Special screenings: “Presenting Princess Shaw,” “Best in Show” and one of the best World War II movies ever made

“Presenting Princess Shaw.” This documentary is the story of a heartwarming collaboration: a young woman in New Orleans who makes beautiful songs out of her life’s pain, uploading them to YouTube while a stranger hears them halfway around the world. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

p3150_p_v8_aa“The Great Escape.”  A group of Allied soldiers imprisoned during World War II in a German POW camp is intent on, you know, escape. One of the all-time great Steve McQueen movies. 7 p.m. Tuesday. $9. Violet Crown Cinema, 434 W. Second St. austin.violetcrown.com.

“Best in Show.” This hilarious and offbeat mockumentary about the world of competitive dog parks is the latest film screening in the Austin Parks Foundation’s Movies in the Park series. Easily one of Christopher Guest’s finest hours, for him as a director and for his regular cast of players in general. 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. Northwest District Park, 7000 Ardath St. austinparks.org.

“Decalogue 5 & 6.” In Chapter Five of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s epic, an unrepentant murderer faces capital punishment while his young lawyer realizes he’s part of a system that exercises the right to kill. Chapter Six features a story of unrequited love with a twist. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. $7-$10. AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. austinfilm.org.

With Arianna Auber


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