Movies This Week: August 23-29, 2013


                                                   Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Austin Film Society continues their "Films Of Johnnie To" series this weekend with the Austin premiere of his latest crime thriler, Drug War. It screens at the Marchesa tonight and on Sunday afternoon. The Pre-Code Stanwyck series is sadly coming to a close this week with Tuesday night's screening of Frank Capra's The Miracle Woman from 1931. If you haven't made it out on any of the last few Tuesday evenings, I'd highly encourage you to give this last week a shot. The prints have been incredible with lively post-film discussion.

AFS also brings us a very special event on Thursday to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Richard Linklater's The School Of Rock at the Paramount. Linklater will be in attendance along with star Jack Black, writer/co-star Mike White and many of the younger cast members from the film.  

Speaking of the Paramount, we're getting close to the end of another stellar Summer Classic Film Series, but there are still several films you won't want to miss. The Texas Tribune is programming this weekend's series, which includes a 35mm screening of Ron Howard's The Paper this evening. A few double features of His Girl Friday and Woman Of The Year are happening on Saturday and Sunday. Next week, the Paramount fires up their 70mm projector for a pair of movies whose beauty cannot be properly displayed on your television at home: 2001: A Space Odyssey plays on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and West Side Story is set for Friday. 

At the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, there's another installment of the 16mm showcase Sprocket Society on Sunday afternoon as well as the final double-feature installment in the Shintoho Mindwarp series that evening. On Monday night, Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love screens in 35mm and this month's Homo Arigato selection is a 1968 documentary called The Queen that chronicles the drag queens participating in 1967's Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant (as judged by Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick, amongst others). British cult classic Withnail And I is being featured for Cinema Cocktails on Tuesday while Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller gets a rare 35mm screening on Wednesday.  

Movies We've Seen

Ain't Them Bodies Saints -- DFW-area filmmaker David Lowery's second full-length feature won a Best Cinematography award at Sundance, and Jette's review calls the drama with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara "beautifully rendered and timeless." It begins a theatrical release locally today and is also available on cable VOD. Lowery will be at a few screenings on Saturday. (Violet Crown Cinema)

Computer Chess -- Andrew Bujalski's black & white psuedo-mockumentary was shot in Austin and was already a hit at SXSW earlier this year. In her festival review, Jette said that the film had a "sneaky charm" and praised the performances. It returns with select screenings this weekend that will include post-film Q&A sessions with Bujalski and select cast members. The film will continue at Slaughter through Thursday (sans in-person appearances). (Alamo Ritz, Alamo Slaughter Lane)

In A World... -- Lake Bell wrote, directed, produced and starred in her debut feature, which Elizabeth fell in love with in her recent review, calling it a "wonderfully crafted modern screwball" comedy. Bell plays a woman stuggling to break into the world of professional voiceover artists and the film is packed with her comedian friends like Ken Marino, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman and Demetri Martin. (Regal Arbor)  

The World's End -- Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy began with Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz and is now coming to a close with this tale of an epic pub crawl between old friends that gets interrupted by an alien robot invasion. Jette saw it last night and said it was "great fun, very much in line comedically and emotionally with the other two films in the series." Look for her review this weekend.

You're Next -- It's been a long road to get this outstanding indie horror film released. After catching the now-infamous late-night Fantastic Fest screening in 2011, it quickly became one of my favorite films I had seen that year. Another year came and went while Lionsgate delayed the release, but almost two years after my first viewing, it's finally hitting theaters this weekend. It's clear from Jordan's recent review that she didn't care for the movie, but after taking in a second viewing of the film, I'm confident in calling it one of the best horror films in recent memory. (wide) 

Also Opening In Austin

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones -- Based on a popular young-adult book series, it's not too surprising that critical reviews on this one aren't too kind. NPR's Mark Jenkins complains that "there are too many characters, and too many of them spend too much time morphing into somthing else." With a bloated 130-minute running time, the film is currently sitting with a rather dismal 14% on Rotten Tomatoes. (wide) 


Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine expands to the widest release of his career. It heads to over 1,200 screens today, including many area multiplexes.

The Spectacular Now continues at the Regal Arbor, while adding showtimes at the Alamo Lakeline and Violet Crown Cinema. 

Newly Available on VOD

A Teacher -- Pre-theatrical VOD available now. Shot in Austin, Jordan's SXSW review is here. (iTunes/Amazon/Cable VOD)

This Is Martin Bonner -- Indie drama from Chicago-based director Chad Hartigan. (iTunes/Amazon/Vudu/Cable VOD/Netflix Instant)

TV Junkie -- Originally shown at Sundance in 2006 and subsequently aired on HBO, this acclaimed documentary is finally getting a home video release. (iTunes/Amazon/Vudu)

Una Noche -- Spike Lee is presenting the release of Lucy Mulloy's debut feature, which hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles today and becomes available on VOD Monday. (iTunes/Amazon/Cable VOD).