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Houston - It’s your July special programming!

Check out the complete line-up of special events and screenings!

Houston - It’s your July special programming!

Hey, Houston - here's your complete line-up of July speciality programming:

A month-long salute to movies that rock

Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe have never been better in this tale of two struggling musicians who witness a mob hit and are forced to hit the road with an all-female traveling band in the midst of Prohibition. Also, Cinema Cocktails is here to ease you into it in non-Prohibition-style. Alamo Beverage Director (and master mixologist) Bill Norris is turning his sights towards Champagne mixes and Manhattans made in hot water bottles. So, grab a drink, dress yourself up (in whatever gender you prefer), and get yourself ready for (undeniably) the greatest comedy of all with booze! (7/6 at Mason Park, 7/21 at Vintage Park,)

Now, some of you may be under the false impression that THIS IS SPINAL TAP is a work of fiction — what some have so foolishly referred to as a “mockumentary.” This, I assure you, is patently false. Spinal Tap stalwarts David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and Nigel Tufnel are very real. THIS IS SPINAL TAP is not directed by anybody named Rob Reiner and does not star Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer. No, this very real documentary (in no way is it an entirely improvised work of comedic satire genius) and it chronicles the 1982 US tour of British rock superstars Spinal Tap.  You’re not going to have any trouble hearing the film’s soundtrack — this movie will be played loud enough to melt the ‘80s rock god mustache off your face. (7/7 – 7/9 at Vintage Park, 7/18 and 7/21 at Mason Park)

Get ready to rock out to the catchy score, laugh along at Steve Martin's outrageous performance as a devious dentist, gasping at the surprise cameos from big-name comedians and all-in-all love every minute that Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene are on the screen as Seymour and Audrey. More importantly, get ready to see THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS as Frank Oz envisioned it: a movie more faithful to the stage musical, with the spectacular "Don't Feed the Plants" sequence at the end. Decide for yourself if the right decision was made, but whichever ending you prefer, you must agree that LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a classic musical. (7/16 at Mason Park)

After achieving the final level of martial arts mastery, Bruce Leroy is tasked to journey out into the scummy world of New York City to embark upon his final quest to become The Last Dragon and achieve the ever elusive glow to earn him the title of the greatest martial arts master to have ever lived. But when low-down, no-good, all-around bad mamma jamma Sho'Nuff shows up to destroy Leroy, an epic battle of Good vs. Evil explodes that leaves 80s pop divas, break dancing fools and child kung-fu prodigies in it's wake. In the end only one can be the master. (7/23 at Mason Park)

James Dalton (Patrick Swazye) lives the life of a loner, fights like a professional and loves like there's no tomorrow. He has a zen calm about him but you double cross him and you're likely to have your throat ripped out. He's the best bouncer in the business and he's about to take on the dirtiest job ever when he moves from New York for a job at the Double Deuce in Jasper, Missouri. Pulse pounding honky-tonk, fisticuffs and beautiful mustaches soon follow in the greatest action film to take place almost exclusively in a bar. (7/28 at Vintage Park)

Interactive screenings and cinematic events

Romy and Michele showed us the importance of being myself. (And also, that it's a really bad idea to pretend like you invented Post-It notes.) To show these fabulous ladies the appreciation they deserve, Girlie Night is partnering up with the Action Pack to give you the full quote-along experience, complete with props like Gummi Bears (for your diet) and subtitles for all of your favorite lines. Make sure to wear your shiniest outfit, and come ready to bust out those interpretive dancing skills as we cheer on a duo so dynamic, they managed to take their own yearbook photo together. (7/1 at Vintage Park)

The Action Pack challenges you to a duel of words with our THE PRINCESS BRIDE Quote-Along! Join Westley as be duels Vizzini and his crew, braves the dangers of the fire swamp, and overcomes death for true love. We'll have all your favorite lines subtitled up on screen karaoke-style for your quoting pleasure, swords for everyone to fight and dramatically switch hands with, as well as a Rescue Princess Buttercup game before the show. So lace up your boots, draw your swords, and prepare for a miracle because this is true love. You think this happens every day? (7/5 at Mason Park, 7/19 and 7/22 at Vintage Park)

Sure, you can celebrate your independence the usual way: slow sipping a beer as you stand over a grill while people you have only mild contempt for wait inside for their free meal. OR you can join The Action Pack as we celebrate the GREATEST MOVIE MADE ABOUT AMERICAN PATRIOTISM EVER and celebrate its 10th anniversary! We'll have subtitles for all the songs and all of our favorite quotes. And yeah, we will have American flags, red white and blue streamers, balloons, and more for everyone. And THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win...well, that's your prerogative. (7/8 at Vintage Park, 7/12 at Mason Park)

Are you ready to get pitch-slapped? Join us for an aca-awesome and totally interactive screening of PITCH PERFECT! Girlie Night and the Action Pack have teamed up to bring you a night where making music with your mouth isn't just encouraged, it's downright mandatory. We've subtitled all of your acapella lady jams, so you can sing-along with the Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers, as well as all of your favorite quotes, because we're Dixie Chick serious about loving this movie. So start practicing your harmonies and your mermaid dancing, but leave those lame sock puppets at home, because we're heading to nationals. Aca-believe it! (7/16 at Vintage Park and 7/26 at Mason Park)

Baby and Johnny paved the way for future silver screen amalgamations of love on the dance floor; in other words, without DIRTY DANCING, there would be no STEP UP franchise (a horrifying thought, we know).  With such a monumental legacy, DIRTY DANCING deserves our utmost respect, as well as a high amount of romantic mega-sighs. Obviously, there's no better place to celebrate it than Girlie Night, where we're unleashing the brand new quote-along (and sing-along! and dance-along!) version of the film. We've partnered with the Action Pack to take this film to the next level, which means your favorite lines and songs will be subtitled, and you'll receive interactive props, like maracas for the mambo and Patrick Swayze fans so you can cool yourself down from his hotness. (7/19 at Mason Park)

Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande and more! Our DJs are putting together the hottest party of July, featuring plenty of Katy Perry's "Fireworks," a total "Party in the USA," and soooo much more. We're going to start the night with a Twerk Off on stage, and then it's just going to get more awesome from there. Be a Teenage Dream and join us! (7/23 at Vintage Park)

First-run films you won't see anywhere else!

When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles. When they decide to make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside, the group encounters a series of local wackos. Falling victim to a mysterious spell, they soon find themselves the honored guests of a fractured family of witches who are preparing for an ancient ritual. More colorful characters begin to enter the picture, including a pair of hapless cops hot on the trail, a defecting vixen witch and José’s controlling ex-wife, and the situation spirals further out of control, heading towards a jaw-dropping climax. From its opening moments involving a shootout between a series of street performers in costume (including Minnie Mouse, the Invisible Man and Jesus), it’s clear that director Alex de la Iglesia is in top form here. Capturing all the wit of his previous films, but employing a much more streamlined energy, he serves up the laughs, action and thrills in spades. Creative effects and frenetic, tongue-in-cheek jokes make for a visual inventive comedy with plenty of scares and surprises along the way. So grab your iron dentures and sharpened utensils. Dinner is served.(Opens July 11 at Vintage Park)

It’s 'American Pie' meets 'Groundhog Day' in this hilarious and tender coming-of-age comedy. Rob is facing the biggest day of his life. He needs to nail a college interview ensuring his admittance to his parents' beloved alma mater, keep his cool when life-long crush Angela (nicknamed 'After School Special' for a reason) finally seems to show interest, and deal with his best friends as they realize their high school days are ending. As pressure mounts, something weird happens. He finds himself reliving the day's events over and over again. Is Rob stuck in a dream? Experiencing déjà vu? Having a psychotic break? Whether it's finding a way to get into Georgetown, into Angela's pants, or having an even bigger epiphany, Rob must figure out how to break the cycle before losing his mind. (Opens July 25 at Vintage Park)

Horror classics, back on the big screen where they belong

All primitive screwheads, listen up! Cult superstar Bruce Campbell reunites with director Sam Raimi to battle the deadly forces of evil in ARMY OF DARKNESS - the outrageous, effects-fueled action epic that will make you scream with fear and laughter. Forced to lead a makeshift Dark Ages army against the demonic Deadites, who possess all the deadly magic of hell, the shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed, reluctant 20th century time traveler Ash (Campbell) must save the living from the dead, rescue his medieval girlfriend and get back to his own time. (7/3 at Mason Park)

A slow burn of a ride, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE makes your breathing quick and your skin gooseflesh no matter how many times you’ve seen it. Five friends set out in a van and have the misfortune of crossing paths with the demented Sawyer family. The ones that  are slaughtered right away are lucky - poor Sally becomes more intimately acquainted with the weirdos, resulting in her jumping through a glass window not once but twice! Director Tobe Hooper made something so special, the imagery sticks with you, be it the most unsettling close-up on an eyeball, or the room full of feathers and bones. People with 100x the budget couldn’t come close if they tried. (7/11 and 7/12 at Vintage Park)

We’ll go ahead and tell you the plot but that doesn’t mean you’re gonna accept it: A group of college students lock themselves in a medical facility to play an all-night walkie-talkie version of Dungeons & Dragons. Unbeknownst to them, an experimental biologist (played by the great Roddy McDowall) has chosen this very same night to inject a baboon with a serum that makes it go violently maximum butt-s**t insane. The building quickly transforms into a one-‘boon slaughterhouse, as the role-playing goonwads are systematically disemboweled by the most spastically pissed-off primate to ever beat its face against a ruptured torso. Any major studio horror production would find a way to simulate a rabid baboon on a rampage, but this no-budget fatalityfest uses the REAL DEAL. Truly, genuinely terrifying. (7/30 at Vintage Park)

Regional premieres and all-time classics – animation straight from Japan

Every Tuesday at Mason Park we present the best new titles from Funimation and Sentai Filmworks. Admission is free!

Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome wizard named Howl. But the young girl is turned into a 90-year-old woman by the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste. In Japanese with English subtitles. (7/7 at Vintage Park, 7/9 at Mason Park)

Rei Ogami doesn’t have a problem with killing. As a Code:Breaker – a super-powered assassin employed by a secret government organization – he works outside the law, existing in the gray area between right and wrong. When Rei gets an assignment, criminals are cremated in a blaze of blue fire. That is, until a classmate named Sakura witnesses his fatal flames in action and makes it her mission to keep him from killing again. English dubbed. (7/14 at Vintage Park)

Based on the hit anime K, K MISSING KINGS picks up where the series left off. Featuring the same director and scriptwriter as the series, this movie brings the characters that you've grown to love in the same spirit of action, honor, and loyalty. The story starts some time after the Island Academy Incident, in which four of the seven great Kings crossed paths. Since this time, silver clansmen Kuroh Yatogami and Neko have been searching for their master, Yashiro Isana, the Silver King. Their search having turned up fruitless, the two begin to give up hope, until they encounter Anna Kushina and Rikio Kamamoto, two members of the red clan HOMRA being chased by someone. (7/20 at Mason Park, 7/23 at Vintage Park)

Free screenings every morning – all ages welcome!

Leapin’ lizards! ANNIE continues to shine like the top of the Chrysler building as a musical classic, and we’re giving a whole new generation the chance to fall in love with that spunky redhead (played by the irresistible Aileen Quinn) and her trusty dog, Sandy. From the deliciously awful Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett) to the taciturn and towering Punjab (Geoffrey Holder), this film is studded with stellar performances and show-stopping numbers. (7/4 – 7/10 at both theaters)

A lively, gorgeously animated and consistently funny fable about fulfilling your potential and exceeding even your own expectations, KUNG FU PANDA scores as both a delightful spoof of martial arts movies and as a showcase for Jack Black, who provides the voice for Po. (7/11 – 7/17 at both theaters)

Young Victor and his dog Sparky are best pals. They do everything together: play fetch, wrestle, make monster movies. One day tragedy strikes and Victor unexpectedly loses his best friend. Not wanting to say goodbye, Victor, with a little inspiration from Dr. Frankenstein, harnesses his science skills and brings Sparky back to life, albeit with some minor changes. He must hide his creation, but Sparky escapes and starts to wreak havoc on the citizens of Victor's little town. (7/18 – 7/24 at both theaters)

From the makers of the hit ICE AGE series comes RIO, a comedy adventure about taking a walk on the wild side. Blu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota. Blu and Linda think he's the last of his kind, but when they learn about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu's female counterpart. (7/25 – 7/31 at both theaters)

SPACE RACERS is a new animated preschool television program that follows young spaceship cadets as they soar through the Solar System, learning about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration, and the importance of working together as a team. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how each animated character was brought to life, hear how NASA Scientists and Astronauts assisted in the development of the series, plus see exclusive episodes of SPACE RACERS which airs locally on KUHT. (7/28 at Vintage Park, 7/31 at Mason Park)


Join Master Pancake as they unravel LABRYINTH (1986). Labryinth tells the story of the world’s worst babysitter, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) who wishes the goblins would take her little brother away and is surprised when they do. David Bowie plays the egregiously bemulleted Goblin King who distracts Sarah with his tight pants and magical balls and then rumplestiltskins her baby brother Toby away to a land of muppets, magic and musical numbers. (7/13 at Mason Park)

Science has never met fiction like this. In 1974, Japan's Tsuburaya Productions (ULTRAMAN) released twenty-six episodes of a TV show called SARU NO GUNDAN, a re-imagining of PLANET OF THE APES. In 1987, TV producer Sandy Frank discovered SARU NO GUNDAN and said, "Boy, this is great! But it would be even better if I cut all twenty-six episodes into one movie, dubbed the whole thing in my bathroom, and called it TIME OF THE APES!!" And so he did. TIME OF THE APES is an illogical black hole of madness, jam-packed with psychedelic visuals, deranged dubbing, and ape soldiers who drive rainbow-colored hippie vans. We're not saying that TIME OF THE APES is better than PLANET OF THE APES. But it probably is. (7/21 at Vintage Park)

From the producers of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ comes ATTACK THE BLOCK – one of the best films of the last decade. Spend a night with a group of England’s toughest teens as they defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into an extraterrestrial warzone. Whether you’ve never seen the film or never seen it on the big screen, don’t miss your chance to discover (or share) a cult classic in the making starring John Boyega, star of STAR WARS EPISODE VII. (7/2 at Vintage Park)

Don’t miss a sneak preview of Rob Reiner’s new comedy, AND SO IT GOES. Starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas as a mismatched couple thrown together by the sudden appearance of a surprise granddaughter. The ticket will include a simulcast Q&A with Reiner following the film. (7/9 at Vintage Park)

See an early screening of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES back-to-back with a screening of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. This summer’s most exciting revolution is short, hairy and likes bananas and we’re celebrating it with an explosive one-two punch of cinematic monkey fury! (7/10 at Mason Park and Vintage Park)

The first time we saw AMELIE, it immediately changed all of my life goals. Who cares about things like "career advancement" and "saving for retirement" when you could be a waitress in Paris and spend your days improving people's lives through the power of whimsicality? Amelie, is, in a word, our hero. And for this month's Girlie Night, we can all pretend to be her for one magical evening. Feel free to bring along your favorite garden gnome as we journey together into Amelie's fantastical, romantical, absolutely wonderful world. As the French would say, LE SIGH. (7/13 at Vintage Park, 7/30 at Mason Park)

In October of 1957, America had plenty to be worried about. Rock 'n' roll. Television. The bomb. Sputnik. People were unsure about their neighbors, even questioning their friends. In the small town of Rockwell, Maine, Annie Hughes (voice of JENNIFER ANISTON) is just worried about putting supper on the table for herself and her nine-year-old son, Hogarth (voice of ELI MARIENTHAL). So when a local fisherman comes into the diner with a tall tale about a huge metal man falling into the sea, the only one to pay him much attention is Hogarth, who sets out exploring to find the enormous robot. What he does find is a 50-foot giant with an insatiable appetite for metal and a childlike curiosity about its new world. (7/15 at Vintage Park)

Cowabunga! Before the release of producer Michael Bay’s big-budget, no-nonsense reboot, join us for a look back at the ghosts of Turtle past with a four-movie marathon. We’re screening all three live-action TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE movies plus the animated film TMNT. We’ll have pizza specials, fun and games between films and enough fun to make you scream “T-U-R-T-L-E Power!” (7/27 at Mason Park)

Get a sneak preview of the incredibly dark and powerful new film from director James Franco at this advanced screening. Adapted from a novel by Cormac McCarthy, CHILD OF GOD is a challenging film – luckily you’ll have a chance to hear from Franco after the screening at a simulcast Q&A following the film. (7/29 at Vintage Park)


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