Iron Man 3 opening weekend
You know what’s exciting? A new movie from Marvel Studios. You know what’s even more exciting? A new Shane Black film. Fortunately, you won’t have to choose between them this weekend. Following the footsteps of The Avengers, Marvel Studios officially kicks off “Phase Two” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this weekend with Iron Man 3. Briskly moving the mythology forward while also crafting a satisfying and engaging story, the film works exactly as it should. It’s a great standalone arc that follows a massive crossover event. Even better, it has a truly unique vision, and none of Shane Black’s voice as a writer is lost here. It’s his film, from beginning to end, and that’s a truly exciting notion.
Opens May 3rd, some 10pm screenings May 2nd
The Thin Red Line in 35mm
Austinites will have an opportunity to see Terrence Malick’s legendary return to cinema after his twenty-year absence following Days of Heaven, and in a very rare 35mm print, no less. I’ve always regarded The Thin Red Line as one of the ten best films ever made, and every time I see it, it climbs higher on that list, inching closer and closer to becoming the one I might actually consider the greatest. All of that aside, it’s a stunning achievement in film that deserves these kinds of repertory screenings usually reserved for things more geek-crowd friendly. There are just a few seats left, so get your tickets as fast as you can.
Alamo Drafthouse Village, 9pm, May 1st (Tickets)
From Up on Poppy Hill
The latest from Studio Ghibli is a rich and heart-wrenching tale of childhood love in post-war Japan. Set against the backdrop of a nation trying to atone for its part in World War II, the story centers around a high school couple trying to maintain their relationship, while also following the mystery of their pasts. Exploring themes of forgiveness, modernity, and national pride, Goro Miyazaki’s new film proves that he is a worthy successor to the studio his father built.
Regal Arbor Cinema
Blancanieves opens in Austin
A silent retelling of Snow White, Blancanieves is a tribute to silent cinema that puts The Artist to shame. The Grimm fairytale has been re-imagined in the 1920s, with Snow White living as a bullfighter under her stepmother’s rule. Escaping and joining a troupe of bullfighting dwarves, she rises in her career, until her stepmother gets wind of the story, and plots for a final show down, once and for all.
Regal Arbor Cinema, May 3rd
¡The Three Amigos! Cinco de Mayo Special Quote-A-Long
What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Sunday than with a quote-a-long of John Landis’ hysterical satire about three unemployed actors in Mexico? Featuring props and themed food and drink specials, the event is one night only, with all the best lines and songs subtitled for you. So prepare your mariachi singing voice and have a blast.
Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, Village, & Slaughter Ln, Sunday, May 5th