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THIS WEEK AT THE ALAMO: The Holiday Alamo Guide

Christmas is over, and we sure hope you got everything you wanted. If you didn't, don't worry your pretty lil' heads about it because we still have a million things going on that will make you just as happy as finding that Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle behind that desk (okay, so I may have gotten sucked in to the Christmas Story marathon for a solid 6 hours... or more). For starters, we still have all the HIGH FOR THE HOLIDAYS shows in full swing, and (if you read this in the next hour or so) we're showing A CHRISTMAS STORY one last time with a ROAST DUCK & MORE FEAST! Lastly, New Year's Eve is in a few days. New Year's plans are the hardest to make for me, so we've narrowed down your options...


- A CHRISTMAS STORY: Roast Duck N' More Feast! -
: Alamo Ritz : Sunday, Dec 28 :

Think about the double dog dare, the Chinese caroling, the Red Ryder bb gun, those creepy elves and of course that "fra-jee-lay" Italian imported leg lamp. There is more timeless iconography packed into this perfect little gem than any other Christmas film since the birth of Jesus. Included with your ticket is a multi-course meal themed to A CHRISTMAS STORY, including mashed potatoes and Chinese roast duck. The mashed potato course will be served exactly when it hits the table for Ralphy, and we encourage each and every one of you to snort along and enjoy your plate just like the piggy does. See the menu HERE.

- High for the Holidays: POOTIE TANG -
: Alamo Ritz : Sunday, Dec 28 : Monday, Dec 29 :

This Holiday season, come together at the Ritz to celebrate Pootie by indulging in an ice-cold Pootie's Malt Liquor or to kapa-chow down on a mouth-watering, fast-foodified Pootie's Bad-Time Burger while watching Pootie sine pitties all over the Alamo screen. Louis C.K.'s cult classic put back where it should theaters! Merry Christmas to all you tine Tanies! Sah dah tay!

- High For The Holidays / Music Monday: WONDERWALL -
: Alamo Ritz : Monday, Dec 29 :

The head-tripping surreal madness of Joe Massot's WONDERWALL tells the tale of an eccentric scientist (Jack MacGowran) who stumbles upon a secret window into the sex life of gorgeous nymph (and longtime Serge Gainsbourg muse) Jane Birkin. Overflowing with psychedelic flashbacks, dream sequences and plenty of free love, the classic film features a shimmering, sitar-laced instrumental soundtrack by former Beatle George Harrison. An outrageous journey back to the Age of Altered Consciousness. Get to the theater early for a Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg Preshow!

- High For The Holidays: DARKSIDE OF THE RAINBOW -
: Alamo Ritz : Tuesday, Dec 30 :

Did Pink Floyd intend to synch up the Dark Side of the Moon with the classic the WIZARD OF OZ? Some say VCRs were $10000 at that time and it would be impossible to synch a phonograph to the film, change sides on the album and keep synch. Regardless, come to the Alamo, get properly stimulated and maybe bring some earplugs, because when the tin man's heart is thumping to the heartbeats in Eclipse (track 9), we'd like you to feel it in your chest as well.

- High For The Holidays: BEERFEST with BEERLYMPICS! -
: Alamo Ritz : Tuesday, Dec 30 :

How did this film become an Alamo holiday tradition? When brothers Todd and Jan Wolfhouse travel to Germany to spread their grandfather's ashes at Oktoberfest, they stumble upon a centuries old underground beer games competition -- "Beerfest," the secret Olympics of beer drinking. To be honest, we can never really remember the ending because we're always trying to keep up with the drinking onscreen. We're starting this show with live Beerlympics, featuring Beer Pong and great food and beer specials!

- AFTER THE THIN MAN New Year's Eve Party! -
: Alamo Ritz : Wednesday, Dec 31 :

The response to our first Cinema Cocktails screenings of the classic screwball romantic mystery THE THIN MAN was so great that we just knew we had to return to the wonderful chemistry of Nick and Nora Charles, their adorable dog Asta, their crime-solving savvy and, maybe best of all, their love of distilled spirits. In addition to the film itself, we'll be serving a multi-course feast, enjoying a champagne toast after a countdown to midnight that could only be done by the Alamo, and more!

: Alamo Ritz : Thursday, Jan 1 :

The Coen Brothers have described THE BIG LEBOWSKI as their Raymond Chandler story, and it contains all the trappings of the author's hardboiled mystery novels, including the alcohol. Secondly, as a bowling-themed comedy, liquor is a given. Finally and most importantly, THE BIG LEBOWSKI is the ultimate movie for White Russian fans. The Dude fuels his detective work with numerous helpings the sweet drink, which he often refers to as "Caucasians." As long as there is 'half and half' dripping from his mustache, the Dude abides. (Booze Movies)


: Alamo South Lamar : Now Playing :

David Fincher and Brad Pitt team up for a third time with this adaptation of a F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. Pitt plays a man who is born 80 years old, but instead of aging, he grows young. Oscar winner Cate Blanchett costars, along with Taraji P. Henson and Tilda Swinton. "The film represents a richly satisfying serving of deep-dish Hollywood storytelling. This odd, epic tale of a man who ages backwards is presented in an impeccable classical manner, every detail tended to with fastidious devotion." - Todd McCarthy, Variety

: Alamo South Lamar : Now Playing :

Adam Sandler stars as a man whose nighttime tales do more than just put his nephew to sleep; instead, his imaginative stories become reality. This fantasy comedy for the whole family is directed by HAIRSPRAY helmer Adam Shankman.

: Alamo South Lamar : Now Playing :

Down these mean streets a man must come. A hero born, murdered, and born again... Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces in Central City. Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller (creator of 300 and Sin City) and starring Samuel L. Jackson as "The Octopus," Eve Mendes as "Sand Seref," and Scarlett Johansson as "Silken Floss."

: Alamo South Lamar : Now Playing :

Set in 1964, Doubt centers on a nun who confronts a priest after suspecting him abusing a black student. He denies the charges, and much of the play's quick-fire dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality and authority. Starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.


: Alamo Village : Now Playing :

This film marks the triumphant return of Jim Carrey to comedy! With Peyton Reed (MR. SHOW, UCB) in the director's chair, YES MAN guarantees to be brilliantly sharp, with just enough drops of nonsense to make it fun for laughers of all thresholds. Oh, and if you're one of the approximately 80 million people who currently has a total crush on Zooey Deschanel, she's in the film too.

: Alamo Village : Now Playing :

John Grogan's bestselling book about his Labrador retriever bounds onto the screen with MARLEY AND ME. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston star as a couple who adopts the badly behaved but much-loved dog.

: Alamo Village : Now Playing :

Just in time for Christmas comes the most anticipated, heartwarming film ever made about the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler! Helmed by the mighty Bryan Singer (USUAL SUSPECTS, X-MEN, SUPERMAN RETURNS) and starring Tom Cruise with an even mightier eye-patch, this true tale of treason and revenge is destined for acclaim-town. Best part- no fake German accents.

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