Gender identity, moonlight towers and the almighty ‘Inherent Vice’ in this week’s special screenings

“Don’t Call Me Son.” Brazilian writer and director Anna Muylaert delivers this darkly comic character study about a 17-year-old exploring his gender identity to his family. The Austin Film Society is co-presenting the film with the Austin Gay and International Film Festival. 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. $7-$10. Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock, 1800 Congress Ave. austinfilm.org.

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Joaquin Phoenix in “Inherent Vice.” How can you not love that face?

“Inherent Vice” in 70mm. Man alive, I loved “Inherent Vice.”  Still love it. Still pretty sure it stands easily with Paul Thomas Anderson’s other works. Audiences, however, did not.  They stayed away in droves — it made only $8 million, which was half as much as “The Master” (which itself made less than half of “There Will Be Blood,” still Anderson’s highest grossing picture). Give yourself over to its shaggy-dog rhythms and it will delight, especially in opulent 70mm. 6 p.m. Sunday. 6:45 p.m. Monday. Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. 320 East Sixth St.  drafthouse.com/austin/show/70mm-inherent-vice

“Last of the Moonlight Towers.” The Austin History Center is hosting a special screening of this doc about one of Austin’s most celebrated landmarks and how the city became a refuge for these structures. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 810 Guadalupe St. library.austintexas.gov/event/last-moonlight-towers-376552.

“Command and Control.” Director Richard Linklater and author Eric Schlosser will be in attendance at the screening of this new documentary film based on Schlosser’s book of the same name, about the 1980 accident in an Arkansas missile silo that nearly caused a nuclear catastrophe. 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. $7-$10. Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock, 1800 Congress Ave. austinfilm.org.

with Arianna Auber

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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