menacing empire of Nifheim is determined to take it. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Tuesday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 10:10 p.m. Monday and Aug. 25, 10 p.m. Wednesday. $11.25. Alamo Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 #F. drafthouse.com/austin/theater/lakeline.

“Dragon Inn.” Another King Hu stunner, this time the story of a hunted, exiled family watched over by a trio of renegade martial arts experts. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 26. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

“Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.” Legendary television producer Norman Lear, creator of shows like “The Jeffersons,” remembers his adventurous life in entertainment. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

220px-Hitch-Hiker_poster“The Hitchhiker.” A pair of fishing buddies pick up a  hitchhiker who happens to be an escaped convict. This Ida Lupino picture might be best known as the first film noir made by a woman,. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 25. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

with Arianna Auber


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