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THIS WEEK AT THE ALAMO: The Alamo Guide for July 4



: Alamo Ritz : Thursday, July 3:

America! Fuck yeah! Caroling is usually reserved for Christmas time, but we think the whole world should sing about how fucking awesome America is, too. That's why we're ending both of our TEAM AMERICA Sing-Alongs with a trip out to Sixth Street where we'll all light fireworks and sing an acapella version of "America, Fuck Yeah" to all the revelers. We've got all sorts of props and games for during the show, too, so if you aren't a commie or a terrorist, I'll see you there.

: Alamo Ritz : Fri & Sat, July 4 & 5 :

In a fit of insane literalness, Master Pancake celebrates Independence Day by mocking the 1996 movie INDEPENDENCE DAY!! For two weeks only, we'll be skewering the IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD of sci-fi disaster flicks, helmed by Roland Emmerich (THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW), a director who's never met a Statue-of-Liberty-in-peril scene he didn't like.

: Alamo Ritz : Saturday, July 5 : Midnight :

If you've been to any of the Air Guitar shows, you know a little bit about what to expect, except that competitors in this show won't pretend to play an instrument that isn't there; they'll be pretending to make love with a partner that isn't there. Unh, double up, uh unh! Smack it up, flip it, rub it down!

- Big Screen Sci Fi Classics: THE TERMINATOR -

: Alamo Ritz : July 6, 8 & 9 :

When it's summertime and we're dog tired and hot, few things sound better to us than rounding up a few friends and heading over to the Ritz to drink a few beers, eat a burger and watch the Governor of California kill a bunch of unlucky people, in pursuit of Sarah Connor. A lot of people are down on Schwarzenegger's acting but seriously, this is how an invincible killing machine should roll.

- The ABBA Sing-Along -
: Alamo Ritz : July 6 & 13 :

With the upcoming release of MAMMA MIA! as a feature film, we realized it was high time we brought back our ABBA Sing-Along for a reprise show or two. Built around the idea of interviewing people like the reporter does in ABBA: THE MOVIE, this show features filmed interviews with Austinites about their favorite ABBA moments as well as every single ABBA song you could ever hope for, with footage culled from movies, concerts and music videos to bring you into a state of orgiastic ecstasy at these two married couples who wrote a lot of million dollar pop songs about breaking up, then decided to get divorces.

- OKIE NOODLING 2 & SUMMER CAMP w/ Director Bradley Beesley live! -
: Alamo Ritz : Thurs, July 7 :

OKIE NOODLING 2 is Beesley's new installment in an oddly charming series about real-life fishermen who practice the marginalized (and dangerous) method of bare-handed fishing. Beesley has been quoted as saying 'eventually I'd like to make a movie that evokes as much emotion as Terry Zwigoff's CRUMB...but my immediate goal is to catch a 40-pound catfish with my bare hands."

SUMMERCAMP! follows the ebb and flow of a group of young Wisconsin Summercampers and their counselors. Tender and nostalgic on the surface, the film casually examines the life of adolescent rituals, home sickness, counselor mutiny and first love...but a little deeper down reveals priceless sentiments such as 'I like almost everything except the kids are mean to me' and 'death would be sweet relief at this point.'

- BATMAN (1966) -

: Alamo Ritz : July 8 & 16 :

The greatest arch super-criminals ever to plague Gotham City - The Penguin, The Joker, The Riddler and Catwoman - turn their sights on world domination armed with a pre-atomic submarine, an army of pirates, rabid sharks and an arsenal of polaris missiles. Adam West's deadpan delivery of painfully bad puns and Burt Ward's colorful adjectives created a whole new superhero dialect that is distinguished in part by the predominance of the word 'holy'.

: Alamo Ritz : July 8 & 16 :

If you have six fingers on your right hand, do NOT come down to the Alamo Ritz for one of these Quote-Alongs. I'm sure you already have plenty of strangers walking up to you on the street and explaining that you killed their father, and now should prepare to die. For these shows, though, ALL of those people will be in the same place, and they'll be YELLING that at you. So please, six-fingered people, take the night off. Everyone else, it would be inconceivable for you to miss this show.


: Alamo South Lamar & Village : Now Playing :

Aw, hell yes! Will Smith is back on the July 4 weekend, where he *always* belongs! HANCOCK is what Summer's all about- comedy, action, superheros, Will Smith, and overtly-defined character arcs. Smith plays titular hero John Hancock, a rough and drunk piece of street-raff who also processes super strength, invulnerability and the ability to fly. It takes Jason Bateman (JUNO, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, TEEN WOLF 2) to convince him that with great power comes great responsibility. A flashy new super-suit and and a sober take on life will make HANCOCK fly high.

- Free Kids Club: ZATHURA -
: Alamo South Lamar : Mon - Thurs :

When Danny discovers an old board game called Zathura stored in the basement, his excitement is lost on Walter, who has no time for such old, boring toys. Soon, however, the game becomes impossible to ignore, as the boys are transported into space, and one of them must win in order to make it home again. Each turn brings a new, often dangerous, surprise, and the boys are faced with a murderous robot, an explosive meteor shower, and lizard-like aliens, while poor Lisa is cryogenically frozen early in the game.

: Alamo South Lamar : Opens Fri, July 11 :

The story of HELLBOY is not one that can be easily (let alone elegantly) maneuvered in your average Hollywood Blockbuster- a demon avenger from Hell, his pyrokinetic girlfriend and an ultra-intelligent fish-man work together to save the world from an occult terrorist organization led by a resurrected Rasputin. But put these elements into the hands of visionary director Guillermo Del Toro (THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, PAN'S LABYRINTH), and the result is not only stunning to watch, but genuinely humane despite its own incredible inhumanity.

- AMERICAN TEEN Sneak Peek -

: Alamo South Lamar : Thurs, July 10 :

AMERICAN TEEN, the touching and hilarious Sundance documentary hit that follows the lives of five teenagers, hits theaters on July 25, but we are offering you a sneak-peak opportunity not only to view the film, but also to meet and hang out with the cast. We'll be screening the film on Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 PM at the Alamo South Lamar. Following the screening we'll have a Q&A with all 5 principal cast members from the film.



: Alamo Village : Every Saturday at Midnight :

The rotating cast of QUEERIOS have been performing ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at the ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE VILLAGE since October 2004, and have built the best interactive version of the cult classic in the nation!! Admission is just $5, regulars and virgins welcome!

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