Movies This Week: May 25 - 31, 2012


Raquel Welch in Myra Breckinridge

School's out today, and that means the kids are ready for summer fun. Alamo Drafthouse is offering several family-friendly events, including Alamo Kids Camp at several Austin locations. Iron Giant began a two-week run at Alamo South Lamar today. From Saturday through Thursday, June 7, Alamo Slaughter is offering Fantastic Mr. Fox, Alamo Village hosts The Corpse Bride, and the Lake Creek location features How to Train Your Dragon. Check the Drafthouse calendar for times, and be sure to arrive extra early for these free screenings -- seating is limited and first come, first served.

On Thursday, Rolling Roadshow invades Austin's Park for a special screening of Pixar's Toy Story. Ticket purchase is only for the movie itself, and tickets must be picked up at Alamo South Lamar prior to the show. Don't forget to bring extra money for arcade games, miniature golf, and pizza before the screening. 

For more mature audiences, you won't want to miss the last screening of Celluloid Handbag at the Alamo Ritz on Wednesday, May 30, 7 pm. It's host and drag queen personality Rebecca Havemeyer's birthday, and she'll be presenting Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge featuring the sexy Raquel Welch, Farrah Fawcett, Tom Selleck, John Huston, and 80-year-old Mae West. Comedian Owen Egerton continues his "Best of..." Series at Alamo South Lamar on Thursday at 7 pm, with "Best of God" featuring films from the 1930s to modern day. Egerton promises a night full of bizarre clips of Christian heavy metal bands, healing televangelists, hard-core kosher rappers along with live music, surprise guests and spiritual enlightenment.

The Paramount Classic Film Series continues with several screenings Tuesday through Thursday of Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti western Once Upon a Time in the West at Stateside. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Paramount hosts a double feature of racial dramas with Shadows, the first feature by indie film writer/director John Cassavetes, and Killer of Sheep, a neo-realist portrayal of the African-American life in Watts, Los Angeles during the '70s.

Movies We've Seen

First Position -- This documentary follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the prestigious ballet competition, the Youth America Grand Prix. Elizabeth stated in her review, "If you liked Mad Hot Ballroom or Spellbound, you will likely appreciate First Position." I think I'd prefer to watch Girl Walk//All Day online again.

Chernobyl Diaries -- This horror film features a group of tourists who hire an extreme tour guide on a trek to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. They soon discover that the city is not as abandoned as they thought. Rod says, "With weak plot lines, bad acting and a few fun scares, Chernobyl Diaries will cause your brain to go into meltdown." Look for his review this weekend.

Men in Black III -- The boys in black are back in town -- and back in time -- as Agent J (Will Smith) travels back to MIB's early years in the 1960s to stop an alien from changing history. Jette says it's "funnier than I expected ... and my parents (who haven't seen the first two films) loved it. The 3D is entirely unnecessary, though." Look for her review on Saturday.