Movies This Week: May 9-15, 2014


 Jodorowsky's Dune

The Austin Film Society has one last screening this evening of the new IFC Films release Hateship Loveship over at the MarchesaKristen Wiig and Guy Pearce star in this adaptation of Alice Munro's story. On Sunday, AFS is celebrating the Hubley Centennial with an afternoon of animated shorts screening from the husband and wife team of John and Faith Hubley. The shorts will screen at 2 pm, followed by an AFS Moviemaker Dialogue with their daughter Emily Hubley at 4.

On Tuesday, LaDonna Harris Indian 101 is playing for Doc Nights. Julianna Brannum's film explores the life of Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who works to this day on educating emerging indigenous leaders. On Wednesday night, Richard Linklater will present a 35mm print of Louis Malle's 1981 drama Atlantic City and on Thursday evening, Essential Cinema will screen Woody Allen's Stardust Memories

The Alamo Drafthouse has a few Mother's Day events happening this weekend. A special brunch feast of The Sound Of Music is happening at the Lakeline and Slaughter Lane locations Sunday morning. You can check out the menu here. Not to be outdone, Ritz will open up Theater 1 to Ms. Rebecca Havemeyer, who will present her annual Mother's Day screening of Mommie Dearest on Sunday night.

Also at the Ritz this week, the Marx Brothers star in A Day At The Races on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. The new series "Nothing Left To Lose: Crime In The Seventies" continues at the Ritz on Monday night with 1972's Cisco Pike in 35mm. Another 35mm print screening in the series, The Last Detail starring Jack Nicholson, plays Wednesday. The Alamo has been celebrating films from 1984 this year and Carl Reiner's hysterical comedy All Of Me (with Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin) is playing at the Ritz on Tuesday, while Weird Wednesday celebrates a blaxploitation classic starring Fred Williamson called Boss N****r. I caught this for Weird Wednesday about four years ago and while the print color had faded to pink, the movie blew my mind and is worth attending for the theme song alone.

If you're getting excited about the new Godzilla film, you may want to head to the Alamo Lakeline on Tuesday night to catch a brand new digital restoration of the 1954 Japanese original. John Carpenter's Big Trouble In Little China is also screening at several times this week -- check the link for locations and showtimes. It's playing digitally at the Alamo Slaughter and in 35mm at Lakeline. 

Finally, the Paramount 100 double feature this week is a doozy. On Wednesday night you can see William Powell and Myrna Loy in 1934's The Thin Man paired with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in 1935's Top Hat. It's a 35mm double feature with two films for the price of one!

Movies We've Seen

Jodorowsky's Dune (pictured above) - Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky created some of the most mindblowing cult classics of all time with films like El Topo and The Holy Mountain. In the mid-1970's he attempted to adapt Frank Herbert's sci-fi book Dune for the big screen and even though it never happened, it remains one of those fascinating "what if?" stories. This acclaimed documentary tells the story of the film that never was (at least not until 1984 when David Lynch's adaptation was released in theaters around the world). Debbie caught a work-in-progress of this film at Fantastic Fest last year and is even more pleased with the final edit. She reviewed the film and says that it's a "must-see" for science-fiction fans. (Regal Arbor, Violet Crown Cinema)

Neighbors - Forgetting Sarah Marshall's Nicholas Stoller directs this raunchy comedy that debuted earlier this year at SXSW. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play a married couple whose lives are shaken up when a wild fraternity moves in next door. Zac Efron is the frat president who leads a full-on neighborly war against the couple. Caitlin's review praises Byrne and the "strong supporting cast," ultimately determining that the movie "slightly exceeds expectations by throwing a few surprises into what could be just another immature prank-based movie." (wide)

Also Opening In Austin

Fading Gigolo - John Turturro wrote, directed and starred in this indie comedy that recently launched with the second highest box office per-screen average of the year. While reviews have been mixed, audiences in major markets have already responded well to the film and it's hitting Austin today. The movie marks a rare acting gig for Woody Allen when not starring in one of his own movies and also brings Sharon Stone back to the big screen. (Regal Arbor) 

Fed Up - Touted as "the film the food industry doesn't want you to see," this documentary takes a look at the dietary guidelines in the United States and how the rate of obesity in our country has continued to grow substantially. Fed Up is narrated (and co-produced) by Katie Couric. (Regal Arbor) 

Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return - This 3D computer-animated musical version finds Dorothy (voiced by Glee's Lea Michele) wondering how she ended up in anything remotely related to The Wizard Of Oz that has earned such horrific reviews. The voice cast is rounded out by heavy hitters like Kelsey Grammer, Jim Belushi and Martin Short. (wide)

Mom's Night Out - This PG-comedy is aimed squarely at the faith-based crowd over Mother's Day weekend. Without positive critical reviews to boost it, the movie's website prominently features positive quotes about the movie from Christian authors, musicians and comedians. (wide)